Buhari Expresses Concern Over Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria, Benin RepublicNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed concern over the nation’s criminal justice system, saying it has been a hindrance to credibility.

He identified delay in court process as a situation that had made offenders not to account for their misdeeds.

The president in his address at the graduation ceremony of senior executive course 38 of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos, told the judiciary to develop a blueprint for a justice system that would speed up dispensation of justice without delay.

President Buhari, who was represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, revisited the challenges of law and order as well as the importance of having a vibrant and speedy criminal justice system in Nigeria.

“Our system of criminal justice from investigation to prosecution and adjudication by the courts need to be re-engineered.

“The long delay in the entire process has impaired the credibility of our capacity to hold offenders to account for their misdeeds.

“I have charged the judiciary often and I do so again for the task of developing a firm blueprint for a justice system that works, a system that will give us results,” the president stressed.

The Acting Director General of the Institute, Mr Jonathan Juma, expressed confident that recommendations and implementations strategies contained in the report would be considered by the government.

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, North Central region of Nigeria, is the nation’s foremost policy and had its graduation for participants of senior executive course 38 after a ten month intensive research through lectures, seminars, discussions and study tours within and outside the country, with the theme, ‘Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development in Nigeria.

The national institute was established in 1979 and has since produced a total of 1,847 top-level policy and strategy experts who have contributed positively to national development in various sectors.

NIPSS Set To Graduate 67 SEC 38 Participants 

nipss, SEC 38The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, kuru, Jos North Central Nigeria, is set to graduate 67 participants of the Senior Executive Course (SEC 38).

Briefing journalists on the activities of the institute towards the graduation ceremony, Acting Director General Of The Institute, Mr Jonathan Juma, said President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion.

The course which commenced in March 2016, was themed: “Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty reduction and Inclusive Development in Nigeria”, with participants embarking on study tours of states within the country and outside the country.

Tunisia, Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Namibia and Ethiopia were some of the countries visited by participants, while the international tours included India, Poland, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Romania and Thailand.

Also, participants of the SEC 38 course, had a presidential parley with the President, where paper presentations were done as well as recommendations presented to the him, on the theme of the course.

Although a joyous occasion, a tragic event occurred in which one of the participants from Niger state unfortunately died a day to the graduation ceremony.

He will however still be awarded the member of national institute posthumously.

ARMTI Grants N4 Million Loan To Kwara Farming Communities

The Agriculture and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) has given a N4 million naira loan to 4 farming communities via its newly launched Rural Development Initiative.

According to ARMTI, the initiative is designed to put to rest issues of empowerment of the people at the grassroots as well as enhance agriculture in the rural areas.

The initiative which takes off in four communities in Ifelodun and Ilorin south local government areas of Kwara state takes into cognizance the peculiarities of the people of the four towns namely Falokun-oja, Fufu, Elerinijare Ibobo and Idofian which are predominantly agrarian communities.

The acting Director General of the institute, Mr Samuel Afolayan said the initiative will empower the rural communities and improve food security and production.

Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Bode Olayemi noted that the state government will continue to work with all stakeholders to key into programmes like the Rural Development Initiative.

About 160 farmers are expected to benefit from a N4 million loan given to the four communities across two local governments.