Obasanjo Wants More Support For Police From Community Leaders

Olusegun obasanjo on more support for policeA former president of Nigeria, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, has enlisted the support of religious and community leaders for the Nigeria Police Force in the onerous task of securing lives and property of citizens.

Mr Obasanjo made the request in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State at the maiden meeting of the Eminent Citizens Forum and the launch of the “Change Begins With Me” initiative by the Ogun State Police Command.

The former president, however, asked Nigerians to always give useful information to the police to aid them in reducing the level of insecurity.

”The task of policing our communities, our state and our country is not alone for the police. It is for all of us and they want to get all of us engaged in helping the police to effectively provide the much needed security of life and property. The police no doubt has to be supported in this regard,” he said.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahamed Illiyasu, while welcoming stakeholders to the maiden edition of the Eminent Peoples’ Forum also emphasised that the task of effective policing should remain the concern of all citizens.

”Security is now the concern of all citizens in the country as crime has no creed and map. Everyone is a stakeholder in this renewed security project. The Inspector General of Police directed that membership of the Eminent Peoples Forum should comprise critical stakeholders, religious leaders, community leaders, traditional rulers, elder statesmen, retired senior security officers, captains of industry as well as politicians’.

”The forum will support the Nigeria Police Force in proffering solutions to security challenges through mediation and social control to reduce the workload on police and bring policing close to the people.

“It (the forum) will no doubt help the police in sensitising their people to be law abiding and if there is a problem in the area, we can proffer a quick solution through the assistance of these group of eminent persons within the area,” the police commissioner said.

The Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, however, asked the police authority to intensify efforts on the rising tides of kidnapping and land grabbing activities which have led to many deaths among others

“Both the issues of security, of course, we must admit that there is so much more to be done. So, as we celebrate the Nigeria Police on this initiative, we still want to charge that we are not where we are supposed to be yet. We still have cases of kidnapping, particularly in a section of our state. We have the intractable crisis of land grabbers in several part of the state. Recently the governor signed into law a bill designed exclusively to tackle the menace and I believe that you are doing your best to see that this is contained,” the secretary to the government said.

The occasion also witnessed the’ change begins with me’ initiative which tends to ensure the police is accountable to Nigerians by ensuring all citizens and residents of the country have a platform through which all complaints against police actions and inaction are taken up and redressed

The maiden edition of the forum brought together religious and community leaders, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the management and officers of the Ogun Police Command with the purpose of rubbing minds and fashioning out ways of ensuring security of life and property at the grassroots.

Ex-President Obasanjo Solicits Support For Police

Ex-President Obasanjo Solicits Support For PoliceA former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked religious and community leaders and Nigerians in general to support the Nigeria Police in its task of providing the much needed security of life and property of the citizenry.

He made the appeal in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at the maiden meeting of the Eminent Citizens’ Forum and the launch of the ‘Change Begins With Me’ initiative by the Ogun State Police Command.

The purpose of the meeting was to rub minds and fashion out ways of ensuring security of life and property at the grassroots level.

The former president asked Nigerian to always give useful information to the Police to aid them in reducing the level of insecurity in the country.

The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, who represented Governor Ibikunle Amosun, however challenged the Police authority to intensify effort on the rising tides of kidnapping and land grabbing which has led to many deaths.

The ‘Change Begins With Me’ initiative is to inculcate discipline and patriotism in all Nigerians.

Kwara Police Launch Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit

Kwara Police Launch Public Complaint Rapid Response UnitThe Kwara State Police Command, in an attempt to ensure that the officers comply with the change begins with me policy of the federal government has launched a unit called ‘Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit’.

This is planned to ensure that members of the public are not cheated or maltreated in anyway.

The State Commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore, who led other officers in a walk around the major streets and roads in the state capital Ilorin distributed pamphlets to motorists and passersby on who to call or channel their grievances to in case of maltreatment from the Police.

The walk took the Police boss and his officers to popular areas like Challenge, Post Office before they return to the command headquarters after nearly one hour trek.

Addressing the people at Post Office area, the Commissioner of Police noted that the Police was rebranding, adding that the change mantra should begin with the officers.

The usual complaints of the public against the officers he added have been corrected since his assumption in the state, adding that there are ways the public could now assess the performance of the officers when maltreated.

Irregular arrest or bribe taking he assured would become a thing of the past in the state.

“Police is rebranding and the change should begin with the Police change and that change you will see in our service delivery, but that service delivery can only be measured when you give us feedback.

“That is why there is this launching of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit on which you have seven platforms through which members of the public can get back to the Police on measurement of assessment either in our operations or attitude of our men.

