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NCP urges Sanwo-Olu to incorporate party’s programme into govt. plan

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The National Conscience Party (NCP) on Friday urged the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to incorporate its 10-care programme in his administration’s plan for the state.

Mr Fatai Ibu-Owo, the state chairman of the party,  made the call in a letter addressed to the governor in Lagos.

In a copy of the letter obtained by News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, Ibu-Owo said the party’s 10-care programme, if embraced, would impact positively on the lives of residents.

The party chairman listed the components of the programme as Water Care; Security Care; Employment Care; Housing  Care; Health Care and Education Care.

Ibu-Owo gave the others as Electricity Care, Communication Care, Food Care and Transportation Care.

He, however, pointed out that the programme was not presented to the governor to supplant or collide with his administration’s already laid down plans and policies, but to add value to them.

Ibu-Owo explained that the party believed that the electioneering period was over and that opposition needed to play a constructive role to promote governance in the state.

He said that the presentation of the programme to Sanwo-Olu for adoption was the party’s contribution toward creating a better state for all.

”The NCP in Lagos deems it fit to first of all congratulate you, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on your election and inauguration as the governor of Lagos State.

”Undoubtedly, the electioneering period is over, which signifies the commencement of business of governance to meet the expectations of the electorate who elected their preferred candidate.

”The role of the opposition parties in the socio-economic development of a state like Lagos cannot be underrated in the deepening of democracy.

”As a political party devoid of politics of bitterness, and which believes in good governance for the masses to be free from poverty, we hereby present our 10-Care programme with the hope that it will serve as part of documents for good governance in the state.

”All this 10-care programme of the NCP is not meant to collide with the already laid down agenda you have for Lagosians, but to support your agenda for the people,” he said.

The party chairman said security remained a challenge in the state, and the NCP plan detailed how cases of insecurity like robberies and kidnappings could be tackled.

Ibu-Owo said the governor would find the party’s plan useful on how to improve the education sector, create jobs, housing and health care for the people.

The party chairman said there was the need to improve communication connectivity in the state and access to water, urging the governor to do his best to deliver.

He said that the issue of poverty would be reduced to the barest minimum with improved supply of affordable food items to the people.

Ibu-Owo also urged Sanwo-Olu to improve the transportation system to facilitate easy movement of people and goods.

He said the NCP remained a `people-centred party’, and would continue to advance the cause of the common man.

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FG award winning inovator improves capacity of invented power bank

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Mr Luka Bot, winner of the 2019 best technological innovation at the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) of the Federal Government has improved on the capacity of his invented power bank.

Bot made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Jos.

According to the 27-year-old innovator, the capacity of the invention had been improved and upgraded from 13,000MAH to 15,600MAH.

” l was awarded N1 Million as National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) award for the best in technology earlier in the month.

“I have used the money to make the power bank meet international standard, ” he said.

Bot said he was still working on the automatic candle quencher which when completed can help control fire outbreaks caused by the use of candles in homes.

” The users will be able to set the quencher , to automatically control the period they want the candle to go off.

” The computer foot mouse can also assist amputees in the use of the computers for their various works and even non amputees can use the device, ” he said.

The inventor said his passion and interest in technology was the driving force in his achievements thus far and that he was currently mentoring 5 youths in inventions.

He urged Nigerians to patronise made in Nigeria technology to develop the sector and provide employment for the teeming unemployed youths.

Bot urged individuals, corporate organisations and government to partner with his organisation, Zang Technologies to invent products which would make life easier through providing enabling environment and sponsorships.

Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Abdullahi Yusuf

 

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9 suspected electricity vandals apprehended in one-month in South-East – EEDC

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says no fewer than nine alleged notorious vandals of electricity installations were apprehended in the South-East region recently.

The Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, in a statement issued in Enugu on Wednesday, said that the vandals were apprehended in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states.

Ezeh said that the increasing rate of vandalism of electrical installations across the South-East region was a major hindrance to its operations, thereby subjecting electricity consumers to irregular power supply and impacting on the company’s revenue.

According to him, despite several imprisonments and arrests of vandals, in addition to engagement of customers as well as stakeholders within its network, this unpleasant trend had continued.

“Just recently, Okereke Ugochukwu and Paul Kelechi were arrested by villagers at Obinagu Umuadar, for vandalizing 11KV-T-Off, carting away 13 spans of cables, belonging to EEDC, located at Obinagu Umuadar, Isuochi in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia state.

“Another suspected vandal, Chukwuebuka Igwe, an indigene of Ebonyi, was apprehended by members of Ogbo-Otu Ikenga, Ogidi in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra state, while in possession of cutting implements and four intermediate cables suspected to be EEDC property.

“Chibuoke Jude was arrested by police from Umumba Police Station in possession of two intermediate cables suspected to be property of EEDC. Jude confessed to have gotten the cables from distribution sub-station belonging to EEDC at Umuaga-Udi in Enugu state.

“In Ihe town, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state, Sunday Ike, was arrested by members of Electricity Committee of Ihe town, for vandalising a low tension aluminum cable belonging to EEDC at Okpatu sub-station of the town.

“In Ebonyi state, one Ifeanyi Adom was arrested by members of the Amazu Vigilance group in connection with vandalism a transformer belonging to EEDC, located at Amazu Junction Nkalagu.

“While in the course of interrogation, Adom identified one Iloegbunam Oruegbala as the buyer of the cables.

