Retired Major General. Babagana Monguno, the President's National Security Advisor (NSA), says that Nigeria recorded 52 acts of political violence in 22 states from October 8 to November 9. Monguno said this at an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security. (ICCES) hosted the National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Friday. He described the situation as bad and said it required urgent attention. Monguno said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to all security agencies to deal decisively with individuals or groups. trying to prevent the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election. “The president has also given his directive through me to all law enforcement and operational intelligence agencies to ensure that the 2023 election is held in an atmosphere free of rancor “The president is extremely pleased with the outcome of the elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states and he wants to see such a performance repeated. “A manifestation of the will of the people will triumphant over any obstacle that might dismantle the democracy we seek to protect. “I want to assure you that the security agencies have received clear instructions to prevent and deal with any situation in which any group, organization or institution decides to act. embark on what we consider to be a fundamentally criminal enterprise to be undertaken,” he said. Monguno added: “Whether it is isolated incidents, collected group activities.” It's not important. The important thing is that all Nigerians can cast their votes. And those votes must count.” He said that individuals or groups who attempt to commit illegal acts in connection with their political affiliation will receive a significant penalty.
“To those people who are pulling the strings, who control these groups that have a propensity to unleash violence, those people who have mobsters working for them, I want to send a very, very clear warning.
“A categorical and unequivocal warning to everyone regardless of party, including the president's party.
“As long as you decide to scupper the electoral process, law enforcement agencies will be equally uninhibited and will react to whatever action you have taken, you will be visited with an appropriate or proportionate response. "I want to assure you and me." I am saying this in all sincerity,” she said.
The NSA urges those who organized elements that caused chaos during the election to call their supporters to order. Mongono said security and intelligence agencies have already been tracking down some of the masterminds. Speaking, Police Inspector General Mr. Usman Baba warned those planning to undermine the 2023 general election to reconsider or be put on the book. Baba said that the police were committed to ensuring that the 2023 general election was peaceful and credible. him urging political actors to play games to allow security agencies to protect them. He said that since the beginning of the election campaign there have been incidences of party rallies and campaigns being disrupted through violence. Baba said that the police have made some arrests, while investigations are being carried out and some suspects prosecuted.
He called for the speedy administration of justice and proper punishment for those who had been arrested for election offenses to deter members of the public.
“Punishment and rewards are necessary tools in any environment. “It is our hope and prayer that now that we do not have an Electoral Court to prosecute electoral crimes, we are urging our courts that have handled our cases thus far to hurry up.
"This is important, so that those who have been found guilty or who we have established have a case to answer are punished," he said. INEC President Prof. Mahmood Yakubu called for urgent action to address attacks on commission facilities before the 2023 general election.
“The two simultaneous attacks on our Abeokuta South Local Government Area offices in Ogun and the Ede South Local Government office in Osun on Thursday necessitated this meeting. “Secondly, the series of attacks during election campaigns is increasing instead of decreasing. in the attack in Ede Sur it was minimal, that in Abeokuta Sur was extensive.
"The destroyed materials include 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting booths, 8 electric power generators, 57 electoral bags, 30 megaphones, 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voter Credentials (PVC) and a series of other miscellaneous items such as stamps and tampons," he said. . .
Yakubu said INEC was taking urgent steps to repair the damaged building and replace facilities in Ede South Local Government Area to get the office back up and running immediately.
“For the Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area office, the destruction was total. Accordingly, the Commission is relocating our staff to the former state office (also known as the INEC office annex) in the Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta.
“All activities related to the 15 registration areas (wards) and 445 voting units in the Abeokuta South local government area will henceforth be coordinated from the new location in Oke-Ilewo.
“Similarly, the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was ordered to compile the Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) of all 65,699 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) lost in the attack from our database and send the record for immediate reprint. " he said.
Yakubu assured that no registered voter would be disenfranchised in the affected area as a result of the cowardly act.
Regarding the avalanche of physical attacks during the ongoing political campaigns and rallies, Yakubu said that so far the INEC has tracked 50 incidents in 21 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The commission is concerned that if urgent and decisive action is not taken, the attacks will intensify as we get closer to the election date. As we all know, a peaceful campaign heralds peaceful elections. We need to take decisive action to stop the ugly trend.
