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  •  The National Population Commission NPC has presented the list of localities to the 16 local government councils of Kwara in preparation for the upcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal NPC Commissioner representing in Kwara Alhaji AbdulRazak Gidado presented the localities list on Thursday in Ilorin Gidado said that the commission in collaboration with other state stakeholders considered the final list of localities for the 2023 Population and Housing Census to the grassroots for corrections or addition The objective of the gathering is to display all the localities demarcated during the Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD on LGA basis showing the coverage and location on interactive maps This compilation is presented to all the LGAs stakeholders in the state and the soft copy of the locality list will also be given to the Local Government Chairmen he said The commissioner explained that the compendium of locality in census taking is a tool for census data as well as for national planning and development The 2023 census results will be released up to the lowest level of the census entities which could be as small as a camp he said The commissioner said that the EAD exercise collected data on all localities with a standard definition of locality as a distinct population cluster in which the inhabitants live in neighbouring sets of living quarters It includes fishing camps hamlets mining camps ranches farms market towns villages towns cities and many other population clusters that meet the criteria specified Gidado said The state Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development Alhaji Mohammed Saifudeen said that 2023 Census would be the best among previous ones The commissioner represented by Alhaji AbdulRasheed Jabata however urged NPC to involve village heads traditional councils and family heads during the census saying that they know their terrain better He also advised that the commission should allow stakeholders to sensitise their people and inform them of the exercise before time in order to achieve great success Malam Attahiru Madami the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Kwara assured of his status of integrity and that no amount of money could buy his conscience Madami said that population count was very important to him saying that through census Nigeria will be able to plan appropriately and know the number of its citizens Prince Olajide Ashonibare the state Chairman of All Local Government Chairmen in the State ALGON commended NPC for the programme and promised to support the 2023 census exercise Local governments are deeply concerned about population census and I promise on behalf of 16 chairmen in Kwara to give the required support to NPC officials he said NAN reports that the state Director of NPC Alhaji Saheed Adebayo explained that the workshop had taken place at the national level and now cascaded to all states of the federation including Kwara Adebayo also informed the forum that the NPC e recruitment portal had been opened and urged the stakeholders to enlighten their people on the need to apply NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Census: Commission presents list of localities to Kwara
     The National Population Commission NPC has presented the list of localities to the 16 local government councils of Kwara in preparation for the upcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal NPC Commissioner representing in Kwara Alhaji AbdulRazak Gidado presented the localities list on Thursday in Ilorin Gidado said that the commission in collaboration with other state stakeholders considered the final list of localities for the 2023 Population and Housing Census to the grassroots for corrections or addition The objective of the gathering is to display all the localities demarcated during the Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD on LGA basis showing the coverage and location on interactive maps This compilation is presented to all the LGAs stakeholders in the state and the soft copy of the locality list will also be given to the Local Government Chairmen he said The commissioner explained that the compendium of locality in census taking is a tool for census data as well as for national planning and development The 2023 census results will be released up to the lowest level of the census entities which could be as small as a camp he said The commissioner said that the EAD exercise collected data on all localities with a standard definition of locality as a distinct population cluster in which the inhabitants live in neighbouring sets of living quarters It includes fishing camps hamlets mining camps ranches farms market towns villages towns cities and many other population clusters that meet the criteria specified Gidado said The state Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development Alhaji Mohammed Saifudeen said that 2023 Census would be the best among previous ones The commissioner represented by Alhaji AbdulRasheed Jabata however urged NPC to involve village heads traditional councils and family heads during the census saying that they know their terrain better He also advised that the commission should allow stakeholders to sensitise their people and inform them of the exercise before time in order to achieve great success Malam Attahiru Madami the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Kwara assured of his status of integrity and that no amount of money could buy his conscience Madami said that population count was very important to him saying that through census Nigeria will be able to plan appropriately and know the number of its citizens Prince Olajide Ashonibare the state Chairman of All Local Government Chairmen in the State ALGON commended NPC for the programme and promised to support the 2023 census exercise Local governments are deeply concerned about population census and I promise on behalf of 16 chairmen in Kwara to give the required support to NPC officials he said NAN reports that the state Director of NPC Alhaji Saheed Adebayo explained that the workshop had taken place at the national level and now cascaded to all states of the federation including Kwara Adebayo also informed the forum that the NPC e recruitment portal had been opened and urged the stakeholders to enlighten their people on the need to apply NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Census: Commission presents list of localities to Kwara
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    2023 Census: Commission presents list of localities to Kwara

    The National Population Commission (NPC) has presented the list of localities to the 16 local government councils of Kwara, in preparation for the upcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal NPC Commissioner representing in Kwara, Alhaji AbdulRazak Gidado, presented the localities list on Thursday in Ilorin.

    Gidado said that the commission, in collaboration with other state stakeholders, considered the final list of localities for the 2023 Population and Housing Census to the grassroots for corrections or addition.

    “The objective of the gathering is to display all the localities demarcated during the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) on LGA basis, showing the coverage and location on interactive maps.

    “This compilation is presented to all the LGAs stakeholders in the state and the soft copy of the locality list will also be given to the Local Government Chairmen,” he said.

    The commissioner explained that the compendium of locality in census taking is a tool for census data, as well as for national planning and development.

    “The 2023 census results will be released up to the lowest level of the census entities which could be as small as a camp,” he said.

    The commissioner said that the EAD exercise collected data on all localities with a standard definition of locality as a distinct population cluster in which the inhabitants live in neighbouring sets of living quarters.

    “It includes fishing camps, hamlets, mining camps, ranches, farms, market towns, villages, towns, cities and many other population clusters that meet the criteria specified,” Gidado said.

    The state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Alhaji Mohammed Saifudeen, said that 2023 Census would be the best among previous ones.

    The commissioner, represented by Alhaji AbdulRasheed Jabata, however, urged NPC to involve village heads, traditional councils and family heads during the census, saying that they know their terrain better.

    He also advised that the commission should allow stakeholders to sensitise their people and inform them of the exercise before time, in order to achieve great success.

    Malam Attahiru Madami, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara, assured of his status of integrity and that no amount of money could buy his conscience.

    Madami said that population count was very important to him, saying that through census, Nigeria will be able to plan appropriately and know the number of its citizens.

    Prince Olajide Ashonibare, the state Chairman of All Local Government Chairmen in the State (ALGON), commended NPC for the programme and promised to support the 2023 census exercise.

    “Local governments are deeply concerned about population census and I promise, on behalf of 16 chairmen in Kwara, to give the required support to NPC officials,” he said.

    NAN reports that the state Director of NPC, Alhaji Saheed Adebayo, explained that the workshop had taken place at the national level and now cascaded to all states of the federation, including Kwara.

    Adebayo also informed the forum that the NPC e-recruitment portal had been opened and urged the stakeholders to enlighten their people on the need to apply.


