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Respect our laws, FCT Perm Sec urges international organizations

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By Muhammad Abdullahi, Abuja

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Olusade Adesola has called on international organizations carrying out construction activities in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), to adhere strictly to all approved development control guidelines that have been put in place in the territory.

The Permanent Secretary gave the charge during a one-day workshop to finalise the host country agreement for the African Medical Centre of Excellence at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja.

Mr. Adesola explained that the charge is necessary considering the fact that there could be tendency for some international organizations embarking on construction work to contravene certain development guidelines.

On the proposed establishment of African Medical Centre of Excellence in the Lokogoma district of Abuja, which is being developed by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank),in collaboration with Kings College Hospital,UK,the Permanent Secretary explained that upon completion, the world-class medical centre will ensure access to healthcare services for 50,000,000 people annually, as well as provide 3,000,000 jobs during construction and operational stages, adding that this health intervention will complement Government’s giant strides in the healthcare sector.

The Permanent Secretary who further reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to provide the enabling environment for genuine investors to take advantage of, called on other private sectors to emulate Afreximbank by engaging the Administration in bringing up initiatives aimed at enhancing quality standard of living of FCT residents.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health Malam Mashi Abdulaziz pledged the continuous support of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the completion of the project.

Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary remarked that the workshop will provide participants better understanding of both the short term and long benefits of the project.

Earlier, in his welcome address the Regional Chief Operating Officer of Afreximbank, Mr. Abdoulaye Kone explained that the proposed medical Centre will serve both Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

Explaining further, the RCOO of Afreximbank, said that the establishment of the AMCE will go a long way in conserving the continent’s foreign reserves which are currently being expended on medical tourism abroad.

It would be recalled that Nigeria was selected in 2017 as the host country for the first African Medical Centre of Excellence, following a competitive bidding process in which Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania also participated.

The AMCE plans to offer a full range of medical services; such as diagnostic; treatment, nuclear medicine, surgery and post-surgical care, along with complimentary specialist services covering oncology, hematological diseases (including sickle cell and blood cancers) and cardiovascular ailments.

The project is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 and commissioning is expected to be done in the first quarter of 2024.Already the FCT Administration had allocated 5.12 hectares of land for the successful take off of the project.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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