PHOTOS: Fire Guts National Productivity Centre Office In Abuja

Fire guts the office of the National Productivity Centre (NPC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital on March 27, 2019. PHOTOS: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Office of the National Productivity Centre (NPC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital was on Wednesday gutted by fire.

Speaking to Channels Television, the NPC Director-General, Kashim Akot, explained that the fire was caused by an electric surge in one of the sockets in the upper building of the office.

He, however, noted that although the fire ravaged some parts of the first floor of the building, no lives were lost.

According to him, so many important data were lost during the unfortunate incident.

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Rise Up To Defend Our Democracy, National Peace Committee Tells Nigerians

 

The National Peace Committee (NPC) has called on Nigerians to put the disappointment of the postponement of the general elections behind them and respond to the call to patriotism when the elections eventually hold.

It made a call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), and Convener, Bishop Mathew Kukah.

“We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledgling Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments,” the statement read in part.

“Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the setback, but respond to the call to patriotism. Do not relent, go out and fulfil your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy.”

The postponement of the election by a week had attracted widespread criticism. But with so much blames already traded, the NPC believes the nation must show faith.

It said, “There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make.”

Also, the committee called on politicians to look beyond the struggle for power, show character and grace and work with the Independent National Electoral Commission “to inspire our people to new heights”.

“The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence,” the NPC said.

As for INEC, the National Peace Committee challenged it to work toward reclaiming its integrity.

To do that, the committee urged the electoral body to “patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination”.

“Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned,” it added.

Read the full statement below:

NIGERIANS: RISE UP AND OBEY THE NATION’S CALL
STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL PEACE COMMITTEE

1: We have a common saying in Nigeria: God’s time is the best. However, in real life, certain experiences often tempt us to pause and ask whether this statement need to be edited. This is one of such moments.

However, we must remain hopeful because God is perfect and all knowing. We are humans, He is the God of history and all power belongs to Him alone. He will give to whom He wishes, how and when He wishes. We are merely instruments of His plans. It is against this background that we wish to appeal to our fellow citizens.

2: We recall that two days to the elections, specifically on February 13th, 2019, the President, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, other Presidential candidates of the different parties gathered at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, to sign a second Peace Accord. Distinguished members of the international community such as the Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt. Honourable Patricia Scotland, QC, four former African Heads of State (Festus Mogae (Malawi), Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Professor Amos Sawyer, (Liberia), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) some of our own distinguished citizens, such as General Yakubu Gowon, our former Head of State, distinguished Religious and Traditional rulers, members of the general public from all walks of life witnessed the event with joy and hope.

3: On Friday 15th, February, we all went to bed joyfully and anxiously looking forward to casting our votes for the next President of our country. However, nothing could have prepared anyone for the shock announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, barely six hours to the elections in the morning of February 16th. Although, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has already addressed the nation and the leaders of all the Political Parties, very little has happened to assuage the deep feeling of embarrassment, pain, and disappointment across the land. The impact of this decision has permeated every stratum of our lives and has the potential to dampen the confidence of our people in the political process. It has further deepened anxieties within the international community about our country.

4: There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make. We therefore make the following appeal to our people:

5: To all Nigerians:

We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledging Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments. Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the set back, but respond to the call to patriotism. Do not relent, go out and fulfill your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy.

6: To the Political Class:

What we have before us is well beyond the struggle for power. Our predicament calls for character and grace. The Politicians must own this process by showing their readiness to collaborate with INEC and to inspire our people to new heights. The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence. Sadly, for us, politics of the last few years have further polarized our people along dangerous religious, regional, ethnic and party lines. We must aim at trying to avert this precipice and try to heal our nation.

7: To the Independent National Electoral Commission:

After trying to explain your situation, it is now important to focus on how best to reclaim your credibility and integrity. Patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination. Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned. Avoid panic measures, continue to communicate effectively with Nigerians and build up your confidence. Listen to the politicians but do not be distracted. Perhaps, just perhaps, your being accused by both sides might be your vindication. You might still be vindicated in the end. Focus on the big picture.

