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Cattle Colony: Faleke berates Bello for embracing policy without consultation

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Cattle Colony: Faleke berates Bello for embracing policy without consultation

As Wada, Awoniyi proffer solutions

The running mate to the late candidate of the APC in the 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State James Faleke has asked Governor Yahaya Bello stop running the State like a personal estate as he urged him to call a stakeholders meeting on the issue of herdsmen/farmers clashes.
He spoke to the nationalupdate in Lokoja against the background that the Governor rushed to Abuja to subscribe to the cattle colony muted by the federal Government
He said the State has been cohabiting with the herdsmen without crises except in some parts of Kogi East where we had some skirmishes. “So taking a unilateral decision about colonies he should know that land belong to families and ancestral leanages. You cannot take over land by fiat without people’s willingness to work with the Fulani herdsmen that want to reside in the particular area they will continue to have crises
“That would have cemented better community relation. Because if you want to cede a particular land just for peace to reign I think he should have done it in a way that everybody would be carried along. A situation whereby the greater percentage of the people in the State are farmers taking away their land will pose danger to their survival.”
He said in the east where there was crises he has never resolved that one till today even when people lost their lives and means of livelihood and even the Fulanis lost their cattle.

“So I think there must a stakeholders meeting where agreement would be reached and they would know the implication of the cattle colony as well as the dos and donts what the advantages are? all these need to be put to paper for people to agree before such new policy is adopted.
Other stakeholders in the State have kicked against the move by Bello to embrace the new policy of cattle colony, the modus operandi of which is yet to be even understood or spelt out by the federal Government who muted it.
This was coming on the heels of the Governors pronouncement recently when he invited herdsmen from every part of the country to the State to come and do business with out providing for an expanded grazing lands.
In the face of recent developments of the killings in Benue by the herdsmen that has generated criticisms for the Federal Government and its aloofness, the immediate past deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi cautioned that the major actors should avoid playing politics is with this issue.
“There should be a wide consultation because what is being suggested will
impact directly on some communities, therefore it behoves on the Government
to ensure that it consulted extensively and most importantly this matter
should be discussed exhaustively in the House of Assembly.
“Matters of this nature should not just be done by executive fiat. There
should be wide consultation with a wide spectrum of stakeholders.”
He pointed out that why it is necessary that for Nigerians to be their brothers keepers by making others to feel at home in other lands it should be handled carefully in the light of the development we are seeing in Benue.
“There have to be clear protocols as to how these things are supposed to be done.
The former Governor Idris Wada however proffered a solution using the experiment which he carried out in Kogi which worked.
He said some missionaries in Ajaokuta Local Government established a school where his Government provided electricity and borehole and a plot of land
that was divided into five segments.
“That large plot was a grazing area, the cows while they were grazing on one section the other section would be wetted for the grass to grow and after a month or two they move them to the next section and start wetting
the portion they have just grazed and left.
“Believe me the Fulani girls and boys were transformed in to modernised educated, intelligent children, Dr. Sortor was in charged, my Government
spearheaded the project with these missionaries and it transformed the lives of the Fulani settlers in Emiworo.
He expressed the believe that it is a solution that can be replicated across the country where the Fulanis can be settled and be part of the society and then carry out their occupation of animal rearing without
destroying anybody’s farm land.
“During our time we fully supported them and it helped us to control the issue of headsman/farmers clashes and the attendant destruction of peoples farm produce in that local government.
The executive director Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Miliki Abdul asked the Governor to exercise caution over the way he goes about many things.
“There is a policy that has just been pronounced and he is saying they should come and implement it in Kogi State. Does it have a legal backing.
He should know we are operating federalism and in a federal system there is some level of autonomy the State exercise vis a vis the federal Government.”
He observed that the issue of integrating Fulani would be rejected by all.
“The Governor can not just sit at the comfort of his room and give
directive, that is why I said we have federalism, there are
responsibilities that are the exclusive of the Local Government, on the
State and that for the federal.
“Just like the Federal Government can not just issue order on the State, the State cannot do that on the Local Government level up to State levels.

