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Oyo governor’s private sector experience will help – Gen. Abdusalami

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…As Ex-Head of State, Makinde harp on security

 Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar said on Thursday that the private sector experience of the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde will help him in the governance of the state.

General Abdusalami Abubakar, who was on a brief visit to the Governor’s office said that he was in Ibadan to attend an inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan.

He congratulated Governor Makinde for his victory at the March 29 polls, adding that he was in the vanguard of encouraging the younger generation of Nigerians to take interest in politics.

According to him, Governor Makinde would bring to bear his wealth of experience from the private sector.

General Abdusalami said: “Let me congratulate you on your victory as the Governor of Oyo State. I commend the younger generation like you to go into governance.

“As somebody coming from the private sector into governance, you are coming with lots of experience in the private sector, so one can be sure that you will deploy that experience into governing Oyo state.”

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the courtesy visit, General Abdusalami stressed the need for government at all levels to provide an economic base for individuals with a view to tackling poverty and preventing many from engaging in criminal acts.

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He said: “Each and everyone of us has a role to play in trying to pass any information that can be helpful to the security agencies. If you see any strange faces in your area, it’s your civic right to report that individual.

 Governor Makinde in his remarks described Abdusalami as a father figure, adding that the visit was that of a father to his son.

Speaking to newsmen shortly before Abdusalami’s departure, Governor Makinde said that his administration was already taking security seriously adding that his government was already reviewing the security architecture of the state in order to draw up a formidable structure for peace and security.

He said: “Yesterday I visited the Oyo State Security Trust Fund Office because we are trying to have a deep appreciation of what we have on the ground; to know precisely how to go about the security of the state. We are in the phase where we are getting all the data to know the gaps. In a very short time, you will start seeing the changes in the security architecture of the state.”

According to the Governor, the incumbent government in Oyo state will not toy with the security of lives and property.

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Trump blames Iran for Saudi attacks

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United States of America’s President, Donald Trump has declared that Tehran was likely behind strikes on Saudi oil facilities, but that he wanted to be sure and he hoped to “avoid” war.

According to Trump on Monday, “It is certainly looking that way at this moment,” he told reporters when asked if he believes Iran carried out the attack.

“We pretty much already know” but that Washington still wanted more proof. “We want to find definitively who did this.

“With all that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid” war, he said. “I don’t want war with anybody but we’re prepared more than anybody”, the US President added.

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FG spends N500bn annually on social investment programmes

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The federal government of Nigeria on Monday disclosed that  the  sum of N500billion is spent annually on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) .

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration launched the Social Investment Programmes to address poverty through the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), conditional cash transfer and N-Power.

Speaking at the 60th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society in Abuja, the nation’s capital,the Minister of State Budget and National Planning,  Clement Agba , who disclosed this, also maintained that the Federal Government is committed to grassroots development and has shown this by investing N500 billion annually since 2016 in the national social investment program.

“In order to create a more inclusive society that enhances the quality of life. The government has continued to implement the social investment program.

“The sum of N500billion has been appropriated annually for the scheme since 2016. This reflects the continued determination of the government to pursue an inclusive society and achieve growth. Policies such as the n-power scheme have seen 500,000 graduates and 26,000 others engaged.

“Under the national home-grown school feeding program, as at March 2019 over 9.5million school children across 30states are being fed and over 1913 cooks empowered,” he said.

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The Minister added that government enterprise and empowerment program has seen to the disbursement of  N1.71million loans to small businesses and farmers across the 36 states and the FCT.

 

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Threats to African Borders

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With 54 countries and a continental coastline of 30,500 km that spans the Mediterranean sea in the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea in the northeast, the Indian Ocean in the east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west, Africa’s borders are both numerous and vulnerable.

EXX Africa delves into the primary threat actors taking advantage of these vulnerabilities to further their own objectives across the continent. The report will be submitted the United Nations General Assembly this month to raise awareness of the continent’s border threats.

While there is occasional overlap among such actors given the nature of illicit activities, this series explores the threats posed by (a) illegal migrants, (b) criminal organisations, and (c) militant groups. EXX Africa also looks at the various local, regional, and international measures that have been implemented to mitigate each one of these threats, with a focus on Western interventions.

In order for Europe, the US, and other regions to stem the smuggling of illegal substances and people, as well as other forms of transnational flows, a more coherent and collaborative approach is required which is addressed in EXX Africa’s latest report.

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