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  •  The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA says it will consider a request for the supply of fuel to fishermen in Bakassi local government area of Cross River Mr George Ene Ita Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA South South said this when the Chairman of Bakassi local government area Mr Iyadim Iyadim led a delegation of fishermen to his office Ene Ita said he would write a proposal to the management of NMDPRA with a view of brining all critical stakeholders to deliberate on the matter According to him the cross border smuggling had necessitated the government to prohibit fuel stations located 25km to the border from lifting petroleum product The policy is a temporal remedial measure to curb cross border smuggling In the interim approval will be given and the modalities of the approval will be worked out by the NMDPRA regional office Such approval will be subjected to the condition of holding the communities representatives accountable for any breach of product he said Earlier the Chairman told the Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA that the activities of fishermen had declined due to the measure He added that their source of livelihood was fishing hence the fishermen needed fuel to power their boats At this point the only option available to us is to travel from Bakassi to Calabar to source for petroleum product and in most cases our people usually have problems with security agents The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation floating station which was supposed to serve the coastal communities has not been operational for years now he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG considers fuel supply approval to Bakassi fishermen
     The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA says it will consider a request for the supply of fuel to fishermen in Bakassi local government area of Cross River Mr George Ene Ita Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA South South said this when the Chairman of Bakassi local government area Mr Iyadim Iyadim led a delegation of fishermen to his office Ene Ita said he would write a proposal to the management of NMDPRA with a view of brining all critical stakeholders to deliberate on the matter According to him the cross border smuggling had necessitated the government to prohibit fuel stations located 25km to the border from lifting petroleum product The policy is a temporal remedial measure to curb cross border smuggling In the interim approval will be given and the modalities of the approval will be worked out by the NMDPRA regional office Such approval will be subjected to the condition of holding the communities representatives accountable for any breach of product he said Earlier the Chairman told the Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA that the activities of fishermen had declined due to the measure He added that their source of livelihood was fishing hence the fishermen needed fuel to power their boats At this point the only option available to us is to travel from Bakassi to Calabar to source for petroleum product and in most cases our people usually have problems with security agents The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation floating station which was supposed to serve the coastal communities has not been operational for years now he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG considers fuel supply approval to Bakassi fishermen
    Economy4 months ago

    FG considers fuel supply approval to Bakassi fishermen

    The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it will consider a request for the supply of fuel to fishermen in Bakassi local government area of Cross River.

    Mr George Ene-Ita, Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA, South South, said this when the Chairman of Bakassi local government area, Mr Iyadim Iyadim, led a delegation of fishermen to his office.

    Ene-Ita said he would write a proposal to the management of NMDPRA with a view of brining all critical stakeholders to deliberate on the matter.

    According to him, the cross border smuggling had necessitated the government to prohibit fuel stations located 25km to the border from lifting petroleum product.

    “The policy is a temporal remedial measure to curb cross border smuggling.

    “In the interim, approval will be given and the modalities of the approval will be worked out by the NMDPRA regional office.

    “Such approval will be subjected to the condition of holding the communities representatives accountable for any breach of product,” he said.

    Earlier, the Chairman told the Regional Coordinator of NMDPRA that the activities of fishermen had declined due to the measure.

    He added that their source of livelihood was fishing, hence the fishermen needed fuel to power their boats.

    “At this point, the only option available to us is to travel from Bakassi to Calabar to source for petroleum product and in most cases, our people usually have problems with security agents.

    “The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation floating station which was supposed to serve the coastal communities has not been operational for years now,” he said.


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  •  A Grade I Area Court Dei dei Abuja ordered that a 21 year old sales representative James Okorie be remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly swindling his employer of N41 500 The Judge Sulyman Ola who gave the order adjourned the matter until Nov 29 for hearing Earlier the Prosecution Counsel Mr Chinedu Ogada told the court that the complainant Tony Chinedu reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on Sept 15 Ogada said that Okorie a sales representative at the complainant s wife s shop sold duvets worth N92 000 and withdrew N41 500 from her Point of Sale POS machine He said that the defendant who converted the money to his personal use committed the offense on Sept 10 and 15 The prosecution counsel said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 289 of the Penal Code The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court remands sales rep for allegedly swindling employer of N41,000
     A Grade I Area Court Dei dei Abuja ordered that a 21 year old sales representative James Okorie be remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly swindling his employer of N41 500 The Judge Sulyman Ola who gave the order adjourned the matter until Nov 29 for hearing Earlier the Prosecution Counsel Mr Chinedu Ogada told the court that the complainant Tony Chinedu reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on Sept 15 Ogada said that Okorie a sales representative at the complainant s wife s shop sold duvets worth N92 000 and withdrew N41 500 from her Point of Sale POS machine He said that the defendant who converted the money to his personal use committed the offense on Sept 10 and 15 The prosecution counsel said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 289 of the Penal Code The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court remands sales rep for allegedly swindling employer of N41,000
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    Court remands sales rep for allegedly swindling employer of N41,000

    A Grade I Area Court, Dei-dei, Abuja ordered that a 21-year-old sales representative, James Okorie be remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly swindling his employer of  N41,500. The Judge,  Sulyman Ola who gave the order, adjourned the matter until Nov. 29 for hearing.

    Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Chinedu Ogada told the court that the complainant, Tony Chinedu reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on Sept. 15. Ogada said that Okorie, a sales representative at the complainant’s wife’s shop, sold duvets worth N92, 000 and withdrew N41, 500 from her Point of Sale(POS) machine.

