Beneficiaries Resell Govt Land in States of Nigeria

Beneficiaries of  of land belonging to the three tiers of Government now  resell same for  profit purposes.

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These beneficiaries sell the affected land for between N10  million and N20  million, while civil servants grumble over this development.

According to investigations, the beneficiaries emerged, as a result of political patronage by the powers that be.

Civil servants all over the country are now expressing worries over  what becomes of  Government’ s housing scheme.

In his views, the Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCN), Comrade Andreww Emelieze, declared that Government was already exhibiting the behaviour of a prodigal son.

”Land belonging to Government are already for sale all over the country.. Why is Government  becoming prodigal ? So, on which land does Government to want  implement  the housing scheme ?

”It is very unfortunate that this is happening,  very soon they will start concessioning other Government  owned buildings, some have been sold out. Such wrongs should be corrected  before it is too late”, Comrade Emelieze warned.

 

 

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Drug Distribution, Health Insurance and The Ambitious Quack

Nigerians have for long contended  with the problems associated with the pharmaceutical drug distribution network and the increasing presence of quacks in the health sector.

Indeed, unauthorized persons prescribe, dispense and handle medicines in open markets, major roads, street corners and bus-stops.

These persons have now occupied leadership roles in drug distribution, mainly for their personal interests, to the detriment of millions of Nigerians, who patronize them.

Sadly, Government is yet to come to terms with the visible dangers that abound  in the unstructured  distribution channels, while relevant regulatory  agencies are handicapped when  it involves the implementation of the provision of the laws on drugs.  It is a known fact that quackery  cuts across all professions including journalism.

Presently, jobless Nigerians in various fields, Secondary school leavers and in some cases drop outs are engaged by phony health insurance companies to propagate their objectives for ridiculous fees. They deliver health talks at Government owned Primary Health Care centres, clinics, Maternity and nursing homes among others.

This, they do in conjunction with the operators of the unstructured distribution channels.

Advertisements outlining vacancies for various positions in health insurance dot the nooks  and crannies  of the country.  These organizations, on recruiting new staff introduce them  to the nitty gritty of the business, with claims that they are working in conjunction with the World Bank Organization.

A sizable number of state Governments are behind these quacks.

Of note, is that the salient provisions of the 2005 National Drug Policy makes dispensing , sales and display of drugs, the exclusive  professional privileges and rights of Pharmacists in Nigeria.

In  the guise of providing enlightenment on health  insurance, a group of quacks from a phony health  insurance company, delivered a health talk  on the celebration of the 2017 World Teachers Day celebration, organized by  Oyo state council of the Nigeria  Union of Teachers(NUT) at the Teachers House, Oluyole estate, Ibadan, Nigeria.

After the health talk, the quacks charged a token of N50.00  per Teacher, to carry out medical examination. This trend is not only disturbing but worrisome.

Sadly, quacks have taken advantage of the loop holes in the health sector to make money, while educated citizens are now their preys. Very ridiculous.

 

Cultists Rob Journalist in Ibadan

Cultists at the  Olorunsogo, Molete, area of Ibadan on Tuesday morning attacked and  dispossessed the Editor-in-Chief of Federationews2day(https://federationews2da.wordpress.com)    Solomon  Adewunmi  of his valuables.

The cultists led by one Pelumi,  at about  10. 30 am, in the morning(24, Ocotober, 2017) harmed with butcher’s knives, forcefully collected  Adewunmi’s wrist watch, wallet containing money and vital documents and micro tape recorder.

The hoodlums who operate from the house of one late Mr. Idowu, a retired Police officer, beside a white two storey building, at the back of Femola bus-stop in the community, have for a long time threatened to deal with the Journalist.

Of worry, is the fact that adults, who belong to the Landlords and Tenants Association in the community, covertly support the activities of the criminals, who, have continued to attack  and dispossess innocent citizens of their valuables, despite the regular patrol of the Police.

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Arms Build Up and The Fate of Harmless Nigerians

Armed gangs,  which creations of the political class, ethnic militia, kidnappers, private citizens and armed robbers, could be said to be responsible for the dangerous spate of arms build up in Nigeria today.

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Indeed, whenever a violent crime occurs in any Geo-Political zone of the country, eye witnesses always give detailed accounts of the sophisticated weapons brandished by the assailants.

During the tenure of  former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, precisely November, 2001, the then Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith, informed the President, that a large consignment of arms and ammunition were intercepted at a Police check point along Kafia/Makurdi road in Nasarawa state. The interception of arms and  ammunition by security agencies is the trend presently.

