FG Plan To Fulfill Plan To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty

The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume, has reiterated the Federal Government’s plans to fulfil its pledge of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, by creating jobs through different Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in his 2019 Democracy Day address said, “With leadership and a sense of purpose, we can lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.”

In order to actualize the vision, according to a communiqué issued by Julie Jacobs, Director Press, in the ministry on Friday in Abuja, Mr Akume convened an inter-ministerial meeting with other ministries to collaborate towards achieving the set goals.

The meeting chaired had in attendance; Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources.

Others were: Otunba Richard Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Mamood Abubakar, Minister of Environment and Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigerian Governors` Forum.

According to the communiqué, discussions were made on some key thematic areas where synergy was required across the relevant ministries to achieve the desired objectives.

It was resolved that collaboration among the MDAs was a much needed action towards fulfiling Mr President`s vision.

While commending Mr Akume for the initiative to create the framework of cooperation among the MDAs, the ministers agreed to be active in playing their own roles to achieve their mandates in addressing the vision.

“There`s the need for stakeholders’ engagements, especially states and local governments and for a technical committee of experts to be set up to include professionals from the line ministries,” the communiqué announced.

The team also agreed to expand the forum to accommodate other relevant ministries, the Organised Private Sector and Civil Society Organisations; and to create implementation strategy and a platform for measuring, monitoring, and evaluation of the inter-ministerial forum.

In addition to the resolutions, the forum placed emphasis on harnessing dams across the country to increase agricultural production and power generation for empowerment and poverty alleviation.

They also resolved to ensure the deployment of climate change adaptation technologies, agricultural initiative, harnessing of sundry opportunities for establishment of cottage industries cutting across ministries of agriculture, environment, power, water resources along economic corridors in the country to alleviate poverty.

World Refugee Day: Nigeria condemns All Acts Of Discrimination

The Commissioner for National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Basheer Mohammed, has said that the Nigerian government is joining its voices with others to condemn all acts of discrimination across the globe.

Delivering his speech at the 2020 World Refugee Day Celebration in Abuja, the Commissioner said the agency is responsible and dedicated to the empowerment, rehabilitation and livelihood support for refugees in Nigeria.

“We make a strong statement today that we recognize you, we stand with you and will continue to support to a place of improved dignity and prosperity,” he said.

“On this day we identify with the concerns of refugees around the world. Your strength, your courage, and your resilience are remarkable.

“Many of you have left your countries in response to threats based on religion, race, membership of a particular social group, and in some cases due to war in various parts of the world.

“But, we want you to know, today more than ever, the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is fully behind you and will continue to protect you,” Mr Basheer stressed.

According to him, the establishment of the NCRMIDP itself is a testimony of the country’s commitment to the plight of Refugees, Migrants as well as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

The Commissioner stated further that even with the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, the efforts of its office in supporting the needs of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons has not slowed down.

He added that the commission’s offices are open in line with the Federal Government advised protocol, saying; “we have also reached out to all camps and host communities with protective supplies, such as hand sanitizers, buckets and face masks”.

While thanking its partner, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Nigeria in the role it has played so far, the Commissioner said; “this year’s theme, EVERYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, EVERY ACTION COUNTS is befitting, even as he reassured the Refugees, Migrants, and IDPs that they are the Commission’s primary concern.”

Speaking further he said; “for those you here with us today, as leaders of various communities, you have taken a bold step to be the “change-makers” and thus we appreciate you.

“No matter who you are or where you came from, pandemic or not; everyone can make a difference. Every action counts and ours are in an inclusive world.”

He, however, urged the refugees who were not present at the Refugee Day’s celebration to visit the Commission at its head office in Abuja as well as their different offices across the country, saying that the commission administers registration daily between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm.

EFCC Recovers N400m Stolen Funds In Sokoto

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Zonal Office in Sokoto has recovered about N400 million stolen funds in its operations between January and June 16, 2020.

Abdullahi Lawal, the head of the office said this while speaking with newsmen in Sokoto.

Mr Lawal said that the EFCC also secured seven convictions during the period under review.

He said that about 100 petitions were received by the agency, bordering on advanced fee fraud, money laundry, and land matters.

Mr Lawal said that some leaders of Sokoto traders association were interrogated by the EFCC over alleged diversion of N1 billion loan facility granted by the State Government.

The zonal office is in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

Tanzania receives first shipment of herbal concoction from Madagascar that cures COVID-19, but WHO has misgivings.

Tanzania says it has received its first shipment of Madagascar’s self-proclaimed, plant-based “cure” for coronavirus, despite warnings from the World Health Organization that its efficacy is unproven.

The announcement on Friday came days after Madagascar said it would begin selling the herbal concoction – known as Covid-Organics – and that several African countries had already put in orders.

“Tanzania today received the support of coronavirus medicine from Madagascar,” government spokesman Hassan Abas said on Twitter.

The purported remedy is a drink derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – and other indigenous herbs.

Last month, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina launched the remedy at a news conference, drinking from a sleekly-branded bottle filled with an amber liquid which he said had already cured two people.