8: To our international Visitors and Observers:

We appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to come to Nigeria to monitor our elections. We see your engagement with us not as an act of interference but as the extension of the hand of friendship and encouragement. With your co-operation and encouragement, we will deepen our political culture and turn Democracy into a tool for development and progress for our people. We know it is a long road and we are prepared to walk it to the end. We understand the emotional and financial strain that this has placed on you. We appeal to the relevant Agencies in our government to kindly facilitate the visa processes of our guests at no cost and with the least inconveniences.

9: A Prayer for Nigeria:

We thank God for the gift of this great country. We know that our selfishness and greed have delayed our march to greatness. We commit our country to you at this very delicate and difficult time. Take control of all the relevant agencies in this election and let your will be done. We know that you are a perfect God and that in the end, may your will be done. We commit the future into your hands. Save us from further violence and bloodshed. Forgive our many sins. We believe that your time is the best for us.

General Abdusalami A. Abubakar, GCFR,
Chairman, NPC

Bishop Matthew Hassan KUKAH
Convener, NPC

Contact
Fr. Atta Barkindo
Head of Secretariat
National Peace Committee, NPC
09031149816
[email protected]

Buhari Inaugurates CCB Chairman, NPC Members

File Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the chairman and members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and also members of the National Population Commission (NPC).

The President on Wednesday appointed Muhammed Isah, as the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, (CCB).

Mr Isah hails from Jigawa State representing the North West zone.

The CCB consists of six members who are Murtala Aliyu Kankia from Katsina (North West), Emmanuel Enu Attah from Cross River (South-South), Ubolo Okpanachi from Kogi (North Central), Ken Madaki Alkali from Nasarawa (North Central), Prof. S.F. Ogundare from Oyo (South West) and Saad Abubakar from Gombe (North East), respectively.

While the NPC has 23 members with an existing chairman.

The NPC members are Nwanne Johnny Nwabuisi (Abia), Dr Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Mr Chidi Christopher Ezeoke(Anambra), Barrister Isa Audu Buratai (Borno), Navy Captain Charles Iyam Ogwa (rtd) (Cross River), Sir Richard Odibo(Delta), Okereke Darlington Onuabuchi (Ebonyi) and Mr A.D. Olusegun Aiyajina (Edo).

Others are Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Danburam (Gombe), Prof. Uba S.F. Nnabue (Imo), Dr. Abdulmalik Mohammed Durunguwa (Kaduna), Sulaiman Ismaila Lawal (Kano), Prof. Jimoh Habibat Isah (Kogi), Dr. Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu (Kwara), Nasir Isa kwarra (Nasarawa).

Also on the list are Barrister Aliyu Datti (Niger), Yeye (Mrs) Seyi Adererinokun Olusanya (Ogun), Prince Oladiran Garvey Iyantan (Ondo), Senator Mudashiru Oyetunde Hussain (Osun), Mrs Cecilia Arsun Dapoet ()Plateau, Dr. Ipalibo Macdonald Harry (Rivers), Sale S. Saany (Taraba)

The inauguration was held before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

 

China To Increase Military Spending By 7% In 2017

chinaDays after President Donald Trump outlined a boost to the U.S defence budget, China has also announced that it will increase military spending by about seven per cent in 2017.

The scheduled announcement was made ahead of the annual National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing.

China has been modernising its armed forces recently as its economy expands but it’s announced defence budget remains smaller than that of the U.S.

Some observers however argue that the real figure could be much higher.

According to the BBC, the announcement marks the second consecutive year that the increase in China’s defence spending has been below 10 per cent, following nearly two decades at or above that figure.

How Police Arrested Man Allegedly Swindling Unemployed Nigerians

89-Year-Old Man, Three Others Jailed For Land GrabbingA man, Sanusi Rahamon, has been arrested in Osun State by the police for allegedly impersonating the Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) and swindling unemployed youths.

He promises to give them jobs when Peace Corps becomes a statutory security agency and make them part with their money.

