Zamfara Govt Spends ₦2.9bn On Ramadan Welfare

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

The Zamfara State Government has spent the sum of ₦2.9 billion on the purchase of essential commodities for distribution to various categories of people as Ramadan welfare.

This is according to the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, who disclosed this via a statement he issued on Sunday in Gusau, the state capital.

He said the government had appointed the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Nasiru Magarya, as the Chairman of the main committee for distribution of this year’s Ramadan welfare package.

According to the commissioner, the Speaker has assured that the gesture would reach all beneficiaries in the state, adding that he had already set up various committees to easing the distribution.

“The aim is to help in reducing the hardship being faced by people and to enable them to conduct the Ramadan fast with relative ease and happiness,” the statement partly read.

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“In order to ensure equity, fairness and justice in the distribution exercise, the governor has ordered for the formation and or constitution of committees at state, local government, ward and polling unit levels with members drawn from the political class, labour, traditional and religious leaders.”

Dosara further revealed that the 450 truckloads of the welfare packages contained rice, millet, maize, beans, sugar and milk were being distributed to the vulnerable, less privileged, internally displaced persons, civil servants and other categories of members of the public.

SEE THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

ZAMFARA STATE GOVERNMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Chairman, Committee for the distribution of this year’s Ramadan welfare packages and the Speaker Zamfara state House of Assembly Rt Hon Nasiru Muazu Magarya wishes to inform the general public that, Zamfara state government under the leadership of His Excellency Hon (Dr) Bello Matawalle, has purchased 450 trucks of foodstuffs and essential commodities worth 2.9 billion naira for distribution to the public as Ramadan welfare packages for the vulnerable, less privileged, internally displaced persons,  civil servants and other categories of members of the public, to help in reducing the hardships being faced by people and to enable them conduct the Ramadan fast with relative ease and happiness.

The foodstuffs and the essential communities are as follows:

 

  1. Rice………… 60, 000 bags

 

  1. Millet………50,000 bags

 

  1. Maize…………50, 000 bags

 

  1. Beans………..30,000 bags

 

  1. Sugar………….10,000 bags

 

  1. Shadda/Attamfa….40,000 pieces

 

To ensure equity, fareness and justice in the distribution exercise, His Excellency the Executive Governor has ordered for the formation and or constitution of committees at both state, local government, ward and polling unit levels as follows:

 

  1. State Committee.

 

  1. Speaker, state assembly…….as Chairman

 

Members include:

 

  1. State Party chairman

 

  1. State House leader

 

  1. House Committee Chairman on Religious affairs

 

  1. Commissioner for Rural Development

 

  1. Commissioner for Religious Affairs

 

  1. Chairman state ALGON

 

  1. Perm Sec ministry for local government

 

  1. Sole Administrator, Maru local government council

 

  1. Sole Administrator, Anka local government

 

9.Chairman, Zakkat and Endowment Fund

 

  1. State Party Secretary

 

  1. Hon Special Adviser ( Political) as the Secretary of the committee.

 

  1. Local Government Committee

 

  1. Local Government Sole Administrator as the committee chairman

 

  1. Local Government party chairman

 

  1. All members of the National and State Assemblies in the local government

 

  1. All commissioners and Special Advisers in the local government

 

  1. Permanent Secretaries and Directors General in the local government

 

  1. Local Government Secretary

 

  1. Representatives of the Emirs in the local government

 

  1. Representatives of all security agencies in the local government.

 

  1. Local Government party Secretary to serve as Secretary of the committee.

 

  1. Ward Committee

 

  1. Ward councillor as chairman.

 

  1. Ward party chairman

 

  1. Polling unit Party chairmen

 

  1. Youth leader

 

  1. Woman leader

 

  1. Ward Party Secretary to serve as the committee’s secretary.

 

  1. Polling Unit Committee

 

  1. Polling unit party chairman as the chairman.

 

  1. All members of his EXCO.

 

  1. Polling Unit Secretary to serve as the committee Secretary.

 

All the appointed committee members are hereby warned to desist from any wrong doing in the distribution of these items as supervising committees have also been appointed to watch the distribution exercise and report how the exercise was conducted by both the 4 committees.

 

Members should ensure that the foodstuffs reach the targetted beneficiaries directly and without delay.

