Post-insurgency: Women Hold Peace Summit In Yola

Women, Adamawa, Yola, Post-insurgency, Peace SummitSome women in Adamawa State have organised a peace summit to brainstorm on the way forward after the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists by the military.

The one-day summit was also convened to set the stage for the rebuilding of not only destroyed infrastructure but their lives.

The women, drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state, converge on the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Yola, the Adamawa State capital in northeast Nigeria.

In her address, the wife of the Adamawa State Governor, Mrs Marian Jibrilla, highlighted the significance of the summit.

A member of the state’s House of Assembly, Sodom Daniel, and another speaker at the event, Mrs Mai Ahmed, also gave an insight on the meeting.

It is the first time the women are coming together to chart a new course in a post-insurgency period, as they bear the brunt of the devastating effect of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Many are said to be widows, and their children either killed or abducted.

They have gathered to discuss issues ranging from security challenges, women empowerment, as well as their roles in the development of communities and sustaining peaceful coexistence.

The agitation for the global affirmative action on gender equality and the need for self-reliance was also discussed.

At the end of the peace summit, the women commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in defeating the terrorists.

They also lauded the State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, for his concern for their welfare.

DSS Rescues Six Children From Suspected Kidnappers In Benue

DSS, Appropriation CommitteeThe Department of State Service( DSS) and the Nigerian Army Unit in Makurdi, have paraded eight suspected kidnappers and six children rescued from their custody before Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

The ring leader, Adejo Ogiri who, according to the governor, is a grandson of the First Ochi’doma, the paramount ruler of the Idoma Ethnic Group, staged the kidnap of his relation and five other school children, who were trafficked to Okigwe for sale.

Among the kidnap syndicate is Michael Uzochukwu, a bus driver and Miss Afonne Nwokocha who facilitated the sale of one of the children to Augustina Basil for the sum of 700, 000 Naira paid into a new generation bank.

Governor Ortom arrived at the Benue State old Banquet Hall to meet security chiefs involved in the rescue of the Six school children, with active collaboration of the police in Abia state.

The governor, links the ring leader to the ancestry of the Late Ogiri Okoh, the First Ochi’doma and paramount ruler of the Idoma ethnic group in Benue State.

One of the victim’s parent, admits knowing the ring leader of the kidnappers and worried why he decided to abduct his child.

Another group of Five women who are yet to find their children kidnapped between March and August 2015, appealed to the governor to help rescue their children.

To address the menace of kidnapping in Benue state, the governor says a bill prescribing capital punishment has been sent to the State Assembly for legislation.

Gov. Amosun Hosts Business Community In Ogun State

Amosun, business communityThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has asked investors and members of the business community operating in the state to take maximum advantage of the investment friendly environment being provided by the state to grow and develop their businesses.

He made the call during a breakfast meeting with members of the business community, held at the banquet hall of the government house in Abeokuta, the state capital.

While soliciting more synergy, understanding and cooperation for government policies and programme, the Governor asked for the support of the organized private sector in the area of technical training for youths.

While the Governor was promising more development, the state’s Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, asked members of the business community to always live up to their civic responsibilities by paying their taxes regularly.

Ambode Signs 2016 Appropriation Bill Into Law

AmbodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of 662.6 billion Naira into law.

While signing the bill into law, the Governor promised that the budget would be faithfully implemented.

It was presented to him by Rotimi Olowo, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Economic Planning and Budget.

Governor Ambode said that the 2016 budget would enable his administration to focus on present challenges of security, transport and traffic management, physical and social infrastructural development, as well as job creation.

The ceremony, which took place at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Ikeja, was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council, as well as members of the House of Assembly and lawmakers representing the state at the federal level.

Gov. Dickson Urges National Institutions To Be Apolitical

DicksonBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the political class in Nigeria to stop the use of national institutions to serve personal and political aspirations of their political allies.

He said this while addressing a world press conference at the Government House Banquet Hall in Yenagoa.

The Governor began his address by observing a minute silence in honour of persons who lost their lives during the December 5 and 6 elections in the state.

Governor Dickson stated that the essence of the briefing was to inform Bayelsans of the state of affairs, with particular reference to the upcoming January 9 elections, expected to take place in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 101 polling units across the state.

The Governor, who seized the opportunity to call on law enforcement agencies to do their jobs and stop meddling in partisan politics, said that such acts would be interpreted as a deliberate subversion of national security.

The Governor decried the ongoing situation in the state where he alleged that known perpetrators of violence are not being called for questioning by security agencies.

He advised residents of the oil-rich state not to engage in electoral violence as the essence of politics is to build and not to destroy.

Okorocha Rewards Best Staff With Cash, Car

Rochas-OkorochaThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged civil servants in the state to be more committed and dedicated to their duties as it remains the only key to success and promotion.

