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ECOWAS Court to give judgment in SERAP’s case on killings by herdsmen, others

 

 

 

The ECOWAS Court of Justice, Abuja has this morning heard arguments in the case brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Federal Government seeking “justice and accountability for the authorities’ failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.”

 

The Court adjourned the suit to 22 April, 2021 for judgment after hearing arguments from Solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana SAN, and the government lawyer Mr Adedayo Ogundele.

 

In the suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/15/16, SERAP is arguing that, “the continuing attacks, killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country amount to serious violations of human rights of the rights to life, to the security and dignity of the human person, and to property.”

 

Femi Falana, arguing the case, said: “The government has not denied the serious averments by SERAP. The government is responsible for the unlawful killings by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators, which have not been adequately prevented, investigated or prosecuted by the authorities. These responsibilities are heightened when an observable pattern has been overlooked or ignored, such as is the case in this suit.”

 

Falana also argued: “The government has a responsibility to protect and ensure the security of life and property of everyone in Nigeria. It is not enough for the government to say that civil cases have been brought by some of the victims. The government has a responsibility to investigate, fish out the perpetrators and prosecute them, and to compensate the victims.”

 

The suit, reads in part: “SERAP also contends that the obligation to secure the right to life is not confined to cases where it has been established that the killings were caused by an agent of the State. Nor is it decisive whether those affected or their families have lodged a formal complaint about the killings with the competent investigatory authority.”

 

“It is contended that the mere knowledge of the killings by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators on the part of the authorities have ipso facto given rise to an obligation under Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to carry out an effective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to provide reparations to victims.”

 

“Moreover, the Defendant has a responsibility for those killings, raping maiming and destruction of property where authorities knew or ought to have known of an immediate threat and failed to take measures that might have been expected to avoid those attacks and killings.”

 

“SERAP further contends that the Defendant has positive obligations to provide a framework of security for the protection of life, and to protect the lives of those individuals at risk from unlawful attacks by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators. The lack of accountability for the attacks by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country has continued to create a culture of impunity which clearly is not compatible with the rule of law in a democratic society.”

 

“SERAP contends that the Defendant has a positive obligation to take measures to secure the right to life, right to security and dignity of the human person and right to property, and to prevent attacks and killings by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across Nigeria.”

 

“Human life has a special value and dignity which requires legal protection. It should be pointed out that those affected in the present case include the most disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors of society.”

 

“A fundamental notion of contemporary human rights law is that victims of violations enjoy an independent right to effective remedies. This idea is itself founded on another longstanding legal principle: ubi ius ibi remedium (there is no right without a remedy).”

 

SERAP therefore is asking the ECOWAS Court of Justice for the following reliefs:

 

  1. A DECLARATION that the attacks, killings, raping and maiming of citizens and other residents and destruction of property and other serious human rights violations and abuses across the country by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators amount to failure by the Defendant to exercise due diligence to prevent the attacks and killings and cannot be justified under any circumstances, and therefore constitutes a serious breach of Nigeria’s international human rights obligations and commitments to ensure and secure the rights to life, to dignity and security of the human person, and to property, guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,  and the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  2. A DECLARATION that the failure of the Defendant to exercise due diligence and to take steps to prevent attacks, killings, raping, and maiming of hundreds of Nigerians and other residents and destruction of property and other serious human rights violations and abuses by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators, and to conduct prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigations and to hold those responsible to account, is unlawful as it amounts to breaches of obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  3. A DECLARATION that the failure of the Defendant to provide for an effective remedy and reparation for the victims, is unlawful as it amounts to breaches of obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  4. A DECLARATION that the failure of the Defendant to provide an environment necessary for securing and promoting the enjoyment of the human rights to life, dignity and security of the person, and to property, is unlawful as it amounts to breaches of obligations to promote and fulfil the human rights guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
  5. AN ORDER directing the Defendant and/or its agents individually and/or collectively to respect, protect, promote, and fulfil the human rights of Nigerians and residents and communities across the country that have suffered attacks and human rights violations abuses by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.
  6. AN ORDER directing the Defendant to investigate all cases of
    unlawful killings noted herein and pay adequate money compensation of N50 million to each of the dependents.
  7. AN ORDER directing the Defendant and/or its agents individually and/or collectively to provide effective remedies and reparation, including adequate compensation, restitution, satisfaction or guarantees of non-repetition that the Honourable Court may deem fit to grant to the victims of attacks by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.

