Benue Police Launch Manhunt For Cop Killers

Benue Police, Cop Killers, Police Commissioner, domestic staffThe Benue State Police Command has launched the manhunt for the arrest of the unknown gunmen involved in the killing of two policemen in Ado Local Government Area on Sunday morning.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, disclosed this to Channels Television in Makurdi, shortly after returning from a fact finding visit to Ado where some persons were arrested for interrogation.

The Police have vowed to recover the three rifles stolen by the attackers, who also left two officers in critical conditions.

Channels Television also visited the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, where the two survivors with multiple bullet wounds were operated upon.

The consultant, Ocheifa Matthew, said that the officers were in stable condition after extensive surgeries but they remained under close observation.

Kwara Govt, Labour Disagree Over Consultant Involvement In Salaries Payment

kwara, labour leaders, salary payment Government and labour leaders in Kwara State are in disagreement over alleged plans by the government to employ a consultant for the payment of local government workers’ salaries.

There seems to be no end in sight for the lingering crisis between the workers of the 16 local government areas in Kwara State, as the chairmen of the councils and the labour leaders accuse the State Government of planning to employ a consultant for the payment of their salaries.

While the labour leaders described the proposed plan of the government as an infringement on the independence of the local governments, the State government on its part, described the allegation as untrue and merely a figment of the imagination of the labour leaders as there was only a consultant for the workers verification exercise.

Irregular Payment Of Salaries

In the past four months, workers of the 16 local government areas under the aegis of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have been at loggerheads with the chairmen of the council over the irregular payment of their salaries.

This issue led to a protest at the Government House where the State government tried to resolve the issue between the labour and the local government areas by paying one month full salary.

However, the State government who was then the peacemaker is now being accused by the officials of the workers who said the State government had concluded plans to employ a consultant for the payment of the workers’ salaries.

On the alleged plan to hand over the payment of salaries to a consultant, the secretary of (NULGE) pointed out it would further cripple the activities of the third tier of the government.

He also added that the chairmen of the council would soon sign a memorandum of understanding with the State government to that effect.

In reaction to this, the Chairman of Ilorin East Local Government who is also the state chairman of Association of Local Governments in Nigeria, Lateef Okandeji, denied ever signing any agreement to that effect.

He said that the the Joint Account Allocation Committee was the highest decision body and no issue was discussed.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mahmud Ajeigbe, also denied the accusation and urged the labour leaders to always verify issues before reacting.

He, however, agreed to contracting the verification exercise of workers in the state in order to fish out ghost workers but not for the payment of workers’ salaries as being insinuated.

Despite the ongoing rage by both parties, the labour leaders and State government are expected to amicably settle the issue for the benefit of the workers.

Capacity Constraints Hindering Policy Implementation In Nigeria – Anyim-Ude

Nnanna-Anyium-UdeA Consultant with the Infrastructure Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Nnanna Anyim-Ude, has stressed the need for the government to address its capacity constraints to improve policy implementation in Nigeria.

Identifying Nigeria’s challenges in the area of policy implementation, he told Channels Television that “political office holders come up with different mandate and change in nomenclature of ministries because the framework in governance is weak”.

Pushing further his claims, he said: “You do not create a ministry without going through a congress. All ministries are established by Acts of Congress, but in Nigeria a President will be elected and he will create his own ministries after four years another President will come and create his own ministries.

“Check the advanced economies, they don’t do that”.

The Consultant further stated that all the changes had an effect on policy implementation.

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Mr Ude identified two other issues affecting implementation of policies – poor governance framework and financing.

He said that the Summit Group was looking at ways of assisting the government in the area of implementation of policy and governance framework.

Waste To Money: Experts Call For More Attention On Recycling

waste-disposalAssets management experts have advised the Nigerian government to enact laws for the enforcement of maintenance culture, with special attention on the recycling of waste products which pollute the nation’s environment.

The experts told reporters on Sunday that aside from maintaining existing infrastructure, Nigeria’s waste are assets waiting to the tapped, especially now that the economy is in need of a boost, with dwindling oil prices.

They pointed out that while waste management was particularly challenging for developing countries, Nigeria must begin to rethink waste as a resource and create awareness for Nigerians to key into the project.

In 1984, a military decree by President Muhammadu Buhari, then head of state, and his Deputy, Tunde Idiagbhon, instituted the War Against Indiscipline and Corruption.

One of the major enforcements of that programme which had a key target to instil social order and civic responsibilities in Nigerians was the control of litter and waste collection.

Thirty-one years after, experts in Assets and Waste Management, led by a consultant, Chidi Umeano, at a gathering organised to seek solution to Nigeria’s waste management challenges, stressed the need for Nigeria to turn waste into a resource that would yield great economic revenue.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Schercliff, told the gathering that managing waste was a very critical problem globally but one which every country must invest in to truly develop.

Another expert in resource management, Mr Waleed Montasser, also stressed that Nigeria did not need new policies. “All the nation needs is only enlightenment, legislation and enforcement,” he said.

The experts want Nigerians to rethink waste as a resource and instead of throwing it away, recycle it and reuse to save money and create more resources for the future.

This they said must go hand in hand with the culture of maintenance of existing assets, as good infrastructure they pointed out attracts good investment which Nigeria really needs now.

Osun State Government Partners With NGO To Train Teachers

teachers_NTIThe government of Osun State, South-west Nigeria in partnership with a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Charles Bebeye Ndiomu Foundation, have setup an initiative to train school teachers for effective education in the state.

The trainees, who were 40 in number, were selected from different public junior secondary schools of the three Senatorial Districts across the state.

According to the Osun State Deputy Governor, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori ‎and other speakers at the workshop tagged ‘Train the Trainer Initiative’ in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the training was setup to revamp the education sector by equipping teachers, particularly from public schools, with adequate and efficient knowledge and skill for better performance in classroom management.

A Technical Consultant, Ani Bassey -Eyo , and another Consultant, Ifeoma Udong, were speakers at the workshop.

They stressed that the education sector required a total overhaul for better performance of the students, stressing that private firms and NGOs could partner with the government to help rehabilitate teachers for productivity that would be beneficial to the society.

The State Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Education, Lawrence Oyeniran, ‎said investing in education had always been on the top of the government’s list, hence the partnership with the Foundation to assist in retraining the teachers, to increase student’s performance and decrease teacher anxiety.

Some participants at the workshop, Abidemi Adeoye and Tunde Abolarinwa, said they now have more classroom management tips to facilitate better teaching and learning for all parties.

However, with the necessary skills for managing classroom activities and accommodating individual needs of the students, there would be a major improvement in the performance of the students in all ramifications.

Public Analyst Believes Government Is In Control Of Ebola

Buchi MaduNigerians still have reasons to be calm irrespective of the negative incidents happening in the country.

A public sector consultant, Buchi Madu, believes so and that much he said during a conversation on Channels Television’s Rubbin’ Minds.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus on the West African region and its entry into Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, through a flight form Liberia, had caused panic in recent weeks, but Mr Madu believes that the Nigerian Government has shown its capability to handle the situation.

He noted that the Government, having shown that it was in control, must have earned the trust of the people and therefore they (people) would follow instructions given out.

He, therefore, urged the Government to do more in making information about the virus available to the public.

Nigerian athletes’ performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow also came to the fore and Madu expressed joy that the country has been able to record some successes especially with the record breaking double gold medal by sprinter, Blessing Okagbare.

Although the ban on female weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, who failed a dope test, was a downside for the country’s representation at the games, Madu said that this would do little to rob Nigeria of its glory, as the country had always been well rated in sports.

He declined speaking further on issues surrounding Amalaha’s ban and the eventual withdrawal of her earlier won Gold medal, since it was still an evolving case.

Mr Madu, however, said that the issue of terrorism could not be overlooked as it had taken a more alarming dimension with the introduction of female suicide bombers in recent attacks.

Referring to it as “a culture that is very alien to Nigerians”, he said, that while “the Government was doing its best, albeit late in the game”, Nigerians need to “untangle the underlining issue of Islamic fundamentalism from politics and all of the noise around it.”

He explained that there was a faction of extremists, who have an agenda and were determined to achieve it. He added, also, that there had been power play between the North and South and he thinks the politicians have played major roles in it as the crisis could be a tool for disgruntled politicians to unsettle the country’s leadership.