The Ohimege Opanda of Umaisha in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, has advised the federal and state governments to adopt new strategies to tackle banditry and other forms of insecurity in the country.
Abdullahi, a first class traditional ruler, gave the advice on Sunday, while speaking with newsmen in his palace in Umaisha, Toto Local Government area of the state.
He said that his call had become necessary in view of incessant activities of the bandits, leading to loss of many lives and property in some parts of the country.
“First and foremost, I want to express my appreciation to Gov. Abdullahi Sule for his efforts in tackling insecurity in this area and the state in general.
“He has really shown concern about what is happening here. You can see that we have military men and mobile police personnel around to help us maintain peace in this area.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is also doing a lot in the area security. Other security agencies too are not relenting. I am, therefore, making a case for a new strategy.
“I know that governments, both at the state and federal levels, are trying their best, but I want them to do more in tackling banditry and other forms of insecurity; otherwise, people will run away from this area.
“It is in view of this that I want to appeal, not only to the state government but also, to the Federal Government to take very serious actions against these bandits.
“The bandits are mostly occupying the forest between Nasarawa and Kogi states and they are in large numbers.
“There was a time that the military pushed them out, but after the operation, they came back in large numbers and regrouped again,” he said.
Abdullahi also said that the activities of bandits in his domain could be likened to what was happening in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states, adding that it was having adverse effect on the country’s development.
The traditional ruler appealed to government to take the issue of banditry in his domain with all seriousness.
On the coronavirus pandemic, Abdullahi urged his subjects and Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to government’s directives and other preventive measures in order to remain safe.
He also enjoined his subjects and the people of the state to continue to support government’s policies and programmes in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeqhttps://nnn.ng/banditry-monarch-urges-govt-to-adopt-new-strategies/
Emir of Lafia urges parents to give priority to girl-child education
The Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage on Monday called on parents to give priority attention to girl-child education to enable them contribute their quota to nation building.
Bage made the call while conferring traditional title of Garkuwan Ilimi Mata Nasarawa on Dr Hauwa Muhammad-Mainoma at his Palace.
He said giving premium to girl-child education would go a long way to reducing street hawking among them.
The monarch explained that women have significant roles to play in ensuring proper upbringing of children in a society, adding that lack of knowledge was undermining such efforts.
Bage said that the significant role of an educated girl child to the society and the world generally must be fully harnessed.
The emir said women as custodian of the home needed to be educated for the growth and development of their families and the society at large.
Bage, who is also the Chairman Nasarawa State Council of Traditional Rulers, advised children to shun sentiments and work towards ensuring peace and unity of the state.
He noted that the title conferred on Muhammad-Mainoma was based on her contributions to development of education in the state.
The monarch advised other title holders to ensure that there impacts are felt by their communities.
In her remarks, the newly turbaned Garkuwan Ilimi Mata Nasarawa, pledged to put in her best in the development of education in the state.
She said that the new honour would spur her to do more for the emirate and Nasarawa State.
Muhammad-Mainoma, who is also the wife of the immediate past Vice Chancellor, University of Keffi thanked the Emir for finding her worthy to serve the emirate council.
“I will not fail the emir, and I will not fail the entire emirate council. I will discharge my responsibilities in the best way I can to justify the confidence reposed on me, and to ensure it is not abused in any way,” she said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Tokyo 2020 consulting firm paid around $370,000 to Diack’s son – report
A consulting firm for Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee paid around $370,000 to the son of Lamine Diack, once one of the world’s most powerful sports officials, around the time Japan was picked to host the 2020 Games, Kyodo News reported on Monday.
The report comes amid French investigations into the former head of Tokyo’s bid committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, for approving around $2 million in payments to Black Tidings, a now-defunct consulting firm in Singapore.
The report said the findings, based on a review of financial documents as well as reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and several media organisations including Kyodo, may shed light on what happened to the $2 million.
Black Tidings made multiple transfers to Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, including some paid into a personal account and others transferred to his company, the report said.
The combined total was around $370,000, it said.
Papa Massata Diack told Kyodo that the payments were not related to the Tokyo Olympics. He declined further comment in an e-mail to Reuters.
French prosecutors had been looking into whether Black Tidings paid the younger Diack to influence the father, who was a member of the International Olympic Committee and believed to control votes among African members.
Takeda resigned last year due to the scandal, admitting to the payments while denying wrongdoing.
The Kyodo report said he denied any knowledge of money transfers from Black Tidings.
“At the time, I did not know anything that happened after (making the payment to the consulting firm),” he said.
Reuters could not immediately contact Takeda for comment.
The older Diack, former head of world athletics’ governing body, was convicted in France on Wednesday for corruption in relation to a Russian doping scandal.
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the government planning to host the games next year instead.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
Environmentalist harps on mitigation of climate change effects
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday listed tree planting, use of alternative energy sources, and proper waste sorting as some strategies to mitigate climate change effects.