Madagascar has since been giving away thousands of bottles of the product, developed by the state-run Malagasy Institute of Applied Research, to countries across Africa.

Earlier this week, the East African island nation told the Reuters news agency it would begin selling the drink, which domestically can be bought for around 40 US cents per bottle.

Along with Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and Guinea-Bissau have already received thousands of doses of Covid-Organics free of charge.

Guinea-Bissau has received more than 16,000 doses which it is distributing to the 14 other African nations.

Liberia’s Deputy Information Minister Eugene Farghon said this week there was no plan to test the remedy before distribution.

“It will be used by Liberians and will be used on Liberians,” he said, noting that the WHO had not tested other popular local remedies.

“Madagascar is an African country … Therefore we will proceed as an African nation and will continue to use our African herbs.”

FG warn Security operatives to stop harrasing Journalists

The Federal Government has told security agencies to stop harassing journalists and other essential duty workers, saying they belong to the class of those exempted from the curfew imposed on the country.

The Federal Government made this known on Wednesday during the daily briefings of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.

“On whether journalists and vendors are not considered as essential services, I believe that they are because whatever we do here, if you do not report it, then the news item will not get out there; adverts we carried on newspapers, radio and televisions that are supposed to enhance and equip our people with knowledge and information so that they can make informed decisions would not go out there.

“So, I believe that anything related to the press is considered essential services for the purpose of allowing you free passage. We will look at the issue that happened in Lagos because if we expect the networks to remain in operation throughout the night, then when it comes to movement, our security agencies should be adaptive enough to know that these people are coming from their places of work and grant them access to get home,” the SGF declared.

COVID-19 will cease to exist without vaccine – US President, Trump

A competent, efficient US President, Donald Trump has said the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic is going to “end without a vaccine.”

Trump told the press during his daily briefing at the White House at the weekend, “This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.”

He added, “You may have some flare-ups, and I guess I would expect that.”

As at Friday, the deadly virus had infected at least 1.2 million people in the US killing more than 76,000.

The leading expert on infectious diseases on the US COVID-19 task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, had repeatedly said a vaccine is still at least a year to 18 months from being produced.

Meanwhile, President Trump insists he relies on what doctors tell him, adding that doctors believe COVID-19 will go away but did not say if it was going to be this year.

“It doesn’t mean, frankly, it’s going to be gone before the fall or after the fall, but eventually it’s going to go away.

The question is whether we will need a vaccine. At some point, it will probably go away by itself.”

COVID-19: My reasons of demolishing two hotels – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has given reasons why he demolished Prodest Hotel in Alode and Etemeteh Hotel in Onne, both in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

Wike said the hotels were demolished after it violated an Executive Order on COVID 19, despite warnings from the State government.

The Governor said that the focus on hotels was because one of the coronavirus cases in the state spread the virus from a hotel.

Wike who monitored the demolition of Prodest Hotel, Alode, Eleme said his action was in line with the Rivers State Government Executive Order 6, which banned the operation of hotels across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

Governor Wike told newsmen at the demolition scene that the law must be obeyed, hence the State Government’s decision to enforce it.
According to him; “Government has no alternative but to apply the Executive order which I signed before the lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt. I called all the Traditional Rulers and Council Chairmen and told them to ensure that no hotel operates in the State.

“We are not saying it will be forever. This is for now so that we know where we are. To reduce the cases and check the spread.

“Whether you are PDP or not, all we are saying is that nobody is above the law. If we can do this to a PDP person, then you know we are not discriminatory. Everyone must obey. Whether you are in the PDP, SDP or no party, you must obey the law. If any other person does the same thing, the same rule will apply.

“We said no hotel should operate within this period. Unfortunately, the PDP Youth Leader in Eleme joined others to flout the Executive Order. Therefore, the executive order will be applied.

“We said if any hotel operates, the government will bring down that hotel. We are doing what we have told people that we are going to do.

“Nobody wants to obey any rules. We are saying just for now, keep off, let us see how we can keep our people safe.

“Look at the rate of infections, most of these people are found in hotels. Look at the man that died, he was at Mingi Hotel in Rumumasi. Due to that contact, we have had other seven cases.

“People should help us and support the Government for Rivers people to be safe. The Security Council will meet to review the strategies and achievements or setbacks, moving forward.

“All we are doing is to protect our people. Some people may not like our strategies, but our objective is to achieve results. ”

Governor Wike reiterated his declaration that no hotel should operate anywhere in the state, adding that the Managing Director of the hotel at Onne has been arrested.

Customs Issues a Serious warning to smugglers, after attack on officer

The Ogun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has revealed how one of its personnel suffered a machete attack that nearly took his life.

Customs declared that boys working for smuggling cartels carried out the vicious charge.

A statement on Sunday by Abdullahi Maiwada, the Public Relations Officer, dared the cartel lords to make their children smugglers, “send them to attack personnel and taste the consequences”.

It recalled that at 7:30pm on May 8, the day the new total lockdown in Ogun took effect, some officers went on patrol to Ilashe village in Ipokia Local Government Area.

