Minister Advocates Special Funding For Public Media

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has advocated a special funding arrangement for public media organizations to enable them scale up their sensitization campaign against insurgency in the North-East.

He made the call on Wednesday at the National Assembly, during an interactive session with members of the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, preparatory to the defence of the 2016 budget.

While responding to the sentiment expressed by a member of the Committee, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, on the effective utilization of the public media in the fight against insurgency in the North- East, Mohammed said his ministry had already mounted a robust public sensitization campaign on the insurgency, with the active participation of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria, but noted that the public media needed to be retooled to enhance its ability to drive the campaign.

“I must say that FRCN, NTA and VON have given me their schedules, at times we get as many as 16 slots within an hour to propagate these things. But I must admit that we have constraints. The FRCN in particular does not have the reach it used to have and this is not surprising because for years, we have neglected the maintenance of the FRCN,” Mohammed said.

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Okorocha Advocates Military Training In Nigerian Educational Curriculum

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has advocated that military and paramilitary training should be introduced into the educational curriculum from the secondary school to tertiary education level in Nigeria.

He said this would help prepare Nigerians and give them adequate security training in the face of rising spate of insecurity and terrorist attacks facing the nation.

Governor Okorocha made this call in Owerri, the Imo State capital, while addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) at the state headquarters, during the quarterly achievement and assessment programme of the command.

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Kwankwaso Advocates Education For Fulani To End Herdsmen, Farmer Clashes

Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has advocated a quick return of boarding facilities to public schools in the country as well as compulsory education for the Fulani.

He said this will go a long way in putting a stop to the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

He also said the time has come to tell those making succession threats to shut up.

Kwankwaso made the call in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at the weekend as a special guest of honour at the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the set of 1965-71 of Government College, Ibadan, where Vitafoam Nigeria Plc. formally donated two sets of pre-fabricated staff quarters to the institution.

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Group Urges PMB To Grant Amnesty For Public Officials Who Return Stolen Funds

A Non-Governmental Organization known as Initiative for Mass Action Against Corruption (IMEAC), has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led  Federal Government to consider granting of amnesty to corrupt public officers who willingly return stolen public funds in their possession.

According to the group, the federal government should pardon officials who willingly confess past misdeeds and volunteer to return any illegal gains from such acts, in order to earn the confidence of those who may be scared of confessing such crimes  due to fear of prosecution.

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Osinbajo Advocates UN Security Seat For Nigeria

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has advocated a permanent membership status for Nigeria in the Security Council of the United Nations.

He said the country deserves it because of its contributions to international peace keeping , the size of its population and economy.

Delivering a keynote address on Wednesday at the Africa launch of the Global Commission Report on the theme: “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance” at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Vice President. Osinbajo said: “Nigeria fully shares the views expressed in the Report, that the United Nation’ Security Council should be expanded including the call in the Report for restraint on the use of veto by the five permanent members of the Council.’’

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PDP Chieftain Advocates Re-Branding Of Party, Says Party Lacks Think Tank

A founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Uzoewulu, has made a passionate appeal to the party leaders to rebrand it in order to save it from extinction.

Speaking to newsmen, in Abuja, recently, the PDP stalwart popularly known as Wulus, decried the lack of internal democracy, discipline and the prevalence corruption in the party, attributing them to the abysmal performance of the PDP in the 2015 general election.

He said that the absence of a think-tank in the PDP also a reason for its poor performance in the last presidential election.

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his frugal disposition to governance, strength of character and integrity “saying that if in four (4) years, President Buhari recovers Nigeria’s looted money, he is likely to achieve a lot and instill fiscal discipline in governance in Nigeria.”


Rep Advocates Cut In All Govt Officials’ Salary

As the outburst over the alleged jumbo wardrobe allowance for members of the National Assembly, Hon. Chike Okafor has suggested that there should be a cut in overhead, salary, allowances and emoluments for all government officials in the three tiers of government.

Hon. Okafor who represents Okigwe Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, Thursday said that the economy was experiencing a serious down turn that had made it imperative to cut costs so as to save money for infrastructural development.

According to him, there was need for downward review of emolument and salary to save more funds to be able to fund infrastructure, provide security, to form and provide jobs, fund education as well as health care delivery.

The former Commissioner of Finance in Imo State said since the economic situation in the country would not allow for an increase in earnings, it was a simple economic balance to hold down cost.

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Senators Elect Advocate For Drastic Reduction Of Top Govt. Functionaries, Lawmakers’ Allowances

Some senators-elect have described as unacceptable the high cost of running government in the country, demanding immediate review so that the incoming administration of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, can achieve meaningful development.

Specifically, the senators-elect, who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent in Abuja, advocated a drastic reduction in the allowances accruable to top government functionaries and the lawmakers.

Ben Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa East), described as unjustifiable the fact that the National Assembly consumed three percent of the national budget.

He said, “If a company’s management spends 88 percent of its income to run the organisation, it will collapse. So, government in Nigeria at the moment is inefficient. It is now time to talk about how to reduce the cost of running the government.

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Chief Judge Advocates English Language Lessons For Lawyers Due To Poor Grammar

Justice Ishaq Bello, the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, has advocated for continuous education for lawyers, particularly in the use of  English language. Bello stated this on Wednesday in Abuja at the launch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) stamp and affinity products.

The Acting Chief Judge said that it was becoming rather irritating for lawyers to appear  before a judge and continuously mix up their tenses in trying to present their cases. He observed that the declining standard of lawyers could be noticed in the quality of legal practice, where a lawyer stands from the bar saying “I didn’t did it” or “I saw them passes”.

He urged the leadership of the NBA to do more to further encourage the continued education of lawyers, saying the trend was becoming quite irritating. “All lawyers must go through what is called Language Usage Course (LUC); all lawyers must be exposed to the dynamics of global evolving legal landscape.”

He added that the only way lawyers could keep up was for the association to continuously encourage them to learn and urged the older lawyers to provide guidance to the younger ones.

Similarly, the Chief Judge of Borno, Justice Kashim Zanna, reiterated Bello’s call, saying that it was quite embarrassing for lawyers to be unable to present their cases in good English language. Zanna also encouraged the NBA to quickly organise the training, saying that the continuous use of bad English by some lawyers in court was robbing off on all lawyers.

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