NSCDC Trains 308 Officers On Weapons Handling

The College of Security Management of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), has graduated 308 officers in weapons handling, to give backing to the protection of national critical assets of government.

At a ceremony held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammodu, represented by the Assistant Commandant General (Zone F), Waheed Popoola, challenged officers on the rule of engagement and civility.

He also charged them to continue to exhibit a high sense of integrity, patriotism and exemplary service to their fatherland.

In his message delivered by the Assistant Commandant General, the NSCDC Commandant General challenged them on the rule of engagement, asking them to shun corruption and other vices that could put the body in disrepute.

“I wish to thank our wonderful instructors for the high level of discipline imbibed into the graduands and techniques to actively engage enemies while protecting public utilities.

“You have indeed made us proud. Furthermore, being part of the college Composite Arms Training Programme 001, is not license for you to molest civilians.

“You must at all times abide by the rules of engagement, in knowing when, where, how and against whom force may be used.

“Always remember that there are procedures and standards in weapons handling, therefore, as you step out of this noble institution, your character will determine how far you will go – Endeavour to exhibit the highest sense of integrity, patriotism and exemplary service to all and sundry”, he said.

The provost of the college on the other hand, believes that the college Composite Arms Training Programme is a wake up call to the need of building professional capabilities for better service delivery.

“It is no longer news that our country is presently being faced with various security challenges which requires concerted effort by everyone to enable us confront it head on.

“In this regard, the need to train and retrain our men and officers on arms and other security areas cannot be over looked, it is therefore important to expose our officers to modern techniques of fighting terrorism and other forms of crime.

“The corps has trained you for a purpose that clearly differs from killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians.

“It is important to know that to whom much is given, much is expected. I therefore urge you to desist from intimidating and molesting the civil populace, shun corruption, and never see yourselves as a rival to any sister agency.

“But instead, be the change agent who would work relentlessly towards achieving a peaceful Nigeria,” the provost stated.

Officers were drawn from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos and Edo states for the programme and it is expected that they would make professionalism and patriotism their watch word in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities, henceforth.

President Erdogan Wins Turkish Referendum

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Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, has won in the Sunday referendum in Turkey.

At least 99 per cent of the ballots have been counted, with 51.36 per cent voting a “yes”, and 48.64 per cent voting a “no”.

Addressing jubilant supporters in Istanbul, the President said Turkey has taken a historic decision, and that the country could hold a referendum on bringing back the death penalty.

Following the referendum, the President would be given vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament.

FG Commits To Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

FG Pledges Commitment To Supporting Young EntrepreneursNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to creating a conducive environment for youths in the country to grow in their chosen careers.

Professor Osinbajo made the commitment in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, at the launch of a gospel album.

He added that the economic development plan of the government is targeted at promoting young entrepreneurs not only with funding but by providing other enablers that can engender greater development.

The Vice President noted that there is a great deal of opportunities in the technology, entertainment, music and showbiz industries waiting to be tapped and government is poised to assist young Nigerians in living their dream.

He further disclosed that the Federal Government is setting up hubs for technological and entrepreneurial advancement in all the six geo-political zones of the country to provide the pedestal to flourish and serve as coordinating centre for young entrepreneurs who need start up support in various fields.

Professor Osinbajo said, while efforts are underway to set up the hubs in other parts of Nigeria, those of Abuja and Lagos have been set up. He therefore called on young people to actively participate in the initiative.

Syria Chemical Attack: Trump Condemns “Affront To Humanity”

President Trump Proposes Massive Aid CutsUnited States President, Donald Trump, said the killing of dozens of civilians in northern Syria in an apparent chemical weapons attack is an “Affront to humanity”.

According to UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian observatory for human rights, out of 86 people killed in the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province, 30 of them are children.

The US President, however, did not mention Russia, Syria’s ally, which says chemical weapons in rebel hands may have been released.

But America’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) accused Russia of covering up for Damascus.

Customs Seize Imported Rice, Fake Drugs

Customs Justifies Raid On Warehouses Suspected For Smuggled GoodsThe Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) says it will continue to intensify its ongoing crackdown on smugglers of goods into the country, in order to encourage local production that will boost the nation’s economy in line with the policy of the Federal Government.

The Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’, Muhammed Garba, stated this during an inspection of seized goods at the Customs House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

Comptroller Garba said, “This is 600 bags of rice seized at Ewu junction on March 26. It has a duty paid value of 21 million 60 thousand Naira”.

He also described the interception of a truck fully loaded with fake drugs as significant.

“They are substandard; they have no label, so whenever we have this nature of seizure we hand them over to the appropriate agency for further investigations”.

The NCS also said it is using these confiscations to send a clear message of its preparedness to carry out its mandates in line with the Federal Government policy on importation.

