RETIRED Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawrence Alobi has called on the Federal Government to strengthen the country’s borders to check the influx of terrorists from neighbouring countries. “It is believed that they navigate through the borders, the Federal Government should strengthen security at our borders to make sure they don’t have any access,” he said. He said that the existing rivalry among security agencies in the country was a threat to the security of the country. Alobi noted that until this was done away with, no reasonable result would be achieved in the fight against insurgency in the country. The former commissioner also called on the security agencies to put away pride, unite and fight the common enemy.
THE calls for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social firmaments will further reverberate on Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Lagos, as eminent Yoruba leaders, including Prof. Banji Akintoye; an Afenifere chieftain, Chief Amos Akingba; Secretary-General, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr Kunle Olajide among others pay a visit to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa to seek for his support. Obasa is also the current Chairman, Conference of Speake r of State Houses of Assemblies of Nigeria. Other Yoruba leaders that would be on the visit include Senator Tokunbo Ogunbanjo, Dr Tola Adeniyi, Chairman, Voice of Reason, Dr Femi Adegoke and the Convener, Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun whose organization is spare-heading the visit. Osibogun, in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, said the core objective of the visit was to let all elected Yoruba parliamentarians understand why the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures must be implemented now for the sake of the generation yet unborn. Obasa would be presented with, a paper titled “Yoruba Nation in a Restructured Nigeria Federation,” written by Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, the September 2017 Ibadan Declaration on Restructuring by Yoruba People and draft of Proposed Nigerian Constitution written by Voice of Reason (VOR) during the visit.
THE National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday, disclosed plans to establish a radio station for improved access to information. Director General of the scheme, Major General Suleiman Kazaure made the disclosure in Abuja, at the 2018 press and public relations officers’ workshop themed: Retooling NYSC PR machinery for greater output. “May I also remind you of the place of social media usage as a public relations tool in the contemporary world. Earlier, the Director, Press and Public relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi in her welcome address, stated that the workshop is aimed at ensuring progressive actualization of productive and potent public relations platforms across the country. She said the training will accord participants the opportunity to get updated on the current trends in public relations practice and further sharpen their skills for optimal performance.
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaThe United States consulate in Nigeria has responded to allegations contained in the book written by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan had in his recently published book titled, ‘My Transition Hours’ claimed that former United States President, Barack Obama, meddled in the 2015 Presidential elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. The mischaracterisation here refers to not comprehending why we felt it was important for Nigeria to have a peaceful, free and fair election in 2015. He said the only thing the US would be supporting is a credible and fair process. We believe Nigeria can accomplish that .”(Visited 7,516 times, 1,636 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 11, 2018 14:48 UTC
AN advocacy has been made for the allocation of at least 10 per cent of the annual Budget by governments at all levels in the country to the agricultural sector in order to promote food sufficiency and security. The advocacy was made by the Bauchi State chapter of Smallholders Women Farmers of Nigeria (SWOFON) through its State Chairperson, Hajiya Marka Abass while speaking on Tuesday during the 2018 annual women farmers forum with theme, ‘Zero hunger, to end hunger and malnutrition’ , organised by a Bauchi based NGO, FAHIMTA Women and Youth Development Initiative in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria, held at the Joly Guest-inn, Bauchi. Marka Abbass said that Smallholder Women farmers who constitute between 60-80 per cent of Nigeria’s agricultural labour force are faced with poor access to land, lack of access to government services such as credit, inputs, training and crop insurance thereby limiting their output. ALSO READ: Govt Tasked On Robust Policy To Empower WidowsShe advocated that: “The budget process should be open and participatory for smallholder women farmers to be included in the planning process especially in the area of agriculture.”“Easy access to credit at single digit interest rate should be provided for smallholder women farmers, removing conditions that required collateral and guarantors, thereby making the credit schemes gender friendly,” She further advocated. She said that undernutrition causes severe wasting of 52 million children worldwide and constitute nearly 45 per cent death in children under the age of five years.
December 11, 2018 14:37 UTC
GOVERNOR Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has reiterated the state government’s commitment to promoting fish farming in the state. Bagudu restated the government’s commitment while declaring open a programme tagged, ‘Modern Training of Fish Farming’ in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday. “The loan disbursement to fish farmers and fishermen will boost socio-economic development in the state,” he said. He said that the modern ways and skills of fish farming would give fishermen more knowledge on how to improve their business activities. In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Alhaji Musa Magaji, praised the state government for its commitment to improving fish farming and making it more attractive in the state.
December 11, 2018 14:32 UTC
Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting at Ring Road in Ibadan on Tuesday fixed January 31, 2019, for hearing a suit filed by a former deputy Governor of Oyo state, Hazeem Ola Gbolarumi against his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Others joined alongside PDP as defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (EFCC) and Dr Kola Balogun. ALSO READ: PDP demands immediate release of Doyin OkupeWhen the case earlier slated for mention was called before the court, counsel for PDP and Dr Balogun announced their appearances while there was no legal representation for INEC. Counsel to PDP, Adeniyi Farinto informed the court that he was only briefed about the case on Monday evening and has not been able to file any process before the court. Justice Ajoku consequently adjourned the matter till January 31, 2019, for hearing with an order that hearing notices be issued on INEC.
