By Isaac Ukpoju
Akwanga (Nasarawa State) July 9, 2020 (NAN) An NGO, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), and its partners have called for amendment to section 214 of the 1999 Constitution and the Nigeria Police Act to provide explicit legal framework for Community Policing.
Ene Obi, Country Director of AAN, made the call on Thursday in Akwanga, Nasarawa state, during a two-day training on community policing for officers of the state command in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force.
Obi, represented by the Manager, Humanitarian and Resilience unit of AAN, Mr David Habba, said the amendment was necessary to provide express description of strategic orientation on community policing as the goal and the basis of policing.
She said, “the strategic document on community policing lacks explicit legislative and legal framework to underpin its operation by virtue of the provisions of section 214 of the 1999 constitution as amended.”
She also stressed the need for the establishment of a mechanism for the proper scrutiny and vetting of the character and personality of the members selected for inclusion in the community policing committees.
Mr Aliyu Adamu, AAN coordinator in Nasarawa, said the training of the police officers was aimed at strengthening community policing architecture in line with the objectives of the “System and Structure Strengthening Approach against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SERVE II) project”.
Adamu explained that the SERVE II project was being implemented in partnership with Global Peace Development (GPD) and Beacon Youth Initiative (BYI) with funding from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).
He maintained that training would help to address the widespread lack of awareness on the strategic approach and organisational philosophy of community policing among Police personnel and other law enforcement agencies.
Mr Bola Longe, Commissioner of Police in the state, who declared the training open, expressed optimism that it would equip participants to better appreciate and imbibe the concept of community policing as strategic partnership toward protecting lives and property.
Longe, represented by Suleiman Iki, Area Commander, Akwanga, urged participants to make maximum use of the training for effective performance of their duties.
Mr Jaye Gaskiya, a resource person and Mr Ebruke Esike, Director of GPD, a project implementing partner of AAN, both underscored the need for the training of the officers for effective community policing.
According to Gaskiya, what is being done now regarding community policing is the reorientation of the national Police to return to the basics, pointing out that modern Police system evolves from the community structure.
He said the concept implied community participation to drive the process of policing, which required individual reorientation as well as structural and institutional changes.
Esike, on his part, said that the training of the officers was necessary for them to understand the dynamics on how to collaborate effectively with the people on community surveillance.
He said that community policing was premised on early warning to curb violence and criminality, which was in tandem with the objective of the SERVE II project. (NAN)
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
Revival of ailing industries will strengthen currency -Expert
Mr Promise Amahah, an economic expert says revamping ailing industries and economic diversification in the country will help to strengthen the value of the Naira among world currencies.
He advised the Federal Government to also sustain the tempo in its diversification drive in different sectors of the economic to further boost the economy.
“The fall of the Naira did not just happen overnight. When Naira was stronger was when we had Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, Volkswagen Nigeria, Dunlop Nigeria Ltd, Michelin Nigeria, Bata and Lennards.
“Our Naira had value when we had Nigerian Airways, Steel Rolling Mills; Osogbo Steel Rolling Mill, Ajaokuta steel, Arewa Textile Mill, BEREC Batteries, General Motors and Kingsway among others,” he said.
Amahah, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategy Worth and Technology (SWAT), lauded Federal Government for its move to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company.
The expert said the commitment by the Central Bank of Nigeria to revive Nigerian Cotton Textile and Garment industries was the right step in the right direction.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Lobbying for Russian pipeline spikes in Washington
As United States lawmakers plot to stop one of Moscow’s most important projects in Europe, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, lobbyists supporting it are busier than ever but disclosing few details of their work, according to government filings and current and former United States officials.
The pipeline linking Russian gas fields to Western Europe has become a lightning rod of contention in United States-Russia relations.
This is as the Trump administration concerned it would dangerously expanding the region’s energy dependence on Moscow but backers, including in Europe, saying the gas is needed.
