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Northwest Governors Must Show Political Will to Fight Banditry, other Vices, Says Group

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A group, the Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development said governors in the Northwest need the political will to fight banditry and other vices behind insecurity in the zone.

The Executive Director of the group, Dr Sani Shinkafi made this known in statement in Abuja.

“The problems in the zone require political will and pragmatic actions, not empty rhetoric as obtainable in the past 12 years, which has not changed the narrative.

”The governors should accelerate the development of the zone through education, wealth creation, and social amenities that will impact the lives of the people,” Shinkafi said.

He said that organising peace and security summits and conferences within and outside Nigeria were not the solution to the insecurity confronting the zone, but political will and pragmatic actions.

Shinkafi said it was on record that the geopolitical zone had the largest land mass and 30 per cent of the country total population.

He added that from the First Republic North West zone has produced prominent citizens who have served in various capacities in the federal government, yet the region was grossly undeveloped and lags behind in education.

“The zone has the largest number of out of school children and the highest number of Almajiris, poorly equipped schools, hospitals, bad roads etc. The zone is neglected by past and present leaders.

“Agriculture which is the mainstream of the region is neglected in spite of abundant, fruitful land mass.

“There is no political will to engage in large scale farming. Certainly, there is no commitment from state governors in the region to invest in commercial farming and livestock development.

“The region has abundant solid minerals including gold, copper, rhodium, gem stones, kaolin, berates and lithium.

“Sadly, there is no political will to develop these mineral resources since the discovery of oil,” he said.

Shinkafi said that the recent North West summit on security of life and livelihoods was a welcome development if governors would be spurred to implement people-oriented projects, ensure the security and welfare of the people for rapid development of the zone.

He listed the remote causes of the insecurity in the region to include corruption, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, poor governance, weak judicial system, weak security apparatus;

Porous borders, drug abuse, weak traditional institutions, influx of illegal Fulani aliens through land borders and proliferation of small and lighter arms and ammunition by unauthorised persons.

He said some leaders in the zone failed to invest in education, in building primary and secondary schools, adult education and Almajiri schools, leading to high rate of illiteracy in the region.

He said that if governors of the region were committed in food production by providing tractors, harvesters, sprayers, insecticides, pesticides and farmers credit schemes, the region would feed the nation and export some agricultural produce.

He advised various states government in the region to apply kenetic and non kenetic approaches the fight against insecurity in the region.

“In kenetic approach the military should be deployed to restore peace and security in the region.

“More military operatives should be deployed, well equipped and motivated, community policing should be adopted by equipping state-owned security outfits established by the Act of the State Houses of Assembly with clearly defined duties to support conventional security agencies in the fight against insecurity.

“State governors in the zone should proffer home-grown solutions involving traditional rulers, religious leaders, leaders of Fulani association and leaders of farmers association to engage in peace dialogue with bandits who are willing to lay down their arms unconditionally and be reintegrated into the society.

“Social amenities should be provided in most of the Fulani settlements including ranches, grazing reserves, cattle routes, farm settlement, veterinary clinics, portable water, access roads, schools and cattle breeding loans,” he said.

Shinkafi also advised the governors in the region to be proactive and create jobs for the youth to reduce unemployment and poverty.

“Zamfara, Kaduna and Funtua textile industries should be revived along with other small and medium industries. Agriculture and solid minerals in the region should be developed to create jobs.

“There should be  death penalty for armed banditry and related offences duly passed by State Houses of Assembly in the region.

”The judiciary should be overhauled for expeditious prosecution of suspects,” he said.

Shinkafi also advised governors to constitute peace and security trust funds to support security operations in various states including Niger State in North Central which shares border with Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina and Kaduna States.

“The security trust funds should be used to purchase patrol vehicles, pay security allowances, fuel and maintain vehicles, procure communication gadgets etc.”

He called for total overhaul of security agents and operations in the borders with the use of modern security equipment

He said that with the proactive measures peace and security would be restored in the North West geopolitical zone.(NAN)

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LG Autonomy: Supreme Court Judgment Meets Constitutional Order- Edeoga

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 Former Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) for the 2023 elections in Enugu State, Hon Chijioke Edeoga has hailed the Thursday ruling of the Supreme Court, which granted financial autonomy to the nation’s 774 LGAs.

Edeoga, in reaction to the judgment said in a  statement in Abuja that the judgment was in line with the existing constitutional order.

“While it is suspected that the judgment may not meet the approval of advocates of political restructuring in Nigeria, there is no doubt that it accords with the demands of the existing constitutional order.

“The violation of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by governors of Nigerian states has been going on with flagrant impunity for many years and under different administrations since 1999.

“Local Government Areas, recognized in the Nigerian Constitution as the third tier of government and the one closest to the people, have been deprived of the funds needed for grassroots development, thus existing at the mercy of state governors,” he  remarked.

He regretted that over the years, state governors have made local government funds their cash cows, receiving and dispensing as they deemed fit, and without regard to the development imperatives of the councils, their employees, and their respective peculiar development challenges.

“This abuse has given rise to situations where local councils are forced to queue on a strange breadline, where governors favour some local governments while sidelining others.

“The offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies are stacked with files bursting with evidence of abuse of local council funds by state governors, whose prosecution has been hindered by red tape and other inexplicable reasons” he noted.

The former Governorship candidate recalled that during  his campaign for the Governorship of Enugu State, he highlighted the deplorable management of local council funds in Enugu State and vowed that council funds would be sacrosanct if he won the election.