“This is in continuation of the Police strategy that I put in place when I resumed in the state and directed all DPOs to write their phone numbers and mine on their police stations.’’


Police Launch Operation ‘Eagle Net’ Following Change Agenda

Police, eagle net, change agendaThe Delta state police command has formally launched a new anti-crime outfit tagged Operation ‘Eagle Net’, aimed at complementing already existing outfits in the state, in the fight against every form of crime in the society.

Launching the outfit at the Officers Mess Okwe in Asaba the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaina Ibrahim, said it was part of the command’s untiring strategies to ensure that criminals are completely driven out of the state for the peace and safety of Deltans.

Assuring the public of a thorough dedication to its mandate, the Commander of Eagle Net, Dimka Usman, said he would ensure that no member of his team is involved in corruption while discharging their duties.

Earlier on, the command launched the state anti- corruption crusade, which was said to be in accordance with the directive of the Inspector General Of Police for every command to key into the Federal Government’s “Change Begins With Me” campaign, aimed at fighting corruption.

While some suspects were paraded for various crimes bordering on kidnapping, sea robbery, armed robbery, cultism and murder, the command pledged it’s unalloyed commitment towards an improved service delivery to Deltans.

One of spectacular cases was that of an alleged plan to kidnap one Mary Kurbu, aged 77 years, by her nephew known as Francis Kurbu and other members of the gang.

According to the police, the arrests were proactively done after a tip off.

They however advised all criminals to denounce crime as according to them, “the eye of the eagle can see from afar when in search of its prey”.

Police To Enforce ‘Change Begins With Me’ Initiative

Police ,Counter-terrorism ,RiversThe Nigeria Police Force says it is set to work with the Ministry of Information to enforce the ‘Change Begins With Me’ initiative of the Federal Government.

At a meeting with the Minister of Information in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, said the police, with its advantage of being spread across all the states of the federation, had what was required to help achieve the objectives of the campaign.

After deliberations on the achievements of the Change Begins With Me initiative recently launched by the Federal Government, Mr Idris urged police officers to take up the initiative with commitment and loyalty, as a major organ that enforces discipline in the society.

“We have decided, as the top management, to invite the minister to pass this message to the top officers of the Nigeria Police Force because we believe that the Nigeria Police Force is occupying a very critical stage in the life of this country.

“We have the widest spread and everybody knows that in democracy the police are very critical anywhere in the world.

Police are very critical in the survival of democracy. We want him to share this message so that all of us will now cue into the current direction of this administration which is the change mantra which has been spreading all over the country,” he told reporters.

On his part, the Information Minister, Mr Lai Mohammed, urged Nigerians to partake in the campaign and see it as a wake-up call aimed at promoting patriotism in the country.

No Toleration

Also at the meeting were top management of the Nigeria Police Force.

But the foremost task, the Minister of Information says, lies with Nigerians who he urges to partake in the national orientation campaign by practicing the change they want to see in the society.

“Change Begins With Me is a Nigerian campaign that has no toleration whatsoever.

“Whether it is political, religious or ethnic, it is a campaign for all Nigerians with the sole objective of achieving a paradigm shift in the way we do things.

“The campaign is based on one principle which is each one of us must be the change we want to see in the society.

“We are here today to formally present change begins with me to the police hierarchy.

“It is very important because the police by virtue of its duties is a critical stakeholder in this campaign,” he explained.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Change Begins With Me initiative on September 8, with the objective of promoting patriotism in Nigerians, a boost many say Nigeria needs, especially now that the nation’s economy is in recession.

Change Begins With Me: FG Says It Is Leading By Example

Lai Mohammed on Change Begins With MeThe Federal Government says it is already leading by example in its “Change Begins With Me” campaign.

At the presentation of the campaign to a section of the private sector in Lagos on Thursday, the government said that the attitudinal change from leaders was to cut down government overheads.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said that the move to sell off two aircraft from the presidential fleet was in line with the ‘Change’ mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He added that the campaign would last for the entire tenure of the present government.

“I think the first thing Mr President did was to set up a committee to look into disposal of these aircraft.

“You have to know which of them are outright purchase, which of them are on lease (and if there is) any arm of government that is going to need them.

“I am happy to report today that already, arrangements have gone far to sell two of these aircraft while some of them will also be given to the Air Force,” he said.

The Minister, however, believed that the campaign which was initially launched in Abuja, could only work if both the public and private sectors were well engaged.

Allegation Of Plagiarism

He also used the medium to clear the air about allegation of plagiarism of the “Change Begins With Me” idea.

Mr Mohammed said that he was willing to prove his innocence, vowing that the matter would be settled in court.

