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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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ASUU Asks Court To Set Aside Industrial Court’s Judgement

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University teachers in the country on Friday asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja to set aside the judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) that ordered them to call off their over seven-month-old strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a 14-ground of appeal it lodged through its team of lawyers led by a frontline human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, equally applied for a stay of execution of the judgement.

The NIC had in a judgement that was delivered last Wednesday by Justice Polycarp Hamman, ordered the striking university lecturers to return to the classroom, pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike.

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The interim injunction directing ASUU members to resume work, followed an application FG filed through its lawyer, Mr. James Igwe.

Justine Hamman held that the order was both in national interest and for the sake of undergraduates in the country that have been at home since February 14.

He held that the strike was detrimental to public university students that could not afford to attend private tertiary institutions.

“The balance of convenience tilts in favour of the applicant.
I hold that this application is meritorious and this application is granted”, Justice Hamman ruled.

 

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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Over Three Policemen

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Over three policemen have been kidnapped in broad daylight by some unknown gunmen in Ogun State.

It was learnt that the police officers were abducted on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The cops were in the state from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, for an investigation.

They were said to have been duly booked  at the police division in Wasinmi, before they left for their place of primary assignment.

It was learnt that the officers, led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi, were captured on the road by their abductors, who accosted them at about 2:30 p.m.

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It was also learnt that the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops escaped by a whisker from the kidnappers.

It was further gathered that the Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro had led his men in search for the missing policemen.

When contacted, the Ogun State Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that “people were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved.“

Oyeyemi told our correspondent that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be rescued.

“We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” adding that men of the anti-kidnapping unit were on the trail of the kidnappers.

 

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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me – Wike

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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has disclosed how former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-army generals and the Chairman of the Peoples’Democratic Party ( PDP) Worked Against him.

Wike said that these people met on the night of the party’s presidential primary and special convention to prevent his emergence as the party’s presidential candidate.

Wike made the allegation on Friday while speaking during a live television interview in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

He said that the meetings were part of what led to the delay in the commencement of the convention on the day of the PDP presidential primary.

“A whole national chairman told some aspirants that if Wike won, he was going to resign. As Chairman of the convention, he allowed Aminu Tambuwal to speak a second time.

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“And after everything, he (Ayu) went and hugged Tambuwal that he was the hero of the convention.

“Meetings upon meetings were going. Pressures were being mounted on people to step down.

“Even on the night of the convention meetings were going on. That is why we started our convention late.

“Some of the retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. There is nothing they didn’t do for me to step down.

“Those who know me, know that I would have stopped the convention.

“But I said for peace to reign, let the convention go on. Now a candidate has emerged. And we need to win elections as a party. That is the ultimate, winning elections.

“But the right thing must be done. It was agreed and it has been the practice of the party that if the candidate comes from the North, the national chairman should come from the South.

“The candidate (Atiku) knows all these. He even said it to me when he came to my house in Abuja”, Wike recalled.

Wike and his camp have pulled out of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council over Ayu’s refusal to resign as PDP National Chairman.

The embattled governor earlier hinted that he would expose some rotten details in PDP.

 

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