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As Sole Candidate, Says He Is Not Even A Member Of Any Political Party In The State.

 

A leader of Accord party in Ekiti State has come out to debunked adopting Segun Adewale popularly called Aeroland as their sole candidate for Ekiti 2018 governorship poll.

 

In a telephone conversation with the party leader, he said ‘how can a well positioned party like ours adopt Segun Adewale who belongs to no political party here in Ekiti, he has no political value in Lagos talkless of Ekiti’,

 

Furthermore, he said Segun Adewale is not from Ekiti, he has no business in Ekiti, he has never paid any tax to Ekiti state government in the past, our great party can’t use such a person as candidate.

 

While speaking with The Society Herald News he said Accord as a party is well positioned to win the election, the party candidate for the guber race is Akogun Banji Ojo, a highly respected indigene of Ekiti State with good integrity and honour.

 

Party Candidate.

 

Finally, the party leader said Accord party is open to anybody that wants to join them with good intention and proper identity.

PORTRAIT OF AN ICONIC LEADER

 

CHIEF (ENGR.) BASHORUN BAMIFELE JOHNSON ABAYOMI

OBINIYI MNSE,MCILGPA,FCLRM

 

The journey of a Thousand miles begins with the first step, in the same anvil the journey of a man on earth begins at birth. It is on this philosophical premise that I take a peep into the place of birth and state of origin of this iconic leader who is married and blessed with three lovely children. He was born in Isanlu community, Yagba East LGA of Kogi State.

His early education was at CAC Primary School Isanlu, he proceeded to African Church Secondary School Isanlu and finally St. Kizito’s College also in Isanlu. He did not stop there as he went in search of further advance academic qualifications to qualify as a Civil Engineer. In quick succession he added more feathers to his academic laurels with; Master in Transport Management MTM,  Master in Business Administration MBA and Advance Diploma in Theology from Christ Apostolic Church Seminary Ile Ife,  respectively.    

He buttresses his academic background with rounded Professional qualification and membership of relevant professional institutions for career advancement and enhancement:

 

       Member Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)

       Member Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria

       Fellow Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (FCLRMN)

 

His versatile professional work experience and managerial leadership capacity encompasses but not limited to the following:

 

Chairman/MDChief Brodefe Network Ltd. Abuja 

Provides overall leadership and direction to ensure the organization achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Organizes and manages staff and contractors to provide effective and efficient planning and construction. Approves and adopts organization’s construction policies, procedures and maintains accountability for the performance of the entire company. Provides overall leadership and staff direction in formulating and achieving organization’s objectives. Oversees the development and implementation of short-range and long-range goals and business plans. Oversees organization’s planning efforts, including identifying major priorities, establishing goals and strategies that ensure the success of the projects. Provides overall direction to ensure the safe delivery of quality construction projects on time and within budget. Balances future infrastructure needs that integrate development opportunities effectively and respects community and stakeholders needs. Exercises fiscal responsibility and provides the framework for developing strategies to work within financial constraints. Manages departments including developing, monitoring and adhering to organization’s policies. /procedures. Budget and achieving goals and objectives. Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment, while complying with all construction rules, policies, and procedures in Construction of Roads all over the country.

 

Chairman/MD Sovereign International Sport Academy Abuja

Responsible for organizing sport championships, both local and international to discover talents at the grass root. These include Kogi State governors badminton championship from 2004 till date.

 

Chief Resident Engineer, Petroleum Tax Fund (PTF). Abuja. 

(1998 - 2000)

Responsible for monitoring all PTF road project under Enugu State Zone, Redesigning, Rehabilitation, Daily and Monthly report preparation, Supervision and Monitoring of staff, determine the financial needs of each site contractor, prepare bills and claims payment for work done.

 

Redesign, rehabilitation and reconstruction of: Agabni road, Coal Camp road, Enugu - Port Harcourt road, Enugu - Abakaliki road, Enugu - Awka - Onitsha road, Abakaliki - Ogoja road, New Haven Abakpa road to mention  but few.

