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  •  The Federal Government says it has clamped down on adulterated fertiliser producers in Kano State to ensure quality production of fertilisers and farm inputs A statement by Anthonia Eremah the Assistant Chief Information Officer of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced this on Friday in Abuja She said this is in in line with the government s commitment to ensure quality production of fertilisers and farm Inputs which is geared toward achieving food and nutrition security Eremah explained that a team from the ministry led by the Director Farm Input Support Services Department FISSD Mr Kwaido Sanni with members of the Police and DSS embarked on the sealing of the illegal outfits in Kano She said the exercise which took place on Aug 17 and 18 in various local government areas was in fulfillment of the National Fertiliser Quality Control Regulations of 2020 Section 43 Sub section 1 of the Constitution She said the constitution empowers FISSD to move against adulteration and sharp practices in the fertiliser sub sector Sanni explained that the fertiliser control act would ensure that any individual doing the business must register with the FISSD as well as possess the requisite facilities to operate in the sector He said that most of the fertiliser companies did not want to carry out the process because they knew that they are not qualified The director said this was the reason behind the clamp down on the companies He therefore warned those engaged in the illegal business to stop or face the wrath of the law The Fertiliser Quality Control Officer FISSD Mr Sunday Oke during the inspection observed the prevalence of fertiliser in the state Oke said that samples of the fertiliser would be collected and taken to Abuja for laboratory analysis to confirm compliance with the guaranteed analysis He said that the second day exercise was targeted at cases of diversion of government procured raw materials He said that there was a provision in the Act that specified that diversion of fertiliser is an offence This is the reason we went to the market and saw cases of government Presidential Fertiliser Initiative PFI raw materials being sold in the open market which is not supposed to be sold he said He disclosed that the fertilisers were meant for local NPK fertilisers blending plants in the country saying it is a violation of the act The leader of Yandusa Market Kano Alhaji Shehu Akarami during the inspection said he had been in the fertiliser business for 40 years and needed the Federal Government s support in the area of grants to boost his business One of the defaulters Mr Khalid Mohammed of No 18 Dantata House Planning Way Dogon Gida Sabon Gari Market Kano where about 800 bags of PTF were discovered however said that he was not aware of the fact that it was wrong to sell the fertilisers nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG clamps down on fake, adulterated fertiliser producers 
     The Federal Government says it has clamped down on adulterated fertiliser producers in Kano State to ensure quality production of fertilisers and farm inputs A statement by Anthonia Eremah the Assistant Chief Information Officer of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced this on Friday in Abuja She said this is in in line with the government s commitment to ensure quality production of fertilisers and farm Inputs which is geared toward achieving food and nutrition security Eremah explained that a team from the ministry led by the Director Farm Input Support Services Department FISSD Mr Kwaido Sanni with members of the Police and DSS embarked on the sealing of the illegal outfits in Kano She said the exercise which took place on Aug 17 and 18 in various local government areas was in fulfillment of the National Fertiliser Quality Control Regulations of 2020 Section 43 Sub section 1 of the Constitution She said the constitution empowers FISSD to move against adulteration and sharp practices in the fertiliser sub sector Sanni explained that the fertiliser control act would ensure that any individual doing the business must register with the FISSD as well as possess the requisite facilities to operate in the sector He said that most of the fertiliser companies did not want to carry out the process because they knew that they are not qualified The director said this was the reason behind the clamp down on the companies He therefore warned those engaged in the illegal business to stop or face the wrath of the law The Fertiliser Quality Control Officer FISSD Mr Sunday Oke during the inspection observed the prevalence of fertiliser in the state Oke said that samples of the fertiliser would be collected and taken to Abuja for laboratory analysis to confirm compliance with the guaranteed analysis He said that the second day exercise was targeted at cases of diversion of government procured raw materials He said that there was a provision in the Act that specified that diversion of fertiliser is an offence This is the reason we went to the market and saw cases of government Presidential Fertiliser Initiative PFI raw materials being sold in the open market which is not supposed to be sold he said He disclosed that the fertilisers were meant for local NPK fertilisers blending plants in the country saying it is a violation of the act The leader of Yandusa Market Kano Alhaji Shehu Akarami during the inspection said he had been in the fertiliser business for 40 years and needed the Federal Government s support in the area of grants to boost his business One of the defaulters Mr Khalid Mohammed of No 18 Dantata House Planning Way Dogon Gida Sabon Gari Market Kano where about 800 bags of PTF were discovered however said that he was not aware of the fact that it was wrong to sell the fertilisers nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG clamps down on fake, adulterated fertiliser producers 
    General news5 months ago

    FG clamps down on fake, adulterated fertiliser producers 

    The Federal Government says it has clamped down on adulterated fertiliser producers in Kano State to ensure quality production of fertilisers and farm inputs.

    A statement by Anthonia Eremah, the Assistant Chief Information Officer of the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, announced this on Friday in Abuja.

    She said this is in in line with the government’s commitment to ensure quality production of fertilisers and farm Inputs which is geared toward achieving food and nutrition security.

    Eremah explained that a team from the ministry led by the Director, Farm Input Support Services Department (FISSD), Mr Kwaido Sanni, with members of the Police and DSS embarked on the sealing of the illegal outfits in Kano. She said the exercise, which took place on Aug. 17 and 18 in various local government areas, was in fulfillment of the National Fertiliser Quality Control Regulations of 2020, Section 43, Sub-section 1 of the Constitution.

    She said the constitution empowers FISSD to move against adulteration and sharp practices in the fertiliser sub-sector Sanni explained that the fertiliser control act would ensure that any individual doing the business must register with the FISSD as well as possess the requisite facilities to operate in the sector.

    He said that most of the fertiliser companies did not want to carry out the process because they knew that they are not qualified.

    The director said this was the reason behind the clamp down on the companies.

    He, therefore, warned those engaged in the illegal business to stop or face the wrath of the law.

    The Fertiliser Quality Control Officer, (FISSD), Mr Sunday Oke, during the inspection, observed the prevalence of fertiliser in the state.

    Oke said that samples of the fertiliser would be collected and taken to Abuja for laboratory analysis to confirm compliance with the guaranteed analysis.

    He said that the second day exercise was targeted at cases of diversion of government procured raw materials.

    He said that there was a provision in the Act that specified that diversion of fertiliser is an offence.

    “This is the reason we went to the market and saw cases of government Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) raw materials being sold in the open market which is not supposed to be sold,” he said.

    He disclosed that the fertilisers were meant for local NPK fertilisers blending plants in the country, saying it is a violation of the act.

    The leader of Yandusa Market, Kano, Alhaji Shehu Akarami, during the inspection said he had been in the fertiliser business for 40 years and  needed the Federal Government’s support in the area of grants to boost his business.

