The Presidency welcomes the recent report to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office specifically the British Government’s new focus on herder-farmer clashes.
Engagement with various stakeholders is key to breeding the dialogue and most importantly trust to resolve this age-old conflict.
As the report sets out, there are many causes to this conflict, from competition over land to climate change. The National Livestock Transformation Plan sets out to deal with these by preventing open grazing of cattle and consequently the destruction of crops.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says that enclosed ranching is a core component of the programme.
For farmers, this guarantees their yield and livelihoods. For herders, all livestock produce more meat and milk in a ranch rather than being always on the move.
These plans do not come at one or another’s expense. Instead, they shall make both farmers and herders richer. We must learn to live together because there isn’t another way. Our diversity should never be a cause for conflict, but a source of strength from which the nation can draw.
The report also highlighted the threat from Boko Haram in their mission to establish an “Islamic state” in place of the secular state.
Where the group once administered territory, they now hold on to none. In those fringe areas and spaces where they still pose a threat, they are being chased, their bases smashed. In this second term, we shall focus on extinguishing the final remnants of the group.
As President Buhari reasserted at Easter: “[I will] do all it takes to… confront these security challenges [and] not allow merchants of death and evil to overwhelm the nation.”
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company (NSPMC) to take over the production and personalization of all Nigerian E-passports and related documentation.
Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in a statement in Abuja yesterday on said with the new directive, all existing memoranda of understanding and contracts on printing by other institutions/ companies will not be renewed.
The Zonal head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)in Ilorin,Kwara state capital Mr Isyaku Sharu has said that the commission was tracking N370M money of the state government,converted to pounds sterling that was used to purchase property in the United Kingdom by a highly placed politician in the state.
Teachers, market women, pensioners, youths, religious leaders and other groups stormed the Museum Ground, Kings Square, in Benin City, on Thursday to express support for the Godwin Obaseki-led government.
The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has alerted that the new Nigerian passport has herdsmen inscribed in it.
Buhari orders immediate reinforcement of security in Katsina(Opens in a new browser tab)
The fiery pastor made the statement on Thursday while condemning the Ruga programme by the federal government.
That’s the new nigeria passport..it now has herdsmen inscribed in it…it’s shameful that a certain extraction now represents a nation with 6 geopolitical zones..everything is now very clear..God will frustrate every evil agenda in nigeria.job 5v12,eccl 8v11.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is commemorating the 2019 African Anti-Corruption rally across states today with a promise to intensify its fight against graft.
EFCC officials and members of the civil society in Kwara state have decided to walk the streets of Ilorin, the state capital.
They also sensitised the people on the effectiveness of the anti-corruption agency and the need for everyone to join in the fight.
Similarly, in Benue State, the Head Makurdi zonal office of the commission, Mr Johnson Babalola, said over N50 billion dollars is lost from the African continent annually, with Nigeria accounting for the highest amount.
“It has been estimated that at least $50bn is being siphoned out of Africa on a yearly basis through illicit financial flow and a trunk of this comes from Nigeria.
“So, there is a need for us to sensitise our people. If you see something, say something. These assets are scattered all over Nigeria, they are scattered all over the world,” he said.
He also appealed to Nigerians to always remember that, if they keep quiet over acts of corruption, they are waving their rights to quality education, health care services, and other key public infrastructure.
He called on foreign partners to enforce their anti-corruption laws to prevent acceptance of Nigeria’s stolen monies and repatriate all funds stashed in their country’s banks.
“In the same vein, I wish to call on other countries to diligently enforce their own anti-corruption laundering law to prevent acceptance of Nigeria’s stolen monies and asset into their economies.
“We expect that where the integrity of their system has been shown to have been compromised, they will work with Nigeria to quickly remedy the situation by intercepting the stolen asset and the criminals and expeditiously repatriating them to Nigeria.”
The Nigeria Senate has resolved to summon the National Communications commission over dropped calls and poor registration of sim cards.
The resolution followed a motion on the increasing rate of dropped calls and unwholesome practices by telecommunication network operators in the country.
According to the lawmakers, there are worries that the dropped calls unwholesome practices are robbing Nigerians of their hard earned monies. Hence, the lawmakers also want refunds for disrupted calls caused by network issues.
The decision to summon the NCC is because the Senate believes the NCC has not lived up to its regulatory responsibilities.
President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan vowed that the Senate will blacklist operators where necessary.
This is not the first time a motion on poor telecommunications service will be brought before the National Assembly, as it was raised in both chambers of the 8th assembly. however, President of the senate Ahmed Lawan assured that the Senate will take real actions this time.