 

The pattern of the distribution is as follows:

 

  1. Gusau local government

 

  1. Rice……..2124 bags
  2. Millet…..708 bags

c Maize……1416

  1. Sugar. ….354
  2. Beans……354

 

  1. Kaura Namoda Local Government
  2. Rice……….1050
  3. Millet………350
  4. Maize……..700
  5. Sugar……..175
  6. Beans……..175

 

  1. Talata Mafara local government

 

  1. Rice………. 1110
  2. Millet……… 370
  3. Maize…….. 740
  4. Sugar…….. 185
  5. Beans……..185

 

  1. Gummi local government
  2. Rice……….1116
  3. Millet………372
  4. Maize……..744
  5. Sugar……..186
  6. Beans……..186

 

  1. Tsafe local government
  2. Rice……….1200
  3. Millet………400
  4. Maize……..800
  5. Sugar……..200
  6. Beans……..200

 

  1. Bungudu local government

 

  1. Rice……….1326
  2. Millet………442
  3. Maize……..884
  4. Sugar……..221
  5. Beans……..221

 

  1. Zurmi local government
  2. Rice……….1140
  3. Millet………380
  4. Maize……..760
  5. Sugar……..190
  6. Beans……..190

 

8.Shinkafi local government a. Rice……….738

  1. Millet………246
  2. Maize……..492
  3. Sugar……..123
  4. Beans……..123

 

  1. Maradun local government

 

  1. Rice……….876
  2. Millet………292
  3. Maize……..584
  4. Sugar……..146
  5. Beans……..146

 

  1. Anka local government
  2. Rice……….762
  3. Millet………254
  4. Maize……..508
  5. Sugar……..127
  6. Beans……..127

 

  1. Birnin Magaji local government

 

  1. Rice……….738
  2. Millet………246
  3. Maize……..492
  4. Sugar……..123
  5. Beans……..123

 

  1. Maru local government

 

  1. Rice……….1284
  2. Millet………428
  3. Maize……..856
  4. Sugar……..214
  5. Beans……214

 

  1. Bakura local government

 

  1. Rice……….684
  2. Millet………228
  3. Maize……..456
  4. Sugar……..114
  5. Beans……..114

 

  1. Bukuyum
  2. Rice……….948
  3. Millet………316
  4. Maize……..632
  5. Sugar……..158
  6. Beans……158

Each polling unit is to receive a total of 14 bags of assorted foodstuffs and commodities.

This is in addition to the welfare packages to other cateries of people including orphans, people with special needs, internally displaced persons, imams, civil servants, Quranic schools and other relevant organisations.

Following mobile telephone numbers are dedicated for any complaints regarding the distribution exercise.

 

  1. 08089036555

 

  1. 08037754225

 

  1. 08067234742

 

  1. 08062703232

 

The Speaker, Rt Hon Nasiru Muazu Magarya also wishes the general public a happy Ramadan.

 

Signed

Ibrahim Magaji Dosara

Hon Commissioner for Information

Zamfara State

Obaseki’s ₦60bn Claim Can’t Be Misleading, Says Wike

A photo combination showing Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that the claim by his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, that ₦60 billion was printed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to fund the government should not be ignored, noting it cannot be misleading.

Obaseki had on April 7 raised an alarm over the country’s rising debt profile, saying the situation is more critical now because of the huge amount borrowed to service the ailing economy.

He expressed worry that Nigeria is in huge financial trouble, adding that the Federal Government printed ₦60 billion to augment the federal allocation for March.

The claim has been generating various reactions from Nigerians, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed among several others.

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But Wike, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, challenged the CBN to unequivocally declare if money was printed or not.

“Obaseki was in APC, so he understands them. So, Obaseki couldn’t have come from the blues to say they printed ₦60 billion. He knows them,” Wike said.

“Instead of answering the question, he (Emefiele) said governors have to pay back the bailout loan. The bailout is a loan, if you want to take it, go and take it. But answer the question whether money was printed or not printed.”

The Finance Minister had described the claim by Obaseki as false, saying Nigeria’s debt is still within sustainable limits and efforts are on to improve the revenue generation capacity.

However, Obaseki stood his ground and asked the Federal Government to end the current monetary rascality and stop “playing the ostrich” to prevent the economy from further degenerating.

Two Nurses Killed, 10 Injured In Ogun Road Accident

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Two nurses on Sunday died and 10 other persons were injured in a lone accident along the Lagos/Abeokuta expressway.

The Public Relations Officer of the state-owned Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a statement issued on Monday.

He said the lone accident which involved a white Toyota Hiace, marked OG49A07 happened at Akinale village in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

It was reported that the bus was conveying 18 persons at the time of the incident.