    One of the defaulters, Mr Khalid Mohammed, of No. 18 Dantata House Planning Way, Dogon-Gida, Sabon Gari Market, Kano, where about 800 bags of PTF were discovered, however said that he was not aware of the fact that it was wrong to sell the fertilisers.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved contract worth N6 billion as augmentation for the Chochi irrigation project in Adamawa as well as N1 4billion for procurement of aviation equipment Ministers of Water Resources Sulieman Adamu and Aviation Hadi Sirika said this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday Adamu said As you know the trend with us since the inception of this administration has been to lay emphasis on completion of ongoing projects that we inherited This project started in 1988 during Petroleum Trust Fund PTF era to provide 1 200 hectares of irrigation in Chochi in Yola Adamawa State unfortunately it has suffered a lot of setbacks According to him following the dissolution of PTF the project was transferred to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources It was kept in the cooler for about eight years before it finally emerged in 2006 and re awarded to the same company Impresit Bakolori But in subsequent years it has suffered so many things There has been a lot of encroachment in the area because it s outside the Yola town in between Yola and Jimeta Buildings have sprung up filling stations and so on and so forth So which of cause is at several points to redesign the project Now we are poised to complete it And one of the key issues is that the project is based on pumping The Minister explained that the present high cost of diesel and foreign exchange was responsible for the review of the contract sum At the time it was awarded diesel was very cheap but now diesel is so expensive So we provided a solar component to provide energy for the pumps to irrigate the land and this is one of the reasons in addition to variation of prices foreign exchange fluctuation that calls for a review of this project seeking for augmentation of about N6 billion and an extension of time to complete the project At the same time we felt the need for strengthening the technical financial managerial capacity of the company which has dwindled over time Contractors of the company have been there on the site for like 24 years and they ve lost quite a lot of experts along the way And therefore we have now been able to reinforce the original contractor Rather than terminate the contract we feel it s better to just continue by reinforcing the efforts of the contractor through a joint venture with another company which is a Nigerian company According to him the augmentation of N6 billion takes the project to N11 026 billion with additional extension period of 24 months plus 12 months effect liability period making a total of 36 months On his part Sirika said N1 4billion was approved for the procurement of surveillance equipment for Kaduna and Port Harcourt Airports He said The approval is for the award of contracts for the design supply and maintenance of mobile surveillance observation systems with remote controlled licence and these are for the airports of Port Harcourt and Kaduna and it will continue to other airports progressively We are beginning with the first two but it will continue with the remaining airports in the future and the contract sum for this particular procurement is N1 499 603 500 including the 7 5 per cent value added tax and it will be delivered within 30 weeks Sirika also announced that the Council approved bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and Canada He explained that the agreement was in accordance with the Chicago convention to which both Nigeria and Canada were signatories The approval we got was for the signing of bilateral air service agreement BASA between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government of Canada and this is in accordance with the Chicago convention to which both Nigeria and Canada are signatories According to him the highlights of the BASA involve the granting of rights and privileges as well as the designation of airlines authorisation withholding revocation suspension and limitation of authorisation application of national laws and regulations Other components are safety standards certificate and licences aviation security custom duties and other charges statistics pricing and general terms and conditions of carriage availability of airports and aviation facilities and services capacity and airline representatives Others are ground handling sales and transfer of funds consultations amendments therefrom settlement of disputes entry into force among others Council approved that we should go ahead and sign the BASA between us and Canada for all of the benefits to be driven therefrom mutually he said Also commenting on the threat by aviation union to shut down airports in solidarity with ASUU Sirika expressed serious concern about the threat He however assured the public that the threat will not be carried out because aviation authorities are already talking to the union I m naturally concerned about this if the aviation union will shut down in support of ASUU I would say they have no need to I will say also that we should begin to look at civil aviation as a critical national security enterprise It has all the implications We should not contemplate or think about an aviation disaster We should also think about the general activity on the economy of Nigeria without civil aviation I think it should be reconsidered So civil aviation workers I think should not be part of this Yes I am concerned and yes we ve spoken to them and I don t think they will join because they know that there s huge responsibility of lives on their heads The Minister of information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed who also reacted to the planned mass protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in solidarity with striking university lecturers said such protests are uncalled for and illegal According to the minister the NLC is not a political party and it is not in dispute with government He said I think we should also start to interrogate what labour is doing The NLC is not a political party The NLC can go on strike or protest if the rights of NLC members are involved What the NLC is planning in the next two days is about interest There s no dispute whatsoever between NLC as a body with the federal government Well yes that s a dispute between some members of NLC ASUU and the federal government which is being looked into And NLC itself is a party to the committee that is looking into the solution So calling out people on street protest you begin to wonder what is the motive of NLC in this matter But you see here we do not interrogate what NLC is doing NLC by its own laws cannot even give out pamphlets And NLC is supposed to be completely insulated from politics Now if you declare dispute with us yes you can go on strike Even that one would depend on whether certain steps have been taken or not But this particular NLC you know asking and mobilizing people to come out on strike on July 26 and July 27 is clearly on nothing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEC approves N7.4bn for irrigation, aviation equipment
     The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved contract worth N6 billion as augmentation for the Chochi irrigation project in Adamawa as well as N1 4billion for procurement of aviation equipment Ministers of Water Resources Sulieman Adamu and Aviation Hadi Sirika said this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday Adamu said As you know the trend with us since the inception of this administration has been to lay emphasis on completion of ongoing projects that we inherited This project started in 1988 during Petroleum Trust Fund PTF era to provide 1 200 hectares of irrigation in Chochi in Yola Adamawa State unfortunately it has suffered a lot of setbacks According to him following the dissolution of PTF the project was transferred to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources It was kept in the cooler for about eight years before it finally emerged in 2006 and re awarded to the same company Impresit Bakolori But in subsequent years it has suffered so many things There has been a lot of encroachment in the area because it s outside the Yola town in between Yola and Jimeta Buildings have sprung up filling stations and so on and so forth So which of cause is at several points to redesign the project Now we are poised to complete it And one of the key issues is that the project is based on pumping The Minister explained that the present high cost of diesel and foreign exchange was responsible for the review of the contract sum At the time it was awarded diesel was very cheap but now diesel is so expensive So we provided a solar component to provide energy for the pumps to irrigate the land and this is one of the reasons in addition to variation of prices foreign exchange fluctuation that calls for a review of this project seeking for augmentation of about N6 billion and an extension of time to complete the project At the same time we felt the need for strengthening the technical financial managerial capacity of the company which has dwindled over time Contractors of the company have been there on the site for like 24 years and they ve lost quite a lot of experts along the way And therefore we have now been able to reinforce the original contractor Rather than terminate the contract we feel it s better to just continue by reinforcing the efforts of the contractor through a joint venture with another company which is a Nigerian company According to him the augmentation of N6 billion takes the project to N11 026 billion with additional extension period of 24 months plus 12 months effect liability period making a total of 36 months On his part Sirika said N1 4billion was approved for the procurement of surveillance equipment for Kaduna and Port Harcourt Airports He said The approval is for the award of contracts for the design supply and maintenance of mobile surveillance observation systems with remote controlled licence and these are for the airports of Port Harcourt and Kaduna and it will continue to other airports progressively We are beginning with the first two but it will continue with the remaining airports in the future and the contract sum for this particular procurement is N1 499 603 500 including the 7 5 per cent value added tax and it will be delivered within 30 weeks Sirika also announced that the Council approved bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and Canada He explained that the agreement was in accordance with the Chicago convention to which both Nigeria and Canada were signatories The approval we got was for the signing of bilateral air service agreement BASA between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government of Canada and this is in accordance with the Chicago convention to which both Nigeria and Canada are signatories According to him the highlights of the BASA involve the granting of rights and privileges as well as the designation of airlines authorisation withholding revocation suspension and limitation of authorisation application of national laws and regulations Other components are safety standards certificate and licences aviation security custom duties and other charges statistics pricing and general terms and conditions of carriage availability of airports and aviation facilities and services capacity and airline representatives Others are ground handling sales and transfer of funds consultations amendments therefrom settlement of disputes entry into force among others Council approved that we should go ahead and sign the BASA between us and Canada for all of the benefits to be driven therefrom mutually he said Also commenting on the threat by aviation union to shut down airports in solidarity with ASUU Sirika expressed serious concern about the threat He however assured the public that the threat will not be carried out because aviation authorities are already talking to the union I m naturally concerned about this if the aviation union will shut down in support of ASUU I would say they have no need to I will say also that we should begin to look at civil aviation as a critical national security enterprise It has all the implications We should not contemplate or think about an aviation disaster We should also think about the general activity on the economy of Nigeria without civil aviation I think it should be reconsidered So civil aviation workers I think should not be part of this Yes I am concerned and yes we ve spoken to them and I don t think they will join because they know that there s huge responsibility of lives on their heads The Minister of information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed who also reacted to the planned mass protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in solidarity with striking university lecturers said such protests are uncalled for and illegal According to the minister the NLC is not a political party and it is not in dispute with government He said I think we should also start to interrogate what labour is doing The NLC is not a political party The NLC can go on strike or protest if the rights of NLC members are involved What the NLC is planning in the next two days is about interest There s no dispute whatsoever between NLC as a body with the federal government Well yes that s a dispute between some members of NLC ASUU and the federal government which is being looked into And NLC itself is a party to the committee that is looking into the solution So calling out people on street protest you begin to wonder what is the motive of NLC in this matter But you see here we do not interrogate what NLC is doing NLC by its own laws cannot even give out pamphlets And NLC is supposed to be completely insulated from politics Now if you declare dispute with us yes you can go on strike Even that one would depend on whether certain steps have been taken or not But this particular NLC you know asking and mobilizing people to come out on strike on July 26 and July 27 is clearly on nothing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEC approves N7.4bn for irrigation, aviation equipment
    General news6 months ago

    FEC approves N7.4bn for irrigation, aviation equipment

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved contract worth N6 billion as augmentation for the Chochi irrigation project in Adamawa as well as N1.4billion for procurement of aviation equipment.

    Ministers of Water Resources, Sulieman Adamu, and Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

    Adamu said: “As you know the trend with us since the inception of this administration has been to lay emphasis on completion of ongoing projects that we inherited.

    “This project started in 1988 during Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) era to provide 1,200 hectares of irrigation in Chochi in Yola, Adamawa State; unfortunately, it has suffered a lot of setbacks.’’ According to him, following the dissolution of PTF, the project was transferred to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

    It was kept in the cooler for about eight years before it finally emerged in 2006 and re-awarded to the same company, Impresit Bakolori.

    “But in subsequent years, it has suffered so many things.

    “There has been a lot of encroachment in the area because it’s outside the Yola town, in between Yola and Jimeta.

