Nigeria Will Become Great Irrespective Of Challenges – Okorocha

APC GovernorsCitizens, top government officials as well as security operatives in Imo state gathered at the Heroes Square in Owerri the state capital, Southeast Nigeria, to mark the 56th Independence Day celebration.

The State Governor, Rochas Okorocha in his Independence Day address, urged all Nigerians to remain hopeful and optimistic that Nigeria, irrespective of the present challenges facing her, will become a great nation.

He said that every great nation in the world has passed through same situation and challenges.

Okorocha added that in the face of the present challenges, Nigerians should embrace peace, love and unity of purpose to prosper.

The Governor added that at 56, Nigeria might not have achieved much but with the present leadership offered by the Buhari-led administration, Nigeria will become great again.

Nigeria Is Committed To Tackling Climate Change – Min. Of Environment

Amina-Mohammed-Minister-of-environmentThe Nigerian government says concerted efforts are being harnessed among all major stakeholders to begin an expansive programme to protect and sustain the environment as intense talks continue globally on tackling and managing climate change successfully.

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed gave this indication during a 2-day facility tour of Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Jericho, Ibadan.

Mrs. Mohammed hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on investing heavily in research institutes across the length and breadth of Nigeria and FRIN is a critical partner to the country in environmental preservation and controlling the ills of climate change.

She said that the era of Federal Government just awarding contracts for various projects at research institutes is gone and replaced with sincere determination to ensure that the research facilities in Nigeria not only live up to expectation, but also provide jobs for the teeming youths of the country.

The Minister, who was led into the over four hours facility visits of various departments and sections of the agency by the Executive Director, FRIN, Dr Adeshola Adepoju, described the agency as an asset and a platform for evidence based research in Nigeria.

She noted climate change has eaten up some portions of the environment and research institutions like FRIN are needed to reclaim the environment.

The Minister said that the narrative among Nigerians on environmental protection must change with a carefully laid out plan to avoid wastage and turn existing ones to wealth.

She also assured Nigerians that the Buhari-led administration would end the era of plastic waste on Nigerian roads and open defecation, to safeguard the natural environment and as well provide job opportunities for the citizens.

“By 2019, we will end an area of plastic bags, pure water sachets and bottled water as waste on the streets. We’re not banning it because we cannot ban it, but getting the plastic companies to collect it, pay for it and we turn waste to wealth and they recycle it.

“The government plans to end open defecation in public places by 2019 through partnership with the private sector and erect toilets in public places like motor parks, markets, hospitals,and schools.”

She further reiterated the need to restore dignity in peoples’ lives and at the same time help provide jobs with the private sector and change the perception of the people with safety practices.

War Against Boko Haram Has Not Been Won – Fani-Kayode

fani-kayodeFormer Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani Kayode says that the war against insurgency has not been won by the military and people are being killed every day.

He stated that the government had claimed on the 23rd of December that the war against insurgency had been won by the military but noted that on the 25th of December some people were killed in Maiduguri, with more casualties  in Borno on the 27th and in Adamawa on the 28th.

He also said that a lot of the 22 Local Government Areas that were recovered by the Jonathan led administration have been taken back by the sect members.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Fani-Kayode said “it’s simply not true that the war against Boko Haram had been won”.

In the aspect of arms procurement, Mr Fani-Kayode said there was nothing wrong with buying arms with cash under the previous administration. He explained that at a point there was an embargo on arms purchase in Nigeria and the military needed the arms to fight against insurgents and the only way arms could be bought was through the black market.

The former Aviation Minister said before the 2015 General Elections, the Nigerian Military had made some positive gains in the war against terror but regretted that all appears to have been reversed after the elections.

He further stated that it is not helpful to continuously blame the present administration for the challenges being faced at the war front but called on Nigerians to come together and support the government in the fight against insurgency.

He also advised the government to come clean about the challenges being faced and stop dwelling on the actions of the previous administration.

Electricity Workers Urge Buhari To Probe PHCN Privatisation

electricityAggrieved disengaged workers of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company have called on President Muhammadu Buhari led government to  review  the privatisation of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) by the former administration.

The workers, under the umbrella of National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE), alleged that the privatisation project was fraught with irregularities and urged the federal government to revisit the exercise.

Addressing the aggrieved workers of the company on Saturday in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, Vice President of  the Union, Sikamta Ali criticised the management of Kaduna electricity of stopping workers from participating in union activities and introducing casualisation policy as against the Nigerian Labour laws.

The workers also argued that if after many months, privatisation of electricity in the country had failed to bring positive impact to electricity consumers, then there was need for President Buhari to revisit the programme.

They called on the management of Kaduna Electric to recall over one thousand staff  that were disengaged last month, and to also allow workers participate in union activities.

Spokesman for Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulaziz Abdullahi said the casual workers were inherited from the former PHCN, with some of them are now fully employed in its workforce.