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Govt Asks States To Protect Forest Reserves Against Bandits

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The Federal Government has charged states to evolve mechanisms for securing forest reserves as they fall under their purview.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha gave the charge on Thursday at the first quarter, 2021 meeting of the Forum of the SGF and Secretaries to State Governments SSGs in Abuja. He said the federal government on its part would strengthen the capacity of the National Parks Service to protect Nigeria’s 17 national parks against criminals.

Mustapha said: “We all know that these criminal elements have turned our hitherto pristine forest reserves into operational bases and hideouts from which most of their activities are launched and sustained.

“Of course, we would still need our forests and other protected areas for the services they provide especially as foreign exchange-earners, sources of job creation, guaranteeing the availability of soil nutrients and water for food security, serving as carbon sinks for addressing climate change and providing a clement environment for a healthy living.

“Therefore, the challenge is for governments at the state level to put in place processes and mechanisms that were hitherto operational for maintaining sustainably managed forests, as all forests in the country belong to state governments.

“In a similar vein, the Federal Government will continue to strengthen the National Parks Service to ensure that all the previous Seven National Parks and the ten new ones created remain inviolate for use by criminal elements.

“I also want to thank the Forestry Association of Nigeria for the presentation they would make and call on them to also mobilise the forestry profession in the country in proffering contemporary and timely recommendations for consideration by governments at their various state levels consistent with the status of ownership of these forest reserves”.

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He said in the recent past, Nigeria had been confronted with an inexplicable escalation of violence resulting in insecurity across the nation, adding that the development not only served as a drain to national resources but created a climate of uncertainty and challenged the ability of the nation to provide a convivial atmosphere for its citizens for daily living.

“Governments at all levels have been doing their utmost to address these challenges. However, their persistence calls for approaches that are more than the conventional and normal to involve all arms of government, all apparatus of government and most importantly those that have a relationship directly with the rural communities and the citizenry.

“The theme for this meeting ‘The Role of Secretaries to the State Governments in Strengthening Sub-National Level Security Architecture’ reflects the need for this forum to ensure that all machinery of government works synergistically in resolving our present security challenges. This theme underscores the imperative for the security agencies to share their thoughts with the forum and thereby highlight critical areas in which we can provide the necessary support and facilitation for their kinetic strategies.

“Learning from a practical experience of dealing with the issue of banditry, we have also requested one of our members to share with us so that others with similar experiences can also exchange notes and by the end of the day we leave with practical steps and strategies to curtail this menace”, he added.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk who spoke on ‘Strengthening National Poverty Eradication Strategy’ said the ministry had established the National Social Register NSR aimed at capturing in detail, the data on all poor and vulnerable citizens in our country.

“So far, nearly 30 million individuals have been registered nationwide. To ensure that all stakeholders are carried along, the ministry has commenced the socialization programme of the NSR to ensure that all MDAs recognize the need to harmonise, cooperate and mine the NSR for their project’s effectiveness. Already the NSR has been successfully socialized among the federal ministers and the international development partners”, she stated

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BREAKING:  Fresh Tension In Kano As Police, Others  Oppose Return Of Lamido Sanusi To Throne

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The police  and other security agencies in Kano  have opposed the return of Lamido Sanusi as the emir in the state.
The  police said they  would obey a court order restraining the Kano State Government from repealing Kano Emirate Council Law 2019, which has seen the dethronement of all the five emirs in the state and opened the door for the return of Lamido Sanusi as the emir in the state.
Governor Abba Yusuf reinstated Mr Sanusi on Friday, a day after the state House of Assembly passed a bill that scrapped the four emirates created under the 2019 law.
This was in defiance of an order of the Federal High Court in Kano, which, on Thursday restrained the authorities from implementing the new emirate law.
In the order issued by Justice AM Liman in suit number FHC/KN/CS/182/2024, the court asked the state government and the other parties involved to stop the implementation of the law, pending the hearing of the substantive case.
A title holder in Kano emirate, Aminu Dan’agundi, filed the suit to challenge the government’s decision in the matter.
But Governor Yusuf, after handing Mr Sanusi his letter of reinstatement, vowed to report Justice Liman for issuing the order while not being in the country.
However, the state commissioner of police, Muhammad Gumel, at a press conference attended by the heads of security agencies in Kano, said the agencies would implement the court order to the letter.
He asked all parties involved to obey the court order. He said the security agencies in the state would ensure peace and order and arrest anyone who caused a breach.

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BREAKING: Ex-VC Of University Of Ibadan Ayo Banjo Dies

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Emeritus Prof.Ayo Banjo.

A former vice-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, has died at the age of 90 years.

The don died early morning, Friday, May 24.

The top academic celebrated his 90th birthday on May 2nd.

Renowned for his contributions to the development of the English Language curriculum in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian varieties of English, Banjo was a former Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission

He was Pro-Chancellor of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Ajayi Crowther.

Banjo’s scholarly contributions include over 50 publications and widely used textbooks in primary and secondary education.

He was born into the family of the late Pa. Reverend Samuel Ayodele Banjo, a graduate, an educationist and a teacher at St. Andrew Primary School, Oyo, a period when Professor Ayodeji Banjo was born. He was a native of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

He started his education career at the St. Andrew Anglican Primary School where he did standard One (1) to three (3). On the transfer of his father to Christ Cathedral Primary School in Lagos on the same mission, he completed his Standard Four (4) and Five (5) at St. Aroloya and Christ Cathedral Primary Schools both in Lagos.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos from 1947 to 1952 for his secondary education.

Following his sound academic background and excellent performance at ‘A’ Level Class at the Nigeria College of Arts Science and Technology, Ibadan, on the nomination, Professor Ayodeji Banjo was awarded the British Council Scholarship in 1959 to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He thereafter proceeded to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PG in education) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in English Studies at the University of Leeds in England and came out, with distinction.

In 1966, he was awarded a scholarship by the American State Department to study Master of Arts (M. A.) in Linguistics, at the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America (U. S. A.). He got his Ph.D with a specialization in English Language at the University Ibadan, Ibadan in 1969. Professor Banjo’s work experience was garnered across several countries of the world.

During summer, he was consistently travelling to the Oxford University press, England, to write English Course Books and Oxford Dictionaries at primary and 4 secondary levels. This work, he did from early 70’s until he was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan in 1981.

Professor Ayodeji Banjo had to his credit, over 55 publications (books, chapters in books and articles in learned journals).

Professor Ayodeji Banjo spent ten (10) Years, consistently in the University of Ibadan, managing the affairs of the University; two (2) years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, one (1) year as Acting Vice-Chancellor and seven (7) years as Vice-Chancellor respectively. Records have shown that Professor Ayodeji Banjo is the longest-serving Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University of Ibadan, to date!

On successful completion of his term of office as Vice-Chancellor in 1991, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, humbly displayed a beauty in the academics by returning to the classroom to lecture. In 1994, Professor Ayodeji Banjo, clocked sixty (60) years of age in service and consequently retired from the service of the university.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir of Kano State

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By John Michael Ojo

Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano State four years after he was humiliated and dethroned by the then Governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

This was made known on Thursday by the state governor, Alhaji Abba Yusuf moments after he abolished the five emirates earlier created by Ganduje while signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

While making the announcement, Governor Yesuf said “With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,”

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In addition to Kano Emirate, in December 2019, Ganduje created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya. Thereafter, he dethroned Sanusi on March 9 2020 after a prolonged power tussel.

 

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