By Mohammad Tijjani
Kaduna, Feb. 15, 2019 (NNN) The Police Command in Kaduna State said on Friday that it would deploy no fewer than 12,500 of its personnel to beef up security during Saturday’s election across the state.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Kaduna.
Sabo also said that the police would be supported by other agencies including Immigration, Prison, Customs and NSCDC to provide conducive environment for a peaceful election.
He said the command had carried out threat analysis, based on which identified flash points would be effectively policed to ensure safety of voters and other citizens.
The command spokesman stressed that adequate security measures had been put in place to tackle those who planned to disrupt the elections, assuring all voters of adequate security.
On alleged deployment of members of community vigilante service for the election, Sabo said there was no such plan.
He noted that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, had made it clear that local security guards would not be involved in security duties during the elections.
“It is only the Police and other constituted security agencies that will be involved in security during the election in the state, no vigilante will be allowed to partake in the provision of security during the election,” Sabo said.
The PPRO appealed to the electorates to assist security agencies with useful information that would ensure peaceful elections.
“This call is equally extended to the political class; no thug should be used to disrupt the electoral process and citizens are obliged to inform the securities with information where such occur for prompt intervention.” (NNN)
Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Maharazu Ahmed
Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Maharazu Ahmed
NCDC announces 176 new COVID-19 infection in Nigeria
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.
According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.
The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.
It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).
According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It added that the drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.
“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.
The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.
“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.
The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps.
“Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Sanusi calls for diversification of economy to address poverty, inequality
Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said that Nigeria must diversify its economy in order to address the high rate of poverty and inequality in the country.
He also said governments at all levels must invest on human capital development and create enabling environment for investments, instead of borrowing to finance development.
Sanusi gave the advice in a presentation during the virtual Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, on Tuesday.
The former Governor of the Central Bank, however, said the Federal Government has minimal role to play in rejigging the economy.
“While everyone looks to the federal government for solutions, the truth is that its role in the economy is small – both in absolute and relative terms.’’
Sanusi noted that the nation’s economy has not been diversified, years after the discovery of oil.
He added that though Nigeria has generated an increase in wealth from $345 in 1985 to $2,655 in 2015 GDP per capita, but there has been no structural transformation in what the country actually produce.
According to him, though the economy is growing, but its non diversification has resulted to the high rate of poverty and high level of inequality in the country.
He explained that the difference between African countries and those in Asia is that they have diversified from primary to secondary and tertiary sectors of the global economy.
“The major difference is that they have moved on but we have not,’’ he lamented.
Sanusi pointed out that Malaysia has the same factors that Nigeria has been using as an excuse for having not developed, adding that both countries are multi-ethnic and have fought wars.
The former Emir lamented that Nigeria is still a consumer nation instead of being a producer, by seizing on the investments that the government has done in technology.
“Africa’s failure has been in not leveraging on the underlying infrastructure – towers and under sea cables- to catalyse the development of other and new industries,’’ he said.
‘’If you use your smart phone which is made in China and order shoes from France and they are delivered to you at home, what have you actually gained? You are just a consumer,’’ he added.
The ex-CBN Governor argued that the same phone can be put to productive use, when it is used to shoot a Nollywood movie and the film clip is distributed.
Sanusi noted that the success of Nigeria’s pre-oil economy was based on the dynamism of its trading sector and the diversity of its export base, which ‘’meant that it was less vulnerable to terms of trade shock driven by any one export.”
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Commercial disputes: Stakeholders canvass for virtual Court hearings for speedy resolution
Stakeholders on Tuesday called for the amendment of relevant rules and regulations to allow virtual Court hearings for speedy resolution of commercial disputes in Nigeria.
They made the call during a virtual dialogue organised by the Nigeria Competitiveness Project (NICOP).
Participants also said that it would boost ease of doing business in Nigeria.
NICOP is an European Union (EU) co-financed initiative under the West African Competitiveness Programme, aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of Nigeria and to enhance it’s integration into the regional and International trading system.
