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Kogi, Ogun Govt., partner on sustainable forest utilisation, conservation

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Kogi, Ogun Govt., partner on sustainable forest utilisation, conservation

The Kogi Government is partnering with the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry, for sustainable utilisation of forest, management and conservation in the state.

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said this at a peer review stakeholders forum with the management of Ogun State ministry of forestry, in Lokoja on Monday.

Osikoya said the partnership was to build a formidable forestry department in Kogi which would bring a whole lot of new learning, new attitudinal change to the government and people of the state

“In the new direction focus of our Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, we need to create synergy and collaboration especially for us in a similar terrain with similar issues cutting across Nigeria on the need to diversify the economy.

“So, we need to find a common ground to review and learn from each other.

“For us in Kogi; our governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has made giant strides in protecting the environment, increasing and diversifying the State’s revenue through other sources.

“Lots of areas that we need to strengthen have been identified which include forest management, conservation and sustainable utilisation.

“Ongoing in the state is the ban on illegal deforestation by the State Executive Council, because of the endangered species and the lost ones; so linking up with Ogun State is a welcome idea,” she said.

The Commissioner noted that control of illegal logging activities was made possible because of the strong political will and support of His Excellency the Executive Governor and support of His Executive council with the cooperation of all Law enforcement agencies.

She commended the governor for his approval on the recruitment of 100 forest guards for the first time in the state, adding that the training of the guards is coming on board.
It would be recalled that Kogi State Government has placed a fine of N1.5 to N2.5 million on illegal logging and other deforestation activities in the state since March 2016, depending on the quality of wood fell.

She added: “we have succeeded well in that area, and moving to other things like the tariff regime, forestry internal control which need to be strengthened and improved revenue earnings into government’s coffers.

“We are also focusing on green revolution, cooperation and strengthening the interface between agriculture and forestry concerns; we are glad we have a partnership being formed today which will improve overtime.

“It has been so fine and very engaging, we thank Ogun State for receiving us and we hail our governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for allowing us come in the spirit of strengthening our forestry.”

In his remarks, the Ogun State Commissioner of Forestry, Mr Kolawole Lawal, indicated that he felt very good and fulfilled for collaborating with Kogi Government.

“Our Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has always encouraged best practices in all things and we are glad that Kogi Government has found Ogun worthy of partnership in forestry.

“We are not stopping where we are; there is room for improvement, I believe Ogun State would benchmark from what Kogi is doing in terms of strong multi security agencies collaboration.

Lawal, however, advised Kogi Government to be ready to tackle the challenges of forestry interms of illegal felling and trafficking of wood products, and exploitation to ensure a robust internal control system of forestry resources.

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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