    He said that the defendant who converted the money to his personal use, committed the offense on Sept.10 and 15. The prosecution counsel said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 289 of the Penal Code. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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  •  Sweden s long running gang crime could bring a sad record to the Scandinavian EU country this year So far in 2022 a total of 47 people had been killed in shootings in the country and police feared it would not stop there It looked like a record this year the head of the Swedish National Police Anders Thornberg said in an interview with the TT news agency If things continued as they had been this would mean that there would be more than 60 deaths in such incidents by the end of the year The situation was being shaped by the fact that more firearms were circulating on the streets and young offenders were making use of them to kill Thornberg said For several years Sweden has had an increasing problem with gang crime which repeatedly resulted in shootings and explosions being set off Sometimes even non participants got into the line of fire On Tuesday night there were again two powerful detonations in blocks of flats in the southern Swedish cities of storp and Helsingborg One man was seriously injured and treated in hospital after the explosion in storp The issue of gang crime had also dominated the election campaign before the Swedish general election on Sept 11 in which a conservative and right wing four party bloc won a narrow parliamentary majority The right wing populist Sweden Democrats in particular benefited from the focus on crime achieving a record result of 20 5 per cent This had made them the second strongest force in the Swedish parliament for the first time NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fatal gun crime may hit Swedish record in 2022, police worry
     Sweden s long running gang crime could bring a sad record to the Scandinavian EU country this year So far in 2022 a total of 47 people had been killed in shootings in the country and police feared it would not stop there It looked like a record this year the head of the Swedish National Police Anders Thornberg said in an interview with the TT news agency If things continued as they had been this would mean that there would be more than 60 deaths in such incidents by the end of the year The situation was being shaped by the fact that more firearms were circulating on the streets and young offenders were making use of them to kill Thornberg said For several years Sweden has had an increasing problem with gang crime which repeatedly resulted in shootings and explosions being set off Sometimes even non participants got into the line of fire On Tuesday night there were again two powerful detonations in blocks of flats in the southern Swedish cities of storp and Helsingborg One man was seriously injured and treated in hospital after the explosion in storp The issue of gang crime had also dominated the election campaign before the Swedish general election on Sept 11 in which a conservative and right wing four party bloc won a narrow parliamentary majority The right wing populist Sweden Democrats in particular benefited from the focus on crime achieving a record result of 20 5 per cent This had made them the second strongest force in the Swedish parliament for the first time NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fatal gun crime may hit Swedish record in 2022, police worry
    Foreign4 months ago

    Fatal gun crime may hit Swedish record in 2022, police worry

    Sweden’s long-running gang crime could bring a sad record to the Scandinavian EU country this year.

    So far in 2022, a total of 47 people had been killed in shootings in the country – and police feared it would not stop there.

    It looked  like a record this year, the head of the Swedish National Police, Anders Thornberg, said in an interview with the TT news agency.

    If things continued as they had been, this would mean that there would be more than 60 deaths in such incidents by the end of the year.

    The situation was being shaped by the fact that more firearms were circulating on the streets and young offenders were making use of them to kill, Thornberg said.

    For several years, Sweden has  had an increasing problem with gang crime, which repeatedly resulted  in shootings and explosions being set off.

    Sometimes even non-participants got into the line of fire.

    On Tuesday night, there were again two powerful detonations in blocks of flats in the southern Swedish cities of Åstorp and Helsingborg.

    One man was seriously injured and treated in hospital after the explosion in Åstorp.

    The issue of gang crime had also dominated the election campaign before the Swedish general election on Sept. 11, in which a conservative and right-wing four-party bloc won a narrow parliamentary majority.

    The right-wing populist Sweden Democrats in particular benefited from the focus on crime, achieving a record result of 20.5 per cent.

    This had made them the second strongest force in the Swedish parliament for the first time.


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  •  A Grade I Area Court Dei dei Abuja on Wednesday ordered that a 32 year old unemployed man Kyom Emmanuel be remanded in a correction centre for allegedly stealing a cell phone The Judge Mr Sulyman Ola ordered the defence counsel Ms Lilian Ibrahim to file a formal application to the court for bail Ola adjourned the matter until Nov 24 for hearing Ibrahim had made an oral bail application for the defendant citing Section 36 subsection 5 of the 1999 constitution and section 158 162 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act ACJA She prayed the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms The police charged Emmanuel who lives in Gwarinpa village He pleaded not guilty to theft and told the court that he went to the complainant Mr Yusuf Salisu s shop to sell his cellphone to him Earlier the Prosecution Counsel Mr Babajide Olanipekun told the court that the complainant reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on Sept 20 Olanipekun alleged that the defendant took his cell phone to the complainant s shop to sell and stole a customer s infinix cell phone worth N65 000 on Aug 27 The prosecution counsel said the stolen phone was in the complainant s shop for repairs adding that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court remands unemployed man for allegedly stealing phone
     A Grade I Area Court Dei dei Abuja on Wednesday ordered that a 32 year old unemployed man Kyom Emmanuel be remanded in a correction centre for allegedly stealing a cell phone The Judge Mr Sulyman Ola ordered the defence counsel Ms Lilian Ibrahim to file a formal application to the court for bail Ola adjourned the matter until Nov 24 for hearing Ibrahim had made an oral bail application for the defendant citing Section 36 subsection 5 of the 1999 constitution and section 158 162 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act ACJA She prayed the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms The police charged Emmanuel who lives in Gwarinpa village He pleaded not guilty to theft and told the court that he went to the complainant Mr Yusuf Salisu s shop to sell his cellphone to him Earlier the Prosecution Counsel Mr Babajide Olanipekun told the court that the complainant reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on Sept 20 Olanipekun alleged that the defendant took his cell phone to the complainant s shop to sell and stole a customer s infinix cell phone worth N65 000 on Aug 27 The prosecution counsel said the stolen phone was in the complainant s shop for repairs adding that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court remands unemployed man for allegedly stealing phone
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    Court remands unemployed man for allegedly stealing phone

