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Be civil in discharge of your duties, enforcement of law, Abiodun urges Ogun customs boss

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Be civil in discharge of your duties, enforcement of law, Abiodun urges Ogun customs boss

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has urged men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service in the state to be civil in the discharge of their duties, particularly when dealing with members of the public.

 


Abiodun stated this when he received the new Customs Area Controller, Ogun 1 Area Command, Dera Nnadi, who paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He noted that it is only when the custom operatives treat people with dignity, that they would cooperate with them.

“Please find a way to discharge your duties with human face. Be civil when you are dealing with the people to minimize loss of lives. It is only when you treat people with respect that they will cooperate and give you to support that you need to carry out your assignment.

“The Customs must change the rules of engagement. You cannot engage in shooting in the markets or on the roads, which in most cases result to death and expect the people to cooperate with you. These actions lead to mistrust. People are going through hard times and there is pent-up anger everywhere. So our law enforcement agencies need to exercise restraint when enforcing the law”, the governor said.

Abiodun noted further that people in the border areas have lived and engaged in trans- border commercial activities for long, saying that some recent policies of the Federal Government which the Nigeria Customs Service is expected to enforce, have led to skirmishes between the customs and the people.

While calling for trust building, he expressed optimism that the new customs boss who had worked in the state before his appointment, would come up with a mission aimed at changing the narrative of incessant clashes as a result smuggling.

Speaking on the incursion into Nigeria by criminals from neighboring countries, Abiodun disclosed that the state had met with the Attorney General of the Federation and Office of the Vice President which is in charge of border matters on the issue, adding that it was imperative to put a stop to frequent harassment of the people of the State by foreigners.

Earlier, Comptroller Nnadi stressed the importance of the state not only being a trade route that cut across the country, but also the fourth largest contributor to the nation’s GDP.

According to Nnadi, Ogun State, through Idi-Iroko has served as a trade route between Nigeria and Benin Republic for long, but regretted that it has now become a “war zone” as a result of smuggling activities.

He said though he was in the state to enforce the Federal Government’s policy, he would change the negative narratives by ensuring that his men observe the rules engagement by exercising restraint when dealing with people.

He, however, cautioned that people should desist from attacking his men and officers to forestall skirmishes.

Nnadi assured that his command would work with the state government and not allow any incursion into the nation’s territory.

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Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu’s government – Gbolahan Adetayo

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Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu's government - Gbolahan Adetayo

Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu’s government – Gbolahan Adetayo

 

 

In a poignant reflection on Nigeria’s historical roots and economic evolution, esteemed Journalist, Gbolahan Adetayo emphasizes the pivotal role agriculture played before the discovery of crude oil and mineral resources. Historically, agriculture served as the primary source of income for Nigerians, providing sustenance for the nation.

 

Hardship: What Nigerians Must Do To Survive In Tinubu's government - Gbolahan Adetayo

 

 

 

Adetayo draws attention to the visionary leaders of the past, such as the late Obafemi Awolowo, whose administration, especially in the Western region, thrived on funds generated from agriculture, notably cocoa. The iconic Cocoa House in Ibadan, Oyo State stands as a tangible testament to the prosperity that once stemmed from agricultural endeavors.

Awolowo’s impactful initiative of free education for Nigerians marked a significant era in post-independence history. Unfortunately, Adetayo notes, a considerable number of beneficiaries of this free education system shifted away from agriculture, the very foundation of the nation’s economic strength.

Fast-forward to the present, where Nigeria faces economic challenges under President Bola Hammed Tinubu’s government. Rising inflation and the continual increase in the value of the dollar have led to widespread lamentation among the populace.

In response to these hardships, Gbolahan Adetayo advocates for a return to agriculture as a means of not only sustaining the population but also mitigating hunger in the land. Adetayo urges Nigerians to produce more food locally, emphasizing the importance of self-sufficiency in the face of economic uncertainties.

During these trying times, Adetayo highlights the need for Nigerians to shift their focus from importing food items from foreign countries, especially considering the persistent increase in the value of the dollar. Embracing locally produced food items, he argues, would not only alleviate hunger but also contribute to the overall economic resilience of the nation.

Adetayo’s call to action resonates with the historical context of Nigeria’s prosperity through agriculture and the importance of cultivating self-sufficiency in food production. As the nation grapples with economic challenges, his words serve as a reminder that a return to the roots of agriculture could pave the way for a more resilient and food-secure future for Nigeria.