“As a body, ICCES brings together the security and other agencies responsible for securing the process and ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria. Nigerians understandably expect decisive action from ICCES.
“It is important that we move quickly to apprehend the perpetrators, prosecute them as necessary, tighten security around election officials and election infrastructure across the country.
“As we have said on several occasions, the election is a multi-stakeholder activity that involves not only INEC and security agencies,” he said. Yakubu assured that the election in 2023 is credible despite the challenges.
“The attempt to sabotage or weaken our determination will not prevent us from conducting transparent elections in which only the votes cast on election day will determine the winners of the elections.”
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The National Security Advisor (NSA), retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno says that the smart approaches taken to address the agencies' security challenges are paying off.Monguno said this at the opening of the Annual Conference of Defense Advisors and Attachés, organized by the Intelligence Agency, on Monday in Abuja.The week-long conference is themed "Sustaining Nigeria's Defense and Security: The Role of the Defense Attaché System."The NSA said the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies have made efforts to meaningfully address security threats across the country.He said he identified some of the threats to include insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast and secessionist agitation in the Southeast and Southwest.Threats also include illegal oil supply in the South-South, and banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the Northwest and North Central areas.Monguno said that the military and security agencies had recorded a high degree of success in all operations, as well as substantial levels of peace and stability in the northeast and northwest.This, according to him, is clearly evident in the massive surrender of terrorists and their sympathizers, particularly in the Northeast."Similar degrees of success are also recorded in other areas of the country, especially in addressing oil theft and secessionist activities, among others."Monguno insisted on the need to strengthen regional cooperation to further guarantee the success of ongoing military operations.“I must also mention the support of our neighbors in our regional counterterrorism efforts, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).“The transnational nature of today's threats has made regional cooperation sorely needed.“In addition, we have continued to strengthen collaboration with our international partners in terms of capacity building and strategic intelligence sharing."These strategic alliances are driven mainly by the Attaché system," he said.The NSA praised the agency for strengthening alliances to promote Nigeria's regional and international interest.He said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to do everything possible to ensure that the country reached the desired level of peace, stability and prosperity.Monguno said defense advisers and attaches played a significant role in intelligence architecture estimates in partnership with foreign allies.He said that it was important for DIA to broaden its horizon to explore ways to improve indigenous capacity in the various dimensions of national security.According to him, the DIA has continued to play a central role in the intelligence community, particularly in providing technological capabilities and internal and external security assessments, mainly of a military nature.“This is a key function of the agency that the Chief of Defense Intelligence has performed with great zeal, commitment and determination under my coordination.“Therefore, I implore you to always provide us with timely and actionable intelligence to shape the global strategic landscape in our favor.“Let me also share with you from my experience, that developing strong partnerships and relationships in your host countries, as well as in the countries of accreditation, is very vital to a successful tour of duty as defense advisers and defense attaches.“Furthermore, I do not need to emphasize the general importance of his subordination to the ambassador or the High Commissioner, as well as the cordial relationship between the defense section and the embassy staff.“You should keep in mind that you are all military actors expected to perform established institutional tasks in a civilian setting.“This is why they were specially selected as elite transportation officers, considering that their work schedule involves dealing directly with civilian diplomats, which requires a great deal of tact and professionalism.“Furthermore, it is instructive that you align your responsibilities with the guidelines prescribed in the relevant portions of the 2019 National Security Strategy, the 2017 National Defense Policy, and the 2022 National Military Strategy,” he said.Monguno expressed his confidence that the outcome of the conference would strengthen existing strategies and propose new ones to address some perennial security challenges.The Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI), Gen.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo said the annual conference provided the agency with an opportunity to assess the activities of its defense sections around the world.Adebayo said the conference was also about identifying new lessons, discussing modalities for common challenges, as well as strategizing for the future, especially as the election year approaches.He said the conference came at a time when the nation was facing unusual security challenges characterized by a volatile, uncertain and complex environment.Adebayo, therefore, said that the theme was carefully chosen to guide the deliberations and contributions towards achieving success in the counter-terrorism strategy and creating an atmosphere for security and sustainable national development.He said that the DIA had continued to play a key role in supporting the armed forces in dealing with the myriad security challenges they faced.The CDI added that special operations conducted in conjunction with other stakeholders, targeting different threat groups in the Northwest and North Central, were yielding the desired results.According to him, the nature of the threats posed by Nigeria reinforced the need for collaborative efforts between government departments within the security service and through foreign diplomats and defense attaches.“As we all know terrorist groups take advantage of foreign affiliations to maintain their franchise, the need for international cooperation to counter terrorist groups cannot be overemphasized.“Defense attaches and advisers have done well to obtain this cooperation from their accrediting countries and deny the same support to adversaries.“Importantly, the activities of secessionist groups that threaten our nation's corporate existence require collaborative action to overcome.“The need for continued re-evaluation of operational strategies and tactics and intelligence gathering and sharing methods to efficiently address our security challenges is very important at this time,” he said.Source Credit: NAN
The Federal Government on Thursday launched the Digital Economy Industry Working Group (DEIWG) to facilitate the digital economy agenda.