The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command that made the arrest, Folashade Odoro, said Sanusi was arrested in Osogbo, Capital of Osun State, on Monday along with eight other persons and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

Odoro said copies of certificate and identity cards of the NPC were among the items recovered from the suspect at the point of arrest.

The police spokesperson also said the suspect told police detectives that he got the Peace Corps certificates and ID cards from Abuja.

She told Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, that those arrested along with Sanusi were some of his victims who were oblivious of his pranks but desperate to be employed into the NPC.

Odoro said the preliminary investigation by police detectives revealed that Sanusi had a registered private security guard and that he had trained many youths in the state with the assurance that they would be the first set of applicants that would get letters of employment as soon as the NPC is made a conventional security outfit.

Odoro said investigation on the matter is ongoing and that the suspect would face the full wrath of the law afterwards.

She, however, cautioned unemployed youths to be wary of fraudulent individuals in their desperation to get jobs.

“This suspect obviously has been in this act for a very long time. Imagine all the identity cards found on him. He really must have swindled so many people. Osun State Police Command will not allow such people to go free. They must be made to face the fill wrath of the Law.

“Many innocent people have fallen victim to this kind of people. I can only ask youths to be very careful. Inasmuch as they are seeking jobs, they need to test all job opportunities they find so they do not land themselves in the net of people whose intent is to deceive others,” she cautioned.

“We are determined here in Osun to wipe out nefarious activities that will tarnish the image of the command and we will ensure that full investigation is carried out on this case to serve as deterrent to others who are still at large,” the Osun State police command’s spokesperson added.

NPC Proposes 222bn Naira For Census In 2018

Census, NPCThe National Population Commission (NPC) has proposed a budget of 222 billion Naira to conduct a fresh national census in 2018.

The Chairman of the commission, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, announced the budget proposal at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Population and Identity Card.

The lawmakers on Monday made an oversight visit to the NPC Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Duruiheoma noted that the proposed sum would be used to enhance the conduct of a technology-based census using the Direct Data Capture machine.

On his part, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, acknowledged that 2018 was the most ideal year to conduct a census before the general elections.

He, however, said that President Muhammadu Buhari would have to give a proclamation first.

The legislator also noted that the budget was huge in the face of Nigeria’s recession and urged the commission to employ other sources of funding once the President assents the budget.

The committee equally probed the application of the NPC’s 4.4 billion Naira 2016 budgetary allocation and its uncompleted permanent site, ten years after the contract was awarded.

2017 Census: NPC Begins Advocacy Visits In Kwara

NPCThe National Population Commission (NPC) has begun the advocacy visit to traditional rulers in Kwara State on the need to sensitise the people on next year’s census.

The Federal Commissioner of NPC for Kwara State, Mr Abubakar Ndakene, disclosed this while leading a team from the commission on an advocacy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.

The traditional ruler commended the early preparations of the commission and expressed his readiness to support them.

The team then moved over to Isin Local government where they were received by the Olusin of Isanlu Isin, Oba Solomon Oloyede.

There, Mr Ndakene solicited for the support of traditional rulers in enlightening the populace on the importance of the exercise.

He noted that the exercise should not be mistaken for a census as the commission only wants to update its database by registering the new births in the area.

While urging the people to provide factual figure and cooperate with the enumerators, Ndakene observed that the figures to be collated would be useful during the actual census exercise.

The Chairman of Isin Local government, Maruf Thanni, who was also at the gathering, thanked the commission for choosing the area for the exercise and assured of their readiness to cooperate fully with them.

The National Population Commission has chosen February 22 to March 13, 2016 for the phase two of enumeration area demarcation.

29 states across Nigeria have been chosen for the exercise and Isin Local Government has been selected in Kwara State.

The exercise is meant for demarcates to move around the communities numbering houses and dividing them into enumeration areas using satellite image maps.

Retired Police Officers Protest In Ilorin

Yobe PoliceMembers of the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria have staged a peaceful protest to Government House in Ilorin, asking the Federal Government to direct the anti-graft agency to investigate the National Pension Commission (NPC).