“Mr Akin Fadeyi, even by his own admission, came to meet me on the 30th of December, 2015 after I became minister.

“How can you accuse me of stealing an idea which was finished by October when you came to me in December?

“But myself, himself (Fadeyi) and Afe Babalola will meet in court,” he said.

Wrongful Insertion

There were also allegations of wrongful insertion of words credited to US President, Barrack Obama, in the speech delivered by President Buhari on September 8, 2016, at the launch of the campaign.

After the launch of the campaign, a columnist on THISDAY newspaper, AdeolaMuhammadu Buhari, Manufacturing Sector Akinremi, said that the speech violated plagiarism laws and pointed out that the President lifted Obama’s 2008 victory speech and passed it off as if the words were his own.

President Buhari immediately ordered that prompt and appropriate disciplinary action be taken against those responsible for the act.

At the launch of “Change Begins With Me”, President Buhari had said that the campaign was to sustain the effort his administration has made in the fight against corruption.

He described the programme as a determination of his administration to carry all Nigerians along on the journey to a better and greater society that everybody can be proud of.

The President decried the alleged erosion of the long cherished and time honoured, time tested virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work, good neighborliness, abhorrence of corruption and patriotism.

Rabiu Urges Government To Create Enabling Environment For Businesses

Rabiu, Government, CitizensA public affairs analyst, Rabiu Rabiu has called on the Nigerian government to provide an enabling environment for citizens to start businesses and enterprise.

He maintained that “the vast opportunities in Nigeria are untapped” and therefore challenged the government to stand up to its role of trying to make the public understand that ‘this is yours’.

He said this while discussing the country’s progress after 56 years of independence, and the most recent ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign which has resulted in an array of ideas and suggestions, at a time when Nigeria’s economy is in a recession.

Since the President’s flag-off of the campaign, there have been several reactions as Nigerians in some quarters say the government ought to remove the log in its eye before asking citizens to remove the speck in their eyes.

Some also believe that the campaign shouldn’t have come at a time of economic hardship.

Mr Rabiu rejects any attempt of the government to direct the message solely to the citizens, adding that “the government is part of the people.

“The message was across board and not just to the people. It is also to those especially in government because so much is coming out of government that is not expected,” he added.

He also asserted that beyond being chanted as a mantra, the Change Begins With Me initiative is meant to be taken on an individual level where everyone looks inward to assess their own contributions to the change agenda.

Purposeful Leadership

Speaking on the increased rate of unemployment and how that has led to various vices in the country, Mr Rabiu said although the government is trying to fight the vices, it takes more than just the government.

He therefore called on all business leaders, saying they have a very big role to play as employers of labour.

He added that once the government can provide opportunities for people to grow businesses that can prosper, there will be peace across the land.

However, he thinks this can only exist when there are policies, programs and purposeful leadership on the part of the government.

In order to drive that, Mr Rabiu said “the democratic system should try and identify candidates that are vying for offices.

“Look at their track records, look at the leadership recruitment process,” he added.

FG Seeks China’s Partnership To Provide Housing For Civil Servants

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Housing, China, NigeriaThe Federal Government is seeking partnership with the Chinese government to build housing estates for at least 87,000 federal civil servants across Nigeria.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, says the government would collaborate with China for a single digit interest rate mortgage that civil servants can pay.

She made the disclosure on Saturday at a meeting with the Chairman of the China-Africa Development Fund in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Head of Service also explained the reasons behind government’s decision to partner with the Chinese government instead of looking inwards for funding.

She had earlier stated that the Federal Government would drive the recently launched “change begins with me” project in civil service.

Mrs Oyo-Ita said that the reason for the development was to change the orientation of the public servants towards work.

She expressed satisfaction over the way workers’ attitude to work had changed, noting that many civil servants were already buying into the new National Orientation Programme, despite Nigeria’s current economic challenges.

Udo Udoma States Steps FG Is Taking To Stabilise The Economy

udo-udoma, foreign currency shortage, recessionThe Minister of Budget and Planning, Mr Udo Udoma, on Friday stated steps being taken by the federal government to restabilise the economy.


Mr. Udoma, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, noted that “foreign currency shortage, is responsible for where we are today”.

He further explained that the country is in need of money, which is needed to raise more money.

He then opined that “what we need to recharge the economy, is foreign currency”.

The Minister said that the ministry had a fiscal stimulus plan which they have been developing over the last month.

He stated other plans by the ministry to stabilise the economy to include “asset sales, concessioning, advance payment from licensing rounds”, all aimed at raising between 10-15 billion dollars.