 

 

In his Personal Statement, he stated unequivocally that; “ I will serve as a leader, live a balanced life and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference to the growth and development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. It is a truism that the dream one has is a picture of his tomorrow. He learnt early in life to be profitable in what he does and perfected the art of being tenacious in any dream he chases. He also learnt to be industrious, consistent and powerfully focused. He has always been a dogged, hardworking person and has the enabling ability and capacity to survive in any kind of challenging situation. He did understand the moral of the “Wise Saying” that, “the choices we make determine to a large extent our success in life”.

 He is soft as a flower when it comes to kindness, but tough as thunder when it comes to principle. He is courteous and polite at all times, but can never be pushed around. This is just but a snippet of the extensive repertoire of our Vintage; CHIEF (Engr.) Bashorun Bamidele Johnson Abayomi Obiniyi MNSE,MCILGPA,MCLRM

 As a philanthropist, he has been very conscious of his role in the development of his community. In recognition of his kind gestures and philanthropy, he was honoured by the traditional council with the chieftaincy tittle of Bashorun of Okeagiland, and subsequently in December 2016 he was honoured with another exalted traditional chieftaincy title Akeweje of Bagido followed closely in 2017 with the title of Oluomo of Isanlu Kingdom. 

His hobbies and interests include; Music, Football, Volleyball and Badminton.

 

The journey of a Thousand miles begins with the first step, in the same anvil the journey of a man on earth begins at birth. It is on this philosophical premise that I take a peep into the place of birth and state of origin of this iconic leader who is married and blessed with three lovely children. He was born in Isanlu community, Yagba East LGA of Kogi State.

 

His early education was at CAC Primary School Isanlu, he proceeded to African Church Secondary School Isanlu and finally St. Kizito’s College also in Isanlu. He did not stop there as he went in search of further advance academic qualifications to qualify as a Civil Engineer. In quick succession he added more feathers to his academic laurels with; Master in Transport Management MTM, Master in Business Administration MBA and Advance Diploma in Theology from Christ Apostolic Church Seminary Ile Ife, respectively.   

 

He buttresses his academic background with rounded Professional qualification and membership of relevant professional institutions for career advancement and enhancement:

 

-       Member Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)

 

-       Member Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria

 

-       Fellow Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (FCLRMN)

 

His versatile professional work experience and managerial leadership capacity encompasses but not limited to the following:

 

Chairman/MDChief Brodefe Network Ltd. Abuja

 

Provides overall leadership and direction to ensure the organization achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Organizes and manages staff and contractors to provide effective and efficient planning and construction. Approves and adopts organization’s construction policies, procedures and maintains accountability for the performance of the entire company. Provides overall leadership and staff direction in formulating and achieving organization’s objectives. Oversees the development and implementation of short-range and long-range goals and business plans. Oversees organization’s planning efforts, including identifying major priorities, establishing goals and strategies that ensure the success of the projects. Provides overall direction to ensure the safe delivery of quality construction projects on time and within budget. Balances future infrastructure needs that integrate development opportunities effectively and respects community and stakeholders needs. Exercises fiscal responsibility and provides the framework for developing strategies to work within financial constraints. Manages departments including developing, monitoring and adhering to organization’s policies/procedures. Budget and achieving goals and objectives. Maintains, supports, and promotes a safe work environment, while complying with all construction rules, policies, and procedures in Construction of Roads all over the country.

 

Chairman/MD Sovereign International Sport Academy Abuja

 

Responsible for organizing sport championships, both local and international to discover talents at the grass root. These include Kogi State governor’s badminton championship from 2004 till date.

 

Chief Resident Engineer, Petroleum Tax Fund (PTF). Abuja.

 

(1998 - 2000)

 

Responsible for monitoring all PTF road project under Enugu State Zone, Redesigning, Rehabilitation, Daily and Monthly report preparation, Supervision and Monitoring of staff, determine the financial needs of each site contractor, prepare bills and claims payment for work done.

 

Redesign, rehabilitation and reconstruction of: Agabni road, Coal Camp road, Enugu - Port Harcourt road, Enugu - Abakaliki road, Enugu - Awka - Onitsha road, Abakaliki - Ogoja road, New Haven Abakpa road to mention but few.