The pensioners, who stormed the seat of power in Ilorin, alleged that  the NPC had an agreement with them to pay them 50 per cent of their salaries monthly after retirement, but has only been paying them 25 per cent.

They also accused the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) of also reneging on the agreement of providing their families free health care till their death, wondering how they could be an exception since other federal agencies are benefitting.

However, all efforts to get the reaction of management of the NPC  proved abortive as they declined comment and directed journalists to the national headquarters in Abuja.

At the office of the National Health Insurance Scheme, an officer who claimed anonymity, said the agency is yet to commence the programme for retired police officers adding that no agreement was signed with them in that regard.

Government Needs To Establish Credit Bureau – Nweze

nwezeAn Economist, Austin Nweze, has urged the Federal Government to establish a credit bureau to investigate bank debtors.

Mr Nweze, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said that the country needs a structure beyond the conventional banks but like the venture capital firms that can take up the risks instead of the banks directly.

Talking about the process of creating debts, the Economist said that Nigerian banks are to be blamed for defaults because from the beginning of a transaction, they make it difficult for the lenders to pay back.

“Agreed that the CBN and NPC have the monetary rate, in addition to that, there is also cost that NDIC would also take.

“When they calculate the rate by one or two per cent, cost of management fee and the interest rate moves from 13 per cent to 25 per cent and that is how the banks make profit.”

The Economist stressed that the Nigerian economy would not grow if it keeps pushing monies meant for businesses to the bank.

“Government is the biggest debtor. If government could pay off the domestic dept they owe, it has a way of influencing the economy; the bank will have money, businesses can expand, interest rate can reduce,” he said.

Mr Nweze further said that Government should make a policy that would encourage local industry and manufacturing.

He added, “It is the government policy that makes it easier for people to import than to manufacture.”

 

NPC Urges FG To Make Provisions For IDPs

NPC Urges FG To Make Provisions For IDPsThe National Population Commission (NPC) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to create structures that will cater for the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).

The agency’s appeal is coming as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Population Day.

Chairman of the commission, Eze Duruiheoma, made the call on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to mark the event tagged ‘Vulnerable Population in Emergencies’.

Mr Duruiheoma said that government at all levels must work together to address the plight of the vulnerable population, including the IDPs.

He also urged the government to step up the fight against insurgencies in the country.

NPC Commends Nigerian Police On Conduct During Polls

Police The National Peace Committee (NPC) has commended the Nigerian Police for its conduct during the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The commendation was made at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital as members of the committee led by its Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), embarked on a ‘thank you visit’ to key actors in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary elections.

The committee noted that the Police remained neutral even in the face of the tension before and after the elections.

The committee further urged the Police to ensure that the conduct is replicated during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Similarly, General Abdulsalam urged Nigerians to support the Police in the next round of polls.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, who expressed gratitude for the commendation, however, promised that the same conduct would be replicated during the governorship polls and beyond.

The Police have received several commendations from not only Nigerians, but the international community for its conduct during the polls.

They have been commended particularly for their arrest of some persons in possession of registration materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.

They have also been lauded for the deployment of over 6,000 police officers to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections across the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

The Police in different states across the country had, prior to Saturday’s election, given assurances of their readiness for the election.

The Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, said that the command was fully ready and prepared for the elections, urging residents not to panic as they go about their lawful duties.

The Zamfara State Police Command also assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies, to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.

NPC Assures Nigerians On Improved Migration Policies

NPCThe National Population Commission have assured Nigerians that it would improve migration policies to ensure monitored and safe migration movement in Nigeria.

Speaking during a courtesy visit from the International Organisation for Migration, Chairman of the Commission, Eze Duruiheoma, said that the commission plans to facilitate a sub-regional platform that addresses all the challenges facing the commission in terms of data collection.

Responding to the chairman’s speech, the Chief of Mission, Nigeria, Mrs. Enira Kadalic, reaffirms the International Organization for Migration’s commitment to Nigeria to improve migration systems and movement in Nigeria.