Religious Diversity Is A Blessing – Gov. Obaseki

Religious Diversity Is A Blessing - Gov. Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has implored the citizens to show more respect for the religious diversity in the state, which he said adds more strength.

He stated this position when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Edo state chapter led by its chairman, Mr Yusuf Bako, in Government House, Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The Governor said,”We have to respect our diversity that is the strength of the state, as all Nigerians are represented here in Edo state, the diversity is what has made us special and unique”.

He also maintained that the inter-religious body is needed now that the peace in country is being threatened by insecurity, adding that a regular meeting between the Christian and Muslim bodies constituted in the state early 2017 will help tackle the security challenges.

Earlier in his address, Mr Bako solicited for piece of land within Government House for the building of a mosque for Muslims to worship.

He equally appealed for allocation of a wider plot of land within the state capital for Muslims in the state to worship.

Six Division Nigerian Army To Conduct Monthly Route Match

Nigeria, Army, Suicide BombersThe Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port-Harcourt, will be conducting its Route Match on Friday April 7, 2017 as part of their monthly Physical Training Exercise of the Nigerian Army.

The exercise is meant to assess the physical fitness and endurance of troops for effective manpower development of the personnel.

To this end, residents and commuters within Port Harcourt metropolis are hereby informed that they will witness large body of troops conducting the exercise between 6:00am to 9:00am along Ikwerre road, Rumuigbo round about, NTA road, East-West road, and Rumuokoro – Port Harcourt Barracks.

The general public is encouraged not to panic, as this is a routine monthly event in the Nigerian Army.

This was revealed in a statement on April 5, 2017 signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Colonel, Aminu Iliyasu.

Meningitis Outbreak: Borno Investigates Patient Down With Symptoms

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Signs of Meningitis is manifesting on a patient in a government hospital in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno state.

The State Ministry of Health said even though the patient is stable, examinations are being conducted on the patient to ascertain the particular meningitis type.

The Ministry of Health Commissioner, Dr. Haruna Mshelia said the state has been on red alert even before the Uba case was reported.

“The state is conducting immunization with the meningitis ‘A’ vaccine in 10 newly liberated LGAS that were not fully captured during the main ‘A’ vaccination campaign in 2012/13, with 350, 000 already immunized while the immunization is still ongoing to cover all children that needs to be covered.” Mshelia stated.

Meanwhile, Askira Uba Local Government is not part of the 10 LGAS where the latest immunization is taking place.

“As we speak now we have a suspected case of meningitis in Askira Uba Local Government; investigation is ongoing to find out if its the usual ‘A’ type or the ‘C’ type”, the commissioner revealed.

Mshelia further said in order to ensure that the state is ready to respond to any outbreak, “Bearing in mind that we share borders with Niger Republic and the increased population movement and large concentration of IDP in camps, we have convened an emergency meeting with all health partners.”

Yobe Govt. Calls On WHO To Support Rehabilitation of IDPs

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to scale up its activities in the state, and contribute towards the post insurgency plans of rehabilitating the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The Governor stated this when he received the WHO country representative for Nigeria, Dr. Alemu Wondi at the Government House Damaturu, the state capital.

He said scaling up their activities in the state is required because no government, agency or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) can on its own handle humanitarian crisis without any assistance.

“As the enormity of the humanitarian crises is monumental that no government, agency or NGO however endowed can handle, we decide to galvanized local, national and global support in addressing the numerous challenges.

“Hence we request the WHO to further scale up its activities in our state and key into our collaboration drive to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the envisaged multi-sectorial post insurgency intervention plan in the state”, the governor said.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam also said scaling up the activities of the WHO and other international donor agencies according to the Governor, will enable the state achieve its set targets of healthier society for a healthy nation.

The Governor revealed that the state recently convened a humanitarian stakeholders retreat on coordination of humanitarian services for post conflict recovery and reconstruction, so as to ensure proper return and settlement of IDPs in the state.

He, however, commended the WHO for providing technical support for the conduct of monthly disease surveillance, review of surveillance focal site and outbreak investigation in the state among others.

The WHO country representative, Dr. Wondi congratulated the Yobe state government for the huge successes recorded in the fight against polio over the last three years.

“Let me congratulate the state for maintaining a polio free state for the past three years and let me put it on record that the polio committee under the leadership of the state Deputy Governor has been doing a fantastic work”, the country representative said.

He also described as enormous, the progress made so far in the health sector by Governor Gaidam and the remodeling of the major hospitals in the state, the setting up of the Yobe state University Teaching Hospital, the maternal and neonatal as well as the free medical services for pregnant mothers and accident victims among others.

Dr. Wondi assured to partner the state in improving the health care services across the state in the post insurgency era.