Taiwo, a Director at Recyclepoints, made the recommendations in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
He said it was imperative for Nigerians to clean up their environment and address climate change issues with more commitment.
“We must all take responsibility for our immediate environment, clear our drainages, bag our waste properly and sort recyclables.
“Some people still do not believe in the impacts of climate change just like some do not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.
“However, the impacts of climate change are getting more glaring every day, for example the flooding we currently experience can testify that climate change is real and we need to carry out more awareness about it.
“The major challenge in sensitising Nigerians on the negative impacts of climate change effects has to do with lack of information, education and proper enlightenment among the people,” he said.
Taiwo urged Nigerians to practice sustainable lifestyles and habits to help curb the negative realities of climate change effects in the country.
He also encouraged the imitation and replication of developed countries strategies of mitigating climate change effects in their environment.
“To mitigate climate change effects, we can start by reducing our carbon footprint generation by making use of alternative sources of energy and fuel.
“We can also reduce the emission of green house gases into the environment when we live sustainably by walking where necessary instead of riding a car or vehicle.
“We need to plant more trees and reduce waste generation to curb the increasing greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
“We are imitating more developed countries in adoption of their strategies to mitigate climate change effects by observing some of these international events, already we have so many organisations that are now into renewable energy.
“We commend the German delegation in Nigeria doing everything possible to promote renewable and alternative energy sources in the country.
“We also have many non-government organisations embarking on tree planting and clean up with support from these developed countries,” Taiwo said.
According to the environmentalist, the government at all levels can play a vital role in curbing climate change impacts on the environment through policy implementation.
“We have lots of environmental policies out there but the problem has to do with government implementation.
“An important point to note here is that the world’s worst polluters are human beings and not plastics,” he said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
ENSG woos investors to beautiful tourist sites
The Enugu State Government on Monday called on international and local investors to take advantage of the state’s naturally endowed and beautiful tourist sites.
The state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Ugonna Ibe, made the call in Enugu during a press conference to announce the state’s line-up of activities for World Tourism Day 2020.
The conference was organised by the Ministry in collaboration with i-Tour Africa.
Ibe said that the state government was ready to assist any potential investor in the tourism sector, adding “we are also open to Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) with any investor to develop these tourism potentials’’.
According to him, the tight security and peace put in place by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and the homely nature of our people and communities makes Enugu State number one tourist destination in Nigeria.
The commissioner noted that Enugu State occupies a strategic position in the country being the capital of the old Eastern region and with a rich historical culture “making it a place to be for leisure and tourism’’.
Ibe said that the state was richly endowed with natural resources such as hills, beaches, rivers, blue-deep lakes, fine waterfalls, caves and clean streams and springs (cold and hot) yearning for investment.
According to him, these gifts of nature in their natural and virgin states are virtually found in many communities in the state.
“The tourism sites are: Ezeagu tourism complex; Udi range of hills – Milikin-Hill, Onyema-Hill etc; Awhum falls; Opi chain of eight lakes; and Oji, Ajali, Duru, Ebonyi and Ezu Nmamu Rivers.
“We also have Nyaba, Akwuke and Ekulu beaches that can challenge any modern coastal beach anywhere in the world.
“Again, the Obinofia, Akpugoeze and Awa mangrove-tropical forests infested with Bezier wild lives and the Odoro Achi hot lake to mention but a few. These eco-beauties are what nature presents to us that desire harnessing,’’ he said.
The commissioner noted that there were other historic landmarks that had been identified but not harnessed, such as the relics of Okpogho Oghe/Legga Nsukka iron smelting and the Ugwu-Uto Pyramid of Nsude among others.
“These landmarks have been tested through carbon dating and found that they dated over 3,000 years ago. This proves that technology existed here in the state even before the western countries,’’ he said.
Ibe said that the state government had been desirous to build its diversification from oil dependent economy to tourism-based economy; where a lot of local people would be employed through services they render to tourists.
Speaking, the Founder of i-Tour Africa, Mr Uche Ugwu, lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for the security and peace his leadership had brought to the state, which had singled Enugu State out as “a first-rate tourists destination’’.
Ugwu said that his organisation was partnering the state through the ministry to “restart tourism and give it a pride of place in the socio-economic polity of the state’’.
“We have a line of activities, which will culminate on the World Tourism Day being Sept. 27. First is this particular press conference.
“We are billed to conduct the first tourism road walk/show in Enugu metropolis otherwise called the `coal city’ on Sept. 26.
“On the D-day, Sept. 27; there will be a tourism carnival and a carnival ride from Enugu metropolis to Ezeagu Waterfalls. Where people will view and feel the natural beauty of the Ezeagu Waterfalls.
“We will be having curators that will educate us more on the Waterfalls; other current and historical things concerning Ezeagu and Enugu State people in general,’’ he said.
Ugwu, however, said that the lined-up events would adhere strictly to the COVID-19 Protocols to ensure health of all.
The World Tourism Day is celebrated yearly on Sept. 27 and this year’s theme is “Tourism and Rural Development’’.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz