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2019: Ex-CBN chief, Moghalu, to run for presidency

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A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has indicated interest in the 2019 presidency. Moghalu told journalists in Lagos that time had come for technocrats, intellectuals and experienced people to take power from Nigeria’s career politicians.

He said that he would not be deterred from joining the race, in spite of speculations that 2023 was the year slated for Igbo to have a shot at the presidency. Moghalu argued that politics in Nigeria should be detribalised for Africa’s most populous nation to grow and take its rightful place in the comity of nations.

“It is the turn of any competent Nigerian to aspire for the post of presidency because career politicians have failed Nigeria,” he said. The ex-CBN deputy governor said that zoning, which had been used by the major political parties, might have been relevant in the past, but that it was no longer necessary because competence should be placed above tribe in present day Nigeria. His words: “Zoning was an internal arrangement by political parties that was not constitutional. It should no longer matter where the president comes from.

“The future of Nigeria rests in technocratic interventions. We need thinking people that will take Nigeria from the politics of stomach infrastructure to politics of mental infrastructure.” The former CBN chief said that the first part to progress for Nigeria was for the people to begin to think differently and beyond tribe in choosing those who would lead them. Speaking on a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari, Moghalu said that the president had constitutional rights to seek re-election.

“I don’t fathom how anyone can say the president should not run for a second term. It is his choice, the decision on who becomes Nigeria’s president in 2019 rests with Nigerians,” he stated. On the nation’s economy, the economist pointed out that “the economy was in a delicate situation before the present administration.

“The handling of the forex crisis though was misguided. The drop in oil prices actually affected the value of our currency, but government should have simply allowed the naira to find its true value, which would have reduced the inflation rate.”

He said that Nigeria must look beyond continued dependence on oil and encourage independent institutions to flourish. Moghalu, however, advised Nigerians to eschew docility and become more forceful in demanding accountability from their leaders at all levels of governance.

Moghalu, who served as CBN deputy governor from 2009 to 2014, is a political economist, lawyer and a former United Nations official. He was also a professor of practice in international business and public policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, U.S. Born on May 7, 1963, Moghalu is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He also read Political Science at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

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Herdsmen attacks, human trafficking top agenda as Oba of Benin, security chiefs parley

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Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11, security chiefs and other stakeholders yesterday in Benin City, Edo State capital held a strategic security meeting to tackle the menace of cattle herdsmen, illegal migration and human trafficking, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

The meeting held at the Oba’s palace was attended by the various heads of security agencies in the state, including the Police, the Army, the Directorate of State Security (DSS), the Immigration, Prisons and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Others stakeholders in attendance are the Dukes or Enigies, leaders of the Hausa, Fulani and Nupe communities in Edo State as well as the Vice Chairmen of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and other Chiefs. Oba Ewuare II said the purpose of the meeting was to appraise the security situation in the state and fashion out ways of tackling the challenges for guaranteed security of lives and property.

The monarch who expressed worry over the rising activities of herdsmen, illegal migration and human trafficking said since 2015 he had started putting plans together to tackle the problems. He noted that the chaltBenin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11, security chiefs and other stakeholders yesterday in Benin City, Edo State capital held a strategic security meeting to tackle the menace of cattle herdsmen, illegal migration and human trafficking, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

The meeting held at the Oba’s palace was attended by the various heads of security agencies in the state, including the Police, the Army, the Directorate of State Security (DSS), the Immigration, Prisons and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Others stakeholders in attendance are the Dukes or Enigies, leaders of the Hausa, Fulani and Nupe communities in Edo State as well as the Vice Chairmen of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and other Chiefs.

Oba Ewuare II said the purpose of the meeting was to appraise the security situation in the state and fashion out ways of tackling the challenges for guaranteed security of lives and property.

The monarch who expressed worry over the rising activities of herdsmen, illegal migration and human trafficking said since 2015 he had started putting plans together to tackle the problems. He noted that the chaltlenges posed by the scourge have adverse effects on the peace and development of the state, and called for urgent steps towards tackling the problem.

The Oba of Benin assured the various security outfits that he would continue to do more to ensure that the people enjoy relative peace and sleep with their two eyes closed in all of parts of the state. He charged the security chiefs to deploy core logistics to ensure the effective security of the state and to collaborate with the state government for immediate action. The Iyase of Benin, Chief Sam Igbe, also lamented the atrocities committed by herdsmen in the state and wondered why nobody is doing anything about the killings, raping and destruction of of farms. Other enigies and chiefs who spoke at the meeting observed that the herdsmen have other intentions apart from raring their cattle.

They stressed the need for the cattle owners to develop ranches for their cow business. Other speakers called for the establishment of community police and vigilante groups to complement the effort of the security agencies.

The leaders of the Hausa, Fulani and Nupe communities in their separate remarks said cattle dealers are part of the problem, and stressed the need for concerted efforts to ensure that herdsmen who destroy farms are made to pay for it.

They promised to hold meetings with village heads in the various local government areas to sensitise them on how to handle the issue of cattle herdsmen. The various security chiefs agreed to implement the decisions reached at the meeting, in so far as it will bring peace and tranquility to the state.

They also called for adequate logistics to enable them effectively tackle the security challenges in the state. The meeting stressed on the need for the provision of enough vehicles and communication equipment to enable them respond to emergency or distress calls. The stakeholders also called on the Enigies, Edionweres and Village Heads to provide security agents with useful information that would enable them track down these criminal elements in the society.

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Oyo provides 15 motorised boreholes for markets

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The Oyo State Government through the Sustainable Development Goals Office has constructed 15 motorised boreholes in some major markets in the state. The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, at the commissioning of one of the boreholes at Bodija Market, Ibadan, explained that the project was completed through the Conditional Grants Scheme, noting that the project is in line with achieving Goals 3 and 6 of the SDG which is Good Health and Clean Water Sanitation.

Adekanmbi, who is the also the chairman of the Conditional Grants Scheme, said the boreholes tagged Ajumose Water Points had been provided with a standby generator, stating that Bola Ige International Gbagi Market, Ibadan, Bembo Market, Apata, Ibadan, Eleeka Market, Oyo, Bodija Market, Ibadan Saasa Market, Ibadan and Towobowo Market, Igboora, the largest market in Ibarapa zone of the state, are some of the beneficiaries of the project. He pointed out that two of the boreholes are located at Sabo Market, Ibadan, while Omi Adio Market, Apata, Ibadan, Obanisunwa Market, Ayete, Aaraada Market, Ogbomoso, Odo- Oba Market, Odo-Oba, Ogo- Oluwa, Oja Agbe Market, Iseyin, Olorunda Market, Iganna and Owode Market, Igboho have one each. Speaking at the inauguration, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, said the market men and women were integral parts of the government, promising that the government will provide more infrastructures for the people of the state.

He said the informal sector is key to the increased IGR of the state, stating that more is expected from the market men and women to ensure that the government provides more facilities for the people.

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Katsina, Kano, UNICEF strategise for child survival

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As part of efforts to consolidate on the gains already made in the promotion of child survival, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Katsina and Kano State Governments are meeting in Kaduna to develop a five-year work plan for 2018 to 2022.

The plan when developed would be the first in the current UNICEF country programme for 2018, which covers Katsina and Kano states with partners from Health, Nutrition, Education, WASH and the Media. It would also entail, periodic social media content and traditional (print, online and broadcast) to highlight collaboration and outcomes, media participation at mid and end of year review meetings and report on key results.

Speaking yesterday at the closing ceremony of the states’ engagement planning meeting, Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, said both governments should be ready and determined to give required attention for proper implementation of intervention programmes in the next five years and beyond. He said: “The commitment we are talking about here of course is funding, government must take the issue of funding very seriously and give the programme the deserved attention.

“Data collection too is very important, and there is need for synergy between government agencies, we also need to start working our talk by involving new strategies that will give us different results.”

He said for the public to appreciate what government is doing, they need to be empowered both economically and educationally, saying, educating the people will also help them to harness what they have. He also commended UNICEF for her support for Katsina and Kano States, over the years and called participants to drive the entire process that will lead to effective implementation of the work plan.

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