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Bandits Do Not Deserve Amnesty, And Must be Killed – El-Rufai

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Bandits Do Not Deserve Amnesty, And Must be Killed – El-Rufai
Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor

Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State says bandits terrorizing Nigeria have lost their rights to life under the constitution and must be wiped out.

El-rufai made this known during a town hall meeting on national security organized by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna with the theme: ”Setting Benchmark for Enhanced and National Unity in Nigeria”.

”The bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.

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“The security agencies mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction, we are in a war with these terrorists challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state.

“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.

El-rufai stated that no one in a position of responsibility can deny the need for sustained action, against criminals, adding that security operations that were more proactive would cripple the outlaws and reassure ordinary citizens.

He said that government must Identify and deal with non-state actors and others challenging the existence of the country.

The governor advised that security forces should be increased and be well equipped to deal with the insurgency, adding that the judiciary must also be decentralized to serve justice.

“To address the banditry prevalent in the northwest and north-central, we must implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) produced four years ago to enable accelerated investment in modern animal husbandry,  incorporating the rapid sedentarisation of herders in known locations”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLTP provides a framework and strategic direction to transform the Nigerian livestock sector and eliminate farmer-herder conflict by evolving and strengthening intensive livestock production systems, with the aim of making the sector more productive and sustainable.

The NLTP prioritizes key areas of intervention into a comprehensive framework to modernize and transform the livestock sector into an important instrument for rapid economic growth and diversification in Nigeria.

The various elements of the NLTP are arranged around five pillars – addressing conflicts, improving access to justice and peace, addressing the needs of affected populations, human capital development, as well as cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, research and information, and strategic communication.

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Nigeria Has What it Takes to be Bio-Safe – FG

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Nigeria Has What it Takes to be Bio-Safe - FG

Sharon Ikeazor, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment says Nigeria has what it takes to be safe and prosper in terms of biosafety.

Ikeazor said this at a one-day Stakeholders Conference on the State of Biosafety in Nigeria, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister was represented by Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA).

The event was organised by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an NGO, to examine food system, biosafety and emerging technologies with a view to defining systems that worked.

Ikeazor expressed disappointment at the notion by some Nigerians that government was always making bad policies, saying no government would want to do anything against the interest of its citizens.

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“We have enough scientific knowledge and evidence to decide whether this is bio-safe or it is not before they are released.

“If Genetically Modified Products are going to come out, I can tell you it is only the ones that are safe, no product will just go to your backyard and come out.

“It takes 13 years to come out with any product that is safe; any product we have approved for free trial, food or feed, we have confirmed them safe.

“The safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), that will ever be released in this country cannot be in doubt and to consume them will make us healthy after we have confirmed them.

“The Federal Government has what it takes for Nigeria to be safe and prosper, Nigerians must trust its government,” she said.

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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, which revealed that the appointment of Prof. Ekele would be valid for another term of four years after a selfless service in his first tenure in office.

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While congratulating him on his reappointment, Buhari urged Ekele to use the responsibility given to him to continue with the development of the hospital and health sector in the country.

“Prof. Ekele officially took over from the Acting CMD, Dr. A.S. Haruna, on July 3, 2017, and has performed creditably well in infrastructural development, research, clinical services, and industrial relations, among others,” the statement said.

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Lagos, Nigeria’s Highest IGR, 7th Fastest Growing City Worldwide – NIPC

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Lagos, Nigeria's Highest IGR, 7th Fastest Growing City Worldwide - NIPC

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) says Lagos state is the seventh fastest-growing city in the world, with the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Nigeria.

The commission also noted that out of the 36 states and FCT, Lagos state had N398.7 billion IGR as of 2018, N1.2 trillion budget in 2020, and N5 trillion household consumption in 2019.

Ms. Yewande Sadiku, NIPC’s Executive Secretary, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the formal launch of its ‘Book of States’ by Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.

According to reports, the ‘Book of States ‘ is a compendium of competitive advantages and key investment opportunities in each state, to enable investors to appreciate the investment potentials in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: NIPC Boss Explains Nigeria’s State Of Investment

Sadiku, while presenting the document highlighted various investment opportunities and comparative advantages across the 36 states and FCT to attract potential investors as captured in the document.

According to her, Lagos has the largest concentration of young, skilled, and educated workforce including the largest tourism and entertainment industry in Africa as well as the best city for start-ups in Africa.

Sadiku stated that the project produced by NIPC in conjunction with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) as a means to sell Nigeria by highlighting the uniqueness of each of the 36 states and the FCT.

The NIPC boss equally highlighted the competitive advantages of some states including Bauchi, Ekiti, Enugu, Kano, Sokoto, and Taraba.

She stated that Bauchi State had N11.7 billion IGR in 2019 with over 4.2m ha of arable land with 2.4m ha untapped adding that it spanned two ecological zones (Sudan and Sahel Savannah).

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According to the NIPC boss, Bauchi has a high deposit of solid minerals such as gold, titanium, limestone, kaolin, and zinc with tourism potentials.

She described Ekiti which has N8.5 billion IGR as the knowledge capital of Nigeria due to the history of producing a disproportionately high number of professors and academics.

“It has a knowledge-focused Special Economic Zone and special agricultural processing zone with arable land and irrigation facilities. It produces cocoa, kola nut, timber, granite among others.

“Sokoto State has rich fertile soil for the cultivation of many crops, the largest limestone reserves in Africa, largest phosphate deposits in Nigeria, and is endowed with gold, nickel, copper, and zinc.

“It ranks second in livestock production in Nigeria and is also a major producer of rice, onions, garlic, and sesame, and possesses hydro (Goronyo), solar, wind, biomass, and gas potentials.

“Enugu State houses the only international airport in the South East of Nigeria, presence of multiple Free Trade Zones in the state, large aggregation of technology, innovation, and start-up hubs.

“It has over 16 universities and tertiary institutions, abundant coal, iron ore, limestone, etc, deposits, and a strategic gateway between the agricultural belt of the North and the manufacturing hubs of the South,” she noted.

Sadiku further stated that Kano State had N40.6 billion IGR, the largest labor force in Nigeria, a major commercial and manufacturing center in the West African Sub-Region, and rich cultural and heritage values.

She also said that Taraba which had the largest tea farm in Nigeria was endowed with mineral resources while its IGR was N6.5 billion in 2019.

She noted that the ‘Book of States’ was just one, out of many efforts to promote investment opportunities in the country, adding that the commission was working on other plans.

“The investment passport is another document that will identify and will be useful in promoting the investment opportunities in the states.

“This is the next thing we are working on along with profiling of specific investment opportunities of each state,” she said.

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