Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has expressed appreciation to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his immense support to the Army in the effective discharge of its responsibilities.
The COAS’s appreciation was conveyed by Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor in Enugu on Monday.
The courtesy visit was also to formally introduce the new GOC, who assumed duty barely a week ago.
Musa also said that his predecessor, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja and the Division’s Garrison Commander, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim had briefed him on Ugwuanyi’s immense support to the Army. The GOC solicited for more support and cooperation of the state government and all residents in making the state peaceful.
“Enugu State is a peaceful state, I am in the state to ensure that it remains peaceful and that the entire South-East states are safe and peaceful.
“It is my mandate to ensure that everywhere is peaceful,” he said.
Responding, Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment to the security and welfare of the people in line with its constitutional mandate.
He said: “In Enugu state, we believe that when there is peace there is development.
“This is why this administration is interested in everything concerning the military and other security agencies”.
The governor recognised the contributions of past GOCs and the professionalism being displayed by the Army in the discharge of its duties.
“I am assuring the new GOC of the cooperation and support of the state government, and definitely, we are going to work together in the overall interest of our people,” the governor said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 82 Division’s Areas of Responsibility include the entire South-East states and Cross River.
Rev. Emiola Nihinlola, the President, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS), Ogbomoso, says spiritual awakening is critical for the transformation and development of all spheres of Nigeria life.
Nihinlola said this on Monday in Ogbomoso at a news conference to herald the 2022 NBTS Minister’s Conference.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 62nd edition of the minister’s conference with the theme “Crying for Spiritual Awakening” is scheduled to hold from Sept. 12 to Sept.15. NAN reports that Nihinlola is a professor of Christian Theological Studies; Chairman, Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) and Director, International Council for Higher Education, West Africa Network.
Nihinlola listed some factors responsible for the current hardship as leadership deceit, failure and lack of fear of God among citizens.
The NBTS leader said that everyday life in Nigeria was now characterized by insecurity, kidnapping, banditry, corruption, inflation and poverty.
He expressed concern over the lingering industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the past six months, adding Nigerians youths were now migrating to UK, U.
S. and several others in their hundreds.
The religious leader also spoke on the political uncertainties, lack of internal democracy within parties and politicization of religions as the people prepare for the 2023 general elections.
“Let us face it, the social vices which have made life difficult and unbearable in Nigeria are signs of moral and spiritual decay.
“Our spirit yearns for awakening and renewal for the sake of peace, progress, transformation and development.
“Spiritual awakening is thus critical for the transformation and development of all spheres of Nigerian life: secular, religious, education, governance, , etc,” he said.
Nihinlola, who acknowledged that the root cause of the problems was sin, urged Nigerians to be spiritually awakened as a way of seeking God’s intervention.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
“The Spirit of God is calling us to embrace truth, righteousness and justice so as to experience peace, sanity and progress,” he quoted from the Bible.
Speaking on the conference, he said that the issue of spiritual awakening would be discussed with various features and sessions including praise and worship; prayer, bible study, and devotional messages.
The NBTS leader said the conference was an important occasion where ministers are taught, trained and equipped for service as well as leadership through devotional, academic and professional activities.
“Such ministries will bless Nigeria to experience spiritual renewal, peaceful coexistence, social harmony, economic buoyancy and political stability,” he said.
He said that all gospel ministers including participants, staff and graduates would be renewed to lead exemplary, God-fearing lifestyle needed for the church to transform people and develop society.
Nihinlola said that the gospel ministers would help support church members, workers and officers in their aspiration for spiritual awakening in the world today with particular focus on Nigerian society.
He said that the conference would be attended by students, staff, alumni of the Seminary and for all gospel ministers across Nigeria and beyond.
Nihinlola said that all appropriate and adequate arrangements including necessary safety and security measures have been made for the conference.
NAN reports that NBTS was established in 1898 by the Southern Baptist Convention of the U.
S. for Christian education and leadership training.
The NBTS is the first tertiary institution to award degrees in Nigeria, the Bachelor of Theology degree in 1948 and remained the premier theological institution of the Nigerian Baptist Convention(NBC).
