Osinbajo Calls For Synergy To Tackle Human Trafficking, Insecurity

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for synergy among security agencies to tackle the myriads of security challenges in the country.

He made this call on Monday during the virtual presentation of the research report of the National Defence College Course 28 titled “Border Management & National Development in Nigeria: The ECOWAS Protocol Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Residence & Establishment in Perspective.”

The Vice President noted that effective collaboration among key agencies will help rid the nation’s borders of insecurity and human trafficking.

Giving his remarks after the presentation of the research report and the interactive session, the Vice President said border management affects the economy very considerably hence the need to get all agencies involved in the sector together.

“It is absolutely the correct thing to do, to try and see how we can unify agencies concerned with border management so that there is synergy.

“We must come back to the question of synergy. Why it is that we have the kinds of problems that we have at the borders and ports, and why the delays?” he said.

While commending the participants for a thoroughly researched paper, the Vice President said the research paper touched on important national issues and that efforts would be made to adopt and implement key recommendations.

“I commend you for a very comprehensive, thought-provoking and well-researched paper. The point that has been made also is that we can see the importance of synergy even here. Here is a situation where relevant services have come together including international participants with experience in the relevant areas, and have made what I think is really a seminal contribution to our ideas about border management.

“There is no question at all that whatever we do with respect to border management will affect our economy very considerably,”  he said.

 

FG To Collaborate With States To Domesticate Child Rights Act, Others

File photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari administration is working Together with State governments across the country, and all other stakeholders, to deal decisively with the problem of rape and gender-based violence in Nigeria.

According to the Vice President, every form of sexual assault “are blemishes on the collective humanity and dignity of Nigerians as a people and a Nation.”

He was quoted to have said this on Friday, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande after he held a virtual meeting with the National Human Rights Commission over the recent cases of sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria and the way forward

He also promised to encourage state governments who are yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015 and the Child Rights Act of 2003 to do so.

Read the full details of the statement below.

Together with State governments across the county, and all other stakeholders, the Buhari administration is working harder to deal decisively with the problem of rape and gender-based violence in Nigeria, because every form of sexual assault “are blemishes on the collective humanity and dignity of Nigerians as a people and a Nation.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, made this declaration today at a virtual meeting organized by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the Scourge of Rape, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.

“We will work with all actors to detect and punish the perpetrators of these sickening acts and work even harder to prevent their occurrence”

Specifically, the Vice President further said the fight against rape and gender violence would be driven down to the States through the National Economic Council (NEC), which he chairs.

“We will continue to use the platform of the National Economic Council to encourage States yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015 and the Child Rights Act of 2003 to do so.

“Gender-based violence, rape and sexual assaults are a blemish on our collective humanity and dignity as a people and a Nation,” he added.

“While violence against women has always been a challenge in Nigeria, the COVID-19 lockdown has occasioned a steep increase in sexual and gender-based violence across the country.

“I am told that between March 23, 2020 – May 29, 2020, the FCT Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team received an overwhelming 105 incidents; an average of 13 incidents per week, up from the usual 5 to 6 incidents per week, pre-COVID-19.

“Also, a few days ago the Inspector-General of Police disclosed that the police had recorded about 717 rape incidents across the country between January and May 2020.

“And that 799 suspects had so far been arrested, 631 cases conclusively investigated and charged to court while 52 cases are still under investigation.

“What these figures show is an escalation of an already disgraceful trend of violence against women and girls in the country, ” Prof. Osinbajo observed.

He referenced the rapes and murders of Mrs Queen Igbinevbo, a pregnant woman in her home in Edo State on May 20, 2020, and Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year old student of University of Benin on May 27, 2020.

According to the VP, there is also the case of Barakat Bello, an 18-year old female student of Federal College of Animal Health and Production in Ibadan on June 1, 2020, among others, saying these assaults “should never have happened and must not be allowed to continue.”

Prof. Osinbajo reassured that President Muhammadu Buhari and State Governors recently undertook to take drastic actions against gender-based violence.

“On June 11, State Governors, under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), agreed to declare a state of emergency on rape and gender-based violence against women and children, while renewing their commitment to ensuring that offenders face the full weight of the law.

“Similarly, the President, in his June 12 address to Nigerians, reiterated government’s determination to fight gender-based violence through the instrumentality of the law and awareness creation,’’ he said.

According to him, there is need to look beyond just legislation to fix the problem, but rather, interrogate the deeply dysfunctional cultures, the systemic flaws in our institutions and the perverse social norms which enable sexual and gender-based violence.

Prof. Osinbajo also acknowledged that the Women Affairs Ministry, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the International Community and several Civil Society Organizations had also been at the forefront of finding solutions and transformative strategies to address the root causes of gender-based violence.

Present at the virtual meeting was the Women Affairs Minister, Dame Paullen Tallen, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, representatives of the United Nations and Civil Society Organizations.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,
Office of the Vice President
19th June, 2020

Osinbajo Okays Draft Legislative Instrument To Enact Health Sector Reform Bill

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved the presentation of a Draft Legislative Instrument to enact the Health Sector Reform Bill, to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Executive Council.

