The National Association of North Central Students (NANCS), has urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in tackling the spate of banditry, kidnappings, and other forms of insecurity in the country.
The National President of NANCS, Mr Muhammed Abubakar made the call shortly after he emerged leader of the association on Monday in Keffi.
Abubakar, a student of the Federal University Dutse, who decried the spate of banditry and kidnappings in the country called for concerted efforts to reduce crimes across the country, especially in the northern region.
The president also expressed deep concern over the ongoing killings in southern Kaduna and other states in the North Central zone, adding that the situation had assumed an alarming rate and was gradually turning the region into a theatre of war.
“As students, we are worried by the spate of insecurity, particularly in the northern part of the country.
“Attacks and counter attacks, banditry, kidnapping, which has led to loss of lives and property worth billions is becoming the order of the day.
“So, we are calling on government at all levels to step up efforts to nib such criminal activities in the bud to ensure that peace and security is guaranteed in the region.’’
Abubakar, who emerged president at the annual convention of the association, promised to lead the students in the right direction.
He also pledged to prioritise the welfare of members of the association as well as promote peaceful co-existence among students in the region.
The president of the association also called on the Federal Government to declare state of emergency in the education sector.
Abubakar also urged Nasarawa state government to allocate 26 per cent of its budget to education as recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Other officials elected alongside Abubakar include Dooshima Aku of the Benue State University, Deputy National President, Aminu Onipe of University of Abuja, National Secretary, and Ogwuche Oche of University of Jos, Publicity Secretary.
Others are Suleiman Anglo of University of Abuja, Financial Secretary, and Banji Gbotemi of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi as Assistant Secretary-General among others.
Edited By: Ese E. Ekama (NAN)
Military arrest 11 suspected members of a cult group in Jos
The Special Military Task Force maintaining peace in Plateau has arrested one Hussaini Isah believed to be the leader of ‘Sara-suka’, a suspected cult group operating in some parts of Jos North Local Government Area.
Also arrested were 10 others suspected to be members of the group.
Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the Commander of the task force, who paraded the suspects on Saturday in Jos, said that they were arrested at Gangare community of the area.
Okonkwo said that the arrest signified a major breakthrough in the determination to rid Jos of bad elements.
“We shall not rest until petty crimes, killings and other froms of insecurity are stemmed down.
“These suspects are largely responsible for the crimes and all forms of disorder in Jos.
“They kill innocent people on daily basis; they are very dangerous human beings.
“Yes, we have redeployed our troops into the hinterlands, but we shall continue to raid communties in the city centre to halt these crimes,” he said.
Okonkwo called on Plateau residents to cooperate and support the task force in its bid to protect lives and property.
He also advised members of the public to be security conscious and report any suspicious movements within their surroundings.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the dangerous weapons recovered from the suspects included knives, cutlasses, charms, among others.https://nnn.ng/military-arrest-11-suspected-members-of-a-cult-group-in-jos/
FG seeks collaboration with Agric stakeholders to curb post-harvest losses
The Federal Government on Saturday urged stakeholders in the Agricultural Sector to collaborate with governments at all levels to minimise the incidence of post-harvest losses of farm produce being recorded in the country.
Dr Muazu AbdulKadir, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the call in llorin, the Kwara capital, when he paid a visit to the Nigerian Stored Products Research institute (NSPRl), llorin.
AbdulKadir, while addressing the management of NSPRl, noted that Nigeria was losing billions of naira annually to post harvest losses of various farm produce due to lack of well-equipped storage facilities.
“Over sixty per cent of tomatoes, onions, cashew, mangoes, oranges and water melon, among others harvested in Nigeria are lost after harvesting.
“The Federal Government is working round the clock to address the problem, to allow the country maintain food sufficiency.
“I, hereby, call on stakeholders in the Agricultural Sector to collaborate with the government by coming up with modern scientific approaches on curbing post-harvest losses.’’
AbdulKadir praised the foresight of NSPRl in the preservation of farm produce, fabrication of farm implements, storage facilities and ensuring reduction of post-harvest losses of farm produce, as a priority.
