The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has urged operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to be firm, but civil in carrying out their responsibilities.
A statement issued on Thursday by Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mr Afonja Ajibola, said the minister gave the aadvice at the inauguration of 93 operational vehicles for the NSCDC in Abuja.
Aregbeşola said that their presence at all times should ooze out the power and authority of the Federal Government to deter criminals.
“The ministry under my watch remains unwavering, resolute and committed towards strengthening the capacity and capabilities of this organ of government to effectively deliver on its mandate.
“Today’s occasion, therefore, is in pursuant of the radical and proactive steps by the federal government towards addressing the challenge of insecurity in the country.
“This is as we take steady and bold steps to degrade the activities of some criminally minded unpatriotic individuals and saboteurs, whose main agenda is to dwarf enormous achievements government has recorded in every sphere of national development.
“As we are all aware, there are challenges of vandalism of critical national assets, crude oil theft, banditry, kidnapping, ritual killings, insurgency, among others that have become a cankerworm that must be eliminated.
“The incessant attacks on our critical national assets and infrastructure in particular has become a grievous wound dangerously bleeding the nation’s economy, which must be effectively addressed.
“ He added that the country would not continue to watch innocent Nigerians being constantly harassed, intimidated and cowed while precious lives were being terminated prematurely.
“We cannot also pretend to be unaware of the incessant vandalism and theft of our valuable national assets and infrastructure and our territory turned to a theatre of bloodshed and anguish by bandits.
“We have routed these gangs and individuals in all their bases and put them on the run.
We shall not relent but remain absolutely committed towards extirpating them completely from our land,” the minister said.
Aregbesola advised the NSCDC to issue the vehicles to the best personnel that would conscientiously and effectively use and maintain them.
He said that most government agencies mishandle and neglect official vehicles and ultimately turn them into disuse within a short period, adding that henceforth such would not be accepted.
The minister assured them of federal government’s continued encouragement and support through adequate training and provision of modern operational equipment, to further strengthen the corps’ capacity.
This, he said, would go a long way in enhancing professionalism and repositioning the service to effectively contribute to national security and maintain its pride of place in national security architecture.
“You are, therefore, expected to reciprocate the federal government’s gesture by remaining steadfast and dedicated to the effective discharge of your core mandate.
“I enjoin you also to further improve on the robust collaboration and synergy with the military and other sister security agencies in providing security for the lives and property of Nigerians.
” Aregbesola commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and kind disposition to the ministry and its agencies in discharging their statutory responsibilities.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said that the security challenges faced by Nigeria necessitated the inauguration of the operational vehicles, to enhance the capacity of the officers.
He, therefore, commended the minister’s doggedness in the acquisition of the vehicles, which would strengthen the operational capacity of the corps.
The new Controller, Kwara Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Controller Abdulraheem Salami, has assumed office.
The outgoing Controller, Aliyu Baba-Usman, who was proceeding on his retirement, handed over to Salami at the Correctional headquarters office complex in Ilorin on Thursday.
The new controller in his remarks solicited for the support and cooperation of the staff, advising them to be dedicated and shun all forms of indiscipline.
On his part, the outgoing controller thanked the staff for their maximum cooperation during his tenure and advised them to extend same to his successor.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the handing over exercise was witnessed by all the officers in charge of the custodial centres and other principal officers in the command.
Dorman Long Engineering Limited, an oilfield equipment, structural steel and engineering fabrication company, says it has trained 40 Imo youths in various areas of engineering.
The youths, drawn from Assa North and Ohaji south communities, Ohaji- Egbema council area of Imo, were also empowered with start-up packs for self reliance.
They received professional, vocational training and capacity building in engineering works at the Mudiame Welding Institute permanent site, Irrura, in Edo.The Managing Director of the company, Mr Laurent Maubre, said this during the close-out ceremony for the training, in Owerri, on Thursday.
Maubre, represented by the company’s Head of Human Resources, Mr Godwin Idoko-Ogala, said the project was intended to support growth in Nigeria’s domestic gas, based on the Federal Government’s initiatives for additional power to support industrial projects.
