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In Maiden Meeting, Crush Oil Thieves Now, Tinubu Orders Service Chiefs

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Bola Tinubu, yesterday met with the Service Chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies and told them that he would change the security architecture of the country to blend with his philosophy to address the insecurity challenges across the federation.

The President also said as far as he is concerned, ‘Nigeria should not go on her knees as a result of security challenges while other countries are working, moving forward and recording tremendous achievements.

Tinubu stated this in his maiden official meeting with Security and intelligence heads led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as the the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen.

Babagana Monguno (retd), who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting that lasted two hours, said the President has directed heads of security agencies to come out with their blue prints.

He ordered the security agencies to crush anyone involved in oil theft, stressing that his administration will not tolerate such menace.

“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that as far as he is concerned, he is not going to tolerate oil theft wherever the problem is coming from it must be crushed as soon as possible,” he stated.

He has already mandated the security agencies to come up with a blueprint as far as he knows and as far as he concerned, he doesn’t have the luxury of time; and whatever changes will be made have to be done as soon as possible.

“The President also has decided that whatever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well fed, well kitted, motivated and given all that they require.

He said it was an appraisal meeting for the President to get briefing on the activities of the different security formations and for him to tell them his own philosophy and what he expects from the security heads.

“The President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces has just concluded a meeting of the general security appraisal committee consisting of the Chief of Staff, Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, and heads of the intelligence agencies.

“This is the very first meeting he’s had with the heads of the security agencies. The meeting lasted for two hours.

“Having been briefed by the participants of the meeting, Mr. President, addressed prevailing issues confronting the nation in terms of insecurity and also mentioned his own philosophy towards dealing with national security issues.

“First and foremost, he appreciated the armed forces and intelligence agencies and the wider paramilitary agencies for the work they have been doing in the past couple of years. Their sacrifice, their loyalty, and he also paid tribute to those who died in defending this country, from the great big menace of terrorism, insurgency banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, etc.

“The President has made it very clear that he’s determined to build on whatever gains that have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour.

“As far as he’s concerned, this country should not be on its knees struggling while other countries are working and achieving greater heights,” he said.

President Tinubu said in moving the country forward he needs the security agencies to redouble their efforts, stressing that his own philosophy is one of contemporary security measures dealing with the requirements of the time.

“He has made it very clear that he will not accept a situation in which our fortunes keep declining. And his own trajectory is that national security has to be coordinated, there has to be whatever…whether it is a basket system, but there must be a clearing house.

“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on.

“President has said clearly that he will do whatever is within his powers to enable the operational elements but the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment,” the NSA said.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has mandated his security chiefs to draw up a fresh blueprint that would guide security operations in the country.

Tinubu, who met with the security chiefs in the country for the first time since assuming office, yesterday, said he had a personal philosophy about how security issues should be handled for effective results.

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Nigeria, Afreximbank Strengthen Ties on Economic Growth, Financial Integration

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

On the sidelines of the 6th AU Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun held bilateral talks with Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President of Afreximbank.

The meeting, which was held in Accra, Ghana weekend, reinforced the strong partnership between Afreximbank and the Federal Government of Nigeria, with a focus on driving economic growth and financial integration across Africa.

During the meeting, HM Edun acknowledged the fiscal policy measures implemented by the President Bola Tinubu-led Administration, which has significantly improved Nigeria’s revenue position.

He emphasized the critical need for comprehensive financial integration across Africa to drive intra-continental trade, investment, and development.

On his part, Professor Oramah reaffirmed Afreximbank’s unwavering commitment to supporting President Tinubu’s developmental objectives for economic growth.

 The bilateral talks underscored the importance of collaboration between Nigeria and Afreximbank in achieving shared economic goals.

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12 Storey Buildings at Risk of Collapse in Jos, Says Mutfwang

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos 

To forestall a recurrence, the Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang yesterday inaugurated a Technical Committee to investigate the collapse a two-storey building that claimed lives of students and teachers of the Saints Academy, Jos, saying not less than 12 storey buildings are at risk of going down.

