President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that regardless of the security challenges in the northeast, residents of the region know that there is an improvement in the fight.
On his verified Twitter handle, Buhari said there is recorded improvement in the fight the against terror group, Boko Haram.
He tweeted, “In spite of the challenges we’ve had, people in the North East know that we have recorded remarkable improvement in the fight against Boko Haram. There is no doubt that we will fully overcome these challenges and win the war against terrorism in Nigeria.”
Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima had recently admitted that the cases of terror in the state had worsened.
He said this at a closed-door meeting with security operatives. He said, “The realities are that while so much was achieved by our gallant military, we are, today, faced with serious challenges in Borno State.”
LAGOS ASSEMBLY WANTS FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF TOURISM LAW
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf to ensure continuous awareness relating to tourism.
They also urged the Governor to ensure the full implementation of the Tourism Law including the creation of a Tourism Agency as stipulated in a bill passed by the House since 2018.
The lawmakers debated the motion in commemoration of World Tourism Day 2022 at a Sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
The Chairman of the Committee on Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, who raised the motion, stated that the purpose of this year celebration themed ‘Rethinking Tourism’ is to focus on reviewing and redeveloping tourism after Coronavirus Pandemic.
He said Lagos State, being the Centre of Excellence, hopes to ensure that tourism potentials are explored in every area of the State.
“The House of Assembly passed the Lagos State Tourism Agency Law 2018 in order to develop and promote the State tourism investment, which aims to enhance revenue generation for the State. Unfortunately, this Law is yet to be implemented,” he said.
He added that if this agency is established, it would encourage provision, improvement and marketing of tourism facilities in the State locally and internationally.
In his contribution, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams said the main objective of the World Tourism Day is to celebrate and sensitise the world on the long term planning and development of tourism.
Globally, he said, tourism has been found to be lucrative and impact positively on the lives of the residents and users of tourist destination.
He urged the government to pay more attention to tourism in the State.
Also speaking, Hon. Adewale Temitope noted that Lagos State has lots of tourist sites.
He said these sites are tools for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and that most countries see tourism as sources of financing government.
“Since the House has passed a Law to enhance tourism in the State, it is on point to call on the Commissioner and all other agencies that are attached to Tourism Board with immediate effect to implement the Law,” he said.
On his part, Hon. Victor Akande added that tourism helps create jobs and income generation.
He further noted that through tourism, foreign investors can be attracted thus creating economic value for the State.
Hon. Desmond Elliot, who also contributed, commended Lagos for currently building a Film Village.
He, however, noted that the State had more to do in relation to the sector.
The House adjourned to Monday, October 3, 2022 after a voice vote by members present.
HURIWA TO PRESIDENT BUHARI-: CONFER SECOND HIGHEST NATIONAL HONOUR ON MARWA;
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
As some Nigerians are pencilled down to be honoured with national awards by President Muhammadu Buhari, a renowned civil society organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confer the second highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) to the Chairman, Chief executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) for exhibiting uncommon leadership traits and high ethical values in his task.
HURIWA said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will be remembered even if for no other positive legacies but for making one of the best choices of appointing one of the few fearless, consistently patriotic and a high valued Professionally trained soldier Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa as the Head of the NDLEA which hitherto had apparently collapsed under the heavy weight of alleged corruption, managerial inertia, administrative compromises and weak institutional enforcement of the relevant law just as the Rights group stated that since coming on board, General Marwa alongside his seasoned management team have reformed the NDLEA and have waged successful war on drugs which primarily is targeted at uprooting the menace by cutting off the head of the snake by way of arresting the major barons fueling the drugs industry in Nigeria.