Expected at the conference are Rev. (Dr) Israel Akanji, the NBC President; Rev. (Dr)Yusuf Gwada, NBC Chairman and Brother Gbile Akanni, Peace House, Gboko; Others are Rev. Segun Babalola, Chairman, Ogbomoso Baptist Conference; and Rev. Segun Omotosho.
The Federal Government has inaugurated four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to review and implement a strategic roadmap for the resuscitation of ailing enterprises in the country.
A statement issued by the Head, Public Communication, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Chidi Ibeh, in Abuja on Monday, noted that the bureau’s Director-General, Alex Okoh, inaugurated the TWGs on behalf of the Federal Government.
Okoh said the TWGs were inaugurated for the Automobile, Housing (Bricks and Clay), Mines and Steel as well as Oil Palm sectors.
He said the initiative was in consonance with the ease of doing business in Nigeria and in line with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
Okoh was represented by the Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources, BPE, Mr Ignatius Ayewoh, at the inauguration of the TWGs. The director-general noted that the event was a culmination of the efforts by various stakeholders which started in 2018 to revive non-performing privatised enterprises in the country.
He said that BPE in discharging its supervisory duties on privatised enterprises through the instrumentality of Result-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME), discovered that about 16 per cent of the privatised companies were non-performing.
“Hence the result of the finding was submitted to the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) in 2018 and to the Senate Committee on Privatisation in 2020. “This led to a meeting of the relevant stakeholders in the ailing enterprises held in July 2018,” the director-general said.
Okoh said the Terms of Reference (TORs) for the Working Groups include: “Conduct a diagnostic study on the enterprises to identify their current status (operational and financial positions) and conditions in terms of ownership, share structure and capacity utilisation.
“Prepare a business plan that meets the current sectoral requirements; examine the challenges in the sectors; and develop a comprehensive five-year, (2023-2027) Turnaround Programme for each of the non-performing enterprises.
“Review and advise the Federal Government on the processes and implementation of the Turnaround Programme and determine the potential and economic viability of the sectors, amongst others,” he said.
The Director, Post-Transaction Management, BPE, Mr Toibudeen Oduniyi, urged members to contribute their wealth of experience and expertise for the actualisation of the much-desired revitalisation of the non-performing enterprises.
The representatives of the various committees thanked the bureau for selecting them to work on the committees and promised to work for the betterment of the nation’s economy.
ECOWAS through the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalization is organizing a regional awareness workshop on the implementation of the new ECOWAS Road Safety Policy, Action Plan and Charter in Accra, Ghana, from 8 to 9 September 2022.
The new Policy, ECOWAS Road Safety Charter, Action Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework prepared by the Directorate of the Department of Transport Infrastructure under its Transport Governance Technical Assistance Project for West Africa, was approved in the 60th Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government on 12 December 2021 The framework documents will provide a harmonized platform for ECOWAS and Member States to better coordinate actions towards reducing fatalities in our national road corridors and regional.
The intervention also constitutes ECOWAS' response to the United Nations' Second Decade of Action for Road Safety with the global goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 percent by 2030.
With this new Policy and Charter, the Commission wishes to intensify its work with Member States and Development Partners in order to improve road safety in the region, which is one of the main themes and key activities planned under the Technical Assistance Project for the Governance of the ECOWAS Transport, which is financed jointly through the Cooperation Agreement with the European Union and counterpart funding from ECOWAS.
Expected participants at the 2-day physical workshop will include related directorates from the ECOWAS Commission, road safety experts from Member State ministries and agencies, and key partners such as the African Union, UNECA, AfDB, SSATP-World Bank, Organization African Road Safety Organization (ARSO) and the Federation of West African Engineering Organizations.
One of the main expected outcomes of the workshop will be an updated Regional Action Plan with milestones, objectives and timelines for activities to be achieved at the regional level by ECOWAS and partners, as well as Member States and civil society actors.
The Federal Government says the worst is over with regards to the daunting security challenges in the country.