Ms Katrine Thomsen, Head of Economic Section, EU delegate, said Nigeria is a leading trading partner with the EU.
She said that Nigeria’s partnership with the EU is highly cherished and had continued to improve daily.
“To support that improvement and trading partnership with Nigeria and West Africa in general, the EU has committed 125 million Euros to improving the competitiveness of West African economies,”she said
Thomsen said that the objective of NICOP is to stimulate and improve competitiveness of Nigeria in some selected value chains and to support the business climate in the country.
She said that a proactive legal system is critical to improving investment and business climate.
According to her, if we must diversify the economy and improve the country’s ranking in the ease of doing business, reforming the court system especially for contract enforcement and commercial dispute settlement is critical.
“We welcome NICOP and other stakeholders, joining voices with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo who recently advocated for new set of directives to enable virtual Court proceeding in the country.
”I am sure that the Supreme Court of Nigeria had ruled and confirm the legality of virtual Court hearing.
“To this end, Nigeria is demonstrating leadership in the new normal,”she said.
Also, the Head of Programmes, NICOP, Mr Markus Wauschkuhn, said that virtual Court hearing would strengthen Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and address key issues in business areas.
Wauschkuhn said that the idea is to improve the business environment and investment climate in the country.
According to him, NICOP had supported capacity development for commercial dispute resolution in focal states of Kano, Plateau, Ogun, Kaduna.
The Managing Partner, Law Future Partners (LFP), Mr Elvis Asia, said that the COVID-19 experience had presented an opportunity for Nigeria to fix the state of commercial dispute resolution which take almost forever.
In a paper titled “Opportunity for Contract Enforcement and Commercial Disputes Settlement Reform”, Asia said that it has serious negative effects on investors.
He said that transfer of Judges and calling off of hearing which contribute to the delay in serving justice would taken care off by virtual hearing.
Asia said virtual hearing would make recording easier, eliminate time wastage and corruption and fast-track quick delivery of judgment.
According to him, more members of the public can participate in any case of their interest from anywhere in the world.
He, however said that though there is no express provision for virtual Court hearing in the Constitution, it empowers Heads of Courts to make regulation for effective proceedings.
The legal practitioner said that there was need to amend the Evidence Act to clearly give credence to electronic copies of documents in the court.
He also called for the creation of a commercial Court division with requisite technology and skill acquisition for legal and paralegal practitioners.
In her contribution, Justice Olutoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State Judiciary, said that virtual court hearing had come to stay.
She recommended that virtual Court hearing should not be limited time-bound cases but should be expanded to cover all disputes.
Ipaye said that virtual hearing has tremendous advantages that will further enhance the justice system in the country.
Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mrs A. J Offiah, said that life is becoming more virtual than physical, saying that there is the need to address disputes virtually.
Offiah, who is the founder and principal partner of OBRA Legal, said that many heads of courts were already tilting towards virtual hearing.
She said there was need to create link between the database of all relevant government agencies with the Judiciary to enable easy access to authoritative documents.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Sadiya Hamza
PDP wants late Zazzau monarch immortalised
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to immortalise late Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Shehu Idris, by naming a national monument after him
The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP had been grief-stricken over the death of the highly revered Emir, describing his death as an irreparable national loss.
He described the late emir as an extraordinary and exceptionally loved monarch, who served his people with utmost dedication.
Ologbondiyan added that the deceased spent his life in pursuit of people’s happiness as well as the wellbeing and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.
“The late Emir of Zazzau was a selfless leader and outstanding nationalist, who made immeasurable sacrifices in his relentless roles toward the development and stability of our dear nation.
“He demonstrated that the essence of statesmanship is in employing its values to the advantage of others rather than self.
“Our party calls on the federal government to take steps to further immortalise the late Emir, including naming a national monument after him,” he said.
Ologbondiyan commiserated with Gov. Nasir el-Rufai and the government of Kaduna State, family of the departed Emir as well as the good people of Zazzau Emirate.
He prayed the Almighty Allah to console them and grant the departed an eternal rest.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed