The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is seeking the cooperation of Channels Television in building a people-oriented police force.
The police boss revealed this on Thursday in a meeting with the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, at the corporate headquarters of the company in Lagos.
He spoke on his vision of repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and solicited the cooperation of Channels Television in achieving the goal.
“We are trying to sell the police to the public because without the public understanding us, it will be very difficult for us to be efficient. There is no police force that can operate efficiently and effectively without the cooperation of the public”.
Mr Idris further stressed the need for the police to earn the trust of the people and change the negative perceptions they have about the Force.
“If you look at it, 80% of what people think of the police are perceptions and in order for us to address some of these perceptions, we need to gain your support in trying to sell the positive aspect of the police; what we are doing correctly and what we are doing with excellence”.
In his response, Mr Momoh assured the police boss that Channels Television would continue to support the Force in its efforts to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.
The meeting also had in attendance some management and editorial staff members of the company, as well as top police officers including the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni.
The role of the Nigerian media in promoting national development has been a topic of discourse for many years with experts concluding that capacity building is key to effective media practice.
To this end, the United States Government is partnering with Channels Media Group to enhance local capacity, as some Nigerian journalists undergo a one-week training in Abuja.
Channels Media Group expressed optimism that facilitating the exercise at its state-of-the-art training centre would drive the expected change.
Speaking on behalf of the management, Channels TV Assistant General Manager, Operations, Mr Kingsley Uranta, said: “I’m sure this is going to be very fruitful and we hope you would apply all you will be learning here in the course of this one week in your various places”.
On his part, the spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Mr Russel Brooks, thanked the participants for taking part in the training.
He said: “This is going to be a wonderful, very enlightening week of training and we really appreciate that you’ve taken time out of your busy weeks and days to come here”.
Islamic faithful gathered in their thousand to offer prayers for the end of the Ramadan fast.
Major roads were completely deserted in compliance with the restriction of vehicular movement imposed by security forces for fear of terrorist attack.
Worshipers were severely searched by security operatives before allowed into the Eid prayer ground.
The Governor Ibrahim Gaidam in the company of his Deputy Abubakar Aliyu led thousands of faithful to offer the two Raka’at prayers led by the Chief Imam Yobe mosque and Islamic Centre Ustaz Hudu Mohammed.
The Imam during his sermon asked Muslims to cultivate the habits of forgiveness pity, love among other holy attributes.
Ramadan according to him is an examination period and lessons learned must be used in their daily lives.
He also admonished them to adhere strictly to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed as that will ensure peaceful coexistence.
The Eid prayer was graced by the APC National Secretary Mai Mala Buni, members of National and state legislature, members of the State Executive Council and top government functionaries.
North Korea, defying calls to rein in its weapons program, fired a ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russia on Sunday, days after a new leader in South Korea came to power pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.
The U.S. military’s Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile that was fired but it was “not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile”. The U.S. threat assessment has not changed from a national security standpoint, a U.S. official said.
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be a new type. It flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea between North Korea’s east coast and Japan. North Korea has consistently test-fired missiles in that direction.
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missile landed 97 km (60 miles) south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, prompting the White House to reference Moscow in a statement about the incident.
“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” the White House said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump.
The launch served as a call for all nations to implement stronger sanctions against North Korea, it added.
North Korea is widely believed to be developing an intercontinental missile tipped with a nuclear weapon that is capable of reaching the United States. Trump has vowed not to let that happen.
The missile flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles), according to officials in South Korea and Japan, further and higher than an intermediate-range missile North Korea successfully tested in February from the same region of Kusong, northwest of its capital, Pyongyang.
The National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria, Nasarawa state chapter has disassociated itself from the industrial action proposed by the organised labour to commence Friday, 12 May.
A statement signed by the association’s chairman, Ali Abubakar observed with dismay that previous strikes embarked upon have not yielded any positive result.
The statement also noted that ‘primary health care service is social and humanitarian in nature so we cannot afford to slack on our responsibilities.
The association which decided not to embark on the strike based on the established reasons established enjoined its members to shun the call and go about their normal duties
Novak Djokovic was made to sweat by Nicolas Almagro in the first match of his Madrid Open defense but eventually overcame the Spaniard 6-1 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the third round.
Almagro, ranked 76, broke Djokovic in the opening game but the world number two came back with a vengeance to win six consecutive games, finishing the last with a tidy drop shot.
The Spaniard, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam, grew in confidence in the second set, however, with the backing of the home support on the Manolo Santana court and saved two break points before forcing a decider.
An upset looked on the cards when Almagro broke Djokovic at the first attempt in the third set and marched into a 3-0 lead but the Serb drew on his experience to battle back, breaking the 31-year-old twice before serving out for the match.
The Serbian, who recently split from his long-term coach Marian Vajda, is on a quest to regain his best form again ahead of the French Open.
Later on Wednesday crowd favorite and four-time winner Rafael Nadal enters the tournament to face Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
In the third round of the women’s singles Eugenie Bouchard plays Angelique Kerber of Germany, having seen off Maria Sharapova on Monday in a thriller.
The Benue State government has taken its campaign on crowd funding scheme to parents and teachers across the state, to solicit support from communities and individuals for the improvement of public primary schools.
The state coordinator of the Benue People Education Project PEBEP, Mrs. Betty Kajoh in company of the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Philip Tachin inspected the ongoing reconstruction of over 700 public schools says, a lot more can be achieved with public support.
The Samuel Ortom administration, according to the SUBEB Chairman, inherited a lot of dilapidated public primary school structures, but reconstruction work has reached 80% completion in the over 700 projects.
Primary school pupils in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue state are said to be taking classes in one of the many dilapidated public primary schools across the state.
At the Local Government Education Authority school in Lesser, Ushongu Local Government, school facilities like doors, windows and desks, are by far, luxuries these pupils cannot afford.
But all hope is not lost, as the Benue state government has almost completed work on the new class room blocks for them.
Many of the projects have been completed, while finishing touches and dressing is ongoing in some cases.
Pupils and teachers at Saint Anne’s primary school Adikpo, gathered to receive the state government team and made a few request.
“I think the government should provide sound learning environment like good class rooms to enable us improve leaning. The teaching is very good and sound, which is what I love here most”.
“We are 25 teachers in number in the school and pupils are over 300. The challenges we have here, are lack of infrastructure like class rooms, desks and instructional materials.
If the government can look into these problems, we will be happy”.
The Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Mister Philip Tachin, gave assurances on the standard of work and delivery.
“To be fair, I am pleased with some of the contractors on the job done so far. A number of places, they have done the projects according to specifications with solid floors, ceiling and roofing, but in some places, the contractors will have to step up their performance, especially with the finishing because I insist, without good finishing, I will not pay them”.
The state Coordinator of BEPEB, Betty Kajoh, appealed to the communities, parents and well to do individuals to support the rehabilitation work of the state government.
“In grade one level, they have five classes and they had to merge A, B, C and D in one class, you can imagine some of them sitting on windows. Within us here, there are people who can give us N200. 00, N500. 00 and N1000. 00 and it will not hurt them”.
“If we had a million people in Benue state giving us N1000. 00 only, we would raise a billion naira which will translate to these buildings, teacher training, computers and Science Labs”.
“To run a strong academic programme, we need a lot of money, If you don’t have money, give us produce, we are collecting yams, garri and soya beans”.
From the three Senatorial district of the state, work on the over 700 projects of reconstructing the dilapidated primary school class rooms, have reached advanced stages.
Traders at the New Benin market in Benin City, the Edo state capital, are appealing to the state government to establish an international market, that will help to put a permanent end to the menace of street trading.
The traders under the aegis of the Traders Welfare Union of Nigeria who made this appeal during a peaceful march to the Government House in Benin City also maintained that it is only when alternative measures have been put in place that the government can succeed in its bid to end street trading in the state.
Matching through various streets the traders said they are in full support of the government’s decision to sanitize the state but that should be done with their welfare given careful consideration
A trader, Mrs. Nosa Nosakhare said, “The shops in new Benin market cannot contain 25,000 people and they are very expensive but along the walk way you can do business with as little as 10,000 Naira but you need up to 300,000 Naira to rent a shop in the existing markets before you can set up a business.”
Another trader Mrs. Doris Ehigiamose also added that, “Its not that we like shading on the road but at least the governor should open a market for us to sell, but now it is like he wants us to leave the walk way but didn’t make another provision for us.”
The President of the Traders Welfare Union of Nigeria, Mr. Lucky Orukpe also said the government is being misinformed about the reason why people chose to trade on walk ways.
“Before you can rent a shop in any of the markets here in Benin city you must meet three conditions which will cost you over 300,000 Naira”
The traders were also at the Government House to register their complains, although no government official was available to receive them.
However, this protest by the traders is coming on the heels of the decision by the government to upscale action against street and walk ways traders in major cities of the state.