The Fulani socio-cultural organization, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has provided reasons for its plan to establish vigilance groups in the Southeast and other regions of the country.
National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, told The Sun that the move was a sure way of bringing to an end the present spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry and other forms of insecurity across the country.
He also said MACBAN’s proposition was misinterpreted in Enugu last week because of lack of proper understanding of it.
Ngelzarma added that the organisation’s desire was not only to deploy vigilantes to the Southeast but to all states of the federation.
According to him, “The whole thing was misunderstood or some people deliberately failed to make people to understand us.
“What we meant is that Miyetti Allah will establish a vigilante group, and it was a mere suggestion to the governors of the zone because we feel that security should be everybody’s concern, and we have our members across each and every forest in the southern part of the country.
“So, in order to also help the government and the security agencies to do their work that is why we want to assist in anywhere we can to bring about peace in the Southeast, Southwest and South-South.
“We just proffered that one as a solution because it is only a Fulani man that can identify a Fulani criminal. When a Fulani man commits a crime, it is always easier for a fellow Fulani to go and fish him out and bring him to justice.
“Where there is farm destruction, in order to avoid a confrontation, which leads to loss of lives on either side, it is the Fulani that will help the security to go and bring the culprit to face justice.
“That was what we meant, when we said let some of our members work with either the security, neighbourhood watch or vigilante group as the case may be, so that they will be working together if there is any problem or any sort of crime, farm destruction as the case may be, then our members within the group of vigilantes will go and apprehend the culprit so that he faces justice and pay for the farm he has destroyed.
“It was a mere suggestion to the state governors. MACBAN is not going to appoint a vigilante. Who are we to go and appoint a vigilante in a state, as the state governors are the chief security officers of the states, the police and other security operatives are there. We can only assist or offer to assist when our offer is accepted.
“The last time we had a meeting with our members, we agreed to work closely with the government, work with the security and do all they could to try to fish out criminal elements within the fold of the herdsmen because Miyetti Allah is not a criminal organisation; it doesn’t represent any crime or criminal because those criminals are not our members, and we don’t see them to be our members because we don’t condone crime and we condemn crime wherever it takes place, and we sympathise with victims of crimes whether they are Fulani, Igbo, Yoruba, etc. We don’t tolerate criminals in our fold.
“It was a mere suggestion to the governors, if they accept, we work together, but if they don’t, whatever approach they want to adopt, we are always ready to be part of the security initiative in every state to do our best in assisting government, security agencies to fish out criminals because we have had enough, where some few criminals are smearing the name of the entire Fulani people in the country.
“We don’t like it and that is why we offer ourselves to security agencies and to state governments, where they require our assistance, and we have instructed our members whether at local government level to work closely with traditional rulers, vigilante groups and the government in fishing out criminals, and working to ensure security in their community.
“This is all what we meant, but somehow, some people gave it a wrong interpretation. It was a mere suggestion, but with or without it, our doors are open; we are ready to assist security; we are ready to work with government, we are ready to work with community, work with neighbourhood watch or vigilante groups, whatever you have that is taking care of security in those areas. Our members are ready to work with security in fishing out criminals.
Broadcast Content Regulation: Makinde Seeks Govt, NBC, Media House Owners’ Cooperation
Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has advocated mutual cooperation among the broadcast house owners, government and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to ensure sanity in the profession and promote development agenda.
The governor who spoke through the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun on Thursday while receiving the NBC Zonal Director at his office said the essence of broadcast which was to disseminate information to the generality of the people would only be achieved if the players towed the path of professionalism.
Olatunbosun the State administration has been using all communication outlets to reach out to the masses, not just to broadcast government programs and achievements but to allow the people set developmental agenda alongside the government, as government represented the people, adding that town hall meetings were also used to coalesce ideas and get feedback.
“Ibadan is the base of broadcast industry in Nigeria because broadcasting started here, we are using this medium to assure the practitioners that the present administration will work towards collaboration with broadcast agencies and the stations in the State to make sure the industry develops.
“Parts of the mass media tools the governor believes should be used to project and coalesce ideas for good governance is town hall meetings that will involve all categories of the society, this will be used to identify the core yearnings of the people in order to promote agenda-setting mechanism.