    A Grade I Area Court, Dei-dei, Abuja on Wednesday ordered that a 32-year-old unemployed man, Kyom Emmanuel be remanded in a correction centre for allegedly stealing a cell phone.

    The Judge, Mr Sulyman Ola, ordered the defence counsel, Ms Lilian Ibrahim to file a formal application to the court for bail.

    Ola adjourned the matter until Nov.24 for hearing.

    Ibrahim had made an oral bail application for the defendant citing  Section 36, subsection 5 of the 1999 constitution and section 158, 162 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).

    She prayed the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal terms.

    The police charged Emmanuel , who lives in Gwarinpa village.

    He pleaded not guilty to theft and told the court that he went to the complainant, Mr Yusuf Salisu’s shop to sell his cellphone to him.

    Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Babajide Olanipekun told the court that the complainant reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on Sept.20. Olanipekun alleged that the defendant took his cell phone to the complainant ‘s shop to sell and  stole a customer’s infinix cell phone worth N65, 000 on Aug.27. The prosecution counsel said the stolen phone was in the complainant’s shop for repairs adding that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.
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    Buhari appoints Dembos as NTA Director-General
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    Buhari appoints Dembos as NTA Director-General

  •  The Community Initiative to Promote Peace CIPP a peace programme anchored by Mercy Corps Nigeria MCN has tasked parents to instil culture of peace love and tolerance in their wards to foster unity and stability in the country The Programme Officer CIPP Mariagoretti Aya gave the advised at the Parenting for Peace workshop as part of activities to mark the 2022 International Peace Day in Kano The International Day of Peace World Peace Day is a celebration declared by the United Nations resolution and observed annually on Sept 21 It is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples Aya noted that the role of parents in fostering peace and raising children that are tolerant and respectful of diversity was critical She said the parenting for peace workshop aimed at strengthening collaboration and synergy between State and Non State actors in facilitating inclusive and sustainable peace and security processes According to her the programme will increase collaboration and synergy in the development and implementation of effective local strategies for strengthening resilience of young people and vulnerable communities to violence and violent extremism The CIPP she said would also proffer recommendations and key actions towards strengthening positive parenting to address root causes of conflict social inequalities grievances and other factors that increase vulnerability of young people to antisocial and violent dispositions She stressed that parenting for peace was critical to the maintenance of peace and stability adding the programme would adopt deliberate steps to ensure full and equal participation of youth and women in peace building processes Aya said the programme had trained 360 women through women focused initiatives tagged Women Peacebuilding Councils WPC in Kano Katsina Kaduna Benue Kogi and Plateau CIPP programme builds their capacity and create linkages at the local and state level to ensure that women are playing a substantive role in peace building across various levels she said According to her CIPP is a five year peace building programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development USAID to prevent violent conflict in the most at risk communities in six participating states She listed the states to include Benue Kaduna Kano Katsina Kogi and Plateau Aya said the workshop was also designed to equip parents and other stakeholders with skills to aid prompt identification of violent extremism in the communities early stages of radicalisation improve local capacities to manage disputes and build sustainable Early Warning Early Response EWER mechanism To increase collaboration among conflict vulnerable communities with government agencies Civil Society Organisations CSOs and local leaders to address root causes of conflict It is also to deepen engagement of women in peace building and preventing violent extremism she said Also speaking the Programme Facilitator Gbenro Olajuyigbe urged government and development organisations to always equip the capacity of youths and other community members towards building resilience against violent extremism Earlier the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero urged parents to monitor their children and inculcate good societal values in them to maintain peace and security in the country Represented by the District Head of Fagge Alhaji Mahmud Ado Bayero the emir said criminal activities and vices could be traced to indiscipline and bad societal values While commending CIPP for the programme the royal father charged community leaders to report suspecious persons and movements in their communities to security agencies For her part the Permanent Secretary Kano State Ministry of Women Affairs Hajiya Amina Aminu enjoined parents to ensure proper upbringing of their wards She charged them to shoulder their responsibilities in order to ensure proper upbringing of their children www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Int’l Peace Day: Group tasks parents to instil culture of peace, tolerance in children 
     The Community Initiative to Promote Peace CIPP a peace programme anchored by Mercy Corps Nigeria MCN has tasked parents to instil culture of peace love and tolerance in their wards to foster unity and stability in the country The Programme Officer CIPP Mariagoretti Aya gave the advised at the Parenting for Peace workshop as part of activities to mark the 2022 International Peace Day in Kano The International Day of Peace World Peace Day is a celebration declared by the United Nations resolution and observed annually on Sept 21 It is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples Aya noted that the role of parents in fostering peace and raising children that are tolerant and respectful of diversity was critical She said the parenting for peace workshop aimed at strengthening collaboration and synergy between State and Non State actors in facilitating inclusive and sustainable peace and security processes According to her the programme will increase collaboration and synergy in the development and implementation of effective local strategies for strengthening resilience of young people and vulnerable communities to violence and violent extremism The CIPP she said would also proffer recommendations and key actions towards strengthening positive parenting to address root causes of conflict social inequalities grievances and other factors that increase vulnerability of young people to antisocial and violent dispositions She stressed that parenting for peace was critical to the maintenance of peace and stability adding the programme would adopt deliberate steps to ensure full and equal participation of youth and women in peace building processes Aya said the programme had trained 360 women through women focused initiatives tagged Women Peacebuilding Councils WPC in Kano Katsina Kaduna Benue Kogi and Plateau CIPP programme builds their capacity and create linkages at the local and state level to ensure that women are playing a substantive role in peace building across various levels she said According to her CIPP is a five year peace building programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development USAID to prevent violent conflict in the most at risk communities in six participating states She listed the states to include Benue Kaduna Kano Katsina Kogi and Plateau Aya said the workshop was also designed to equip parents and other stakeholders with skills to aid prompt identification of violent extremism in the communities early stages of radicalisation improve local capacities to manage disputes and build sustainable Early Warning Early Response EWER mechanism To increase collaboration among conflict vulnerable communities with government agencies Civil Society Organisations CSOs and local leaders to address root causes of conflict It is also to deepen engagement of women in peace building and preventing violent extremism she said Also speaking the Programme Facilitator Gbenro Olajuyigbe urged government and development organisations to always equip the capacity of youths and other community members towards building resilience against violent extremism Earlier the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero urged parents to monitor their children and inculcate good societal values in them to maintain peace and security in the country Represented by the District Head of Fagge Alhaji Mahmud Ado Bayero the emir said criminal activities and vices could be traced to indiscipline and bad societal values While commending CIPP for the programme the royal father charged community leaders to report suspecious persons and movements in their communities to security agencies For her part the Permanent Secretary Kano State Ministry of Women Affairs Hajiya Amina Aminu enjoined parents to ensure proper upbringing of their wards She charged them to shoulder their responsibilities in order to ensure proper upbringing of their children www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Int’l Peace Day: Group tasks parents to instil culture of peace, tolerance in children 
    General news4 months ago

