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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

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The Niger state government has described as baseless and untrue reports in some online media that the state government has concluded plans to recruit about 4,000 youths across the 25 local government areas of the state to fight the security challenge bedeviling the state.

The purported report was credited to the Commissioner for local government, community development and Chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji.
However, while dissociating himself from the story through a statement in Minna on Friday, Sarkin Daji said, the report trending in some social media is nothing but fake news adding that it is the imagination of the reporter.
The commissioner said the publication was the creation of the reporter, pointing out that he has not granted any interview or made any public statement to that effect in any forum.
He wondered where the reporter got his facts from.
Sarkin Daji who admitted that the state is faced with serious security challenges, occasioned by the activities of the armed bandits, said the government has no any immediate plan to engage the youths in the fight against armed bandits.
According to Sarkin Daji, while the state government welcomes the idea of the state policing to compliment the efforts of security agencies who have remained committed to the fight against armed bandits and other criminal elements across the state, the government has not approved the engagement of youths to fight insecurity.
The commissioner who expressed the commitment of the government to ending the activities of the armed bandits in the state, disclosed that over 2,000 local vigilantes have been mobilized across the state to compliment the efforts of the security joint TaskForce combating armed Banditry in the state.
He therefore urged the public to disregard the said publication, stressing that the state government will continue to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state to enable them win the war against armed bandits and other form of criminalities in the state.

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Ebubeagu: Igbo Journalists hail Southeast govs, demand immediate legislative backing

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Prominent media practitioners under the aegis of United Igbo Journalists Forum (UIJF), have applauded the recent move by Southeast governors to establish combined security outfit in the region.

In a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the Journalist group led by its chairman Comrade Emeka Nze also described the idea and resolution of the five governors as “forward moving”.

The Igbo Journalists however, spoke of the need for the five Houses of Assembly in the zone to immediately follow up the decision with legislative backing in their various states.

The statement further enjoined the governors and other well-meaning stakeholders in Southeast not to relent in implementing drastic measures that will bring an end to the rising insecurity in the entire region.

“This is not the time to fold hands and watch while a faceless group emerge from nowhere to kill innocent citizens.

“It’s our firm believe that if the essence of the new security outfit known as Ebubeagu is well carried out, soon all forms of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, killings and armed robbery will become issue of the past.

“We will also want to enjoin Southeast leaders at any level not to in anyway contemplate, talk more of politicise issues bothering on security as no one knows who will be affected at one point or the other.

“We call on well-to-do Igbo sons and daughters to join hands with the governors in a bid to secure our territory. More efforts should be injected in the area of job creation and empowerment as means of engaging our youths in whatever positive venture,” the statement said.

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NCPC explores Holy Sites in Jordan for 2021 pilgrimage

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The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, (NCPC) Rev Yakubu Pam said that the Commission is ready to explore New Holy Sites around the world.

He disclosed this recently during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan.

Rev. Pam explained that the Commission has come to Jordan on a state of readiness and exploration visit.
In his words “We came to explore holy sites and we will need your maximum corporation to make it a reality”.

The secretary hinted that the President of Nigeria, President Mohammed Buhari has given the Commission approval to explore the holy sites in Jordan.

Rev. Pam described the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission is a body that is saddled with the responsibility of taking intending pilgrims to Holy Lands around the world.
According to him, “The Commission coordinates the activities of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to any holy site around the world, Israel, Greece and Rome including Jordan.”

He added that the Commission is mandated to ensure the safety of every Nigeria pilgrim as it is of paramount importance.

He therefore solicited for the support of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities to facilitate the procurement of visas for Intending pilgrims because it is of utmost importance to the commencement of the 2021 pilgrimage.

He thanked the Minister of Tourism for his warm reception.
In his words “I want to appreciate you since we came here we have been receiving lots of cooperation from your people, we have not had any difficulties”.
In his response the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Hmeidi Al-Fayez who was represented by the Maanaging Director, Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat thanked the Executive Secretary and members of his team for coming to explore holy sites in Jordan.

He assured the Executive Secretary that the people of Jordan are peaceful and hospitable. According to him “In terms of security, I want to assure you that Jordan is very safe for visitors.”

He promised to ensure that the issue of visa is looked into as the outcome will be both favourable to Nigeria and Jordan.

Arabiyat assured that they would give the Commission the necessary cooporation as both countries have a good relationship with each other.

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Synergos Nigeria urges Kogi to implement Agric. Investment Plan, woo Investors

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By Friday Idachaba
Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, Mr Victor Adejoh, has called on Kogi government to implement its Agricultural Investment Plan to woo Investors and boost agriculture development in the state.

Synergos Nigeria is an international Non-Governmental Organisation

Adejoh who made the call in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja said Synergos worked in the state between 2016 and 2019 alongside critical stakeholders to develop the plan.

He said that under the the aegis of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) collaboration produced the document which now resides in the state Agriculture Ministry to woo private investments in the Agriculture sector to the state.

The Country Director said it would be great to see the current administration in the state display the political will to work on the foundations laid in the past to revamp the state agriculture sector.

“When Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under a platform called the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG).

That platform helped build collaboration in the state in a way that the efforts and investments of government in that sector saw people working together to address a common issue which was how to increase farmers income and improve their livelihood.

He said that the organisation also supported government to set up a Core Delivery Team (CDT) which was able to organise all those critical to policy development and implementation.

Adejoh therefore, advised the state to revitalise the Core Delivery Team (CDT) and strengthen the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) which was made up of government and non-government actors including the Civil Society, financial institutions, private sector investors and input providers.

The Country Director said that by reactivating and revitalising the initiatives, government stood to benefit a lot from the revenue that would accrue from their engagements and bridging of gaps.

“At a point in time in the history of Nigeria and in the history of the world, Kogi State ranked the highest producer of cassava and sometime between 2015 and 2019, Kogi State also accounted for the highest production of cashew nuts in the country.

“If you understand Kogi State very well, stakeholders both state and non-state actors had been working in different directions until 2016.

“So, when Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under the AVG platform.

He urged Kogi government to return the state back to its place of recognition especially with crops of comparative advantage especially, Cassava and Cashew. (NAN)

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