He said that the youth were drawn from Assa North’s four cluster communities (Assa, Ochia, Awarra and Obile) and ’s seven access cluster communities where the Assa North – Ohaji South gas project is located.
He further said that out of the 40 persons trained, eight befitted from professional areas while 32 received vocational training.
He listed the relevant areas as electrical engineering, welding and fitting, scaffolding and rigging, project management, electrical installation, civil engineering, quantity surveying, ICT, telecoms and carpentry.
“The training involved both competence building and on-the job training and spanned a period of 12 months, from Aug. 7, 2021 to Aug. 8, 2022. ” In accordance with Nigerian Content Human Capacity Initiative implementation guideline, Dorman Long, in conjunction with Shell Petroleum Development Company, is committed to sustainable development of Host Communities wherever projects are located.
” It is our goal to ensure that at the conclusion of the project, our host communities would have their lot improved appreciably.
” He urged the beneficiaries not to relent in their quest for knowledge of unique ways to contribute to the growth of society.
The Imo Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Prof. Eugene Opara, commended Dorman Long, its support partners, the SPDC and TotalEnergies for their kind gesture.
He assured the company of Imo Government’s support and urged relevant stakeholders to create an enabling business environment for the development of the communities to enable the oil and gas business to thrive.
” As a government, we are caught between providing an enabling business environment for oil and gas operations and focusing on development in the oil communities,” he said.
The National Inland Water Ways (NIWA) has laid the foundation of a modern boat station, tagged “Passenger Lounge”, at Yauri, Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ceremony also featured thd inauguration of two passenger boats.
Speaking during the foundation laying ceremony on Thursday in Yauri, the Managing Director, NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, said: “I recall, I have promised His Royal Highness that I will come back to Yauri, so that promise I have fulfilled today.
“I have assured him that I will justify the confidence reposed in me.
I assured him also whatever I will do to make sure that the Yauri Emirate route that lead us even outside this country will be made commecially viable.
“I want to commend publicly our brother Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah for his commitment to his people, his desire to see that the route between Yauri to outside the country, Burkinafaso, Mali and even leading to hinterland in our country is made viable.
“So, I commend you for your efforts and I appreciate what you do for your people and your desire and determination to do more I will encourage you.
”Moghalu also appreciated the Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammad Zayyanu-Abdullahi, for his total support, cooperation and encouragement toward the success of the programme in particular and the agency in general.
He added that: “The Government of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to make an impact on the people, that is essentially what we are doing today.
“Because we appreciate the potentials that make our inland water ways all year round applicable, open them up for our people to use.
“The economic potentials are quite enormous and we can tap into it to support and encourage the maritime ecosystem.
”Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC-Kebbi South) observed that the importance of the station as well as the newly launched boats were enormous.
He said it would open Yauri to international markets through the use of inland water and it would also help to ensure quick response in terms of emergency rather than relying on canoe and boats.
“If you have these boats, you can address emergencies, issues regarding to health and the rest.
We also have a boat ambulance there that can go across the river and convey sick people within the shortage possible time.
“This is how to open the inland water ways to ensure that people living by the river benefit from the invention of government.
“The boat station will be a processing zone for those who want to engage in international travel within the comfort, so that Immigration, Customs can do their jobs, they can boat and then depart for Burkinafaso or Mali,” he said.
According to him, it is a durable project and if the Federal Government decides to give them 10 per cent of what it is giving to the Railway, the place will be opened to many businesses.
Na’Allah added that with such support the normal business that used to happen during trans- Sahara trade would be boosted and relationship with other ECOWAS countries would be further enhanced.
The National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has warned against misleading advertisement of regulated products by manufacturers without the approval of the agency.
The Southwest Zonal Director of the agency, Mrs Roseline Ajayi, gave the warning during a stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday in Osogbo.
Ajayi, who noted that product registration with the agency was not the same with advertisement approval, said any manufacturer caught in any advertisement, contrary to approval would be severely sanctioned.
