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YYA sues for peace in Ondo Assembly, condoles with Ogun over Kashamu



The Yoruba Youth Assembly (YYA) has called for the reinstatement of the suspended deputy minority leader in Ondo State House of Assembly for a lasting peace in the legislature.

YYA, an umbrella body of Yoruba youth groups globally, made the call in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.

The statement was jointly signed by its President, Mr Olarinde Thomas, the General Secretary, Mr Deji Oso and Mr Nathaniel Oduyemi, Publicity Secretary.

The group called for harmonious relationship in Ondo Assembly to enable the House deliver quality representation ahead of the October 10 governorship election in the state.

YYA described as “illegal” the suspension of Mr Tomide Akinribodo, Deputy Minority Leader of Ondo State House of Assembly.

The group condemned events leading to the suspension of Akinribodo and called for a truce and reversal of the suspension.

“We, therefore, demand for the reversal of the illegal suspension and immediate reinstatement of Hon. Tomide Akinribodo without any further delay in the interest of justice, equity and fairness.

“The Yoruba Youth Assembly as the umbrella body of all Yoruba Youth organisations in Nigeria shall continue to implement its role towards the entrenchment of the principles of justice, fairness and good governance in the Southwest-Nigeria, inclusive of Ondo State.

“Hon. Tomide Akinribodo is a Yoruba Youth and a staunch believer in the Yoruba Youth Project. He has been a hardworking representative and vibrant ambassador of the Yoruba Youth Constituency,” it stated.

The organization appealed to the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr David Oleyelogun, to be a father to all and toe the path of peace and caution.

YYA also appealed to youths in the state to continue to be law abiding and shun all forms of violence ahead of the governorship elections in the state.

“Finally, we wish to acknowledge the hitherto conduct of the youths of Ondo State, while anticipating a peaceful governorship election.

“Equally, we are seizing this moment to appeal further that the youth should shun violence and remain law-abiding in their conduct before, during and after the Ondo governorship election,” YYA said.

The group also commiserated with the government and people of Ogun over the passing of Senator Esho Jinadu also known as Buruji Kashamu.

“Leadership of YYA received the sad news of demise of our leader Senator Esho Jinadu, we condole with the entire people of Ogun State and his family. May Allah forgive his sins and accept his soul to Aljanah,” it stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the YYA represents 38 affiliates of the group in Nigeria and Diaspora.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


Nigeria to participate in agriculture transformation initiative -FAO



The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) on Monday says Nigeria has expressed its interest to join the Hand- in-Hand initiative to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development.

Mr David Tsokar, FAO National Communication Officer, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

The statement said that the country was ready to join the other 20 countries currently involved in this new initiative.

“There are incidents of floods in most parts of the country, where much of the food is produced, like we have in Kebbi state; we have also seen growing conflicts over land resources;

“ Yet many farmers still face challenges related to market access and these affect farming and food production.

According to the statement, the Hand-in-Hand initiative was launched in 2019 by FAO’s Director General, Qu Dongyu, to support evidence-based, country-led and country-owned investments for eradicating poverty and ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

“The initiative will help countries to develop independent investment plans to close food gaps, end malnutrition, support economic development and reduce environmental impacts with concrete evidence.

All of which will lead to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals particularly goals number one and two on poverty eradication and ending hunger,”

The statement said that through the initiative, FAO would bring its technical expertise in all ares of its mandate, with emphasis on innovation and digital technologies.

FAO, however, assured commitment to support the country’s development through the initiative, innovation digitalisation of agriculture and called for a quick ratification and domestication of pending international legal instruments.

According to the statement, the minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono said the initiative was a good one and timely for the country to ensure food security and nutrition to all Nigerians.

“ Despite the plethora of challenges that have threatened food security in the country, the current administration is focused on empowering the rural people through modern food and agricultural systems that emphasize a value chain approach to feed its people and create jobs,” he pointed out.

The statement said that the minister directed that a letter expressing Nigeria’s interest to participate in the initiative be drafted immediately.

He also nominated a focal point from the Ministry, to liaise with the FAO team and other Government experts from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in assembling required data for analysis.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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KDSG attracts 25 new business worth $500m – El-Rufai 



Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, says his administration has attracted 25 new businesses worth over $500 million as it continues to open up the business space in the state.

El-Rufai made the disclosure on Monday at the opening of the 5th Kaduna Investments Summit.

He said that the over $500 million was invested by local and foreign companies.

The governor explained that the summit was one of the means through which the government showcase and market Kaduna State to national and international audiences as the prime investment destination in Africa.

This year’s theme is “Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation.”

According to him, the target of the government is to make Kaduna as the number one state for doing business and the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the country.

