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Omo-Agege canvasses for increased funding for NDLEA to tackle drug abuse

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To properly tackle drug abuse in Nigeria, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has advocated for an increase in the funding of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).Senator Omo-Agege was speaking against the backdrop of the growing trend of drug abuse among the youth.He also called for the establishment of more rehabilitation centres across the country.He spoke in Abuja when he hosted two associations: League for Societal Protection Against Drug and Sexual Abuse in Nigeria as well as the Youth and Poor Association of Nigeria, led by Ambassador Mariam Hassan. 

The Delta Central lawmaker expressed serious concern over the ugly trend of substance abuse and called for concerted effort to curb the development. 

While responding to a request from Ambassador Hassan to place the NDLEA on First Line Charge to ensure prompt and direct release of appropriated funds, Omo-Agege said this would be considered if it becomes difficult to ensure  early release of funds to the agency.

He was, however, upbeat that with the adoption of the January to December budget cycle by the Ninth Assembly, early release of funds to the agency will be guaranteed. 
 “I agree with you that the funding of NDLEA is inadequate. This is a very serious issue. And they provide very serious services. We need to make everyone understand how important it is and give them adequate funding. We will look into the issue. If there are no way to achieve early release of appropriated funds to the agency, then we may look at the option (First Line Charge) you articulated just like we are doing for the Universal Basic Educarion Commission. But before we do that, I think we should explore to see if we can ensure early release of funds for them. 

“Let me also point out that it becomes easier because of the position we have taken here in the Ninth Senate to resort to the January to December budget cycle. With this, I believe prompt release of funds will now be guaranteed. 

“Kano will get more rehabilitation centres because it appears to be the epicenter of this challenge. So, you have the backing of the National Assembly to address this concern. You can count on the National Assembly to do everything to bring this issue to the spotlight,” he said. 
 He emphasized the need for more awareness on the menace of drug abuse noting that aside government, parents, schools, religious centres, corporate and non-governmental organisations all have roles to play in addressing the situation. 

He also gave the commitment of the National Assembly to amend the extant laws against drug abuse for stringent punishment for offenders. 

This, he explained, would serve as deterrent to would-be offenders. 

Senator Omo-Agege lauded the associations for bringing the issue to the front burner, even as he recalled that there have been several motions on the floor of the Senate dealing with drug abuse and inadequate rehabilitation centres across the country. 

“I must confess that even though this is a serious matter that has been there for so long, this is the first time I am seeing a concerted effort by a group of young people to take the challenge to arrest this menace. This is the first time I am seeing an organised group outside the National Assembly make this case and I commend you for that. I thank you for taking this initiative. You are not alone in this. You have the support and backing of the National Assembly. 

“In a nutshell, the diagnosis that you have made, everyone acknowledges that. You have rightly identified what the problems are. All that is left right now is how do we address them? 
“I can give you that commitment that we are going to amend that law to address the issues you have raised like stringent punishment for offenders to deter potential violators. We will make it so stringent that any violation could take them out of business,” he added. 

Earlier in her remarks, Ambassador Hassan lamented inadequate funding of the NDLEA. 
She also made a case for the agency to be placed on First Line Charge. 
This, she noted, will ensure direct and early release of funds to enable the agency to be proactive in its drive to eradicate drug abuse in the society. 
She expressed worry over the increasing rate of drug abuse among the youth which, according to her, is responsible for the upsurge in the rate of crime in the society. 

The high point of the visit was the presentation of an award to the Deputy President of the Senate as well as decoration with a medal for his legislative interventions and bipartisanship in addressing national issues. 

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PDP says killing of 43 farmers is devilish, wicked

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The gruesome beheading of 43 innocent farmers by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state is extremely wicked, devilish and must not be left unaddressed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

The party indicated that the horrific killing of compatriots comes as yet another of the recurring horrid testament and badge of failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure the nation and guarantee the safety of lives and property in the country.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the PDP is indeed is distressed by the escalated killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians by insurgents, bandits and marauders, who have continued to ravage and pillage communities, while the lazy and lethargic Buhari administration continues with its lip service, rhetoric and false performance claims.

The PDP also said that it is particularly disturbed because of the failure of the Buhari Presidency to take decisive action despite series of concerns raised by the Borno State governor, Prof. Baba Gana Zulum, of security compromises in the state.
It said that the Buhari administration appears helpless while the national security structure under him seems to have collapsed. “Our nation appears to be on auto pilot with no one in charge while the ship of state continues to drift.”
The PDP further said; “All our nation gets from the Buhari Presidency is that ‘Mr. President is shocked’, ‘Mr. President is saddened’, ‘Mr. President regrets’ and such lame responses without any decisive policy direction or directive to definitively tackle the situation at hand, leading to escalation of killings in our country.

“Such attitude by the Buhari administration has continued to embolden insurgents to the extent that they now attack military formations, convoys of state governors and engage in wanton beheading of our compatriots.”
“It is distressing that despite this sorry situation, Mr. President, who promised to lead from the front, has receded into the safety of Aso Presidential villa and refused to act on the consistent demands of Nigerians to rejig the national security architecture and replace the service chiefs with more capable hands to affectively tackle our security challenges”.
The PDP therefore charged President Buhari to stop his unhelpful rhetoric but should sit up and take actions that will safeguard the lives of Nigerians who have been subjected to all manners of mental and physical torture under “this incompetent” administration.
It further said; “Mr. President should immediately move to Zabarmari in Borno state, empathize with the families of the victims and lead from the front in restoring security in the area”.
The PDP commiserated with the government and people of Borno State and urge Nigerians to remain at alert particularly in providing useful information for the security agencies in this fight against insurgency in the land.

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric 

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PSC describes Farmers Killing in Borno as horrifying and Barbaric

The unprovoked and mindless killing of innocent and hardworking farmers in Borno State is horrifying and barbaric especially at a time that all efforts are geared towards restoring peace and order in the troubled North East zone of the country the police Service Commission has said.
In a statement issued by the Commission’s head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, he said that it is particularly disturbing that the victims of the callous act were ordinary harmless Nigerians who were in their farms to seek for livelihood only to be slaughtered like rams and chickens.
The Commission said; “There can never be any justifiable reason for this madness and cruelty”.
It therefore called on the security agencies to quickly re-strategize and put an end to the unending circle of killings in the North East, and advised the citizens to be in the forefront as security has become the business of everybody.
The PSC further said; “We wish to commiserate with Mr. President, the leaders of the North East, the Government and people of Borno State and the families of the assassinated farmers on this sad development. We pray that God will see the nation through these difficult times”.
The Commission however maintained that it will however continue to partner with the security agencies in the search for a durable and workable security arrangement for the country.

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the killing on Saturday of rice farmers by terrorists in Zabarmari in Borno State.

Lawan decried the incident saying it is another act of babarism against innocent Nigerians minding their own business. 

The President of the Senate condoled with the families of the victims, Government and people of Borno State over the senseless carnage.

“This incident is heart-rending and again demonstrates why we must all continue to support the security forces to thwart the criminals in their evil determination to impose a reign of terror on the North East of Nigeria.

“I commiserate with the families of the deceased, Governor Babagana Zulum and the entire people of Borno State and assure them of the sympathy and solidarity of the National Assembly.

“This heinous crime is particularly sad given the ongoing spirited efforts by the Federal Government at ensuring food security in Nigeria through the many programmes that have been put in place to support the agriculture sector.

“I urge the security agencies to redouble their efforts with a view to bringing an end to mindless violent crimes  in our country,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said the National Assembly will continue to support the Executive in strengthening the security agencies towards improving the security of lives and property of Nigerians everywhere in the country.

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