Prof. Isa Pantami,Minister, Communications and Digital Economy inaugurated the group at the closing ceremony of the Digital Nigeria Conference and Exhibition organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.
Pantami,while inaugurating the group,charged the members to ensure the digital economy agenda was achieved through their efforts in line with the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He further said that Nigeria was doing well in the Ease of Doing Business in spite of the challenges which the government was working seriously to address.
According to the Minister,reducing the challenges on the Ease of Doing Business will ensure the success of the recent Nigerian Start-up Act(NSA) approved by Buhari on Oct. 19.Pantami said: “When the administration of Buhari started,the global ranking of Nigeria on the Ease of Doing Business was 170, but recently we have moved 39 steps higher to 131.“The government had initiated and implemented over 160 reforms and registering a business in Nigeria now takes less than 48 hours.
”He added that the ministry would in the near future inaugurate a committee for the swift implementation of the NSA.
Dr Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant (Research & Development) to the minister said the group was formed as an action group established as a Public Private Dialogue platform.
Adeluyi said the platform comprised of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group(NESG) and the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy,championed through close working relationship between the public and private sector leaders in the ICT industry.
Adeluyi said the group was designed to map out government initiatives and policies affecting the private sector as it pertains to the digital economy and ensure the growth of the digital industry in the country.
He said the objectives of the DEIWG would be to create framework for strengthening the immediate delivery of initiatives based on the eight pillars as outlined in the Nigerian Digital Economic Policy and Strategy (2020-2030).
“They will facilitate the creation of an Enterprise Programmes Management Office (EPMO) and funding mechanism which will serve as a framework of funding for DEIWG Secretariat.
“The group will formulate, in partnership with the government, mechanisms that drive and catalyse growth and increase investments in the Digital Economy.
“They will examine the current efforts by the Federal Government to digitally transform through policies, projects and programmes and co-create a private sector response plan.
“Facilitate leadership mindset that is digital-driven for Shared Prosperity and Shared National Vision and drive continuity of the policies and enhance the institutional arrangement to drive the Digital Economy,” he said.
Adeluyi added that the group would call to action for private sector to take lead of the creation of the Nigeria Digital Economy showcasing the opportunities in the E-Government Masterplan and Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.
The DEIWG has the Minister as the Chairman, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa,Director-General of NITDA as well as other Chief Executives of agencies under the ministry as members.
Members from the private sector include Mr Laoye Jaiyeola,Chief ExecutiveOfficerof NESG,as Private Sector Co-Chair and Ms Funke Opeke of MainOne,Mr Sim Shagaya of uLesson,among others.
Meanwhile, Director-General of NITDA,Mallam Kashifu Inuwa,said that the government would take into cognisance issues discussed at the conference,adding that the government was a listening one.
Inuwa encouraged participants and the youth, while promising that the government was willing to work with the youth to make Nigeria a global talent factory.
“We have reviewed our potential during the conference and have understood that for us to create wealth,it has to be through innovation,”he said.
The D-G added that stakeholders needed to work within the legal framework and keep supporting the government towards achieving a digital economy because the political will and talent were available.
The Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists (NSA) has called for safer medication practices to reduce risk of errors and deaths during the administration of drugs.
The NSA made the call while addressing news conference on Sunday in Abuja to commemorate the 2022 World Anaesthesia Day celebration which is celebrated on Oct. 16. The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Medication Safety’.
