The Kaduna State Police Command has restated it’s preparedness to ensure peaceful conduct of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections across the state.
Addressing Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Area Commanders at the Police Officers Mess in the state capital on Wednesday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, assured that the command was ready to provide round the clock security, before, during and after the elections.
While assuring residents of their safety, the Police Commissioner reiterated that the command is adequately prepared for the elections, and has also concluded arrangements to deploy its personnel to the 23 Local Government Areas and 255 wards across the state
Mr Shehu called on the officers to double their efforts and ensure that there is no breakdown of law order during the polls.
He also warned hoodlums and political thugs not to cause trouble, adding that anyone caught will be dealt with accordingly.
Concerned about the escalating insecurity situation in the country coupled with the issues in the educational sector in Nigeria, a group known as Progressive Governors made up of APC governors in the country, has engaged experts to produce a policy design on the crisis in the education sector.
The Summit, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and themed Crisis In Nigeria’s Educational Sector: Addressing The Connect Between Unemployment And Insecurity, was attended by education commissioners from states controlled by the APC, education consultants and experts from the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and government officials.
Various PGF consultants analysed issues in the education sector, one of which they said is the UNESCO report that one out of every five Nigerian school child is out of school. One of them, Mr Wale Ajadi, stressed on the level of funding.
Representing the Governor of Rivers State, the SSG George Feyii, said without education no society can achieve its full potential.
In its policy issues, the Forum noted that education is an instrument for national development and governments should show its commitment to the rights of citizens to education and expand various efforts to that direction.
A faction of the Nigerian governors’ forum headed by the Rivers State governor has condemned the suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Lamido Sanusi, describing it as a clear breach of the Nigerian constitution and the CBN Act.
In a meeting that took place in Abuja and ended in the early hours of Tuesday, the governors said the suspension appeared aimed at diverting focus from the allegations of corruption and the missing 20 billion dollars from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
In the resolutions read by the chairman, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the forum also joined the call for a forensic audit of the NNPC’s account.
“The suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria by the president is a clear breach of the Nigerian constitution and the CBN Act of 2007.
“It is a diversion form the current national discourse on the allegations of corruption and questionable accountability of the NNPC.
“We support the call by the Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Senate Committee on Finance for a forensic audit of the NNPC’s account.”
Governor Ameachi and other governors deplored what they called a deliberate refusal of the presidency to convene the National Economic Council meeting for the past seven months.
“The refusal of the president to convene a national Economic Council meeting has hindered the constitutional opportunity to discuss the perilous sate of the Nigerian Economy thus plunging the nation into economic and political crises,” governor Ameachi said, reading from the resolutions.
They called on the Judiciary to expedite action on the hearing of constitutional cases, especially the case of the excess crude account and the illegal deductions on oil subsidy.
The forum also took positions on the issue of increasing insecurity in the north east where the Boko Haram sect had carried out several attacks recently.
The governors called on the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property in the country especially in the north east.
Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may be heading to the court to ask the federal government to explain the several deductions from their federal allocations.
Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the governors in Abuja, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who is also the chairman of the forum, said that some states in the last few months have had about 40 per cent of the allocations deducted.
He described the deductions as illegal and that every constitutional means will be explored to ensure the deductions are stopped.
Other governors who attended the meeting include Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe state and the Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Umar Mustapha.
On the proposed National Dialogue, the governors said that the Party will make its stand known at the end of their National Executive Committee meeting, which is on-going at the Party’s National secretariat in Abuja.
State governors on the platform of the newly registered mega party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday cautioned the National Assembly against legislating on any aspect of the local government administration in the country; saying that such an action will tilt the country towards a unitary state.
This was part of the resolutions of the APC governors at their maiden meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital on Wednesday.
In attendance at the meeting were Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State), Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno ); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti ); Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos); Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Governor Abdulazeez Yari ( Zamfara),and Senator Ibikunle Amosun ( Ogun State); Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ( Edo) and Governor Rochas Okorocha ( Imo State, represented by his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere). Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State could not attend following his trip to the lesser Hajj.
Reading the communiqué after the 4-hour long meeting, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the governors extensively discussed constitutional amendment and resolved that the issue of local government administration is a matter within the purview of the federating unit and that federalism is the basis of the nation’s sovereignty.
The Governors added that any attempt by the National Assembly to legislate on any aspect of council administration will undermine and weaken the fundamental principles of the Nigerian federalism.
Fayemi also said that the Forum deliberated on revenue allocation and noted that in spite of recommendations made to the Presidency, no effect has been given to the extant proposals on the need to give more funds to the states and local governments because that is where the citizens reside.
The Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe on Wednesday described the visit of some All Progressive Congress (APC) to Borno State, considered a Boko Haram stronghold, as foolish bravery.
Mr Okupe, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the caché of arms uncovered by the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State after President Jonathan visited the state showed that there was ‘clear and present danger’ in the state.
The presidential spokesman, who was speaking on the achievement of President Jonathan’s visit to Borno and Yobe states said, “I cannot finish this without talking about the visit of the so-called 10 or 11 APC governors, who went on a dance parade to the market square and were waving hands and people are now saying that they were courageous.”
Mr Okupe said President Jonathan and not the governors was the target of Boko Haram.
He said, “The governors that went to Borno were not the target. They are not consequential in the consideration of the Boko Haram. 30 governors can go to Borno state, Boko Haram is not moved by that. The president is their target and that is what makes the difference.