The spokesman said during the operation, the team Intercepted thirty-five bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each ferried by a convoy of motorcyclists (Okada).

As officers moved the arrested cyclists out of the area, smugglers mobilised and launched a vicious deadly offensive with assorted weapons.

In an effort to repel, Assistant Superintendent Chidi Johnson, was brutally macheted, sustaining deep cuts in various parts of his body.

The wounded officer was rushed to the hospital for medical attention; he is currently responding to treatment.

Customs disclosed that suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing interrogation.

“We find it unfortunate that daredevil smugglers who have no regard for laws of the land or the disease ravaging the global community resorted to crossing the border through illegal routes to perpetrate nefarious activities in disregard of the health and economic well being of Nigerians.

“We seize this opportunity to enjoin the faceless unpatriotic smuggling cartels to stop using uninformed youths as cannon fodders in their nefarious trade. We challenge them to bring their biological children to attack personnel of the Service and have a taste of the consequences of such acts”, Maiwada added.

Breaking: Ex-Commissioner Condemn cult killings on Umahi’s political appointment

The former Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyike, at the weekend blamed the ravaging cult killings in Owutu Edda, Afikpo South LGA on the alleged lopsided political appointment by the state governor, Chief David Umahi.

Recall that over three persons were recently killed by cult groups loyal to one of the political leaders in the Uwutu Edda community.

Onyike who was the former National Vice President of NUJ made this known to Newsmen in Abakaliki, Ebonyi.

He alleged that some aides in the Umahi administration, especially the local government chairman of Afikpo South, Mr. Eni Uduma wants to perpetuate themselves in power, and such were the causes of the ongoing cult killing in Owutu Edda and Nguzu Edda communities in the Afikpo South Local Government Area.

According to him: “The immediate causes of the bloody confrontations in the area can be traced to three recent events which heightened tension in the major flashpoints of the LGA. The events are the sharing of political offices in the LGA in 2019, conduct of the 2020 Chairmanship and Councillorship primaries and composition of the COVID-19 Implementation/Enforcement Taskforce in the LGA.

“You may recall that in 2019, Governor Umahi favoured the political camp of Eni-Uduma Chima by conceding three of the four Coordinator-ship positions in the LGA, to him. Hon Eni-Uduma Chima was allowed to handpick the Coordinators. This was very bad in a Council area, where 90% of the political stakeholders in their party (PDP) are against the Council Chairman,” he said.

Added further that, “Hon Eni spent eight years in the House of Assembly (2007 -2015). He was appointed a Care-taker Committee Chairman for Afikpo in 2015, elected as Chairman in 2017 and wants to remain in office till possibly 2023 before proceeding to the House of Representatives.

“The recent killings in Edda clan reflect the brutal and crude political culture of violence and bloodbath which had been used as an instrument of political domination of the area. It is an extension of the regime of terror, thuggery, intimidation and gangsterism mounted by the State government” he noted

In a swift reaction, the Afikpo South LGA Chairman, Eni Uduma, had denied the allegations stressing that neither the state government nor himself, was responsible for the deaths or the crisis rocking the Council.

According to him: “it is both surprising and embarrassing to me. Not even my worst enemy has ever associated me with cultism. It’s childish and beneath my dignity. I don’t have anything to do with the deceased or their alleged killers. I tried my best to keep the peace and ensure the security of lives and property in the area. I engaged the town union, traditional institution and the youths. I engaged the Divisional Police Headquarters in Owutu and the D.P.O and his men, including the Area Commander and they did their best.

“I made reports to the Commissioner for Internal Security in the state for intervention and appealed to the Commissioner of Police too, for his intervention and reinforcement which he promptly granted.

“Investigation is on and I can assure you that I’m not involved in the unfortunate incident. I’m part of the solution and not part of the problem,” he stressed.

NAWOJ CONDEMNS INCREASING RATE OF RAPE

The Nigeria Association Of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Bayelsa State Chapter is concerned about the increasing rate of rape in the state.

In the last one week, there has been 3 cases involving 3 minors in Yenagoa over the ages of 8.9 and 14.

While the 8 and 9 years old were defiled by their armed robbers in the presence of her family before valuables were carted away.

It is very unfortunate and disturbing that at such a time when humanity is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic which has also given rise to other challenges, inhumane acts are meted out on the defense less and vulnerable in society.
This is cruelty at its peak.

NAWOJ condemns these acts and calls on government relevant agencies to take steps to stem the tide.

For emphasis, NAWOJ will not hesitate to take appropriate actions against persons found wanting,

including While Rape,
Parents, Caregivers and Guardians. of Children should take extra measures to monitor, protect their wards.

It is also important to not report such as relevant authorities and agencies to ensure proper medical examination and preventing sexually transmitted diseases so that the law can take its cause and ensure that justice is served.

While we call on security operatives to double efforts in surveillance, apprehending and prosecution of criminals, citizens must always be responsible as safeguarding lives and property is a collective task.

Signed.
Maria Olodi-Osumah
Chairperson
NAWOJ BAYELSA STATE

Grace Veteran-Koinyan
Secretary