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  •  Dr Jimoh Ibrahim APC Senatorial candidate for Ondo South on Wednesday began campaign tour across the district ahead of 2023 general elections While at Ile Oluji Ward one Ibrahim said that he decided to visit all wards to attend their meetings and interact with party members to solicit for their support for the forthcoming elections Ibrahim a business mogul promised to change the narratives of politics by ensuring residents of the district benefit from dividends of democracy if elected as Senator He restated his commitment to empower constituents and declare state of emergency on decades of power outage in the district We want to go to the Senate to empower our people and declare State of Emergency on decades of power outage in Ondo South We are soliciting for your support and votes so that constituents will benefit more from dividends of democracy Ibrahim said While responding Mr Adedayo Akinsiroju Chairman Ile Igbo LGA charged APC members in all the wards go out enmasse and vote for all APC candidates at all levels He also assured the electorate that Ibrahim would not renege on his promises saying that he was a man of his words The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim would tour the 66 wards across the six LGAs in Ondo South including Ile Igbo Odigbo Irele Okitipupa Ilaje and Ese Odo NAN reports that Ibrahim visited Ile Oluji Wards one two three and four where he interacted with constituents and canvassed for their votes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Ondo APC candidate begins campaign tour of wards
     Dr Jimoh Ibrahim APC Senatorial candidate for Ondo South on Wednesday began campaign tour across the district ahead of 2023 general elections While at Ile Oluji Ward one Ibrahim said that he decided to visit all wards to attend their meetings and interact with party members to solicit for their support for the forthcoming elections Ibrahim a business mogul promised to change the narratives of politics by ensuring residents of the district benefit from dividends of democracy if elected as Senator He restated his commitment to empower constituents and declare state of emergency on decades of power outage in the district We want to go to the Senate to empower our people and declare State of Emergency on decades of power outage in Ondo South We are soliciting for your support and votes so that constituents will benefit more from dividends of democracy Ibrahim said While responding Mr Adedayo Akinsiroju Chairman Ile Igbo LGA charged APC members in all the wards go out enmasse and vote for all APC candidates at all levels He also assured the electorate that Ibrahim would not renege on his promises saying that he was a man of his words The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim would tour the 66 wards across the six LGAs in Ondo South including Ile Igbo Odigbo Irele Okitipupa Ilaje and Ese Odo NAN reports that Ibrahim visited Ile Oluji Wards one two three and four where he interacted with constituents and canvassed for their votes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Ondo APC candidate begins campaign tour of wards
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    2023: Ondo APC candidate begins campaign tour of wards

    Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, APC Senatorial candidate for Ondo South, on Wednesday began campaign tour across the district, ahead of 2023 general elections.

    While at Ile-Oluji, Ward one, Ibrahim said that he decided to visit all wards to attend their meetings and interact with party members to solicit for their support for the forthcoming elections.

    Ibrahim, a business mogul, promised to change the narratives of politics by ensuring residents of the district benefit from dividends of democracy, if elected as Senator.

    He restated his commitment to empower constituents and declare state of emergency on decades of power outage in the district.

    “We want to go to the Senate to empower our people and declare State of Emergency on decades of power outage in Ondo South.

    “We are soliciting for your support and votes so that constituents will benefit more from dividends of democracy,” Ibrahim said.

    While responding, Mr Adedayo Akinsiroju, Chairman, Ile--Igbo LGA, charged APC members in all the wards go out enmasse and vote for all APC candidates at all levels.

    He also assured the electorate that Ibrahim would not renege on his promises, saying that he was a man of his words.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim would tour the 66 wards across the six LGAs in Ondo South including: Ile- Igbo, Odigbo, Irele, Okitipupa, Ilaje and Ese-Odo. NAN reports that Ibrahim visited Ile-Oluji Wards one, two, three and four where he interacted with constituents and canvassed for their votes.


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  •  Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has begun the refund of excess money paid by 1 046 pilgrims who performed the 2022 Hajj in Saudi Arabia from the state Dr Yusuf Arrigasiyyu Executive Secretary of the agency said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kaduna He explained that each of the 1 046 pilgrims will be refunded N115 692 11 The executive secretary further said that other pilgrims totalling 1 443 who performed the Hajj from the state will be refunded through Jaiz Bank Arrigasiyyu said the refund began on Monday with pilgrims from Zaria Sabon Gari Soba and Lere Local Government Areas LGAs He added that pilgrims from Ikara Kubau Makarfi and Kudan LGAs were paid on Tuesday followed by those in Igabi Giwa Kaduna North and Kaduna South Arrigasiyyu said other pilgrims from Chikun Kajuru Jema a Kachia Jaba Kaura Kagarko Sanga and Zangon Kataf will receive their refunds between Wednesday and Thursday The executive secretary said a total of N147 million will be refunded to the 1 046 pilgrims by the agency NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: 1, 046 Kaduna pilgrims get N147m refund
     Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has begun the refund of excess money paid by 1 046 pilgrims who performed the 2022 Hajj in Saudi Arabia from the state Dr Yusuf Arrigasiyyu Executive Secretary of the agency said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kaduna He explained that each of the 1 046 pilgrims will be refunded N115 692 11 The executive secretary further said that other pilgrims totalling 1 443 who performed the Hajj from the state will be refunded through Jaiz Bank Arrigasiyyu said the refund began on Monday with pilgrims from Zaria Sabon Gari Soba and Lere Local Government Areas LGAs He added that pilgrims from Ikara Kubau Makarfi and Kudan LGAs were paid on Tuesday followed by those in Igabi Giwa Kaduna North and Kaduna South Arrigasiyyu said other pilgrims from Chikun Kajuru Jema a Kachia Jaba Kaura Kagarko Sanga and Zangon Kataf will receive their refunds between Wednesday and Thursday The executive secretary said a total of N147 million will be refunded to the 1 046 pilgrims by the agency NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: 1, 046 Kaduna pilgrims get N147m refund
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    Hajj 2022: 1, 046 Kaduna pilgrims get N147m refund

    Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has begun the refund of excess money paid by 1, 046 pilgrims who performed the 2022 Hajj in Saudi Arabia from the state.

    Dr Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, Executive Secretary of the agency said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kaduna.

    He explained that each of the 1, 046 pilgrims will be refunded N115, 692.11. The executive secretary further said that other pilgrims totalling 1,443, who performed the Hajj from the state, will be refunded through Jaiz Bank. Arrigasiyyu said the refund began on Monday with pilgrims from Zaria, Sabon Gari, Soba and Lere Local Government Areas (LGAs).

    He added that pilgrims from Ikara, Kubau, Makarfi and Kudan LGAs were paid on Tuesday, followed by those in Igabi, Giwa, Kaduna North and Kaduna South.

    Arrigasiyyu said other pilgrims from Chikun, Kajuru, Jema’a, Kachia, Jaba, Kaura, Kagarko, Sanga, and Zangon Kataf will receive their refunds between Wednesday and Thursday.

    The executive secretary said a total of N147 million will be refunded to the 1, 046 pilgrims by the agency.