He said the Ministry would continue to give necessary assistance within the available resources to NSPRl, to meet its mandate in farm produce storage and other agricultural activities.
The Executive Director of NSPRl, Dr Patricia Pessu, in her remarks, told the permanent secretary of several interventions currently being embarked upon by the institute, aimed at curbing post-harvest losses of farm produce.
Pessu appealed to the Ministry to assist the institute in the realisation of its objective at curbing post-harvest losses, to create employment for the teeming unemployed, and further boost the national economy.
She called on the Federal Government to allow NSPRl be represented in the intervention committee related to food security.
The NSPRI boss requested that the Ministry give intellectual property rights to agricultural researchers, as a way of encouraging them to do more at ensuring food preservation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the permanent secretary later inspected the laboratories of the institute and its fabricated farm implements with storage faculties.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Idonije Obakhedo
EPL: Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin shine as Everton batter 10-man West Bromwich Albion
Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez scored his first Premier League goal while Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat-trick as Everton thrashed 10-man West Bromwich Albion 5-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
West Brom started brightly and opened the scoring through Grady Diangana, his first Premier League goal, but when Calvert-Lewin equalised after an intervention from the Video Assistant Referee, Everton took control.
Just before halftime Rodriguez put Everton ahead from the edge of the box with a finish full of quality.
And shortly afterwards the former Real Madrid player was pushed in the face by defender Kieran Gibbs, who received a deserved red card.
Combustible West Brom manager Slaven Bilic was also red-carded by referee Mike Dean as he remonstrated with the official at the break.
The Baggies bagged a superb equaliser from Matheus Pereira’s 30-yard free-kick shortly after the restart, but the Toffees’ greater quality chances against 10 men, which saw them surge ahead.
Michael Keane put them in front from close range before Calvert-Lewin took his tally for the season to four in two games as he netted two more to complete his first hat-trick for the Merseyside club.
Everton appeared sloppy at times compared with their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener.
But their improvement from last season continues to be dramatic, while for West Brom eight goals conceded in two games shows the measure of their task in the Premier League.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Felix Ajide
Flooding: Kebbi Gov’t assures farmers on dry season farming
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has assured farmers in the state of necessary support to engage in dry season cultivation, taking cognisance of areas affected by flooding.
The governor gave this assurance at the palace of the Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammadu Zayyanu-Abdullahi, during a condolence visit to flood-hit communities in the Emirate.
Bagudu commiserated with the people on the losses they suffered, a statement made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Abubakar Dakingari, on Saturday said.
He sympathised with them on the recent fatal boat mishap in the area, praying Allah to grant mercies to those who perished.
The governor also conveyed the sympathy of President Muhammadu Buhari, which he sent through the Ministers of Agriculture and that of Humanitarian Affairs, Muhammadu Sabo Nanono and Sadiya Umar Faruk, respectively.
The duo had led a separate delegation to Kebbi to reassure the flood-hit communities of the Federal Government’s commitment to bringing succour to the people.
Bagudu told the Emir that he used the opportunity of the visit to inspect facilities at the Gafara GB Food Factory and areas affected by the flood.
“I have approved the release of between N15 million and N20 million to the local governments affected by the disaster, according to the level of devastation.
“I commend the Emir for his continued support and loyalty to the incumbent administration and assure him that the government will continue to uphold respect to traditional institutions,’’ Bagudu said.
In response, the Emir thanked the governor for the visit and the provision of relief materials to affected persons, which he said, would help to cushion the effect of the flood.
The monarch also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his benevolence to the people of Yauri, especially with the establishment of an electricity sub-station in the town and ongoing roads construction.
“The electricity sub-station has improved economic activities in this area, and I know that the road will no doubt ease the transportation of goods and services.
“I, however, urge the Federal Government to fulfil its pledge of dredging River Niger from Baro to Yauri, to enhance operations of the inland waterways in the area,’’ Zayyanu-Abdullahi said.
He advised all relevant authorities to ensure that dams, rivers and lakes in the country are dredged annually, to remove obstacles hindering free flow of water that could result to flooding.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Idonije Obakhedo