    Int’l Peace Day: Group tasks parents to instil culture of peace, tolerance in children 

    The Community Initiative to Promote Peace (CIPP), a peace programme anchored by Mercy Corps Nigeria (MCN) has tasked parents to instil culture of peace, love and tolerance in their wards to foster unity and stability in the country.

    The Programme Officer, CIPP, Mariagoretti Aya gave the advised at the Parenting for Peace workshop as part of activities to mark the 2022 International Peace Day, in Kano. The International Day of Peace (World Peace Day), is a celebration declared by the United Nations resolution and observed annually on Sept. 21. It is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

    Aya noted that the role of parents in fostering peace and raising children that are tolerant and respectful of diversity was critical.

    She said the parenting for peace workshop aimed at strengthening collaboration and synergy between State and Non-State actors in facilitating inclusive and sustainable peace and security processes.

    According to her, the programme will increase collaboration and synergy in the development and implementation of effective local strategies for strengthening resilience of young people and vulnerable communities to violence and violent extremism.

    The CIPP, she said, would also proffer recommendations and key actions towards strengthening positive parenting to address root causes of conflict, social inequalities, grievances, and other factors that increase vulnerability of young people to antisocial and violent dispositions.

    She stressed that parenting for peace was critical to the maintenance of peace and stability, adding the programme would adopt deliberate steps to ensure full and equal participation of youth and women in peace building processes.

    Aya said the programme had trained 360 women through women-focused initiatives tagged: Women Peacebuilding Councils (WPC) in Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi and Plateau.

    “CIPP programme builds their capacity and create linkages at the local and state level to ensure that women are playing a substantive role in peace building across various levels,” she said.

    According to her, CIPP is a five-year peace building programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to prevent violent conflict in the most at-risk communities in six participating states.

    She listed the states to include Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kogi and Plateau.

    Aya said the workshop was also designed to equip parents and other stakeholders with skills to aid prompt identification of violent extremism in the communities, early stages of radicalisation, improve local capacities to manage disputes and build sustainable Early Warning Early Response (EWER) mechanism.

    “To increase collaboration among conflict vulnerable communities with government agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and local leaders to address root causes of conflict.

    “It is also to deepen engagement of women in peace building and preventing violent extremism,” she said.

    Also speaking, the Programme Facilitator, Gbenro Olajuyigbe urged government and development organisations to always equip the capacity of youths and other community members towards building resilience against violent extremism.

    Earlier, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero urged parents to monitor their children and inculcate good societal values in them to maintain peace and security in the country.

    Represented by the District Head of Fagge, Alhaji Mahmud Ado Bayero, the emir said criminal activities and vices could be traced to indiscipline and bad societal values.

    While commending CIPP for the programme, the royal father charged community leaders to report suspecious persons and movements in their communities to security agencies.

    For her part, the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Amina Aminu enjoined parents to ensure proper upbringing of their wards.

    She charged them to shoulder their responsibilities in order to ensure proper upbringing of their children.

