A Federal Government study called `Imagine Nigeria’ on Monday urged Nigerians from all works of life to join hands in developing Nigeria to an enviable height.
Ms Lanre Shasore, Senior Special Assistant on Planning and Coordination, Office of the President, made the call at a news conference in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ”Imagine Nigeria” is a study promoted by the Federal Government and supported by Untied Nation Development Programme (UNDP), in exploring the future of Nigeria in the study’s framework.
“Imagine Nigeria will be launched on Aug.10 at the State House with a website that will allow all Nigerians to gain access to see possible ways they can contribute to re-build Nigeria.
” Shasore said that the study framework made some recommendations for Nigeria to lead Africa in becoming successful in the 21st century future by showing leadership on the continent.
“This is not a project, it has no budget, no expenditure and so on, it is a free standing future study, it is imagination on what we want our country to be and it recommended five ways to achieve that.
“We can build a culture of innovation, we can decide to stimulate a culture of green economy, we should lead Africa, we should build trust in society and lastly, we should facilitate national narratives.
“In leading Africa, it describes our long history of leading Africa already in the anti-apartheid struggle, national technical aid corps where we send volunteers across the world.
“ In our participation in peace keeping, it then makes recommendation if Nigeria is to be successful in the coming future we must show leadership on the content as the giant of Africa,” she said.
Shasore said that Nigeria have to build trust in the society, adding that the study recognised that Nigeria had challenges with cohesion and security.
“ So in order to change that and to turn the corner and be the Africa giant that awakes, we have to take steps to build trust in our society,’’ she said.
Mr Simon Ridley, UNDP Chief Technical Advisor, said that they had been working for two years on the ”Imagine Nigeria” framework.
According to Ridley, the website will go live on Wednesday and the framework will be launched on same day by a high level panel and it will be livestream.
“ We encourage all Nigerians to tune in and to take part because at the end of the day, the ”Imagine Nigeria” is for all Nigerians,’’ he said.
Speaking, Dr Olugbenga Adesida, the Lead Advisor for ”Imagine Nigeria”, said that Nigeria as the Africa largest economy had diverse opportunities when harness would be the envy of all.
He urged all well meaning-Nigerians from every sector to join hands in building the culture of innovation to transform Nigeria faster than expected.
“We are recommending that Nigeria uses soft power to help in developing other African countries and in turn develop herself.
” NAN reports that ”Imagine Nigeria” is designed as an independent exercise to facilitate collective reflections on the future of Nigeria.
The resulting report explores the challenges and opportunities as well as alternative scenarios of the future.
Also, it proposes a series of resources, such as videos, action toolkits, infographics templates.
NAN reports that Nigerians can use the study to design and plan their own actions, start jointly building today to get a better future for their community and for the country.
NAN also reports that considering that there is no better time to think of the future of Nigeria than now, conservative consultations involving 300 people from all over the country and abroad are held at various levels to reflect on Nigeria’s future.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has partnered ABC Transport Plc to combat human trafficking.
The Deputy Director Legal and Prosecution Department, NAPTIP, Mrs Ijeoma Amugo, said at the launch on Monday in Lagos that the project was sponsored by the Canadian Government.
Amugo said the project would enlighten the ABC Transport drivers, passengers and the general public on human trafficking activities.
She added that the anti-human trafficking project would expose the company’s stakeholders to the signs they would use to identify victims of traffickers and the perpetrators.
“The project would further impact the drivers, passengers and the public with skills to assist victims to the safety net of NAPTIP,” she said .
Amugo said a hotline and toll free number 627 would be on the company’s buses for members of the public to reach out to NAPTIP.
She said, “On identifing a victim or suspect of human trafficking, just call 627 which is a toll-free line or hotline 07030000203 “The agency has rapid response team already positioned around to move once contacted .
” NAPTIP is ready to combat this ugly monster,” she added.
The Group Managing Head , Location, Management and Strategy, ABC Transport, Mr Victor Nneji, said that the company would support the valuable project.
Nneji said that the project was not new adding that the company had regular enlightenment programmes for its drivers.
He said the company would take further steps to relay the human trafficking and its dangers to the company’s stakeholders.
“I can tell you that the company’s drivers know that they have responsibilities to execute in order to get rid of the menace,” he said.
br> The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) jas affirmed that status quo remains in respect to Energy share acquisition.
Mr Gbenga Komolafe, Commission Chief Executive (CCE), NUPRC made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, consented to the acquisition of ExxonMobil shares in the U.
S.A by Seplat Energy Offshore Limited.
Responding to media enquiries on latest development about the transaction, Komolafe clarified that NUPRC, in line with provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 was the sole regulator in dealing with such matters in Nigerian upstream sector.
He said as it were, the issue at stake was purely a regulatory matter and the commission had earlier communicated the decline of Ministerial Assent to ExxonMobil in this regard.
The CCE said as such the Commission further affirmed that the status quo remained.
“That position remains the status quo and to the best of our knowledge as a regulator nothing has changed.
“The Commission is committed to ensuring predictable and conducive regulatory environment at all times in the Nigerian upstream sector,” he said.