The WHO among several other agencies, government and NGOs have over the years been playing a key role in improving life among the people in developed as well as, developing states in the world.

Borno Govt. Enrolls 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC Exams

Borno Govt. Enroll 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC ExamsThe Borno State Government, has enrolled 250 internally displaced boys and girls to sit for the 2017 West African Examination Council’s (WAEC), graduation exams for secondary school students.

94 girls and 156 boys from different Local Governments in the state whose schools and communities were attacked ‎by Boko Haram, resulting in their displacement are the beneficiaries of the government’s benefits.

It was the first time Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’S) are writing the WAEC since they were forced out of their homes by Boko Haram insurgents at different times in 2014.

The students are mostly from Kukawa, Gwoza, Ngala, Bama, Monguno, Guzamala and Nganzai Local Government Areas.

The students wrote practicals on Wednesday at three WAEC centres; Government College, Government Girls College and ‎Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Arabic Teachers College all in Maiduguri.

The 250 IDPs were those who passed a special mock exam conducted for about 1,000 IDPs who were in final year at secondary schools before they were displaced.

The mock exams were meant to evaluate the IDPs that were able to catch up after undergoing classes and comprehensive tutorials organized for them in camps on the orders of the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

“Governor Kashim Shettima released funds to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency which was used to pay the WAEC fees of all the students.

“Mock exam was organized for over 1,000 IDPs but out of them, 250 did well and were believed to be emotionally and academically set for the 2017 WAEC”, the Government House statement said.

Governor Shettima had authorized the purchase of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for the 250 students while some of the 1,000 IDPs who showed some good signs after the mock exams will receive further coaching.

“They will undergo more tutorials to prepare them for the next WAEC examinations in their communities, since the government doesn’t hope that they remain IDP’S by 2018”, the statement concluded.

FG To Review Mining Activities

Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, NigeriaThe Federal Government says it is soliciting the collaboration of states endowed with natural resources, in order to review mining activities.

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said this when he visited Governor Tanko Al-makura after a tour of some mining sites in Nasarawa state.
He said the purpose of his visit was to review mining activities in the country and the state.

“We had a purpose for the visit, we wanted to examine precisely what is happening to the active mines, some mines have been active and then dormant since the 50’s and what has been done with the abandoned mines, what do we need to do, to reclaim the mines”

The Minister then revealed three templates which the ministry is working onto achieve the roadmap of the ministry.

“The era of producing raw minerals and shipping them out of the state is gone. Anybody who want to mine in Nasarawa or in any other place must be prepared to benefit and process locally, so that they can employ more people and use the minerals for domestic benefits.

“We are very determined to enforce provisions in the mining and minerals act in support of the host communities because we believe that the host communities are being at the receiving end.

“The law asked for consent to be given by the host communities and consent has been abused.

“The governor said the idea is what the state has been clamouring for and if followed will improve the revenue base of the state.

“I want to appeal very passionately that this is very important if it is done I believe the economic status of the state will be lifted”, he said.

With the tour by the Minister and his team to the state and three other states, it is expected that mining activities will take a new turn.

Ogun Govt. Launches Groundwater Abstraction Scheme

The Ogun State Government, has launched the implementation of the groundwater abstraction scheme, aimed at providing the much needed regulatory intervention for sustainable use of water from such formations.

At a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre, kuto, Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, said this became imperative in order to provide a platform for data gathering.

Under the scheme, companies intending to commercialize ground water abstraction for agriculture and manufacturing purposes shall be licensed to withdraw groundwater, as being practiced in developed nations of the world.

“One of the major objectives of the water abstraction control scheme is to provide a platform for data gathering on the various groundwater abstraction facilities in the state, either existing ones or those to be drilled in the future.

“The implementation of the scheme will also provide for continuous monitoring of the quality of water coming out of the aquifers and the quality of the abstraction system.

“The information from such exercise will enable the state to proactively respond to identified area of potential risk through appropriate and timely policy strategic action plans”.

Speaking on behalf of some of the key stakeholders present at the occasion, the chairman of borehole association in the state pledged the unalloyed support of the association for the scheme.

“This is another initiative by the state government and it imperative on us that we must support this, we stand to derive maximum benefit from the scheme if all of us play our roles as expected”.

Water plays a critical and key role in human existence, used for personal hygiene, for domestic and industrial use Government over the years has not been able to meet up with the challenges of providing this essential commodity, hence the involvement of the private sector whose activities have in a way not been effectively regulated.

In effect of this, the state government, policy makers, water resource managers, water tanker operators, borehole drillers, industrialists and other end users are here to launch the implementation of water abstraction scheme in the state to provide platform for data gathering.

To ensure the success of the scheme, the state government said it is reviewing the existing legal frameworks in the state.