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The occupants of the bus said to be nurses, were all heading to a party to honour a matron in one of the hospitals in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The two dead victims were nurses from Ademola Hospital, Ijemo and General Hospital, Ijaiye, all in Abeokuta.

The TRACE spokesman said that one of the survivors of the road crash accused the driver of overspeeding and using a mobile phone while driving at a sharp bend.

“The driver lost control as the bus somersaulted several times. The injured victims were rescued to Hope Hospital, Adigbe, while the dead bodies have been deposited at Ijaye hospital morgue,” he said.

While commiserating with the family of the victims, Akinbiyi admonished road users to always obey traffic rules.

Ramadan Fasting Responsible For Recent Reduction In Banditry – Ex-DSS Director

 

A former Director of the Department of State Services, Mr Mike Ejiofor on Monday said the recent reduction in cases of banditry across the country could be attributed to the Ramadan fasting currently being observed across the country.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community.

The Sultan of Sokoto last week had signalled the commencement of the Ramadan fast, after a moon sighting.

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“It (banditry) is not coming down,” Mr Ejiofor said. “There’s a lull, especially in the North-West; you know we are observing fasting now. So that’s responsible for what we think is a lull in the issues of banditry, especially in the North-West where it is very prevalent.

“Some of them too pray. They are religious people. They don’t come from the sky. At times, they also want to pray to God. Even an armed robber will pray to God to save him from his operations.”

Ex-DSS Director, Mike Ejiofor speaks on the security challenges in the country.

 

Nigeria has been experiencing a series of security threats ranging from terrorism, banditry, militancy, cultism among others in several parts of the country.

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

There Won’t Be Elections In 2023 If We Don’t Sort Out Security – Ex-DSS Official

 

A former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor has warned that the 2023 general elections would not hold over the worsening security situation in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, Ejiofor asked the Federal Government to urgently tackle insecurity head-on.

“If we don’t get these things right before 2023 elections, if we don’t get these things sorted out the various security challenges in the various geopolitical zones, I can assure you that there won’t be elections,” he said.

“There will be a crisis in this country, there will be anarchy. We need to sort out this thing before 2023.

“Let us talk about this country before talking about elections. If we continue like this, there won’t be elections in 2023 because of series of agitations.”

A former Director of the Department of State Service (DSS), Mike Ejiofor speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

 

Amid the serial security challenges facing the country, Ejiofor backed several calls for restructuring, saying the move would help solve the various national issues.

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The security official also faulted a situation whereby states would converge at Abuja on a monthly basis to collect allocation, adding that if governments look inward, the states can survive without the periodic revenue.

He also reacted to the controversy trailing the past extremist religious views of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

Pantami had for the first time acknowledged his past views but noted that he has since renounced those radical assertions.

The Minister said the past radical ideas he was championing were due to age, immaturity, and limited knowledge. This excuse however has not calmed the Twitter storm which is threatening to sweep him from office.

But Ejiofor said there is no way the DSS wouldn’t have done a thorough check before his appointment as Minister in 2015.

He recalled that the secret service had prompted the Senate via a report which barred the National Assembly from confirming the appointment of a former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

“I am not the spokesperson of the SSS but I can tell you that it would be difficult for that information to have passed the State Security Service.

“They must have it on record of his sympathy for Al-Qaeda and some of these terrorist organisations. If the State Security Service submits a report on an individual to government and government fails to act on it, who is to blame?” he questioned.

 

‘It Is Long Overdue,’ Sanwo-Olu Backs State Policing To Tackle Insecurity

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
File photo of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State Government House in Ikeja.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has backed calls for the creation of state police, noting that it is long overdue.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics at the Lagos House, Sanwo-Olu said Nigeria should make state police happen.

“It is long overdue, we should make it happen,” the governor said in reaction to his stance on the creation of a state policing structure in the country.

“In fact, that is one of the critical things that I believe will help us. It has been said over and over again.”

When asked if governors are frustrated that they cannot take 100 percent charge of the security situation in their respective states, Sanwo-Olu replied in the affirmative.

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The Lagos governor believes that once the police outfit is domesticated, it will be easier for officers to effectively tackle crimes in the state since they are already used to their different host communities.

He explained the Lagos State Government has been supporting the Nigeria Police Force in the state with the purchase of vehicles, provision of fuel and allowances which should be done by the Federal Government.

“The last time, we gave them 1,250 constabularies and we are paying their salaries. We paid for everything – uniform, food, etc. So we are actually incurring those expenses already.