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commiserated with the people of Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state over the death of Chief Imam, Sheikh Muhammad Mustapha Suleiman, calling it the end of another great era of impressive scholarship.
This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye.
The Governor said the death of the Chief Imam was a depletion in the rank of community leaders whose leadership roles are key to societal cohesion, stability, peace and security.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Kwara State, I send our heartfelt condolences to the Muslim community, the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo, Oba Ismail Yahya Alebiosu, and the immediate family of the Chief Imam.“He left a legacy of being a great leader who played his role in the development of his community.
“We beseech Allah to forgive his shortcomings, grant him al-jannah Firdaus, and keep the ummah and his family on the path of righteousness,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on his 70th birthday, rejoicing with the political leader on many strides and achievements.
The president, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja stated that Ngige’s achievements included impact on governance at both state and national levels.
Buhari noted ”the passion, zeal and diligence that the minister brings into every responsibility”.
According to the president, Ngige started as a civil servant, with distinguished record of work at National Assembly and State House Clinics, before venturing into politics in 1999, where he served as party chieftain, governor and senator.
The president affirmed that Ngige’s penchant for excellence drives his interest to always motivate and breed leaders, leaving a legacy of hardwork in Anambra State as a governor, with landmark achievements in Infrastructure development.
He added that Ngige’s inclusive governance in Anambra had greatly inspired grassroots participation, and accountability that was dubbed “Anambra people’s money working for the people’’.
Buhari also acknowledged the foresight, sacrifice and insight of Ngige in labour laws, creating employment opportunities, and stimulating a healthy working relationship between employers and employed.
He said these virtues had led to various negotiations between unions and government, and putting the interest of workers first, especially for their wages, salaries and allowances.
The president prayed for the wellbeing of the minister and his family.
Prof. Abubakar Siddique, Director, Centre for Democratic Development, Research and Training (CEDDERT), Zaria, has urged political leaders to consider governance as service to the people.
He also admonished the leaders not to use their positions as means of getting rich quickly.
Siddique stated this on Monday in Kano, at a paper presentation, titled: “Party Politics and Electoral Violence in Nigeria.
”The lecture was organised by the Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Studies, Bayero University Kano, to mark 72nd anniversary of the defunct Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), (1950-2022).
He said the call has become necessary in order to enhance good governance and strengthen democracy in the country.
Siddique said that it is only through that election malpractices could be curtailed.
“Election rigging has attained the fineness it has, because winning election is key to power, quick and easy wealth,” he said.
Siddique said, ”some political scientists see politics as a process of conflict resolution through compromise, conciliation and negotiation rather than through naked power.
”Violence is illegal or illegitimate use of physical force in a harmful way on people or property with the intention to cause injury or damage.
“By extension, election violence, which is linked to party politics, may be defined as the illegal use of force to achieve some short or long term political objectives by a political party or its members.
”He urged Nigerians to come out en masse to vote for credible candidates during the 2023 General Elections.
The Director also advised the citizens to shun violence before, during and after the elections.
Siddique further urged the government to intensify efforts in addressing the security challenges in some parts of the country to enable the citizens exercise their franchise.
In his remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Mustapha Isa, cautioned youths against allowing themselves to be used by some selfish politicians to perpetuate violence during elections.
The governorship ambition of Chief Adebayo Adelabu of Accord party, on Monday received a major boost as Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr Fatai Adesina of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) joined forces with him.
The Media Aide of Adelabu, Mr Femi Awogboro, said in a statement in Ibadan, that the two political big wigs decided to join Accord Party to actualise the governorship ambition of Adelabu.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adegoke was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Oyo South, while Adeshina, a former member of the State Assembly.
Awogboro said: “Yes, it’s home coming for both of them.
Adegoke, the Aare-Onibon Balogun of Ibadanland and Chairman of Solution FM, contested the primaries for Oyo South Senatorial District in APC.
“Adesina was elected as an Assembly member on the platform of Accord Party in 2015. “Chief Adelabu campaign team is strategically moving.
The support we are receiving, especially in the last few weeks, is an indication that Accord is the credible alternative party to move the state forward from 2023.” He said that the party had attracted people who have passion for economic and infrastructure development of the state.
Awogboro said that the party would welcome more bigwigs from APC and PDP in the coming months to ensure that good governance was achieved in the state.
Commenting, Adegoke, a Chartered Accountant, said he joined Adelabu’s team with all his political supporters and associates across the state.
He described Adelabu as an asset, saying that the Accord flagbearer would not embezzle public funds or accumulate wealth for himself.
“Adelabu, who has all his investments in the state, will perform excellently better than any of the governorship candidates in other political parties.
“It’s common sense for me to be in support of his ambition, without looking back.
Adelabu is someone who has passion for infrastructure development and industrialisation of Oyo State,” he said.
Adegoke said that Adelabu believes in empowerment skills for women, youths and entrepreneurs.
Adeshina said that he had only reunited with Accord and Adelabu for the progress of the state.
The International Committee of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) says a total of 9,076 entries have been received for possible nominations at the 2022 edition of the awards ceremony.