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  •  The Federal Government has handed over the 228 hectares Gari Irrigation Project to farmers in Jigawa and Kano States This is contained in a statement by Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi the Director Irrigation and Drainage Ministry of Water Resources and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday The handover was done by Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi the Director Irrigation and Drainage Ministry of Water Resources on behalf of the Minister Mr Suleiman Adamu Five Local Government Areas LGAs comprising Kazaure and Roni in Jigawa and Kunchi Dambata and Makoda in Kano State under the Hadejia Jama are River Basin Development Authority are benefiting Oluniyi said She said the project was part of government s food security and job creation efforts Oluniyi said that the irrigation project delivered to the farmers in parts was in its sixth phase following government s decision to complete all projects for maximum benefits She said the ministry through its mandate in irrigated agriculture had aligned with the present administration s vision to diversify the nation s economy and lift as many people out of poverty before 2030 She said the ministry had engaged the services of an Interface Consultant to establish and strengthen Water Users Associations WUAs for effective operation and maintenance of the irrigation system According to her farmers associations and the River Basin Development Authority are being trained on effective irrigation systems and modern agricultural best practices The concept of the interface consultancy is to promote Participatory Irrigation Management PIM by empowering the farmer s community around the project It is also for the farmers to assume responsibility for ownership of the irrigation and drainage systems around their farm plots including financial and administrative accountability among others she said Oluniyi lauded the contribution of Hadejia Jama are River Basin Development Authority toward the achieving the management transfer process from Government controlled to farmer managed The director however urged the RBDAs to ensure that farmers and their associations took their new responsibilities with steady grip by ensuring that canals drains roads and culverts work effectively Highpoint of the event was the handing over and the signing of relevant documents for the project transfer In a related development Oluniyi also enlighten women farmers on maintaining acceptable water quality and hygiene for irrigated agriculture and to adopt appropriate and safe practices while discharging waste water She said that women and youths were mostly involved directly or indirectly in the use of water in homes for domestic purposes such as cooking bathing and washing Women and Youths also get engaged in irrigated agriculture either for commercial or subsistence purposes It is now an established fact that a well structured Water User Association promotes a sustainable and better managed irrigated agriculture The quality of water used for irrigation is essential for the yield and quantity of crops maintenance of soil productivity and protection of the environment Also of great relevance is to human health as regards consumption of some food items eaten directly or mildly cooked she said She called on women and the youth to lead in promoting the attainment of good quality water in canals and reservoirs for safe crop production through irrigation www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG hands over 228 hectares Gari Irrigation project to Jigawa, Kano farmers
     The Federal Government has handed over the 228 hectares Gari Irrigation Project to farmers in Jigawa and Kano States This is contained in a statement by Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi the Director Irrigation and Drainage Ministry of Water Resources and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday The handover was done by Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi the Director Irrigation and Drainage Ministry of Water Resources on behalf of the Minister Mr Suleiman Adamu Five Local Government Areas LGAs comprising Kazaure and Roni in Jigawa and Kunchi Dambata and Makoda in Kano State under the Hadejia Jama are River Basin Development Authority are benefiting Oluniyi said She said the project was part of government s food security and job creation efforts Oluniyi said that the irrigation project delivered to the farmers in parts was in its sixth phase following government s decision to complete all projects for maximum benefits She said the ministry through its mandate in irrigated agriculture had aligned with the present administration s vision to diversify the nation s economy and lift as many people out of poverty before 2030 She said the ministry had engaged the services of an Interface Consultant to establish and strengthen Water Users Associations WUAs for effective operation and maintenance of the irrigation system According to her farmers associations and the River Basin Development Authority are being trained on effective irrigation systems and modern agricultural best practices The concept of the interface consultancy is to promote Participatory Irrigation Management PIM by empowering the farmer s community around the project It is also for the farmers to assume responsibility for ownership of the irrigation and drainage systems around their farm plots including financial and administrative accountability among others she said Oluniyi lauded the contribution of Hadejia Jama are River Basin Development Authority toward the achieving the management transfer process from Government controlled to farmer managed The director however urged the RBDAs to ensure that farmers and their associations took their new responsibilities with steady grip by ensuring that canals drains roads and culverts work effectively Highpoint of the event was the handing over and the signing of relevant documents for the project transfer In a related development Oluniyi also enlighten women farmers on maintaining acceptable water quality and hygiene for irrigated agriculture and to adopt appropriate and safe practices while discharging waste water She said that women and youths were mostly involved directly or indirectly in the use of water in homes for domestic purposes such as cooking bathing and washing Women and Youths also get engaged in irrigated agriculture either for commercial or subsistence purposes It is now an established fact that a well structured Water User Association promotes a sustainable and better managed irrigated agriculture The quality of water used for irrigation is essential for the yield and quantity of crops maintenance of soil productivity and protection of the environment Also of great relevance is to human health as regards consumption of some food items eaten directly or mildly cooked she said She called on women and the youth to lead in promoting the attainment of good quality water in canals and reservoirs for safe crop production through irrigation www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG hands over 228 hectares Gari Irrigation project to Jigawa, Kano farmers
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    FG hands over 228 hectares Gari Irrigation project to Jigawa, Kano farmers

    The Federal Government has handed over the 228 hectares Gari Irrigation Project to farmers in Jigawa and Kano States.

    This is contained in a statement by Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi, the Director, Irrigation and Drainage, Ministry of Water Resources and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.

    “The handover was done by Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi, the Director, Irrigation and Drainage, Ministry of Water Resources, on behalf of the Minister, Mr Suleiman Adamu.

    “Five Local Government Areas (LGAs) comprising Kazaure and Roni in Jigawa and Kunchi, Dambata and Makoda in Kano State, under the Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority are benefiting,” Oluniyi said.

    She said the project was part of government’s food security and job creation efforts.

    Oluniyi said that the irrigation project, delivered to the farmers in parts was in its sixth phase, following government’s decision to complete all projects for maximum benefits.

    She said the ministry, through its mandate in irrigated agriculture had aligned with the present administration’s vision to diversify the nation’s economy and lift as many people out of poverty before 2030. She said the ministry had engaged the services of an Interface Consultant to establish and strengthen Water Users Associations (WUAs), for effective operation and maintenance of the irrigation system.

    According to her, farmers’ associations and the River Basin Development Authority are being trained on effective irrigation systems, and modern agricultural best practices.

    “The concept of the interface consultancy is to promote Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) by empowering the farmer’s community around the project.

    “It is also for the farmers to assume responsibility for ownership of the irrigation and drainage systems around their farm plots, including financial and administrative accountability among others,’’ she said.

    Oluniyi lauded the contribution of  Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority toward the achieving the management transfer process from Government-controlled to farmer-managed.

    The director however, urged the RBDAs to ensure that farmers and their associations took their new responsibilities with steady grip, by ensuring that canals, drains, roads and culverts work effectively.

    Highpoint of the event was the handing over and the signing of relevant documents for the project transfer.

    In a related development, Oluniyi also enlighten women farmers on maintaining acceptable water quality and hygiene for irrigated agriculture and to adopt appropriate and safe practices while discharging waste water.

    She said that women and youths were mostly involved directly or indirectly in the use of water in homes for domestic purposes such as cooking, bathing and washing.

    “Women and Youths also get engaged in irrigated agriculture either for commercial or subsistence purposes.

    “It is now an established fact, that a well-structured Water User Association promotes a sustainable and better managed irrigated agriculture.

    “ The quality of water used for irrigation is essential for the yield and quantity of crops, maintenance of soil productivity, and protection of the environment.

    “Also, of great relevance is to human health as regards consumption of some food items eaten directly or mildly cooked,’’ she said.

    She called on women and the youth to lead in promoting the attainment of good quality water in canals and reservoirs for safe crop production through irrigation.

