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  •  The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has announced Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo spokesman of the NGF disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday Bello Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council NEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors Bello Barkindo said He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support Yes we may be occasionally troublesome coming from the forum of governors and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation Fayemi said The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them In his response Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail because he was meant to on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation not just in words but in deeds as well Osinbajo said The vice president prayed that Fayemi s services both nationally and globally to development and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct 16 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman
     The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has announced Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo spokesman of the NGF disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday Bello Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council NEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors Bello Barkindo said He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support Yes we may be occasionally troublesome coming from the forum of governors and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation Fayemi said The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them In his response Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail because he was meant to on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation not just in words but in deeds as well Osinbajo said The vice president prayed that Fayemi s services both nationally and globally to development and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct 16 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman
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    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman

    The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman.  

    Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the NGF, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.  

    Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja.  

    “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.  

    “ Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.  

    “The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Bello-Barkindo said.  

    He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support.  

    “Yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the forum of governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation,” Fayemi said.  

    The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.  

    In his response, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years.  

    The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF.  

    “The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well,” Osinbajo said.  

    The vice president prayed that Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue.  

    Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct. 16.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Kayode Fayemi the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council NEC Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said Fayemi who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members he could affirm that Osinbajo s leadership had been outstanding He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time In fact I should say over the last seven years but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years And I have been part of all the NEC s proceedings before your time but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy the focus the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council he said In his remarks the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting More so at the meeting NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high
     Gov Kayode Fayemi the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council NEC Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said Fayemi who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members he could affirm that Osinbajo s leadership had been outstanding He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time In fact I should say over the last seven years but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years And I have been part of all the NEC s proceedings before your time but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy the focus the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council he said In his remarks the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting More so at the meeting NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high
    Economy1 week ago

    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing  Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has applauded  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council (NEC).

    Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said Fayemi, who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday.

    Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council, had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation.

    He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members, he could affirm that Osinbajo’s leadership had been outstanding.

    He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided.

    The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward.

    “I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time.

    “In fact, I should say over the last seven  years, but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years.

    “And I have been part of all the NEC’s proceedings before your time, but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy, the focus, the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council,” he said.

    In his remarks, the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting.

    More so, at the meeting, NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC has lauded the National Economic Council NEC for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER programme This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC in Abuja According to her the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme 2022 2025 which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries departments and agencies MDAs at federal and state level across the country The SABER programme is a three year performance based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning FMFBNP Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Secretariat It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business EoDB mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan NDP aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Oduwole said The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators These Oduwole said covered improving land administration and land investment process improving business enabling infrastructure increasing sustainable large scale investments and enabling firm operations All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52 5 million dollars during the three year period In addition to the already existing PEBEC NEC subnational intervention the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives such as using results based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report due to be released in October 2022 are also expected to be considered The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16 2022 chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas 730 million dollars Programme for Results PforR and 20 million dollars Technical Assistance The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of 0m World Bank supported programme
     The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC has lauded the National Economic Council NEC for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER programme This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC in Abuja According to her the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme 2022 2025 which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries departments and agencies MDAs at federal and state level across the country The SABER programme is a three year performance based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning FMFBNP Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Secretariat It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business EoDB mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan NDP aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Oduwole said The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators These Oduwole said covered improving land administration and land investment process improving business enabling infrastructure increasing sustainable large scale investments and enabling firm operations All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52 5 million dollars during the three year period In addition to the already existing PEBEC NEC subnational intervention the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives such as using results based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report due to be released in October 2022 are also expected to be considered The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16 2022 chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas 730 million dollars Programme for Results PforR and 20 million dollars Technical Assistance The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of 0m World Bank supported programme
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    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of $750m World Bank supported programme

    The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has lauded the National Economic Council (NEC) for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank-backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) programme.

    This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC, in Abuja.

    According to her, the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme (2022 – 2025), which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) at federal and state level across the country.

    “The SABER programme is a three-year performance-based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP).

    “Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Secretariat.

    It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

    ” The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan (NDP), aimed at generating 21 million full-time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025,” Oduwole said.

    The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators.

    These, Oduwole said, covered improving land administration and land investment process; improving business enabling infrastructure; increasing sustainable large-scale investments; and enabling firm operations.

    “All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52.5 million dollars during the three-year period.

    “In addition to the already-existing PEBEC-NEC subnational intervention, the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives, such as using results-based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale.

    “The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online.

    “Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report, due to be released in October 2022, are also expected to be considered.

    “The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16, 2022, chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance.

    ” She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme.

    She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas: 730 million dollars Programme-for-Results (PforR) and 20 million  dollars Technical Assistance.

    The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Economic Council NEC has resolved to set up a sub committee that will liaise with the appropriate officials on the new status of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President briefed State House correspondents after a virtual NEC meeting on Thursday The virtual meeting anchored from the Presidential Villa Abuja was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo The governors at today s council meeting also raised a few issues regarding the new status of the NNPC Limited including issues around ownership On the direction of the vice president the council resolved to set up a sub committee of council that will liaise with the appropriate Federal Government officials to look at all the issues that have arisen as implications of the new status of the NNPC Limited and also issues around the Petroleum Industry Act In the same vein Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa also virtually briefed State House correspondents Sule said that the managing director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA updated NEC on various activities of the company especially on the 2021 performance The governor said that the company delivered very impressive financial results underscoring the resilience of its strategy For the 9th year in a row the NSIA has consistently remained profitable closing the year 2021 with a performance of N153 8 billion which is slightly 99 1 per cent below the 2020 figure of N156 5 billion The total comprehensive income declined marginally in 2021 by 8 2 per cent which actually closed at N160 1 billion The NSIA has reached major milestone across domestic infrastructure in the year under review in terms of projects such as motorways agriculture healthcare technology as well as industrialisation The council resolution therefore accepted the report with commendation by all the members of the council to the management and board of NSIA for a very impressive performance Sule said that the vice president expressed deep appreciation to all the governors and council members for the several get well wishes sent to him NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEC committee to liaise with stakeholders on new NNPC status
     The National Economic Council NEC has resolved to set up a sub committee that will liaise with the appropriate officials on the new status of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President briefed State House correspondents after a virtual NEC meeting on Thursday The virtual meeting anchored from the Presidential Villa Abuja was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo The governors at today s council meeting also raised a few issues regarding the new status of the NNPC Limited including issues around ownership On the direction of the vice president the council resolved to set up a sub committee of council that will liaise with the appropriate Federal Government officials to look at all the issues that have arisen as implications of the new status of the NNPC Limited and also issues around the Petroleum Industry Act In the same vein Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa also virtually briefed State House correspondents Sule said that the managing director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA updated NEC on various activities of the company especially on the 2021 performance The governor said that the company delivered very impressive financial results underscoring the resilience of its strategy For the 9th year in a row the NSIA has consistently remained profitable closing the year 2021 with a performance of N153 8 billion which is slightly 99 1 per cent below the 2020 figure of N156 5 billion The total comprehensive income declined marginally in 2021 by 8 2 per cent which actually closed at N160 1 billion The NSIA has reached major milestone across domestic infrastructure in the year under review in terms of projects such as motorways agriculture healthcare technology as well as industrialisation The council resolution therefore accepted the report with commendation by all the members of the council to the management and board of NSIA for a very impressive performance Sule said that the vice president expressed deep appreciation to all the governors and council members for the several get well wishes sent to him NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEC committee to liaise with stakeholders on new NNPC status
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    NEC committee to liaise with stakeholders on new NNPC status

    The National Economic Council (NEC) has resolved to set up a sub-committee that will liaise with the appropriate officials on the new status of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

    Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, briefed State House correspondents after a virtual NEC meeting on Thursday.