The National President of NSA, Prof. Elizabeth Ogboli-Nwasor, highlighted the role of anaesthesia in global health and calling for safer medication to eliminate any mistake or errors that might results to death or cost implications.
” Unsafe medication practices and medical errors are the leading causes of avoidable harm in health care across the world.
“It is projected that five per cent of all patients who are admitted to a hospital experience a medication error.
” An average hospital will have one medication error every 23 hours or one in every 20 admissions.
Those errors result in severe patient harm, disability and even death.
“Globally, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion annually,” she said.
Ogboli-Nwasor who is also from the Department of Anaesthesia, Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, called on the government and drug manufacturers to ensure drugs were visibly labeled and should not be in the same ampoule with others to minimise errors.
According to her, some of the factors that contributes to medication errors include stress, fatigue, poor condition of training for anaesthetics and shortage of anesthetists to carter for the Nigerian populace.
She noted that administretion of the right drugs with appropriate dosage to the right patient and at the right time would reduce some of the errors in medication.
Similarly, Prof. Saidu Yakub, who is also an anaesthetist Consultant at the ABUTH, Zaria, stressed the need for government and stakeholders to synergise in curbing fake drugs.
“When we administer medication or when a fake drug is supplied, It means that one has to continue to administer it to the patient because the patient may not respond due to low potency of the drug.
“Also, in that process, there will be excess medication administered to that patient, which may lead to harm.
“But if you administer the appropriate medication with the correct dose, the pain will go away and the patient would be able to sleep.
“So, we must do something about the issues of fake drugs,” he said.
Also, Dr Queeneth Kalu, a Consultant Anaesthetist in University of Calabar Teaching Hospital emphasised that hospital management team, doctors, nurses and engineers in charge of electricity supply were all critical towards achieving medication safety.
Kalu, while calling on the government to ensure uninterrupted power supply in hospitals, charge stakeholders to effectively discharge their responsibility judiciously.
NAN reports that the day seeks to celebrate the expertise that anaesthesiologists and the anesthesia community bring to improving medication safety practices and reducing medication errors.
The Federal Government on Wednesday urged cooperation of communities across the long stretch of the expansive territorial borders for effective policing.
The Director-General of the National Boundary Commission (NBC), Mr Adamu Adaji, made the call in Abuja during a one-day workshop on the establishment of National Consultative Forum for Chairmen of State Boundary Committees of Border States in Nigeria and Border Management Agencies.
The workshop is with theme ‘Converting Borders from Barriers of Separation to Bridges of Cooperation and Regional Integration’ was organised by the National Boundary Commission (NBC).
Adaji in his address said Nigeria has about 4500km land border and around 850km stretch of maritime border.
“It is a fact that providing effective policing across the long stretch of the expansive territorial borders would require not only the commitment of the combined security operatives but also support of the border communities.
“The National Consultative Forum is the first of its kind and without fear of contradiction, would be a veritable platform for regular engagement between state authorities and national structure responsible for border management and regional authorities in proximate countries.
“However, the engagement with your counterparts in the neighbouring countries would no doubt assist in cross border development initiative that would proffer on the spot solution to some rising security challenges along the borders.
“As envisaged, the establishment of the forum would be followed by the establishment of a similar platform for the traditional and local authorities at the grassroots levels who would be directly responsible for translating the decisions of the Chairmen and Deputy Governors’ Forum into concrete actions.
“The formal cross border interaction between the local authorities and border communities across the borders would no doubt give the border communities a sense of belonging and alleviate our fears of turning the borders regions to ungovern spaces and safe heaven for terrorists and other transitional organised crimes regions,” Adaji said.
Speaking, the Executive Secretary of Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), retired Capt. Junaid Abdullahi said the agency consider is a major stakeholder in the workshop due to its relevance in the actualisation of its mandate.
“We pledge our unflinching support for the desire to transform this fora into an institutional mechanism for the engagement of all border management stakeholders for addressing issues and challenges in the implementation if the AU border governance strategies.
“The harmonisation of our collective effort in the achievement of our individual mandates stands as a guarantee in ensuring greater success,” Abdullahi said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdullahi was represented by the Director of Planning, Intergovernmental and community Relations Department of BCDA, Mr Sadiq Isah.Similarly, the Comptroller- General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Idris Gere, was represented by a Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Border Management, Dr Mohammed Aminu, said the service was delighted to be in the workshop.
