The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja decorated her Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Mr Usman Shugaba, with his new rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
Buhari, who was flanked by the Inspector-General of Police IGP) Usman Alkali-Baba, while decorating the newly promoted officer, urged him to step up his job performance to justify his promotion.
The first lady described the newly promoted officer as a highly committed and dogged officer who performed his task with high sense of honesty and humility.
Buhari congratulated shugaba on his elevation and urged him to take his promotion as a challenge to do more for the country.
“I thank you for coming to support me to decorate one of my dogged staff, as an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Usman Shugaba, is a highly committed Senior Officer in the Nigeria Police today.
“I wish you all the best in your new positions,” she said.
In his remark, the IGP said that promotion in the Nigeria Police Force was an achievement that came through hard work and dedication to service.
“When I received the recommendation of the promotion from the First Lady that the ADC had been performing his duty diligently with honesty and dedication.
“I had no option than to put my own recommendation to the Police Service Commission for his elevation. Shugaba has today joined the league of senior officers in the Nigeria Police,” the IGP said.
Alkali-Baba described the Nigeria Police as a reputable institution, which guaranteed service to humanity, and the protection of lives and property of the citizenry.
He also charged the First Lady’s ADC to remain resolute in his new rank, and to continue doing a good job.
“By this promotion, you will be taken to the category of decision making process and you are to command not less than 1000 officers and men at any point in time.
“So, I want to congratulate Shugaba for reaching this far in his chosen career in the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shugaba was born in 1982 and joined the Nigeria Police Force in 2002.
He had served in various capacities within the force before his appointment as the First Lady’s ADC.
Shugaba had served in the Police Command in various states, including as ADC to former IGP. Mohammed Abubakar and Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello, among others. .
The Minister of State, Health, Sen. Adeleke Mamora, says Nigeria is endowed with over 10,000 species of medicinal plants.
He also said the country had good arable land and climatic conditions for harnessing the potentials of the plants, for health, social, economic and other benefits.
Mamora said this in Abuja at the opening of a conference on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM).
The conference was organised by TCAM, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Health Organization identified medicinal plant as the whole or part of a plant that contains bioactive substances that can be used for therapeutic purposes or serve as precursors for the synthesis of drugs.
Nigeria has a full-fledged TCAM Department in its ministry of health responsible for the formulation, review and implementation of policies and guidelines for research, development and regulation of herbal medicines.
The country launched the Traditional Medicine Policy in 2007, which has as its key objective, harnessing the potentials and economic benefits of TCAM.
The country also has a compendium of medicinal plants, the Nigerian Herbal Pharmacopeia (NHP), first published in 2008 and currently under review.
The compendium contained medicinal plants used for the safe treatment and management of various diseases.
Mamora said the conference should promote the cultivation and utilization of medicinal plants as raw materials for the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries.
He said this was to create short, medium and long-term value chain and attract agricultural and manufacturing loans.
The minister said this was important, as Nigeria and other African countries currently benefitted minimally from the global herbal medicine market projected at seven trillion dollars by 2050.
He said the market had been dominated by China, India, US, Germany and Thailand.
“Significantly, the cultivation of medicinal plants and commercialisation of herbal medicines will attract huge economic benefits to Nigeria.
“Especially in the following areas: increase foreign exchange earnings and wealth creation, alleviate poverty through the creation of job opportunities in areas of cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants in Nigeria,” he added.
He assured that the ministry remained committed to developing and promoting traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in Nigeria.
He said stakelders had initiated sensitisation programmes and activities to promote the cultivation, commercialisation and use of indigenous medicinal plants in the country.
It “facilitated the passage of the TCAM Council Bill into Law, to effectively coordinate and regulate TCAM practice in the country.
The stakeholders also “inaugurated an Expert Committee that is currently working out modalities for the take-off of TCAM Institute for the training of TCAM practitioners in Nigeria”.
Prof. MacDonald Idu, a professor of Phytomedicine from the University of Benin, in a keynote address, said if properly harnessed, the value of traditional medicinal plants in Nigeria would hit N1 trillion by 2025.