Barrister Joel Usman said the decision to invite the rejected Fulani headsmen from other States is not in the overall interest of the State.
He said in a situation where the traditional rulers have been mandated to involve the Fulani in the traditional council and in the local Government council even when there is no legitimate council in place, and even for them to be represented at the State level is not in the Interest of Kogites.
“This is because from their antecedents, from the reports about the Fulanis wherever you find them a lot of the kidnapping activities and deadly armed robbery attacks are carried out by Fulani headsmen and these have not been refuted.
“We have had these issues in Kogi State. Inviting them would mean a complete state of insecurity in the State. Our high ways that are free today would no longer be free to pass through.
However the director general bureau of information Abdulmalik Abdulkareem said the Governor was quoted out off context adding that the Governors position was in consonance with the constitution.
He said when herders are incorporated into the traditional council, Local Government and State council it will provide a template where the criminal elements can be apprehended with the help of the Fulani leaders.

Governor Bello had threatened to dethrone any traditional ruler as well as remove any council chairman where there is any reported case of Fulani herdsmen/farmers clash in their domain.

The Governor ordered that anywhere there is crises the leaders would be dethroned as he would not tolerate criminals in the guise of traditional rulers.
He ordered the security agencies to reopen all cases involving Fulani/farmers for justice to be seen to be done.
The Governor also ordered for the census and location of Fulani’s in the State to be easily identifiable for security reasons.
Bello who vehemently rejected the advice of some traditional rulers on anti grazing law in the State to reduce the incessant clashes between the farmers and herdsmen, said his administration welcomes all sorts of Fulani herdsmen to the state provided they will live harmoniously with the people.

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Akpabio denies giving Attorney general $5m bribe over NDDC sole administrator

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Akpabio denies giving Attorney general $5m bribe over NDDC sole administrator

 
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied paying $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja on Sunday by his chief press secretary Anietie Ekong
He described the claim as a piece of fake news.
The statement reads in part,
“We wish to state categorically that this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief -makers.
“It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Senator Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.
 
“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous. 
According to him, in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the Commission’s offices and files.
 
“The Order clearly listed the Managing Director Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Executive Director of Projects Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs Caroline Nagboh and Cecilia Akintomide as those restrained.
He said the Order also asked that “the most senior civil servant or administrator in the Commission be appointed” to take charge of the Commission.
 
“It was based on this order that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the elevation of the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Effiong Akwa, being the most Senior Administrator to take over the headship of the NDDC as an Interim Administrator pending the completion of the Forensic Audit Exercise.
 
“It is therefore absurd for anyone to even imagine that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio would bribe the Attorney General before an Order of the Court is complied with as the purveyors of the fake news have stated. “
He therefore advised the general public to discountenance the piece of trash.
 
He said, “It is obvious that some persons who are scared of the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari are working tirelessly to scuttle the exercise by blackmailing the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio. 
“Their modus operandi is to churn out fake news in a bid to stop Senator Akpabio from sanitizing the NDDC.
“Otherwise, how can a responsible news website make such a grievous allegation without any shred of evidence to back up its claim.”
 
However, he restated the resolve of Senator Akpabio to continue to do the right thing as mandated by President Buhari adding that no amount of sponsored fake news and blackmail would deter him from achieving his mandate. “The Minister has the overwhelming support of the impoverished masses of the Niger Delta who have borne the brunt of underdevelopment of the region over the years.”
 
 

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked Nigerians to watch and guard their statements so as to prevent any form of religious war in the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of inflammatory and inciting statements after the Christmas day sermon by fiery Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese leading to the issuance of a quit notice on the revered Bishop to leave Sokoto State.

NEF in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that Nigeria should not be subjected to further difficult circumstances capable of imposing fear in the mind of citizens.

Baba-Ahmed who expressed worries about certain disturbing comments in the polity, therefore, warned those spreading explosive and inciting statements to check their ways and desist from such acts.

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