It added that terrorists, bandits and their cohorts will never hold sway anywhere in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja at a media briefing he jointly addressed with some of his colleagues.
Others are Ministers of Defence Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi, as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor.
Mohammed said the security challenges the country had faced were daunting and ranged from terrorism to banditry, kidnapping, separatist violence, crude oil theft, armed robbery and sundry crimes.
He added that the challenges were undoubtedly the greatest to the peace and security of the country since the 1967 to 1970 civil war.
“It is the kind of challenge that would have overwhelmed many nations, but thanks to the purposeful leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Today, we are here to tell you that while we may not be there yet, our military and other security agencies have succeeded – and are succeeding – in substantially restoring security across the nation.
“We can say, I want to repeat, that the worst is over and peace and security are gradually returning to the land.
“Please don’t misunderstand or misrepresent this assertion because we may still witness isolated cases of security challenges here and there, but it will not be on the scale that we have witnessed in the past,’’ he assured.
The minister said the successes recorded was sequel to the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to the military to crush those terrorising the citizens and there should be no hiding place for them.
He thanked the President for his purposeful leadership as well as the military for their ability to rise to the occasion.
Mohammed also commended the media for their watchdog role and called on them to endeavour to give a big part to the successes being recorded by the security agencies.
Speaking in the same vein, Aregbesola said the security challenges the country faced mostly preceded the President Buhari’s administration.
He equally commended the security agencies for rising to the challenges and for largely degrading the groups and persons constituting the threats.
“What we face now mostly are flashes of cowardly attacks from the rumps of groups that have been routed in one location, moving to another to give the false impression that they are still strong.
“Our ultimate goal is to eliminate them altogether and restore total and lasting peace over every inch of Nigerian soil.
“We have been doing this and will continue to do so through the operations of the four agencies under the Ministry,’’ he said.
The Minister of Defence who gave accounts of the military operations across the country said they were achieving greater results through synchronised ground and air bombardments of the terrorists.
“We have been forcing many of them, including Commanders to surrender in droves, with members of their families.
“Areas where terrorists hitherto had some freedom of action are being cleared, socio-economic life is gradually returning to most parts of the North East. “Erstwhile Internally Displaced Persons are now returning to their ancestral homes to start life all over, in dignity, under safer and more secure environment,’’ Magashi said.
Specifically, the minister said in the past four weeks, more than 3,407 Boko Haram Terrorists including members of their families have surrendered.
Additionally, he said 66 terrorists were neutralized including one of the key ISWAP Commanders, Modu Chaka Bem Bem and 20 of his fighters, while 55 were rrested and 52 civilians rescued.
He said troops recovered large quantities of ammunition and illicit drugs while the surrendered and arrested terrorists have been subjected to profiling and the relevant legal processes.
Magashi said for the first time, no single incidence of piracy was recorded in the country’s waters in one full year.
He said in the past four weeks, several illegal oil refining sites, consisting of 493 dugout pits, 512 storage tanks, 413 cooking ovens and 59 wooden boats were destroyed.
Additionally, he said several weapons, vehicles, vessels and equipment were recovered.
The minister said about 25,800 barrels of crude oil, 3,200 liters of Premium Motor Spirit and 2,000 liters of Dual Purpose Kerosene were recovered during various operations while 21 pipeline vandals were arrested.
EFCC has arrested one Sunday Adepoju, owner of the popular De Rock Club in Ibadan and 21 others over alleged internet-related fraud.
Its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren stated in Ibadan on Monday that the suspects were arrested at the club located on the popular Ring Road in Ibadan during an intelligence-driven operation.
Also arrested were a couple Aladenusi Ayodeji and Aladenusi Sadiat (a.
k.a Bonnie and Clyde).
Others, according to the EFCC spokesman were Ajuwon Ibrahim, Ogunniyi Stephen, Bolaji Quadri, Olajire Olamilekan, Ojo Kolapo, Kajero Sodiq, Kareem Abiodun, Bolaji Toheeb, Banjo Toyin and Clement Adeseye.
