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ENDSARS: FG innaugurates Police Public complaints committee (PPCC)

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In its bid to forestall the repeat of the ENDSARS protest that led to loss of lives and property in October 2020, the minister of police Affairs Alhaji Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi has inaugurated Police Public complaints committee (PPCC).
The commission is to provide permanent structure that will help to effectively nip in the bud civil unrests with their undesirable and disruptive tendencies, by providing the populace with the opportunities to channel their grievances on the misconduct of Police Personnel to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.

While inaugurating the committee the minister said if the committee had been active, it would have provided adequate channel through which affected Nigerians would have been ventilating their grievances on Police brutality and the tragedy which befell the nation late last year might have been averted.

“This administration is therefore determined that such ugly incidents would never occur again.”He recalled his address to the National Assembly during the defence of the Ministry’s 2021 budget to the effect that the PPCC would be reactivated to investigate all complaints involving Police Personnel and members of the public.”It is good to note that the PPCC had been in existence since but over the years became moribund due to lack of funds.’ Indeed, 
“While there is a Public Complaints Commission that deals generally with all kinds of complaints against administrative injustices by public institutions, the Police Public Complaints Committee, which we are inaugurating today is created as a specialized institution to deal strictly with public complaints against Police Personnel. “Needless to say that this practice is obtainable in many advanced nations such as Canada””The overriding objective of the PPCC is to serve as an institution that has oversight on the activities of Police Personnel viz-a -viz their interaction with the public. 

“It is obvious that the current habit of the public lodging complaints against Police Personnel at Police Stations or at various Police commands have not given the desired solutions to aggrieved Nigerians. 

Once the PPCC becomes operational, he said he will expect it to swing into action by embarking on wide publicity and Sensitization campaigns to enable Nigerians to be aware of its existence and its functions and thereby recognize it as a proper avenue to channel their complaints against Police Personnel. 

He said the Committee is also expected to create a platform and Special dedicated phone numbers through which the public can channel their complaints. 

“I would also like to see the PPCC decentralize its structure to ensure that Nigerians have easy access to it. “For instance, the PPCC may even consider opening channels of communication at all Local Government Headquarters for this purpose.”

“The PPCC is designed to have a Subcommittee to be known as Special Investigation Unit (SIU). This will be made up of professionals who will be charged with the responsibility of indepth analysis and thorough investigation of every case broughtbefore it and proffer recommendations accordingly.

 “I charge the PPCC to work assiduously and in a transparent manner as to give confidence to Nigerians that their complaints will be attended to by a fair, just and equitable systerri. 

“The Committee is not out to witchhunt the men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force, rather it is to work in synergy with the Police to ensure it carries out its mandate effectively. 

“I therefore charge the members of the PPCC to rise above board in the discharge of their duty. The Government is committed to support the PPCC in every possible way to help it achieve its mandate.

“The committee is made up of Ministry of Police Affairs (Chair); Police Service Commission; Ministry of Justice, National Human Rights Commission, National Intelligence Agency and Non Governmental Organizatien (CLEEN Foundation) 
Others are Nigeria Police Force, Police Community RelatIons Committee, department of State Security services and Police Inspectorate Department (Secretariat) 

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UN Rescue Services worries, Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with 10m out of school children

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United Nations Rescue Services has raised concern that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder with over 10m out of school children roaming the streets that are available as easy recruits by insurgency.
The UN International Chairman, security and intelligence, African Affairs Ambassador Steve Madila who spoke in Abuja at a media briefing on Wednesday said they are developing vocational  training centers of minimum 3 months and maximum 1 year to keep the out of school children busy as the idle mind is the devils workshop.

He said, the United Nations program on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger was born in 2021 to advocate on sustainable development goals. 
“Before the year 2000 we heard about the Millenium Development goals. It was established because the UN carried out research and found out that about 2.5 billion people on planet earth were living below poverty line and their definition of living below poverty line is if you can not afford to spend at least $2 per day on yourself. 

“$2 is less than N1000. In Nigeria poverty walks on its two legs, there are some people that go out and don’t come back to their houses until another 6pm”

“In Nigeria 50,000,000 bags of cement was  delivered in IDP camps in  the north east, to deliver affordable housing with a minimum of 5,000, 000 naira Nigerians that are 18 years old can have access to affordable housing project. “Our goal is to deliver at least 10,000 housing units across the 6 political zones of Nigeria. The condition for giving you a house that will last a 1000 years.”Civil servants and people in the informal sectors like barbers, taxi drivers that can accumulate between  300,000 to 500,000 can choose from a one bedroom to a two bedroom bungalow, and above. 
“We target people who have lost hope of owning houses of their own and 40 federal Government agencies including NNPC NTA , radio Nigeria, DSS, EFCC,ICPC and the police whoare in dire need for houses because government cannot provide housing for them.  “These have made us to expand our project to 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT.”
He said they will also bring about revolutionary health services in the 6 geopolitical zones  such that it would be made medical hub with 1000 hospitals dedicated to women and children. “These hospitals must have international airport facility to cater for patients in the state that need surgery.  

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Senate puts off plenary to mourn death of N’Assembly members

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The Senate, upon resumption from its two weeks recess, on Tuesday again adjourned plenary till Wednesday, 14th March, 2021, as a mark of honour for two members of the National Assembly that died recently

The upper chamber thereafter held a minute silence in honour of both lawmakers who are members of the House of Representatives. 

The decision to suspend plenary was is in tandem with the tradition of the National Assembly, following a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe. 

The Senate Leader said, “The passing away of two members of the National Assembly by names of Honourable Haruna Maitala, who until his demise represented Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency of Plateau State, and who we lost on 2nd April, 2021, in a ghastly motor accident.

“The second loss we suffed, was that of another Honourable member, Hon. Suleiman Aliyu Lere, representing Lere Federal Constituency from Kaduna State, whom we also lost on 6th April , 2021.”

Abdullahi added: “Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, I rise in accordance with our tradition, to move a two motions: one for the suspension on all other items scheduled for consideration on the order paper today; [And] also another motion for this Distinguished chamber to observe one minute silence in honour of the departed, I so move.”

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, while putting the motion to a voice vote which was unanimously supported by Senators, described the demise of the two lawmakers as “another sad development in the National Assembly”.

The upper chamber, thereafter, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased lawmakers before adjourning plenary till Wednesday, 14th April, 2021.

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Ramadan fast commences Tuesday as Sultan of Sokoto sights the moon

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Ramadan fast commences Tuesday as Sultan of Sokoto sights the moon

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has announced the commencement of Ramadan having sighted the moon.

The Sultan in a live broadcast on Monday announced that the Ramadan fast will begin on Tuesday.
He admonished Muslims to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol during the Ramadan period.
The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon.

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