“I hope that this forum will provide a veritable platform to deepen understanding and commitment of stakeholders.
“NIS as a family of NBC has remain committed to ensure that harmonious relationship exist among and between the border communities,” Gere said.
Also speaking, the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Mongono, represented by Gen. Adamu Laka said one of the problems the country is facing is porous borders.
According to the NSA, the porousness of the country’s border has become a threats to national security.
“Nigerian extensive borders lands and maritime borders continue to be a major source of concern as they are likely porous and inadequately man.
This had aided irregular migration and other transnational organised crimes.
“However, the Federal Government would continue to build the resilience of our communities against the risks and hazards that pulls the greatest threat to Nigerian people while reducing our vulnerability,” Mongono said.
Similarly, the Comptroller- General, Nigeria Customs Service, retired Col. Hamid Ali, represented by Elton Edoye and Inspector-General of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman represented by DCP Dayo Ariyo restated their commitments to Nigeria’s border management in a separate remarks.
NAN reports that deputy governors of Benue, Kogi, Sokoto, Ondo, Ogun, Niger, Cross River, Adamawa, Yobe, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Taraba, Zamfara among others and some traditional leaders attended the workshop.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, says the comprehensive approach being employed in counterterrorism operations since 2015, has continued to significantly degrade the threat of terrorism.
Irabor said this at the opening of the Second Strategic (CTCOIN) Seminar organised by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The seminar with the theme, “Conducting : Utilising a Whole of Society Approach” was organised in collaboration with Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
Irabor, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Yekini Adeyemi, said the multi-faceted security challenges confronting Nigeria could only be addressed through same approach that would involve all segments of the society.
According to him, it is only through such an integrated approach that the circle of violence in the country can jointly be halted and create the enabling environment critical for sustainable peace and national development.
The defence chief said that the security challenges assumed a new dimension with the Boko Haram insurgency taking a frightening dimension following the emergence of ISWAP, an off shoot of ISIS that had become a major driving force behind the insurgency.
He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) responded to the Boko Haram threat by launching a CTCOIN operation which was largely kinetic in nature, saying the efforts did not yield the desired result at the initial stage due to the inability of troops to differentiate between counter insurgency operation and the usual conventional warfare.
He said the armed forces had to adapt, although slowly to the asymmetric nature of the conflict for us to get to where we are today.
“The CTCOIN strategy was later changed to a multi pronged approach using other elements of national power.
“This multi-pronged approach with the buy-in of the locals and consequent establishment of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) yielded some positive results as the Boko Haram and its splinter group ISWAP have been routed from many of their previous enclaves.
“As at September, over 80,000 erstwhile Boko Haram and ISWAP members and their families have so far surrendered to troops across the North East Theater.
“On the other hand, thousands of IDPs have returned to their ancestral homes across in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States following successful clearance operations carried out by troops as well as intensification of non-kinetic approaches by the AFN, supported by other security agencies and the locals.
“Despite the successes recorded so far, the reality on the ground is that the insurgency is yet to be fully crushed.
“The insurgent groups are still clinging to some elements of hope, which must be crushed.
Their hopes are fuelled by the indoctrination and support they continued to receive locally and internationally,” he said.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), rtd.
Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, said that proffering a whole of society solutions towards enhancing national responses to the emergent security threats must be pursued to enhance national development.
Monguno was represented by the Coordinator, Counter-Terrorism Centre, rtd.
Rear Adm. Yaminu Musa. He said the threat on the environment globally and locally was dynamic and demanded constant reviews and espousal of proactive strategies to combat envisaged challenges.
He added that trends in the global environment indicated that various factors created concerns such as rapid population growth which puts tremendous pressure on states and could trigger humanitarian crises, if not appropriately addressed.
According to him, the Information Technology age has shrunk time and space thus rendering physical barriers between countries ineffective and some security measures obsolete.
“All these global security challenges have the potential to undermine national security and by implication national development.
“The threat outlook therefore, demands a synergy of effort involving stakeholders across government and citizens in a whole of government and whole of society approaches to ensure national security.
