Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has inaugurated a committee on repatriation of Borno citizens leaving in Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Inaugurating the committee on Monday in Government House Maiduguri, Zulum said the committee would also manage repentant insurgents, particularly how they are to come out of the bush, their rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.
Zulum said proper handling of the task assigned the committee which has the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur as Chairman, would lead to increased surrender of remnants of the insurgents and bring peace to Borno for the needed development.
He explained that already the Federal Government had constituted similar committee on repatriation of victims of insurgency taking refuge in neighbouring countries.
The Federal committee is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and would collaborate with that of Borno for synergy.
The governor, however, noted that there was currently a challenge of lack of space to accommodate surrendering insurgents as all the three camps provided for them had been filled to capacity.
He said government had discussed with Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, on the need to have bigger camps.
While reiterating the commitment of the state to fund the activities of the committee, Zulum said it should also look for other source of funding from public and private organisations.
He explained that few months ago, the state secured 15 million Euros as support from Germany and was being managed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Co-chairman, Mr Kaka Shehu, who thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in them, assured the government and people of Borno of thier commitment to deliver.
Shehu said the committee would work in close synergy with its Federal Government counterpart for maximum result.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Zulum also inaugurated a committee for the resettlement of residents of Mairari and Gudumbali, the headquarters of Guzamala Local Government area.
The area is the only remaining local government headquarters in Borno whose residents were yet to return since its recovery from insurgents.(NAN)
Retired Col. Milland Dikio, Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), has appealed to the Niger Delta people in the Diaspora to invest their money in the region.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dikio made the appeal in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr Neotabase Egbe, on Monday.
Dikio, according to the statement, was speaking at the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in New Jersey, USA on Sunday.
He listed various opportunities in the region especially in maritime, agriculture and oil and gas, saying that the sectors were begging for investments.
Dikio referred to the palm oil sub sector as another opportunity with huge economic potential begging for attention.
He decried the emphasis on crude oil, explaining that palm oil had broader market, greater economic value and better returns if serious investments were made to harness it.
Dikio described the opportunities in the region as new market frontiers waiting for investors to unlock and reap bountiful economic benefits.
He allayed the security fears of those in the Diaspora and added that the interventions of the Amnesty Office had calmed down frayed nerves and restored peace in the region.
He told the potential investors that he had redesigned the training programmes of ex-agitators with the introduction of the novel Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) initiative.
He noted that TEM was introduced to make ex-agitators competent entrepreneurs and employable citizens.
Dikio said with the new concept, the era of dumping beneficiaries after training was over.
He disclosed that currently under TEM, 1,500 delegates had been deployed to various reputable companies to pursue careers in maritime, agriculture, oil and gas among others.
He told the potential investors in the Diaspora that the ex-agitators no longer blocked roads because of his efforts to make PAP focus on beneficiaries and the introduction of a new conflict resolution system.
Dikio further said his administration created the Strategic Communications Committee (SCC), composed of ex-agitators who were taught negotiating skills, bridge building, networking and other friendly ways of resolving conflicts.
He also said the tension in the region reduced drastically following his deliberate policy of continually engaging all stakeholders to tackle challenges.
The amnesty boss reiterated that his leadership was focused on the mission of making ex-agitators economically self-reliant either through entrepreneurship or paid employment.
On the misconceptions of PAP, Dikio said: “The broader amnesty package is critical for all to understand.
“This is because people equate the whole basket of incentives that the Federal Government rolled out at the time of the amnesty declaration to the amnesty programme.
“Amnesty programme is always mistaken for the Niger Delta Recovery Plan with many placing unrealistic expectations on the programme.
“It is a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programme, in essence a holding fort to create an enabling environment for peace to reign in the Niger Delta.
“It is pertinent to know that the Ministry of Niger Delta and the NDDC are saddled with infrastructure development in the Niger Delta; it is their core mandate.”
The Debt Management Office (DMO) on Monday announced the listing of two FGN savings bonds for subscription for the month of July.
It stated that the first is a two-year savings bond due on June 15, 2024, at an interest rate of 8.2 per cent per annum.
The second is a three-year savings bond due on June 15, 2025, at the n interest rate of 9.2 per cent per annum.
The bonds were offered at N1,000 per unit.
They are subject to a minimum subscription of N5,000 and in multiples of N1,000 thereafter, subject to a maximum subscription of N50 million.
“Opening date for both offers is June 6, while the closing date is June 10.
“Settlement date is June 15, and coupon payment dates are Sept. 15, Dec. 25, March 15 and June 15.
“Interest is payable quarterly and bullet repayment is on the maturity date,’’ the DMO stated.
It added that the bonds were backed by the full faith and credit of the Federal Government and charged upon the general assets of Nigeria.
They also qualify as liquid assets for liquidity ratio calculation in banks.
“They qualify as securities in which trustees can invest under the Trustee Investment Act.
“They also qualify as government securities within the meaning of Company Income Tax Act and Personal Income Tax Act for tax exemption and pension fund amongst other investors.
“They are listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange Ltd.,’’ the DMO added.
The Nigerian Population Commission (NPC) Ekiti State says it will deploy technological innovations to conduct accurate, reliable and transparent census come April, 2023.
The NPC Federal Commissioner, Ekiti State, Hon Ayodeji Ajayi, said this at a news conference on Monday, in Ado Ekiti on the proposed trial census.
He said: ”The trial census otherwise known as ‘Census Dress Rehearsal’ is a process in which all census operations are tested in an in-depth and comprehensive manner.