The proliferation of illegal  arms, continue unabated, despite seizures, so far made by men of the Nigerian Customs at the Lagos Port.  Indeed, most seizures are made without arrests.

Of worry, is the increasing rate of poverty, official corruption and brigandage, which have become hallmarks of daily living in the country. Without doubt, this has made the land fertile for illegal arms trade for the purpose of perpetrating  evil.

Sadly, violent crimes have been followed, closely, by breathtaking orders from Government to the Police to bring the perpetrators to justice.  This is usually a step ahead of the Police call on members of the public to furnish it with useful information that would aid its investigation, while reassuring that it is on top of the situation. But members of the public take the Police call with feverish suspicion.

Not done, the Police go on further to inform helpless and harmless citizens that their  duty of securing lives and property could be boosted, with input from the public.  Curiously, the people insist that they can only make inputs, when confidentiality of inputs become a reality.

The parade and arraignment  of suspected criminals trail the foregoing,  with suspects having a field day recanting and denying involvement in the crimes for which they were arraigned.

At the end of it all, nothing, till this moment, has been done  to unravel how these criminals procure sophisticated weapons.

This has prompted a cross section of Nigerians to conclude that those  with ”recognition and steam” are better positioned to get to the root of the matter. Possibly.

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Policing The People: The Nigerian way

In July 2005, the  then  Acting Inspector General of Police,  Sunday Ehindero, put in place a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the alleged killing of five Igbo traders and their female friend, by some policemen, at the Apo Mechanic village, on  June 7 of the same year.

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The committee which was headed by Mike Okiro, then a Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG), was dissolved by the  then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

The President hinged his decision on the fact that the Police could not be a Judge in its own case. In addition, the President’s action was predicated on the testimonies of one Chukwu, a photographer hired by the Police in the Federal Capital Territory, to take photographs of the lifeless bodies of the six Nigerians.

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The photographer had confessed that the Police were responsible for the crime, as he stated that he saw the Police bring guns and placed by the side of the six, to make them look like armed robbers, after which the Police ordered him to take their photographs.

The photographer also revealed that he was very shocked, when he saw the Commissioner of Police of the FCT Command, explaining to Nigerians that those killed were armed robbers, while relying on the photographs to give flesh to his explanation.

This development emboldened the President to put a stop to the Police investigation, to avert a situation whereby the outcome of the investigation would be favourable to the Police.

Without hesitation, the President set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to find out how the six were killed and the role of the Police in the incident.

Nigerians now felt that the action of the President was an indication of his lack of confidence in the competence of Ehindero, as Inspector General of Police.

Corruption and inefficiency have become recurrences in the Nigeria Police Force; this has affected almost every senior Police Officer, who  has occupied the office of the Inspector General of Police.

In this dispensation, when Ibrahim Idris assumed office as the Acting Inspector General of Police, Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief, with the thinking that they would soon begin to sleep with their two eyes closed. This is, sadly, not the case.

Indeed, for several years, there has always been a disconnect between the IGP’s office and the 36 state Police Commands. This informed the establishment of special task forces by successive Inspectors General of Police, to tackle crime all over the country. What are the states Police Commands doing then?

Accusations of deprivation of funds and counter accusations of mismanagement of funds and corruption have characterized the relationship between the    IGP’s office and the states Police Commands. On issues bothering on corruption, the Police cannot be a Judge in its own case, although the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is an Anti-Graft agency.

The funding of the Police still remains in the circle of administrative bottlenecks and the late release of funds by the Federal Government. Sabotage now takes prominence.

Of worry, is the communication lag between the office of the IGP and the Police Service Commission(PSC). Since the PSC is not responsible for the appointment of the IGP. Successive occupants of the seat of the Inspector General of Police have always been suspicious of any suggestion or advice emanating from the commission.

Interestingly, some state Governments, which are promoters of state Police, have since  taken advantage of the situation and have also become part of the issue for debate. However, state Police cannot fly, in an environment filled with political  office holders bereft of ideology and principles.

Nigerians should not be deceived by the activities of some selfish  and greed-driven citizens, who continuously discredit the present structure of the Police, in favour of sectional interests and designs.

