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Omo-Agege begs Buhari to shelve idea of scrapping Presidential Amnesty program

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has pleaded with the Federal Government to shelve the idea of scrapping the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) for ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region. 
This was coming as he challenged the people of the region to come up with new narratives about holding leaders in the region to account. 

This was contained in a press statement issued by his special Adviser, Media and Publicity Yomi Odunuga, and was made availlable to newsmen in Abuja today.
Senator Omo-Agege spoke in Abuja at the weekend when he played host to a socio-political organization, New Era Forum. 
He described the alleged plan as premature and ill-timed, as it will be counter productive to the attainment of lasting peace in the region. 

Omo-Agege said: “I don’t think that the timing is right for the Amnesty Programme to be scrapped. We have challenges right now in the North East, the ravages of Boko Haram, banditry in North West and North Central. Those are enough challenges already in this country. I don’t believe that this is the time to reawaken the agitations of militancy in the Niger Delta region. 

“It is my hope and expectation that the policy makers who are around Mr President will convey this to Mr President that to the extent that there is any such plan at this time, it is premature and ill-timed. That is not to say that this programme must stay in perpetuity. But we don’t believe that the goals set have been completely achieved”. 

According to him, leaders in the region have failed, having been unable to judiciously utilise funds released for the development of the region. 

“I have been privy to all of the budgetary estimates that were passed both in the Eighth Assembly and in the Ninth Assembly. And all that we are entitled to as a region has been given to us. But we have failed Mr President because we have not been able to hold to account those to whom these resources have been entrusted. “You don’t expect the President to start from community to community to ensure that the fundings made available to us have been judiciously utilised. “It is up to us as the people of the region who cried out to insist that interventionist agencies like NDDC be created for us and properly funded and as a result of the youth agitation in the region that the Amnesty Programme be set up, it is left for us to ask questions as to the extent that the fundings have been released to us how have these been utilised? 
“It is left for us to ensure we identify the projects that we believe will best meet the needs of our people. 

“It is not in the President’s place to come to my community to tell me what project should be sited in my community to alleviate the challenges we face as a result of environmental degradation and oil exploration. “It is in the place of my community to come to the President through these agencies to say this is our priority. And having provided those funds, it is left for us to get back to the President either through the National Assembly or the security agencies to say these are the projects that were provided in our communities but not implemented. 
“So the President has done his part, we are the ones that have failed our people”, he stated. 

Earlier, Leader of the group, Sunday Onyewonsa, called for a security summit that will fashion out solutions to challenges facing the region, even as he stressed the need to declare a state of emergency on Niger Delta roads. 

Onyewonsa called on the Deputy President of the Senate to prevail on the Federal Government to drop the planned scrapping of the Amnesty Programme, adding that it should be overhauled to run through to the end of the present administration. 

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FG expends N16.4b for 87 fire trucks to boost fire service operation

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The Federal Governmemt has expended N16.4b for the purchase of 87 fire fighting trucks to boost the operations of the Federal Fire Service across the country.The Assistant Comptroller general of Fire, Federal Operations Karibo Samson stated this over the weekend after conducting a fire exit drill at the Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja, in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.It was part of the activities to in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development.He countered insinuations that the approach to fire fighting has been lackadaisical saying the narrative is coming from 30 years hang over.”I went back 30 years because I have that much experience. We are enjoying a new lease of life in the fire service, it has never been like this before.”We have a spread of about 12 zones now. Federal Fire servicewise the federation is split into 12 zones.”So we have a reach into virtually every state in the country at the moment. This kind of trucks valued at cost of N189m and we have taken delivery of about 87 trucks of this nature so you now understand where I am coming from.”He said President Buhari has been very good to the fire service adding that the comptroller general has very good vision for the system that is why they have spread into all the zones in the country.”There is no fire officer that will take his fire vehicle into fire scene and will tell you there is no water whether at the federal or at the State level that will take a truck from the fire Station knowing there is no water in that vehicle and get to the fire scene and will begin to lament there is no water or fuel.”That narrative is in the last 30 years not now. If you go to any fire Station you will see this modern vehicle in every fire station that belongs to the Federal fire service.”On the Synergy with the State Fire service, he said they are in all the States of the Federation, sayjng they are not there to take over their jobs.”The Federal fire service is in nearly every State of the country now. Meanwhile we have the State fire service. Like in Abuja we have the FCT fire service responsible to the metropolis. Federal fire service is in all the States to compliment the efforts of the various State fire services, we are not there to take over their job.”He cautioned Nigerians the Harmattan is around the corner sayin being the peak period for fire occurrences he wants everybody to be safety conscious.He said there is no need to burn bushes which can not controled.”Always make sure you have fire extinguishers that are workable around you, in your houses, in your vehicles.”There are places you might call us of which there may be no network to get across to us. You must be fire safety conscious by getting fire extinguishers, fire blankets to assist you in the kitchen and then make sure you have our contact number.”You can also reach the fire service on 112, if you call 112 from anywhere in the country we will turn out the nearest fire station to that scene. “Those of you in Abuja you can reach us on our control.room phone number. Immediately you call that number somebody is going to respond to you.”Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said more than 20 public and private buildings witnessed varying degrees of fire incidents this year

Farouq said the purpose of the fire exit/evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.She noted that such drills would ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that had been responsible for much of the loss of lives in major fire disasters.The minister said, “What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disasters in public and private buildings in Nigeria.“In 2020 alone, we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.“Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather than burns from fire have been responsible for loss of lives in the major fire disaster history.”Farouq noted that the 13th of October every year had been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness, educate the public and to mobilise political will and resources in ensuring disaster risk reduction globally.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

That most State Governments hoarded COVID-19 palliatives meant to be distributed to vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of months of lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandermic inducares that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria.
This was the position of one of the daughters of President Mrs. Zahra Buhari-Indimi.
She said that the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across different States of the country has revealed that her father is not the problem of Nigeria afterall.
Zahra on her Instagram page said; “Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” Zahra opined.

Thousands of Nigerians in different States particularly Lagos, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Osun, Ekiti, Taraba, Adamawa, FCT amongst others, plundered warehouses where tons of COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were stored.

Some of the items for the palliatives that included bags of rice, maize, cartons of noodles, bags of garri and salt, vegetable oil were also found in private homes of some notable politicians.

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Rumour mill fails to grind as CAN debunks fire outbreak at its Ecumenical Center

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The rumour that Chritajn Association of Nigeria, (CAN) National Secretariat and National Ecumenical Centre had been set on fire by hoodlums who have hijacked the #EndSARS protests against police brutality could not help yesterday as it was immediately debunked by CAN.

The Christian Association of Nigeria described as fake reports that it’s the Ecumenical center was on fire.
The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, responded swiftly to clear every doubt.
He said, “Nothing happened. It’s not true, I’m just coming out of the office. The time now is 08:27pm. I’m just in my car driving back to my house. They said it came from AIT.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, Cornelius Omonokhua, also clarified that the report was “a false alarm.”

“It’s not true, it’s a false alarm. As I speak, the General Secretary of CAN is in the office; there’s nothing like that. It’s a false alarm, there’s nothing like that,” he stated.
The rumour mills have been grinding in FCT giving false indication that all is still not well after the #ENDSARS protests.

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