He put the current market value of traditional medicinal plants conservatively at about N200 billion, regretting that not much attention has been paid to harness the sector.
“We talked about $200 billion. It is conservative. I’m serious. Other forms of literature that I have also read, we are going to hit about N1 trillion by 2025. I know what that means. That’s a lot of money” he said.
Idu said Nigeria must show commitment towards diversifying the economy.
“Nigeria I’m sorry, we don’t walk the talk. We talk a lot, but we don’t walk the talk. So my point of interest is to drag the hearts of our people to realise that we should diversify our economy.
“We don’t have any reason to be poor. That’s the real truth. We don’t have any reason to import everything that we need to survive. It’s already here. Why do you have them here?
“So, I believe that if we’re able to set up that platform again, and then we’re able to organize ourselves and organize the traditional medicine practitioners and producers, we should be able to raise enough money for this country to move forward,” Idu added.
Earlier, the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, expressed regret over the low level of utilisation of the over 10,000 species of medicinal plants in the country, in spite of its huge need for the production of drugs, cosmetics and other essential products.
Buhari expressed the present administration’s commitment to boosting the commercial cultivation of such plants for the health, economic and social benefits of the people.
She said it would also open new areas for wealth and job creation for the teeming youths of the country.
The Conference is expected to bring together experts and other stakeholders in various fields of TCAM to brainstorm on the importance of indigenous medicinal plants to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari says African political leaders must respect the right of citizens to make their choices at elections.
He warned that peoples’ right to vote and determine who leads them should not be treated lightly.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman stated in Abuja on Saturday that Buhari gave the warning at a bilateral meeting with Lazarus Chakwera, the President of Malawi.
Then duo met on Friday on the side-line of an Extraordinary Summit of the AU in Malabo.
Buhari told his Malawian counterpart that to strengthen democratic fabric and ensure smooth conduct of elections, “we must convince the people that we respect them.
“This is by allowing them to choose whoever they want as their leaders.’’
He acknowledged that the path to democracy in African countries had not been smooth, recalling that he went to the Supreme Court thrice to contest electoral process before he became president.
Buhari noted also that his predecessors, especially deceased Gen. Murtala Mohammed laid out the continental rule of engagement placing Southern African countries on Nigeria’s priority list.
“We are aware of the problems of Southern African countries, more than most others.
“Murtala virtually left Nigeria in the hands of his deputy, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, then, and faced up to Europe and America on the issue of apartheid in South Africa.
“He was very energetic and patriotic. We will continue on that path,’’ he said.
Buhari said he greatly valued his meeting with President Chakwera, and assured that he would pay attention to the issues brought to the meeting.
In his remarks, Chakwera described President Buhari as a statesman and a role model.
He said Malawi was willing to learn from Nigeria’s experience in agriculture, infrastructure development and in managing insecurity and violent extremism, which, he said, were creeping into the South African sub-region.
He stressed that Malawi’s wish was for a speedy trade relationship with Nigeria in the framework of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Chakwera asked for the convening of a meeting of technical experts from both countries to discuss trade pacts.
“There is no way we won’t relate to the biggest economy in Africa. Our older brother should hold our hands and we walk together,’’ he said.
In another development, President Carlos Vila Novo of São Tomé and his spouse also met with the Nigerian leader and his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
The Sao Tomean president got assurances that Nigeria would continue to play a brotherly role in the affairs of sister African countries.
President Buhari also hosted the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who came to thank him for honouring the invitation to the Extraordinary AU Summit in his country.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday departed to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to participate in the African Union Extra-ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Summit would focus on security.
According to an earlier statement by the President’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Thursday in Abuja, the three-day summit, which will hold on May 26 to 28, will also focus on Humanitarian Challenges in Africa, with related issues on migration, refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.
Shehu said that the African leaders would look at Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, with attendant spiraling effects on human rights and economies.
He further stated that the Nigerian leader would join other Heads of State and Government to deliberate on Humanitarian Challenges, Hopes and Challenges in Africa, and participate in adoption of Assembly Declaration on Humanitarian Summit and pledging conference.