The approval was given at the 2nd meeting of the National Council on Privatization chaired by the Vice President at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday.

When adopted, the reforms will ensure that millions of Nigerians who are presently unable to afford efficient health care services, can now have access.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a lot of the wrongs in Nigeria’s health sector and these reforms seek to right those wrongs.

Other members of the NCP include several federal ministers and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

COVID-19 Pandemic, An Opportunity To Reset Nigeria’s Critical Sectors – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an opportunity for the Nigerian people and government to have a reset in critical sectors of the economy and social services.

This is according to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who noted that the pandemic has affected the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians in different ways.

He stated this on Thursday at the virtual launch of the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) from his office in Abuja.

On the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, the Vice President said the establishment of the Fund would support the creation of a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive political economy and healthcare system.

“This is a creative, forward-looking, and thoughtful response to what is perhaps the most profound global and domestic challenge to health and the economy in human history.

“We need not belabour the point that the COVID-19 challenge is also an unprecedented opportunity for us as a nation and people to reset in critical sectors of the economy and social services,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

While stressing the point about resetting the nation’s systems, Professor Osinbajo noted that the deep plunge in oil earnings, as well as the disruptions to business and commerce on account of lockdowns, have meant that the nation must develop a comprehensive economic response.

He also revealed the efforts being made by the Federal Government to ensure that Nigeria was properly positioned to deal with the fallouts of the pandemic.

The Vice President said, “There are several initiatives in place now to attempt an effective response to the COVID-19 disaster. In addition, there is a drive to re-engineer and rethink our healthcare delivery systems.

“This by itself is a massive undertaking that will involve the states, local governments, and the private healthcare community.”

“In the past few years, I’m sure those of you familiar with the activities of government probably note there’s been quite a bit of effort around creating a Social Investment Programme.

“The precise purpose of that is not just to provide safety nets for several of the vulnerable and poor in our midst, but more importantly to provide jobs, provide credit to several informal traders, smallholder farmers, several others in our economic value chain who are usually ignored or untouched by several other credit facilities and other economic initiatives of the government,” he added.

Professor Osinbajo stressed that the Fund has the mandate to support the social investment efforts of the government, especially the protection of the vulnerable and provision of assistance to many in the huge informal sector of the economy.

He commended the NSIA, Global Fund, and other partners involved in the creation of the NSSF which was designed to provide additional support for Nigeria’s response to the pandemic.

Other participants at the virtual event included the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NSIA, Mr Jide Zeitlin; the Managing Director of NSIA, Mr Uche Orji; the Chairman of Global Citizen Nigeria, Mr Babatunde Folawiyo; and the Vice Chairman Global Citizen Nigeria, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.

Easter: Osinbajo Preaches ‘Salvation’ From Aso Villa Chapel

Agricultural Investment Will Bring Nigeria Out Of Poverty, Says Osinbajo
A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has asked Nigerians to take advantage of the gift of salvation made available to all by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He made the appeal while delivering a sermon on Sunday at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja, on the occasion of Easter.

Professor Osinbajo stated that just like the criminal crucified along with Jesus was saved, it was never too late to receive forgiveness for sin and the ultimate gift of salvation.

He said, “Physically, His (Jesus) cross was between the crosses of those two thieves but spiritually, His cross was between their destinies – whether heaven or hell.

“Today, His cross still stands between us; an everlasting fire. He is the mediator between man and God. He came not to condemn but to save.”

“And He has already paid in full for all of our sins. Once we accept him as Lord and Saviour, we exchange our sinful selves for his holiness so that when God sees us, all He sees is the holiness of His Son,” the Vice President added.

According to him, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ that the human race is saved by grace and not of works.

Professor Osinbajo stressed that salvation remains a gift and not a reward, saying there is no process required.

“The power of Jesus Christ to instantly forgive and make holy, there is no process required.

“He said ‘today, you will be with me in paradise. Today your name enters the book of life’. Salvation is a gift, it is not a reward,” said the Vice President.

Buhari Receives Briefings From Osinbajo, COVID-19 Task Force

President Muhammadu Buhari with members of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19 at the State House in Abuja on April 10, 2020. Inset: The President with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received a briefing from the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Professor Osinbajo briefed President Buhari on the progress made so far by the Economic Sustainability Committee, a body chaired by the Vice President and set up recently by the President.

According to the President, the committee is working on an appropriate economic response to ease the unfolding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigeria and its people.

He disclosed this in a tweet posted via his verified handle.

 

Triumph Over Coronavirus

In another tweet, President Buhari revealed that he met with the members of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19.

Among those who briefed the President included the chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

Others are the National Coordinator of the task force, Dr Sani Aliyu; the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

President Buhari thanked the team for the hard work that they have done, adding that the efforts would help Nigeria triumph over the coronavirus pandemic.