    “Buildings have sprung up, filling stations and so on and so forth.

    So, which of cause is at several points to redesign the project.

    “Now, we are poised to complete it.

    And one of the key issues is that the project is based on pumping.” The Minister explained that the present high cost of diesel and foreign exchange was responsible for the review of the contract sum.

    “At the time it was awarded, diesel was very cheap, but now diesel is so expensive.

    “So, we provided a solar component to provide energy for the pumps, to irrigate the land and this is one of the reasons in addition to variation of prices, foreign exchange fluctuation that calls for a review of this project, seeking for augmentation of about N6 billion and an extension of time to complete the project.

    “At the same time, we felt the need for strengthening the technical, financial, managerial capacity of the company, which has dwindled over time.

    “Contractors of the company have been there on the site for like 24 years and they’ve lost quite a lot of experts along the way.

    “And therefore, we have now been able to reinforce the original contractor.

    “Rather than terminate the contract, we feel it’s better to just continue by reinforcing the efforts of the contractor through a joint venture with another company which is a Nigerian company.’’ According to him, the augmentation of N6 billion takes the project to N11.026 billion with additional extension period of 24 months, plus 12 months effect liability period, making a total of 36 months.

    On his part, Sirika said N1.4billion was approved for the procurement of surveillance equipment for Kaduna and Port Harcourt Airports.

    He said: “The approval is for the award of contracts for the design, supply and maintenance of mobile surveillance observation systems with remote-controlled licence and these are for the airports of Port Harcourt and Kaduna and it will continue to other airports progressively.

    “We are beginning with the first two but it will continue with the remaining airports in the future and the contract sum for this particular procurement is N1, 499, 603, 500 including the 7.5 per cent value added tax and it will be delivered within 30 weeks.” Sirika also announced that the Council approved bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and Canada.

    He explained that the agreement was in accordance with the Chicago convention, to which both Nigeria and Canada were signatories.

    “The approval we got was for the signing of bilateral air service agreement (BASA) between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government of Canada and this is in accordance with the Chicago convention, to which both Nigeria and Canada are signatories.

    According to him, the highlights of the BASA involve the granting of rights and privileges as well as the designation of airlines authorisation, withholding, revocation, suspension and limitation of authorisation, application of national laws and regulations.

    “Other components are safety standards certificate and licences, aviation security, custom duties and other charges, statistics pricing and general terms and conditions of carriage, availability of airports and aviation facilities and services, capacity and airline representatives.

    “Others are: ground handling, sales and transfer of funds, consultations, amendments therefrom, settlement of disputes, entry into force among others.

    “Council approved that we should go ahead and sign the BASA between us and Canada  for all of the benefits to be driven therefrom, mutually,” he said.

    Also commenting on the threat by aviation union to shut down airports in solidarity with ASUU, Sirika expressed serious concern about the threat.

    He, however, assured the public that “the threat will not be carried out because aviation authorities are already talking to the union.

    “I’m naturally concerned about this if the aviation union will shut down in support of ASUU.

    I would say they have no need to.

    “I will say also that we should begin to look at civil aviation as a critical national security enterprise.

    It has all the implications.

    “We should not contemplate or think about an aviation disaster.

    We should also think about the general activity on the economy of Nigeria without civil aviation..

    “I think it should be reconsidered.

    So, civil aviation workers, I think should not be part of this.

    “Yes, I am concerned and yes we’ve spoken to them and I don’t think they will join because they know that there’s huge responsibility of lives on their heads.

    The Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who also reacted to the planned mass protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity with striking university lecturers, said “such protests are uncalled for and illegal.’’ According to the minister, the NLC is not a political party and it is not in dispute with government.

    He said: “I think we should also start to interrogate what labour is doing.

    The NLC is not a political party.

    The NLC can go on strike or protest if the rights of NLC members are involved.

    What the NLC is planning in the next two days is about interest.

    “There’s no dispute whatsoever between NLC as a body with the federal government.

    “Well yes, that’s a dispute between some members of NLC, ASUU, and the federal government which is being looked into.

    And NLC itself is a party to the committee that is looking into the solution.

    “So, calling out people on street protest you begin to wonder, what is the motive of NLC in this matter?

    But you see here, we do not interrogate what NLC is doing.

    NLC by its own laws cannot even give out pamphlets.

    “And NLC is supposed to be completely insulated from politics.

    Now, if you declare dispute with us, yes you can go on strike.

    Even that one would depend on whether certain steps have been taken or not.

    “But this particular NLC, you know, asking and mobilizing people to come out on strike on July 26, and July 27, is clearly on nothing.” (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A political pressure group Hamza Almustapha Media Awareness HALMA has urged retired Maj Hamza Almustapha to join the 2023 presidential race in order to tackle insecurity and other challenges facing the country The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Al Mustapha was the chief security officer to the late Head of State Sani Abacha The group made the call on Sunday during a townhall meeting with women youth groups and other stakeholders on the 2023 general election The Chairman of the group Dr Muhammad Habib expressed optimism that Al Mustapha would tackle the security challenges bedevilling the country if he emerged as the next president Al Mustapha as a security expert and top government official in the past has wealth of experience and ideas on how to surmount the nation s problems When it comes to economy he was the brain behind Petroleum Trust Fund PTF creation And PTF has helped a lot in terms of education infrastructure almost every angle he said He urged elders and youths across the country to prevail on the former chief security officer to join the presidential race under any political party of his choice The Guest Speaker Dr Babayo Suleiman of the Department of Political Science Federal University Kashere Gombe State harped on the importance of possessing Voter Registration Card PVC Suleiman said the PVC provide opportunity for Nigerians who attained age 18 to register He said voting was important to every eligible Nigerian because it is only through voting you will elect the leaders of your choice With the huge population in Nigeria you may think that your single vote cannot make any change but your vote carries much weight as everybody else he said NAN reports that highlight of the meeting was the distribution of empowerment form to various women groups who participated in the meeting NAN
    2023: Group urges Al-Mustapha to join presidential race
     A political pressure group Hamza Almustapha Media Awareness HALMA has urged retired Maj Hamza Almustapha to join the 2023 presidential race in order to tackle insecurity and other challenges facing the country The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Al Mustapha was the chief security officer to the late Head of State Sani Abacha The group made the call on Sunday during a townhall meeting with women youth groups and other stakeholders on the 2023 general election The Chairman of the group Dr Muhammad Habib expressed optimism that Al Mustapha would tackle the security challenges bedevilling the country if he emerged as the next president Al Mustapha as a security expert and top government official in the past has wealth of experience and ideas on how to surmount the nation s problems When it comes to economy he was the brain behind Petroleum Trust Fund PTF creation And PTF has helped a lot in terms of education infrastructure almost every angle he said He urged elders and youths across the country to prevail on the former chief security officer to join the presidential race under any political party of his choice The Guest Speaker Dr Babayo Suleiman of the Department of Political Science Federal University Kashere Gombe State harped on the importance of possessing Voter Registration Card PVC Suleiman said the PVC provide opportunity for Nigerians who attained age 18 to register He said voting was important to every eligible Nigerian because it is only through voting you will elect the leaders of your choice With the huge population in Nigeria you may think that your single vote cannot make any change but your vote carries much weight as everybody else he said NAN reports that highlight of the meeting was the distribution of empowerment form to various women groups who participated in the meeting NAN
    2023: Group urges Al-Mustapha to join presidential race
    General news9 months ago

    2023: Group urges Al-Mustapha to join presidential race

    A political pressure group, Hamza Almustapha Media Awareness (HALMA), has urged retired Maj. Hamza Almustapha to join the 2023 presidential race in order to tackle insecurity and other challenges facing the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Al-Mustapha was the chief security officer to the late Head of State Sani Abacha.

    The group made the call on Sunday during a townhall meeting with women, youth groups and other stakeholders on the 2023 general election.

    The Chairman of the group, Dr Muhammad Habib, expressed optimism that Al-Mustapha would tackle the security challenges bedevilling the country if he emerged as the next president.

    “Al-Mustapha as a security expert and top government official in the past has wealth of experience and ideas on how to surmount the nation’s problems.

    “When it comes to economy, he was the brain behind Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) creation.

    “And PTF has helped a lot in terms of education, infrastructure, almost every angle,” he said.

    He urged elders and youths across the country to prevail on the former chief security officer to join the presidential race under any political party of his choice.

    The Guest Speaker, Dr Babayo Suleiman of the Department of Political Science, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, harped on the importance of possessing Voter Registration Card (PVC).

    Suleiman said the PVC provide opportunity for Nigerians who attained age 18 to register.

    He said voting was important to every eligible Nigerian “because it is only through voting you will elect the leaders of your choice”.

    “With the huge population in Nigeria, you may think that your single vote cannot make any change, but your vote carries much weight as everybody else,” he said.