    The virtual meeting, anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

    “The governors at today’s council meeting also raised a few issues regarding the new status of the NNPC Limited, including issues around ownership.

    “On the direction of the vice president, the council resolved to set up a sub-committee of council that will liaise with the appropriate Federal Government officials to look at all the issues that have arisen as implications of the new status of the NNPC Limited and also issues around the Petroleum Industry Act.” In the same vein, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, also virtually briefed State House correspondents.

    Sule said that the managing director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) updated NEC on various activities of the company, especially on the 2021 performance.

    The governor said that the company delivered very impressive financial results underscoring the resilience of its strategy.

    “For the 9th year in a row, the NSIA has consistently remained profitable; closing the year, 2021 with a performance of N153.8 billion which is slightly, 99.1 per cent below the 2020 figure of N156. 5 billion.

    “The total comprehensive income declined marginally in 2021 by 8.2 per cent which actually closed at N160.1 billion.

    “The NSIA has reached major milestone across domestic infrastructure in the year under review in terms of projects such as motorways, agriculture, healthcare, technology as well as industrialisation.

    “The council resolution therefore accepted the report with commendation by all the members of the council to the management and board of NSIA for a very impressive performance.

    ’’ Sule said that the vice president expressed deep appreciation to all the governors and council members for the several get-well wishes sent to him.


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  •  The Federal Government has indicated the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme to address the recurring clashes between herders and farmers across the country This is contained in a memo by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha signed by a Director in the SGF office Mr David Attah and obtained by NAN on Tuesday in Abuja The memo titled Heightened misunderstanding between farmers and herders in Abia Delta and Kwara States was addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and that of Information According to the SGF the recurring invasion of farmlands by migrant herders with accompanying hostilities across affected agrarian settlements had continued to pose threat to food security He added that the situation had affected peaceful coexistence in the affected communities The aforementioned development underscores the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme And to partly facilitate the campaign against inflammatory and divisive statements that are capable of escalating the subsisting crisis between farmers and herders the SGF added He urged the ministers to take necessary action on the matter to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the country According to him there is a looming confrontation between itinerant herders and farmers in Opiene community Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia over alleged invasion by the herders on farmlands in adjoining Oblene forest He said nomads numbering about 15 arrived the agrarian settlement from neighbouring Itu village in Gdukpani Local Government Area of Cross River According to him the President General of the community Kalu Irem had drawn the attention of the government to the matter and urged government to intervene to avoid confrontation Similarly uneasy calm has pervaded Ogwashi Uku and Ubulu Unor communities in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State due to increasing presence of strange pastoralists in the area The anxiety followed the refusal of some resident to serve as guarantors to the intruding herders who have already encroached on some farms at Chibata and Aboh Ogwashi villages in same LGA Relatedly in Kwara some nomads operating around Marafa axis of Ilorin East Local Government Area were reportedly ready to confront members of their host community The planned confrontation was as a result of the recent attack on two of their kinsmen in the area Meanwhile the victims Sadik Isah and Abubakar Bindo were said to be receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital he added The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the federal government had introduced the National Livestock Transformation Programme as a panacea to the farmer herder clashes The government had in December 2021 released N1 billion to Kaduna Plateau Nasarawa and Adamawa states for the commencement of the remodelled livestock programme A total of 22 out of the 36 states of the country had in October 2021 indicated interest to key into the programme Initial attempt by the federal government in 2018 to establish 94 ranches in 10 states prone to herdsmen farmers clashes was stalled due to misunderstanding of the programme by stakeholders The National Economic Council NEC chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had at the time approved a 10 year National Livestock Plan which will cost about N179 billion NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to revisit remodelled ranching programme
     The Federal Government has indicated the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme to address the recurring clashes between herders and farmers across the country This is contained in a memo by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha signed by a Director in the SGF office Mr David Attah and obtained by NAN on Tuesday in Abuja The memo titled Heightened misunderstanding between farmers and herders in Abia Delta and Kwara States was addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and that of Information According to the SGF the recurring invasion of farmlands by migrant herders with accompanying hostilities across affected agrarian settlements had continued to pose threat to food security He added that the situation had affected peaceful coexistence in the affected communities The aforementioned development underscores the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme And to partly facilitate the campaign against inflammatory and divisive statements that are capable of escalating the subsisting crisis between farmers and herders the SGF added He urged the ministers to take necessary action on the matter to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the country According to him there is a looming confrontation between itinerant herders and farmers in Opiene community Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia over alleged invasion by the herders on farmlands in adjoining Oblene forest He said nomads numbering about 15 arrived the agrarian settlement from neighbouring Itu village in Gdukpani Local Government Area of Cross River According to him the President General of the community Kalu Irem had drawn the attention of the government to the matter and urged government to intervene to avoid confrontation Similarly uneasy calm has pervaded Ogwashi Uku and Ubulu Unor communities in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State due to increasing presence of strange pastoralists in the area The anxiety followed the refusal of some resident to serve as guarantors to the intruding herders who have already encroached on some farms at Chibata and Aboh Ogwashi villages in same LGA Relatedly in Kwara some nomads operating around Marafa axis of Ilorin East Local Government Area were reportedly ready to confront members of their host community The planned confrontation was as a result of the recent attack on two of their kinsmen in the area Meanwhile the victims Sadik Isah and Abubakar Bindo were said to be receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital he added The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the federal government had introduced the National Livestock Transformation Programme as a panacea to the farmer herder clashes The government had in December 2021 released N1 billion to Kaduna Plateau Nasarawa and Adamawa states for the commencement of the remodelled livestock programme A total of 22 out of the 36 states of the country had in October 2021 indicated interest to key into the programme Initial attempt by the federal government in 2018 to establish 94 ranches in 10 states prone to herdsmen farmers clashes was stalled due to misunderstanding of the programme by stakeholders The National Economic Council NEC chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had at the time approved a 10 year National Livestock Plan which will cost about N179 billion NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to revisit remodelled ranching programme
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    FG to revisit remodelled ranching programme

    The Federal Government has indicated the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme to address the recurring clashes between herders and farmers across the country.

    This is contained in a memo by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, signed by a Director in the SGF office, Mr David Attah, and obtained by NAN on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The memo titled, “Heightened misunderstanding between farmers and herders in Abia, Delta and Kwara States’’, was addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and that of Information.