A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has called on more Nigerians to come up with more credible evidence in their possessions that clearly show that the electoral umpire made use of server to transmit election result in the last presidential election.
AHEAD of the presentation of the list of Ministerial Nominees to the Senate for Screening and subsequent confirmation, President Muhammadu Buhari will today host to Dinner, the leadership of the National Assembly.
The Oyo State Government has expressed its readiness to commit huge finances into the 2018 intervention projects to be embarked on by the Federal Government/ Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran while inspecting some school projects financed by UBEC and SUBEB within Ibadan metropolis and Oyo town.
The Chairman expressed the State Government’s readiness to partner with Federal Government on the provision of basic facilities to Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, asserting that 54 model schools would be ready for commissioning soon.
“Oyo State will be financially committed to the Federal Government-UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects within the State and we will not leave any stone unturned in the transformation of the education sector in the State.
“These laudable projects, if thoroughly maintained and put in good use will go a long way to advance effective teaching and learning system and give the desired effects in the output of good performance in external examinations as well as competitive academic environments in our schools.
“Again, I assure you of the readiness of this administration to play our own part in fulfilling the payment of counterpart funds towards UBEC/SUBEB funded projects,” he assured.
He also expressed the Government’s resolve to provide a solid foundation for the enhancement of education in the State, reiterating that it was considered as one of the major highlights in Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.
Dr. Adeniran, who expressed satisfaction at the compliance of some contractors on site, promised them quick access to funds, for speedy completion of the projects.
He expressed Government’s proactiveness about Education, noting that proper attention to the sector will forestall any bleak future for the coming generation.
“We are a proactive government. We see education as an integral foundation upon which our future would be built, so we are making this foundation solid through the provision of a conducive environment for these children,” he said.
While responding to some teachers, who sang the Governor’s praises for offsetting their salary arrears, Dr. Adeniran appealed to teachers in the State to give their best in the training of the pupils in their care.
Harping on Governor Seyi Makinde’s resolve not to owe any worker, the Chairman promised that Governor Seyi Makinde’s aspiration was to improve on what he met on ground, in the State.
The Chairman led a team from the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board to 25 public primary and Junior Secondary schools within Ibadan and Oyo town.
Former captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu could not hold back from making a show of his joy over the victory of Nigeria in the quarterfinal game against South Africa.
Just immediately after the referee blew the whistle, the former Arsenal and Inter Milan forward came down from the stands to show his support for the Super Eagles who defeated the Bafana Bafana by two goals to one.
In a short clip which Kanu shared on his official @papilokanu twitter page, the former Ajax striker could be seen cheering supporters at the Cairo International Stadium, with the fans chanting ‘Papilo! Papilo!!’.
Other Nigerian fans in Cairo were not left out of the show as some took to the streets singing and dancing in jubilation. On leaving the stadium, the Super Eagles were given a warm goodbye for their heroic performance, below is what it looked like.
The National Working Committee NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has acknowledged receipt of petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State in reaction to Indirect Primaries adopted for the election of the Party’s candidate for the forthcoming Governorship election in the state.
The House of Representatives has charged the Federal Government, to urgently engage with the Islamic movement of Nigeria also known as Shiites so that an amicable resolution can be reached to address their grievances.
Considering the issue in plenary as a matter of urgent public importance, the lawmakers also voiced their concern over what they described as the porous nature of the National Assembly and called for adequate measures to be taken to mitigate against future occurrence.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared toll free for motorists going and coming out of Lekki- Epe axis during rush hours on Thursday.
The Governor declared the toll-free passage on Wednesday at the toll plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge between 6:30am and 9:30am in the morning, and also at the peak period in the evening (4:30pm to 8pm).
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this during a tour that followed a stakeholders’ meeting on regeneration of the Lekki-Oniru and parts of the Victoria Island as solution to the perennial traffic gridlock and flooding issues around the Lekki and Ajah areas.
He said the objective is to allow traffic consultants to the government carry out a comprehensive study of traffic flow around Lekki-Ikoyi-Victoria Island axes, which is part of the initiatives the government is bringing to diffuse vehicular gridlock in major Business Districts in the state.
The cost of the toll fees for the study period will be borne by the government, Sanwo-Olu said.
“Tomorrow being Thursday, the toll plazas on the Ikoyi Link Bridge and Lekki-Epe Expressway will be left open between 6:30am and 9:30am in the morning and also between 4:30pm and 8:00pm in the evening. This is to allow us to do a real simulation of traffic study in these areas that usually witness high density of vehicular movement daily.