    NAN reports that highlight of the meeting was the distribution of empowerment form to various women groups who participated in the meeting.

    (NAN)

  •   The Senate decided on Tuesday to intervene in the diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates following disagreements between the two countries The decision to go into the dispute was made following a point of order from Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe during the plenary session Mr Abaribe while relying on Orders 42 and 52 of the Rules of the Senate recalled that in December 2020 a memorandum of understanding had been signed between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates in order to provide the two countries a platform for mutual engagement Giving an overview of the circumstances surrounding the disagreement lawmakers noted that in February 2021 the federal government barred the United Arab Emirates national carrier the emirates airline from subjecting Nigerian travelers to an additional rapid antigen test by report to its negative PCR test stipulated at the airports of Lagos and Abuja before leaving Mr Abaribe said Emirates airline subsequently closed flights to and from Nigeria due to disagreement between it and aviation authorities over the appropriateness of subjecting passengers from Nigeria to a protocol of COVID 19 emergency He said however that after an interface between the authorities of the Ministry of Aviation and the Emirates airline flights resumed but the airline continued to carry out tests for passengers before departure from Nigeria a development that the federal government disapproved and therefore suspended the airline from flying to Nigeria Mr Abaribe further expressed concern that there are allegations that hundreds of Nigerians living in the UAE are losing their jobs due to the authorities refusal to renew their work permits which contravene letters of bilateral agreements to which the two countries are signatories Worried that there is speculation that the refusal by UAE authorities to renew the work permit for Nigerians living there is a calculated attempt to pressure the Nigerian government to accept the terms of service from its national airline which could have lost Nigeria s huge revenue route If the Nigerian government does not urgently engage the UAE authorities thousands of Nigerians living and working will lose their jobs and livelihoods hence the need for a rapid interface with UAE authorities United Arabs As a result the upper house in a resolution mandated the Senate foreign affairs committees the presidential task force PTF on COVID 19 and national security and intelligence and the interior Immigration Service interact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Intelligence Agency NIA to resolve the crisis and report to the Senate within 2 weeks NOPE
    Senate intervenes in Nigeria’s diplomatic row with UAE
      The Senate decided on Tuesday to intervene in the diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates following disagreements between the two countries The decision to go into the dispute was made following a point of order from Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe during the plenary session Mr Abaribe while relying on Orders 42 and 52 of the Rules of the Senate recalled that in December 2020 a memorandum of understanding had been signed between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates in order to provide the two countries a platform for mutual engagement Giving an overview of the circumstances surrounding the disagreement lawmakers noted that in February 2021 the federal government barred the United Arab Emirates national carrier the emirates airline from subjecting Nigerian travelers to an additional rapid antigen test by report to its negative PCR test stipulated at the airports of Lagos and Abuja before leaving Mr Abaribe said Emirates airline subsequently closed flights to and from Nigeria due to disagreement between it and aviation authorities over the appropriateness of subjecting passengers from Nigeria to a protocol of COVID 19 emergency He said however that after an interface between the authorities of the Ministry of Aviation and the Emirates airline flights resumed but the airline continued to carry out tests for passengers before departure from Nigeria a development that the federal government disapproved and therefore suspended the airline from flying to Nigeria Mr Abaribe further expressed concern that there are allegations that hundreds of Nigerians living in the UAE are losing their jobs due to the authorities refusal to renew their work permits which contravene letters of bilateral agreements to which the two countries are signatories Worried that there is speculation that the refusal by UAE authorities to renew the work permit for Nigerians living there is a calculated attempt to pressure the Nigerian government to accept the terms of service from its national airline which could have lost Nigeria s huge revenue route If the Nigerian government does not urgently engage the UAE authorities thousands of Nigerians living and working will lose their jobs and livelihoods hence the need for a rapid interface with UAE authorities United Arabs As a result the upper house in a resolution mandated the Senate foreign affairs committees the presidential task force PTF on COVID 19 and national security and intelligence and the interior Immigration Service interact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Intelligence Agency NIA to resolve the crisis and report to the Senate within 2 weeks NOPE
    Senate intervenes in Nigeria’s diplomatic row with UAE
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    Senate intervenes in Nigeria’s diplomatic row with UAE

    The Senate decided on Tuesday to intervene in the diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, following disagreements between the two countries.

    The decision to go into the dispute was made following a point of order from Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe during the plenary session.

    Mr. Abaribe, while relying on Orders 42 and 52 of the Rules of the Senate, recalled that in December 2020, a memorandum of understanding had been signed between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates in order to provide the two countries a platform for mutual engagement.

    Giving an overview of the circumstances surrounding the disagreement, lawmakers noted that in February 2021, the federal government barred the United Arab Emirates' national carrier, the emirates airline from subjecting Nigerian travelers to an additional rapid antigen test by report to its negative PCR test stipulated at the airports of Lagos and Abuja. before leaving.

    Mr Abaribe said Emirates airline subsequently closed flights to and from Nigeria due to disagreement between it and aviation authorities over the appropriateness of subjecting passengers from Nigeria to a protocol of COVID-19 emergency.

    He said, however, that after an interface between the authorities of the Ministry of Aviation and the Emirates airline, flights resumed but the airline continued to carry out tests for passengers before departure from Nigeria, a development that the federal government disapproved and therefore suspended the airline from flying to Nigeria.

    Mr Abaribe further expressed concern that "there are allegations that hundreds of Nigerians living in the UAE are losing their jobs due to the authorities' refusal to renew their work permits, which contravene letters of bilateral agreements to which the two countries are signatories.

    "Worried that there is speculation that the refusal by UAE authorities to renew the work permit for Nigerians living there is a calculated attempt to pressure the Nigerian government to accept the terms of service from its national airline which could have lost Nigeria's huge revenue route.

    "If the Nigerian government does not urgently engage the UAE authorities, thousands of Nigerians living and working will lose their jobs and livelihoods, hence the need for a rapid interface with UAE authorities United Arabs.

    As a result, the upper house, in a resolution, mandated the Senate foreign affairs committees, the presidential task force, PTF, on COVID-19 and national security and intelligence and the interior (Immigration Service ) interact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Intelligence Agency. , NIA, to resolve the crisis and report to the Senate within 2 weeks.