She said that the time had come to address illegal advertisements which had given unethical practices and exploitation of unsuspecting Nigerians.
Ajayi also warned manufacturers against sale of products laced with psychoactive substances, which had the capacity to destroy vital organs of the body.
She said that any manufacturer caught with unregistered and deadly products would be dealt with in line with the law.
Ajayi said that NAFDAC would continue to work towards its mission in safeguarding public health.
He said this would be done by ensuring that only the right quality drugs, food and other regulated products were manufactured, imported, distributed, advertised, sold and used in Nigeria.
Ajayi said that the stakeholders meeting was organised with a view to sensitising different sectors to the need for collaboration in the advancement of the regulatory environment.
According to her, the regulatory space is not only becoming more dynamic but also more challenging.
This he said, was due to advancement in technology, inventions, innovations, diversification in economy, hostile economic environment, inflation and other threatening global village impacts.
” The impact of the aforementioned factor may have consequences on the quality and wholesomeness of regulatory products.
” Hence, the agency is also evolving strategies and operational guidelines to drive continuous improvements, to match with the regulatory environment and changing demands of the new world order.
“NAFDAC under the leadership of Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has recognised the important role played by stakeholders in fulfilling its mandate, which is the motivation for special interest on stakeholders engagement,” she said.
Besides, Ajayi said that during her working visit to the state, she visited factories to check levels of their compliance to regulatory procedures.
He also said they trained members of staff of the agency on the need to be more active in the pursuit of the agency’s mandate and mission.
Earlier, the NAFDAC State Coordinator, Mr Anikoh Ibrahim, said the meeting was to intimate stakeholders on what NAFDAC was doing and the challenges they were facing.
Ibrahim said the meeting was also to intimate stakeholders with recent happenings in NAFDAC, the agency’s concerns, as well as the stakeholders agitations and the way forward.
Stakeholders at the meeting, in their various contributions, commended NAFDAC for the meeting and promised to work within the agency’s regulatory frame work.
The Edo First Lady, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, says the state will on Sept. 15, hold a workshop to sensitise students and other youths in Edo on the dangers of drug abuse.
Mrs Obaseki said this on Thursday in Benin while reeling the activities lined up for the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the second edition of the soccer tourney is scheduled to run between Sept. 7 and 17, 2022. The event, Mrs Obaseki, who is the chairperson of the organising committee, said was focused on driving the government’s campaign against drug abuse in the state and the country at large.
She told sport journalists and editors that the annual tournament was born out of the desire to check social vices among the girl-child in the state.
According to her, Edo used to be the epicentre of human trafficking and illegal migration, but the maiden edition of the competition through its message, achieved its goal of further complementing the government’s efforts at tackling the menace.
“Faced with trafficking of about 60 per cent of our girls, we decided to do something to save the situation.
“We housed and trained the returnees in different areas, ensuring that they are equipped with requisite skills to live fulfilled lives.
“We looked at other areas to support the girls and this gave birth to this tournament.
“The tournament has created the opportunity for our young girls to develop skills and career for themselves in football.
“We are focusing this year on drug abuse as it has become a menace in our society, state and country at large.
We are encouraging our girls to choose a career path in football.
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Chairman, Alhaji Buba Marwa, has agreed to be in Edo for the drug seminar which will take place on Sept. 15, 2022; a day set aside for the teams to rest.
“We are expecting 1,500 students across the state to attend the seminar,” said the Edo first lady.
Reassuring on the sustainability of the tournament, Mrs Obaseki said since the event was private sector driven, it would outlive the administration of her husband.
She asserted a board of trustees had been put in place to ensure the sustainability of the women soccer fiesta.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML) has commenced issuance of certificates to applicants.
According to a statement by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ilorin, the SCUML is a statutory responsibility of the EFCC under the new-fangled Money Laundering Act, 2022. “The EFCC is delighted to inform the general public that the SCUML has commenced issuance of certificates to every successful applicant.
“It would be recalled that issuance of certificates was suspended as an administrative measure to bring SCUML into alignment with its new regulatory framework, environment and obligations.
