The United States ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, has recommended the American system of raising cattle within the confinement of ranches to Nigeria.
He believes that this would be a sure way of solving the persistent herdsmen/farmers clashes in the country and promoting peace between both groups.
Mr Symington made the suggestion while sharing his family’s experience as farmers during his visit to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
His recommendations are coming at a time when states across the country have been faced with incessant attacks and clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Governor Ortom, had challenged the Federal Government to do more to stop the attacks by herdsmen across the country.
Also speaking on the issue, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered his men to deal with anyone bearing arms illegally.
The premises of the National Agency For Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) located in Oshodi, Lagos state, was on Saturday gutted by fire.
The fire was said to have started from a generator and spread to a store.
The extent of damage done to the building however could not be immediately ascertained as Channels Television’s crew was not allowed access to the affected scene.
Men of the fire service from the Lagos State Response Unit were seen battling to put out the inferno.
A spokesperson of the agency however confirmed that the fire was prevented from spreading beyond the store.
As the raining season approaches, stakeholders of Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa state, north central of Nigeria, have been implored to come up with bye laws that would address crisis between farmers and herdsmen.
This was among the resolutions reached during a security meeting held at the local government.
The Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairman, Mohammed Ohinoyi Musa, said the meeting which is a quarterly gathering is aimed at identifying security challenges affecting the area and to chart a way forward.
“Our farmers are not finding it easy to farm because of the influx of the Fulani people that are grazing. We don’t want a situation where by the peace we have been managing will be disturbed”.
During the meeting, allegations and counter allegations were raised between the farmers and herders over who was bridging the security gap.
Recommendations were however offered on how to nip the menace in the bud.
Other resolutions reached include: “No new Fulani settlement to be allowed in the area, herdsmen should not graze on cultivated farmlands, farmers should stop cultivating on designated grazing routes, as well as promulgation of legislations to address the crisis.”
The IMC chairman stated that the resolutions would be made available on paper and dispatched to every village head and ward heads.
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Mr Dakuku Peterside, says a lot has to change if the country must compete with the rest of the world in the maritime sector.
He made his position known in an interview with Channels Television on Saturday.
He, however, pointed out some of the achievements of the sector in recent times, among which is the decrease in piracy.
“The rate of piracy has dropped to its barest minimum because we have been able to build on agency cooperation and coordination and we’ve also been able to build a network with our regional partners.”
Apart from that, he stated that in terms of maritime safety, the number of detentions of vessels calling at the ports have reduced because according to him, “people are now more aware that we have zero tolerance for substandard vessels.”
“We have also conducted more inspections than in previous years,” he added.
The Maritime boss also hinted that the Ministry of Transportation was pursuing the real establishment of the national fleet driven by the private sector; an initiative to which NIMASA is giving its total support.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that indigenous players in the maritime industry may soon begin to rip the benefits of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act as Nigeria is set to disburse over a hundred million dollars sabotaged vessel financing fund.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is set to fully recover over 130 million litres of premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol, stored in the facilities of two indigenous downstream operators.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Chief Operating Officer, downstream of the corporation, Mr Henry Ikem-Obih said the infraction was discovered earlier in the year when the corporation had need to access the product stored in the two depots belonging to the companies in Apapa, Lagos state.
“We instructed the Nigerian Products Marketing Company (NPMC) a subsidiary of NNPC, to send additional trucks to those locations to move products for distribution aimed at meeting a supply shortfall we discovered in the market, but after days of not being able to access the terminals we had to take a decision as NNPC management to invite auditors and inspectors to go and do a physical check on the inventories,” he said.
Ikem-Obih said the product is part of 11 billion Naira worth of missing NNPC fuel.
He further disclosed that the company had set up two committees to evaluate the roles played by some of its staff in the illegal product evacuation.