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  •   We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic ABUJA Nigeria August 27 2021 APO Group Dr E Osagie Ehanire is the Minister of Health of Nigeria and was appointed to President Buhari s cabinet as Nigeria s Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President s second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services is presently the captain steering Nigeria s COVID 19 response ship The Minister s narrates Nigeria s COVID 19 response in his words Prior to confirmation of Nigeria s first case of COVID 19 on 27th of February 2020 the Federal Ministry of Health had begun monitoring the COVID 19 outbreak in China and conducted risk assessments of the threat to the country which revealed the Points of Entry especially by air as key risk areas along with logistics surveillance laboratory assets upgrade infection prevention and control and case management Thermal screening and a protocol for contact tracing were introduced at our points of entry We began a targeted approach to strengthen capacity across these areas The Federal Ministry of Health established a multisectoral National Coronavirus Preparedness Group NCPG to ensure a cohesive coordination of the country s preparedness efforts To harness relevant support an Inter Ministerial Committee on COVID 19 IMC COVID 19 was established chaired by the Hon Minister of Health with relevant Ministers including Aviation Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management amp Social Development and Information amp Culture in addition to agencies such as NEMA NCDC This initial response which was replaced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 built around a unified command and resulting in the level of containment recorded in the fight against the virus On the 22nd of January 2020 more than a month before the first COVID 19 case was confirmed in Nigeria the first public health advisory was published and disseminated using traditional and social media We increased molecular laboratory network and testing capacity We worked with states and tertiary hospitals to establish isolation centres for treatment of COVID 19 cases In addition we began training health workers across all states on case management infection prevention amp control surveillance and risk communication as well as other areas of epidemic preparedness The Ministry of Health prepositioned medical supplies such as personal protective equipment in all states and developed guidelines and protocols By the time the first COVID 19 case was detected in Nigeria we had established testing capacity trained health workers for case management identified treatment centres prepositioned the supplies we needed and begun to raise public awareness on the risks of COVID 19 and preventive measures Honorable minister what were some of the lessons learned during this massive operation to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic We leveraged on lessons learnt from our Ebola response which was applauded and described as a piece of epidemiological detective work to mount response We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic The Federal Government demonstrated political will to protect the Nigerian people by immediate adoption of A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE in line with recommendations of the International Health Regulations IHR The Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 PTF provided the strong leadership required for a well coordinated multi sectoral inter governmental effort to contain spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic that made a difference in our response The reality of community transmission and disruption of essential health care services led to development of a National Health Sector COVID 19 Pandemic Response Action Plan strategically placed to address community transmission challenges while maintaining routine health services so that decades of gains recorded in the health system are not lost due to the pandemic We have sourced vaccines from reliable sources to ensure availability to our citizens Another key lesson learnt is how much stronger we are when we work together Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria had built strong partnerships with UN organizations including WHO regional health institutes like the Africa CDC and West Africa Health Organization other institutions the media private sector and several other groups We have benefited from their resources expertise and networks in mounting both the public health response and overall response The lesson here is that in making decisions during a pandemic we must be guided by science and data We have continued to make our data transparent communicate with Nigerians and use this data in making key decisions Any final words of wisdom going forward Africa has not experienced the doomsday scenario predicted for our region however we must sustain our response now and for the future The spread of the Delta variant and increasing vaccine inequity place us at prolonged risk So we must sustain gains made by ensuring coordination at national and regional levels along with required investments The Government of Nigeria is grateful for platforms provided through WHO AFRO Africa CDC and WAHO in West Africa for us to share our experience and learn from other countries
    Coronavirus: Nigeria leverages lessons learnt from Ebola response in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
      We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic ABUJA Nigeria August 27 2021 APO Group Dr E Osagie Ehanire is the Minister of Health of Nigeria and was appointed to President Buhari s cabinet as Nigeria s Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President s second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services is presently the captain steering Nigeria s COVID 19 response ship The Minister s narrates Nigeria s COVID 19 response in his words Prior to confirmation of Nigeria s first case of COVID 19 on 27th of February 2020 the Federal Ministry of Health had begun monitoring the COVID 19 outbreak in China and conducted risk assessments of the threat to the country which revealed the Points of Entry especially by air as key risk areas along with logistics surveillance laboratory assets upgrade infection prevention and control and case management Thermal screening and a protocol for contact tracing were introduced at our points of entry We began a targeted approach to strengthen capacity across these areas The Federal Ministry of Health established a multisectoral National Coronavirus Preparedness Group NCPG to ensure a cohesive coordination of the country s preparedness efforts To harness relevant support an Inter Ministerial Committee on COVID 19 IMC COVID 19 was established chaired by the Hon Minister of Health with relevant Ministers including Aviation Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management amp Social Development and Information amp Culture in addition to agencies such as NEMA NCDC This initial response which was replaced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 built around a unified command and resulting in the level of containment recorded in the fight against the virus On the 22nd of January 2020 more than a month before the first COVID 19 case was confirmed in Nigeria the first public health advisory was published and disseminated using traditional and social media We increased molecular laboratory network and testing capacity We worked with states and tertiary hospitals to establish isolation centres for treatment of COVID 19 cases In addition we began training health workers across all states on case management infection prevention amp control surveillance and risk communication as well as other areas of epidemic preparedness The Ministry of Health prepositioned medical supplies such as personal protective equipment in all states and developed guidelines and protocols By the time the first COVID 19 case was detected in Nigeria we had established testing capacity trained health workers for case management identified treatment centres prepositioned the supplies we needed and begun to raise public awareness on the risks of COVID 19 and preventive measures Honorable minister what were some of the lessons learned during this massive operation to respond to the COVID 19 pandemic We leveraged on lessons learnt from our Ebola response which was applauded and described as a piece of epidemiological detective work to mount response We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid 19 outbreak in other countries to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID 19 pandemic The Federal Government demonstrated political will to protect the Nigerian people by immediate adoption of A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE in line with recommendations of the International Health Regulations IHR The Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 PTF provided the strong leadership required for a well coordinated multi sectoral inter governmental effort to contain spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic that made a difference in our response The reality of community transmission and disruption of essential health care services led to development of a National Health Sector COVID 19 Pandemic Response Action Plan strategically placed to address community transmission challenges while maintaining routine health services so that decades of gains recorded in the health system are not lost due to the pandemic We have sourced vaccines from reliable sources to ensure availability to our citizens Another key lesson learnt is how much stronger we are when we work together Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria had built strong partnerships with UN organizations including WHO regional health institutes like the Africa CDC and West Africa Health Organization other institutions the media private sector and several other groups We have benefited from their resources expertise and networks in mounting both the public health response and overall response The lesson here is that in making decisions during a pandemic we must be guided by science and data We have continued to make our data transparent communicate with Nigerians and use this data in making key decisions Any final words of wisdom going forward Africa has not experienced the doomsday scenario predicted for our region however we must sustain our response now and for the future The spread of the Delta variant and increasing vaccine inequity place us at prolonged risk So we must sustain gains made by ensuring coordination at national and regional levels along with required investments The Government of Nigeria is grateful for platforms provided through WHO AFRO Africa CDC and WAHO in West Africa for us to share our experience and learn from other countries
    Coronavirus: Nigeria leverages lessons learnt from Ebola response in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
    Africa1 year ago

    Coronavirus: Nigeria leverages lessons learnt from Ebola response in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

    We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid-19 outbreak in other countries, to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    ABUJA, Nigeria, August 27, 2021/APO Group/ --

    Dr E. Osagie Ehanire is the Minister of Health of Nigeria and was appointed to President Buhari's cabinet as Nigeria's Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President's second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health. He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services is presently the captain, steering Nigeria’s COVID-19 response ship. The Minister’s narrates Nigeria’s COVID-19 response in his words:

    Prior to confirmation of Nigeria’s first case of COVID-19 on 27th of February 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health had begun monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in China and conducted risk assessments of the threat to the country, which revealed the Points of Entry, especially by air as key risk areas, along with logistics, surveillance, laboratory assets upgrade, infection prevention and control and case management. Thermal screening and a protocol for contact tracing were introduced at our points of entry.

    We began a targeted approach to strengthen capacity across these areas. The Federal Ministry of Health established a multisectoral National Coronavirus Preparedness Group (NCPG) to ensure a cohesive coordination of the country’s preparedness efforts. To harness relevant support, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 (IMC COVID-19), was established, chaired by the Hon Minister of Health with relevant Ministers including Aviation, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development and Information & Culture in addition to agencies such as NEMA, NCDC. This initial response which was replaced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, built around a unified command and resulting in the level of containment recorded in the fight against the virus.

    On the 22nd of January 2020, more than a month before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Nigeria, the first public health advisory was published and disseminated, using traditional and social media. We increased molecular laboratory network and testing capacity. We worked with states and tertiary hospitals to establish isolation centres for treatment   of COVID-19 cases. In addition, we began training health workers across all states on case management, infection prevention & control, surveillance and risk communication as well as other areas of epidemic preparedness. The Ministry of Health prepositioned medical supplies such as personal protective equipment in all states and developed guidelines and protocols. By the time the first COVID-19 case was detected in Nigeria, we had established testing capacity, trained health workers for case management, identified treatment centres, prepositioned the supplies we needed and begun to raise public awareness on the risks of COVID-19 and preventive measures. 

    Honorable minister, what were some of the lessons learned during this massive operation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

    We leveraged on lessons learnt from our Ebola response which was applauded and described as a piece of epidemiological detective work to mount response. We have keenly studied the unfolding Covid-19 outbreak in other countries, to learn lessons and hone our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The Federal Government demonstrated political will to protect the Nigerian people by immediate adoption of A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSE, in line with recommendations of the International Health Regulations (IHR). The Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 (PTF) provided the strong leadership required for a well-coordinated multi-sectoral, inter-governmental effort to contain spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that  made a difference in our response. 

    The reality of community transmission and disruption of essential health care services led to development of a National Health Sector COVID 19 Pandemic Response Action Plan, strategically placed to address community transmission challenges, while maintaining routine health services, so that decades of gains recorded in the health system are not lost due to the pandemic. 

    We have sourced vaccines from reliable sources to ensure availability to our citizens. Another key lesson learnt is how much stronger we are when we work together. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria had built strong partnerships with UN organizations including WHO, regional health institutes like the Africa CDC and West Africa Health Organization, other institutions, the media, private sector and several other groups. We have benefited from their resources, expertise and networks in mounting both the public health response and overall response. 

    The lesson here is that in making decisions during a pandemic, we must be guided by science and data. We have continued to make our data transparent, communicate with Nigerians and use this data in making key decisions.

    Any final words of wisdom, going forward ? 

    Africa has not experienced the doomsday scenario predicted for our region; however, we must sustain our response now and for the future. The spread of the Delta variant and increasing vaccine inequity place us at prolonged risk. So, we must sustain gains made by ensuring coordination at national and regional levels, along with required investments. The Government of Nigeria is grateful for platforms provided through WHO AFRO, Africa CDC and WAHO in West Africa for us to share our experience and learn from other countries.