 

 

 

 

Kolawole Oluwadare

SERAP Deputy Director

5/2/2021

Lagos, Nigeria

Emails: info@serap-nigeria.orgnews@serap-nigeria.org

Twitter: @SERAPNigeria

Website: www.serap-nigeria.org

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Y2021 BUDGET: LASG EXPLAINS INCREASED HEALTH SECTOR ALLOCATION, INTENSIFIES DEPLOYMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

 

The Lagos State Government has disclosed that the experience gained and lessons learnt, during the outbreak of Ebola and COVID-19 pandemic (first-wave) in the State, had prepared the present administration for the second wave of the disease, just as it also unveiled plans to deploy more technology to critical sectors to improve productivity and wellbeing of residents.

 

The Honourable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, spoke about these issues on Wednesday, during a joint appearance on a TVC News programme titled: “Business Nigeria”.

 

Prof. Abayomi said the Y2021 budgetary allocation to the health sector was increased to address the challenges posed by the epidemic and other issues, stressing that the amount estimated for the sector was a significant improvement when compared to the allocation for the previous year.

 

He added that challenges of the second wave and community spread of the COVID-19 still remain a major hindrance to the present administration’s health sector objectives, noting that Lagos has the highest incidence of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria despite the increased level of sensitisation to educate residents on complying with safety protocols such as wearing face masks and physical distancing.

 

While decrying the flagrant disregard for all safety rules and regulations by a majority of Lagosians, the Commissioner averred that the high number of recorded cases is creating additional pressure on healthcare facilities in Lagos.

 

Speaking on the government’s resolve to ensure that the residents of Lagos have equal access to an enhanced healthcare delivery system, Abayomi urged citizens to take advantage of the benefits offered, through the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme (LASHMA), by subscribing to the initiative.

 

“Healthcare is very expensive, but having the Health Insurance Scheme will drastically reduce the cost of medical care during visits to the hospital when ill. The Lagos Health Insurance Scheme was designed specifically to reduce the financial cost of healthcare on all residents in the State and it is advisable for Lagosians to subscribe to the scheme”, he advised.

 

On his part, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, said the spending plan for Y2020 turned out well, as the year closed with a budget performance rate of 88%, stressing that the Y2021 Budget focusses on Human Capital, Education and Health sector in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s vision of building a 21stCentury Economy as encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda

 

He averred that technology expenditure in this year’s budget witnessed an increased allocation as the government is investing heavily on infrastructure which will cover about 3000-kilometres in form of a broadband ring around the State, as part of efforts to achieve the smart-city initiative of the present administration.

 

The Commissioner said, “In the 2021 Budget, technology allocation has increased dramatically due to the broadband infrastructure that includes the laying of 3000-kilometres broadband around Lagos. In addition, we are putting up a smart city initiative for security because if the people are healthy and educated but feel unsafe, then they will still be unproductive”.

 

Egube explained that the broadband security infrastructure would allow the government to install 2000 intelligent cameras having facial and number plate recognition, which will be monitored at a command centre for enhanced security in Lagos, adding that this initiative will also be extended to the health sector through the digitisation of medical records and access to medical care on the State’s telemedicine platform.

World Cancer Day: We’re committed to establishing a cancer treatment center – Akeredolu

 

  • ’We Have Prioritised The Well-being Of Our Women’

 

  • The Entry Point To Fighting Cancer is Awareness- Mrs Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for a concerted effort by all stakeholders in the fight against cancer in the state, stressing that evidence has shown that more than one-third of cancer cases can be prevented and another one third can be cured if detected early and treated properly.

 

Governor Akeredolu also reiterated the commitment of his administration to establishing a cancer treatment centre in the state before the end of his second term in office.

 

He noted that a Hope-lodge for out-patients and survivors will also be built to ease the stress of those caring for cancer patients.

 

On her part, the First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyawu Akeredolu has identified awareness as the entry point to the fight against cancer.

 

Governor Akeredolu and his wife spoke at the Launch of Ondo 2021 Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (Awareness For 21000) held at the Rotunda, Government House, Alagbaka, Akure on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

 

The theme for the 2021 World Cancer Day is “I am And I Will”.