“The dynamics of terrorism in Nigeria has evolved to a complex nature and hence CTCOIN becomes complicated, thus, requiring collective efforts of states and a multi agency approach involving all stakeholders using kinetic and non-kinetic means.
“Our experiences as a nation combating insurgency and counter terrorism, Nigeria has come to realise that kinetic means alone is not sufficient to defeating the threat,” he said.
The NSA said that Nigeria had continued to review its laws, strategies and coordination frameworks to surmount the challenges of terrorism in the nearest future.
He said the security situation in the North East and other parts of the country was gradually improving, adding the recently conducted Independence Day parade in Borno after a long time indicated an improved situation.
On his part, Maj.-Gen. Yekini said there was need for all Nigerians to take ownership of the ongoing fight against insecurity by contributing to the ongoing tasks for provision of intelligence.
Yekini said the criminals who carry out attacks on communities come from places where people know them and could provide information about them.
The Director-General, NARC, rtd Maj.-Gen. Garbage Wahab, said the seminar was designed to enable participants to learn how to ensure security of Nigerians through Nigerians.
Wahab said it was not only the responsibility of the military or other strategists to perform, adding that every Nigerian had a role to play.
He said that a lot of peace had been achieved in the North East and other parts of the country, adding that more needed to be done to find solution.
“We must continue to perform and find solutions to whatever the problems are and we can only do that by getting everybody, the military, all security agencies, ministries, departments, agencies, and everybody to be involved in the struggle,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno on his 65th birthday on Friday.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the President, at a special audience, appreciated the NSA for his services to the country.
He wished the NSA good health, longer life, and greater service to God and humanity.
Monguno served meritoriously in the Nigerian Army, and held positions like Commander Guards Brigade, 2007-2009, Chief of Defence Intelligence, 2009-2011, among others.
He was appointed National Security Adviser by President Buhari in July, 2015.
Retired Col. Milan Dikio, the immediate past Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), has congratulated his successor, retired Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu on his appointment as Interim Administrator of the Amnesty Programme.
Dikio in a statement on Friday expressed confidence that Ndiomu would build and expand the foundation he laid to transform ex-agitators into net contributors to the economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dikio was first appointed for one year in August 2020 and reappointed for another one year in 2021. Dikio called on all stakeholders in the region to extend similar supports they gave to him to Ndiomu to enable him succeed in his “new critical assignment”.
”In the two years that I served as interim administrator, our mission to transform our ex-agitators to become net contributors to the economy of the Niger Delta and the nation at large has been firmly set on course.
“This foundation will doubtless serve my successor well in giving effect to the next phase of the President’s agenda for the PAP in particular and the Niger Delta region.
“I, therefore, warmly congratulate the newly appointed administrator, Gen. Ndiomu, to whom, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his wisdom has entrusted the next phase of this critical national assignment.
“I urge all stakeholders to avail him the same support and cooperation extended to me, while praying for God’s speed and wisdom for him, as he engages on this onerous task,” he said.
While thanking God for his grace, Dikio expressed profound gratitude to Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve the country.
“I wish to also place on record my immense appreciation to the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno for his direction and peerless support throughout the period of my service as the IA.
“The clear repositioning of the programme, resulting in the relative stability of the Niger Delta region would not have been possible without the leadership and unwavering support of the President, NSA, Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the ex-agitators and key stakeholders in the region.
“I deeply appreciate my team of special assistants and team of very dedicated support staff who worked tirelessly to return the PAP to its original mandate”.
Prof. Benjamin Bolaji of the Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ilorin, has advocated for multidisciplinary approach of medical practitioners in tackling rising spate of maternal mortality in the country.
Bolaji made the call on Thursday in Ilorin on the sidelines of the 9th Scientific Conference of the Society of Obstetric Anaesthetists of Nigeria (SOAN) in association with the Nigeria Society of Anaesthetists (NSA).
The don who teaches in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the university attributed the ugly trend to haemorrhage during childbirth.
He called for the need in partnering with international organisations for provision of resources needed to practically launch the crusade against the menace.
The anaesthetist, who lamented on the lack of equipment and other facilities in public health institutions, noted that many specialists in medical profession are leaving the shores of the country in droves.
He observed that more of the professionals in the health sector would have to be recruited to help in the efforts at reducing maternal mortality.