    According to the SGF, the recurring invasion of farmlands by migrant herders with accompanying hostilities across affected agrarian settlements had continued to pose threat to food security.

    He added that the situation had affected peaceful coexistence in the affected communities.

    “The aforementioned development underscores the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme.

    “And to partly facilitate the campaign against inflammatory and divisive statements that are capable of escalating the subsisting crisis between farmers and herders,” the SGF added.

    He urged the ministers to take necessary action on the matter to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the country.

    According to him, there is a looming confrontation between itinerant herders and farmers in Opiene community,  Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia over alleged invasion by the herders on farmlands in adjoining Oblene forest.

    He said nomads numbering about 15 arrived the agrarian settlement from neighbouring Itu village in Gdukpani Local Government Area of Cross River.

    According to him, the President-General of the community, Kalu Irem, had drawn the attention of the government to the matter and urged government to intervene to avoid confrontation.

    “Similarly, uneasy calm has pervaded Ogwashi-Uku and Ubulu-Unor communities in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State, due to increasing presence of strange pastoralists in the area.

    “The anxiety followed the refusal of some resident to serve as guarantors to the intruding herders, who have already encroached on some farms at Chibata and Aboh-Ogwashi villages in same LGA.

    “Relatedly, in Kwara, some nomads operating around Marafa axis of Ilorin-East Local Government Area were reportedly ready to confront members of their host community.

    “The planned confrontation was as a result of the recent attack on two of their kinsmen in the area.

    “Meanwhile, the victims, Sadik Isah and Abubakar Bindo were said to be receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital,’’ he added.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the federal government had introduced the National Livestock Transformation Programme as a panacea to the farmer-herder clashes.

    The government had in December 2021 released N1 billion to Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa and Adamawa states for the commencement of the remodelled livestock programme.

    A total of 22 out of the 36 states of the country had in October 2021 indicated interest to key into the programme.

    Initial attempt by the federal government in 2018 to establish 94 ranches in 10 states prone to herdsmen-farmers clashes was stalled due to misunderstanding of the programme by stakeholders.

    The National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had at the time approved a 10-year National Livestock Plan which will cost about N179 billion.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Federal Executive Council FEC congratulated the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo for the celebration of his 65 years Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha delivered the message on behalf of the FEC in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja According to him the FEC describes Prof Osinbajo as an outstanding public servant lawyer pastor and the personification of humility and loyalty in the service of the country Prof Osinbajo s prowess in leadership is exemplified in his management of the nation s economy through his chairmanship of the National Economic Council NEC which has resulted in economic recovery He said that his contributions also had an impact on the stabilization of macroeconomic policies in stimulating the growth of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs for growth and sustainable development FEC prayed to God to continue to provide Professor Osinbajo with good health protection and wisdom so that he can support the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari
    FEC felicitates Osinbajo @ 65
      The Federal Executive Council FEC congratulated the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo for the celebration of his 65 years Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha delivered the message on behalf of the FEC in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja According to him the FEC describes Prof Osinbajo as an outstanding public servant lawyer pastor and the personification of humility and loyalty in the service of the country Prof Osinbajo s prowess in leadership is exemplified in his management of the nation s economy through his chairmanship of the National Economic Council NEC which has resulted in economic recovery He said that his contributions also had an impact on the stabilization of macroeconomic policies in stimulating the growth of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs for growth and sustainable development FEC prayed to God to continue to provide Professor Osinbajo with good health protection and wisdom so that he can support the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari
    FEC felicitates Osinbajo @ 65
    Entertainment7 months ago

    FEC felicitates Osinbajo @ 65

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC), congratulated the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for the celebration of his 65 years.

    Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, delivered the message on behalf of the FEC in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to him, the FEC describes Prof. Osinbajo as an outstanding public servant, lawyer, pastor and the personification of humility and loyalty in the service of the country.

    "Prof. Osinbajo's prowess in leadership is exemplified in his management of the nation's economy through his chairmanship of the National Economic Council (NEC), which has resulted in economic recovery."

    He said that his contributions also had an impact on the stabilization of macroeconomic policies in stimulating the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), for growth and sustainable development.

    "FEC prayed to God to continue to provide Professor Osinbajo with good health, protection and wisdom so that he can support the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari."

  •   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was born on March 8 1957 turns 65 Osinbajo survived a helicopter crash in Kogi on February 2 2019 and won re election on February 23 2019 for another four year term under President Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo the fifth vice president of Nigeria is the chairman of the National Economic Council NEC which deliberates on the economic planning efforts and programs of the various levels of government As president of NEC Osinbajo has overseen critical resolutions on the economy health technology agriculture infrastructure and security among others At the start of the COVID 19 lockdown in 2020 he was asked by Buhari to chair the Economic Sustainability Committee ESC which drafted the Economic Sustainability Draft ESP that is currently being implemented to prop up the economy He also chairs the Health Sector Reform Committee the National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee and the Presidential Committee on Repatriation Return and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast among others The Vice President attended Igbobi College Lagos the University of Lagos UNILAG from 1975 to 1978 and the London School of Economics and Political Science He was Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 Osinbajo served as a professor of law at the University of Lagos for many years he was also a senior partner at SimmonsCooper Partners a commercial law firm He is also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo Osinbajo have three children
    Vice President Osinbajo turns 65
      Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was born on March 8 1957 turns 65 Osinbajo survived a helicopter crash in Kogi on February 2 2019 and won re election on February 23 2019 for another four year term under President Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo the fifth vice president of Nigeria is the chairman of the National Economic Council NEC which deliberates on the economic planning efforts and programs of the various levels of government As president of NEC Osinbajo has overseen critical resolutions on the economy health technology agriculture infrastructure and security among others At the start of the COVID 19 lockdown in 2020 he was asked by Buhari to chair the Economic Sustainability Committee ESC which drafted the Economic Sustainability Draft ESP that is currently being implemented to prop up the economy He also chairs the Health Sector Reform Committee the National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee and the Presidential Committee on Repatriation Return and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast among others The Vice President attended Igbobi College Lagos the University of Lagos UNILAG from 1975 to 1978 and the London School of Economics and Political Science He was Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 Osinbajo served as a professor of law at the University of Lagos for many years he was also a senior partner at SimmonsCooper Partners a commercial law firm He is also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo Osinbajo have three children
    Vice President Osinbajo turns 65
    General news7 months ago

    Vice President Osinbajo turns 65

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was born on March 8, 1957, turns 65.

    Osinbajo survived a helicopter crash in Kogi on February 2, 2019, and won re-election on February 23, 2019 for another four-year term under President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Osinbajo, the fifth vice president of Nigeria, is the chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC), which deliberates on the economic planning efforts and programs of the various levels of government.

    As president of NEC, Osinbajo has overseen critical resolutions on the economy, health, technology, agriculture, infrastructure, and security, among others.

    At the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, he was asked by Buhari to chair the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC), which drafted the Economic Sustainability Draft (ESP) that is currently being implemented to prop up the economy.