He said as a former local government Chairman, he knew the importance of those funds and the leverage they provide for rural development, employment generation, and economic empowerment. 

 “My belief is that rather than treat council funds as a source of free money as most state governors see them, I would ensure easy and direct access to it by council chairmen as a means of ensuring that local government councils become complementary to the state government’s development efforts,” he stressed. 

He said his intention upon assumption of office was to empower Local councils and noted that the judgment will minimize the tendency of some governors and state officials to favour their local governments of origin while sidelining others.

“I am particularly relieved that the administration of President Bola Tinubu has taken this rare positive step towards restoring the glories of local administration in Nigeria. “Those of us in the Enugu State chapter of the Labour Party see this as a step in the right democratic direction and must single out President Tinubu and the Attorney General of the Federation, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, for pursuing this judgement with a single-minded determination and patriotic purposefulness. 

“While we commend the current administration for the rare courage and vision deployed in pursuit of this case, we must also advise against allowing the judgement to form another layer of entry in our Case Laws. Nigerians are excited by the judgement and are looking forward to the restoration it would bring to bear on rural development across the country, and would be displeased if deliberate political, judicial, and institutional efforts are not made to ensure that implementation.”

“This judgement, it must be emphasised, is a PUBLIC INTEREST MATTER and has reignited hope of a possible grassroots development renaissance among the progressive-minded people that are interested in the development of Nigeria and the wellbeing of everyone” he stated.

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Give us Opportunities to Prove Ourselves – Physically-Challenged Politician Urges

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A physically-challenged politician and mother of two, Mrs Emiola Bajomo, has launched a foundation to encourage the physically challenged.

At the launch of the foundation on Wednesday in Surulere, Lagos, Bajomo said that physically-challenged people had potential that should be developed with adequate support.

The name of the foundation is Emilola Faith Heart Foundation.

Bajomo said that the foundation would be organising sensitisation programmes quarterly to encourage the physically challenged to develop their potential.

“They should come out from their hidden places to showcase their potential.

Bajomo appealed to governments and well-meaning individuals and groups to invest in physically-challenged people and make them more productive.

She regretted that many talented physically-challenged people had turned to beggers due to lack of support.

In her keynote address, Dr Oluwaseye Oluwabunmi, a physotherapist at the General Hospital Randle, Surulere, said that statistics showed that about 16 million persons in Nigeria were physically challenged.

She listed factors that could cause physical challenge to include accident and sickness.

“What is more important is that it is not a reason for not being productive,” she said.

She implored the physically challenged to interact more and build relationships.

She also called on them to develop their talents and add values to be well remunerated.

Dr Babatunde Adeolu also a physotherapist at the same hospital, advised the physically challenged not to see themselves as disabled.

He said that in spite of their challenges, they could still do many significant things on their own.

He appealed to governments and well-meaning Nigerians to encourage them to discover their abilities and talents.

He urged provision of special walk ways, toilets and necessary gadgets for the physically challenged to enable them to do better and have a sense of belonging.

Mr Mukaila Yusuf, a politician in Surulere, urged the physically challenged to shun begging and engage in meaningful activities to preserve their dignity.

He equally told them to be part of governance in all the tiers of government by making their votes to count and their views known.

A physically challenged person on wheelchair, Mrs Feyisetan Bakare, said this at the event that she had learnt hair dressing and needed a shop.

Mr Simeon Promise, also physically challenged, said that he was playing basketball well but needed more attention by governments and well-meaning Nigerians.

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Reps Panel Berates TETFund Boss, others for Avoiding probe

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character on Tuesday berated the Executive Secretary of theTertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Sonny T. Echono, for failing to appear at an investigative hearing to defend the activities of the agency.

Chairman of the committee, Hon Idris Wase, was upset at Echono’s failure to turn up even after several invitations.

Wase also knocked the Industrial Training Fund, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, the National Sugar Development council for also failing to honour the Committee’s invitation.

He said they were taking the committee for granted over their persistent refusal to honour invitations and that henceforth it would not be tolerated.

The representative of the Executive Secretary of TETFund at the meeting, Babatunde Oladeji, who is the Director of monitoring and evaluation in the fund, told the committee that the Executive Secretary was away on official leave.

Wase, stressed that all agencies of government must be accountable and transparent to the Nigerian people.

He said henceforth they would be sanctioned in accordance to the law if they continue to avoid the parliament.

He said you must be accountable to the House. This is the last time. Next time the committee would invoke its powers provided for in the constitution

“You are appearing before the House of Representatives Committee and we are not going to take this nonsense any longer.

“This is a House that you should be giving account to. And I don’t know the instrument that gave you the power to operate. The same parliament that gave you the powers, what makes you think that they are useless here. We are here on behalf of all Nigerians. We keep writing and you keep neglecting us. Where do you draw your powers from? You are spiting the entire country.

“We cannot let any agency or ministries take us for granted because without us, they don’t exist. It is unacceptable for them to keep disrespecting this committee.”

He said because of the way heads of agencies were treating the parliament with levity, the committee had to advertise in three national dailies apart from the letters.

He said they could not attend to their representatives as they were not accountable for the various agencies.

“I am disappointed with the Executive Secretary of Tetfund. He was a former federal perm sec. I expect him to be more compliant than any other person as he should know the rudiments of civil service better. He chose to neglect it. We would not take it.

The Committee has not been doing it’s job properly in the past that is why people think they can do anything and carry on with it. It would not be business as usual.

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