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  •  The United Nations International Organisation for Migration IOM UN and other stakeholders have concluded rounds of meetings on an initiative geared towards finding lasting solutions to conflicts in Adamawa The final meeting on the project tagged Contributing to the Mitigation of Conflict over Natural Resources between Farmers and Headers Communities in Adamawa State Nigeria COMITAS ended at a meeting on Wednesday in Abuja COMITAS is being implemented in five local government areas LGAs of the state including Demsa Girei Numan Lamurde and Mayo Belwa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is the final project steering committee meeting to reflect on the achievements of IOM UN and other stakeholders since the project started two years ago Speaking at the meeting the Chief of Mission A I IOM UN Migration Prestage Murima represented by Amos Nderi project manager COMITAS said the project had achieved its aim Murima said COMITAS had proffered solutions to the ongoing crisis between farmers and herders and had also strengthened traditional conflict resolution through various mechanisms I am happy to report that the consortium has indeed succeeded in completing its activities and in meeting its objectives The project implementation has continued to engage all stakeholders which include the government agencies leaders and the affected communities to provide the right solution she said Murima noted that amongst the achievements of COMITAS was the establishment of the Transhumance Information Management system by IOM that covered 51 communities in the five LGAs Over this period the system received 2 206 early warning alerts that assisted communities in early response In addition IOM conducted 11 policy dialogues that were attended by over 400 community members and local government officials as part of the project s objective of building trust between the communities and authorities The peace platforms established by the consortium during the project conducted over 300 meetings and dialogues which helped in building the social cohesion between farmer and herder communities in Adamawa State The consortium conducted over 42 Early Warning and Early Response EWER trainings and established the Adamawa Forum for Farmers and Herders Relations AFFHAR It also worked with the media in peace messaging that were all aimed at making a positive contribution to building sustainable peace The project also conducted trainings on topics such as Interest Based Negotiation IBN as part of efforts to build the capacities and local authorities in natural resource management she said She also added that the consortium implemented Quick Impact Projects QIPs in communities that included provision of solar powered motorised boreholes and tree planting campaigns According to her all these are efforts aimed at contributing to sustainable natural resource management and climate change adaptation Also social cohesion and natural resource management initiatives that will help in mitigating the conflicts between the farmer and herder communities We are grateful to the European Union and the Nigerian Government for their continued support in this very important initiative Murima said Gov Ahmadu Fintiri represented by Usman Diyajo Commissioner for Livestock and Agriculture of the State expressed appreciation to the EU IOM Mercy Corps and Search for Common Grounds for carrying out the projects in his state We deeply appreciate the support of the European Union and the implementing partners for the work they are doing in the state As a government we are aware that many factors contribute to farmers herders conflict such as competition over natural resources climate change environmental issues population growth land issues stock routes etc Adamawa State Government is committed to ensuring peace in the state and we welcome such initiatives that proffer solutions to farmers headers crisis and we have worked together with three implementing partners to achieve the objective of the projects According to the governor the initiative has produced a positive impact on the communities in the state We are grateful to all the stakeholders for their involvement in these projects We also hope that the collaboration will continue because the project is aligned to the policies and priorities of Adamawa State Government as well as the needs of communities affected by headers conflict Fintiri said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN proffers solution to Adamawa farmers/herders conflict
     The United Nations International Organisation for Migration IOM UN and other stakeholders have concluded rounds of meetings on an initiative geared towards finding lasting solutions to conflicts in Adamawa The final meeting on the project tagged Contributing to the Mitigation of Conflict over Natural Resources between Farmers and Headers Communities in Adamawa State Nigeria COMITAS ended at a meeting on Wednesday in Abuja COMITAS is being implemented in five local government areas LGAs of the state including Demsa Girei Numan Lamurde and Mayo Belwa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is the final project steering committee meeting to reflect on the achievements of IOM UN and other stakeholders since the project started two years ago Speaking at the meeting the Chief of Mission A I IOM UN Migration Prestage Murima represented by Amos Nderi project manager COMITAS said the project had achieved its aim Murima said COMITAS had proffered solutions to the ongoing crisis between farmers and herders and had also strengthened traditional conflict resolution through various mechanisms I am happy to report that the consortium has indeed succeeded in completing its activities and in meeting its objectives The project implementation has continued to engage all stakeholders which include the government agencies leaders and the affected communities to provide the right solution she said Murima noted that amongst the achievements of COMITAS was the establishment of the Transhumance Information Management system by IOM that covered 51 communities in the five LGAs Over this period the system received 2 206 early warning alerts that assisted communities in early response In addition IOM conducted 11 policy dialogues that were attended by over 400 community members and local government officials as part of the project s objective of building trust between the communities and authorities The peace platforms established by the consortium during the project conducted over 300 meetings and dialogues which helped in building the social cohesion between farmer and herder communities in Adamawa State The consortium conducted over 42 Early Warning and Early Response EWER trainings and established the Adamawa Forum for Farmers and Herders Relations AFFHAR It also worked with the media in peace messaging that were all aimed at making a positive contribution to building sustainable peace The project also conducted trainings on topics such as Interest Based Negotiation IBN as part of efforts to build the capacities and local authorities in natural resource management she said She also added that the consortium implemented Quick Impact Projects QIPs in communities that included provision of solar powered motorised boreholes and tree planting campaigns According to her all these are efforts aimed at contributing to sustainable natural resource management and climate change adaptation Also social cohesion and natural resource management initiatives that will help in mitigating the conflicts between the farmer and herder communities We are grateful to the European Union and the Nigerian Government for their continued support in this very important initiative Murima said Gov Ahmadu Fintiri represented by Usman Diyajo Commissioner for Livestock and Agriculture of the State expressed appreciation to the EU IOM Mercy Corps and Search for Common Grounds for carrying out the projects in his state We deeply appreciate the support of the European Union and the implementing partners for the work they are doing in the state As a government we are aware that many factors contribute to farmers herders conflict such as competition over natural resources climate change environmental issues population growth land issues stock routes etc Adamawa State Government is committed to ensuring peace in the state and we welcome such initiatives that proffer solutions to farmers headers crisis and we have worked together with three implementing partners to achieve the objective of the projects According to the governor the initiative has produced a positive impact on the communities in the state We are grateful to all the stakeholders for their involvement in these projects We also hope that the collaboration will continue because the project is aligned to the policies and priorities of Adamawa State Government as well as the needs of communities affected by headers conflict Fintiri said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN proffers solution to Adamawa farmers/herders conflict
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    UN proffers solution to Adamawa farmers/herders conflict

    The United Nations International Organisation for Migration (IOM-UN), and other stakeholders, have concluded rounds of meetings on an initiative geared towards finding lasting solutions to conflicts in Adamawa.

    The final meeting on the project tagged: “Contributing to the Mitigation of Conflict over Natural Resources between Farmers and Headers Communities in Adamawa State, Nigeria (COMITAS)”, ended at a meeting on Wednesday, in Abuja.

    COMITAS is being implemented in five local government areas (LGAs), of the state, including Demsa, Girei, Numan, Lamurde, and Mayo Belwa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that it is the final project steering committee meeting to reflect on the achievements of IOM-UN, and other stakeholders since the project started two years ago.

    Speaking at the meeting, the Chief of Mission (A.

    I), IOM-UN Migration, Prestage Murima, represented by Amos Nderi, project manager COMITAS, said the project had achieved its aim.

    Murima said COMITAS had proffered solutions to the ongoing crisis between farmers and herders, and had also strengthened traditional conflict resolution through various mechanisms.

    “I am happy to report that the consortium has indeed succeeded in completing its activities and in meeting its objectives.

    “The project implementation has continued to engage all stakeholders, which include the government, agencies, leaders, and the affected communities, to provide the right solution,” she said.

    Murima noted that amongst the achievements of COMITAS was the establishment of the Transhumance Information Management system by IOM, that covered 51 communities in the five LGAs. “Over this period, the system received 2,206 early warning alerts that assisted communities in early response.

    “In addition, IOM conducted 11 policy dialogues that were attended by over 400 community members and local government officials, as part of the project’s objective of building trust between the communities and authorities.

    “The peace platforms established by the consortium during the project conducted over 300 meetings and dialogues which helped in building the social cohesion between farmer and herder communities in Adamawa State.

    “The consortium conducted over 42 Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) trainings and established the Adamawa Forum for Farmers and Herders Relations (AFFHAR).

    “It also worked with the media in peace messaging, that were all aimed at making a positive contribution to building sustainable peace, “The project also conducted trainings on topics such as Interest Based Negotiation (IBN), as part of efforts to build the capacities and local authorities in natural resource management,” she said.

    She also added that the consortium implemented Quick Impact Projects (QIPs), in communities that included provision of solar-powered motorised boreholes, and tree planting campaigns.

    According to her, all these are efforts aimed at contributing to sustainable natural resource management and climate change adaptation.

    “Also, social cohesion and natural resource management initiatives that will help in mitigating the conflicts between the farmer and herder communities.

    “We are grateful to the European Union and the Nigerian Government, for their continued support in this very important initiative,” Murima said.

    Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by Usman Diyajo, Commissioner for Livestock and Agriculture of the State, expressed appreciation to the EU, IOM, Mercy Corps and Search for Common Grounds, for carrying out the projects in his state.

    “We deeply appreciate the support of the European Union and the implementing partners for the work they are doing in the state.

    “As a government, we are aware that many factors contribute to farmers-herders conflict, such as competition over natural resources, climate change, environmental issues, population growth, land issues, stock routes, etc.

    “Adamawa State Government is committed to ensuring peace in the state, and we welcome such initiatives that proffer solutions to farmers-headers crisis, and we have worked together with three implementing partners to achieve the objective of the projects.

    According to the governor, the initiative has produced a positive impact on the communities in the state.

    “We are grateful to all the stakeholders for their involvement in these projects.

    “We also hope that the collaboration will continue because the project is aligned to the policies and priorities of Adamawa State Government, as well as the needs of communities affected by headers conflict,” Fintiri said.