The Governor gave this charge at the end of the year’s assessment programme organized for Government House staff at the Banquet Hall in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

He maintained that his government will remain committed to the welfare of workers and as such all salaries of workers up till December has been paid.

The Governor however rewarded the best Government House staff with a brand new car and one million naira.

The Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government, Uche Nwosu, in his welcome address also explained the aim of the programme.

Okorocha charged them to be more committed to their duty as there is always a reward for dedication and hard work.

The high point of the event was the presentation of a car gift and one million naira to the best Government House staff, Mrs Blessing Ogbuefi, from the security unit. While receiving the gift, she thanked the state government for their magnanimity and appreciating her commitment to duty over the years.

The event helps to motivate and boost morale of workers in the Government House to be more dedicated to their various duties.


Buhari Blames Previous Administration For Inability To Tackle Boko Haram

FEC- Buhari- Boko HaramNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has blamed the previous government at all levels for what he called “abuse of trust in the purchase of equipment and other ammunition to fight the war against Boko Haram”.

A situation, the President, said has cost Nigeria huge loss of lives and property.

The President made this disclosure while addressing members of the House of Representatives, who he hosted to a presidential dinner at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari described as unfortunate, a situation where the Nigerian Army which defended Africa in peacekeeping operations, could not engage Boko Haram.

He said that the millions of Naira and Dollars expended by the past administration could not be properly utilised.

The President called on the members of the House to support him in the fight and expressed optimism that the war on Boko Haram must be won.

He also gave the assurance that his administration is making concerted efforts to raise the moral of the soldiers and get the necessary equipment.


Jonathan, Buhari Hold Closed-door Meeting

Jonathan and BuhariPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Friday met with Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to continue talks ahead of the handover date.

The meeting was held inside the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari arrived for the meeting at exactly 3:00pm local time. He came in the company of the All Progressives Congress national chairman and other officials of the party.

Shortly before his arrival, President Jonathan was seen moving from his office to the venue in company of his Principal Secretary, Hassan Tukur.

President Jonathan told reporters that the meeting was in continuation of their conversation in the interest of the country.

He said that “a date is coming when the President-elect will be taken round the Presidential Villa before they address the press”.

The closed-door meeting, which lasted for about 35 minutes, came after a transition committee  that would coordinate  the handing-over ceremony that will hold on May 29 was announced.



Jonathan, PDP Governors Meet To Perfect Election Strategies  

 Jonathan meets with state Governors

The President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has met with state Governors elected on the platform of the PDP to strategise on how to win in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The meeting, which was held on Monday behind closed doors, started at about 5:30pm local time at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the chairman of the PDP Governors forum, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said it had become imperative for the party to let Nigerians know that so many sectors had been opened up under the President Jonathan’s administration far more than any previous administration.

He said the states under the PDP could not be compared to states under opposition, adding that his party must find a way to sell its achievements to the electorates.

Governor Akpabio then urged Nigerians to shun ethnic and tribalistic issues, stressing the need for them to focus on returning the President to power.

The meeting had in attendance most of the PDP Governors, led by Governor Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.

After about two hours into the meeting, they were also joined by the PDP governorship candidates in all the 36 states.

President Jonathan had earlier in the day met with all the candidates of the PDP from the state House of Assembly, governorship and national Assembly election.


Gov Amaechi Meets Religious And Traditional Rulers On Ebola

EbolaAs the state battles to curb the spread of Ebola Virus Disease, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has met with religious and traditional leaders in an interactive session at the Banquet Hall of the Government House Port Harcourt on proper information, dissemination and cultivating the right culture and attitude.

It was a gathering of the religious and traditional leaders, healthcare professionals and members of the Rivers State Executive Council.

The concern for the meeting was to generate collaborative efforts in the fight against Ebola, as the leaders go about managing their followers, who could sometimes be in their hundreds.

For the Governor, being aware of the mode of transmission was vital as well as preaching the right message.

As the question and answer session progressed and with their comments sometimes eliciting crowd reaction, the stakeholders cleared all the possible misconceptions about the nature and spread of the Ebola virus.

According to the Manager of the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre, Mr Festus Shuaib, this was not the time for stigmatization but one for all citizens to cooperate with the State Government and relevant agencies to curb the spread of the virus.

As Rivers State continues in its efforts to stamp out Ebola, it has been continually emphasized that providing the right information would help reduce panic among the people and this should be taken seriously by all.

Lagos Traffic Law Is About Safety, Not Politics Says Fashola

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) who met with leaders of commercial motorcycle riders associations and Community Development Committees (CDC)  in the State over the implementation of the State Traffic Law as it affect operators of motorbikes, has maintained that the law is a good policy which the State will not reverse.

Governor Fashola who spoke on Tuesday in the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja at a meeting attended by the Police High Command in the State said the issue of the implementation of the State Traffic law is not a political issue but that of safety.

He added that like every good policy, it can indeed be improved upon, but motorcycle operators must obey the law and reduce the excesses associated with some of them.