“It is our belief that with cooperation among the owners of broadcast stations, broadcast agencies, which NBC is among and the State government that will lead to regular meetings through which issues relating to the progress of the industry will be discussed and the code of conducts will be regularly harped upon, sanity will be fostered and maintained among practitioners.”
The Zonal Director of NBC which comprised of Oyo, Osun and Ogun States, Mr Raphael Akpan sought the cooperation and assistance of the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to regulate the State-owned broadcast stations, adding that all private stations in the State have been abiding by the rules guiding the practice of broadcast.
Akpan said the agency has sanctioned most of the private stations through fines payable to the agency’s purse while it has been fair to all broadcast stations, whether private, government or community-owned.
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The Executive Assistant to the Oyo State Governor on Investment Promotion, Honourable Segun Ogunwuyi, has been appointed as the pioneer Director-General of the newly-established Oyo State Investments and Public-Private Partnership Agency.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Seyi Makinde, Moses Alao, indicated that Hon. Ogunwuyi’s appointment was approved by Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday.
The appointment is to take immediate effect.
In a letter conveying the appointment, the Governor congratulated Hon. Ogunwuyi, wishing him success in his new task.
Hon. Ogunwuyi, represented Ogbomoso North/Ogbomoso South in the 8th House of Representatives. Prior to that role, he was elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2011.
Hon. Ogunwuyi holds a B.Sc. in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
He is a Certified Accountant and Financial consultant, who has consulted for top organizations like TNT Logistics (UK), Baker Hughes (UK), Nokia Siemens Network (Finland) and NNPC (Nigeria), among others.
Iwo Road interchange project will be delivered under one year – Makinde
The government of Oyo State is set to collaborate with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the management of traffic within the State, the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has said.
The Governor expressed the commitment of his administration to collaborate with the agency on how to manage traffic gridlock on the roads and proffer solution for easy vehicular movements in the State.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as saying these while receiving the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who paid him a courtesy visit in his Office.
Makinde maintained that the state government under his leadership will continue to support the activities of the FRSC in the State.
“Let us keep the cordial relationship going. We need a lot of support to lift the situation in our State- ideas and things that you have been able to provide solutions to at the federal level. We also want to key into them so that we do not make the same mistake all over again. I believe this is going to be the beginning of our working together,” Governor Makinde said.
The Governor said his administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to the gridlock at the Iwo Road Interchange, which has been causing a lot of problems for the users of the road in that area, noting that the project would be executed within nine months.
He said: “Also, at Iwo Road, it’s the same thing but we do have solution to that. What they are doing around that axis right now are just palliatives to make the place motorable. We have a serious plan for the road. Meanwhile, I have even been castigated on why I want to spend such amount of money on that interchange but it is a project that we believe will change the face of that place and sanitise the area.
“The Honourable Commissioner for Works is working on it and we need to follow the due process. So, it’s a little bit slow but I believe, within the shortest possible time, we can get this project underway and delivery has been given to us at nine months. Once we flag it off, within nine months, we believe we will be able to decongest the area and everyone will be proud of it.”
The Governor, therefore, stressed that he would consider urgently the modern trailer park project, noting that it was not ideal for trailers to cluster around the highway, saying, however, that the only justification to remove them would be to provide a modern park for them.
Governor Makinde added: “What you mentioned about a trailer park will be sorted out. Before now, I have had discussion with the sector commander and Chairman of OYRTMA and I asked them to, first of all, clear that Toll Gate axis. About two weeks ago, I was going to Oyo and I saw illegal trailer parks along the road similar to what happens in Ogere. I was actually alarmed that once that kind of facility takes roots, it becomes difficult to uproot again.
“So, it’s something we are also committed to fixing. Ideally, we should not be seeing trailers along the road. All along the express way, from Toll-Gate to Ojoo, we still have where trailers are parking at different points along the road, but once we have trailer parks for them, we can be justified to relocate and disallow them by stopping them parking indiscriminately along the road.”
Earlier, Dr. Oyeyemi appealed to the Oyo State Government to give priority attention to the construction of a modern mega trailer park in the state, noting that the project would greatly help to reduce traffic gridlock in the state, “as Ibadan is strategic to vehicular movement across the nation.”
While stressing the need for collaboration with the corps to abate instances of road mishap during the ‘ember months,’ the Corps Marshal also implored the Governor to equally work on the Iwo road interchange and disallow street trading on the Ibadan-Iwo road, Ibadan-Ife road and other major roads in the state.
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