Your Call for Revolution Amounts to Treasonable Felony, IGP Tells Sowore

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Saturday in Abuja reacted to a video circulating on the social media by the “s,” inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned “revolution” march against the Federal Government on August 5, with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country.

Picture Mix: Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu(Left) and Sowore Omoyele (Right).

Adamu unequivocally said such a call “amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land.”

While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the police chief noted that

“such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of revolution.”

He added that Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, exercised periodically during various cycle of elections.

Adamu, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, warned

“the organisers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathisers of the group ‘Global Coalition…”.

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Nigeria Joins AfCFTA Member-states as Buhari Signs Agreement in Niamey

At last, Nigeria has given her consent to the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday signed the agreement in Niamey, Niger Republic.

President Buhari [middle] signing the agreement in Niger Republic.

Buhari signed an agreement during the opening ceremony of the 12th Extra Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government.

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The Need for Increased Local Investment in Gas Sector, By Fashola

A former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called for increased local investments in the gas sector to realise its potential benefits.

Fashola (middle) at the inauguration of an indigenous gas company in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Fashola made the call at the inauguration of an indigenous gas company, GASCO Marine Limited, located at Onijanganjangan community in Abeokuta North Local Government area of Ogun State.

“We can continue to talk about gas flaring and carbon emissions and their negative impacts on the environment, but the situation will not change unless we do something about it,” Fashola said. The former minister, who commended the initiative, said such investment in gas would help government in protecting the environment for future generations. Stressing the advantages in the use of gas, Fashola said “there is about 60 per cent cost saving in the deployment of gas as an alternative to inefficient and polluting diesel.”

He also emphasised the benefit of employment generation through the value chain of gas production, processing, storage and distribution.


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Reasons We Shut Sangotedo Market, By LAWMA

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Friday said it shut down business activities at Sangotedo Market in Eti Osa due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders, resulting in a serious environmental problem in the area.

Citing the recent Executive Order on traffic and sanitation matters signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, LAWMA’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, stressed the state government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse as well as defacing of the environment.

LAWMA noted that “the government’s efforts at restoring environmental sanity in the area were being thwarted by unhygienic activities of traders, who had consistently violated environmental laws and refused to patronise assigned PSP operators.”

Kadiri said the management was working round the clock to reposition the organisation to rid the state of waste, necessitating the introduction of “Lagos at 4am” operation and other laudable initiatives aimed at restoring environmental integrity in the state.

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Presidency: Indeed, Almajiri Poses Security Challenge. It’ll Ultimately Be Abrogated, But Not Immediately

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration Friday concurred with the general view that “the Almajiri phenomenon represents a security challenge and a scar on the face of Northern Nigeria.”

The Federal Government, however, added that contrary to the widely reported news, the ultimate proscription of the Almajiri system of education remains a priority but not for an immediate implementation.

“The abrogation of the Almajiri (Qur’anic learning system associated with begging on economic and religious grounds peculiar to some northern states) system of education remains an objective but there is no immediate ban of it,” the Federal Government clarified in a statement by a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu.

The Presidency called for “caution in responses to the pronouncements by President Buhari on free and compulsory basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age in Nigeria, during his speech on June 20, at the inauguration of the National Economic Council (NEC).”

The Presidency noted that “while the Buhari administration is committed to free and compulsory education as a long-term objective of bringing to an end, the phenomenon of out-of-school children, any necessary ban on Almajiri would follow due process and consultation with relevant authorities.”

According to the statement, “Indeed, the Federal Government wants a situation where every child of primary school age is in school rather than begging on the streets during school hours.

“At the same time, we don’t want to create panic or a backlash.

“Reports that there are plans for massive arrest of parents are definitely out of place. Things have to be done the right and considerate way.

“Free and compulsory primary school education is a requirement of the Nigerian constitution and any individual or group not in compliance with this is violating the law of the land and liable to be punished.”

Shehu added: “But in addition to relevant consultations, state governors need to put in place structures like schools and educational materials for pupils; otherwise, they also, are complicit in violating the law of the land.”

In his speech at the inauguration of NEC, Buhari stated, without equivocation, that the country’s children have rights and must be given their due rights and protection under the law.

The President said: “On education, I want to stress in particular the need to take very seriously and enforce very rigorously the statutory provisions on free and compulsory basic education. Section 18(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended places on all of us here an obligation to eradicate illiteracy and provide free and compulsory education.

“Section 2 of the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act provides that every Government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age.

‘‘It is indeed a crime for any parent to keep his child out of school for this period. In my view, when a government fails to provide the schools, teachers and teaching materials necessary for basic education, it is actually aiding and abetting that crime.

“This is, therefore, a call to action. I would like to see every Governor rise from this meeting and rally his local Government Chairmen towards ensuring that our schools offer the right opportunities and provide the needed materials and teachers for basic education, at the minimum.