 

In his Personal Statement, he stated unequivocally that; “I will serve as a leader, live a balanced life and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference to the growth and development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. It is a truism that the dream one has is a picture of his tomorrow. He learnt early in life to be profitable in what he does and perfected the art of being tenacious in any dream he chases. He also learnt to be industrious, consistent and powerfully focused. He has always been a dogged, hardworking person and has the enabling ability and capacity to survive in any kind of challenging situation. He did understand the moral of the “Wise Saying” that, “the choices we make determine to a large extent our success in life”.

 

 He is soft as a flower when it comes to kindness, but tough as thunder when it comes to principle. He is courteous and polite at all times, but can never be pushed around. This is just but a snippet of the extensive repertoire of our Vintage; CHIEF (Engr.) Bashorun Bamidele Johnson Abayomi Obiniyi MNSE, MCILGPA, MCLRM

 

 As a philanthropist, he has been very conscious of his role in the development of his community. In recognition of his kind gestures and philanthropy, he was honored by the traditional council with the chieftaincy title of Bashorun of Okeagi-land, and subsequently in December 2016 he was honored with another exalted traditional chieftaincy title Akeweje of Bagido followed closely in 2017 with the title of Oluomo of Isanlu Kingdom.

 

His hobbies and interests include; Music, Football, Volleyball and Badminton.

 

Story from benin by Akpomejero Friday

 

 

 The people Democratic party PDP  Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary said that the  working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reassures of ample and unhindered accommodation to all individuals, genuine political interests and alignments returning or freshly coming into the party’s fold from other political parties. 

 

He made this know to newsmen in a press statement in Benin city Edo state.

 

As the name of our party connotes, the PDP remains a people oriented party, belonging to all Nigerians and as such will continue to accommodate and provide equal opportunity for all Nigerians to freely aspire, even for the highest position in the land, irrespective of creed, tribe or even previous party affiliation. 

 

"He however said With our re-engineered mechanism for credible internal democracy, the PDP has now been repositioned as the epicenter of the new broad-based political engagement, where primary elections, at all levels of aspiration, guarantee level playing field to all members, old, new and returning alike, in line with our commitment to engender a healthy democratic culture in our dear nation." He said.

 

 Kola  noted In that regard, therefore, the PDP, will not in any way or under any guise whatsoever, exclude any Nigerian, but unreservedly embrace all who genuinely seek membership of our great party, especially at this critical time in our national life.

 

Consequently, our party structure at all levels have been well guided not to engage in any activity that may directly or indirectly tend to exclude any Nigerian that has shown interest in returning or freshly becoming a member of our great family.

 

The PDP therefore commends the unwavering dedication of all our leaders and members at all levels across the country as we offer our platform to millions of well-meaning Nigerians in this crucial  national aspiration to end the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return our nation once again to the path of national unity and prosperity under the PDP.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Why fuel scarcity will persist, by unions

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For more than two months, the fuel situation has been unpredictable. Today there is product and the next day – the pumps at the filling stations are dry. Major players in the oil industry say the government should go beyond products’ importation. They are pushing for a friendly Foreign Exchange (forex) rate, a good road network and reduced security checks, among others, writes Emeka Ugwuanyi.

 

THERE seems to be no letup in the blame trading game over who should be held responsible for the perennial fuel scarcity.

 

Since the queues returned to filling stations across the country at the turn of last year, the Federal Government and those in the distribution chain of petroleum products have been passing the bucks.

 

 

 

The supply flow has been unsteady following the withdrawal of oil marketers from importation, leaving the business to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

 

The fuel queues, which began on December 7 in Abuja, eased on January 2 but re-surfaced on January 5. They have been off and on in the FCT and many parts of the country.

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said the petrol supply and price situation deserved an urgent and lasting solution.

 

Its local chapter chairman in Anambra State Jerry Nnubia said it was expected that the price of petrol would return to normal soon after the Yuletide period but the crisis had lingered.

 

According to him, the unofficial hike in the price of petrol was having a severe effect on Nigerians, especially workers.

 

Nnubia said: “The Federal Government should ensure that the sector returned to normal through massive supply products.

 

 

 

“You are aware that petrol is the driver of every other sectors of the economy and you can see the suffering this hike has brought to the people.

 

“The labour is holding government responsible for what is happening because they are the only people that can save the situation.”