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  •  Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF has called for restructuring of political parties in Nigeria to change their focus to serving the people and entrenching democracy Mustapha said at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation 2022 Peace Conference entitled Nation Building The Role of Peaceful Elections in a Multi Ethnic Context in Abuja One of the institutions that will need remedy as quickly as possible as an institution that produces the platform for electron processes is the political party I have seen how the political parties have been totally disregarded in terms of institutional strengthening in terms of making the platforms not only for the purposes of canvassing votes but also for the purposes of initiating policies To also be guiding the political party that is in power to ensure that the promises they made to the electorate are fulfilled Not the agenda of the occupant of the office but the philosophy and the direction of growth that the party has set for itself is accomplished he said He said that in the past the chairmen of political parties were in full control and they were perfuming Mustapha said that the situation has changed as the parties turned to vehicle for electoral victory and not as foundation to meet the need of the people We need to address the formation of our parties the institutionalisation of our parties the strengthening of democratic ethics party because these are the platforms that produce the people that will occupy the offices If they are faulty in their nature obviously the conduct of the people that will occupy those offices will equally be faulty and the desire of the people of Nigeria to see good governance will continue to elude us as people he said Mustapha commended Jonathan for constantly reminding Nigerians on the need to re engineer electoral process He said this was not only for the purpose of transparency equity fairness and credibility in elections but what the elections produced The Chairman of the National Peace Accord retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar urged political actors and their supporters to avoid using sentiments that could jeopardise democracy when election campaigns start Abubakar advised Nigerians to embrace issue based campaigns that centered on good governance and quality representation He said that 2023 general election represented an opportunity for Nigeria to consolidate its democratic successes While we celebrate the ability of this great nation of ours in its peaceful democratic transitions and all the actors who play by the rules it is equally important that we should not rest on the gains of old he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Boss Mustapha calls for restructuring of political parties
     Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF has called for restructuring of political parties in Nigeria to change their focus to serving the people and entrenching democracy Mustapha said at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation 2022 Peace Conference entitled Nation Building The Role of Peaceful Elections in a Multi Ethnic Context in Abuja One of the institutions that will need remedy as quickly as possible as an institution that produces the platform for electron processes is the political party I have seen how the political parties have been totally disregarded in terms of institutional strengthening in terms of making the platforms not only for the purposes of canvassing votes but also for the purposes of initiating policies To also be guiding the political party that is in power to ensure that the promises they made to the electorate are fulfilled Not the agenda of the occupant of the office but the philosophy and the direction of growth that the party has set for itself is accomplished he said He said that in the past the chairmen of political parties were in full control and they were perfuming Mustapha said that the situation has changed as the parties turned to vehicle for electoral victory and not as foundation to meet the need of the people We need to address the formation of our parties the institutionalisation of our parties the strengthening of democratic ethics party because these are the platforms that produce the people that will occupy the offices If they are faulty in their nature obviously the conduct of the people that will occupy those offices will equally be faulty and the desire of the people of Nigeria to see good governance will continue to elude us as people he said Mustapha commended Jonathan for constantly reminding Nigerians on the need to re engineer electoral process He said this was not only for the purpose of transparency equity fairness and credibility in elections but what the elections produced The Chairman of the National Peace Accord retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar urged political actors and their supporters to avoid using sentiments that could jeopardise democracy when election campaigns start Abubakar advised Nigerians to embrace issue based campaigns that centered on good governance and quality representation He said that 2023 general election represented an opportunity for Nigeria to consolidate its democratic successes While we celebrate the ability of this great nation of ours in its peaceful democratic transitions and all the actors who play by the rules it is equally important that we should not rest on the gains of old he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Boss Mustapha calls for restructuring of political parties
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    Boss Mustapha calls for restructuring of political parties

    Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has called for restructuring of political parties in Nigeria, to change their focus to serving the people and entrenching democracy.

    Mustapha said at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation 2022 Peace Conference entitled “Nation Building: The Role of Peaceful Elections in a Multi-Ethnic Context’’ in Abuja.

    “One of the institutions that will need remedy as quickly as possible, as an institution that produces the platform for electron processes is the political party.

    “I have seen how the political parties have been totally disregarded in terms of institutional strengthening, in terms of making the platforms not only for the purposes of canvassing votes but also for the purposes of initiating policies.

    “To also be guiding the political party that is in power to ensure that the promises they made to the electorate are fulfilled.

    “Not the agenda of the occupant of the office, but the philosophy and the direction of growth that the party has set for itself is accomplished,’’ he said.

    He said that in the past, the chairmen of political parties were in full control and they were perfuming.

    Mustapha said that the situation has changed as the parties turned to vehicle for electoral victory and not as foundation to meet the need of the people.

    “We need to address the formation of our parties, the institutionalisation of our parties, the strengthening of democratic ethics party, because these are the platforms that produce the people that will occupy the offices.

    “If they are faulty in their nature, obviously, the conduct of the people that will occupy those offices will equally be faulty and the desire of the people of Nigeria to see good governance will continue to elude us as people,” he said.

    Mustapha commended Jonathan for constantly reminding Nigerians on the need to re-engineer electoral process.

    He said this was not only for the purpose of transparency, equity, fairness and credibility in elections, but what the elections produced.

    The Chairman of the National Peace Accord, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, urged political actors and their supporters to avoid using sentiments that could jeopardise democracy, when election campaigns start.