Also arrested were Babalola Samuel, Opeyemi Omoyemi, Okesanya Matthew, Kareem Damilola, Aledegbe Qodir, Akindele Solomon, Adewopo John, Iyiola Ridwan and Olabosinde Adesola.
Uwujaren added that one of the suspects, a graduate of Industrial Chemistry of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun, runs Helpline Foundation and Special Service Global Trust Ltd., in Ibadan.
He stated that the 36-year-old graduate was arrested with a 2020 model Range Rover HSE Sports Utility Vehicle.
Uwujaren added that the suspects were arrested after series of surveillance and intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
He listed items recovered from them to include five cars, laptops, mobile phones, and incriminating documents suggesting false pretences.
The suspects would be charged in court as soon as investigations are concluded, Uwujaren stated.
The Niger government says it has received 75,000 dollars from the Republic of Korea and technical assistance from the UN-Habitat to accelerate its urban development programmes.
Alhaji Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the State Government, said this in Minna while inaugurating the state urban policy through innovative demonstration projects.
“To accelerate the delivery of positive outcomes of urbanisation in the state, UN-Habitat and the Republic of Korea is assisting the state government to kick start the implementation of the state urban policy through innovative demonstration projects.
“Presently the state government had received a sum of 75,000 dollars to implement three demonstration projects in different part of the state,” he said.
Matane said that among the projects, the state Ministry for Environment and Forestry would benefit from urban reforestation for climate change.
He said that the state Ministry of Water Resources and Dams State Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Agency would benefit from rehabilitation of three bi-water schemes.
He also said that the Ministry of Lands and Housing would benefit from the provision of water sanitation and hygiene facility.
According to him, the urban reforestation project would cover 50 hectares of land deforested across the state by planting mangrove trees to tackle desertification and improve resilience to economic and natural shocks in the state.
He said that 6,000 economic trees would be planted on more than 45 hectares of land at Bosso dam and 2,000 fruit trees planted on five hectares of land in 10 schools across the state.
Matane said that the afforestation project would contribute to the ongoing international efforts on climate action and protection of forest resources.
He said that the second project would improve water supply and encourage hygiene practices in small and intermediate towns.
He also said that the third project would address the challenges of urban basic services at Kpakungu, Minna through development of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facility (WASH).
He said that the government had on June 23, 2021 approved the state urban policy as a frame-work to guiding urban and territorial development in the state.
Matane said that the measure was part of government efforts to reverse the debilitating outcomes of unplanned urbanisation and also maximise transformative potential of urbanisation for sustainable urban and territorial development in the state.
Similarly, Dr Remy Siefchping, Chief Policy Legislation and Governance Section, UN-Habitat, said that the state urban development policy had been prepared through the technical assistance of UN-Habitat and financial support from the republic of Korea.
Siefchping who was represented by Mr Emmanuel Adeleke, Urban Development Expert, UN-Habitat, said that there were 12 proposals received from the state government through call of interest for the implementation of the demonstration projects.
He said that with the operational support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office in Abuja, UN-Habitat would complete the projects in two months.
Dr Lucky Barau, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry for Environment and Forestry, said that the projects would benefit the state socio-economically.
Earlier, Mrs Helen Umaru, Acting General Manager, Niger State Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation, enjoined the people of the state to take ownership of the project in order to ensure sustainability.
Also, Mr Mu’azu Isah, Please, Gwada Youth Forum in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state, lauded the programme and assured the public that they would support government to ensure its success and sustainability.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assumed full responsibility of the life- threatening experience of a passenger with an escalator at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Sept. 3, 2022. The Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
The statement reads: “With respect to the above mentioned incident which occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Sept. 3, 2022. “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria takes full responsibility for the unfortunate incident and we hereby tender our apology to the family involved.
“Accordingly, we have also reached out to actively participate in the care for the injured.
“FAAN is now reviewing the operating procedure for the equipment, to ensure that such sudden mechanical fault do not occur again.
The Police Command in Jigawa has confirmed the death of five persons in a canoe mishap that occurred in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s spokesperson, DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Dutse on Monday.