    He also chairs the Health Sector Reform Committee, the National Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, and the Presidential Committee on Repatriation, Return, and Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast, among others.

    The Vice President attended Igbobi College, Lagos, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) from 1975 to 1978, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    He was Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.

    Osinbajo served as a professor of law at the University of Lagos for many years; he was also a senior partner at SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law firm.

    He is also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo, have three children.

  •  The National Economic Council NEC says it has yet to make a decision on the issue of removing fuel subsidies as deliberations are still ongoing Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo answered questions from House of Representatives correspondents after the NEC meeting chaired by Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa Abuja According to the governor NEC has been deliberating on the fuel subsidy issue for more than a year An ad hoc committee headed by Governor Nasir El Rufai including members of the executive arm of the government was established and worked on recommendations on what we should do with the cost of Premium Motor Spirit PMS locally Because as you realize as we have been told the cost of PMS in Nigeria today is about N162 per litre while every other country surrounding Nigeria sells the product at more than 100 per cent of the cost in Nigeria The country like last year spent in excess of we must have the exact figures but we must have spent almost N2 trillion on subsidies to petroleum products That is money that could have been spent on road construction money that could have gone to health and education So for NEC the argument has been made Should we continue this regimen of spending money we don t have to subsidize the standard of living for the majority of those who own vehicles He said that when the NEC looked at some of the analysis from last year it found that less than a third of the states in the country were consuming two thirds of the subsidy According to him the issue of fairness also comes up All of these findings have been presented to NEC and NEC has deliberations still ongoing So NEC hasn t made any decision yet and I think it has been made to the president as well he said For his part Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule said that Nigerians should be aware of the Petroleum Industry Act PIA as the NNPC had become a limited liability company According to him the NNPC will work differently from now on So if the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning sets six months you can probably understand part of the reason for the provision of six months before the NNPC takes off At that time that is when the decision will be made But I want to make the correction that it is not the governors who are making the recommendations Actually it is an NEC committee that is looking at this and no decision has been made a decision will probably be made the PIA would have taken over and would not require any recommendation from anyone Sule said Keep reading Source NAN
    The NEC says no decision taken yet on fuel subsidy removal.
     The National Economic Council NEC says it has yet to make a decision on the issue of removing fuel subsidies as deliberations are still ongoing Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo answered questions from House of Representatives correspondents after the NEC meeting chaired by Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa Abuja According to the governor NEC has been deliberating on the fuel subsidy issue for more than a year An ad hoc committee headed by Governor Nasir El Rufai including members of the executive arm of the government was established and worked on recommendations on what we should do with the cost of Premium Motor Spirit PMS locally Because as you realize as we have been told the cost of PMS in Nigeria today is about N162 per litre while every other country surrounding Nigeria sells the product at more than 100 per cent of the cost in Nigeria The country like last year spent in excess of we must have the exact figures but we must have spent almost N2 trillion on subsidies to petroleum products That is money that could have been spent on road construction money that could have gone to health and education So for NEC the argument has been made Should we continue this regimen of spending money we don t have to subsidize the standard of living for the majority of those who own vehicles He said that when the NEC looked at some of the analysis from last year it found that less than a third of the states in the country were consuming two thirds of the subsidy According to him the issue of fairness also comes up All of these findings have been presented to NEC and NEC has deliberations still ongoing So NEC hasn t made any decision yet and I think it has been made to the president as well he said For his part Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule said that Nigerians should be aware of the Petroleum Industry Act PIA as the NNPC had become a limited liability company According to him the NNPC will work differently from now on So if the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning sets six months you can probably understand part of the reason for the provision of six months before the NNPC takes off At that time that is when the decision will be made But I want to make the correction that it is not the governors who are making the recommendations Actually it is an NEC committee that is looking at this and no decision has been made a decision will probably be made the PIA would have taken over and would not require any recommendation from anyone Sule said Keep reading Source NAN
    The NEC says no decision taken yet on fuel subsidy removal.
    Economy8 months ago

    The NEC says no decision taken yet on fuel subsidy removal.

    The National Economic Council (NEC) says it has yet to make a decision on the issue of removing fuel subsidies, as deliberations are still ongoing.

    Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo answered questions from House of Representatives correspondents after the NEC meeting chaired by Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    According to the governor, NEC has been deliberating on the fuel subsidy issue for more than a year.

    “An ad hoc committee headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai including members of the executive arm of the government was established and worked on recommendations on what we should do with the cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) locally.

    “Because as you realize, as we have been told, the cost of PMS in Nigeria today is about N162 per litre, while every other country surrounding Nigeria sells the product at more than 100 per cent of the cost in Nigeria.

    “The country, like last year, spent in excess of…; we must have the exact figures, but we must have spent almost N2 trillion on subsidies to petroleum products.

    “That is money that could have been spent on road construction; money that could have gone to health and education.

    “So for NEC, the argument has been made; Should we continue this regimen of spending money we don't have to subsidize the standard of living for the majority of those who own vehicles?''

    He said that when the NEC looked at some of the analysis from last year, it found that less than a third of the states in the country were consuming two-thirds of the subsidy.

    According to him, the issue of fairness also comes up.

    “All of these findings have been presented to NEC and NEC has deliberations still ongoing.

    “So, NEC hasn't made any decision yet and I think it has been made to the president as well,” he said.

    For his part, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule said that Nigerians should be aware of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) as the NNPC had become a limited liability company.

    According to him, the NNPC will work differently from now on.

    “So if the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning sets six months, you can probably understand part of the reason for the provision of six months before the NNPC takes off.

    “At that time, that is when the decision will be made. But I want to make the correction that it is not the governors who are making the recommendations.

    “Actually, it is an NEC committee that is looking at this and no decision has been made; a decision will probably be made; the PIA would have taken over and would not require any recommendation from anyone,'' Sule said.