 

According to the Governor:” It has been generally claimed that over 10 million people die each year from cancer globally.That is more than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined! It is projected by experts that by 2030 cancer deaths will rise to 13 million if we do not act.”

 

Arakunrin Akeredolu disclosed that as part of the efforts towards raising awareness, the State Government, through the Ministry of Health, is collaborating with well-meaning organizations who are driven by the same passion to help disabuse the myth around cancer as being a “spiritual attack”.

 

“Therefore, Ondo 2021 Breast and Cervical Cancer Project -Awareness for 21000 is a collaborative effort between Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and Ondo State Ministry of Health geared towards implementing appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and prompt treatment so that we can together prevent deaths of cancer patients across the 18 Local Government Areas in Ondo State.“the Governor said.

 

He noted that his administration has prioritised the wellbeing of women and also committed to it through various programmes meant to enhance their quality of life, both health-wise and economically.

 

The Governor stated that there is more knowledge about cancer through investing in research and innovation, adding that there is a need for commitment by all in the fight against breast and cervical cancers.

 

“When we come together to speak with one voice and take action together, then we shall accomplish the goal of reducing the mortality that may arise from breast and cervical cancers”. Governor Akeredolu said.

 

Governor Akeredolu commended BRECAN for the approach it has adopted to reach 21,000 women across Ondo State.

 

He said: “I do not doubt that this will have a positive impact, more so that it will encourage more women who will voluntarily come for screening. The First Lady’s commitment towards fighting against breast cancer in the State cannot be overemphasized in terms of her continuous drive by educating, promoting awareness and consistently providing informational and emotional support to newly diagnosed patients and survivors.

 

Gov Wike’s Extraordinary Personality Of The Year  Award:

Why I’m Excited – Obuah

 

Bro Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, has lauded the nomination of Governor Nyesom Wike by the management of Silverbird Group as the Extraordinary Personality of the year, 2020, describing it as most deserving.

The RIWAMA boss said Gov Wike has impacted all sectors of the state economy that has become difficult to pin his developmental strides to a particular area.

He noted that never in the annals of the political history of the state, have various sectors witnessed such a massive infrastructural development as is presently the case.

“This is a particular instance when all stakeholders including the opposition are agreed sentiments apart, that the Governor has done marvelously well. Rivers people are happy, the ruling party in the state is excited and impressed, and the opposition confounded. This is what is called visionary and people-oriented leadership”, Bro Obuah declared.

The RIWAMA boss said he is happier because it was under his leadership of the party that the bold choice of Governor Wike was made which according to him has been justified as the best decision ever.

The revolutions in the health, agricultural and education sectors, the strings of flyovers scattered all over the strategic points in Port Harcourt to decongest the seeming insurmountable traffic situation for easy movement into and out of the busy roads and streets of Port Harcourt, the State capital are all eloquent testimonies of Gov Wike’s quality leadership which have continued to speak for him, he further noted.

Bro Obuah also commended the vision and boldness of the Silverbird Group to single out Gov Wike for the honour in acknowledgement of his bravery, openness, fearlessness and landmark achievements in Rivers State.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator believes the well deserved award to His Excellency will spur him to do more since the best reward for hard work is more work.

He enjoined all Rivers people irrespective of party affiliation to rally round the Governor in his commitment to put Rivers State back on the path of progress, faith in their leaders, hope for the youths and peace across the state by praying and supporting his novel policies and programmes aimed at repositioning the State.

Bro Obuah congratulated His Excellency for the feat and wished him greater breakthroughs in the years ahead.

 

 

Jerry Needam        

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to

Bro Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator,

Rivers State Waste Management Agency,

RIWAMA.

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‘Probe missing N3.8bn in health ministry, NAFDAC, others’, SERAP tells Buhari

‘Probe missing N3.8bn in health ministry, NAFDAC, others’, SERAP tells Buhari

 

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen.”

 

The organization said the allegations are documented in Part 1 of the 2018 audited report released last week by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

 

The organization is also urging him to “promptly investigate the extent and patterns of widespread corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, neuro-psychiatric hospitals, National Health Insurance Scheme, and NAFDAC indicted in the audited report, and to clean up an apparently entrenched system of corruption in the health sector.”

