WFP had lumped Nigeria with Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Haiti, Central Sahel (Mali, Burkina Western Niger) and Afghanistan among countries it said faced food crisis but the pro-Buhari group is insisting that the claim is presumptuous.
“We acknowledge WFP’s humanitarian assistance in a part of North-East Nigeria, but we are shocked that it listed the country among ‘potential flashpoints to look out for in the New Year’.
“There is no doubt that the UN agency and its partners require greater investment in view of the scope of work they need to handle across the world in 2020, but we won’t accept a situation where Nigeria is painted in a bad light.
“Yes, there is a crisis in a part of the North East which was referenced in the report titled: ‘WFP Global Hotspots 2020: Potential flashpoints to look out for in New Year’,
“ there has not been a recent upsurge in violence in the region of the magnitude reflected in the report.”
“Besides, the crisis has been largely restricted to a part of Borno, which is just one out of 36 states making up the country and we do not see how that could be interpreted to mean that Nigeria may face a hunger crisis with the type of bumper harvests it has recorded in recent years.
“We also wonder how WFP managed to restrict its conclusion on Niger to a part of that country (Western Niger) in the report but sees a far bigger country with more arable land as a potential flashpoint.”
BMO noted that the claim of a potential food crisis was coming at a time Nigeria was confirmed as the largest producer of rice in Africa.
“The same country that WFP says is at risk of a hunger crisis has in the last three years witnessed a rice revolution to the extent that it was competing with Egypt.
“And now it has overtaken the North African country as the continent’s largest producer of rice with an average annual production of 4 million tonnes, according to the Africa Rice Center in Benin Republic.
“So as at the time those commissioned to do the WFP report were placing Nigeria among countries likely to face a food crisis, the country was steadily climbing up on the list of Africa’s top rice producers in only four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s rice revolution.
“It is also on record that the World Food Programme has been buying grains from Nigeria and delivering it to other countries in the sub-region, so where did the authors of the report get the data for their doomsday report from,’’ BMO queried.
The group urged the UN agency to take a second look at the report on the ground that it did not capture the real situation in the country.
It also reassured Nigerians that the Buhari administration was taking necessary steps to ensure food security not only in Borno and its environs but also across the country..
Edited by: Grace Yussufhttps://nnn.ng/group-applauds-nigeria-as-africas-biggest-rice-producer/
Olonisakin tasks officers on code of conduct, asset declaration
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin has urged the officers and men of Armed Forces of Nigeria to imbibe the culture of adherence to code of conduct and asset declaration.
Olonisakin made the call at the opening of a 2-day workshop on Compliance with Asset Declaration and Code of Conduct for senior officers of the Defence Headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the worshop was
important especially for senior officers, who, not only draw funds from government’s coffer, but were also responsible for the resources at their disposal.
According to him, every officer who holds a position of responsibility must also be accountable, adding that accountability is one
of the cornerstones in the fight against corruption which is one of President Muhammadu Buharis’s nine-point agenda.
He added that strict compliance with the provisions of the Code of Conduct was an opportunity to express a transparent stewardship in the day to day activities of mmembers of armed forces.
Olonisakin said he had always canvassed and pursued a system that emphasised judicious use of scarce resources to optimise value for the limited resources at their disposal.
He added that the procurement process had been reorganised to ensure transparency and full compliance with the guidelines of the Bureau for Public Procurement.
According to him, the implication of this is that we have been able to cut down waste and ensure judicious utilisation of funds.
“I enjoin all participants at this workshop to take advantage of the training alongside the presence of some staff members of the Code of Conduct Bureau to thoroughly understand the requirement for assets declaration.
“Let me also stress that you would be required to pass on the knowledge acquired during this workshop to your subordinates in your various departments and agencies,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, AVM Charles Oghomwen, said the workshop would educate military officers on the code of conduct and other constitutional responsibilities as well as the consequences of non-compliance with the code of conduct for military personnel.
Oghomwen said it would also provide a practical guide on the completion of the asset declaration form and extant regulations on code of conduct of public office holders.
According to him, the workshop will begin with two lectures on “Code of Conduct Act and Code of Ethics in Government Business” and “Form Code of Conduct Bureau 1” which will dovetail into practical sessions.
“There will also be 2 papers on the second day covering “Conflicts of Interest: Issues and Challenges” and “Service Ethics and Problems on Non Compliance among Public Officers”.
“The programme will end with a wash-up and interactive session which will assist participants in the understanding and filling up the assets declaration forms,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Isah Mohammed, said that abiding by the codes of conduct for public officers would save the nation huge resources spent on prosecution of cases.