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Alleged abduction of witnesses fake news – Kogi APC

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Alleged abduction of witnesses fake news – Kogi APC

…urges security agencies to investigate, prosecute persons found culpable

 

The attention of the Kogi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to allegations making the rounds on social media of an alleged abduction of the Witnesses of Action Alliance by persons suspected to be APC Supporters within the premises of the National Judicial Institute (NJI) where the Kogi State Governorship  Election Tribunal is currently sitting.

While it is reported that the said witnesses were abducted within the NJI premises, some other reports stated that it was outside the premises. While some reports alleged that the said witnesses have been released by their abductors, some reports alleged that they are still in the custody of their alleged abductors.

The APC Kogi State Chapter categorically refutes the mischievous allegation that any of its supporters abducted witnesses of the Action Alliance political party or even had any altercation with any witness.

The party views the allegations which are totally false to have originated from mischief makers who are out to tarnish the image of the party and whip up sentiments with the ulterior motive of prejudicing the mind of the tribunal and the public against the APC.

Indeed, the Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter of our party was in Court on the said 26th February, 2024 and he did not witness any such incidences but was only informed of a fracas which occurred between persons who were outside the tribunal complex.

The All Progressives Congress condemns the attribution of the alleged abduction to the supporters of the APC and calls on law enforcement agencies to investigate the incidence and prosecute any persons found to have committed such alleged acts.

Signed:
Abdullahi Bello
Chairman, APC
Kogi State Chapter

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CALLING ON THE FGN TO RETHINK THE DOWNGRADING OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY BIU

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*CALLING ON THE FGN TO RETHINK THE DOWNGRADING OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY BIU

 

 

 

“._The Nigerian Army University Biu, (NAUB) in Borno State was established as a means to explore a non-kenetic approach in the service operations against insurgency”…Lagbaja, Lt-Gen._

The philosophy that guided the establishment of the NAUB was aptly captured by the above statement made by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Ge T. Lagbaja during the maiden graduation of about 417 students of the University in 2023. The assertion by the COAS underscores the difference between a formal military academy like the NDA and a conventional University with a military bend.

It recognises the fact that a “military” exists in a larger society that calls for a “strategic” relationship as a bulwark towards sustainable peace and stability. Thus, while the Academy produces combatants along with requisite hardware, the associate University deals with critical non-kenetic matters of “interdisciplinary academic field, centered on the study of peace and conflict strategies and often devoting special attention to the relationship between military history, international politics, geostrategy, international diplomacy, international economics and military power”, among others. That’s why in the USA all the major arms of military have both specialised academies and Universities in tow.

The famous ones being the US Military Academy at West Point and The US Army University (online), West Virginia. China has more than half a dozen of them under a “policy of leveraging the civilian sector to maximise Military power (known as ‘Military-civilian fusion’)”. India established one in Haryana in 2013. Pakistan and indeed many nations concerned with sustainable national security, operate the two systems concurrently. It’s therefore strange the the current Administration would consider diminishing this global best practice.
The strategic location of NAUB, provides government the ample opportunities to even undertake studies as regards the often prenial frosty relationship between Nigeria as an English speaking country with its three French speaking neighbours of Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics.

The trio share boarders with Borno State, the host state of NAUB. Cross border crimes and illicit weapons have largely fuelled the insurgency in the North East, compounded by dearth of empirical and/or actionable intelligence information from communities in the region.

An Army University could play a decisive role in such cases. The swash of land from Biu, Southern Borno to Cameroon via Garkida, Gombi and Mubi to the East and also through Askira/Uba, Chibok, Gwoza into far north Cameroon enroute Chad had no specialised security-biased tertiary institution like the NAUB. Furthermore, at the time the institution was established, it filled a geopolitical void in Borno State.

Despite the existence of many tertiary institutions in the state such as the Unimaid, the Teaching Hospital, a Polytechnic, College of Agriculture, College of Health Technology, for political reasons the state government didn’t deem it fit to site the Borno State University in the South, where citizens have been yearning for more educational opportunities.
The people’s frustration with this inequitable development was addressed by the arrival of the NAUB. The University has thus, since been seen as a balancing act. The NAUB which is now underway threat has a fundamental role to play in terms of stability in the state, the region and even internationally as a Central Africa security study center.

While calling on Government to consider the NAUB strategic context and save the institution on its own merit, the Borno State Governor Zulum, his Deputy Kadafur, Senator Ndume, Hon. Betara, Haske, Jaha, Balami should impress upon the Federal Government to let NAUB be. They should deem it Honourable to lay the bare facts once more before the government.

The nation stands to gain more in the long run more than the short term resources they want to save. There is no bad education but there could be bad decisions. Let the latter be avoided.
*By A. G. Abubakar,*
_agbarewa@gmail.com_

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