 

Some unions have warned that Nigerians may have to contend with irregular supply for now. They blamed persistent queues on Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), Foreign Exchange (forex) rates, decaying infrastructure and security checks, among other factors.

 

According to them, the insatiable quest of DAPPMAN members for maximum profit as major players in the distribution chain has not been helping matters.

 

They alleged that the depot owners sell product to others for distribution above the rates fixed by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

 

The development, they explained, leave with two options. They either stop restocking their filling stations or retail at above the litter price.

 

To them, the second option is the devil’s alternative as officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) deployed to enforce compliance with the PPPRA ceiling constantly sanction erring stations.

 

More than 78,000 litres of petrol were dispensed free of charge to motorists in Abuja from the various stations that were caught selling above the approved pump price of N145 per litre during a six-day monitoring by the Joint Task Force at the turn of last year.

 

Seventeen fuel stations were at the weekend sealed in Niger and Anambra states by DPR monitors.

 

Isah Jankara, Operations Controller of DPR in Niger State, where 13 stations fell under the hammer, told reporters: “If you want to sell petrol in Niger make sure you sell at government’s approved rate of N145 per litre. Also, make sure that you don’t divert the product because if you are caught you must face the penalty.”

 

Jankara said that all the affected stations must pay necessary fines before they would be allowed to re-open for business.

 

He said: “All marketers whose stations have been closed down for violation of the N145 pump price per litre are to pay the sum of N100, 000 per pump as penalty through the TSA (Treasury Single Account) and submit receipts of payment and bank teller to the Head of Operations before their stations will be re-opened for sales to the public at N145 per litre.”

 

Jankara said that before now earring filling stations were only compelled to revert to government’ approved rate without sanction.

 

Two of the four filling stations sealed in Anambra State were for alleged fuel diversion and the operators of the two other outlets were reprimanded for selling the product above N145

 

The DPR officials forced five other stations to sell at the approved pump price.

 

In Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha, fuel sells for between N185 and N200 per litre.

 

DPR Head of Safety, Environment and Health Department, Linus Ikegbunam, who led a five-man enforcement team, said the marketers were suspected not to have discharged products meant for their stations accordingly.

 

Ikegbunam said the filling stations sealed for suspected diversion had the product designated for them as contained in their manifests.

 

He said DPR was worried over the rising cases of product diversion, especially at this time of supply challenges but assured that the agency was ready to combat the menace.

 

Ikegbunam wondered why a marketer who procured as much as between 40,000 and 50,000 litres of petrol would not sell to the people rather divert them to other locations.

 

He said the stations would remain closed until investigations were concluded on them and warned that those found culpable would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

 

“Selling above government approved price of N145 is an offence and that is why we enforced compliance at some stations. Those who are habitual offenders were also sealed and penalised,” Ikegbunam warned.

 

The Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Salihu Butu, confirmed to reporters at the weekend that the retail business has become unprofitable for his members.

 

Besides paying higher for products at the depots, IPMAN, which accounts for 80 per cent of the retail outlets in the country, get 10 per cent products to sell, Buto told reporters on the tarmac of the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), at Suleja depot, Niger State.

 

According to him, they buy above the ex-depot price to keep their stations open and remain in business.

 

DAPPMAN, it was learnt, gets the product at N117 from the NNPC, the sole importer, and sells to marketers at N152 as against the approved ex-depot price of N133.80.

 

Butu said: “The private depot owners do not sell to us at the official price. We buy at the unofficial price. How do we break even?

 

“Our stations sell at N180 – N190 because when you get to the depots, you are presented with two accounts for payment: one for the actual price and the other for the extra, otherwise you cannot lift.”

 

On the way forward, Butu said only President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly could intervene in the fuel situation.

 

He said: “Only President Muhammadu Buhari can solve this. He should come in, people trust him. When he increased price, people accepted, no questions asked. We knew it was for the better.

 

“The National Assembly also should invite all aggrieved members to get to the bottom of this. There should be equity in distribution. NNPC depots should be stocked back to back. Only Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) is loading.

 

“Mr Umar Ajiya of PPMC held meetings with us. We decided to cooperate and so, I went to Aba, Warri, Mosimi and found that our members are given two-three trucks to share.

