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Insecurity: Buhari meets Ooni of Ife, Ondo, Oyo governors ..Monarch warns APC, PDP against politicising security

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By Abdullahi Muhammed, Abuja
President Mohammadu Buhari has received the Ooni of Ife, Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II at his official residence in the State House, Abuja.

 The meeting which held between 8:00 and 9:00pm Tuesday night, was not listed on the President’s official itinerary.

 In an interview after the meeting, the Ooni of Ife called on political parties in the country not to politicise the security situation in the the country.

Speaking on the purpose of his visit, the monarch said: “Well, to the glory of God, I am here particularly because of all the issues of security threats here and there and to get the blessing of Mr. President.


“Hopefully, it won’t turn out to be very political because political parties might probably want to hijack it and to the glory of God as the co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers, it is our responsibility and our duty to make sure that everything is right, all and sundry is in good shape.”

The monarch also hailed the president for giving the assurance that the security situation would not be politicised. “The President has assured that it is not going to be a political thing because we all know the problem all over the country, we have a lot of bad eggs that mix across the entire country and we have that issue again in the South West. 

“So I am here as the  co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers to get the assurance of Mr. President that either of the parties won’t turn into a political fanfair for us to just risk the lives of our people, our innocent citizens not only in the South West but the entire country.

 “I am happy he has told me that I should assure other traditional rulers that we must work with them now. It is very important for us to work very closely with the government so that we can separate the good, the bad and the ugly. It is very important for us to separate the corn from the chaff because, a lot of them are actually using the porous border that we have but to the glory of God they are doing what is called e-border now in Nigeria and it is very efficient and we all need to work with them. 

“Even our governors and other political leaders in different states, Mr. President has said that they must work with the traditional rulers so that we can actually separate the good from the bad and get the society in proper perspective.

“So, here the objective is politics shouldn’t be mixed with the safety and the security concerns of our people. Politics should be completely taken out of it and Mr. President said he is fully on board with us as traditional rulers,” he said.
On the appointment of new service chiefs, the the Ooni of Ife, said: “It’s good and refreshing, there is a new blood, a new intake, fresh ideas will come on board and we have actually given very positive encouragement to Mr. President that he should keep it up.


“It is a very couragous move for fresh minds. At least, there has been a lot of hue and cry of security issues in Nigeria now, we are not all safe but with what Mr. President has done and providentially I am experiencing it at the seat of power, it is a welcome development”, the Ooni said.

Buhari Wednesday had a separate meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and his Ondo state counterpart, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, over the growing insecurity in the country. 

Addressing State House correspondents after his meeting with the president, Governor Seyi Makinde said he briefed the president on the insecurity situation in the state in view of torrent of fake news flying about. The governor said he also asked the president for more Mobile Police Squadrons because the two existing ones were not enough for the state.

“There has been a lot of fake news all around and I wanted to be sure that Mr. President clearly has first hand information from me, which I did. We also exchanged ideas on what we need to do better, some of the programmes we have put in place to ensure that this security issue is tackled. So, that’s basically why I came here.


“Well, one of the issues I discussed with Mr. President is that Oyo State land mass is quite big, Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometers. If you take all the states in the south east geo-political zone of Nigeria, they are still not as big as Oyo State. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons. So, I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo State and also asked for support for the joint security outfit because, the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities. 

“The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed. So, I briefed the president on what we are doing in that regard,” he said.
When asked about his disagreement with the activist, Sunday Igboho, on the ultimatum for Fulanis to leave Oyo State, the governor said: “Well, we have a history of living together peacefully amongst all the ethnic groups that are present in Oyo State. For instance, what triggered all of this was that Dr. Aborede was brutally murdered, that is criminal, but on the other hand, Seriki, Alhaji Kabir has been staying in that same place for 40 years. So, quite frankly, the people we are after are criminals. They are the bandits, hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers. Those are the true enemies of the state and those are the people we will go after. 

“The Constitution of Nigeria guarantees that you can live in any part of Nigeria, you just have to be law abiding, obey the local laws in such areas. That is what we are pushing and will continue to push as a government.”Governor Akeredolu, however, declined to speak to the media on his mission to the presidential villa when approached.”


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PDP: Ex-Kogi gov, Wada, heads screening for Anambra guber

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has approved the nomination of former Kogi State governor, Idris Wada, as the chairman of the committee to screen all aspirants for the upcoming Anambra State Governorship Election.


PDP in a statement by National Organizing Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), /Saturday noted that other members of the committee include Sen. Ehigie Uzamere, Mrs Martha Bodunrin, Rt. Hon. Jones Onyereri, and Chief James Ugwu who is the secretary.


According to the statement, the screening exercise is scheduled for April 12 – 13, 2021 at the national secretariat of the party.


“It is expected that the aspirants will exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our party,” the statement said.


