FG Restates Support For Police To Fight Criminals

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria, PoliceThe Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to support the Nigeria Police Force in tackling the menace of criminals in the country.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, made this known while laying the foundation of the Police Crime and Incident Data Base Centre in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Professor Osinbajo challenged the police to step up the fight against criminals, saying the government remains committed to reducing crime to its barest minimum.

He also expressed government’s preparedness to build a police force that the international community would look up to, adding that the necessary equipment and welfare packages would be provided for staff of the force.

On their parts, the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, and the Project Consultant, Mr Kenneth Ekeke, explained the benefits of the centre.

They sated that the centre, when completed, would provide digital crime fighting facilities and accessibility to a one-stop data bank aimed at professionally profiling criminal elements with a view to changing the phase of crime data management in the Police Force.


Nigeria’s Economy Should Be Built To Adapt To Current Trends – Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo on NigeriaNigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, says there is need to ensure that the economy of the nation is built to adapt to the physical, social and technological trends of the present generation.

Professor Osinbajo made the statement on Friday during a two-day economic and investment summit in Delta State, south-south Nigeria.

He further stressed the need for Nigerian leaders to build relationships based on trust with the citizenry.

“Truth on the part of a leader, plays a critical role in the development and prosperity of Nigeria,” he stated.

The summit was organised by the Delta State government, as part of the activities to mark the 25th anniversary since Delta State was created.

Speaking to delegates at the event, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, emphasised the need to build a strong, robust and resilient economy.

Present at the summit are the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Charles Soludo among others.

Senate Summons Julius Berger Over VP’s Residence

SenateThe Senate has summoned a construction firm, Julius Berger, to explain the poor handling of work on the permanent site of the Nigerian Vice President’s residence.

The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory gave the directive on Monday.

Senator Dino Melaye, who is the chairman of the Committee, gave the directive during an oversight inspection of the uncompleted residence of Professor Yemi Osinbajo as well as some other construction work in the capital city.

Senator Melaye expressed dissatisfaction with the level of work done on the Vice President’s residence.

The Senator also voiced his displeasure over what he said was high cost for the construction of a new three bedroom flat for the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the Vice President.

Delay In Justice Delivery Negatively Affecting Judiciary’s Reputation – Osinbajo

Yemi-OsinbajoNigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has taken a swipe on the judiciary, saying its reputation has been negatively affected by judicial corruption and delays in justice delivery.

Professor Osinbajo made the statement in Abuja on Monday while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2015 All Nigeria Judges’ Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute.

The Vice President insisted that the judiciary must go the extra mile to sanitise itself and improve its capacity to act independently, courageously and timely.

The Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, in her address, advised judges to discharge their duties based on law, equity and good conscience regardless of which direction the political winds were blowing.

Justice Bozimo added that the integrity and impartiality of the nation’s courts must not be converted for the use of any extraneous interest.

NEMA Distributes Drugs, Medical Items To Onitsha Fire Victims

NEMAThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed drugs and medical items worth millions of naira to various hospitals where the May 31 victims of petrol tanker fire accident have been on admission.

This is coming on the heels of the visit of the Nigerian Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to Onitsha to condole with Anambra State Government over the accident that claimed many lives and to assess the extent of damage.

The delegation’s first visit was the General Hospital Onitsha where they released to the Medical Director, various medical items including drugs. They also visited Menax Hospital, Onitsha, where a huge quantity of drugs and medical items were also donated.

At Toronto Hospital in Upper Iweka, where majority of both the living and dead victims were housed, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Emeka Ezeh, took the delegation round to see some of the victims who were recovering. This was after he had also received drugs and medical items worth thousands of naira.

Leading the delegation to Onitsha, was the representative of the Director-General of NEMA and also Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ezeh Udemezue, who commended Dr. Ezeh for his effort during the emergency situation.

He expressed hope that the items donated would greatly support the efforts of the hospitals and ensure the speedy recovery of victims.

In Response, Dr Ezeh said that all the doctors and hospitals involved in the emergency situation were encouraged by the gesture from the Federal Government which indicated that they were not alone in the humanitarian service of saving lives.

The entourage also went to the Governor’s Lodge in Awka to pay Governor Willie Obiano a courtesy call and to interact with him on issues concerning emergency.

Obiano commended their efforts but added that the federal government should assist further in working out the rehabilitation process for the orphaned and other people critically affected by the incident.

On May 31, a tanker laden with petrol lost control of its brakes and rammed into a park at Upper Iweka in Onitsha and on explosion killed several people and left many badly burnt.



Sambo Assures 2million Votes for PDP In Kaduna

SamboNigeria’s Vice President has assured to deliver over two million votes for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kaduna State, noting that the people of the state are in full support of the party.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, an indigene of Kaduna State and running mate to the PDP presidential candidate, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has performed well in all sectors of the economy to deserve the votes of Nigerians.

He also added that with the overwhelming support that the PDP currently enjoys in Kaduna State and the north-west zone, he is expecting an over overwhelming victory for the party on Saturday.

Although the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari is from Katsina State also in the north-west zone.

The Vice President, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Umar Sani, at a youth empowerment programme in Kaduna, maintained that the zone is up for grab by the PDP, having achieved similar feat in the 2011 elections.

Sambo has literately relocated his office to his home state where he has been meeting with different groups across the state.

The purpose according to Sani, is to woo electorates to vote for the PDP in the coming election, stressing that the Vice President does not want to lose anything to chance in securing victory for President Jonathan and PDP.

One of such strategies is the distribution of cars, tricycles, sewing machines, wrappers and cash to PDP members in the state by his aide.

This is aimed at boosting the morale of party men and women and to reassure them of President Jonathan’s commitment to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians if voted into office for another term.

However, as Nigerians go to the polls this Saturday to elect their next president, political pundits are watching to see how the different strategies adopted by politicians will translate to victory, especially with the amount of resources so far deployed for the exercise.