    Abubakar advised Nigerians to embrace issue-based campaigns that centered on good governance and quality representation.

    He said that 2023 general election represented an opportunity for Nigeria to consolidate its democratic successes.

    “While we celebrate the ability of this great nation of ours in its peaceful democratic transitions and all the actors who play by the rules it is equally important that we should not rest on the gains of old,’’ he said.


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  •   The Special Investigation Unit SIU has obtained a Preservation Order from the Special Court to freeze the pension benefits of Mr Philemon Letwaba former Director of Operations of the National Lottery Commission NLC The Special Court order dated September 16 2022 prohibits Liberty Group the pension administrator from paying pension benefits worth approximately R2 8 million owed to Mr Letwaba pending the final determination of a request filed by the SIU against Mr Letwaba within 60 days The SIU approached the Special Court on an urgent basis to freeze Mr Letwaba s pension benefits after he resigned from the NLC pending the institution of a disciplinary hearing into his role in the distribution of NLC funds to various organizations Non Profit NPO An investigation by the SIU into the affairs of the NLC revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly personally benefited from money received by NPOs from the NLC The SIU s investigation revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly used friends and family businesses and trusts to receive money from NPOs for the benefit of himself and his family The names of the companies and trusts are Unbrand Properties Mosokodi Water Solutions and Drilling Mosokodi Farming Project Kaone Wethu Redtag Mosokodi Trust Letwaba Family Trust In one of several NLC funded projects investigated by SIU it was revealed that an NPO based in the province of Limpopo received approximately 25 million rand for the refurbishment of a burnt down school in Vuwani Twelve days after the NPO received the money it allegedly transferred approximately R4 million to Unbrand Properties without evidence that the work was being carried out and in violation of the financing agreement The SIU in terms of Proclamation R32 of 2020 was authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in NLC affairs and the conduct of NLC officials and to recover any financial losses suffered by the Condition The proclamation covers crimes that occurred between January 1 2014 and November 6 2020 the date of publication of this Proclamation or that occurred before January 1 2014 It also covers any crimes subsequent to the proclamation proclamation date that is relevant related to incidental to the matters or involves the same persons entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R32 of 2020 The SIU is empowered by Law 74 of 1996 on Special Investigative Units and Special Courts to bring civil actions in the Special Court or the High Court Court to correct any irregularities that you discover in your investigation When evidence points to criminal conduct the SIU refers the evidence to the National Prosecutor s Office for further action The preservation order granted by the Special Court is a continuation of the implementation of the results of the SIU s investigation and consequence management to recover assets and financial losses suffered by State institutions and or to prevent further losses Reports of fraud and corruption can be reported through the following platforms siu hotline co za link sends email Hotline 0800 037 774
    South Africa: Special Investigative Unit Grants Order to Freeze Pension Benefits of Former National Lottery Commission Executive
      The Special Investigation Unit SIU has obtained a Preservation Order from the Special Court to freeze the pension benefits of Mr Philemon Letwaba former Director of Operations of the National Lottery Commission NLC The Special Court order dated September 16 2022 prohibits Liberty Group the pension administrator from paying pension benefits worth approximately R2 8 million owed to Mr Letwaba pending the final determination of a request filed by the SIU against Mr Letwaba within 60 days The SIU approached the Special Court on an urgent basis to freeze Mr Letwaba s pension benefits after he resigned from the NLC pending the institution of a disciplinary hearing into his role in the distribution of NLC funds to various organizations Non Profit NPO An investigation by the SIU into the affairs of the NLC revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly personally benefited from money received by NPOs from the NLC The SIU s investigation revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly used friends and family businesses and trusts to receive money from NPOs for the benefit of himself and his family The names of the companies and trusts are Unbrand Properties Mosokodi Water Solutions and Drilling Mosokodi Farming Project Kaone Wethu Redtag Mosokodi Trust Letwaba Family Trust In one of several NLC funded projects investigated by SIU it was revealed that an NPO based in the province of Limpopo received approximately 25 million rand for the refurbishment of a burnt down school in Vuwani Twelve days after the NPO received the money it allegedly transferred approximately R4 million to Unbrand Properties without evidence that the work was being carried out and in violation of the financing agreement The SIU in terms of Proclamation R32 of 2020 was authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in NLC affairs and the conduct of NLC officials and to recover any financial losses suffered by the Condition The proclamation covers crimes that occurred between January 1 2014 and November 6 2020 the date of publication of this Proclamation or that occurred before January 1 2014 It also covers any crimes subsequent to the proclamation proclamation date that is relevant related to incidental to the matters or involves the same persons entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R32 of 2020 The SIU is empowered by Law 74 of 1996 on Special Investigative Units and Special Courts to bring civil actions in the Special Court or the High Court Court to correct any irregularities that you discover in your investigation When evidence points to criminal conduct the SIU refers the evidence to the National Prosecutor s Office for further action The preservation order granted by the Special Court is a continuation of the implementation of the results of the SIU s investigation and consequence management to recover assets and financial losses suffered by State institutions and or to prevent further losses Reports of fraud and corruption can be reported through the following platforms siu hotline co za link sends email Hotline 0800 037 774
    South Africa: Special Investigative Unit Grants Order to Freeze Pension Benefits of Former National Lottery Commission Executive
    Africa4 months ago

    South Africa: Special Investigative Unit Grants Order to Freeze Pension Benefits of Former National Lottery Commission Executive

    The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has obtained a Preservation Order from the Special Court to freeze the pension benefits of Mr. Philemon Letwaba, former Director of Operations of the National Lottery Commission (NLC).

