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NAOSRE Security Discourse: Ned Nwoko Sues For Adequate Funding For Personnel, Partners Health Ministry To Tackle Malaria

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The former House of Representatives member and founder of STARS University, Prince Ned Nwoko, has said never before had Nigeria faced wanton insecurity, as in recent times with reckless killings, kidnappings and armed robberies among others by bandits.

 

He spoke at the Annual Dinner Night & Discourse organized by the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) held in Lagos on Friday, was represented by Dr. Tony Akposeri

Speaking in his capacity as Grand Patron on the topic, “2021 Nigeria Security: Issues, Finding and Prospects”, Nwoko said: “Today is not the issue of sacking the service Chiefs as being advocated by some Nigerians. That will not solve the issue of security challenges.”

He stated that if the President sack the service chiefs and we don’t do the right thing, the issues affecting the security of lives and properties will still continue.

Nwoko enjoined the government to remunerate the security personnel, as well as recruit adequate personnel to safeguard the nation.

“The Nigeria Police is the principal law enforcement agency. It is the lead security agency in Nigeria with a staff strength of about 371,800. There are currently plans to increase the force to 650,000, adding 280,000 new recruits to the existing 370,000.

“Nigeria has more than 370,000 Police officers and a Police-to-citizen ratio of 1 to 400, which more than meets the UN’s recommended figure. Also, they need sophisticated weapons. Again, their salaries and pensions must be given priority.”

Elaborating more, Nwoko suggested to the government that the children of all security personnel should enjoy free education from primary to the university level, pointing that it will be a moral booster to them and helps get the best from them.

Furthermore, Nwoko spoke on funds and prospects. The former House of Representatives member stated that personnel should be aware of funds coming to their Cadre, stressing that it will give room for transparency

Finally, Nwoko added that security is not just the task of government and security agencies. He said it’s the responsibility of all citizens, urging all Nigerians to give useful and accurate informations on the activities of hoodlums, bandits and anti peace organizations.

He said churches, mosques, schools and others have a great role to play in promoting moral instructions that will set the values of honesty, discipline and hard work in the society.

He added, “Our security personnel are not immune against the bite of mosquitoes which causes malaria, either at home or at their duty post. However, my foundation in partnership with the federal ministry of health and other relevant stakeholders are planning to eradicate malaria in Africa starting with Nigeria.

“I urge you all to join hands with me as we take care of our environment, fund vaccine development and fumigate the entire country. It’s possible with your mobilization and advocacy of our strategies so that all our security personnel will also be free of malaria and Nigeria will be a malaria free nation,” he concluded.

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Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha’s Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

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Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha’s Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

Apostle Prince Acha is arguably one of the authentic mouthpieces of God in this end time. Known as the Apostle of Good news, he is the General Overseer of Divine Redemption Hill Ministry.
Testimonies of the impact of his ministry has become a force to be reckoned with. A gifted preacher and endowed with Prophetic unction, his compassionate lifestyle endeared a lot to him.
A woman who spoke with us revealed that through the ministry of Apostle she was delivered from untimely death and total turn around in her business. According to her, when she got a shop at Abule egba axis of Lagos, neighbors informed her to run from the place as those who got the shop before her died mysteriously. She was scared and run to the Apostle for prayers. Without visiting the place physically he informed her of the six places within the compound where the Charms were buried. And she went there, exhumed the places as described and saw charms buried there. After that he prayed for her and that same shop meant to be her burial ground became her source of breakthrough. These and many more has turned his ministry into a haven for solution to many people.
Testimony Galore As Apostle Prince Acha's Ministry is Changing Lives and Impacting Destines

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Gen. Buratai Hails Wole Soyinka at 90

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Gen. Buratai Hails Wole Soyinka at 90

 

On Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at the Korean Cultural Centre in Abuja, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. (Amb.) T.Y. Buratai, joined other dignitaries to celebrate the 90th birthday of Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka. The event, titled “KONGI’S HARVEST 2024,” was organised by Arojah Royal Theatre and themed “Wole Soyinka: The Messenger and His Messages.” It featured performances, talks, and the Abuja premiere of the documentary “Ebihirome Road: The Museum of Memory” by Kola Tunbosun’s Ologo Africa. In his remarks, Buratai, who was represented by Maj. Gen. Bulama Biu praised Soyinka’s immense contributions to literature and his unwavering dedication to human rights and democracy. He described Soyinka as a national treasure whose works have had a profound impact on both Nigeria and the global community. “Wole Soyinka’s achievements are a testament to the power of literature and the arts in shaping society. His works have not only brought international recognition to Nigeria but have also inspired generations of writers and activists,” Buratai said

 

However, Buratai who commended the naming of the National Theatre in honour of the literary icon, also used the occasion to highlight the lack of adequate support for the arts in Nigeria. He lamented the insufficient funding and resources allocated to cultural institutions and initiatives, which he believes hampers the growth of the arts and limits the potential of talented individuals in the country. “The arts are a vital part of our national identity and heritage. Yet, they continue to be underfunded and undervalued. It is crucial that we invest in the arts and provide the necessary support to nurture the creative talents that abound in our country,” Buratai emphasised. He called on both the government and the private sector to prioritise the arts, arguing that a thriving cultural sector can contribute significantly to the nation’s socio-economic development. The event was a vibrant celebration of Soyinka’s legacy, featuring various Wole Soyinka-themed performances and insightful discussions on his works and influence. The documentary “Ebihirome Road: The Museum of Memory” provided attendees with a deeper understanding of Soyinka’s life, including his arrest and imprisonment during the Nigerian Civil War.

 

The army general, advised the organisers to ensure that proper arrangement is made to show the movie to young Nigerians as a way of bringing them to speed about recent histories that they were not part of, and to motivate them to reach for the sky. Organizers, including Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo, Artistic Director of Arojah Royal Theatre, expressed their commitment to continuing the tradition of honoring Soyinka annually. “This is not just a celebration but a dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of a great sage. We must tell his story to inspire future generations,” Adesewo remarked. As the celebrations concluded, there was a renewed call for greater support for the arts, ensuring that the contributions of figures like Wole Soyinka are not only remembered but also serve as a foundation for nurturing new talents and preserving Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

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Court Orders Major General Umaru Mohammed To Forfeit Ikoyi, Apapa Mansions

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The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered the final forfeiture of five properties linked to the former Managing Director of Nigerian Army Properties Limited (NAPL), Major-General Umaru Mohammed, to the federal government.

Justice Chukujekwu Aneke issued the final forfeiture ruling on Wednesday after a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer, A.O. Mohammed.

The properties, which include No.8b, Bedwell Road, Ikoyi; No.3, Force Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; No.14, Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; No.6, Marina, Ikoyi, Lagos; and No. 28, Point Road, Apapa, Lagos, were found to be fraudulently misappropriated and the proceeds of the sale diverted for personal use.

The EFCC had told the court that an investigation revealed that the properties were proceeds of an unlawful activity and that the former Army General had diverted the funds for personal use.

Justice Aneke had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the properties on March 4 and directed the publication of the order in a national newspaper, thereby inviting interested parties to present their arguments against the permanent forfeiture of the properties government.

On Wednesday, the EFCC’s lawyer, A.O. Mohammed, moved the application for the properties’ final forfeiture, stating that the commission had complied with the court’s order regarding the publication.

“It will be in the interest of justice for the court to grant the prayers being sought and also order the final forfeiture of the property to the federal government,” the lawyer said.

The judge, after listening to the submissions, ordered the final forfeiture of the properties to the federal government.

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