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NGOs Train Stakeholders on Conflict Resolution over Farmers /Herders clashes

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NGOs Train Stakeholders on Conflict Resolution over Farmers /Herders clashes

By John Akubo

For effective interventions in Farmers, Herders conflicts, two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Technoserve and Synergos Nigeria have organized a two-day training for stakeholders from Kaduna, Benue and Kogi States on Conflict Management and Resolution.

The training workshop under the auspices of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) ended on Sunday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The participants were trained on application of 10 modules of conflict resolution.
They expressed delight that they were now better equipped to handle conflicts of interests between the two warring sides. Participants were drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Fadama and other key departments, Parastatals, security agencies and the media from the three states.

A consultant with Technoserve
Dr Joseph Shopade, , called on government and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to address the Farmers/Herdsmen clashes hostilities  through  removal of the layers of issues that engender the conflicts.

The conflict resolution expert said the Onion Model approach was the best option as it enabled resolution of the issues that resulted in the crisis which were mostly threat to livelihood of the parties.

Also speaking, Dr Stephen Faleti, a research fellow at the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, said escalation dynamics were ignored at the onset of conflicts.

Faleti said there must have been early warning signals which were ignored or not adequately addressed.

Prof. Ayo Hammed, a Counseling and Personnel Psychologist said there was need for proper understanding of the background of the conflicts and involvement of various primary and secondary (shadow) parties.

He said every conflict provided opportunities for positive development urged the participants to deploy the techniques and strategies learnt to resolve or address conflict situations.

Mr Obosi Philip, Technoserve Project Coordinator for the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) said the workshop was informed by the  prevailing clashes in Benue and parts of Kogi and Kaduna States.

“We deem it fit to have this workshop to re-orientate decision makers in key agricultural sectors as well as security officers on how to mediate and bring about peaceful resolution.

“It also enables the participants to mediate in conflict situations in rural areas  because it is affecting the overall agricultural production and key value chains in those states”, Phillip said.

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Reps Committee says it will not hesitate to summon Buhari as Minister of Petroleum over alleged irregularities in NNPC

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By Aminci Audu

The House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum has said it will not hesitate to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it it as the Minister of Petroleum, should the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
(NNPC) fail to turn up to explain on some alleged irregularities

The committee gave the  NNPC two weeks ultimatum to appear and explain alleged on the alleged irregularities in the corporation

The ultimatum was issued by the chairman of the committee, Rep. Sarki Ada (APC-Sokoto) at a public hearing on Thursday, following the refusal of NNPC to honour invitations or reply to letters.
The committee chairman indicated that they have invited some oil companies; namely the NNPC, Addax Petroleum Company Ltd and Santex Nig Ltd, to appear before them and they have failed to show up

“We are giving them two weeks from today. We will reschedule this meeting for two weeks calendar days, to appear before the committee so we continue our business.
He said the committee will not hesitate to invite President Buhari to appear before it as the Minister of Petroleum, if they fail to turn up.
“Buhari is the minister, he appointed himself as approved by the parliament and he is doing his job; we will invite him, and I know as a law-abiding president, he will come.
“When he comes, Nigeria should know that it is because of the failure of the NNPC to appear that made him to appear before us,”he said.
Ada said that the committee had asked for relevant documents to investigate the activities of the NNPC, and the corporation had refused to oblige the committee.

“We have written three letters to them at an interval of three months each requesting for their budget performance and list of assets they are holding and managing on behalf of Nigerians.
“We asked for a list of their liabilities, what are the contracts they are executing, who are the contractors, the companies and what is the progress made.
“We have asked for details of how much they generate from the sales of crude oil produce, how much they are managing on behalf of Nigeria through other joint ventures, until today, there is no response.
“Time has come that we must speak, this country belongs to all of us, we are here as statutory Nigerians,” he said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Sylva, promised to deliver the message of the committee to the NNPC.

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IGP redeploys CP Abutu Yaro to Imo Command, 5 other CPs affected

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IGP redeploys CP Abutu Yaro to Imo Command, 5 other CPs affected

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has appointec CP Abutu Yaro, as the Imo State new Commissioner of Police (CP).
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Force Public Reations officer CP Frank Mba, he indicated that the posting of the new CP is in furtherance of efforts by the Police leadership towards strengthening security, tackling violent crimes and enhancing optimal coordination of policing operations within the State.
He said, CP Abutu Yaro, a fellow of the National Defence College and the immediate-past Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Command, is an operationally-minded Cop.
“By this new development, Abutu Yaro takes over from CP Nasiru Mohammed who has been redeployed to Western Port Authority, Lagos.

He pointed out that the Zamfara State Police Command also has a new Commissioner of Police, CP Hussaini Rabiu.
Other Commissioners of Police affected by the new posting and redeployment he listed to include CP John Amadi, mni who has been posted from Western Port Authority, Lagos to Airport Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos; CP Anderson Bankole who is now in charge of the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos; and CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, posted to the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), Force Headquarters, Abuja as the Commissioner of Police, DFA.  
 
The IGP, while charging the newly posted officers to bring to bear their professional experience in improving policing and restoring public confidence in their new places of assignment, assured citizens of the determination of the Force under his leadership to upscale its operations, improve public safety and tackle all forms of crimes in the country.

 

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Ramadan: Zamfara gov donates food items to inmates

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Ramadan: Zamfara gov donates food items to inmates

Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matewalke has donated food items to inmates at the Gusau Correctional facility.

Represented by his Commissioner of Special Duties, Hon. Lawal Abubakar Zannan Badarawa the Governor gave the inmates 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of maize, 100 bags of millet and 100 bags of sugar.
The items were all handed over to the Deputy Comptroller Mr. Yunusa Ibrahim Ada.

Matawalle, according to a statement by his Director General, Media, Public Enlightment and Communications, Yusuf Idris Gusau, called on the inmates to consider their being in the facility as part of their destiny in life and for them to use their stay for sober reflection so that they will be good citizens that will contribute positively to societal growth.

He urged them to continue to pray for the peace and development of both the state and the nation, noting that people who are incacerated and consider their punishment as corrective, get their prayers answered easily by Allah.

He assured that his administration will continue to make the state better and conducive for more investors and economic growth which will bring more employment opportunities and eliminate criminalities.

Earlier in the day, the governor donated 170 bags each of sugar and assorted grains to the state’s Council of Chiefs as well as 300 bags of assorted grains to the Peoples Democratic Party state Working Committee all in the spirit of the Ramadan fast.

While at the Correctional facility, the Deputy Comptroller, DCC Yunusa Ibrahim Ada thanked the governor for the donation as he promised that the items will be judiciously utilized.
Ada who told the governor that both the wardens and the inmates have been praying for the governor especially in his drive to rid the state of criminal activities also said they will not relent in that direction.

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