HURIWA further noted that the current hierarchy of the NDLEA has done a lot of spade works to infuse professionalism, discipline and competency on the operations of the anti narcotics agency and has made it one of the most respected law enforcement agency in the Country today
HURIWA said: “We in the organised civil rights community are pleased to note that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has verifiably secured the conviction of 984 drug offenders and traffickers in the last six months. Just as the NDLEA has established rehabilitation centres to cater for the identifiable 15 million Nigerians who are into drug addiction, a situation that we in the civil Rights body think that this national emergency needs all Nigerians to combat for the sustainability and continuous human resource development in the Country”.
HURIWA recalled too that few days back, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) made the highest cocaine seizure in Nigeria’s history when the anti-narcotics agency announced the bust of a major warehouse in an estate in the Ikorodu area of Lagos containing about 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug, worth more than $278, 250,000, according to spokesman Femi Babafemi were recovered.
HURIWA is pleased that the NDLEA apart from discovering these huge amounts of hard drugs also arrested four significant drugs barons including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager, in an intelligence-led operation that lasted two days across different locations in Lagos. The kingpins are Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo; Emmanuel Chukwu 65, from Ekwulobia, Anambra; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
HURIWA stated that the latest finding by NDLEA will significantly clean up the bad international image of Nigeria because the barons arrested belong to an international drug syndicate that the NDLEA has been trailing since 2018 just as they were reportedly picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday of last week.
HURIWA through its National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko said it is therefore recommending to President Muhammadu Buhari to confer the second highest national honour this year’s Independence anniversary on the Chairman of the NDLEA General Marwa as a way of commending the NDLEA and to encourage and motivate their operatives to do more to rid Nigeria of hard drugs and to bring positive global image to the Country.
GOCOP confab’22: Delta, Lagos, NIMASA, Chevron, NDDC, Access Bank, Unity Bank, Glo join partners
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
The momentum has continued to rise for the sixth annual conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) as more corporate partners emerge for the event scheduled for Thursday, October 6 at esteemed Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos.
The chairman, 2022 Conference Committee, Mr. Ken Ugbechie revealed on Monday that the latest partners comprised of Delta State and Lagos State, in addition the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Chevron Nigeria Limited, and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
A press statement by GOCOP Publicity Secretary, Remmy Nweke, also quoted Ugbechie as saying that others are the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Access Bank Plc, Unity Bank plc and Globacom.
This year’s theme, Ugbechie noted would focus on “2023 Elections: Managing the Process for Credible Outcome” with the keynote speaker being the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while the chairman of the day would the founder, Centre for Alternative Policy Perspectives and Strategy (CAPPS) Dr. Umar Ardo.
Whereas the panelists, he said could include the lawyer-activist cum Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, former Inspector General of Police, Dr. Solomon E. Arase, and Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye of Ford Foundation.
Before now, GOCOP 2022 conference has announced earlier partnerships with the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc.), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as the First Bank Plc, Nigeria Liquefied National Gas (NLNG) Limited, The Presidency, Wema Bank, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) etcetra.
Further, Ugbechie assured that this year’s conference slated to hold barely five months to the 2023 general elections provides a roadmap for political actors and the various publics on the need to play by the rules and conform to acceptable electoral behavior.
Highlight expected at this year’s conference, he said, is a business luncheon with GOCOP partners on Wednesday, October 5, at the same venue.
Former speakers at GOCOP conferences include Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto who took podium in 2019 to lecture on “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward”.
In 2021, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation keynoted the Conference in his capacity as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19. He spoke on: “Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Recovery and Reconstruction in Nigeria.”
“The Guild was established to ensure that online publishers uphold the tenets of journalism in doing their jobs and our membership is a constellation of Editors and senior journalists who, having distinguished themselves in their various stations, ventured into online publishing which is both the present and future of journalism globally,” Ugbechie recollected.
Stressing that the conference is therefore a fitting platform for the distillation and sharing of ideas from a carefully chosen array of resource persons cutting across the entire socio-political ecosystem.
GOCOP intends to use the opportunity of the conference to moderate the already tense political climate as well as to proffer solutions to current and anticipated challenges arising from the elections.”
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