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  •  Delta Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to ensuring the completion of all ongoing and approved projects before the exit of Gov Ifeanyi Okowa led government in 2023 The State Commissioner for Works Highways and Urban Roads Mr Noel Omodon said this while briefing newsmen on some of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba According to the commissioner the council s meeting was presided over by the Deputy Governor Deacon Kingsley Otuaro He said the vision of the state government was to complete all ongoing projects emphasising that there would be zero tolerance for project abandonment He said that the state government had approved the upward review of most ongoing projects to reflect the hike in prices of goods and services to ensure the contractors deliver them without delays Omodon said that other new projects were approved to address the demands in certain quarters According to him the council approved the construction of Ededhe Road in Otor Igho Isoko North Orogun by pass road in Ughelli North an upward review of the contract sum for Olorogun Kuti Avenue in Owa Alero Ika North East and an expansion of Old Lagos by pass Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area Also approved for upward review of the contract sum is the second phase of the Madonna College Road Asaba construction of St off James Ovie St Okuokokor in Okpe LGA and construction of Jarret Kano and Okocha St off Dennis Osadebey Way Asaba in Oshimili South LGA A lot of ongoing physical projects were considered There were lots of request for reviews as a result of fluctuation in prices It approved the construction of Ededhe Road in Otor Igho Isoko North LGA and construction of Orogun by pass Road in Orogun town as well as an upward review of Olorogun Kuti Avenue in Owa Alero Ika North East We approved the construction of Ejeme Agbor Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area It is an 8 5km road but in this first phase we will take about 6 7km from Ejeme Aniogor to Obidigbo Omodon said He lauded the people for their sustained support to the Okowa led administration in the state promising that the politics of 2023 would not derail the Stronger Delta Vision The commissioner noted that the state government would issue a white paper on the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the intra communal conflict NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta govt reiterates commitment to completing all projects 
     Delta Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to ensuring the completion of all ongoing and approved projects before the exit of Gov Ifeanyi Okowa led government in 2023 The State Commissioner for Works Highways and Urban Roads Mr Noel Omodon said this while briefing newsmen on some of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba According to the commissioner the council s meeting was presided over by the Deputy Governor Deacon Kingsley Otuaro He said the vision of the state government was to complete all ongoing projects emphasising that there would be zero tolerance for project abandonment He said that the state government had approved the upward review of most ongoing projects to reflect the hike in prices of goods and services to ensure the contractors deliver them without delays Omodon said that other new projects were approved to address the demands in certain quarters According to him the council approved the construction of Ededhe Road in Otor Igho Isoko North Orogun by pass road in Ughelli North an upward review of the contract sum for Olorogun Kuti Avenue in Owa Alero Ika North East and an expansion of Old Lagos by pass Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area Also approved for upward review of the contract sum is the second phase of the Madonna College Road Asaba construction of St off James Ovie St Okuokokor in Okpe LGA and construction of Jarret Kano and Okocha St off Dennis Osadebey Way Asaba in Oshimili South LGA A lot of ongoing physical projects were considered There were lots of request for reviews as a result of fluctuation in prices It approved the construction of Ededhe Road in Otor Igho Isoko North LGA and construction of Orogun by pass Road in Orogun town as well as an upward review of Olorogun Kuti Avenue in Owa Alero Ika North East We approved the construction of Ejeme Agbor Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area It is an 8 5km road but in this first phase we will take about 6 7km from Ejeme Aniogor to Obidigbo Omodon said He lauded the people for their sustained support to the Okowa led administration in the state promising that the politics of 2023 would not derail the Stronger Delta Vision The commissioner noted that the state government would issue a white paper on the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the intra communal conflict NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta govt reiterates commitment to completing all projects 
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    Delta govt reiterates commitment to completing all projects 

    Delta Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to ensuring the completion of all ongoing and approved projects before the exit of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa-led government in 2023. The State Commissioner for Works (Highways and Urban Roads), Mr Noel Omodon, said this while briefing newsmen on some of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba.

    According to the commissioner, the council’s meeting was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro.

    He said the vision of the state government was to complete all ongoing projects, emphasising that there would be zero tolerance for project abandonment.

    He said that the state government had approved the upward review of most ongoing projects to reflect the hike in prices of goods and services to ensure the contractors deliver them without delays.

    Omodon said that other new projects were approved to address the demands in certain quarters.

    According to him, the council approved the construction of Ededhe Road in Otor-Igho, Isoko North; Orogun by-pass road in Ughelli North; an upward review of the contract sum for Olorogun Kuti Avenue in Owa-Alero, Ika North-East; and an expansion of Old Lagos by-pass, Okpanam in Oshimili North Local Government Area. “Also approved for upward review of the contract sum is the second phase of the Madonna College Road, Asaba; construction of St., off James Ovie St., Okuokokor in Okpe LGA; and construction of Jarret, Kano and Okocha St., off Dennis Osadebey Way, Asaba in Oshimili South LGA.

    “A lot of ongoing physical projects were considered.

    There were lots of request for reviews as a result of fluctuation in prices.

    “It approved the construction of Ededhe Road in Otor-Igho, Isoko North LGA and construction of Orogun by-pass Road in Orogun town as well as an upward review of Olorogun Kuti Avenue in Owa-Alero, Ika North East. “We approved the construction of Ejeme -Agbor Road in Aniocha South Local Government Area. It is an 8.5km road but in this first phase, we will take about 6.7km from Ejeme-Aniogor to Obidigbo,” Omodon said.

    He lauded the people for their sustained support to the Okowa-led administration in the state, promising that the politics of 2023 would not derail the Stronger Delta Vision.

    The commissioner noted that the state government would issue a white paper on the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the intra-communal conflict
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  •  The Federal University Dutsinma FUDMA in Katsina State has offered free admission and scholarship to some female hawkers loitering around the school gates to further their education in the institution The Vice Chancellor VC of the University Prof Armaya u Hamisu Bichi made this known during signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU on Developing and Entrenching Gender Concepts Policies Tools and Practices on Violence against Women and Girls VAWG This is contained in the university s weekly bulletin signed by the institution s spokesperson Malam Habibu Umar Amin in Katsina The VC said that the girls were drawn from some Communities across Local Government Areas LGAs neighbouring the University This gesture is part of our corporate social responsibilitiy to the host communities It also aimed at taking these yound girls off the street This will also go a long way in addressing social vices against women and children that have been identified as the most vulnerable in our society It is an initiative of the university management that gave rehabilitation and admission to some identified female hawkers loitering the university gates he said Hamisu Bichi said the university has zero tolerance for violence against women and girls NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Federal university Dutsinma offers admission to indigent girls – VC
     The Federal University Dutsinma FUDMA in Katsina State has offered free admission and scholarship to some female hawkers loitering around the school gates to further their education in the institution The Vice Chancellor VC of the University Prof Armaya u Hamisu Bichi made this known during signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU on Developing and Entrenching Gender Concepts Policies Tools and Practices on Violence against Women and Girls VAWG This is contained in the university s weekly bulletin signed by the institution s spokesperson Malam Habibu Umar Amin in Katsina The VC said that the girls were drawn from some Communities across Local Government Areas LGAs neighbouring the University This gesture is part of our corporate social responsibilitiy to the host communities It also aimed at taking these yound girls off the street This will also go a long way in addressing social vices against women and children that have been identified as the most vulnerable in our society It is an initiative of the university management that gave rehabilitation and admission to some identified female hawkers loitering the university gates he said Hamisu Bichi said the university has zero tolerance for violence against women and girls NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Federal university Dutsinma offers admission to indigent girls – VC
    Education3 months ago

    Federal university Dutsinma offers admission to indigent girls – VC

    The Federal University Dutsinma (FUDMA) in Katsina State has offered free admission and scholarship to some female hawkers loitering around the school gates to further their education in the institution.

    The Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University, Prof. Armaya’u Hamisu-Bichi made this known during signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Developing and Entrenching Gender Concepts, Policies, Tools and Practices on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).