“The leading cause of maternal mortality, specifically, is haemorrhage; pregnant women bleeding during delivery and another cause is infection.
“If we are going to tackle the issue of maternal mortality, we need multidisciplinary approach; the nurses, obstetricians, anaestheticians and medical laboratory scientists will be involved.
“We need to collaborate and when we are collaborating, we even need international partners because of the resources they can give us,” he said.
Bolaji, who is also a Consultant with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), observed that there is need to involve the community and promoters that can give access to the communities, adding that education and advocacy is important.
According to him, in order to reduce maternal mortality, there should be free access to specialist based services.
He explained that maternal mortality is unevenly distributed in the country, saying that the North West has the highest death rate.
He added that the rate is low in the South East and South West when compared to North West. Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, the wife of Kwara Gov. Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, said the conference came at the appropriate time because it was in tandem with the vision of the present administration in the health sector.
She explained that the state government had made resources available for safe motherhood with the resuscitation of primary healthcare centres across the state.
“We know that the administration of AbdulRazaq has put a lot of things in place to ensure safe motherhood.
“The scope of Kwara is the whole 16 local government areas and to bring health more closer to the community.
We look at things from the ward level.
“The government had keyed into basic healthcare fund.
At that level, it ensures that one primary healthcare centre works per each of the wards.
We have close to between 450 and 600 primary healthcare centres that are working effectively,” she said.
She explained that in basic healthcare, fund is specifically allocated to one PHC per ward, and enrollment is done in a way that people would get enrolled received free treatment.
“The treatment is for children that are under five, pregnant mothers, the indigents and others in different categories are captured in each of those facilities.
“Pregnancy is incomplete without the birth of a live-baby.
When we have that kind of system and government invests in it, you will see that what government is funding is also in tandem with what they (SOAN) are saying,” she said.
The United States National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cyber Command Centre, says Public-Private Partnership (PPP), is the solution to protecting critical infrastructure worldwide.
Ms. Morgan Adamski, U.
S. Director of NSA’s Cybersecurity Command Center, said this during a three-week Cybersecurity Virtual Reporting Tour, on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ongoing program was organised by Foreign Press Centers (FPC).
Morgan, who spoke on the brief titled: “The Pivotal Importance of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Cooperation in Strengthening Security”, said that the focus of the centre was in threefold.
She said the threefold includes creating a forum to build a more comprehensive picture of the cyber threat landscape, protecting small to medium-sized and large companies that produce critical technologies for the U.
Morgan stated the last fold to be directly countering maligned influence on emerging technology standards such as fifth generation, sixth generation and cloud security, accordingly.
She said: “As we are here to discuss today, PPPs are not just nice to have, they are the solution to protect critical infrastructure worldwide.
“The focus of the Cybersecurity Collaboration Center is threefold: first and foremost, creating a forum to build a more comprehensive picture of the cyber threat landscape.
“Protecting small to medium-sized and large companies that produce critical technologies for the U.
S. military, which we call the Defense Industrial Base, against nation-state threats.
“And directly countering maligned influence on emerging technology standards such as 5G, 6G, and cloud security.
” She, however, said that PPP should not be about seeking the mechanism or the platform for sharing, but should always be about its outcome that drives the format for the most successful collaboration.
“It is never about the mechanism or the platform for sharing in PPP.
It should always be about the outcome that drives the format for the most successful collaboration.
“At the federal level, a collaborative approach is the cornerstone of our efforts.
“We leverage on the unique authorities of federal, civilian, law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies, and further integrate their operations.
“At the operational level, we have found that the secret to collaboration between the U.
S. Government and the private sector is empowering the art of conversation,” she said.
The Director said analysts were needed to discuss, share information and analyse as they work through a problem or trying to understand a threat.
She said no agency or center had the capacity to collaborate with any organisation in the defense of data and systems against adversarial activity, adding that a distributed approach should be taken to a diverse and agile threat.
“We need analysts to talk to each other, sharing information and analysis as they are working through a problem or trying to understand a threat.
“That is when we discover new things, talk about alternatives analysis, and build the best mitigation guidance for all.
“No single agency or center has the capacity or the authority to collaborate with every organisation necessary to defend our data and systems against adversarial activity.
“Instead, we must take a network and distributed approach to a diverse and agile threat,” Morgan said.