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Lai Mohammed Challenges Nigerians To Proffer Solutions To Insecurity

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has urged all Nigerians to rise up in one accord and proffer solutions in order to stave off the threats to Nigeria’s unity and existence as a nation.

This was part of Mohammed’s opening address at the 18th Town Hall meeting on National Security held on Thursday in Kaduna State.

While addressing the audience at the Town Hall meeting with the theme “Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria,” the Minister said it was imperative for the citizens to appreciate the efforts of the federal government to address the issues of insecurity and its effect on national unity and cohesion.

“This Town Hall meeting is yet another in a series of efforts of government, in its expansive consultation with stakeholders, to address the twin issues of insecurity and its concomitant effect on our national unity and cohesion,” he said.

Continuing, Mohammed said the Town Hall Meeting series which was birthed by his Ministry in Lagos in April, 2016, was conceptualized “to provide a platform for the federal government to regularly give account of its stewardship to the people, get a feedback and input from them and, overall, to enhance citizens’ participation in governance.”

The Information Minister added that the general state of insecurity, as reflected in incidences of “farmers/herders clashes, Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, ethno-religious clashes and intolerance, cultism, drug addiction and kidnapping for ransom, were triggering rising calls for secession as well as politicization of ethnic and religious differences.”

He also acknowledged that the insecurity and its manifestations poses dangerous threats to the unity of the country and its continued existence as one indivisible nation.

“How did we get here and what can we do to change the narrative?

“We believe that finding a way out of the situation in which we have found ourselves requires teamwork, reflecting all diversities and leveraging on all our collective creativity to pursue with diligence the project of rescuing Nigeria.

“Perhaps the correct starting point towards addressing these myriad of problems is the building of an elite consensus on the security, unity, indissolubility and peaceful existence of Nigeria.

“Such elite consensus had worked in the past. Can we make it work now and proffer solutions in order to stave off the threats to our unity as a nation?

“This is why we have decided to bring all critical stakeholders together, under a Town Hall meeting setting, to deliberate on the issues and possibly reach a consensus on the way forward.

“We expect this Town Hall meeting to develop concrete, implementable resolutions, because a lot of talks and postulations had taken place with little or no requisite outcome,” he added.

According to the Minister, panellists who will participate in the meeting are distinguished Nigerians who have a wide knowledge of the topic and will bring their wealth of experience into dealing with it and at the end of the meeting, would have been able to proffer workable solutions.

The lead presenter, according to Mohammed, is Prof Jubrin Ibrahim who would be supported by Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike, Prof Saka Nuru and Prof (Mrs) Kokunre A. Eghafona

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Protesting Plateau State University Student Falls Off Vehicle And Dies

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A 100 Level student of Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, Emmanuel Isreal, who fell off a vehicle during a student protest on Tuesday, April 13, has died.

 

According to reports, the deceased who is said to be the class Rep of the Mathematics Department of the university died from the head injuries he sustained after he fell off the car.

 

Students of the institution filed out on Tuesday to protest the alleged rape of four female students of the institution. During the protest, Emmanuel who was on top of one of the cars used during the protest march fell off. He sustained a head injury and was rushed to the Bokkos Cottage hospital where he later died.

 

His body has since been deposited in the morgue.

 

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It Is Not A Fact – FG Replies Governor Obaseki On Printing Of N60bn

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The federal government has countered Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State’s claim that it printed N50 to N60 billion for states to share in March 2021.

 

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed denied the claim while answering questions from state house correspondents.

 

Ahmed also defended the government’s borrowings despite the concern expressed by Obaseki by stating that “the country’s debt is still within sustainable limits.”  She said what was distributed at the monthly FAAC meetings were generated revenue from government institutions available to the public at the ministry’s website.

 

The Minister said;

 

“The issue that was raised by the Edo State Governor for me is very, very sad. Because it is not a fact. What we distribute at FAAC is a revenue that is generated and in fact distribution revenue is a public information.

“We publish revenue generated by FIRS, the customs and the NNPC and we distribute at FAAC. So, it is not true to say we printed money to distribute at FAAC, it is not true.

“On the issue of the borrowing, the Nigerian debt is still within sustainable limit. What we need to do as I have said several times is to improve our revenue to enhance our capacity to service not only our debt but to service the needs of running government on day to day basis.

“So, our debt currently at about 23% to GDP is at a very sustainable level. If you look at all the reports that you see from multilateral institutions.”

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Former Military Administrator Of Oyo And Ondo, Ahmed Usman Is Dead

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Ahmed Usman, the former military administrator of Oyo and Ondo states is dead.

 

Usman died in the early hours of Wednesday, April 14 in Jos, Plateau State capital. The deceased who retired from the army as a colonel hails from Okura in Kogi state but was the military administrator of Ondo from 1994 to 1996 and Oyo from 1996 to 1998.

 

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello who confirmed his death, said the late military administrator was concerned about the growth and development of the state.

 

A statement released by his spokesperson Muhammed Onogwu, read;

 

“Governor Bello described Col. Usman, who hailed from Okura, Dekina Local Government of the State, as a worthy ambassador of the Confluence State who excelled in his chosen profession and blossomed through the ranks

“He noted that although he majorly served his fatherland outside his state of origin, he was sternly concerned about the growth and development of Kogi State particularly in its political affairs and the quality of leadership hence he indicated interest to govern the state in 2011.”

 

Governor Bello condoled with the family, friends of the late military Administrator and the people of Kogi East, particularly the Dekina local government area.

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