 

“To keep their stations open and stay in business, our members have to buy. All these should be looked into.”

 

A marketer at Seaman’s Petroleum in Anambra State, Geoffrey Anioke, said it has been difficult procuring products in the last two months, making it impossible to sell at the government approved price.

 

Anioke said selling petrol at N145, when the landing was between N165 and N170 was a huge loss for them.

 

He urged the Federal Government and the NNPC to supply enough petrol to eliminate the black market and artificial price increase.

 

He said: “We get fuel from N165 to N170 at the moment and it is not possible to sell at N145 and forcing us to sell at that price is punishing us and driving us out of business.

 

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

2019: Ex-CBN chief, Moghalu, to run for president

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A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu, announced on Monday that he was consulting widely to run for the presidency in 2019.

 

Mr. Moghalu told political correspondents in Lagos that time had come for technocrats, intellectuals and experienced people to take power from Nigeria’s career politicians.

 

He said that he would not be deterred from joining the race, in spite of speculations that 2023 was the year slated for Igbos to have a shot at the presidency.

 

Mr. Moghalu argued that politics in Nigeria should be detribalised for Africa’s most populous nation to grow and take its rightful place in the comity of nations.

 

“It is the turn of any competent Nigerian to aspire for the post of presidency because career politicians have failed Nigeria.’’

 

He said that zoning, which had been used by the major political parties, might have been relevant in the past but that it was no longer necessary because competence should be placed above tribe in present day Nigeria.

 

“Zoning was an internal arrangement by political parties that was not constitutional. It should no longer matter where the president comes from.

 

“The future of Nigeria rests in technocratic interventions. We need thinking people that will take Nigeria from the politics of stomach infrastructure to politics of mental infrastructure.’’

 

The former CBN chief said that the first part to progress for Nigeria was for the people to begin to think differently and beyond tribe in choosing those who would lead them.

 

Speaking on a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Moghalu said that the president had constitutional rights to seek re-election.

 

 A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu

“I don’t fathom how anyone can say the president should not run for a second term. It is his choice, the decision on who becomes Nigeria’s president in 2019 rests with Nigerians. ‘’

 

On the nation’s economy, the economist pointed out that “the economy was in a delicate situation before the present administration.

 

“The handling of the forex crisis though was misguided. The drop in oil prices actually affected the value of our currency but government should have simply allowed the naira to find its true value which would have reduced the inflation rate.’’

 

He said that Nigeria must look beyond continued dependence on oil and encourage independent institutions to flourish.

 

Mr. Moghalu, however, advised Nigerians to eschew docility and become more forceful in demanding accountability from their leaders at all levels of governance.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Moghalu, who served as CBN deputy governor from 2009 to 2014, is a political economist, lawyer and a former United Nations official.

 

He was also a professor of practice in international business and public policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, U.S.

 

Born on May 7, 1963, Mr. Moghalu is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He also read Political Science at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

The Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, said on Monday that the 10 women released by Boko Haram recently were not police officers.

 

“Only one of the abductees was a police officer,” Mr. Chukwu said.

 

He made this clarification while speaking with journalists in his office on Monday afternoon.

 

The presidency confirmed the release of 13 people over the weekend including three oil explorers from the University of Maiduguri.

 

The 10 women and the oil explorers were kidnapped in different incidents.

 

The police commissioner, however, restated his statement last year that “only one police woman, Inspector Fatsuma Haruna,” was abducted alongside other females accompanying the corpse of a deceased police woman to her home town in Lassa village of Askira-Uba local government areas of Borno State.

 

PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap of the women last year after members of the terror group attacked a convoy of vehicles that had a military escort.

 

“I did mention it last year that when Boko Haram ambushed a military escorted convoy of travelers which also included a burial party taking a deceased police woman to her home town Lassa, one of the police women, Inspector Fatsuma Haruna, a close friend of the deceased assigned to accompany the corpse, was abducted by Boko Haram.

 

“It is not correct to say that ten police women were released by Boko Haram. We only have one policewoman among the released abductees. The other women, I believe, were relatives of the deceased police woman whose corpse was being transported to her home town before the convoy was ambushed,” the police commissioner said.