 He tasked the committee to thoroughly investigate the causes of the incident and examine the roles of all individuals involved in the construction and maintenance of the building.

Inaugurating the committee at the New Government House in Jos, the governor noted, “It is imperative that we understand why this incident occurred, identify any lapses in duty, and implement measures to prevent a recurrence.

“Reports indicate that around 12 other schools in the city are at risk of collapse, which necessitates urgent action.”

The governor said he remains committed to implementing stringent measures that will ensure the safety and integrity of buildings across the state.

“We will continue to enforce necessary changes with compassion, avoiding unnecessary hardship for our people.

“However, we cannot compromise on the safety of innocent lives. The loss of 24 children is a grave reminder of the urgency of our mission,” he stated.

Mutfwang directed the Secretary to the State Government to broaden the committee’s mandate to include the burnt Jos Main Market stressing that reports suggested that the remaining structure is also at risk of collapse.

He urged the committee to investigate the demolition process, the handling of materials, and the steps needed to ensure public safety.

Mutfwang called on the public to provide any information that could help prevent future building collapses in the state.

The chairman of the committee, Prof. Slim Matawal expressed gratitude to the governor for entrusting them with the critical task and assured that the committee would diligently work to prevent future incidents of building collapse in the state.

Members of the committee are: Prof. Slim Matawal as Chairman; Engr. Oke Ezema, Member; Arc. Olusegun Olukoya, Member; Bldr. Daniel Sani (NOIB), Member; Arc. Michael Yibial (ARCON) Member; Engr. Rose Daffi (COREN) Member; Arc. Barnabas Dafiel (JMDB) Member; Barr. Williams Habakkuk (MOJ) Member; ACP Dayyabu Ahmed (NPF) Member; and Mr. Yakubu Mallo (Director Administration, OSGS) as Secretary.A block of classrooms at the Saint Academy located in the Busa Buji community of Jos North Local Government Area caved in on July 12, killing as many as 22 school children and wounding others.

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Heed Voices of Aggrieved Populace to Avert Protest, Ajaero Tells Tinubu

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By David Torough, Abuja

In the countdown to the national protest against painful economic policies, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday called on President Bola Tinubu to heed the voices of the aggrieved populace to tackle the situation.

Speaking through a press statement, the NLC president underscored the urgent need for dialogue between government and protest organizers.

“These are dire times that call for dialogue, not discord,” Ajaero noted, urging compassion and understanding from the authorities.

He said the planned protest is not merely a political manoeuvre but a genuine expression of citizens’ anguish and demand for responsive governance.

He stated, “Nigerians deserve to have their voices heard without being dismissed as mere political dissenters,” adding that citizens are facing widespread frustration over economic conditions.

The NCL President added, “Millions of Nigerians are suffering under the weight of economic policies that have exacerbated poverty and deprivation.”

He condemned any hostility towards protesters, highlighting that such responses fail to address the root causes of public dissatisfaction.

“You cannot silence those suffering and expect peace,” he cautioned, urging a constructive approach to prevent further unrest.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that approximately 133 million Nigerians live below the extreme poverty line, with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) reporting acute hunger affecting 32 million people in 2024 alone.

Unemployment and underemployment further compound the problems, pushing countless families to the brink.

Central to the NLC’s stance are grievances against recent government policies, including steep increases in fuel prices, electricity tariffs, and user fees for essential services.

These measures have significantly burdened ordinary Nigerians while seemingly benefiting a privileged few, intensifying public resentment.

The nationwide protest is billed to hold from Aug. 1 to 10.

The leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has thrown its weight behind it.

The National Chairman of SDP, Shehu Gabam at a press conference in Abuja last week said the demonstration is in the interest of the masses.

However, the Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma exonerated Tinubu from the inflation and economic challenge ravaging the country.

He argued that the biting hardship is a global phenomenon and not limited to Nigeria.

Mr Bayo Onanuga, a presidential aide on Sunday accused supporters of the Labour Party candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi of planning the protest.Onanuga who is Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy said that Obi would be held responsible for whatever crisis that may emanate from the action.

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