‘‘If we are able to do this, the benefits will surely manifest themselves.”

Shehu said the statement by the remarks by the President Buhari was well within the law of Nigeria.

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Omo-Agege Appoints Igbuzor as Chief of Staff; Odunuga and Owoeye as Media Aides

Deputy Senate President, Ovie 0mo-Agege, Thursday approved the appointments of Otive Igbuzor as his Chief of Staff; and Yomi Odunuga as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

The Deputy Senate President also announced the appointment of Lara Owoeye-Wise as his Senior Special Assistant on Electronic and New Media.

Omo-Agege, in a statement he personally signed, explained that the appointments which take immediate effect are based on merit.

Igbuzor is Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD). He was once the International Head of campaigns of ActionAid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC).

He was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent research, information and training institution, dedicated to policy oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peace building in the West African sub-region. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre. He is a versatile writer, researcher and author of several publications.

Odunuga is the Abuja Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor (Nation’s Capital) of The Nation newspapers.

Odunuga, a poet, lyricist, reporter and columnist, started his journalism career with The Punch newspaper over two decades ago. He was, for several years, the State House Correspondent of the paper where he maintained two columns – Life in Abuja and the popular weekend treat called Inside Aso Rock.

His insightful and critical analysis of the intriguing politics of that period earned him accolades and recognition which later saw him being promoted to the position of Abuja Bureau Chief at The Punch.

In 2006, he was elevated to the position of Group Political Editor of The Punch. He later joined The Nation as an Assistant Editor and Bureau Chief in Abuja.

At The Nation, his rested The Punch newspaper column, Knuckles, transformed into Knucklehead which offers him the opportunity to continue his weekly interrogation and critique of the socio-political developments in the polity.

A graduate of Religion and philosophy from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Owoeye-Wise is a multiple award-winning journalist whose experience has spanned over two decades and has spread between the print and the electronic media.

She has worked at The Punch, The News Magazine, AM News and Tempo tabloids. She crossed over to the electronic media as a pioneer staff for Silverbird TV, a pioneer staff of the resuscitated Minaj Broadcast International and was Deputy Head of Presentation, Senior News Editor, news anchor and chief correspondent at Africa Independent Television, AIT before her appointment as Senior Assistant, Media to the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Lara has had a working stint with the Voice of American, Washington DC and KSTP Channel 5, Minnesota.

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How Army’s Counter Insurgency Strategy Boosts Civil-Military Cooperation in Borno

At the instance and the support of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, many Nigerian Army formations and units have intensified efforts at providing infrastructures and social amenities for their host communities, all over the country so as to boost civil-military cooperation towards tackling insurgency and terrorism.

It is in line with this the 29 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army, Benisheikh embarked on humanitarian activities in its area of responsibility.


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$4.7b Capital Boost Coming for DisCos in Nigeria

The Federal Government is shopping for $4.7 billion to recapitalise the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Managing Director Usman Gur Mohammed has said.

The cash would be raised by the Federal Government, shareholders of the DisCos and private investors. It is all to upgrade power distribution facilities.

Upon the privatisation of the 11 Discos of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) in 2013, the Federal Government retained 40 per cent of the equity in the DisCos and divested 60 per cent to private investors.

But power supply has remained epileptic, with the DisCos complaining about lack of cost reflective tariff and the government’s refusal to activate its stake in the companies. Mohammed, who broke the news of the government’s plans to upgrade the distribution network in Abuja, noted that the

Federal government will inject $1.7 billion into the DisCos. Private investors will pay up the balance that is proportional to their 60 per cent equity.

The DisCos have eight million customers. Going by the plan, each of the DisCos is expected to raise $500 million and also the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

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Buhari Salutes Sam Amuka-Pemu at 84

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, felicitated with the Chairman and Publisher of Vanguard Media Limited, Sam Amuka-Pemu, on the occasion of his 84th birthday anniversary. Buhari joined family of the media icon, the media industry in Nigeria and beyond, to celebrate the award-winning journalist, columnist, publisher and elder statesman who has stirred the conscience of the nation for the greater part of his lifetime.

The President believed that “Uncle Sam’s deep understanding and patriotic appreciation of Nigeria, his devotion, sense of duty and leadership in the media industry, are example to all of us.” Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, recognised “the octogenarian’s unrelenting contributions to promoting professionalism in the media industry at a time when disinformation and fake news threaten the very essence of a free and unbiased press in a democratic society.” On behalf of all Nigerians who believe in the values the veteran journalist has championed as a consummate professional in the Nigerian Press, Buhari wished “Mr. Amuka-Pemu good health, happiness and God’s continued benevolence on this special day.”

Congratulations sir, Baba. Respect sir.

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