Fashola however, charged the senior law enforcement officers to ensure that their men who engage in illegalities are clamped down. He reiterated that even in the approved routes, the motorcycle operators cannot carry more than one passenger and cannot drive against traffic or ride the motor bikes without wearing a crash helmet because it is all about being alive.

According to Governor Fashola, the people can also monitor and participate in the enforcement process by ensuring that in the various Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas where there are problems, the people can work together with the Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Area Commanders through the Police Community Relations Committees (PCRC) to address such issues.

He expressed the hope that the operators of commercial motorcycles would organize themselves better and utilize the open door policy of the present administration to reach it, adding: “Let us know what the problems are and if people are impersonating you, use the open door policy to reach us. Let us know if they are people impersonating, you let us work together to get them out of the business. So that we know who we are dealing with”.

Governor Fashola stated that the State Government appreciates the support of the commercial motorcycle operators for the ruling party in the State and values it but that the level of responsibility expected of them is bigger in terms of supporting the government to protect life and property.

He reiterated that the Police Commissioner or the Assistant Inspector General cannot be everywhere at all times but that the motorcycle operators also owe it a duty to take the necessary steps about the identities of Policemen who engage in such infractions, adding that such officers would be fished out.

Fashola also called for the setting up of Contact Committees across the various Police Area Commands, which should be decentralized by the Local Government Chairmen down the line so that the face of those monitoring and supervising is well known to the people.

The Governor said if complaints would be raised by the commercial motorcycle operators against the implementation of the law, it is only after they have complied with its provisions that government can take feedback and possibly review some part of it.

Speaking earlier, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa said the State Traffic Law 2012 has assisted the government to get a high level of compliance which has come with a lot of media advocacy.

He stressed that the Traffic Law came into being not only to improve the responsibility of preservation of life and property, improve security, traffic situation but also to improve traffic management and control in the State.

The Lagos State Chairman of the Association of All Nigerian Auto-bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), Mr Ade Ikuesan had described the State Traffic Law as a good law that has prevented riders from having accidents on the roads.

He pleaded with the State to assist in stopping the harassment of Okada riders by some people who are taking advantage of the implementation of the law because they are law abiding citizens who would not violate any law of the state.

Also speaking, Chairman, Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS), Mr Tijani Pekins pleaded with the Governor to ensure that he does everything possible to make sure that Okadas exist in Lagos State, adding that many of the Okadas that ply restricted routes belong to non-members of the recognized unions of Okada riders in the State.


Ebola: Fashola Meets With Opinion Leaders,Urges Preventive Measures


The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has urged traditional rulers and religious leaders to help in the on-going campaign to increase personal hygiene among the members of their congregation.

Mr Fashola also held a closed door meeting on Tuesday with members of the diplomatic community based in Lagos, Chairmen of all Local Government Councils, Development Areas and Health officers, the Local Government helmsmen, urging them to provide adequate protective kits to all the medical staff at the Primary Health Care Centres and hospitals across the State.

In an interactive session with the religious and traditional leaders at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House at Ikeja, Governor Fashola emphasised that contacting the virus does not mean certain death. He stressed that the chances of the patient’s survival depends greatly on steps that would be taken after the discovery of the virus in the victim.

“It does not mean automatic death sentence, but whether the patient survives or not depends on what we do,” the Governor said.

He expressed regrets that the opportunities of preventing the virus from entering the country were not explored before it entered the city of Lagos, pointing out that the country would have taken precautionary measures like air travel monitor to ensure that all those coming into the country, especially from the already infected countries, were properly screened at the airports.

The Governor also pointed out that the Liberian man, Mr  Patrick Sawyer, who brought the disease into Nigeria, should have been isolated at the Airport instead of bringing him into the city.

Battle Against Ebola Virus

The Special Adviser, to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adesina, advised citizens living in Lagos that any person suspected of having the virus should not be moved around but left in the place, while the State Emergency Operation Centre, should be contacted to send an ambulance to carry out the test.

“If the patient is confirmed through the test, such a person would then be taken,” Dr Adesina said.

According to her, the most critical symptoms of the disease are high and sustained body temperature  of up to 38 degrees Celsius and severe Malaria while other symptoms could be severe headache and sore throat. “Vomiting could also manifest but it could be Typhoid or Malaria,” she further explained.

The Governor, who urged the workers not to entertain any fear about their safety, assured them that they would always have full protection with the Personal Protective Equipments (PPE), provided in the hospital, stressing that they would always stay outside of the isolation centre.

He also expressed delight that some doctors and health workers were showing up to help in the battle against the Ebola Virus, maintaining that Nigerian medical personnel would be the first line of defence.

The Governor also advised the Local Government and Local Council Development Chairmen to clamp down on the indecent acts of public defecation and urination which he said was not only unhygienic but could aid the spread of Ebola.