”On security and governance, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take a united position on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government, and reach agreements on new approaches to stem the tide.
”President Buhari will also hold sideline meetings with some leaders during the meeting in Malabo,” he added.
According to the presidential aide, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who is the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission, is accompanying her husband to the African Union meeting.
The President will also be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, retired Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi, and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Others on the President’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, retired Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno; Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i and Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
An All Progressive Congress (APC), House of Representatives female aspirant for the Federal Constituency, Mrs Obukome Ibru-Umukoro, says ”If elected, I will implement a blueprint that I and an international team of experts have carefully worked on for the immediate growth of my constituency.”Ibru-Umukoro stated this on Thursday in Udu, Udu local government area of Delta, while declaring her intention to serve the people of Ughelli Federal Constituency at the House of Representative.The House of Representative hopeful who promised to run a quality people orientated legislation, said her blue print will effectively cover education, provision of potable water, instant health care, empowerment of women and young girls, foreign investment upscaling, police reforms, and education turnarounds.Ibru-Umukoro also said her target is to ensure that education in the State experiences an immediate improvement, equips more children with better reading skills, works on the improved provision of reading materials and produces more child stars, while ensuring “a safe school environment for our children.”“Water is essential to life and good health. We will work on the sustained provision of potable drinkable water for our communities.”This will have an immediate impact at reducing healthcare issues in these areas.”This is a service that we have provided for several years for a large number of the elderly among us. We will ramp up this initiative to include all areas within our jurisdiction.“We will carry out an immediate clean up of our General Hospitals to give them a facelift.”Training and re-training of existing medical personnel is top of our agenda with the introduction of regular visits by foreign-based medical teams on free medical outreach missions.“The need for empowerment for women and girl child cannot be over-emphasized. They are not just more vulnerable, they are indeed block-builders, supporting even the men.”We will expose them to enhanced opportunities to earn revenue, using their acquired skills and avail them of opportunities for funding to start or grow their businesses,” she said.Ibru-Umukoro also said that foreign Investment is a much needed solution to improving the business climate of Nigeria.“We will use our several years of knowledge of the foreign terrain to attract investment and investors to the country, Delta included.“We are already in talks with several foreign investment entities on the business opportunities and possibilities in Nigeria.”We are working with our foreign partners to ensure that Delta State becomes an investor’s first choice destination.“We are also working with foreign consultants on developing Delta State as a tourism and technology hub, so that we can discover and encourage our own technical gurus to emerge,” she said.On security, she said, “Police reforms is a topic that has been debated and discussed among virtually all strata of the Nigeria society.“We will work with the Nigeria Police to organize training courses and empowerment programmes to enable them perform optimally.”We will work with government to promote a positive image of the Nigeria Police, in line with the slogan; ‘Police is your friend’.”All of these we have been working on for quite some time, and what better platform to eventually bring this level of development to this great constituency, but on the platform of the foremost party in Nigeria today, the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC).“Progress has been slow, we all can attest to that, so we need to stop the slow motion and move with time.”Wehave a reason to applaud and encourage our amiable Deputy Senate President, leader of our great party, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, for his position as a lead driver and agitator for the 35 per cent inclusiveness of the female gender in active Nigerian politics.“Therefore, it would be a thing of pride and achievement for the Urhobo nation and indeed this great constituency that we both proudly belong, to produce the first woman to represent this great constituency at the House of Representatives, come 2023.“l also believe it would gladden the heart of our delectable First Lady, the wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, who has in recent times taken giant strides in encouraging and ensuring that more women are participating in active politics and running for elective offices.“I want to categorically state at this point I am the only woman from Delta state and the only female running for any office under the platform of the APC.“We must take our place of pride again. My dear party leaders and elders, high chiefs, community elders, party faithfuls, ladies and gentlemen, my name is Obukome Elaine Ibru-Mukoro.“Without much ado, I hereby, with your kind participation, officially declare my intention to vie for the seat at the Federal House of Representatives, representing Federal Constituency,” she said.