Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis Outbreak

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis OutbreakAn emergency meeting of State Governors and traditional rulers of the 19 northern states of the country has been held in Kaduna State.

The meeting was convened on Tuesday to discuss ways of tackling the meningitis outbreak that has claimed over 400 lives across Nigeria, most of them from the region.

The meeting, which was organised by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, seeks alternative ways of importing vaccines for the treatment of meningitis victims, and prevent further spread of the killer disease in the region.

Declaring the meeting open, the Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, called on the Federal and State governments to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to strengthen primary healthcare system in the country.

He said the traditional rulers would support government’s effort in ensuring that the people get the needed medical attention to contain the spread of the disease.

“The traditional rulers of Nigeria, in coordination with stakeholders, will do all that is humanly possible to assist in ensuring that our people and members of communities are given the appropriate medical attention promptly, to avoid the outbreak of meningitis.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the Federal, State and Local governments to put all hands on deck to ensure that appropriate measures are taken, to give the necessary prevention by way of immunisation and preventive drugs against the bacteria, so that our members of communities will be protected adequately,” the monarch said.

Police Deny Transfer Of 1,260 Personnel To Northern States

Police, Northern States, PersonnelThe Nigeria Police has condemned a report that it deployed 1,260 personnel from the southwest to northern states in the country.

A statement by the Police spokesman, Don Awunah, described the report credited to one Ola Ajayi as mischievous and capable of misleading the members of the public.

The force explained that its reaction was to disabuse the minds of its officials and other members of the public.

The Police, however, said that officers are subject to movements, transfers and postings within the force and other lawful assignments while in service.

The Police statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report on page 11 of Vanguard Newspaper of 29th December, 2016 credited to one Ola Ajayi captioned ‘1,260 Policemen from S-West protest transfer to Northern States’.

“The report was in its entirety false, mischievous and capable of misleading the members of the public. The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer.

“However, it is imperative to set the record straight and disabuse the minds of Police personnel and other members of the public.

“It is factual to state that transfers, reorganisations and postings in the Nigeria Police Force are routine and administrative. Officers and men of the force are rotated to maximise their efficiency and effective service delivery for the force.

“The Nigeria Police Force is a federal security organisation and the Inspector General of Police is empowered by the relevant provisions in the Force Orders and Force Administrative Instructions to effect transfers, postings and redeployment of the personnel of the force as deemed fit to position the force to discharge its statutory responsibilities efficiently.

Futile Distraction

“A thorough reading of the report shows that the signal quoted, ‘CB4770/FS/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.5/232, purportedly mandating the affected policemen from South West to assemble in Kaduna on January 4, 2017, was for the transfer of officers from Kaduna State to neighbouring states and from neighbouring states to Kaduna State, to contend the security challenges in Kaduna State.

“This is not consistent with extant practices and tradition of the service. To this extent, the publication with all the allegations contained is completely untrue and a futile distraction.

“It is important to enlighten the public that Police officers are subject to movements, transfers and postings within the force and other lawful assignments while in service.

“Refusal to proceed on postings and protest in this regard is serious misconduct not only in the Nigeria Police Force, but in every government/public agency which could attract commensurate sanctions.

“Consequently, the Nigeria Police Force wishes to assure the media of its support as partner in ensuring a crime free society.

“The media is however, enjoined to resist the temptation of allowing mischievous person(s) to use the pages of their esteemed newspapers to cast aspersion on the policy of the force.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, will continue to do his best for the benefit and well-being of all the personnel of the force.”

Northern Muslims condemn Sambo’s house attack

The umbrella body of Muslims in the North, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, have condemned  the attack by gunmen on Vice President Namadi Sambo’s residence in Zaria and the multiple bomb blasts in Sokoto and Kano states.

The body in a statement signed by the Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said, “We received with shock the unfortunate orchestrated multiple bomb blasts and gun shootings that occurred in Sokoto and Kano States, and also Zaria, Kaduna State. These call for sober reflection of our actions and inactions in Nigeria.

The group called on Nigerians to be security conscious and added, “We must as a nation rise to nip in the bud these re-occurring upheavals.”

Revenue Allocation not as simple as its Approach- Tony Uranta

The Executive Secretary of the National Summit Group;Mr.Tony Uranta was also with the Sunrise Daily crew to further look into the issue of the revenue allocation formular which has been a bone of contention.

Mr.Uranta said the revenue allocation issue is not as simple as the approach it is getting as it is based on derivation.