    Keep readingSource: NAN

  •   Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday asked young people to join him in the Walk for Peace for the healing of Lagos State Sanwo Olu made the call in Lagos during a press conference on the position of the State Government on the recommendations of the Judicial Investigative Panel on EndSARS presented on November 15 He also called on members of the diplomatic corps civil society groups students the media as well as other actors to join him in the Walk for Peace The governor said that Lagos State deserved a real cure after the riots that followed the 2020 protests against police brutality According to him only the sustenance of harmony can guarantee the realization of the aspirations of all residents I will lead A Walk for Peace in December to announce the healing of our land Let me take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to Folarin Falana Falz Debo Adebayo Mr Marcaroni Dele Farotimi Temitope Majekodunmi According to Awosanya Segalinks Adedotun Just Detoun and Seun Kuti Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu Rapid Response Squad RRS Commander CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others join me in this historic march for our beloved Lagos he said Sanwo Olu said that the state is currently faced with the difficult decision of restoring harmony or doing great harm to itself He urged residents to join his administration to strengthen harmony and put the state on the path to peace The governor urged residents to reject those who fuel anarchy and suspicion clinging to unsubstantiated beliefs that carry no weight of verifiable evidence while choosing emotion over fact He said his administration was ready to facilitate better communication between youth and the state s security machinery to solve problems before they become intractable No one is going to build this city for us Let s show the world who we are We are Lagosians A renowned town driven by the spirit of Lagos It is a testament to our strength and resilience as a people that despite the enormous losses suffered by these terrible incidents we have recovered with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever I have no doubt that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best is ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria We will facilitate our young people to initiate formal complaints about human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice We will also improve coordination between the state government and security agencies including the police and military In this sense we are studying how to improve the formulation of security policies the exchange of information and clarify the rules of participation in times of social unrest he said Sanwo Olu said the state had established a mechanism to compensate all those who lost homes businesses and livelihoods from the violent destruction in October 2020 He said the state would also establish a detailed procedure for the fair compensation of citizens with verified complaints of police brutality committed during the protests The governor said that the government youth protesters police and other security agencies had learned of the EndSARS protests and their abduction by thugs leading to the destruction of public and private property worth billions of naira He said that the lessons learned were with a view to avoiding any recurrence to the detriment of the State On the mixed reactions that followed the publication of the Judicial Investigation Panel s report Sanwo Olu said his administration remained committed to the process that would bring closure to such a painful episode in the state s history He said the long awaited White Paper would be published soon While I congratulate the panel for carrying out its task to the best of its ability it is regrettable that the panel s work and the leak of an unauthorized version of the report have created a lot of tension Unfortunately a deep wound has reopened The heated exchanges between various shades of opinion on the report have sadly put us all at risk of losing the big picture The fact that what we all seek in common is a land where we are all safe and secure law enforcement is trusted and justice is guaranteed for all We do not intend to get involved in histrionics or further ignite passion in an issue that has generated great interest and controversy at the national and international level Our decisions and actions will be based entirely on the law the weight of evidence and an immaculate respect for the truth said Sanwo Olu He expressed his administration s commitment to ending human rights abuses adding that he never doubted the sincerity patriotism and noble motivations of the organizers of the EndSARS protests to end human rights abuses the Special Anti Theft Squad SARS Sanwo Olu said it was also recorded that the Federal Government accepted all the protesters demands including the immediate elimination of SARS He added that the National Economic Council NEC also recommended the establishment of State Investigation Panels in cases of police brutality and the Lagos State Government was the first to establish its own panel I can boldly say that no state took the defense of police reforms and justice in the face of documented brutality more seriously than we did in Lagos So far we have paid N420 million in compensation to victims of police brutality in accordance with the panel s recommendations My good people from Lagos State you will also remember that in solidarity with the protesters I joined our youth at various points during the demonstrations particularly in Lekki Tollgate and Alausa I received the letter of demands from the protesters and promised to pass it on to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari I kept my word and transmitted the demands to the president who promised to act promptly on the issues raised he said Sanwo Olu said that however perhaps as a result of the entrenched lack of trust between the government and the governed over the years the protesters responded to the government s concessions with skepticism and the demonstrations continued even growing in intensity He said that unfortunately peaceful and very well organized protests were subsequently hijacked in different parts of the country particularly in Lagos Sanwo Olu said that in the ensuing descent into anarchy many of our compatriots were caught up in violence Several policemen were killed Public and private properties including critical infrastructure were burned causing losses estimated at several billion naira At that time I imposed a curfew to restore normalcy in Lagos We had only one goal in mind the maintenance of law and order and the protection of citizens in their daily lives This is more than a legal duty It is a sacred obligation under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which I swore to respect he said Source NAN
    EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu invites youths for Peace Walk
      Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday asked young people to join him in the Walk for Peace for the healing of Lagos State Sanwo Olu made the call in Lagos during a press conference on the position of the State Government on the recommendations of the Judicial Investigative Panel on EndSARS presented on November 15 He also called on members of the diplomatic corps civil society groups students the media as well as other actors to join him in the Walk for Peace The governor said that Lagos State deserved a real cure after the riots that followed the 2020 protests against police brutality According to him only the sustenance of harmony can guarantee the realization of the aspirations of all residents I will lead A Walk for Peace in December to announce the healing of our land Let me take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to Folarin Falana Falz Debo Adebayo Mr Marcaroni Dele Farotimi Temitope Majekodunmi According to Awosanya Segalinks Adedotun Just Detoun and Seun Kuti Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu Rapid Response Squad RRS Commander CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others join me in this historic march for our beloved Lagos he said Sanwo Olu said that the state is currently faced with the difficult decision of restoring harmony or doing great harm to itself He urged residents to join his administration to strengthen harmony and put the state on the path to peace The governor urged residents to reject those who fuel anarchy and suspicion clinging to unsubstantiated beliefs that carry no weight of verifiable evidence while choosing emotion over fact He said his administration was ready to facilitate better communication between youth and the state s security machinery to solve problems before they become intractable No one is going to build this city for us Let s show the world who we are We are Lagosians A renowned town driven by the spirit of Lagos It is a testament to our strength and resilience as a people that despite the enormous losses suffered by these terrible incidents we have recovered with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever I have no doubt that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best is ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria We will facilitate our young people to initiate formal complaints about human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice We will also improve coordination between the state government and security agencies including the police and military In this sense we are studying how to improve the formulation of security policies the exchange of information and clarify the rules of participation in times of social unrest he said Sanwo Olu said the state had established a mechanism to compensate all those who lost homes businesses and livelihoods from the violent destruction in October 2020 He said the state would also establish a detailed procedure for the fair compensation of citizens with verified complaints of police brutality committed during the protests The governor said that the government youth protesters police and other security agencies had learned of the EndSARS protests and their abduction by thugs leading to the destruction of public and private property worth billions of naira He said that the lessons learned were with a view to avoiding any recurrence to the detriment of the State On the mixed reactions that followed the publication of the Judicial Investigation Panel s report Sanwo Olu said his administration remained committed to the process that would bring closure to such a painful episode in the state s history He said the long awaited White Paper would be published soon While I congratulate the panel for carrying out its task to the best of its ability it is regrettable that the panel s work and the leak of an unauthorized version of the report have created a lot of tension Unfortunately a deep wound has reopened The heated exchanges between various shades of opinion on the report have sadly put us all at risk of losing the big picture The fact that what we all seek in common is a land where we are all safe and secure law enforcement is trusted and justice is guaranteed for all We do not intend to get involved in histrionics or further ignite passion in an issue that has generated great interest and controversy at the national and international level Our decisions and actions will be based entirely on the law the weight of evidence and an immaculate respect for the truth said Sanwo Olu He expressed his administration s commitment to ending human rights abuses adding that he never doubted the sincerity patriotism and noble motivations of the organizers of the EndSARS protests to end human rights abuses the Special Anti Theft Squad SARS Sanwo Olu said it was also recorded that the Federal Government accepted all the protesters demands including the immediate elimination of SARS He added that the National Economic Council NEC also recommended the establishment of State Investigation Panels in cases of police brutality and the Lagos State Government was the first to establish its own panel I can boldly say that no state took the defense of police reforms and justice in the face of documented brutality more seriously than we did in Lagos So far we have paid N420 million in compensation to victims of police brutality in accordance with the panel s recommendations My good people from Lagos State you will also remember that in solidarity with the protesters I joined our youth at various points during the demonstrations particularly in Lekki Tollgate and Alausa I received the letter of demands from the protesters and promised to pass it on to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari I kept my word and transmitted the demands to the president who promised to act promptly on the issues raised he said Sanwo Olu said that however perhaps as a result of the entrenched lack of trust between the government and the governed over the years the protesters responded to the government s concessions with skepticism and the demonstrations continued even growing in intensity He said that unfortunately peaceful and very well organized protests were subsequently hijacked in different parts of the country particularly in Lagos Sanwo Olu said that in the ensuing descent into anarchy many of our compatriots were caught up in violence Several policemen were killed Public and private properties including critical infrastructure were burned causing losses estimated at several billion naira At that time I imposed a curfew to restore normalcy in Lagos We had only one goal in mind the maintenance of law and order and the protection of citizens in their daily lives This is more than a legal duty It is a sacred obligation under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which I swore to respect he said Source NAN
    EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu invites youths for Peace Walk
    General news10 months ago

    EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu invites youths for Peace Walk

    Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday asked young people to join him in the Walk for Peace, for the healing of Lagos State.

    Sanwo-Olu made the call in Lagos, during a press conference on the position of the State Government on the recommendations of the Judicial Investigative Panel on EndSARS, presented on November 15.

    He also called on members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, the media, as well as other actors to join him in the Walk for Peace.

    The governor said that Lagos State deserved a real cure after the riots that followed the 2020 protests against police brutality.

    According to him, only the sustenance of harmony can guarantee the realization of the aspirations of all residents.

    "I will lead" A Walk for Peace "in December to announce the healing of our land.

    Let me take this opportunity to extend an open invitation to Folarin Falana (Falz), Debo Adebayo (Mr. Marcaroni), Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, According to Awosanya (Segalinks), Adedotun (Just Detoun) and Seun Kuti.

    "Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Commander, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others join me in this 'historic march' for our beloved Lagos," he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said that the state is currently faced with the difficult decision of restoring harmony or doing great harm to itself.

    He urged residents to join his administration to strengthen harmony and put the state on the path to peace.

    The governor urged residents to reject those who fuel anarchy and suspicion, clinging to unsubstantiated beliefs that carry no weight of verifiable evidence, while choosing emotion over fact.

    He said his administration was ready to facilitate better communication between youth and the state's security machinery, to solve problems before they become intractable.

    “No one is going to build this city for us. Let's show the world who we are. We are Lagosians. A renowned town, driven by the spirit of Lagos.

    "It is a testament to our strength and resilience as a people that, despite the enormous losses suffered by these terrible incidents, we have recovered, with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever.

    “I have no doubt that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best is ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria.

    “We will facilitate our young people to initiate formal complaints about human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice.

    "We will also improve coordination between the state government and security agencies, including the police and military.

    "In this sense, we are studying how to improve the formulation of security policies, the exchange of information and clarify the rules of participation in times of social unrest," he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said the state had established a mechanism to compensate all those who lost homes, businesses and livelihoods from the violent destruction in October 2020.

    He said the state would also establish a detailed procedure for the fair compensation of citizens with verified complaints of police brutality committed during the protests.

    The governor said that the government, youth, protesters, police and other security agencies had learned of the EndSARS protests and their abduction by thugs, leading to the destruction of public and private property worth $ billions of naira.

    He said that the lessons learned were with a view to avoiding any recurrence to the detriment of the State.

    On the mixed reactions that followed the publication of the Judicial Investigation Panel's report, Sanwo-Olu said his administration remained committed to the process that would bring closure to such a "painful episode" in the state's history.

    He said the long-awaited White Paper would be published soon.

    “While I congratulate the panel for carrying out its task to the best of its ability, it is regrettable that the panel's work and the leak of an unauthorized version of the report have created a lot of tension.

    Unfortunately, a deep wound has reopened.

    “The heated exchanges between various shades of opinion on the report have sadly put us all at risk of losing the big picture;

    "The fact that what we all seek in common is a land where we are all safe and secure, law enforcement is trusted, and justice is guaranteed for all.

    "We do not intend to get involved in histrionics or further ignite passion in an issue that has generated great interest and controversy at the national and international level.

    "Our decisions and actions will be based entirely on the law, the weight of evidence and an immaculate respect for the truth," said Sanwo-Olu.

    He expressed his administration's commitment to ending human rights abuses, adding that he never doubted the sincerity, patriotism and noble motivations of the organizers of the EndSARS protests to end human rights abuses. , the Special Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).

    Sanwo-Olu said it was also recorded that the Federal Government accepted all the protesters' demands, including the immediate elimination of SARS.

    He added that the National Economic Council (NEC) also recommended the establishment of State Investigation Panels in cases of police brutality and the Lagos State Government was the first to establish its own panel.

    “I can boldly say that no state took the defense of police reforms and justice in the face of documented brutality more seriously than we did in Lagos.

    “So far we have paid N420 million in compensation to victims of police brutality, in accordance with the panel's recommendations.

    “My good people from Lagos State, you will also remember that in solidarity with the protesters, I joined our youth at various points during the demonstrations, particularly in Lekki Tollgate and Alausa.

    I received the letter of demands from the protesters and promised to pass it on to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.

    "I kept my word and transmitted the demands to the president, who promised to act promptly on the issues raised," he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said that, however, perhaps as a result of the entrenched lack of trust between the government and the governed over the years, the protesters responded to the government's concessions with skepticism and the demonstrations continued, even growing in intensity.

    He said that unfortunately, peaceful and very well organized protests were subsequently hijacked in different parts of the country, particularly in Lagos.

    Sanwo-Olu said that in the ensuing descent into anarchy, many of our compatriots were caught up in violence.

    ”Several policemen were killed. Public and private properties, including critical infrastructure, were burned, causing losses estimated at several billion naira.

    "At that time, I imposed a curfew to restore normalcy in Lagos. We had only one goal in mind: the maintenance of law and order and the protection of citizens in their daily lives.

    This is more than a legal duty. It is a sacred obligation under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which I swore to respect, ”he said.