Buhari, Osinbajo Have Been Earning Half Salaries – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been receiving half of their monthly salaries before the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this during an interview on Politics Today.

“Already, the President and the Vice President are earning 50 per cent of their salaries, they are not earning 100 per cent,” he stated on Tuesday during the Channels Television political programme.

Adesina explained that both leaders opted to be paid half of their salaries since the inception of the present administration in 2015.

Although he did not disclose what purpose the unpaid halves were used for over the years, he believes both leaders have done well and will be making donations to tackle coronavirus at their own will.

Asked whether the President and his vice were donating their salaries just like the members of the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly, he said, “I can’t say for sure; the members of the federal cabinet are donating 50 per cent of their March salaries.”

“Already, the Vice President and the President are earning 50 per cent. Right from the beginning of the administration (the first term), they had elected to earn half of the salaries they should earn … to ask them to do more will be a voluntary thing,” the presidential aide added.

VP Osinbajo Tests Negative For Coronavirus

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has tested negative to coronavirus, according to his media aide, Laolu Akande. 

According to him, an official statement about the development will be issued by the Vice President’s Office soon.

On Tuesday, Laolu had tweeted that his principal was in self-isolation after the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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“VP Osinbajo yesterday at the office conducted his meetings via video conferencing, while observing social distancing,” Laolu had tweeted.

“Today, he continues his work from the home office, as he is in self-isolation in accordance with NCDC protocols.”

 

Coronavirus: Vice President Osinbajo In Self-Quarantine

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right) wears a mask during a meeting. Photo: Tolani Alli
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right) wears a mask during a meeting. Photo: Tolani Alli

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently in self-quarantine amid the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, according to his spokesman Laolu Akande.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Akande said the Vice President has been “conducting his meetings via video conferencing while observing social distance.”

 

Mr Akande’s tweet comes after it emerged that the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Kyari is believed to have been infected during his recent trip to Germany where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

The Chief of Staff was said to have returned on March 14 and, apparently, did not show any symptoms of being infected with the virus at the time.

It is yet unclear whether Mr Osinbajo’s self-quarantine is related to news of Mr Kyari’s positive case.

The Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), the two bodies at the forefront of the country’s response against the virus, have repeatedly advised Nigerians to self-quarantine, especially if they just returned from a foreign trip.

On Monday, NCDC chief, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the nation’s major coronavirus threat comes from those coming in from outside its borders.

Earlier this month, Mr Osinbajo was forced to cancel his trip from Abuja to Lagos after his motorcade was involved in an accident that led to the death of one of his escorts.

 

Osinbajo Visits Late Inspector’s Family, Pays Condolences

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has paid a visit to the family of the late inspector Ali Gomina, the outrider in the Vice Presidents’ convoy who was killed in the line of duty.

Speaking after the visit, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, noted that all will be done to ensure that the family is well cared for in the light of the unfortunate circumstances.

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Gomina died on Friday in a road accident while on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport with the Vice President who was scheduled for a trip.

Osinbajo described him as “a diligent, hardworking and serious-minded officer who will be greatly missed by the team”.

Gomina is survived by his wife, children, and relatives.

Police Officer Dies In Osinbajo Convoy Accident

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

 

A police escort rider attached to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has died in a road accident, a government spokesman confirmed on Friday.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the accident occurred on the road to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as Prof Osinbajo was on his way to a scheduled trip.

He noted that Prof Osinbajo is saddened by the death of Inspector Ali Gomina, 45, and has aborted the scheduled trip.

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Describing Inspector Gomina, VP Osinbajo was quoted saying the officer was “a diligent, hardworking and serious-minded officer who will be greatly missed by the team.

“He is survived by his wife, children, and relatives.”

FG To Develop Strategies In Curbing Arms Proliferation Soon, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks at the meeting of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Abuja on March 2, 2020.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has given an assurance that the Federal Government would soon develop a clear-cut set of strategies to curb and curtail the proliferation of small and light weapons in the country.

He gave the assurance on Monday at a meeting with top security chiefs and members of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Abuja.

According to a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande, Professor Osinbajo chaired the inaugural meeting of the committee in line with the directive of the President.

He called for the development of a clear-cut, specific line of action to address the serious problems of small arms and light weapons.

The vice president decried that this fuelled the insurgency in the North East and other security challenges in the country.

He noted that the seriousness of the matter had necessitated the setting up of the review committee.

“The problem we have at hand is really enormous,” said Osinbajo who stated that was why the President was keen on effective and prompt solutions.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and members of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons at a meeting in Abuja on March 2, 2020.

 

 

Members of the committee present at the meeting included the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.

Others were the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd); the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd).

Also in attendance were the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman; and the Chairman of PRESCOM, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe.

The representatives of the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Ministry of Defence were also present.

At the last National Security Council meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the vice president to chair a committee to review the report of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM).

PRESCOM was set up in April 2013 by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.