Shiisu said that the incident occurred on Friday at about 7 p.
m., when a locally made canoe conveying nine passengers capsized in a river in the area.
“The incident happened at Martaba village Gwaram LGA of Jigawa State, while the passengers were returning home after attending Juma’at prayer.
“On receipt of the report, a team of policemen rushed to the scene where four of the passengers; one Barkeji aged 60 and three others, all of Martaba village were rescued alive.
“And with the aid of local divers, five bodies were recovered, they are; Lukateru, 60, Musa, 50, Sale, 50, Alhaji Shuaibu, 60 and Dogo, 50, all of Darazau herdsmen settlement camp in Bauchi State,” Shiisu said.
He added that the remains of the deceased have been released to their relatives for burial.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Aliyu Tafida, has comesirated with the families and relatives of the deceased.
NAN recalls that on Aug. 28, the command also confirmed the death of two boys in a canoe mishap that occurred at a river in Miga Local Government Area of the state.
The deceased, aged 12 years and 14 years, lost their lives after the canoe carrying nine of them capsized at about 9 p.
m. The incident occurred when the deceased, along with seven others were returning from a farm in Galauchime and Sansani villages.
However, three of the seven of the passengers were rescued.
Santiago Mourão, President, General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said that access to information and freedom of expression are main pillars for the advent of just and peaceful societies.
These, he said, are also crucial to the rule of law, good governance and setting the foundations for democracy.
Mourão made this known on Monday during a virtual high-level discussion co-hosted by the Office of the President of the Human Rights Council, UNESCO and the Universal Periodic Review branch of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UPR is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States, providing the opportunity for each State to declare actions taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries.
Its aim is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
Mourão said that the freedom of expression had constantly been threatened, noting that the pandemic showed off the power of digital technologies and new media for producing and sharing information.
According to him, access to information has been directly associated to access to internet, but the digital divide has endured in some regions, revealing inequalities based on gender, age and socioeconomic status, among others.
He said that in spite of the central role played by journalists during crises, providing life saving frontier and frontline services, they face increased harassment, psychological stress and trauma.
This, he said, was why strengthening the defence of freedom of expression was imperative.
“We have seen increasing violence against media professionals especially women and no country is immune to these challenges.
“The great majority of cases of killed journalists remain unresolved or unreported.
“In this context, the engagement of states to foster policies or laws that reinforce universal rights for the formation of freedom of expression is of course essential,” Mourão said.
Speaking on the UPR, he said it was a universal and non-selective mechanism aimed at avoiding double standards and excessive politicisation.
He said its guidance load could be a resource to nourish the debate, not only among governments but also among the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), United Nations country teams, National Human Rights Institutions, Information Commissioners and journalists.
“We need to reinforce our commitment to make of human rights, the compass set into global sustainable development,” Mourão added.
The president of the Human Rights Council, Federico Villegas, said partnerships and collaborations were key to the work of the HRC.
These, he said, enable the council to draw on diverse perspectives, allow its messages to be amplified and maximise efforts to turn discussions and decisions into concrete and tangible impact on the ground.
According to him, the UPR is a perfect example of the importance of partnership.
He said, ”Since its establishment, the UPR mechanism has advanced the promotion and protection of human rights.
“It has also secured greater compliance in law and in practice with international human rights norms and the commitments made by all states in all regions of the world.
“The considerable increasing number of member states participating and formulating recommendations demonstrate the continued interest in the mechanism by the international community.
“As we prepare to open the fourth cycle in November this year, it is essential that we maintain the excellent track record and ensure that this exercise does not become a routine but continues to have a positive impact globally.
” Villegas urged all UN entities and agencies to follow the lead of UNESCO and utilise the UPR and its recommendations to guide their interventions, programmes and activities with a human rights perspective.
On her part, Nada Al-Nashif, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, said freedom of expression is essential for any society to realise its people’s fullest potential and aspirations.
She described it as a necessary condition for the realisation of the principles of transparency and accountability which are key for the promotion and protection of all human rights.