December 11, 2018 14:32 UTC
FG to inaugurate New Nnamdi Azikwe Airport terminal before Dec. 31MANAGING Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, says the new terminal building of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NIAI will be inaugurated before the end of December. He said: “We recently inaugurated our new international terminal at Port Harcourt Airport with plans to inaugurate that of Abuja before the end of the year. “We will inaugurate two other terminals in Kano and Lagos Airports between now and the second quarter of 2019. Olonisakin said that some of the participating financial institutions include: First Bank, Fidelity Bank, Zenith Bank, FCMB, Stanbic IBTC, Access Bank, Polaris Bank, Union Bank and Unity Bank. She said the banks would provide timely loans to contractors rendering numerous services to FAAN with varied terms and conditions.
December 11, 2018 14:21 UTC
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun, in Ogun Staten Tuesday, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun will flag off his governorship campaign ahead of the 2019 elections. The governorship candidate flanked by his deputy, Engr(Mrs) Nimot Salako -Oyedele; the Director -General of the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organisation, Prince Segun Adesegun; chieftain of the party, Hon. Bode Mustapha and other notable members of the party, said Amosun as the leader of the party would raise his hand at the campaign flag off. “The governor of the state is the leader of the party in the state. We are flagging off our governorship campaign soon; he is the incumbent governor.
December 11, 2018 14:15 UTC
HEALTH expert, Dr Olalekan Ogungbemi, has tasked the Federal Government to give adequate attention to the health sector in the country in order to revitalise the sector. According to him, it is worrisome that Nigeria came third last in the latest world health ranking among 200 countries of the world. ALSO READ: Increase doctors’ salaries to curb brain drainDr Olalekan expressed disappointment over the decreased in the national health budget 2018, saying that it has compounded the problems of the already fragile health sector. “As a doctor and someone who owns health foundation that is involving in massive free medical health outreach to different people; IDPs, less privileged people among others, I am speaking from first-hand experience. “The health budget of the country that is less than 10 per cent for the population of over 180 million people is something to worry about, last year’s budget was N4.
December 11, 2018 14:15 UTC
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaThe Nigeria Police Force says it is not a crime to have sex in one’s car. The Police also say car sex is unlawful if both persons are of the same sex. The Police, therefore, asked that anybody who is harassed for having sex in a car should report the incident immediately. Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria, provided the location is not a place of worship; both persons are 18 years and above; the act is consensual (agreed to by parties); parties are of opposite sex. Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria provided;1.
December 11, 2018 14:07 UTC
We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the #ChibokGirls and all other innocent persons held hostage. Moreover, the number of troops killed by the insurgent this year alone suggests Boko Haram remains a clear danger. “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the #ChibokGirls and all other innocent persons held hostage. — Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 24, 2015Herders and farmers clashes have caused the death of over a thousand persons under the leadership of Buhari. — Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 19, 2015The tweet: I am appealing to you: the damage to this country is great.
December 11, 2018 13:44 UTC
One poll, carried out by Opinionway, said 54 percent of those surveyed wanted the protest to stop, while 45 percent wanted it to continue. A second poll, carried out Odoxa, showed nearly reverse figures, with 46 percent wanting them to stop and 54 percent wanting the protests to continue. According to Opinionway, the poll carried out for LCI television, 49 percent of viewers thought he had been “wholly” or “mostly” convincing, while 50 percent thought not. According to Odoxa, the poll carried out on behalf of Le Figaro newspaper and Franceinfo radio and television, 40 percent thought Macron was “convincing” while 59 percent thought not. The Odoxa internet poll was carried out Monday evening and Tuesday morning among 992 people with a margin of error of 1.4 to 3.1 points.
December 11, 2018 13:18 UTC
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Kingsley Coman to stop all talk of retiring from “aggressive” modern-day football and focus on returning to the fray with his morale intact. Injury-plagued Coman, who has started only three Champions League games for Bayern since joining the club in 2016, said in a recent television interview that back-to-back injuries had left him pondering his future in the game. Rummenigge, speaking before Bayern’s trip to Amsterdam where they will face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, said it was unthinkable for the 22-year-old Frenchman to be considering quitting. “I would advise him not to get carried away and to stop thinking about ending his career,” said Rummenigge. The first meant he missed possible selection to France’s squad for a World Cup campaign in which Les Bleus triumphed.
December 11, 2018 13:07 UTC
The suspension of the nominees’ confirmation came on the heels of the acrimony that greeted the complaint that certain sections of the country were not represented on the list. The four nominees presented for confirmation were: Ndasule Moses (North Central), Lawan Mamman (North East), Galadanci Imam Najib (North West) , and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu (South West). At the Tuesday Plenary, Senator Chukwuka Utazi presented the report of the committee concerning the confirmation of the nominees. “I suggest that this matter be stood down while it is looked into.”The federal lawmakers were however divided, as senators from the South East and South South geopolitical zones argued that federal character was not considered in making the nominations. At the Executive session, the Senate agreed that the confirmation of the EFCC nominees should be suspended for further legislative input.
December 11, 2018 13:04 UTC