 

In the letter dated 2 January 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Corruption in the health sector can cause serious harm to individuals and society, especially the most vulnerable sectors of the population. These missing funds could have been used to provide access to quality healthcare for Nigerians, and meet the requirements of the National Health Act, especially at a time of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

According to SERAP, “The Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja spent without approval N13,910,000.00 to organize a 2-day Training and Bilateral discussion with Chief Medical Directors and Chairmen Medical Advisory Council and the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to prepare 2019 Personnel Budget. ₦4,860,000.00 was originally budgeted for the programme.”

 

SERAP said: “The National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) paid N48,885,845.00 for services not rendered and goods not supplied. According to the Auditor-General, NAFDAC used fake and fictitious receipts for these payments. NAFDAC also paid N25,734,018.49 to companies/firms who were never awarded any contracts and never executed them.”

 

The letter, read in part: “Investigating and prosecuting the allegations of corruption by these institutions would improve the chances of success of your government’s oft-repeated commitment to fight corruption and end the impunity of perpetrators, as well as serve the public interest.”

 

“Any failure to promptly investigate the allegations and prosecute suspected perpetrators, and to recover the missing public funds would breach Nigeria’s anti-corruption legislation, the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended), the UN Convention against Corruption, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.”

 

“Similarly, the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Management Board Aro-Abeokuta, Ogun State failed to account for N28,662,265.32, which was to be used to procure drugs, implants, and other inputs, as approved by the Federal Government. The Auditor-General wants the money returned to the treasury.”

 

“The National Health Insurance Scheme spent N355,510,475.00 on projects between 2016 and 2017 without appropriation. The Scheme also spent N32,299,700.00 to provide ‘financial medical assistance’ to individuals who have not been enrolled into the scheme (NHIS).”

 

“The Scheme also spent N72,383,000.00 on verification exercise without any supporting documents. The Scheme awarded contracts of N66,798,948.12 to members of staff for procurements, instead of making the procurement through award of contracts.”

 

“The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Enugu, Enugu State paid N5,200,000.00 as salary advance to the Medical Director. However, the Medical Director was neither proceeding on transfer, on posting nor on first appointment to qualify for salary advance. The Auditor-General is asking the Medical Director to refund the money collected. Another N3,387,139.00 is said to be missing but the Hospital management has failed to report the case, or recover the money.”

 

“The Irreal Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua Edo State paid N58,829,426.84 to two contractors for supplies and installations but without payment vouchers.”

 

“Also, Jos University Teaching Hospital Jos, Plateau State failed to remit N333,386,549.15 being 25% of its internally generated revenue of N1,333,546,196.60 to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The Hospital also failed to account for N8,572,777.25.”

 

“The Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, failed to remit ₦945,422,478.23 to appropriate tax authority. The Hospital also failed to remit ₦237,007,828.05 to the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and failed to remit ₦22,307,735.21 being withholding tax deducted from contracts in 2018.”

 

“The Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State also failed to remit ₦8,519,506.75 being 25% of its internally generated revenue to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The Medical Centre also spent ₦542,877,312.77 as personnel cost between 2015 and 2016 instead of ₦12,761,350,337.00 appropriated for the same period.

 

“The Medical Centre failed to account for ₦898,076,719.14 of its internally generated revenue, and failed to account for ₦23,598,074.38 of personnel cost. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Abuja spent without approval N19,564,429.91 as estacode allowance to various staff of the Agency.”

 

“The Federal School of Occupational Therapy, Oshodi, Lagos failed to remit ₦3,250,962.98 of its internally generated revenue for 2018 to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The School also failed to remit N4,018,252.81 being funds deducted from various contracts. It spent ₦10,507,393.00 without any appropriation or approval.”

 

“The Federal Medical Centre, Keffi Nasarawa State failed to remit N2,147,036.00 of its internally generated revenue to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. It also failed to remit N5,810,438.05 to the Federal Inland Revenue Service.”

 

“The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria failed to remit N68,604,040.68 of its internally generated revenue to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.”

 

“Allegations of corruption in the health sector undermine public confidence in the sector, and obstruct the attainment of commitments made through Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16 to create effective and accountable institutions. The allegations also show that Nigeria is failing to fulfil the obligations to use its maximum available resources to progressively realize and achieve basic healthcare services for Nigerians.”

 

“We would be grateful if your government would indicate the measures being taken to address the allegations and to implement the proposed recommendations, within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.”

 

“If we have not heard from you by then as to the steps being taken in this direction, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to implement these recommendations in the public interest, and to promote transparency and accountability in the health sector.”