  •   By Abujah Racheal The National Assembly has appealed to National Association of Resident Doctors NARD to embrace every opportunity presented on the way forward toward addressing their grievances so as to return to the hospitals as quickly as possible The lawmakers said on Monday in Abuja that the striking doctors should embrace all overtures toward industrial harmony as the rollout of phase two of coronavirus vaccination programme could not be effectively achieved without them Their position was presented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe He spoke at the official flag off of the rollout of vaccines involving the 4 000 080 Moderna vaccines doses donated by the United States of America Also rolled out was the 177 600 Johnson and Johnson vaccines doses a single shot vaccine under the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust AVAT As we speak today we have some sections of health workers who are not working For ethical delivery of vaccines we need health workers Human resource is a huge challenge in our country I want to call on our colleagues who are on strike to please avail themselves of all opportunities of negotiations that government has given The resources they re asking for have already been provided and are being processed so I want to ask the resident doctors to please go back to work I want to assure all Nigerians that the National Assembly is working collaboratively with the executive arm and other stakeholders to resolve these human resource challenges in Nigeria It is a huge issue because if you have the money if you have the materials we need men to get healthcare delivered and we assure Nigerians that we shall handle this He also reiterated that the 9th National Assembly had been working together with the executive arm to ensure Nigeria produced vaccines locally since 2020 He said that resources had been allocated to commence the process adding that it was for such reason that the sum of N10 billion was allocated in the 2020 budget In a remark the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID 19 Boss Mustpha commended the health workers for their sacrifices toward tackling the pandemic According to him Nigeria s effective response to COVID 19 has been rated fourth in the world by the Global Normalcy Index We remain eternally grateful to your services and I will lean my voice to the senator when he called on resident doctors to respond to every invitation of negotiation and discussions so that we can bring to an end the current strike action Mustapha commended the leadership of the National Assembly for the support received by the then Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID 19 and now the Presidential Steering Committee PSC in crafting the COVID 19 response and its execution He also commended development partners for the solid support and confidence they exhibited to PTF and now PSC and in convincing their nations and agencies to grant Nigeria maximum support in its activities as it approached a virus that was novel to the entire world The SGF also commended the press for demonstrating patriotism and engaging in the response as they have never done before The press has toiled day and might you have been on the frontline committed yourselves and some of you have made the supreme sacrifice he noted The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila enjoined Nigerians to embrace vaccination assuring all that it was very safe Gbajabiamila who was represented by Dr Haruna Mshelia said This is the time for everyone to fully rally around the government The vaccines being introduced in Nigeria are very safe and effective He commended the executive arm for what they have done as regards the nation s COVID 19 response which had been recognized globally He however said that if we are to move forward and to keep this kind of intervention sustainable Nigeria must begin to manufacture vaccines The way forward is to start manufacturing vaccines so that we too can start donating vaccines to poorer countries like America has done he said NAN Source NAN
    COVID-19 vaccination: NASS begs resident doctors to return to work
      By Abujah Racheal The National Assembly has appealed to National Association of Resident Doctors NARD to embrace every opportunity presented on the way forward toward addressing their grievances so as to return to the hospitals as quickly as possible The lawmakers said on Monday in Abuja that the striking doctors should embrace all overtures toward industrial harmony as the rollout of phase two of coronavirus vaccination programme could not be effectively achieved without them Their position was presented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Health Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe He spoke at the official flag off of the rollout of vaccines involving the 4 000 080 Moderna vaccines doses donated by the United States of America Also rolled out was the 177 600 Johnson and Johnson vaccines doses a single shot vaccine under the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust AVAT As we speak today we have some sections of health workers who are not working For ethical delivery of vaccines we need health workers Human resource is a huge challenge in our country I want to call on our colleagues who are on strike to please avail themselves of all opportunities of negotiations that government has given The resources they re asking for have already been provided and are being processed so I want to ask the resident doctors to please go back to work I want to assure all Nigerians that the National Assembly is working collaboratively with the executive arm and other stakeholders to resolve these human resource challenges in Nigeria It is a huge issue because if you have the money if you have the materials we need men to get healthcare delivered and we assure Nigerians that we shall handle this He also reiterated that the 9th National Assembly had been working together with the executive arm to ensure Nigeria produced vaccines locally since 2020 He said that resources had been allocated to commence the process adding that it was for such reason that the sum of N10 billion was allocated in the 2020 budget In a remark the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID 19 Boss Mustpha commended the health workers for their sacrifices toward tackling the pandemic According to him Nigeria s effective response to COVID 19 has been rated fourth in the world by the Global Normalcy Index We remain eternally grateful to your services and I will lean my voice to the senator when he called on resident doctors to respond to every invitation of negotiation and discussions so that we can bring to an end the current strike action Mustapha commended the leadership of the National Assembly for the support received by the then Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID 19 and now the Presidential Steering Committee PSC in crafting the COVID 19 response and its execution He also commended development partners for the solid support and confidence they exhibited to PTF and now PSC and in convincing their nations and agencies to grant Nigeria maximum support in its activities as it approached a virus that was novel to the entire world The SGF also commended the press for demonstrating patriotism and engaging in the response as they have never done before The press has toiled day and might you have been on the frontline committed yourselves and some of you have made the supreme sacrifice he noted The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila enjoined Nigerians to embrace vaccination assuring all that it was very safe Gbajabiamila who was represented by Dr Haruna Mshelia said This is the time for everyone to fully rally around the government The vaccines being introduced in Nigeria are very safe and effective He commended the executive arm for what they have done as regards the nation s COVID 19 response which had been recognized globally He however said that if we are to move forward and to keep this kind of intervention sustainable Nigeria must begin to manufacture vaccines The way forward is to start manufacturing vaccines so that we too can start donating vaccines to poorer countries like America has done he said NAN Source NAN
    COVID-19 vaccination: NASS begs resident doctors to return to work
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    COVID-19 vaccination: NASS begs resident doctors to return to work

    By Abujah Racheal

    The National Assembly has appealed to National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to embrace every opportunity presented on the way forward toward addressing their grievances so as to return to the hospitals as quickly as possible.

    The lawmakers said on Monday in Abuja that the striking doctors should embrace all overtures toward industrial harmony as the rollout of phase two of coronavirus vaccination programme could not be effectively achieved without them.

    Their position was presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

    He spoke at the official flag off of the rollout of vaccines involving the 4,000,080 Moderna vaccines doses donated by the United States of America.

    Also rolled out was the 177,600 Johnson and Johnson vaccines doses, a single-shot vaccine under the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

     “As we speak today, we have some sections of health workers who are not working. For ethical delivery of vaccines, we need health workers.

    “Human resource is a huge challenge in our country. I want to call on our colleagues, who are on strike, to please avail themselves of all opportunities of negotiations that government has  given.

    “The resources they’re asking for have already been provided and are being processed, so I want to ask the resident doctors to please go back to work.

    “I want to assure all Nigerians that the National Assembly is working collaboratively with the executive arm and other stakeholders to resolve these human resource challenges in Nigeria.

    “It is a huge issue because if you have the money, if you have the materials, we need men to get healthcare delivered, and we assure Nigerians  that we shall handle this.”

    He also reiterated that the 9th National Assembly had been working together with the executive arm to ensure Nigeria produced vaccines locally since 2020.

    He said that resources  had been allocated to commence the process, adding that it was for such reason that the sum of N10 billion was allocated in the 2020 budget.

    In a remark, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustpha, commended  the health workers for their sacrifices toward tackling the pandemic.

    According to him, Nigeria’s effective response to COVID-19 has been rated fourth in the world by the Global Normalcy Index.

    “We remain eternally grateful to your services and I will lean my voice to the senator when he called on resident doctors to respond to every invitation of negotiation and discussions so that we can bring to an end the current strike action.”

    Mustapha commended the leadership of the National Assembly for the support received by the then Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and now the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), in crafting the COVID-19 response and its execution.

    He also commended development partners for the solid support and confidence they exhibited to PTF, and now PSC, and in convincing their nations and agencies to grant Nigeria maximum support in its activities as it approached a virus that was novel to the entire world.

    The SGF also commended the press for demonstrating patriotism and engaging in the response as they have never done before.

    “The press has toiled day and might; you have been on the frontline, committed yourselves and some of you have made the supreme sacrifice,” he noted.

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, enjoined Nigerians to embrace vaccination, assuring all that it was very safe.

    Gbajabiamila, who was represented by Dr Haruna Mshelia, said: “This is the time for everyone to fully rally around the government. The vaccines being introduced in Nigeria are very safe and effective.”

    He commended the executive arm for what they have done as regards the nation’s COVID-19 response which had been recognized globally.

    He, however said that “if we are to move forward, and to keep this kind of intervention sustainable, Nigeria must begin to manufacture vaccines.