    Source: NAN

  •   Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari s pledge to consider request for unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB currently standing trial IPOB had vowed to wage war against gunmen killing and maiming people in the South East zone of the country Buhari had in the week under review made the pledge when he received a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats led parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation Chief Mbazulike Amaechi at State House Abuja on Friday The president who believed that the request runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive and Judiciary however told the 93 year old statesman You ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country The implication of your request is very serious In the last six years since I became President nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary God has spared you and given you a clear head at this age with very sharp memory A lot of people half your age are confused already But the demand you made is heavy I will consider it While stressing his policy of non interference with the Judiciary Buhari said when Kanu jumped bail got arrested and brought back to the country I said the best thing was to subject him to the system Let him make his case in court instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside I feel it s even a favour to give him that opportunity Others in the visiting delegation were Chukwuemeka Ezeife former Governor of Anambra Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church Chief Goddy Uwazurike former President of Igbo socio cultural group Aka Ikenga and Mr Tagbo Amaechi However barely 24 hours after the president s pronouncement on Kanu IPOB in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful on Nov 20 completely disassociated the group from the activities of Eastern Security Network ESN saying that most of the killings in the Southeast were perpetrated as members of its security outfit Powerful who warned the armed men to desist from killing innocent citizens also cautioned the police to stop parading them as members of ESN The News Agency of Nigeria observed that it was a busy week loaded with numerous official engagements for the president who returned from an official visits to Glasgow Scotland France and Durban in South Africa where he attended the second Intra African Trade Fair IATF 2021 The president presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC on Wednesday where the Council approved establishment of a Federal University of Sciences in Oturkpo Benue as well as N27 4billion for execution of various projects Capital Territory Administration FCTA and the Ministry of Works and Housing Buhari had on Nov 18 hosted the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the presidential villa Abuja where he described the recent removal of Nigeria from watchlist of countries violating religious freedom States of America as a welcome development The Nigerian leader noted that there was freedom of worship in Nigeria and no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith On the EndSARS Probe Panel Report Buhari said the Federal Government would allow the system to exhaust itself and therefore await pronouncements from state governments which set up panels to probe police brutality in the country On development of democratic ethos Buhari said Nigeria had adopted the American model hook line and sinker with its term limits Those who have attempted to breach it were disappointed if not disgraced You are even lucky if you have two terms Others try hard and don t get it The American model has been accepted the best He noted that Nigeria and her neighbours had been living with the impact of climate change for a while which has seen the Lake Chad shrink drastically from its original size and affected the livelihood of about 30 million people in the Lake Chad Basin countries That is why the youths defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean to attempt emigrating to Europe Buhari also on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila at the Presidential Villa Abuja Speaking to State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting the speaker expressed optimism that the Electoral Bill recently passed Assembly would soon be signed into law According to him the president has always supported direct primaries adding that he has been a proponent from the very start Gbajabiamila said he was in the presidential villa to update the president on the happenings in the country as it affected the National Assembly in recent times The Nigerian leader also signed into law two important bills passed Assembly including the climate change bill The new Climate Change Act owes its origin to a bill sponsored of the House of Representatives Sam Onuigbo It provides for among other things the mainstreaming of climate change actions and the establishment of a National Council on Climate Change The Act also paves the way for environmental and economic accounting as well as pushing for a net zero emission deadline plan for the country according to a statement Shehu the President s media aide The statement issued on Thursday in Abuja also identified the second bill assented to as the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Amendment Act which amended the AMCON Act No 4 2010 Buhari also received the Report of the Senior Executive Course 43 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru Plateau State The report entitled Getting Things Done Strategies for Policy and Programme Implementation in Nigeria was presented to the president on Thursday where he directed Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs to study it on how best to ensure effective policy design and implementation with a view to implementing some of its recommendations The Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo had attended as the Special Guest of Honour the Graduation Ceremony of the Senior Executive Course 43 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru Jos on Saturday Osinbajo had earlier on Nov 18 presided over the meeting of the National Economic Council NEC where Buhari s approval of a fresh N656 billion Bridge Ficing Facility to the 36 States was announced Dr Zainab Ahmed Minister of Fice Budget and National Planning made the disclosure saying the support was to help state governments to meet their ficial obligations especially the previous budget support facility due for repayment According to Ahmed each state will receive N18 2 billion Ahmed said that the bridge facility was being processed Bank of Nigeria CBN The president had earlier on Nov 16 felicitated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 64 birthday anniversary which was held on Nov 17 He congratulated Jonathan for serving the country and working for the peace and advancement of democracy on the African continent According to the president Jonathan has continued to expand the boundaries of leadership teaching many in the country the power of focus consistency and diligence Also on Nov 16 the Nigerian leader condemned the massacre of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela Local Government Areas of Sokoto State saying that bandits are living in a fool s paradise The president reassured Nigerians that his administration would not abandon them to their fate in the face of the existential challenge caused by banditry Source NAN
    IPOB wages war on gunmen after Buhari’s pledge on IPOB leader
      Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari s pledge to consider request for unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB currently standing trial IPOB had vowed to wage war against gunmen killing and maiming people in the South East zone of the country Buhari had in the week under review made the pledge when he received a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats led parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation Chief Mbazulike Amaechi at State House Abuja on Friday The president who believed that the request runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive and Judiciary however told the 93 year old statesman You ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country The implication of your request is very serious In the last six years since I became President nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary God has spared you and given you a clear head at this age with very sharp memory A lot of people half your age are confused already But the demand you made is heavy I will consider it While stressing his policy of non interference with the Judiciary Buhari said when Kanu jumped bail got arrested and brought back to the country I said the best thing was to subject him to the system Let him make his case in court instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside I feel it s even a favour to give him that opportunity Others in the visiting delegation were Chukwuemeka Ezeife former Governor of Anambra Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church Chief Goddy Uwazurike former President of Igbo socio cultural group Aka Ikenga and Mr Tagbo Amaechi However barely 24 hours after the president s pronouncement on Kanu IPOB in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful on Nov 20 completely disassociated the group from the activities of Eastern Security Network ESN saying that most of the killings in the Southeast were perpetrated as members of its security outfit Powerful who warned the armed men to desist from killing innocent citizens also cautioned the police to stop parading them as members of ESN The News Agency of Nigeria observed that it was a busy week loaded with numerous official engagements for the president who returned from an official visits to Glasgow Scotland France and Durban in South Africa where he attended the second Intra African Trade Fair IATF 2021 The president presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC on Wednesday where the Council approved establishment of a Federal University of Sciences in Oturkpo Benue as well as N27 4billion for execution of various projects Capital Territory Administration FCTA and the Ministry of Works and Housing Buhari had on Nov 18 hosted the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at the presidential villa Abuja where he described the recent removal of Nigeria from watchlist of countries violating religious freedom States of America as a welcome development The Nigerian leader noted that there was freedom of worship in Nigeria and no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith On the EndSARS Probe Panel Report Buhari said the Federal Government would allow the system to exhaust itself and therefore await pronouncements from state governments which set up panels to probe police brutality in the country On development of democratic ethos Buhari said Nigeria had adopted the American model hook line and sinker with its term limits Those who have attempted to breach it were disappointed if not disgraced You are even lucky if you have two terms Others try hard and don t get it The American model has been accepted the best He noted that Nigeria and her neighbours had been living with the impact of climate change for a while which has seen the Lake Chad shrink drastically from its original size and affected the livelihood of about 30 million people in the Lake Chad Basin countries That is why the youths defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean to attempt emigrating to Europe Buhari also on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila at the Presidential Villa Abuja Speaking to State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting the speaker expressed optimism that the Electoral Bill recently passed Assembly would soon be signed into law According to him the president has always supported direct primaries adding that he has been a proponent from the very start Gbajabiamila said he was in the presidential villa to update the president on the happenings in the country as it affected the National Assembly in recent times The Nigerian leader also signed into law two important bills passed Assembly including the climate change bill The new Climate Change Act owes its origin to a bill sponsored of the House of Representatives Sam Onuigbo It provides for among other things the mainstreaming of climate change actions and the establishment of a National Council on Climate Change The Act also paves the way for environmental and economic accounting as well as pushing for a net zero emission deadline plan for the country according to a statement Shehu the President s media aide The statement issued on Thursday in Abuja also identified the second bill assented to as the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Amendment Act which amended the AMCON Act No 4 2010 Buhari also received the Report of the Senior Executive Course 43 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru Plateau State The report entitled Getting Things Done Strategies for Policy and Programme Implementation in Nigeria was presented to the president on Thursday where he directed Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs to study it on how best to ensure effective policy design and implementation with a view to implementing some of its recommendations The Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo had attended as the Special Guest of Honour the Graduation Ceremony of the Senior Executive Course 43 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru Jos on Saturday Osinbajo had earlier on Nov 18 presided over the meeting of the National Economic Council NEC where Buhari s approval of a fresh N656 billion Bridge Ficing Facility to the 36 States was announced Dr Zainab Ahmed Minister of Fice Budget and National Planning made the disclosure saying the support was to help state governments to meet their ficial obligations especially the previous budget support facility due for repayment According to Ahmed each state will receive N18 2 billion Ahmed said that the bridge facility was being processed Bank of Nigeria CBN The president had earlier on Nov 16 felicitated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 64 birthday anniversary which was held on Nov 17 He congratulated Jonathan for serving the country and working for the peace and advancement of democracy on the African continent According to the president Jonathan has continued to expand the boundaries of leadership teaching many in the country the power of focus consistency and diligence Also on Nov 16 the Nigerian leader condemned the massacre of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela Local Government Areas of Sokoto State saying that bandits are living in a fool s paradise The president reassured Nigerians that his administration would not abandon them to their fate in the face of the existential challenge caused by banditry Source NAN
    IPOB wages war on gunmen after Buhari’s pledge on IPOB leader
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    IPOB wages war on gunmen after Buhari’s pledge on IPOB leader