    This is contained in the university’s weekly bulletin signed by the institution’s spokesperson Malam Habibu Umar-Amin in Katsina.

    The VC said that the girls were drawn from some Communities across Local Government Areas (LGAs) neighbouring the University.

    ”This gesture is part of our corporate social responsibilitiy to the host communities.

    It also aimed at taking these yound girls off the street.

    ”This will also go a long way in addressing social vices against women and children that have been identified as the most vulnerable in our society.

    “It is an initiative of the university management that gave rehabilitation and admission to some identified female hawkers loitering the university gates,” he said.

    Hamisu-Bichi said the university has zero tolerance for violence against women and girls. 


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  •  Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani the New Nigeria People s Party NNPP candidate for Kaduna Central Senate seat at the National Assembly says his target is to help address the problem of security challenge in the area Tijani also a philanthropist said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kaduna Actually I never dream of contesting for Kaduna Central Senate seat because my original plans was to try through whatever means to ensure two things in the seven Local Government Areas LGAs of Kaduna Central The first issue is to ensure that the prevailing security challenge bedevilling the area is tackled it is a well known fact that the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits have moved from the North East to the North West and in the North West their camp is in Kaduna I felt that I can do something about this security problem if am the state governor I even started making moves to contest for the position on the NNPP platform but for some reasons our leader Dr Rabi u Kwankwaso asked me to go for the senate rather So that was how I found myself in the Senate race he said Tijjani said that the second issue was to ensure mass employment of youths to tackle youths restiveness in the area He said however that even with the decision to go for the Senate seat he remained focused on achieving his target But I told myself that since I already had a focus on what to do for the state then I can equally narrow that to the Kaduna Central Everybody knows that the bandits are now in Kaduna Central and am seeking for the Senate seat to help wipe them out from the area which is called zone 11 I want to use this as a test run for subsequent elections so that the people will see whether am capable of fitting in in 2027 If am given the opportunity to serve I will embrace everyone in the state including the Muslims and the Christians inshort whatever you are or your tribe should not be my concern because you are my brother That was what was lacking in the APC administration in the state he said Tijjani said that the NNPP was the party to beat in 2023 general election Basically Kaduna and other Northern states in the country have not benefited much from the present administration So Nigerians are well prepared for the 2023 election this time it is not going to be business as usual because the electorate is fully prepared to vote out leaders who have nothing to offer them Those who don t care about the wellbeing of the citizens and they are prepared to vote in people that they can trust because of what they have done before Our party the NNPP will be voted in by the masses who are the victims of successive governments in 2023 so we are just waiting for February 2023 for the Nigerian masses to vote massively for us he said Tijjani expressed optimism that he would win the Senate seat Like I said it s not about my popularity as a person it s about what I have done before and what I have to offer that s how to convince people that you have something to offer The PDP came to kill us and the APC is burying us so no matter how good you are you can t win an election on their platforms in 2023 The two parties have dealt with the Nigerian people badly especially those in the North it is out there for people to see as a Muslim I don t think that it is proper for me to start praise singing myself I have been a philanthropist for over 20 years touching People s lives through my foundation the Ahmed Tijjani foundation he said Tijjani said that he has touched so many lives through his foundation Many masses especially widows children and the less privileged have benefitted from the foundation In 2019 I was the Kaduna governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party PRP in fact they called me mai gero or mai shikafa wherever I went for campaign because of what I have been doing I know that today people have their own microscope which they use to screen any seed before planting in their farms he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why I want to represent Kaduna Central in Senate: NNPP Candidate
     Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani the New Nigeria People s Party NNPP candidate for Kaduna Central Senate seat at the National Assembly says his target is to help address the problem of security challenge in the area Tijani also a philanthropist said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kaduna Actually I never dream of contesting for Kaduna Central Senate seat because my original plans was to try through whatever means to ensure two things in the seven Local Government Areas LGAs of Kaduna Central The first issue is to ensure that the prevailing security challenge bedevilling the area is tackled it is a well known fact that the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits have moved from the North East to the North West and in the North West their camp is in Kaduna I felt that I can do something about this security problem if am the state governor I even started making moves to contest for the position on the NNPP platform but for some reasons our leader Dr Rabi u Kwankwaso asked me to go for the senate rather So that was how I found myself in the Senate race he said Tijjani said that the second issue was to ensure mass employment of youths to tackle youths restiveness in the area He said however that even with the decision to go for the Senate seat he remained focused on achieving his target But I told myself that since I already had a focus on what to do for the state then I can equally narrow that to the Kaduna Central Everybody knows that the bandits are now in Kaduna Central and am seeking for the Senate seat to help wipe them out from the area which is called zone 11 I want to use this as a test run for subsequent elections so that the people will see whether am capable of fitting in in 2027 If am given the opportunity to serve I will embrace everyone in the state including the Muslims and the Christians inshort whatever you are or your tribe should not be my concern because you are my brother That was what was lacking in the APC administration in the state he said Tijjani said that the NNPP was the party to beat in 2023 general election Basically Kaduna and other Northern states in the country have not benefited much from the present administration So Nigerians are well prepared for the 2023 election this time it is not going to be business as usual because the electorate is fully prepared to vote out leaders who have nothing to offer them Those who don t care about the wellbeing of the citizens and they are prepared to vote in people that they can trust because of what they have done before Our party the NNPP will be voted in by the masses who are the victims of successive governments in 2023 so we are just waiting for February 2023 for the Nigerian masses to vote massively for us he said Tijjani expressed optimism that he would win the Senate seat Like I said it s not about my popularity as a person it s about what I have done before and what I have to offer that s how to convince people that you have something to offer The PDP came to kill us and the APC is burying us so no matter how good you are you can t win an election on their platforms in 2023 The two parties have dealt with the Nigerian people badly especially those in the North it is out there for people to see as a Muslim I don t think that it is proper for me to start praise singing myself I have been a philanthropist for over 20 years touching People s lives through my foundation the Ahmed Tijjani foundation he said Tijjani said that he has touched so many lives through his foundation Many masses especially widows children and the less privileged have benefitted from the foundation In 2019 I was the Kaduna governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party PRP in fact they called me mai gero or mai shikafa wherever I went for campaign because of what I have been doing I know that today people have their own microscope which they use to screen any seed before planting in their farms he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why I want to represent Kaduna Central in Senate: NNPP Candidate
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    Why I want to represent Kaduna Central in Senate: NNPP Candidate

    Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) candidate for Kaduna Central Senate seat at the National Assembly, says his target is to help address the problem of security challenge in the area.

    Tijani, also a philanthropist, said this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kaduna.

    “Actually, I never dream of contesting for Kaduna Central Senate seat, because my original plans was to try through whatever means to ensure two things in the seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna Central.

    “The first issue is to ensure that the prevailing security challenge bedevilling the area is tackled, it is a well known fact that the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits have moved from the North East to the North West and in the North West their camp is in Kaduna.

    “I felt that I can do something about this security problem if am the state governor, I even started making moves to contest for the position on the NNPP platform, but for some reasons, our leader Dr Rabi’u Kwankwaso asked me to go for the senate rather.

    “So that was how I found myself in the Senate race,” he said.

    Tijjani said that the second issue was to ensure mass employment of youths to tackle youths restiveness in the area.

    He said however, that even with the decision to go for the Senate seat, he remained focused on achieving his target.

    “But I told myself that since I already had a focus on what to do for the state, then I can equally narrow that to the Kaduna Central.

    “Everybody knows that the bandits are now in Kaduna Central and am seeking for the Senate seat to help wipe them out from the area which is called zone 11. “I want to use this as a test run for subsequent elections, so that the people will see whether am capable of fitting in in 2027. “If am given the opportunity to serve, I will embrace everyone in the state, including the Muslims and the Christians, inshort whatever you are or your tribe should not be my concern because you are my brother.

    “That was what was lacking in the APC administration in the state,” he said.