Mohammed said that the workshop was one of the Bureau’s step at educating and sensitising public officers and general public on the code of conduct expected of all public officers.
He said the need for the application of punitive measures could be minimised or eliminated if public officials were abreast with with code of coduct, adding that resources that were usually expended on prosecution of cases could also be reduced.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
BMO lauds Nigeria’s ranking with China, India as most improved countries
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has lauded Nigeria’s rating alongside China and India as one of the ten countries with the ‘most notable improvement’ on the ease of doing business.
BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Akinsiju said that the development reflected the impact of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regulatory reforms.
He recalled the World Bank’s ease of doing business report for 2020 which indicated that getting electricity, enforcing contracts, and registering property as part of the reforms that contributed to the improvement which ranked Nigeria131 among the 190 countries ranked.
“This improvement is suggestive of the fact that the country has made commitments to improving the business environment in the country, making it possible to be listed with economic giants like India and China.
“This will subsequently impact positively on both local and foreign investors making Nigeria a core primary investment destination in Africa,” he said.
According to him, the new Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) are expected to revolutionalise the ease of doing business in the country.
“The fight against corruption is what is reflecting in the ease of accessing licenses and registering companies compared to what was obtainable before.
“We now have policies that are directly institutionalising the war against corruption and it is impacting on the processes of doing business and that is what is making the difference now.
“Prior to now, people had to pay much more and wait for a longer period of time to secure a license to set up a business,” BMO chairman said
He said acquiring properties was somewhat different and fraudulent.
“Now it is easier to get Certificate of Occupancy because of the digitisation of the process”.
Akinsiju expressed confidence in CAMA and the momentum that had been gathered in the last four years.
“We are optimistic that in the next two years when the ranking will be reviewed, we will get to the top 100 countries in the ease of doing business ranking,” he said.
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Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)
SMEDAN trains BMOs, others on ways to address business challenges
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has organised a three-day training workshop for Business Membership Organisations (BMOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Trade Associations, on ways of addressing challenges facing business environment in the country.
Speaking at the event in Jos on Tuesday, Dr Dikko Radda, the Director-General of the agency, said the exercise was aimed at nurturing and building the capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
Represented by Alhaji Idris Gambo, the agency’s Acting Director of Partnership and Coordination, Radda said the initiative would also equip them to ensure efficiency, sustainable, good governance and would improve service delivery.
“Nigeria has a challenging business environment, especially for micro enterprises which necessitated this capacity building programme as a cardinal annual appropriation of the agency.
“SMEDAN aims to create sustainable, systemic change in the business environment; this means tackling the underlying systemic failure and ensuring the creation of good governance within the enterprises that constitute the BMOs, NGOs and trade associations
“So, this workshop seeks to address the challenges confronting the MSMEs, to equip them toward efficiency, sustainability, good governance and democracy.
“It will also prepare them for global competitiveness, improved service delivery and productivity,” Radda said.
Declaring the workshop open, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, represented by Mr Joseph Abeh, the state’s Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, said the workshop was apt.
Lalong said his government was committed to supporting the growth of micro businesses in the state, adding that its economic policies and programmes were geared toward ease of doing business.
“Economic rebirth is one of the key policy thrust of our government; as such we are doing everything possible to ensure the growth of micro businesses in the state,” Lalong said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop had participants from Benue, Anambra, Katsina and Plateau states.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
BMO lauds nullification of Bayelsa election, says law treats political parties equally
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has lauded the ruling of Bayelsa Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, nullifying the Nov. 16, 2019, governorship election in the state.
BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to the ruling in Abuja on Monday.
Akinsiju said that the ruling had recognised and treated all political parties as equal.
NAN reports that a three-member panel of the tribunal led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the Advanced National Democratic Party was unlawfully excluded from election.
Sirajo, therefore, ordered Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh election within 90 days.
BMO chairman said: “The ruling of the tribunal is a reflection of the conflict and conflict resolution attribute of democracy.
“Essentially, the judiciary has stretched itself to protect the constitutional rights of a political party not minding its size, which is the cornerstone of democracy.
“We commend the tribunal in particular, for treating all parties recognised by law as equals.”
According to him, this further advances the non-intervention stance of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in anything that has to do with judicial subject matter.
“This ruling has further enhanced political related judicial submissions thus enabling clear guides and conducts for the Independent National Electoral Commission in the management of elections.
“We remind Nigerians, once again, that the delivery of non-encumbered election at different tiers of government is one of the legacy commitments President Muhammadu Buhari made to Nigerians and he will most assuredly deliver on this too,” he said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)https://nnn.ng/bmo-lauds-nullification-of-bayelsa-election-says-law-treats-political-parties-equally/