“The buyer was subsequently arrested and both of them detained for further investigation at the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters, Abakaliki.

“Similarly, in Ebonyi state, the duo of Chinedu Ogbu and Ebere Nwovu were arrested by some members of the community vigilance group for vandalism of a 300KVA transformer, belonging to EEDC at Nwezenyi Izzi in Izzi Local Government Area,’’ he said.

The EEDC spokesman said that all the apprehended vandals along with the buyer were handed over to the police in the respective states for proper investigation and prosecution.

“We are concerned that while we strive to improve on the quality of service delivery to our esteemed customers, some individuals that should engage in productive activities resort to frustrating both us and our customers,’’ he said.

Ezeh, however, appreciated the various community vigilante groups and state security agencies for their support in apprehending the vandals.

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Peace advocate decries rising spate of cultism, criminality among Jos youth

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Mr Jacob Pwakim, a Jos-based peace advocate, has decried the rising spate of cultism, gangsterism and criminality among youths in Jos communities.

Pwakim, a consultant with Search for Common Ground, an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), made the remark in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Jos.

According to him, activities of these groups pose serious threats to the security of lives and property within Jos and environs.

“Jos city is suddenly awoken to the reality that cultism, gangsterism and criminality among youths are increasing day by day.

“This ugly trend is threatening the life of everyone in communities within the city of Jos and posing serious threat to the fragile peace the state is currently enjoying,” he said.

To address the menace, Pwakim said all hands must be on deck and called on the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to arrest and ensure that drug peddlers in the state were prosecuted.

The advocate also called on government as well as the private sector to provide job opportunities for young people, adding that such move would take them off the streets.

“Government and private sector should create opportunities for young people; no one will love to hold a gun or a knife rather than to earn a genuine living which earns them money and prestige.

“These things make impression on young people and spur them into becoming positive minds. We need to give young people hope.

“Government must also support security agencies with logistics to contain the ugly situation and make our communities safer,” he urged.

Pwakim advised community and religious leaders, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders to engage young people in communities in positive and meaningful ventures.

He also advised security agencies in the in Plateau to synergise toward ending the menace.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Oyo-Ita visits Presidential Villa, attends swearing-in of Ministers

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The Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was reported to be on medical leave, on Wednesday visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to witness the swearing-in of Ministers-designate.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Head of Service, who was also reported to have submitted her resignation letter to the Presidency over alleged contract scam, was seen seated on her `traditional’ position at the Council Chamber of the presidential villa.

NAN gathered that the head of service, who arrived the presidential villa shortly before the commencement of the inauguration of the ministers by the president, was seen heading towards the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari

NAN, however, observed that Oyo-Ita, who was listed as one of the speakers at the just concluded presidential retreat held between Aug. 19 and 20, was conspicuously absent at the venue of the event.

Oyo-Ita was reported to be on medical leave after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) quizzed her over an alleged contract scam to the tune of N3 billion.

NAN reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who was earlier reappointed by the president, first took his oath of office during the inauguration of the Miniters.

NAN reports that the inauguration of the ministers-designate was ongoing as at the time of filing this report.

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ActionAid Country Director says peaceful coexistence recipe to violent extremism

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Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, says promotion of peaceful coexistence and encouragement of women to take leadership positions in various communities are plausible means of preventing violent extremism in the  country.

Obi disclosed this at the “2nd Women Summit on Preventing Violent Extremism in Kogi State”, on Tuesday in Lokoja.

She said there was a higher percentage that the country would attain greater endearing peace when women were entrusted with leadership positions to drive development process.

Represented at the Summit by Mr David Haba, Manager, Humanitarian and Resilience, ActionAid Nigeria, Obi noted that violent extremism was becoming a major challenge for many societies.

She said it was a threat to security and fundamental rights of citizens especially women all over the world.

“It it is true that while women rarely take part in conflicts they often bear the aftermath of an effects of violence ranging from psychological emotional and physical loss which continue to occur even after the conflict has ended.”

She held that women were prone to violent extremism saying that of the 970,000 migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Europe from violence prone-Middle East, 17 per cent were women and 25 per cent were children.

According to her, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2015

report says operations of Boko Haram have displaced 1.2 million people internally in Nigeria and forced more than 200,000 Nigerians to flee to Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

She noted that most of the victims were women and children.

She, however, commended the Kogi government for its commitment and maintenance of peace  but stressed the need for government to increase its investment on women issues.

Declaring the summit open, Dr Folasade Ayoade-Arike, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), called on women to keep close eye on their children and to advise them against being used by politicians as thugs in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The SSG reiterated the state government’s willingness to partner any agency that could assist the state in curbing violent extremism and other vices likely to ruin the future of women and their children.

Speaking earlier, Mrs Bolanle Bola-Olorunsaiye, the state Commissioner  for Women Affairs and Social Development, commended ActionAid for the summit.

She noted that the summit would provide the platform for a robust, deep and continuous advocacy about the scourge and trend of gender violence in the state.

The commissioner said “we are taking proactive measure and also collaborating with relevant agencies and partners to support policy strengthening, and institutional capacity building towards delivering interventions that address gender based violence, women, peace and security.”

Bola-Olorunsaiye commended organisers of the summit, ActionAid Nigeria and Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) for their constant willingness to partner the Ministry and the impactful programmes of the SERVE II project in the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the summit attracted no fewer than 1,500 women from the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

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