“It is equally initiated to assess the scenarios that may be presented during the main Census in 2023 by accessing the 9 selected Enumeration Areas(EA) in Ekiti State.
He listed the areas to include Ado (Moferere Area), Emure ( Street), Gbonyin (Aiyekire, consisting of Iro Ekiti and Iro Ayeteju Ekiti), Ijero (Ikoro Ekiti), Ikole (Odo Oro Ekiti), (Iworoko Ekiti), (AUD Street, Ise Ekiti), Moba (Ikun Ekiti) and Oye (Omu Ekiti)
He added that the trial census will hold from June 27 to July 30 to test all aspect of census operations, from planning to implementation.
The testing include logistics arrangement and management, questionnaire design and format, training procedures, fieldwork operations, publicity, payment system, data processing, data tabulations and analysis.
“The Commission has intensified preparatory activities deploying technological innovations on a massive scale to conduct a truly scientific census that will not only be accurate and reliable but, also transparent and acceptable to all Nigerians.
“As you are aware, the commission has carried out the demarcation of the entire land mass of Nigeria into small Enumeration Areas that can be covered by a team of Enumerators, and carried out the first and second Pretests to test census instruments.
“In line with the approval of the Federal Government, the Trail Census will be conducted from June 27 to July 30, 2022 in three local government areas in each of the three senatorial districts.” (
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says residents of the state consume about N4.5 billion worth of food daily just as he reiterated commitment to food security.
Sanwo-Olu said this at the opening ceremony of a two-day zonal sensitisation workshop with the theme: “Implementation of Food Systems Transformation Pathways in Nigeria 2022,” on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in collaboration with Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and Lagos Ministry of Economic, Planning and Budget.
NAN reports that Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti are participating with a Lagos as coordinating state for Southwest goepolitical zone.
The governor represented by Mr Sam Egube, Commissioner for Economic, Planning and Budget, said that the state had decided to take the bull by the horn in guaranteeing food security for people with different agricultural and food value chain.
According to him, Lagos has a rich history of economic growth and transformation.
“Although it covers only 0.4 per cent of Nigeria’s territorial land mass making it the smallest in the country.
“It accounts for over 60 per cent of industrial and commercial activities. Lagos is a coastal state and has an extremely limited arable land space and home to about 21 million people.
“Its residents consume about N4.5 billion worth of food daily and 50 per cent of beef produced in the country running into several billions in other trading activities with markets cutting across all the local government areas in the state,” he said.
He called for joint collaboration among Southwest goepolitical zone to implement the Food Systems Transformation Pathways 2022.
Sanwo-Olu added that improving the food systems would influence positive changes and as well address multiple challenges being experienced in the country.
He said that the state agric roadmap was a deliberate effort to develop the agricultural sector by way of interventions from the public and private sector, international technical and donor organisations.
“I am aware that the need for states across the six geopolitical zones to be adequately sensitised on the implementation of the National Food Systems Transformation Pathways is the basis for this workshop.
“It gives me great pleasure to note that Lagos State was selected to host the South West geopolitical sensitisation which I consider as an acknowledgement of the positive impacts our policies and efforts are making in the agricultural sector.
“As a state government, we will continue to provide infrastructure and incentives to support all private sector initiatives where required.
“History has shown that any society that is unable to provide food guarantee, its security is open to abuse and utmost danger,” he said.
The governor commended the efforts of the Federal Government on its unrelenting efforts to ensure that the food systems summit in conjunction with the United Nations is developed.
“I assure you that the Lagos State Government is fully committed to achieving a food secured Lagos and Nigeria through partnership with all national and sub-national entities as well as private sector and international technical and donor organisations.
He urged all participants at the workshop to show commitment by sharing ideas and opinions on the selected programmes slated to kick-start implementation.
Mr Mathias Schmale, the Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations, commended the Federal Government for its consistent efforts toward sustainable food systems in the country.
Schmale who was represented by Mr Isiaka Ibrahim, UN Coordinator in Lagos, reiterated that the UN would continue to work with government and as well strengthen collaborations with all stakeholders in support of this transformational journey.
“Today marks another important step in the highly anticipated transformational change we have worked for in partnership.
“The zonal sensitisation workshop is designed to onboard all of us as we begin to bring synergy across states and regions.
“The momentum at which the Federal Government is accelerating the national food systems transformation pathways is highly commendable.
“Today, the government has identified three critical priority actions to be addressed at all levels to achieve food security and reduce malnutrition among the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in Nigeria.
“They are to achieve a sustainable food system that works for all; to ensure the achievement of all SDGs in the next decade.
Mrs Olusola Idowu, the National Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, said an implementation team made up of key stakeholders had been constituted to develop an implementation plan.
Idowu noted that the workshop provides an opportunity to present and discuss the identified priority actions selected for implementation from January 2022.
She added that it would help to define and assign roles and responsibilities for effective implementation of the priority actions.
Idowu noted that the workshop was being held in all the six geopolitical zones concurrently from July 4 to 8, focusing on three low hanging fruit programmes and 80 priority actions.
“Please, I make this passionate appeal that we all ensure that this implementation stage is truly for implementation.
“Wherein, we do less talk and more action so that we can impact lives of Nigerians,” she said.
M. Abisola Olusanya, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, said that food systems remained an important part of the national economy.
Olusanya said that effective food system had contributed to a variety of solutions to developmental challenges.
She said that there had been dialogues amongst all relevant stakeholders across the six geopolitical zones of the country since 2021 which gave birth to the National Pathways for Sustainable Food Systems.