 

The letter is copied to Mr Abubakar Malami, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, and Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

 

 

Kolawole Oluwadare

SERAP Deputy Director

3/1/2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Edo South leaders slam Oshiomhole over attack on Ogbemudia, Obaseki, others

 

 

 

Edo South leaders slam Oshiomhole over attack on Ogbemudia, Obaseki, others

 

Say battle against Obaseki is a battle against Benin Kingdom

 

Prominent Edo leaders on Sunday condemned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomholefor his careless statements, warning him to be mindful of his actions.

 

Oshiomhole is under attack from over his outburst against prominent chiefs of the ancient Benin kingdom.

 

At a meeting in Abuja, the Edo South leadersfrowned at the manner Oshiomhole embarrassed notable sons and daughters of the zone.

 

‘’Adams Oshiomhole extended his hatred for the Benin people to Chief John Odigie Oyegun. He abused Chief Oyegun and hounded from office as APC National Chairman for him to take over Oyegun’s seat’’

 

The leaders, under the aegis ofEdo Collective Agenda of Nigeria (ECA), carpeted Oshiomhole for his incessant attack on the Benin traditional institution.

 

‘’Adams Oshiomhole extended his abuse and denigration to almost all notable sons of Edo South including the respected Benin Monarch, whose son he forcefully took his parcel of land”

 

A statement by theNational Leader of Edo Collective Agenda of Nigeria (ECA),Professor Osarodion Ehizogie,said the leaders scolded Oshiomhole for insulting the former military governor of Bendel State, Chief Samuel Ogbemudia.

 

‘’ Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia was humiliated by Adams Oshiomhole. He withdrew Ogbemudia’s vehicles from him when he (Oshiomhole) was the governor of Edo State. Adams Oshiomhole in his determination to wipe away the memory of Ogbemudia in Edo State demolished properties built by the Ogbemudia’s administration at the University of Benin forcing  the then Vice Chancellor, Professor Osayuku Godwin Oshodin, an illustrious son of the Kingdom, and others to be homeless’’.

 

The leaders vowed to stop the antics of the APC national chairman.

 

“We are here today to say enough is enough. Oshiomhole can’t humiliate Obaseki. He was voted by Edo People and the people who voted him are not complaining.”

 

They also blasted Oshiomhole for fighting the good people of Edo South.

 

“This is not a battle against the Governor Obaseki but a battle against the Sensitivity of the great Benin kingdom. The ancient kingdom of Benin can’t become a stooge to an individual. It is against our culture and tradition and we must not bow to Oshiomhole this time’’ the leaders said.

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COVID-19: PDP Directs Members to Scale Up Personal Interventions …Restates Case for The Poor, Unemployed, Others.

April 4, 2020

Press Statement

COVID-19: PDP Directs Members to Scale Up Personal Interventions
…Restates Case for The Poor, Unemployed, Others.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its members across the country to intensify their efforts in providing assistance to vulnerable Nigerians in their neighborhoods to further mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown directives.

The PDP also calls on more Nigerians to join public-spirited individuals and groups in extending assistance to vulnerable citizens in the overall effort to contain and check the spread of the pandemic in our nation.

The party’s call is against the backdrop of the manifest failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to shelve its greed and corruption and make adequate provisions for social palliatives and other panaceas to Nigerians, despite the immense resources at its disposal.

Stating that its position is also in line with its manifesto and guiding principles to ensure the security, wellbeing and happiness of all citizens, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political persuasion, the PDP calls on all Nigerians to look beyond primordial considerations and join forces to defeat the virus.

The party therefore urges Nigerians to use this time to further display their spirit of brotherly care by assisting vulnerable persons around them particularly the aged, the unemployed as well as individuals and families whose means of livelihood had been crippled for the restriction directives.

Furthermore, the PDP laments as worrisome, that at a time as this, the APC and its government would remain lethargic and allow sheer incompetence, greed, avarice and primitive corruption to continue to constrict it into unnecessary parochialism in the handling of effort against the spread of COVID-19 in our country.

Our party also bemoaned the lack of accountability and the manifest sleaze in the disbursement of financial palliatives with allegations of diversion of billion of naira to private purses to the detriment of poor Nigerians.
Indeed, such is not the way to go.

The party therefore urged the Federal Government to be transparent and involve more capable Nigerian medical experts, researchers as well as equipment manufacturers to assist in checking the spread of the pandemic in our country.