He said among the recent investments were the setting up of a tomato processing plant by TomatoJos, an Agro company, and Damau Milk Farm by Arla, designed to transform livestock production from a culture into a business in the state.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, who joined the virtual summit as special guest, commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as the investment destination of choice in Nigeria.”These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.

“It is hardly a surprise that Kaduna State has emerged as the leading destination for foreign direct investment within Nigeria.

“This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018.” the president said.

“It is a fitting statement of the resilience of the Kaduna State Government that it is able to host #KadInvest 5.0 amidst the severe disruptions caused by COVID-19.

“This is the sort of focus that can help the country to navigate the challenging consequences of the pandemic,” Buhari added.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that keynote speakers at the 2-day summit include President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Mr. Bismark Rewane, Prof. Doyin Salami and Chinelo Anohu.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Security: FRSC tasks officers on accurate database of vehicles



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called on officers to provide accurate and reliable data base of vehicle and ownership details to check crimes and criminality on the roads towards enhancing National security.

Speaking at the one day workshop organised for desk officers on Monday in Abuja, the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, noted that the road provided a veritable transit path for crime and criminality.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the year 2020 National Vehicle Identification Scheme (NVIS) desk officer’s workshop theme is “The Imperatives of Data Accuracy in the Light of Prevailing Security Challenges”.

Oyeyemi said that NVIS desk officer’s workshop was critical in the light of the myriads of security challenges experienced in the processes and the country at large.

He said that the NVIS desk officers were responsible for upload of information with regards to registered vehicles and ownership details into the database, saying that the workshop was strategically targeted at stock taking and examining issues.

According to him, Our NVIS process must continue to offer its relevance to the national security architecture through accurate and reliable database.

NVIS desk officers must continue to promote integrity, transparency, good and professional service in their interactions with the clients and stakeholders.

“The NVIS data base must sustain the trust of Nigerians as a dependable super structure in the recovery of stolen vehicles.

“Desk officers must ensure there is prompt reporting of all recovered stolen vehicles. So far, this year, 34 vehicles have been recovered through our process, ” he said. 

Oyeyemi reiterated the commitment of management towards the continuous maintenance and upgrade of FRSC platforms to constantly meet the demands of the contemporary society.

He noted that the management had expanded the scope of coverage nationwide to strengthen the resolve of the corps and make road crash data in Nigeria more reliable and intentionally acceptable.

“Station offices have been established signaling the presence of FRSC in all motorising Local Government Areas (LGA) of the Federation.

“Station officers and Marshals have already been posted to the respective LGAs and have just completed thier training for the task.

“The concept of station offices is to reduce FRSC dependence on secondary sources of data while harnessing prompt, accurate and first- hand data collection and processing, ” he said.

The FRSC boss admonished NVIS desk officers to constantly reflect on the importance of data to planning, research and policy formulation, especially as it relates to issues of crimes and criminalities.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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EFCC, Unilorin collaborate on financial crimes



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicated its readiness to collaborate with the University of Ilorin towards reducing financial crimes in the country.

The Zonal Head of the EFCC in Kwara State, Mr Oseni Kazeem, made this known when he received the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, in his office on Monday.

Kazeem assured the Vice-Chancellor and his team that the agency would continue to ensure proper profiling of suspects, saying that this would be of great help to academics, who are researching in related fields.

He advised the University management to intensify its efforts in enlightening members of the University community on the evil inherent in financial crime, pointing out that school clubs should promote financial transparency and warn against financial crimes, among the students.

Kazeem also called on religious leaders to educate members of their congregation and instill moral discipline in them in order to keep them away from any activity that could warrant the agency’s intervention.

Earlier in his remarks, Abdulkareem, said that the visit was necessitated by the fact that the University works with all the federal security agencies in the state.

Abdulkareem commended the Zonal Head of the EFCC for making the time to receive the Unilorin team, as he congratulated the new zonal head on his recent deployment to Kwara State.

The Vice-Chancellor charged the commission to be wary of young persons in the society who falsely claim to be students of the University once they have been caught engaging in fraudulent activities.

He added that the University would identify and provide details of any student of the institution within minutes if required to do so, stressing that the institution does not want its noble name to be soiled under any guise.

Abdulkareem enjoined the agency to carry the University along on cases that involve any member of the University community.

He said that the institution would also want to exercise her disciplinary laws besides the regular statutes of the state regarding financial crime.

The Vice chancellor assured the Commission that the University would not in any way hinder its job or due process.

The EFCC was established in 2003 to rid Nigeria of economic and financial crimes and to effectively coordinate the domestic efforts of the global fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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