    “The way forward is to start manufacturing vaccines so that we too can start donating vaccines to poorer countries like America has done,” he said. (NAN)

    Source: NAN

  •   By Emmanuel Oloniruha Governors of the 36 states of Nigeria are to meet on May 19 to address matters arising from a variety of challenges facing the country The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF disclosed this in a statement issued by the Head Media and Public Affairs of its Secretariat Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo in Abuja on Monday Bello Barkindo said the governors at their 30th teleconference meeting scheduled to start by 2pm would discuss issues such as ongoing conversation over the contentious Executive Order 10 and the third wave of COVID 19 He said the meeting would be the seventh this year and would also discuss an update of the States Fiscal Transparency Accountability SFTAS report among other things The meeting will cover lessons for states and actions for governors on sustainability as well as the adoption of SaaS E procurement Bello Barkindo added that the governors PTF Committee headed by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta would brief the forum on health matters arising from the coming of the third wave of COVID 19 Furthermore there will be a presentation from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Sabo Nanono about the 2nd Phase of Farmers Enumeration There will also be another presentation by the Director General Bureau for Public Enterprises Mr Alexander Okoh on unlocking liquidity through sale optimisation of state owned redundant sub optimal assets He added that the NGF Director General Mr Asishana Okauru would also give feedback on the series of Executive Order 10 meetings with the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige This according to him is about the ongoing industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria NAN
    Governors meet on May 19 over Executive Order 10, others
      By Emmanuel Oloniruha Governors of the 36 states of Nigeria are to meet on May 19 to address matters arising from a variety of challenges facing the country The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF disclosed this in a statement issued by the Head Media and Public Affairs of its Secretariat Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo in Abuja on Monday Bello Barkindo said the governors at their 30th teleconference meeting scheduled to start by 2pm would discuss issues such as ongoing conversation over the contentious Executive Order 10 and the third wave of COVID 19 He said the meeting would be the seventh this year and would also discuss an update of the States Fiscal Transparency Accountability SFTAS report among other things The meeting will cover lessons for states and actions for governors on sustainability as well as the adoption of SaaS E procurement Bello Barkindo added that the governors PTF Committee headed by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta would brief the forum on health matters arising from the coming of the third wave of COVID 19 Furthermore there will be a presentation from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Sabo Nanono about the 2nd Phase of Farmers Enumeration There will also be another presentation by the Director General Bureau for Public Enterprises Mr Alexander Okoh on unlocking liquidity through sale optimisation of state owned redundant sub optimal assets He added that the NGF Director General Mr Asishana Okauru would also give feedback on the series of Executive Order 10 meetings with the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige This according to him is about the ongoing industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria NAN
    Governors meet on May 19 over Executive Order 10, others
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    Governors meet on May 19 over Executive Order 10, others

    By Emmanuel Oloniruha

    Governors of the 36 states of Nigeria  are to meet on May 19, to address matters arising from a variety of challenges facing the country.

    The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) disclosed this in a statement issued by the Head, Media and Public Affairs of its Secretariat, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo in Abuja on Monday.

    Bello-Barkindo said the governors at their 30th teleconference meeting scheduled to start by 2pm, would discuss issues such as ongoing conversation over the contentious Executive Order 10 and the third wave of COVID-19

    He said  the meeting would be the seventh this year and would also discuss an update of the States, Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, (SFTAS) report among other things.

    “The meeting will cover lessons for states and actions for governors on sustainability as well as the adoption of SaaS E-procurement.

    Bello-Barkindo added that the governors’ PTF Committee, headed  by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta would brief the forum on health matters arising from the coming of the third wave of COVID-19.

    “Furthermore, there will be a presentation from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono about the 2nd Phase of Farmers’ Enumeration.

    “There will also be another presentation by the Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises, Mr Alexander Okoh on unlocking liquidity through sale/optimisation of state-owned redundant/sub-optimal assets.”

    He added that the NGF Director General , Mr Asishana Okauru would also give feedback on the series of Executive Order 10 meetings with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

    This, according to him, is about the ongoing industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria  and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

    (NAN)

  •   By Bose Olufunmi The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Command in Kano State has deployed 1 820 personnel to ensure a hitch free Eid el Fitr celebration in the state Mr Zubairu Mato the State FRSC Sector Commander said this in a statement on Tuesday in Kano Mato said three ambulances 16 patrol vans one tow truck and personnel have been deployed on major routes and highways He said these were to ensure the free flow of traffic on critical road junctions adding the measure will run from May 11 to May 17 The Sector Commander said that the deployed personnel include 120 Officers 1 250 regular Marshals and 450 Special Marshals He said they are to provide effective enforcement of traffic laws traffic control at strategic locations including routes to Eid Praying grounds emergency rescue services and removal of road obstructions within the festive period The objective of the operation is to enhance FRSC visibility on the road through deployment of personal and logistics to reduce road traffic crashes fatalities and injuries Ensure strict compliance to COVID 19 Health Protection Report 2021 speedy removal of obstruction on our roads and enlighten members of the public on the need to stick to road safely rules during the festive period The Command has already commenced aggressive public sensitisation campaigns and stakeholders engagements to ensure effective compliance to the PTF s directives on COVID 19 protocol for inter state travels The use of face mask by commuters sanitation of motor parks against spread of COVID 19 virus social distancing in commuter vehicles ensure adequate ventilation in commuter vehicles while on transit use of hand sanitisers by drivers and passengers among others he said Mato said that the operation would focus on traffic violations such as speed violation overloading wrongful overtaking lane indiscipline road obstruction illegal use of spy number plates among others He urged members of the public to report road obstructions and road traffic crashes to the nearest FRSC office within the State or call 08077690490 08077690771 08077690012 122 FRSC Toll free 112 National Toll free Emergency Number Mato said he wished everyone happy Sallah celebrations NAN NAN
    Eid-el-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1,820 personnel in Kano State
      By Bose Olufunmi The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Command in Kano State has deployed 1 820 personnel to ensure a hitch free Eid el Fitr celebration in the state Mr Zubairu Mato the State FRSC Sector Commander said this in a statement on Tuesday in Kano Mato said three ambulances 16 patrol vans one tow truck and personnel have been deployed on major routes and highways He said these were to ensure the free flow of traffic on critical road junctions adding the measure will run from May 11 to May 17 The Sector Commander said that the deployed personnel include 120 Officers 1 250 regular Marshals and 450 Special Marshals He said they are to provide effective enforcement of traffic laws traffic control at strategic locations including routes to Eid Praying grounds emergency rescue services and removal of road obstructions within the festive period The objective of the operation is to enhance FRSC visibility on the road through deployment of personal and logistics to reduce road traffic crashes fatalities and injuries Ensure strict compliance to COVID 19 Health Protection Report 2021 speedy removal of obstruction on our roads and enlighten members of the public on the need to stick to road safely rules during the festive period The Command has already commenced aggressive public sensitisation campaigns and stakeholders engagements to ensure effective compliance to the PTF s directives on COVID 19 protocol for inter state travels The use of face mask by commuters sanitation of motor parks against spread of COVID 19 virus social distancing in commuter vehicles ensure adequate ventilation in commuter vehicles while on transit use of hand sanitisers by drivers and passengers among others he said Mato said that the operation would focus on traffic violations such as speed violation overloading wrongful overtaking lane indiscipline road obstruction illegal use of spy number plates among others He urged members of the public to report road obstructions and road traffic crashes to the nearest FRSC office within the State or call 08077690490 08077690771 08077690012 122 FRSC Toll free 112 National Toll free Emergency Number Mato said he wished everyone happy Sallah celebrations NAN NAN
    Eid-el-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1,820 personnel in Kano State
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Eid-el-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1,820 personnel in Kano State

    By Bose Olufunmi

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Command in Kano State has deployed 1,820 personnel to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the state.

    Mr Zubairu Mato, the State FRSC Sector Commander, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.

    Mato said three ambulances, 16 patrol vans, one tow truck and personnel have been deployed on major routes and highways.

    He said these were to ensure the free flow of traffic on critical road junctions, adding the measure will run from May 11 to May 17.

    The Sector Commander said that the deployed personnel include 120 Officers, 1,250 regular Marshals and 450 Special Marshals.

    He said they are to provide effective enforcement of traffic laws, traffic control at strategic locations (including routes to Eid Praying grounds), emergency rescue services and removal of road obstructions within the festive period.

    “The objective of the operation is to enhance FRSC visibility on the road through deployment of personal and logistics to reduce road traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries.

    “Ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 Health Protection Report 2021, speedy removal of obstruction on our roads and enlighten members of the public on the need to stick to road safely rules during the festive period.

    “The Command has already commenced aggressive public sensitisation campaigns and stakeholders engagements to ensure effective compliance to the PTF’s directives on COVID-19 protocol for inter-state travels.

    “The use of face mask by commuters, sanitation of motor parks against spread of COVID-19 virus, social distancing in commuter vehicles, ensure adequate ventilation in commuter vehicles while on transit, use of hand sanitisers by drivers and passengers, among others,” he said.