    The Special Court order, dated September 16, 2022, prohibits Liberty Group, the pension administrator, from paying pension benefits worth approximately R2.8 million owed to Mr. Letwaba, pending the final determination of a request filed by the SIU against Mr. Letwaba within 60 days.

    The SIU approached the Special Court on an urgent basis to freeze Mr. Letwaba's pension benefits after he resigned from the NLC pending the institution of a disciplinary hearing into his role in the distribution of NLC funds to various organizations.

    Non-Profit (NPO) .

    An investigation by the SIU into the affairs of the NLC revealed that Mr. Letwaba allegedly personally benefited from money received by NPOs from the NLC.

    The SIU's investigation revealed that Mr. Letwaba allegedly used friends and family businesses and trusts to receive money from NPOs for the benefit of himself and his family.

    The names of the companies and trusts are: Unbrand Properties Mosokodi Water Solutions and Drilling Mosokodi Farming Project Kaone Wethu Redtag Mosokodi Trust Letwaba Family Trust In one of several NLC-funded projects investigated by SIU, it was revealed that an NPO based in the province of Limpopo received approximately 25 million rand for the refurbishment of a burnt down school in Vuwani.

    Twelve days after the NPO received the money, it allegedly transferred approximately R4 million to Unbrand Properties without evidence that the work was being carried out and in violation of the financing agreement.

    The SIU, in terms of Proclamation R32 of 2020, was authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in NLC affairs and the conduct of NLC officials, and to recover any financial losses suffered by the Condition.

    The proclamation covers crimes that occurred between January 1, 2014 and November 6, 2020, the date of publication of this Proclamation, or that occurred before January 1, 2014.

    It also covers any crimes subsequent to the proclamation.

    proclamation date that is relevant, related to, incidental to the matters or involves the same persons, entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R32 of 2020.

    The SIU is empowered by Law 74 of 1996 on Special Investigative Units and Special Courts to bring civil actions in the Special Court or the High Court Court to correct any irregularities that you discover in your investigation.

    When evidence points to criminal conduct, the SIU refers the evidence to the National Prosecutor's Office for further action.

    The preservation order granted by the Special Court is a continuation of the implementation of the results of the SIU's investigation and consequence management to recover assets and financial losses suffered by State institutions and/or to prevent further losses.

    Reports of fraud and corruption can be reported through the following platforms: [email protected] (link sends email) / Hotline: 0800 037 774.

  •  Enugu State Government has urged the Federal Government to uphold justice fairness and equity in the distribution of national appointments and resources to ensure peaceful co existence among Nigerians The Senior Special Adviser to Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on religious Matters Bishop Chinedu Nwoye made the call while speaking on International Day of Peace with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday Nwoye said that no country in the world could enjoy peace where justice fairness and equity were being denied and others marginalised According to him peace is pivotal for lasting and sustainable development adding that there was no justice for victims of rape kidnapped and killed in Nigeria How do you expect woman who is impregnated while in captive or living with HIV or whose future is being destroyed to be peaceful when government celebrates with the repentant bandits As far as political thieves and those that cause us pains have not been punished we are not expecting a lasting peace in Nigeria he said For Nigerian to have peace he said there must be respect for constitution and principle of federal character He said that the agitations by the various groups and nationalities especially in the South East region was due to lack of representation in the security and many sectors of the government Nwoye who is the Bishop at the Christ Ascension Church Enugu however added that violence occured when certain people were being suppressed and treated as if they were not part of the country Allowing youths especially those at tertiary institutions to stay at home for a year government is calling for violence which is an enemy to peace he said While calling on youths to shun violence or taking up arms against government Nwoye warned that such act against anyone violated law of God What we want is security and welfare but where government failed to protect its citizens they are calling for violence not peace Until those causing us problem in this country are arrested there will be no peace Nwoye said He however urged Nigerians to embrace peace and cohabit with one another stressing that their grievances could be settled through round table discussions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    International Day of Peace: Enugu Govt. urges FG to uphold justice, fairness
     Enugu State Government has urged the Federal Government to uphold justice fairness and equity in the distribution of national appointments and resources to ensure peaceful co existence among Nigerians The Senior Special Adviser to Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on religious Matters Bishop Chinedu Nwoye made the call while speaking on International Day of Peace with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday Nwoye said that no country in the world could enjoy peace where justice fairness and equity were being denied and others marginalised According to him peace is pivotal for lasting and sustainable development adding that there was no justice for victims of rape kidnapped and killed in Nigeria How do you expect woman who is impregnated while in captive or living with HIV or whose future is being destroyed to be peaceful when government celebrates with the repentant bandits As far as political thieves and those that cause us pains have not been punished we are not expecting a lasting peace in Nigeria he said For Nigerian to have peace he said there must be respect for constitution and principle of federal character He said that the agitations by the various groups and nationalities especially in the South East region was due to lack of representation in the security and many sectors of the government Nwoye who is the Bishop at the Christ Ascension Church Enugu however added that violence occured when certain people were being suppressed and treated as if they were not part of the country Allowing youths especially those at tertiary institutions to stay at home for a year government is calling for violence which is an enemy to peace he said While calling on youths to shun violence or taking up arms against government Nwoye warned that such act against anyone violated law of God What we want is security and welfare but where government failed to protect its citizens they are calling for violence not peace Until those causing us problem in this country are arrested there will be no peace Nwoye said He however urged Nigerians to embrace peace and cohabit with one another stressing that their grievances could be settled through round table discussions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    International Day of Peace: Enugu Govt. urges FG to uphold justice, fairness
    General news4 months ago

    International Day of Peace: Enugu Govt. urges FG to uphold justice, fairness

    Enugu State Government has urged the Federal Government to uphold justice, fairness and equity in the distribution of national appointments and resources to ensure peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

    The Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on religious Matters, Bishop Chinedu Nwoye, made the call while speaking on International Day of Peace with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday.