“Interested applicants can come with their application for the new certificates.
“The EFCC wishes to assure the public of a more professional and efficient SCUML,” the statement read in part.
PA ) Britain’s new King has described the death of the Queen, who he called his “beloved Mother”, as the “greatest sadness” for his family.
One of the first acts of the new monarch – whose title has been confirmed by the Prime Minister as King Charles III – was to speak of his grief and highlight the “respect and deep affection” in which the Queen was “so widely held”.
His words came soon after Buckingham Palace confirmed Elizabeth II, 96, the nation’s longest-reigning monarch who served as head of state for more than 70 years, died “peacefully” on Thursday afternoon.
Charles said in a written statement: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.
” Addressing the nation from Downing Street, Liz Truss announced Charles’ new title.
She said: “Today the crown passes, as it has done for more than 1,000 years, to our new monarch, to our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III.
” In a statement, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.
” The new King, Charles, is expected to speak to the nation and lead the tributes to his beloved mother.
The Duchess of Cornwall is now Queen, and as a Queen Consort, will be crowned at Charles’s side at his eventual coronation.
Fears dramatically escalated for the Queen’s health on Thursday when the Palace announced the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral.
The royal family including all of the monarch’s four children and the Duke of Cambridge made the urgent dash to be by her bedside.
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NAN) The Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Martins Uzoukwu, has expressed grief over the demise of Queen Elizabeth 11 .
Uzoukwu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Thursday, said he received the death of the the queen with a shock.
“Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is dead.
Death is the pathway through which every mortal must pass to eternity.
“Yes, she is gone, but her legacy lives after her.
We all knew her as the Head of the United Kingdom and the leader of the Commonwealth of Nations.
“Queen Elizabeth led her people in accordance with the spirit of selflessness and love.
“She was truly above partisan politics and she was a woman who worked for the common good of the people,” he said.
The bishop noted that under her leadership, Queen Elizabeth 11 steered her country through different experiences and challenges, including the social and political changes in the world.
Uzoukwu said the late queen was also open to giving the former British Colonies their independence when the times were ripe for self rule in those nations.
He described her as a true and an exemplary leader who should be emulated by the hordes of politicians and rulers in Nigeria and the world today.
“Her life and passing to glory are lessons that no one lasts forever.
“Therefore, as we are pouring our tributes, let us also realise that it is our legacies that will speak loudly on our behalf.
“I wish our leaders in Nigeria will learn from the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“When you do well, your people will love and cherish you.
When you die, they will mourn you and preserve your legacy forever.
“May her soul rest in peace,” Uzoukwu said.
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The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) has graduated participants of the May 2022 Mediation Skills Training (MST) programme it organised on behalf of Oyo State Multi-Door Courthouse (OYSMDC).
A cross-section of officials of LMDC and OYSMDC at the MST graduation ceremony held in the High Court of Oyo State.
In a statement in Lagos on Thursday, Mrs Justina Chukwuma, Asst. of Corporate Services, LMDC, said that the graduation took place on Wednesday at the High Court of Oyo State.
Chukwuma said that the event was the first of its kind in the history of the LMDC.
According to the official, the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, said that the state judiciary was dedicated to effective administration of justice.
“It is necessary to kit the stakeholders with the knowledge required for effective use of the various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services rendered by OYSMDC,” Chukwuma quoted Abimbola as saying.
She also quoted Justice Jumoke Pedro, Chairman of the LMDC Governing Council, as saying that the graduands’ participation in the LMDC MST was an opportunity to begin or re-energise their mediation practice with appropriate mediation skills and ethical foundation for excellence.
Pedro also enjoined the graduands to participate in the LMDC Mentorship Programme designed to facilitate participants’ development in mediation, according to Chukwuma.
Chukwuma added that Mrs Achere Cole, Acting Director of LMDC, charged the participants to imbibe mediation ethics such as diligence, impartiality, confidentiality and honesty to ensure a smooth mediation process and enhance ADR growth.