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Families of 69 slain CJTF, business owners, volunteers, others in Bama, Konduga benefit from Zulum’s largesse

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On his second day in Bama, Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, Wednesday, interacted with hundreds of volunteers in the civilian JTF and hunters helping the military to secure Bama.
Zulum, after the meeting, released N8.5m for various interventions, 30 motorcycles and variety of food items to the volunteers.
Of the N8.5m, Zulum allocated100,000 thousand naira each to families 31 CJTF members and 38 hunters and vigilantes, making up 69 families, whose relatives lost their lives, while fighting against Boko Haram. 
Zulum promised to ensure that children of the volunteers are enrolled in schools.
The Governor also allocated 10, 000 naira to each to of the volunteers in Bama accompanied with packs of food for each.
Zulum also allocated N1.5m to leadership of the 3 groups of volunteers with each group getting N500,000.
He directed immediate medical attention to a member of the CJTF, who sustained serious injury while fightig the insurgents. The governor directed that he be moved to an orthopedic hospital in Kano. Zulum also gave 250,000 naira to another CJTF who lost his arm while in combat.
Governor Zulum then approved 30 motorcycles to the three groups and promised to rehabilitate all their broken down vehicles and provide new ones where necessary.  
He however warned against indiscipline and abuse of the vehicles and other working equipments.
Zulum concluded the meeting by thanking the volunteers for their sacrifices in protecting the people of Borno.

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Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday, moved from Bama to Konduga to continue humanitarian and social protection interventions to residents denied means of livelihood by Boko Haram.
Zulum was in Bama since Tuesday and had distributed trucks of food and over N200m to at least 70,000 families, and volunteers fighting Boko Haram and their bereaved families. 
Continuing in Konduga town, headquarters of Konduga local government area, Zulum supervised the disbursement of N185m to 26,000 displaced persons, small and medium size business owners and groups of volunteers supporting the military’s fight against insurgents.  
From the N185m, the Governor supervised the disbursement of N80m and food varieties to 26,000 displaced households located in three centers: two in Konduga town and one in Mandrari.
The N80m was shared to 16,000 female heads of households, each of whom received food, a wrapper and a token of N5,000.
10,000 male heads of households each received a bag of rice, a bag of maize grill and a carton of spaghetti. 
Zulum announced upcoming agricultural initiative to restore farming activities so people could eventually fend for themselves.
… N100m for business owners
To stimulate local businesses in Konduga, Governor Zulum allocated N100m for distribution small and medium sized business holders. 
Of the amount, 70 percent of business owners in more populated Konduga town were selected and the remaining 30 percent beneficiaries were drawn from Auno, Dalori and Kawuri towns, all in Konduga LGA. 
Zulum however warned the traders to ensure they invest the money in their businesses.
… N5.2m for CJTF, hunters and vigilantes
To boost the moral of local volunteers helping in the fight against Boko Haram, Zulum in Konduga, distributed N5.2m to a combined number of 523 members of the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes.
Each of them received N10,000, amounting to N5,233,000, accompanied by two bags of rice, two bags of maize grill and two packets of spaghetti for each of the 523 fighters. 
Zulum also directed each of the volunteer groups to submit a list of their broken down patrol vehicles for immediate repairs, in addition to getting new ones where necessary.
The Governor concluded the event with a call for prayers towards return of peace especially taking advantage of spiritual atmosphere at upcoming ramadan.


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Why Osun is investing heavily on health, by Governor Oyetola

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…Says payment of workers, pensioners priority
By Abdullahi M. GullomaAbuja
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state said Thursday that the statement government is investing heavily in the health sector to bring basic health facilities closer to the people at the grassroots. 


Speaking when he received a delegation from Blueprint Newspapers led by the chairperson of the Editorial Board, Zainab Suleiman Okino at Osun State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Oyetola said the state government is set to build primary healthcare centres in each of the 332 electoral wards designated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).He said the healthcare centres would expand health the coverage for the people of the state and decrease healthcare costs.“We have done well in the Health Sector. Osun set out to build 332 PHCs,  one per ward. We have 332 wards in the State. Of this number,  over 300 have been revitalised and rehabilitated. The intention is to bring basic health closer to the people at the grassroots,” he said.

He said investment in the 332 functional healthcare centres has coincidentally helped the Ejigbo COVID-19 returnees fro Ivory coast.


The governor said Osun state runs one of the best Health Insurance Scheme with affordable packages to make access to healthcare easier for the people of the state.He said the state government has also approved the implementation of 100 percent payment of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for all categories of health workers to stem brain drain.He said the approval has put an end to eight years of agitation for salary increment by medical practitioners in the state.

The governor also spoke on security and welfare, which he said, are the cornerstones of meaningful governance.He said the state government has made a priority to pay the entitlement of workers and pensioners as at when due.


“We have been paying full salaries since we came in. We are also among the few states paying minimum wage despite paucity of funds,” he said, adding that the state government is also building infrastructure across the state for sustainable growth and progress.


“We just flagged off the construction of a flyover in the State capital as part of our efforts to ease traffic and to halt loss of lives at the intersection. We hope to complete it in nine months from the day we flagged it off,” he said.


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