 

 

 

On February 7, three days before the negotiated release of the 13 abductees, including three geologists from the University of Maiduguri, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had, in his second YouTube video this year, boasted that he had ten police women still in his custody.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Govs, senators back Osinbajo’s call for state police

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At the closing of the two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate, state governors and the federal parliament have agreed to allow states to have their police.

 

They backed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who stated at the opening of the event on Thursday that state police was “the way to go.”

 

 

 

Participants, who included the leadership and members of the Senate, governors and service chiefs, as well as community, religious and traditional leaders, also raised the issue of restructuring and true federalism at the summit.

 

Strong indications emerged after the summit that some issues raised might come up as amendment bills to alter the constitution.

 

Speaking with journalists at the NAF Centre Abuja venue, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, said governors called for the decentralisation of the country’s police.

 

He said, “The takeaway from this summit is that the Vice-President raised some of the key discussions on that day – 17th August, 2017 – about state police. Yes, the state police issue is something that we have agreed on in 2011 and 2015 during constitution amendments.

 

“Today, we have reiterated the position of the Vice-President and the position of the security summit that we held in August that there is the need for state police and we say it is the only answer.”

 

Yari recalled that a participant asked how state police would succeed when the military had been deployed in communities where there were agitations but failed.

 

The governor said his response was that the military were trained for external aggressions and not for internal security operations.

 

“Internal security is supposed to be handled and managed by the police but the police of today are inadequate. There are about four million people in Zamfara State but we have less than five thousand policemen. If you look at the ratio, it is far below international standards. Therefore, we, the governors, agree that we can fine-tune the issue of state police,” Yari added.

 

 

 

The governor dismissed the fear of possible abuse of state police by governors as raised by some of the participants. He said the judiciary had been operating freely under governors, which was an indication that state police would also grow under the control of the states.

 

Yari also noted the fears expressed by some states governors on the cost implication of having state police. He said the new system would be introduced in phases, starting with states that had the financial capability.

 

Also, the Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said most of the participants agreed on the decentralisation of the police.

 

He said the lawmakers might review the constitution to effect devolution of powers and accommodate state police.

 

He noted  security had been centralised, adding that the population of the country had increased from  60 million in 1960 to  200 million, noting that “the number of policemen cannot police the entire country and provide security for Nigerians.

 

“Therefore, there is the need to decentralise that aspect and that comes under devolution of powers. We may need to review the constitution to bring security under the concurrent list of the legislature so that it will be easy for the states to set up something that will be in line with proper guidelines. State policing has been accepted by all and sundry. I have not seen anybody speaking against it. I think that is one major thing we can take out of this summit. The centralisation of the police can no longer work with the kind of population that we have today.”

 

The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State also said the participants agreed on establishment of ranches and grazing reserves as the grazing routes created for nomadic herdsmen had been blocked with structures due to development of towns and cities over the years.

 

“The implication now is that with the current population growth in the country, there is now a lot of competition among the cows, the grass and infrastructure. If the routes do no longer exist, we have to modernise the system,” he added.

 

Also, Senator Adamu Aliero, a former Governor of Kebbi State, said the stakeholders had an extensive debate on the spate of insecurity in Benue State and other parts of the country where people were being killed by herdsmen.

 

“We all decided that measures must be taken to stop further killings and the only way to do it is to have synergy between the security agencies. Even the governors have agreed that state police is the way to go. It is quite consistent with what the Vice-President has suggested,” he said.

 

In his submission, Senator Victor Umeh said some participants at the 2014 national conference, who were also at the summit, decried the non-implementation of the report produced by the confab.

 

He said, “At the summit, issues of the national conference of 2014 came up. Why can’t we implement the recommendations of that conference? Some of the leaders who came here were at the national conference. You talked somewhere and abandoned the resolutions somewhere, only to come here and start to talk again. When are the solutions going to be found?”

 

Umeh also said ethnic nationalities and geopolitical zones expressed their grievances at the meeting, especially the alleged marginalisation of the South-East in federal appointments and proposed stoppage of amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta.

 

He said, “Those who have not been treated well, when they are complaining; don’t think because you are comfortable today, others are making noise. If you find grievances that are genuine, find a way of addressing them.”

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