Chinonso Ihekire, Communications Manager, AFRIMA, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
“AFRIMA in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) is pleased to announce a total of 9,076 entries received for possible nominations at the 2022 edition of the awards ceremony.
“This is the highest number of entries received by the awards body, since its inception in 2014,” he said.
Ihekire said that the figure, which was garnered from entertainers across all five African regions, Europe and North America, represented a 2.2 percentage increase from the 8,880 entries recorded in the 2021 edition.
He noted that the entries submission began on May 30 and closed by midnight on August 5. “Interestingly, from the array, Eastern African region led the trail with 2,890 entries, representing 31.8 per cent; while West African region followed closely with 2,863 entries, representing 31.5 per cent; and Southern African region joined in the race with 1,659 entries, representing 18.2 per cent.
“Central Africa comes fourth with 941 entries, representing 10.3 per cent; complementing the 373 entries from Northern African entertainers who represented 3.8 per cent, while the remaining 349 entries from the diaspora represented 4.1 per cent of all total submissions,” he said.
According to him, in line with the AFRIMA 2022 calendar, a 13-member jury is expected to arrive Lagos on August 11, for an eight-day adjudication process that will select the nominees across all existing categories.
He said the jury was composed of seasoned experts across all five regions in the African music industry, as well as the diaspora, specifically North America and Europe.
He noted that a world media announcement of the nominees would take place on Aug. 22 to publicly unveil the nominees.
“On Monday August 29, 2022, the AFRIMA Voters Academy, as well as music fans and followers around the globe will begin to participate in the public voting process, which will be held on the AFRIMA website www.
“Nominees with the highest votes will emerge winners in their respective categories.
“The voting process, which closes 24 hours before the awards ceremony, will be monitored and audited by a reputable international auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“The AFRIMA awards ceremony will feature a 4-day fiesta of music, glitz, and glamour,” he said.
Ihekire said that the event was scheduled to commence with the welcome soiree, followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the host city tour, African Music Business Summit, and the exclusive nominees’ party and concluded with the live awards ceremony broadcast to over 84 countries around the world.
“African music lovers can take part in the events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website at www.
org and visit the social media platforms (Instagram – Afrima.
official; Twitter – Afrimawards).
“They can watch the event coverage by tuning in to their local and cable TV providers,” he said.
Hadja Kobele, AFRIMA Juror representing the diaspora, North America, said: “This development is a clear indicator that AFRIMA is the pinnacle of African music globally.
“And Africans value the importance of celebrating themselves, as culture remains one of our strongest tools for global unification, as well as economic growth.
” AFRIMA is a youth-focused music platform that recognises and rewards the work and talents of African artistes across generations and primarily stimulates conversations among Africans, and the rest of the world.
This is most especially on the potential of the creative arts for fostering real human enterprise, contributing significantly to social cohesion, as well as sustainable development in Africa.
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba has expressed disappointment at reports of brutality and extortion of members of the public by some police operatives.
Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated in Abuja on Monday that Baba consequently directed all supervising Commissioners of Police and Commanders to ensure strict supervision of their personnel.
Baba warned that further incidences of brutality or extortion would be viewed strictly.
He ordered a holistic overhauling of the Intelligence Response Team, the Special Tactical Squad, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Units.
He directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau to supervise the three units to ensure their operations were professional and productive.
Baba said the AIG would ensure that the operation of the units did not infringe on the fundamental rights of members of the public.
He added that the overhauling was to ensure that the operations of the units were in tandem with the purpose for which they were created.
He said the current overhauling would improve the effectiveness of the units and rid them of negative elements who deviated from the standard operating procedure of the units.
Baba added that the overhauling was also to ensure maximum effectiveness and output in line with the mandate of the current administration of the force and public safety.
The police boss announced the dismissal of a Police Constable, Mr Liyomo Okoi with Force No. 524503, attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters in Cross River for gross misconduct.
He said the misconduct of the dismissed officer was recorded in a viral video circulated in the social media on July 31. Baba said the officer, whose dismissal was with immediate effect was recorded flogging a man with a machete.
The I-G reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration and restoration of professional standard and enhancement of the anti-corruption drive with dedication to entrenching human rights-driven policing.
Mr James Thomas, Executive Chairman of Karu Local Government Area in Nasarawa State has imposed a curfew on the council area as a measure to checkmate security threats.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Danbaba Magaji, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Chairman on Media and Publicity, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Karu on Monday.
According to Magaji, the chairman took the decision after an expanded peace and security meeting with all the security agencies in the area.
He added that the curfew is expected to take effect on Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, till further notice.
“It has become imperative for us to take a holistic approach to curb or checkmate the security threat in our area, even though we are enjoying relative peace in Karu LGA.
“But, we must work tirelessly and take all security measures to ensure we live in peace, considering our proximity to Abuja and criminals are using that as an option to take advantage.
”As such, we will take this as precautionary measures, from Thursday, till further notice,” Thomas was quoted as saying.
Magaji further revealed that the curfew once in effect will restrict all movements of vehicles, closure of all cinemas, bars and joints and all other activities in the local government.