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Herdsmen Attacks: Ogun to invoke anti-land grabbing law on herdsmen

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The Ogun State government has vowed to invoke its recent anti-land grabbing law as part of measures to stem the menace of herdsmen/farmers clashes in the state.
Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, disclosed this in Abeokuta at the end of a security council meeting chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga.
The meeting, held against the backdrop of herdsmen attacks, especially in Yewa North local government area of the state, was attended by heads of security agencies, including Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Vigilante Service of the state.
The state House of Assembly had in 2016 passed the anti-land grabbing law tagged “Prohibition of Forcible Occupation of Lands and Landed Property Law” which prescribes 25 years imprisonment for any violator and death sentence in case of loss of lives.
Briefing reporters, Adeoluwa said the state government will strengthen its conflict resolution committee which was constituted in 2012 to resolve disputes emanating from the two parties.
The SSG explained that the anti-land grabbing law had taken care of the contemporary challenges involving herdsmen and farmers.
According to him, the government and security agencies would pay a closer attention to activities of the “transborder pastoralists” whom he blamed for most of the attacks in the state.
Adeoluwa said the government had directed village heads in the state to conduct a census and keep a record of genuine herders in their respective communities with a view to combating the menace.
While commending the locals for not engaging in reprisal attacks, the SSG noted that the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration was paying attention to the possibility of Boko Haram elements’ involvement in the attacks.
He said, “All Nigerians would be welcome in Ogun State but there are laws and rules that every stakeholder, every visitor, every herdsman, every farmer must comply with.
“The Council also took note that this law already provides for most of the contemporary challenges that confront us today as far as herdsmen, settlers and farmers are concerned.
“Council reaffirmed government determination to continue to fully implement this law which already prohibits forcible entry on lands.
“Council decided that for us in Ogun State, we want everybody from all parts of the country and even outside but we will continue to insist that our laws be respected and obeyed.
“Our existing conflict resolution committee is a standing committee that has been put in place since 2012 when the crisis first arose and we’ve decided to further strengthen the committee.
“Council looked at the sister issue of Boko Haram because as they are routing them of that place (North East), they are going to all other areas for refuge and Ogun State is not exempted from the collateral damage of success in the North East.”
Adeoluwa assured that compensations would be paid to genuine victims from both sides while not opening floodgate of claims.

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Nigeria becoming Africa’s biggest Free TV Platform –Minister

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says with Digital Switch Over (DSO), Nigeria has taken bold step to build Africa’s biggest and most lucrative Free To Air Television platform. The minister, who said this yesterday in Osogbo, Osun State at the inauguration of DSO for the state, said with over 24 million TV households and being the capital of African creativity in Music and Film, Nigeria would become the capital of Television in Africa within the next few years.

Mohammed congratulated the stakeholders on the successful transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting and invited all the players to join the unstoppable train, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “The Digital Switch Over (DSO) train, which took off in Jos, Plateau State in April 2016, has now arrived in Osun State.

“From Plateau, the train has traversed the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara, Kaduna and Enugu states. The State of Osun, therefore, becomes the sixth and the latest state in which we have launched the DSO “I congratulate the people of this state, who will now have access to more than 30 digital channels, with crystal clear pictures and Hi-Fidelity audio, once they procure our most affordable Set Top Box,” he said.

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I can fix Aregbesola’s challenges in Osun, says aspirant

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A governorship aspirant in Osun State, Bola Olaniyi, yesterday claimed that God has chosen him to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola and fix the challenges confronting the people of Osun State.

Olaniyi, an Estate Consultant, who is contesting on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) disclosed that he was the most qualified candidate to take the state to the next level, saying many challenges currently confronting the state could be effectively addressed if he is elected as the next governor.

According to him, problems of hunger, industrialisation and unemployment in the state require strategic thinking and pragmatic approach, which he was determined to aggressively tackle. “One of the things we are going to aggressively embark on is mechanised farming to encourage our youths to embrace agriculture.

That is the way to go to solve the problem of hunger and food scarcity in the state. Our state is supposed to be the food basket of the nation. “God is my Godfather in politics; human being can die tomorrow, so God Almighty will not die. Now in Osun State, people don’t use money as criteria to determine who to vote for. They are now wise. Although, nobody can contest election without some funds to execute the project, but in Osun State, money won’t be used as criteria,” he said.

The consultant, who also commended Aregebsola’s giant strides in the state, particularly in infrastructure development, said that that his senatorial district is the next to produce the state governor, insisting that his decision to contest was in fulfillment of the God’s command and prophecy.

“God told me that he would be sending me to rescue people of the state from the shackle of poverty and hunger. He said that if I get there I must be able to carry out His instruction by saving people of the state,” Olaniyi claimed.

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Adamawa govt targets 100,000 unemployed youths

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Over 100,000 unemployed youths are to be trained in various skills acquisition centres in Adamawa State. The state governor, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla, disclosed this yesterday at the graduation ceremony of 300 graduates of National Industrial Skills Development Programme by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) held in Yola. Jibrilla noted that one of the cardinal objectives of his administration is to empower women and youths for sustainable development of the state.

He said: “We are targeting no fewer than 100,000 unemployed youths across the state, who will be trained in different skills acquisition.” The aim of the programme was to deduce poverty among the teeming youths of the state, the governor added. He applauded the gesture of the Federal Government for the training intervention, adding that doors are open for any meaningful collaborators to participate in the programme. Earlier in his address, the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), who was represented by the Coordinator in charge of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ishaq Shehu, said the programme was a federal government efforts and policy of job creation and poverty reduction.

Shehu said: “This programme is also as a the result of the committed efforts of the ITF in line with the Federal Government’s policy of job/wealth creation and poverty reduction by equipping as many Youths as possible with Skills for employability and entrepreneurship.”

According to him, ITF has commenced implementation of the NISDP and steps further from merely training to equipping the youths with knowledge, skills and providing them with startup packs to enable them set up their businesses. He said the programme would benefit over 11,000 trainees across the 36 States of the federation.

He said the graduates received three months training in three trade fields that include tailoring/fashion design, welding and fabrication and plumbing and pipe fitting.

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