“We are currently undertaking a traffic study with our experts and we want to know where the traffic goes to when the tollgates are left open for steady movement. It is only when we do this activity at the peak hour that we will be able to understand how to deal with congestion in these places.”
Sanwo-Olu said the undertaking was necessary for the government to take actions that would lead to reduction of traffic on the axes by 50 per cent. The resultant effect, he said, would lead to decrease in travel time and improved productivity.
“Our government wants to bring about a quick journey time through our traffic solution. The way we want to do it is to have an online real-time study of what the issues are. We are going to analyze the dimension of observed challenges and discuss next steps of solution we are bringing,” the Governor said.
As part of the measures being initiated to achieve free flow of traffic, Sanwo-Olu hinted that the mode of toll collection at the Ikoyi-Link Bridge would completely go electronic, disclosing that a new method of payment would take off in October. The Governor urged motorists plying the route to apply ahead for electronic access cards at Lagos Tolling Company in compliance with the new service.
He said: “In October, the partners that we are working with will introduce a software that will allow electronic collection of toll fees. This means that motorists will not be paying cash. The process to implement this is on, and we will come up with a seamless electronic solution. We are giving three months notice to residents and motorists to prepare ahead. By the time this is done, we believe some of the bottlenecks in and around Ikoyi would be reduce and we are hoping there would be free flow of traffic.”
He added that the size of the roundabout at the Admiralty road would be reduced for the purpose of traffic diffusion.
The Governor also visited the scene of last week Monday flood in Abraham Adesanya Junction to inspect the cause of the clogged drainage in the area. Sanwo-Olu said Office of the Drainage Services had been given a task to ensure free flow of water in the clogged drainages and canals in Ajah area.
He said: “Our stop at Abraham Adesanya Junction in Ajah area was to take necessary assessment of the condition of drainage in the area. We have identified things we need to do to have free flow of water from the area to the lagoon. We are also looking at reduction of the size of the roundabout there. We are coming out with a comprehensive traffic and drainage solutions at the Abraham Adesanya area.
“We have had several complaints about how long it takes people moving around Ajah Bus Stop. We are going to push a major layby, where we can take commercial vehicles off the road. We have realized that commercial vehicles are the major cause of traffic at the spot. We are going to push the layby there and cut it off, so that motorists moving inward to Victoria Island can have an easy way. We are looking at both lanes to reduce journey time.”
Joining the governor in the tour included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, among others.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has cleared the air on why he didn’t visit the scene of the Ijegun fire incident.
During a visit to the hospital where some of the victims are receiving treatment the governor said, “My deputy and I did not visit the site of the incident, because we didn’t want to make a camera show at the scene.
“This is not because we don’t have empathy or we are not doing what is required of us.
“It is a crime scene and security operatives are at the site for investigation. We don’t want to disrupt that process.”
The governor noted that the issue of pipeline vandalism is a criminal issue being dealt with by the Federal Government.
He also disclosed that the government had resolved to foot the bills of the survivors who are receiving treatment at the state’s medical facilities in Ikeja and Gbagada.
Ten more persons were confirmed dead following the pipeline explosion in the Ijegun area of Lagos State Government Thursday, July 4.
The victims died due to severe and high degree burns suffered from the inferno.
Out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), nine were taken to LASUTH, while 12 others were taken to Trauma and Burns Unit of Gbagada General Hospital and one to Alimosho General Hospital.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has promised to prevent cases of extra-judicial killings by its personnel.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Assistant Controller General of the corp, Jonathan Iyogho, said the agency plans to commence forensic and psychological profiling of its officers.
The assurance follows the recent murder of an officer of the corps by a colleague, Innocent Oshemi, who also killed an expatriate at the Lagos Deep Sea Offshore Logistics, (LADOL) in Lagos.
Oshemi, who is currently being prosecuted by the police is alleged to have on April 9 and killed his colleague, Mamman Wuyah and a Korean staff working at the fabrication and integration yard of Samsung heavy industries located in the free zone.
“The safety and security of lives and facilities is our mandate and we will continue to discharge that mandate professionally to the benefit of all. This will not happen again as measures have been put in place to stem such incidents,” he said.
Speaking further, the NSCDC boss denied the claim of the suspected killer that the corps is owing him some allowances, stressing that that the agency has put in place measures to prevent a reoccurrence as the safety of lives and properties falls within its mandate.