“It is really not going to have any bigger bolt on our numbers because that is what we are doing. But it will help us to know that there are state police. What we will do is that somebody grows up in an area, you will understand that area.

“You will know where Okokomaiko is, you will understand the issues around Ojoko, you will know what the problem is in Lagos Island once it is domesticated,” he added.

The governor also spoke on transportation in the nation’s commercial capital, noting that his administration will not scrap the yellow buses popularly known as ‘danfo’, but remodel them to meet modern standards.

He stated further, “It will be unfair for us. These are important stakeholders. They served our citizens. They served Lagosians for a long time. It became the print of Lagos, the yellow buses.

“Let’s be very creative. Let’s see how we can remodel them without scrapping them out. We are collaborating with them. You know that our citizens now deserve newer models of cars.”

The governor said the state has signed an agreement with a local bus manufacturing company to replace buses burnt during the #EndSARS protest.

PDP Calls For Pantami’s Sack, Asks DSS To Probe Minister

A photo combination of the PDP logo and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami after several reports portrayed his past extreme religious views.

Pantami had for the first time acknowledged his past views but noted that he has since renounced those radical assertions.

According to Pantami, the past radical ideas he was championing were due to age, immaturity, and limited knowledge.

But the PDP in a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, asked the Department of State Service to quiz the Minister.

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“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Department of State Services (DSS) to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda,” the statement partly read.

“The party also demands that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake.”

The main opposition party explained that its position “is predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister, who has access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individuals including high profile personalities in the public and private sectors as well as the traditional and faith-based circles.”

It also expressed worry about “allegations in the public suggesting that the minister compromised the NIN registration exercise by giving room for the registration of aliens and invaders from other countries as our citizens.”

While urging Nigerians to remain alert and very sensitive to their environment, the PDP said the masses should not hesitate in providing useful information to our security agencies in the interest of our nation.

Insecurity: US Army Veteran Warns Of Deteriorating Situation In Nigeria

 

A United States Army Veteran, Major Adebayo Adeleke, has warned of a worsening insecurity situation in Nigeria.

Speaking during an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s Diplomatic Channel, Adeleke said the security challenges are slowly degenerating into the war going on in Afghanistan, where the US and allied troops are preparing to withdraw.

He called on the Nigerian leaders to show more seriousness in maintaining security; else things would really go out of control.

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“The threat assessment globally is showing that terrorism and extremism has moved away from South-West Asia and now has headquartered in Africa,” he said.

A file photo shows a man holding a rifle. AFP

 

“We see what is going on in the northeastern part of Nigeria and other parts in Mali, Cameroon Niger and all of that.

“If Nigeria doesn’t push back on this, it will continue to ravage the country. With herdsmen killings, these are just the beginning of it.

“All these banditry and the use of ransom, they are using this money to actually further their network. If all these networks are not broken, Nigerians will wake up one morning and realise their country has been pretty taken over by extremism.”

On the way forward, he asked the Nigerian government to collaborate with other countries to effectively counter-terrorism.

Lagos Rail Project Costs Over ₦100bn – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed that the rail projects embarked upon by the state government will gulp over ₦100 billion.

He disclosed this during an interview on Sunday Politics, a political programme which aired on Channels Television on Sunday.

“It is a lot of money, it is well over N100 billion,” he said in reaction to the cost of the rail projects being constructed by the state government.

“I don’t criticise my predecessors but indeed for whatever planning or reasons, he never funded it. When we came back last two years, the contractor has since moved from about 55 per cent to about 93 per cent in terms of the physical construction of phase 1.”

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The governor also accused the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) didn’t give the state government the right of way for the construction of the light rail.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics which aired on April 18, 2021.

 

Speaking further, Governor Sanwo-Olu said residents of the state should expect the rail project delivered by the last quarter of 2022.

He also spoke on water transportation in the nation’s commercial capital, noting that his administration has targeted a daily movement of 70,000 passengers.

Sanwo-Olu’s remarks come three days after he flagged off the ‘red line’ rail project which, when completed, has the capacity to commute at least one million persons daily.

During the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction, the governor explained that the 37-km Rail Mass Transit will traverse from Agbado to Marina, noting that it would become operational by the last quarter of 2022.

“Since efficient transportation is the backbone of any economy, we are happy to be committing this investment in our transport infrastructure, so that our people can meet their daily targets and aspirations,” the governor said during the event held at the proposed site of the Ikeja Train Station.