    Nwoye said that no country in the world could enjoy peace where justice, fairness and equity were being denied and others marginalised.

    According to him, peace is pivotal for lasting and sustainable development, adding that there was no justice for victims of rape, kidnapped and killed in Nigeria.

    “How do you expect woman who is impregnated while in captive or living with HIV or whose future is being destroyed to be peaceful when government celebrates with the repentant bandits.

    “As far as political thieves and those that cause us pains have not been punished, we are not expecting a lasting peace in Nigeria,” he said.

    For Nigerian to have peace, he said, there must be respect for constitution and principle of federal character.

    He said that the agitations by the various groups and nationalities, especially in the South-East region was due to lack of representation in the security and many sectors of the government.

    Nwoye, who is the Bishop at the Christ Ascension Church, Enugu, however, added that violence occured when certain people were being suppressed and treated as if they were not part of the country.

    “Allowing youths, especially those at tertiary institutions to stay at home for a year, government is calling for violence which is an enemy to peace,” he said.

    While calling on youths to shun violence or taking up arms against government, Nwoye warned that such act against anyone violated law of God. “What we want is security and welfare but where government failed to protect its citizens, they are calling for violence not peace.

    ” Until those causing us problem in this country are arrested, there will be no peace,” Nwoye said.

    He, however, urged Nigerians to embrace peace and cohabit with one another, stressing that their grievances could be settled through round table discussions.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC has stressed the need for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and violence ahead of the 2023 general elections Mr Samuel Fadeyi State commandant of the corps in Cross River gave the advice on Wednesday in Calabar during a peace walk to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace Fadeyi noted that as the campaign for the 2023 general election was set to commence on Sept 28 it was important for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and promote unity According to him the command had commenced sensitisation of the electorates on the need to promote peace and unity ahead of the polls All campaigns should be issue based it shouldn t be based on discrimination racism or gender People should shun hate speeches and embrace peace because we need unity to grow as a nation Today has been designated by the United Nations as International Peace Day It was established in 1981 By 2001 because of the conflicts all over the world the day was designated as non violence and ceasefire day in addition to its been an International Peace Day As we go out for this peace walk today we are creating the awareness that peace must continue to reign in the country he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the 2022 International Peace Day is End Racism Build Peace NAN also reports that Fadeyi led personnel of the command for the peace walk along major routes in Calabar to create awareness on the benefits of peace building for national growth NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Peace Day: NSCDC harps on unity, urges politicians to shun hate speeches
     The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC has stressed the need for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and violence ahead of the 2023 general elections Mr Samuel Fadeyi State commandant of the corps in Cross River gave the advice on Wednesday in Calabar during a peace walk to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace Fadeyi noted that as the campaign for the 2023 general election was set to commence on Sept 28 it was important for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and promote unity According to him the command had commenced sensitisation of the electorates on the need to promote peace and unity ahead of the polls All campaigns should be issue based it shouldn t be based on discrimination racism or gender People should shun hate speeches and embrace peace because we need unity to grow as a nation Today has been designated by the United Nations as International Peace Day It was established in 1981 By 2001 because of the conflicts all over the world the day was designated as non violence and ceasefire day in addition to its been an International Peace Day As we go out for this peace walk today we are creating the awareness that peace must continue to reign in the country he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the 2022 International Peace Day is End Racism Build Peace NAN also reports that Fadeyi led personnel of the command for the peace walk along major routes in Calabar to create awareness on the benefits of peace building for national growth NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Peace Day: NSCDC harps on unity, urges politicians to shun hate speeches
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    World Peace Day: NSCDC harps on unity, urges politicians to shun hate speeches

    The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has stressed the need for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and violence ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    Mr Samuel Fadeyi, State commandant of the corps in Cross River, gave the advice on Wednesday in Calabar during a peace walk to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace.

    Fadeyi noted that as the campaign for the 2023 general election was set to commence on Sept. 28, it was important for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and promote unity.

    According to him, the command had commenced sensitisation of the electorates on the need to promote peace and unity ahead of the polls.

    “All campaigns should be issue based, it shouldn’t be based on discrimination, racism or gender.

    “People should shun hate speeches and embrace peace because we need unity to grow as a nation.

    “Today has been designated by the United Nations as International Peace Day. It was established in 1981. “By 2001, because of the conflicts all over the world, the day was designated as non violence and ceasefire day, in addition to its been an International Peace Day. “As we go out for this peace walk today, we are creating the awareness that peace must continue to reign in the country,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the 2022 International Peace Day is “End Racism, Build Peace”.

    NAN also reports that Fadeyi led personnel of the command for the peace walk along major routes in Calabar to create awareness on the benefits of peace building for national growth.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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