Mr Udoma also used the medium to solicit the understanding of Nigerians, saying everything is being done to ease their pains.

“I want Nigerians to be patient, we are on top of the Job, we know what to do but it takes time”.

Change Begins At The Individual Level

As economic and financial experts continue to offer suggestions to help re-inflate the Nigerian economy, the government in turn, has urged citizens to embrace change on an individual level, through the ‘Change Begins With Me’ initiative.

Further more, at a time like this, the onus is now upon the private sector and business owners to begin to think creatively of ways by which the economy can be boosted.

With the recession hitting almost every sector, some have also said that the only way to address this challenge is through the adoption of policies that will enhance local production and reduce pressure on the nation’s reserves.

Change Mantra: Buhari Is Not Slow, Says VON Boss

Osita-Okechukwu-Buhari-VONThe Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has called for patience among the citizens as President Muhammadu Buhari leads the change campaign to transform Nigeria.

The VON boss told Channels Television on Thursday that the President was trying to follow the rule of the law to drive his administration.

He made the appeal during an interview where he explained the motive behind the recently launched national orientation programme, ‘Change Begins With Me’.

“If you have to follow the rule, it will be as if you are slow.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is not slow, (but) it is about following the rule of the law.

“We are saying in the fullness of time, the Nigerian people will come to realise what we are doing because transparency is on the door step,” he said.

A Better Result

Mr Okechukwu stated further that President Buhari was not biased in his war against corruption.

He expressed optimism that the present administration’s corruption fight would earn Nigeria a better result and called on Nigerians to support the campaign.

“The corruption fight is not one sided. Nobody could have probed Osita Okechukwu in Voice Of Nigeria, but you can now probe me.

“We are saying in the next few years, the money we’ll save will make better result than the big money we got in the past and wasted.

“We are saying please, we need citizens’ participation because if the citizens are not involved, we are wasting our time,” he said.

President Buhari had on Thursday, September 8, launched a new national orientation programme, Change Begins With Me.

He said that it was to show his administration’s determination to carry all Nigerians along on the journey to a better and greater society that everybody can be proud of.

The President said that the programme was the best way to sustain the effort his administration had made in the fight against corruption.

FG To Drive “Change Begins With Me” In Civil Service

Civil-Servants-Winifred Oyo-Ita-change begins with me
Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita

The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, says the Federal Government will drive the recently launched “change begins with me” project in civil service.

Mrs Oyo-Ita explained that the reason for the development was to change the orientation of the public servants towards work.

She made the remarks on Wednesday in an interview with Channels Television in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital while reacting to the number of civil servants that resumed work after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

The Head of Service expressed satisfaction over the way workers’ attitude to work had changed, noting that many civil servants were already buying into the new national orientation programme, despite Nigeria’s current economic challenges.

She stated that the government would work towards establishing a reward mechanism for public servants, in order to drive the project in the service.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the “Change Begins With Me”, as part of his administration’s strategy to carry all Nigerians along on the journey to a better and greater society that everybody could be proud of.

He said that the programme was the best way to sustain the effort his administration had made in the fight against corruption.

Change Should Come From President’s Cabinet – Chima Nnaji

Change, Chima NnajiAs Nigerians continue to react to the change agenda of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration, a lawyer has proposed that the change should come from the Presidency.

Mr Chima Nnaji, who made the observation on Wednesday, said that most of those in the President’s cabinet were not doing well enough.

He told Channels Television that if the government was unable to address some of the challenges, it should be as a result of circumstance.

“I like the word ‘change starts from the President’. Many people have said that this President has not looked at the geography of this country.

“We want him and his cabinet to do a lot of things that Nigerians have complained about that have not been done.

“The fact that you are somebody’s biological father does not confer your authority over him.

“There has to be something that you (as a father) are doing to show that child that you are actually his father.

“If you are not able to put certain things on the table, it is because of circumstance (and) not that you will never think of that,” he said on Sunrise Daily.

Cabinet Reshuffle Long Overdue

The legal practitioner also stressed the need for a cabinet reshuffle and asked the government to define its change agenda.

Though he said he did not have a problem that the government made the statement, he, however, noted that the government ought to make such exaltation with basis.

“He (President Buhari) should have been able to reassess the cabinet now.

“A cabinet reshuffle is long overdue (and) so, that change too should come to the cabinet.

“When you want to talk about change, define what is change (because) this one is not yet clearly defined,” he said.

President Buhari had launched a new national orientation programme, Change Begins With Me, as a determination of his administration to carry all Nigerians along on the journey to a better and greater society that everybody can be proud of.

The President said that the programme was the best way to sustain the effort his administration had made in the fight against corruption.