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Next Level Agenda : FG tasks on appointing honest individuals as heads of RGAs

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Next Level Agenda: FG tasks on appointing honest individuals as heads of RGAs

By Baba Yakubu Yola

As Federal Government strive to meet its Next Level Agenda promises to the electorates, stakeholders have called for the appointment of meritocratic, pragmatic and honest persons as heads of Revenue Generating Agencies (RGAs).

The advise was part of over 50 recommendations made by the stakeholders during the maiden Monthly Policy Dialogue on funding the next level agenda organized in Abuja by the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel.

Other recommendations include encouraging concession and creation of department to act an institutional monitor and evaluator of RGAs, Anti  Corruption Agencies (ACAs) etc to gauge their performances.

The stakeholders made up of economic experts, representatives of NLC, MAN, TUC and academicians, advised that borrowing should be for income generating infrastructure, while recoveries made by ACAs should be properly utilized in infrastructure.

They also suggested the formulation of strategic goals and their implementation to build citizens’ confidence and tasked APC states to developed performance indicators.

While calling for reduction in high cost of governance, the stakeholders tasked government to ensure that service delivery was consistent with taxes.

They cautioned government against removing fuel subsidy so as not to increase the sufferings of Nigerians and called for the repairs or construction of new refineries to contain unnecessary importation of fuel.

Earlier speaking at the opening of the maiden monthly policy dialogue, chairman of the session, Prof. Sadeeue Abubakar, urged participants to proffer solutions and index for funding next level agenda.

Welcoming participants at the dialogue, the SSA to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel, said the policy dialogue was part of measures to obtain ideas and policy suggestions that would assist the APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari to impact positively on Nigerians.

In his remarks, the Technical Assistant to the SSA, Dr Abdulrahman Abu Hamisu, spoke on funding challenges and the dynamics of how to generate fund to actualize the next level agenda.

Hamisu identified prudent management, infrastructure delivery and anti corruption as some of the fundamental agenda of the Buhari administration as contained in the economic recovery and growth plan.

Highlight of the dialogue is the presentation of papers titled “Funding the Next Level Agenda: Challenges and Prospects” and “Funding Next Level Agenda: Overcoming the Challenges of Corruption and Abuse of Public Office in Nigeria”  by Prof. Jide Oladipo and Dr Elvis Oglafa respectively.

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Again, Boko haram ambushes Borno Government officials convoy near Baga

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Again, Boko Haram ambushes Borno government officials convoy near Baga

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Again members of the Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed the convoy of the Borno state government officials on their way to Baga along Monguno Baga road, in preparatory for today Saturday 26th September, 2020 resettlements

“Five policemen, 3 soldiers and 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task force (CJTF) were said to been killed, while
several others were injured in the ambushed”, a security source who does not want his name in print said.

The government officials were on their way to Baga for the official resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS), who were scheduled to return to Baga today Saturday , 26th September, 2020 by the governor himself.

The Boko Haram insurgents were said to have ambushed the government official convoy including some returnees IDPs few kilometers way from Multi National Joint Task Force ( MNJTF) check point near Baga..

The insurgents were said to have fired several shots at the convoy, injuring the security operatives some of the IDPs and other travellers on the convoy. It was not clear whether if the insurgents killed or injured any of the returning IDPs.

It could be recalled that the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum had recently inaugurated a committee for the resetlement of IDPs from Maiduguri and Monguno back to Baga, a town business community about 158 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capitol

At the time of filing this report no official statement from the Borno state government or the military.

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Governor zulum donates house, 20 million to orphans, widow of late Col. Bako

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Governor Zulum donates House, N20 million to the orphans, widow of Late Col Bako

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The body of the Late Col Dahiru Chiroma Bako an Army commander who sustained injury in a Boko Haram ambush in Borno and later died at a military Hospital at the Maimalari Army hospital, Maiduguri has been laid to rest at the Maimalari Military cemetery, Maiduguri on Tuesday amidst tears .

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum and the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buarai along other dignitaries attended the burial in Maiduguri.

While paying glowing tribute to the Late Army Commander during funeral rites, Governor Babagana Zulum announced a donation of a befitting house and 20 million Naira to the widow and orphans left behind by late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako who died from wounds sustained while battling boko haram. Insurgents ambushed the Commander’s troop on Sunday morning.

The governor said “I am reliably informed that Col. Bako did not have a house of his own. We cannot ignore the family he left behind. We share their grief and nothing can equal his life. Nevertheless, I am pleased to announce that Borno State Government will build a befitting house for the family of late Col. Bako. I was also told that the Nigerian Army under the distinguished leadership of Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has offered a scholarship to his children, we will also support the family to compliment the efforts of the military.”

Governor Zulum described Col. Bako, as a fallen warrior, was Commander of 25 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole in charge of Damboa and surrounding axis in southern Borno. He died at a military hospital in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said “Indeed it is a very sad moment, this is not a loss to the family of Late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako alone, not to the Nigerian Military, it is a loss to Borno and indeed Nigeria.. Col. Bako was a gallant and dodged military officer, under whose watch Damboa was never defeated. He humble and committed in discharging his duties, he is part of the success recorded in degrading boko haram insurgency in Borno State.”

“He has been one of the greatest in trying to stabilize not only Borno but even the neighbouring Yobe State. We will remember his contributions forever, may almighty Allah reward him, and forgive him.. To his family may they bear this irreparable lost. To all the soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Military that lost their lives, may Almighty Allah reward and forgive them. The injured ones we pray for their quck recovery.”

“For the welfare of his family, Borno State Government will relase the sum of 20 million as support for them. A cheque to the effect will be ready later today or tomorrow morning” Zulum said.

It could be recalled the Nigerian Army in statement issued by the spokesman ,of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Ado Isa who announced the sudden death of the gallant officer said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

The statement further said that “the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,”

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians said the Army will sponsor the education of the family of the deceased.

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our fatherland,” General Buratai said.

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Police in Borno Inaugurates Area and Divisional Community Policing Committee

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Police in Borno Inaugurates area and divisional community policing  committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s commitment to ensure crime free society, the Borno state Police Command has Inaugurated Area command and Divisional Police community policing initiatives across the 27 local government areas and divisions.

Inaugurating the committee at the police headquarters, Maiduguri on Monday, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 15, AIG Lawan Ado said ” the community policing initiatives is intelligence base policing initiative aimed at nipping on burd crime within the siciety.”

“The community policing initiatives is to involve all stakeholders in such as traditional rulers, chairmen local government area, hunters, vigilantes, Civilian Joint Task Force ( CJTF), Road Transport Workers Unions, Business associations, community Base organizations among others in policing their communites”, AIG Ado said

He said ” the committees which includes police advisory committee and community policing committee at both area and divisional levels would not only providing intelligence to the police but settle small, small disputes within their communities, thereby facilitate quick depensation of Justice”.

Also in his remarks, the Borno state commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu said ” the community knows itself, everyone knows who is who in the community,and should be in better position to report any persons trying to commit the crime before they commit it. also urge the community to screened very well the members of the committee, so as not nominate criminals that would undermine the aim of the committee”

” The presence of people of questionable character in the committee will give room for the person to reveal the strategy of the committee to the police rather than giving useful information io the security”, he added.

Earlier speaking, the chairman Borno state Community policing Committee, Alhaji Sanda Sheriff said ” I want to assured the police that we will work together to ensure crime free society. We will also be addressing some civil and some minor case at the community level before even getting to police station”.

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