The party counsels the Federal Government to bring in the hands used in winning the battle against the Ebola virus disease as well as commission indigenous manufacturers, especially auto and equipment producers, to concert effort towards production of ventilators and other equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus.

The PDP restates its commendation to the organized private sector for donations following our call for intervention. It also restates its commendation to health care providers and several other frontline workers, who have been risking their lives to safeguard our nation, while calling on all Nigerians to continue in prayers and observing health safety directives as we collectively defeat this pandemic.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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Gasby Ayoh tasks Buhari, security chiefs on terrorism, kidnapping, others

Gasby Ayoh tasks Buhari, security chiefs on terrorism, kidnapping, others

·      Backs State Police

·      Says EPS is providing the ultimate in security protection and services

 

Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Protective Services (EPS), Chief Anthony Gasby Ayoh is outlining how he believes President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s security chiefs can handle the high level of insecurity in the country.

On Sunday, Gasby Ayoh told journalists in Lagos that Nigerians abroad remain concerned about the security situation.

‘’In all respect, everybody should be worried. I don’t think things are going the way they are supposed to go. As a security professional, I am very concerned. Kidnapping is off the hook. It is very alarming. Some people don’t want to come home. Some of us that are home can’t even walk alone. We need security operatives to move around. The government should do something about it’’ he said.

The American trained security expert urged the government to come up with new strategies to tackle insecurity in the country.

‘’I am concerned about the general security of the country. It is not just about Boko Haram. It is about your safety, my safety and the safety of our children. Specifically, it is about the safety of Nigerians. Anything can happen in the country.

He advised the security chiefs and community leaders to focus on information gathering.

‘’Information gathering is very important. In the United States, we can easily uncover crime without going to data base. Security operatives are not wizards. The communities give information to security operatives. Security operatives also get details from individuals on how to uncover crimes. We are not encouraging people to give information and even when you want to give information, who do you call? Do we have the 911 like we have in the United States? If we have the 911 in Nigeria, is it working? Government should equip the security operatives. They need to be properly funded for them to be efficient’’.

He stressed the importance of having an effective international collaboration as part of efforts to combat terrorism and kidnapping in the country.

‘’Are the security agencies well-funded in Nigeria? Do they have the tools to operate? This is the fifth year of Mr. President. He should do the needful. He should do the right thing at the right time. Mr. President should be specific on security matters. He must give security chiefs deadline to address specific problems. People should be held responsible for the security lapses. Terrorism is a global issue. What type of intelligence do we have to combat terrorism? Are we collaborating with the Western countries? We need support in the area of information gathering. In United States, they put things in place. Nigeria is in a comatose state. Kidnapping is now a way of life to some people. They see kidnapping as a way of getting easy money. There are stories of law enforcement officers collaborating with kidnappers’’ he said.

Gasby Ayoh stressed that Nigeria must do something about state police.

‘’I am in support of state police. All they can do is to enact it into law. But governors must not have absolute power. In Nigeria, private security operators should carry arms. Laws should be enacted in this area. They should not give arms to all private security companies. They can give it to few private security companies.

To him, no private security organization could expect to survive on a long term basis if it failed to address the level of service, quality control and customer satisfaction.

‘’In Evergreen Security Services, it is not just about hiring but training and retraining of personnel. Our goal is to add value to our clients. We look at the welfare and health insurance of our staff. Our workers are very important. We respect them a lot. They have applicable licenses and are in compliance with all state and local government laws and policies’’

Ayoh listed 24 hours security guard services, security consulting in terrorism and counter terrorism, coast guard security services, government security, aviation security, border patrol services, private investigation services, oil and gas/pipeline security services, maritime/port security as major services of the organization.

He also listed school security protection, close protection/investigation security, escort/patrol/protocol security, hotel/bank security/ crowd control/event security, law enforcement/security training, plaza/mall security services, security system/electronic CCTV/alarm installation, security vulnerability assessment, crisis management/ rapid response, journey management and supply of security safety gadgets as other services of the organization.

‘’ The motto of Evergreen Protective Services is ‘’ we provide the ultimate in security protection and services. We provide a safe and secure environment for our clients. To accomplish this goal, Evergreen has formed a team of dedicated and experienced instructors in various areas of security. Our professional well-trained personnel are friendly and courteous’’ he added.

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