     

    Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to consider request for unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), currently standing trial, IPOB had vowed to wage war against gunmen killing and maiming people in the South East zone of the country.Buhari had in the week under review, made the pledge when he received a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja, on Friday.

    The president, who believed that the request runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive and Judiciary, however, told the 93-year-old statesman:

    “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary.

    ”God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”

    While stressing his policy of non-interference with the Judiciary, Buhari said when Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and brought back to the country, “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system.

    ”Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”

    Others in the visiting delegation were; Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, former President of Igbo socio-cultural group, Aka Ikenga, and Mr Tagbo Amaechi.

    However, barely 24 hours after the president’s pronouncement on Kanu, IPOB, in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful on Nov. 20, completely disassociated the group from the activities of Eastern Security Network (ESN), saying that most of the killings in the Southeast were perpetrated as members of its security outfit

    Powerful, who warned the armed men to desist from killing innocent citizens, also cautioned the police to stop parading them as members of ESN.

    The News Agency of Nigeria observed that it was a busy week loaded with numerous official engagements for the president, who returned from an official visits to Glasgow, Scotland, France and Durban in South Africa where he attended the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021.

    The president presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, where the Council approved establishment of a Federal University of Sciences in Oturkpo, Benue as well as N27.4billion for execution of various projects Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the Ministry of Works and Housing.

    Buhari had on Nov. 18, hosted the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, at the presidential villa, Abuja, where he described the recent removal of Nigeria from watchlist of countries violating religious freedom, States of America, as a welcome development.

    The Nigerian leader noted that there was freedom of worship in Nigeria, and “no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith.’’

    On the EndSARS Probe Panel Report, Buhari said the Federal Government would allow the system to exhaust itself, and therefore, await pronouncements from state governments which set up panels to probe police brutality in the country.

    On development of democratic ethos, Buhari said Nigeria had adopted the American model, “hook, line, and sinker, with its term limits. Those who have attempted to breach it were disappointed, if not disgraced.

    “You are even lucky if you have two terms. Others try hard, and don’t get it. The American model has been accepted the best.”

    He noted that Nigeria and her neighbours had been living with the impact of climate change for a while, “which has seen the Lake Chad shrink drastically from its original size, and affected the livelihood of about 30 million people in the Lake Chad Basin countries.

    “That is why the youths defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean to attempt emigrating to Europe.

    Buhari also on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    Speaking to State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the speaker expressed optimism that the Electoral Bill recently passed Assembly would soon be signed into law .

    According to him, the president has always supported direct primaries, adding that he has been a proponent from the very start.

    Gbajabiamila said he was in the presidential villa to update the president on the happenings in the country as it affected the National Assembly in recent times.

    The Nigerian leader also signed into law two important bills passed Assembly, including the climate change bill.

    The new Climate Change Act owes its origin to a bill sponsored of the House of Representatives, Sam Onuigbo.

    It provides for, among other things, the mainstreaming of climate change actions and the establishment of a National Council on Climate Change.

    The Act also paves the way for environmental and economic accounting, as well as pushing for a net zero emission deadline plan for the country, according to a statement Shehu, the President’s media aide.

    The statement, issued on Thursday, in Abuja, also identified the second bill assented to as the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amendment) Act, which amended the AMCON Act No. 4, 2010.

    Buhari also received the Report of the Senior Executive Course 43 (2021) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) , Kuru, Plateau State.

    The report entitled, “Getting Things Done: Strategies for Policy and Programme Implementation in Nigeria,” was presented to the president on Thursday where he directed Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to study it on how best to ensure effective policy design and implementation with a view to implementing some of its recommendations.

    The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had attended as the Special Guest of Honour, the Graduation Ceremony of the Senior Executive Course 43, 2021 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, on Saturday.

    Osinbajo had earlier on Nov. 18, presided over the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) where Buhari’s approval of a fresh N656 billion Bridge Ficing Facility to the 36 States was announced.

    Dr Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Fice, Budget and National Planning, made the disclosure, saying the support was to help state governments to meet their ficial obligations, especially the previous budget support facility due for repayment.

    According to Ahmed, each state will receive N18.2 billion.

    Ahmed said that the bridge facility was being processed Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

    The president had earlier on Nov. 16, felicitated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 64 birthday anniversary, which was held on Nov. 17.

    He congratulated Jonathan for serving the country, and working for the peace and advancement of democracy on the African continent.

    According to the president, Jonathan has continued to expand the boundaries of leadership, teaching many in the country the power of focus, consistency and diligence.

    Also on Nov. 16, the Nigerian leader condemned the massacre of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela Local Government Areas of Sokoto State, saying that bandits are living in a fool’s paradise.

    The president reassured Nigerians that his administration would not abandon them to their fate in the face of the existential challenge caused by banditry.

     

    Source: NAN