    Mato said that the operation would focus on traffic violations such as speed violation, overloading, wrongful overtaking, lane indiscipline, road obstruction, illegal use of spy number plates, among others.

    He urged members of the public to report road obstructions and road traffic crashes to the nearest FRSC office within the State or call 08077690490, 08077690771, 08077690012, 122 (FRSC Toll-free), 112 (National Toll-free Emergency Number)

    Mato said he wished everyone happy Sallah celebrations. (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   By Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari joined Muslim worshipers in the State House Mosque on Tuesday for Ramadan Tafsir Quran explanation The president who was accompanied by personal aides was attending Tafsir for the first time in two years following the mosque s closure throughout Ramadan last year due to restrictions on public gatherings put in place by the Presidential Working Group PTF on COVID 19 The PTF was renamed Presidential Steering Committee PSC In a sermon before the start of the exercise the Villa s chief imam Sheikh Abdulwahid Sulaiman lamented that groups and individuals spread concocted and senseless stories about COVID 19 misleading many of people He called the epidemic a test of the Almighty as well as a leveler and equalizer of mankind The Chief Imam urged Nigerians to continue to abide by regulations put in place by relevant authorities to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus It will be recalled that the president returned on Thursday from a two week trip to the United Kingdom NOPE NAN
    Ramadan: Buhari joins the faithful for the annual Tafsir
      By Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari joined Muslim worshipers in the State House Mosque on Tuesday for Ramadan Tafsir Quran explanation The president who was accompanied by personal aides was attending Tafsir for the first time in two years following the mosque s closure throughout Ramadan last year due to restrictions on public gatherings put in place by the Presidential Working Group PTF on COVID 19 The PTF was renamed Presidential Steering Committee PSC In a sermon before the start of the exercise the Villa s chief imam Sheikh Abdulwahid Sulaiman lamented that groups and individuals spread concocted and senseless stories about COVID 19 misleading many of people He called the epidemic a test of the Almighty as well as a leveler and equalizer of mankind The Chief Imam urged Nigerians to continue to abide by regulations put in place by relevant authorities to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus It will be recalled that the president returned on Thursday from a two week trip to the United Kingdom NOPE NAN
    Ramadan: Buhari joins the faithful for the annual Tafsir
    General news2 years ago

    Ramadan: Buhari joins the faithful for the annual Tafsir

    By Ismaila Chafe

    President Muhammadu Buhari joined Muslim worshipers in the State House Mosque on Tuesday for Ramadan Tafsir (Quran explanation).

    The president, who was accompanied by personal aides, was attending Tafsir for the first time in two years, following the mosque's closure throughout Ramadan last year due to restrictions on public gatherings put in place by the Presidential Working Group (PTF) on COVID-19.

    The PTF was renamed Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).

    In a sermon before the start of the exercise, the Villa's chief imam, Sheikh Abdulwahid Sulaiman, lamented that groups and individuals spread concocted and senseless stories about COVID-19, misleading many of people.

    He called the epidemic `` a test of the Almighty, as well as a leveler and equalizer of mankind. ''

    The Chief Imam urged Nigerians to continue to abide by regulations put in place by relevant authorities to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    It will be recalled that the president returned on Thursday from a two-week trip to the United Kingdom. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By monday Ijeh Acting Inspector General of Police Mr Usman Baba has called on the Nigerian Police Trust Fund PTF to provide adequate accommodation for the growing number of Nigerian police officers Baba telephoned Abuja on Tuesday when a PTF delegation led by its executive secretary Mr Ahmed Sokoto paid him a courtesy visit The police chief called for urgent measures to renovate and build modern structures in the police barracks by the PTF He described the PTF as an intervention fund established by the federal government to assist the Nigerian police with logistics welfare and training Baba said the force was in urgent need of accommodation noting that the Nigerian police were increasing in strength but lacked additional structures to meet the accommodation needs of their growing staff If you enter our barracks you will understand that the structures are in a deplorable state and that there is therefore an urgent need in terms of renovation I want you to watch not only the renovation of existing structures but also the construction of additional structures given the spaces available in the barracks It is always good to have barracks to allow us to mobilize our workforce as quickly as possible in security emergencies he said The police chief however said there were many policies discouraging accommodation in a barracks saying it was something to be reviewed Baba said the police would continue to interact with PTFs to present their logistics training and retraining needs In his remarks the PTF executive secretary said the visit was to congratulate the interim IG on its recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari He said it was no longer news that the Nigerian police had faced many challenges over the years which made it difficult for them to function optimally According to him this is the reason why the PTF was created to provide an intervention to the Force in order to allow it to secure the country Sokoto pledged the PTF s commitment to building a well funded equipped and motivated Nigerian police force capable of responding to security challenges in accordance with global standards I want to assure you that we are at your service and always ready to work with you for the common good of the Nigerian police and the nation at large We have come a long way in trying to start having an impact and therefore we assure you that our impact will be felt soon he said NOPE NAN
    The tasks of interim IG PTF on the renovation of barracks and modern buildings
      By monday Ijeh Acting Inspector General of Police Mr Usman Baba has called on the Nigerian Police Trust Fund PTF to provide adequate accommodation for the growing number of Nigerian police officers Baba telephoned Abuja on Tuesday when a PTF delegation led by its executive secretary Mr Ahmed Sokoto paid him a courtesy visit The police chief called for urgent measures to renovate and build modern structures in the police barracks by the PTF He described the PTF as an intervention fund established by the federal government to assist the Nigerian police with logistics welfare and training Baba said the force was in urgent need of accommodation noting that the Nigerian police were increasing in strength but lacked additional structures to meet the accommodation needs of their growing staff If you enter our barracks you will understand that the structures are in a deplorable state and that there is therefore an urgent need in terms of renovation I want you to watch not only the renovation of existing structures but also the construction of additional structures given the spaces available in the barracks It is always good to have barracks to allow us to mobilize our workforce as quickly as possible in security emergencies he said The police chief however said there were many policies discouraging accommodation in a barracks saying it was something to be reviewed Baba said the police would continue to interact with PTFs to present their logistics training and retraining needs In his remarks the PTF executive secretary said the visit was to congratulate the interim IG on its recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari He said it was no longer news that the Nigerian police had faced many challenges over the years which made it difficult for them to function optimally According to him this is the reason why the PTF was created to provide an intervention to the Force in order to allow it to secure the country Sokoto pledged the PTF s commitment to building a well funded equipped and motivated Nigerian police force capable of responding to security challenges in accordance with global standards I want to assure you that we are at your service and always ready to work with you for the common good of the Nigerian police and the nation at large We have come a long way in trying to start having an impact and therefore we assure you that our impact will be felt soon he said NOPE NAN
    The tasks of interim IG PTF on the renovation of barracks and modern buildings
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    The tasks of interim IG PTF on the renovation of barracks and modern buildings

    By monday Ijeh

    Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, has called on the Nigerian Police Trust Fund (PTF) to provide adequate accommodation for the growing number of Nigerian police officers.

    Baba telephoned Abuja on Tuesday when a PTF delegation led by its executive secretary, Mr. Ahmed Sokoto, paid him a courtesy visit.

    The police chief called for urgent measures to renovate and build modern structures in the police barracks by the PTF.

    He described the PTF as an intervention fund established by the federal government to assist the Nigerian police with logistics, welfare and training.

    Baba said the force was in urgent need of accommodation, noting that the Nigerian police were increasing in strength but lacked additional structures to meet the accommodation needs of their growing staff.

    “If you enter our barracks, you will understand that the structures are in a deplorable state and that there is therefore an urgent need in terms of renovation.

    “I want you to watch, not only the renovation of existing structures, but also the construction of additional structures given the spaces available in the barracks.

    “It is always good to have barracks to allow us to mobilize our workforce as quickly as possible in security emergencies,” he said.

    The police chief, however, said there were many policies discouraging accommodation in a barracks, saying it was something to be reviewed.

    Baba said the police would continue to interact with PTFs to present their logistics, training and retraining needs.

    In his remarks, the PTF executive secretary said the visit was to congratulate the interim IG on its recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    He said it was no longer news that the Nigerian police had faced many challenges over the years which made it difficult for them to function optimally.

    According to him, this is the reason why the PTF was created to provide an intervention to the Force in order to allow it to secure the country.

    Sokoto pledged the PTF's commitment to building a well-funded, equipped and motivated Nigerian police force capable of responding to security challenges in accordance with global standards.

    “I want to assure you that we are at your service and always ready to work with you for the common good of the Nigerian police and the nation at large.

    “We have come a long way in trying to start having an impact and therefore, we assure you that our impact will be felt soon,” he said. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

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