“This all-important transport project we are all gathered to witness today represents a major step in this direction.”

 

PDP Govt Never Gave Lagos Right Of Way For Red Light Rail – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) didn’t give the state government the right of way for the construction of the light rail.

He disclosed this at the Lagos House during an interview on Sunday Politics, a political programme which aired on Channels Television on Sunday.

“Lagos was not with the Federal Government at that time so the PDP government never gave Lagos the right of way from the red line now which is from Oyingbo, Ebute Metta all the way to Agbado which was where we all grew up, that rail corridor,” he said.

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“When I was in BRF’s government, we never actually started red line then. It was the blue line that we started in 2010. If we step back then, you remember we have always had that rail corridor.

“So the Federal Government never gave us that opportunity to be able to do the red line then. So it is just now that we are doing the red line.”

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Marina on January 24, 2021.

 

He recalled that during the electioneering campaign in 2019, citizens of Lagos had always wanted the state government to solve the issue of transportation.

The governor explained that despite the huge capital involved, his administration decided to seek funds to deliver rail, waterways and road transportation.

On the state government’s decision to improve the transport sector, Sanwo-Olu said the move would enhance the economic value of the masses and improve the quality of lives.

“People can pretty much determine their travel time, journey time and have it all set up. We should see the rail movement by the last quarter of next year.

“Once we are able to get the rail movement, the only thing that will probably remain will ensure that civilisation, security components are all proper and we have certified all of the security safety issues that are required.”

 

‘Don’t Fear Any Bullet’, Defence Minister Tells Troops Fighting Insurgency

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
A file photo of soldiers.

 

As the country battles the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast, the Defence Minister, Magashi Bashir, has asked the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole not to fear any bullet from the terrorists.

He gave the charge on Sunday during a visit to the Theatre Command in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in the company of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs.

“Don’t fear any bullet, the bullet will come and it will go,” he said. “If you are not meant to die by a bullet you will never die but if you are meant to die by a bullet, even in your bedroom bullet will come and reach you, which is what I experienced during service.”

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According to the Minister, the motive of the visit was to assess the fighting spirit of the troops of operation Lafiya Dole and also to motivate them.

He also intimated the troops of the Federal Government’s plan to recruit more hands to relieve battle fatigued soldiers.

Magashi added, “Very soon we will embark on the recruitment of other soldiers and officers so that we improve the manpower holding of our armed forces.

“We will bring new equipment, new skills in which I will like all of you to benefit from to enable you to be more proficient, more effective in this assignment you’re doing. We have lost time; we are now almost ten years in this operation.

“There are many other operations that we are doing in terms of banditry and other things in this country and I am sure that given the right tools, you will do this country proud. We believe in you, your training, professionalism and we believe you can do the country the requirements of beating the Boko haram as we have it now.”

FG To Recruit Fresh Soldiers Soon Over Insurgency, Banditry

 

The Defence Minister, Magashi Bashir, has said that Federal Government will soon commence recruitment of officers and soldiers across the country.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Theatre Command in Maiduguri when he led The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs on an operational visit, the Magashi said the move is part of the government’s strategy to meet up manpower shortfalls as the country battles insurgency and banditry.

The Minister said the motive of the visit was to assess the fighting spirit of the troops of operation Lafiya Dole and also to motivate them.

While addressing the troops, Magashi intimated them of the government’s plan to recruit more hands to relieve battle fatigued soldiers.

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“Very soon we will embark on the recruitment of other soldiers and officers so that we improve the manpower holding of our armed forces,” he said.

File photo of the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

 

“We will bring new equipment, new skills in which I will like all of you to benefit from to enable you to be more proficient, more effective in this assignment you’re doing. We have lost time; we are now almost ten years in this operation.

“There are many other operations that we are doing in terms of banditry and other things in this country and I am sure that given the right tools, you will do this country proud. We believe in you, your training, professionalism and we believe you can do the country the requirements of beating the Boko haram as we have it now.

“There are a lot of you outside in other places both in the northwest, northcentral and even in the southwest and south-east. Please see this as a sacrifice, see this profession as the profession that it only God you should fear.”

Speaking further, the Defence Minister told journalists that the government takes the welfare of the troops serious, hence the directive for proper documentation of all issues.

He added, “We have already directed that all their problems be put on the paper to enable us to study it and come up with a plan.

“We have also studied their requirements and we have come here to verify and see how best we can proceed so that we can end this war.”