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Blame State Governors and Other Political Office Holders for the Crises In Nigeria Today-Spiritual Head Shafaudeen

Insurgency, armed agitations, kidnapping for ritual and ransom, armed  robbery, car snatching and other crimes have taken over the Nigerian landscape. With this  as a background, the Nigerian Military launched Operations Python Dance One and Two, in the South East Geo-Political zone, and also  Operation Crocodile smile in the South South and  some parts of the South West, to reverse the ugly trend. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, says state Governors are part of the problem. Excerpts :

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Military operations in those parts of Nigeria that are in crises are underway, what is your assessment of the situation ?

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The operation wouldn’t have been necessary if the intention had not gone to the level of breaking the country to pieces, besides that, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and the South South militants, they are armed with arsenal and other weapons of destruction and most of them are been sponsored by foreign interests.

It is unfortunate that Nigeria has been plunged into this abysmally regrettably stimulation. Unfortunately, a lot of things are not really working in Nigeria. For example the Nigeria Police Force is supposed to be efficient to quell all agitations, but how adequately equipped are the police ? So, in an environment of abnormalities, it would  continue to be a matter of surprise to see things been done accordingly. Take for example, restructuring, through having state Police would have  been the best , because we have some nations which are operating through this principle, but in Nigeria, the politicians would just  use  the opportunity to strangle the necks of their enemies, through the state police.

So, a lot of things that are working else where, favorably, are really not working here.

Also, another example, the civil war, we thought it would end in three months, but it lasted for three solid years, with  more than three million Igbos dead and also millions of those on the Federal side affected. Unfortunately,  the actors then, who are  gladiators from the North, are now our elder statesmen, controlling the affairs of the country.

One should not expect such people to look away, when there is about to be  a resurgence  of the  ugly past. I think that those we are supposed to blame in Nigeria, for all the chaos confronting us, are primarily the state Governors and those  who are holding political offices such as the Ministers and other appointees of Government. For instance, in the South East, the Governors were late in intervening, one feels very sad , when the break down of rules and laws are considered, as  that  of our core values. In this situation,  we expect the people to have a hold on the elites and the youths. But in the present circumstance,  the youths are been marginalized and denied  access to all the good  things of life in the country and as a result  one should not expect any respect for the so called elderly people, who are  in control of power. To this extent, things have fallen apart and the centre, is finding it so difficult to be in control. State Governors  are the Security  Chiefs of their states and they are closer to the agitators and at the same time working very closely with the Federal Government, if there is synergy in governance, things  will be well at the  centre, they are not supposed to   have  this kind of problem in quelling insurgency, militancy and proffering solution to the root cause of youth restiveness.

The root of all these problems  is the mismanagement of the nation’s resources, inequality, denial of access to life’s basic needs and the high rate of unemployment among the youths. Poverty will always make any system to be ungovernable.

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Agitations : Nigerians Should Follow The Path of Constitutionality and Law- Senator

Nigerians with grievances have been called upon to follow due process and the rule of law, while agitating for a change in the status quo.

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This call was made  by the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

“Whoever has genuine grievances should follow the path of constitutionality, law, dialogue, love, brotherhood and peace. We are one. We have the resilience and infinite capacity to handle all challenges confronting us as a people”.

“Every Nigerian should feel at home and protected wherever he or she finds himself or herself in the territory of Nigeria”.

“So I want to strongly advise and appeal for peace and urge our security agencies to be vigilant and maintain the peace at all times. We don’t want our fellow citizens to be intimidated, harassed or killed extra-judicially for whatever reasons”.

“I must advise also that this should not be a pretext by any security agent to harass our peace-loving people. That shouldn’t happen at all.  Let’s constantly engage with ourselves in wisdom as we build a better society for all, Senator Omo-Agege  concluded.

 

Igbos Must Pray for All That will Bring Total Nigerian Citizenship -Ohaneze Ndigbo

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has called on Igbos  at home and in diaspora to use this year’s  Igbo day to pray for Justice, Peace, Equity  and full Nigerian citizenship.

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This call was made on Tuesday  by the Chairman of the National Organising Committee of the 2017 Igbo Day celebration, Dr. Greg Ibe, in a news conference,  at Enugu.

“Our prayer points are numerous. It ranges from justice, peace, equity and all that will bring us in total belonging to this country called Nigeria.”

“Against the backdrop of the current challenges of Ndigbo and as a way of seeking divine solutions to these problems, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decided to use the annual Igbo Day celebration for 2017 to mobilise Igbo across the globe to pray and seek the face of God for Nigeria and Ndigbo in particular”.