    Tijjani said that the NNPP was the party to beat in 2023 general election.

    “Basically, Kaduna and other Northern states in the country have not benefited much from the present administration.

    “So, Nigerians are well prepared for the 2023 election, this time it is not going to be business as usual because the electorate is fully prepared to vote out leaders who have nothing to offer them.

    “Those who don’t care about the wellbeing of the citizens and they are prepared to vote in people that they can trust because of what they have done before.

    “Our party the NNPP will be voted in by the masses who are the victims of successive governments in 2023, so we are just waiting for February 2023 for the Nigerian masses to vote massively for us,” he said.

    Tijjani expressed optimism that he would win the Senate seat.

    “Like I said, it’s not about my popularity as a person, it’s about what I have done before and what I have to offer that’s how to convince people that you have something to offer.

    “The PDP came to kill us and the APC is burying us, so no matter how good you are, you can’t win an election on their platforms in 2023. “The two parties have dealt with the Nigerian people badly, especially those in the North, it is out there for people to see, as a Muslim I don’t think that it is proper for me to start praise singing myself.

    “I have been a philanthropist for over 20 years touching People’s lives through my foundation, the Ahmed Tijjani foundation,” he said.

    Tijjani said that he has touched so many lives through his foundation.

    “Many masses especially widows, children and the less privileged have benefitted from the foundation.

    “In 2019 I was the Kaduna governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in fact they called me mai gero or mai shikafa wherever I went for campaign because of what I have been doing.

    “I know that today people have their own microscope which they use to screen any seed before planting in their farms,” he said.


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  •   Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation By Tosin Kolade News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam a community in Dugabau Ward Kabo Local Government in Kano State by laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5 000 fine as a deterrent for others On a visit to the community one would observe the presence of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee WASHCOM members They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets to monitoring usage this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation In Maikalwa Yanma a community under Nai bawa ward Kumbotso LGA Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF supported Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programme many communities have imbibed hygiene practices Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly fitted drop hole covers This he said has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths especially among under five children Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule There is a very big impact let us take the previous year In the previous year there was not much rainfall and the high rate of sickness was pronounced In comparison with this year the rainfall is high much rainfall but the rate of sickness is very low considering the sensitisation the knowledge of the hygiene programme he said Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 47 million The practice has had a negative effect on the populace especially children in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country s failure to meet the MDG target The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation This initiative tagged Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025 A National Roadmap was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria In 2016 the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places Community Led Total Sanitation promotional and media campaigns creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism At the same time many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation For this reason the Director FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency RUWASSA Dr Mohammed Dan Hassan said it was constructing 10 000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory Dan Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT He explained that in actualisation of the president s directives the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025 The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors only 10 toilets had been built so far with work ongoing at 65 other sites Dan Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges However many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat Also with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges Mr Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organisation WTO while making the announcement said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque Chief Executive Officer Sanitation and Water for All SWA pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria for prioritising Water Sanitation and Hygiene adding that Nigeria s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government While progress has been hampered by COVID 19 their resolve to tackle open defecation improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent she said Dr Nicholas Igwe National Coordinator Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household Igwe said that the measure was a multi stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment We the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household he said The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free ODF Campaign was launched in November 2019 and was aimed at mobilising high level political support resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country Adamu said Nevertheless some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost effective manner They said having an enabling environment leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation free target They added that working together with communities civil society development agencies private sector and government at sub national levels is crucial s If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation
      Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation Assessing Nigeria s drive towards an open defecation free nation By Tosin Kolade News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam a community in Dugabau Ward Kabo Local Government in Kano State by laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5 000 fine as a deterrent for others On a visit to the community one would observe the presence of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee WASHCOM members They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets to monitoring usage this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation In Maikalwa Yanma a community under Nai bawa ward Kumbotso LGA Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF supported Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programme many communities have imbibed hygiene practices Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly fitted drop hole covers This he said has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths especially among under five children Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule There is a very big impact let us take the previous year In the previous year there was not much rainfall and the high rate of sickness was pronounced In comparison with this year the rainfall is high much rainfall but the rate of sickness is very low considering the sensitisation the knowledge of the hygiene programme he said Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 47 million The practice has had a negative effect on the populace especially children in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country s failure to meet the MDG target The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation This initiative tagged Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025 A National Roadmap was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria In 2016 the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places Community Led Total Sanitation promotional and media campaigns creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism At the same time many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation For this reason the Director FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency RUWASSA Dr Mohammed Dan Hassan said it was constructing 10 000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory Dan Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT He explained that in actualisation of the president s directives the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025 The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors only 10 toilets had been built so far with work ongoing at 65 other sites Dan Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges However many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat Also with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges Mr Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organisation WTO while making the announcement said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque Chief Executive Officer Sanitation and Water for All SWA pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria for prioritising Water Sanitation and Hygiene adding that Nigeria s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government While progress has been hampered by COVID 19 their resolve to tackle open defecation improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent she said Dr Nicholas Igwe National Coordinator Organised Private Sector in Water Sanitation and Hygiene said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household Igwe said that the measure was a multi stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment We the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household he said The Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free ODF Campaign was launched in November 2019 and was aimed at mobilising high level political support resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country Adamu said Nevertheless some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost effective manner They said having an enabling environment leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation free target They added that working together with communities civil society development agencies private sector and government at sub national levels is crucial s If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation
    Features3 months ago

    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation

    Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation Assessing Nigeria’s drive towards an open defecation-free nation By Tosin Kolade.

    News Agency of Nigeria In Ungwar Mallam, a community in Dugabau Ward, Kabo Local Government in Kano State, by-laws exist which prescribe payment of fine for anyone found publicly defecating.

    This has made it possible for defaulters paying N5,000 fine as a deterrent for others.

    On a visit to the community, one would observe the presence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM) members.

    They have been trained as hygiene ambassadors, to carry out sustainable hygiene practices in many communities.

    From encouraging community members to build and use their toilets, to monitoring usage, this has reduced the previous practice of open defecation.

    In Maikalwa Yanma, a community under Nai’bawa ward, Kumbotso LGA, Hayatuddin Safiyo said since the introduction of the UNICEF-supported Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, many communities have imbibed hygiene practices.

    Safiyo said such practices included the introduction of innovations to manage water and food contamination through feaces, proper waste disposals and covering toilets with tightly-fitted drop hole covers.

    This, he said, has been reflected with low records of preventable diseases and deaths, especially among under-five children.

    Safiyo says communities now practice safety and hygiene by avoiding excreta contamination of water sources and adhering to the rule.

    “There is a very big impact, let us take the previous year.

    In the previous year, there was not much rainfall, and the high rate of sickness was pronounced.

    “In comparison with this year, the rainfall is high, much rainfall, but the rate of sickness is very low, considering the sensitisation, the knowledge of the hygiene programme,” he said.

    Data from UNICEF showed that Nigeria was among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation, estimated at over 47 million.

    The practice has had a negative effect on the populace, especially children, in the areas of health and education and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the MDG target.

    The sanitation situation in the country prompted the National Council on Water Resources in 2014 to prioritize the development of a roadmap towards eliminating open defecation in the country, in line with the United Nations global campaign for ending open defecation.

    This initiative tagged “Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2025: A National Roadmap” was developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with invaluable support from UNICEF and other key sector players across Nigeria.

    In 2016, the National Council on Water Resources endorsed this road map as a means to eliminate open defecation in Nigeria.

    The road map provides a guide towards achieving an open defecation free country using different approaches such as capacity development and promotion of improved technology options through sanitation marketing.

    It stipulates the provision of sanitation facilities in public places; Community -Led Total Sanitation; promotional and media campaigns; creating enabling environment and coordination mechanism.

    At the same time, many states have keyed into this road map with many activities to promote the building and using of toilets towards ending open defecation.