United States President Donald Trump has already signed a sanctions bill that delayed construction on the $11 billion project, wholly-owned by Russia’s state-run Gazprom and headed by Alexei Miller, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But lawmakers fearful the measures are not enough to prevent the pipeline’s completion are contemplating further action.
That is more than double the amount during the same period a year ago, and more than all of 2018, the first full year the project lobbied in Washington.
But exactly who the lobbyists meet with is a mystery because they have not registered with the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), a law passed in 1938 to limit the influence of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia in United States politics.
Under FARA, lobbyists must disclose every meeting with United States officials, along with the materials they distribute.
Instead, the Nord Stream 2 lobbyists have registered under the 1995 Lobbying Disclosure Act, a law that amended FARA by allowing lobbyists for foreign companies or individuals to report much less information as long as their work is not intended to benefit a foreign government.
Representatives for Nord Stream 2 and the lobbying companies did not respond to requests for comment.
But Nord Stream 2 has characterised itself as a commercial, not political, project.
A senior Trump administration official took issue with that, saying the lobbyists are seeking to further Moscow’s national interests.
“The fact that you’ve got people working for Gazprom, which is essentially the Russian state, you know to manipulate our processes … it’s crazy,’’ the official said, asking not to be named discussing the issue.
Danielle Nichols, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, which handles FARA registrations, said the department had no comment at this time.
Lobbyists for Nord Stream 2’s foreign opponents, by contrast, have registered under FARA.
Andriy Kobolyev, Naftogaz’s Chief Executive told Reuters in an email that company representatives travel to Washington about once a month to provide updates on the status of Nord Stream 2 and discuss how to stop the pipeline.
Nord Stream 2 will double the capacity of an existing line to Germany under the Baltic Sea to 110 billion cubic meters of gas per year, enough to supply 26 million households.
It would circumvent United States ally Ukraine, depriving it of potentially billions of dollars in transit fees, and compete with United States efforts to sell liquefied natural gas into Europe.
United States senators Ted Cruz, a Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, are among the pipeline’s biggest opponents in Congress.
Both are pushing new sanctions measures that would target insurers of Gazprom vessels that would lay the last 100 miles (160 km) of pipe in Danish waters, where unexploded bombs from World War II lie in the pipeline’s path.
Neither senator responded to a request for comment.
Nord Stream 2 backers say Germany and other European countries need Russian gas and Germany has threatened retaliatory action if United States sanctions stop the project.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Nippon Steel to appeal South Korea ruling allowing seizure of assets
Japan’s Nippon Steel Corp said on Tuesday it will appeal a South Korean court ruling that allows for a seizure of its assets.
This is the latest development in a case that has inflamed tensions between Tokyo and Seoul.
South Korea’s Supreme Court in 2018 ordered Nippon Steel to pay 100 million won ($83,800) each to four South Koreans as compensation for forced labour during World War II, angering Japan which says the issue of compensation was settled under a 1965 treaty and that the ruling violated international law.
A subsequent ruling by a South Korean lower court allowed for the seizure of Nippon Steel assets.
Starting midnight Tuesday, the Pohang branch of the Daegu District Court has gained the right to start procedures to auction off some of Nippon Steel’s stake in a joint venture with POSCO, South Korean media have reported.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, reiterated on Tuesday that the South Korean ruling was a “clear violation of international law”.
Suga added that any asset seizure must be prevented to keep the situation from becoming more serious.
Following the ruling, Japan last year said it would stop preferential treatment for shipments to South Korea of three materials whose production it dominates and which are used by firms such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
Seoul has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the export curbs which remain in place for two of the three materials.
The WTO, last month, set up a panel to rule on the complaint.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
The agency said that eight new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country.
The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.
It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.
Among others were Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers, 13 each, Delta, 10, and Gombe, 8.
The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina, 1 and Bauchi, 1.
According to it, till date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, the health agency added that washing of hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.
“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.
“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.
“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.
The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.
“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)