    For this reason, the Director, FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Dr. Mohammed Dan-Hassan, said it was constructing 10,000 public toilets in strategic locations across the territory.

    Dan-Hassan noted that this became necessary following President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of a state of emergency on open defecation in the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.

    He explained that in actualisation of the president’s directives, the construction of the toilets was one of the road maps to end open defecation in the territory by 2025. The RUWASSA head sadly noted that with the 300 approved contractors, only 10 toilets had been built so far, with work ongoing at 65 other sites.

    Dan-Hassan said that RUWASSA has a target of 2023 to eradicate open defecation in the FCT, saying lack of cooperation among relevant agencies like schools and medical facilities are its challenges.

    However, many programmes have been introduced to make this national target a reality with the signing of the Executive Order 009 by President Buhari and the formation of the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign Secretariat.

    Also, with the recent right given to Nigeria to host the 2022 World Toilet Summit in November, many are of the opinion that this would give the country the needed traction towards overcoming its sanitation challenges.

    Mr Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), while making the announcement, said the summit would be a great opportunity to showcase the extensive efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also to drive the intended change.

    Mrs Caterina De Albuquerque, Chief Executive Officer, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), pointed out that sanitation was at one time not discussed and almost forgotten globally.

    De Albuquerque applauded the leadership of Nigeria, for prioritising Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, adding that Nigeria’s example would inspire other African countries to follow suit.

    “I applaud the decision to choose Nigeria as a host country for this important summit.

    Their focus on water and sanitation issues has been exemplary, with strong displays of political will at the highest levels of government.

    “While progress has been hampered by COVID-19, their resolve to tackle open defecation, improve hygiene and provide access to clean drinking water is inspirational to other countries across the continent,’’ she said.

    Dr Nicholas Igwe, National Coordinator, Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, said that the choice of Nigeria for the summit was a clear endorsement of the commitment and political will of the Federal Government towards Water, Sanitation and Hygiene delivery in Nigeria.

    Igwe indicates that the private sector has a critical role to play in driving the sanitation economy while also facilitating job creation.

    He said the organised private sector has partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, to mobilize two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household.

    Igwe said that the measure was a multi -stakeholder approach designed to help the Federal Government put an end to open defecation in the country and also promote a healthy and disease free environment.

    “We, the organised private sector in WASH recognize the importance of assisting the government based on the strong political will that has been shown.

    “We have gone ahead to partner with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to mobilise two million Nigerians outside the country to adopt a toilet each for a household,” he said.

    The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, says that the selection of Nigeria as the host country for 2022 World Toilet Summit is a welcome development.

    Adamu said that the choice of Nigeria to host the summit is coming at a period when Nigeria has made concrete plans to exit from the comity of nations practising open defecation.

    The Minister recalled that the Open Defecation Free (ODF) Campaign was launched in November 2019, and was aimed at mobilising high level political support, resources and the entire populace towards building a new culture of safe sanitation.

    He acknowledges that Nigeria needs all necessary support to ensure that the ODF Campaign gains traction with all stakeholders playing their part.

    “I am optimistic that the World Toilet Summit will provide a veritable platform for mobilisation of the private sector and other critical stakeholders in addressing the challenge of Open Defecation in the country,’’ Adamu said.

    Nevertheless, some experts say the upcoming summit will give Nigeria the needed push if new sanitation technologies will be introduced in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.

    They said having an enabling environment, leadership and coordination is required in achieving a defecation-free target.

    They added that working together with communities, civil society, development agencies, private sector and government at sub-national levels is crucial.

    (s) **If used, please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Inspector General of Police IGP Mr Akali Usman has again assured Nigerians that the Police and other security agencies were working assiduously to secure the country The IGP gave the assurance on Saturday while inaugurating a modern police station and barrack in Ibusa community Oshimili North LGA of Delta The police chief expressed disappointment on the recent security alert by the U S embassy saying it was wrong to make such public announcement without first liaising with the police and other security agencies in the county How can you enter the country and say there is security alert you didn t inform police and you go around telling your people don t go to Abuja When you have information on security it is proper to inform the police and we will find a way to tackle it instead of taking it to the public I am urging the media not to help them spread such information We are working in synergy with other security agencies to ensure the safety of residents Usman said On the inaugurated projects the IGP said similar ones were being built across the six geopolitical zones of the country to provide better working condition for police operations He appealed to the people of Ibusa community to take ownership of the project and protect it against vandalism This project we are commissioning today is your property it is built with public money so it belongs to you and this is why you should protect it at all times This new police station will also be fitted with a CCTV camera that would cover up to two kilometres for security purposes Usman said He urged members of the public to always provide relevant information on security to the police for prompt action instead of going public with it to create unecessary apprehension In his welcome address the Commissioner of Police in Delta Mr Ali Mohammed commended the IGP for the project and other initiatives to reposition the service since his assumption of office He said that the project will motivate police officers and men and mitigate the numerous challenges facing them NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IGP inaugurates projects in Delta, assures Nigerians of security 
     The Inspector General of Police IGP Mr Akali Usman has again assured Nigerians that the Police and other security agencies were working assiduously to secure the country The IGP gave the assurance on Saturday while inaugurating a modern police station and barrack in Ibusa community Oshimili North LGA of Delta The police chief expressed disappointment on the recent security alert by the U S embassy saying it was wrong to make such public announcement without first liaising with the police and other security agencies in the county How can you enter the country and say there is security alert you didn t inform police and you go around telling your people don t go to Abuja When you have information on security it is proper to inform the police and we will find a way to tackle it instead of taking it to the public I am urging the media not to help them spread such information We are working in synergy with other security agencies to ensure the safety of residents Usman said On the inaugurated projects the IGP said similar ones were being built across the six geopolitical zones of the country to provide better working condition for police operations He appealed to the people of Ibusa community to take ownership of the project and protect it against vandalism This project we are commissioning today is your property it is built with public money so it belongs to you and this is why you should protect it at all times This new police station will also be fitted with a CCTV camera that would cover up to two kilometres for security purposes Usman said He urged members of the public to always provide relevant information on security to the police for prompt action instead of going public with it to create unecessary apprehension In his welcome address the Commissioner of Police in Delta Mr Ali Mohammed commended the IGP for the project and other initiatives to reposition the service since his assumption of office He said that the project will motivate police officers and men and mitigate the numerous challenges facing them NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IGP inaugurates projects in Delta, assures Nigerians of security 
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    IGP inaugurates projects in Delta, assures Nigerians of security 

    The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Akali Usman has again assured Nigerians that the Police and other security agencies were working assiduously to secure the country.

    The IGP gave the assurance on Saturday while inaugurating a modern police station and barrack in Ibusa community, Oshimili North LGA of Delta.

    The police chief expressed disappointment on the recent security alert by the U.

    S embassy, saying it was wrong to make such public announcement without first liaising with the police and other security agencies in the county.

    “How can you enter the country and say there is security alert, you didn’t inform police, and you go around telling your people don’t go to Abuja.

    “When you have information on security, it is proper to inform the police and we will find a way to tackle it, instead of taking it to the public.

    “I am urging the media not to help them spread such information.

    We are working in synergy with other security agencies to ensure the safety of residents,” Usman said.

    On the inaugurated projects, the IGP said similar ones were  being built across the six geopolitical zones of the country to provide better working condition for police operations.

    He appealed to the people of Ibusa community to take ownership of the project and protect it against vandalism.

    “This project we are commissioning today is your property, it is built with public money, so it belongs to you and this is why you should protect it at all times.

    “This new police station will also be fitted with a CCTV camera that would cover up to two kilometres for security purposes,” Usman said.

    He urged members of the public to always provide relevant information on security to the police for prompt action, instead of going public with it to create unecessary apprehension.

    In his welcome address, the  Commissioner of Police in Delta, Mr Ali Mohammed, commended the IGP for the project and other initiatives to reposition the service since his assumption of office.

    He said that the project will motivate police officers and men, and mitigate the numerous challenges facing them.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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