Former Head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), , has warned against increase in the pump price of fuel.
Nigerians are on the verge of paying more for petrol following the recommendation of the National Economic Council (NEC) that pump price should be pegged at N302 per litre.
But speaking at the 19th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, the former Head of State warned against such move.
“Insecurity in the country is worsened by our dear economic situation. Unemployment and underemployment remain at the high level. Over 18 million Nigerians are still caught up in needless poverty. All of these tend to have negative effects on security. In fact, Nigeria now faces a full security crisis that is confounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the banditry in many states in Northern Nigeria.
“Most of these have disrupted the final value change across the country and negatively impacted the ability of Nigeria to produce, process, and distribute.
“There is a continuous rise in the prices of food items beyond the reach of many Nigerians. On top of all these, fuel prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months as announced last November. We all know that when this happens, it will push many millions of Nigerians into poverty.”
He also spoke on other challenges confronting the country, saying security forces have been overstretched.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Nigeria is once again at crossroads. Insecurity remains the single, most difficult challenges for the country. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, banditry in the North West, violence in the South East, kidnappings and abductions of travelers across many states all continue to fester in the land.”
“In addition to these, ethnic, communal and religious conflicts are rearing their head very hardly again in many parts of the country. All of these have greatly challenged and overstretched our security forces. This has caused thousands of deaths and millions of internally displaced persons in the country over the past years”.
You are Saying What Is Not On Your Mind-Prof Hafizu Replies Commissioner Of Information
Former Kano state Deputy Governor Professor Hafizu Abubakar said the Kano state commissioner of information Muhammad Garba is making utterances that is not in his heart.
The former Deputy Governor made the statement during an interview with Premier Radio Kano monitored by the NIGERIAN TRACKER.
Professor Hafizu was replying Muhammad Garba’s response to a statement he made that he will not support Ganduje during the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Professor Abubakar said that the press release issued by Muhammad Garba to newsmen is replete with innuendos and sarcasm.
The former Deputy Governor said he is still in APC but will not support Ganduje and his ilk in the forthcoming general elections due to the persecution he is facing within the APC.
“Iam not surprised with Muhammad Garba’s statement because I know his background. Look at the press release he issued a sarcastic one , the headline was constructed as if he is praying for me while the content is filled with defamation and innuendos. I want to also let him know that he is working in the public office and I am an indigene of Kano State, I have a say on how my state is being governed, although l am not surprised by Mr Garba’s press release on my position regarding his principal” He said.
“I sat with Governor Ganduje several times to iron issues regarding the persecution of my people in APC but nothing change.” He further said.
The former Deputy Governor said he is still standing on his position about relating with uncivilized folks ,in a situation where by people of Muhammad Garba’s calibre and a Commissioner of information who is being paid from the state’s purse will make sarcastic statement about my profession as professor of food and nutrition then what do you expect from such people.
He said these are people releasing statements portraying me as a political prostitute and now they are praying for God to touch my heart and support the APC despite the persecution I am facing from them.
The former Deputy Governor said he is quite sure that even if he offered himself to support Ganduje and his people during the forthcoming election he is very sure his political followers will revolt against the decision.
Nigeria: Civil society groups advocates for improved government fundings on fight against malaria
By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
Civil society organizations under the aegis of Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition, ACOMIN has tasked Nigerian governments at all levels to increase their investments in the fight against malaria to enhance national public health services .
The group at a media parley session held along Court road in Kano to commemorate World Malaria Day, WMD with the theme, “ Promoting and Celebrating Community Contributions to Health expressed the firm belief on the crucial need to further educate the Nigerian public on the sensitive need for them to imbibe malaria prevention practices as a residual way of lifestyle.
ACOMINS at the end of the one day session after enumerating the achievements recorded by the groups that constitute their coalition, then recommended that “In order to contribute to the promotion and sustenance of these gains, ACOMIN is calling on the mass media to “Advocate for government at all levels to increase their budgetary allocations to malaria in particular and health in general, adding that the fight against the ailment will require mass contribution from communities, philanthropists and the private sector in sustaining malaria targeted interventions.
The august body charged officials of Kano State of Ministry Health to squarely address the issue of shortage of public conveniences that are existent in health centre facilities across all parts of the state, adding that the State Primary Health Care Management Board should also organize capacity building progranmmes for health facility staff on the need for strict adherence to malaria guidelines.
Saying “Religious leaders and the Ward Development Committee (WDC) members should encourage pregnant women to uptake available malaria services provided at the health facilities. Ward Development Community and Facility Health Community (WDC)/FHC) officials should ensure effective maintenance and proper management of the health facilities, particularly the inflow and outflow of consumables and non-consumables.
ACOMIN said that major challenges crippling efforts to improve health delivery services in Kano state includes, “Inadequate supply of Intermittent prevention Therapy (IPT) and Sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP) at most of the facilities. Inadequate toilet facilities in several health centres across the state.Poor adherence to malaria treatment guidelines by health workers. Inadequate supply of Long-lasting Insecticide (LLIN).”
NAF has justified FG’s support – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Nigerian Air Force for living up to its constitutional responsibilities of securing the nation and justifying the huge investments of the government in the last seven years.
The President stated this on Monday while speaking at the NAF base in Kano during celebrations to mark the 58th Anniversary of the Air Force.
“The Nigerian Air Force has been able to meet its constitutional responsibilities thereby justifying the Government’s enormous support in the last 7 years. I, therefore, congratulate the Chief of the Air Staff, officers and airmen/airwomen as well as civilian staff of the Nigerian Air Force on this occasion of the 58th Anniversary,” he said.
Buhari explained that the Air Force had transformed into a formidable entity, ready to confront immediate and future challenges.
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“The Nigerian Air Force has over these 58 years transformed into a formidable and resilient air force that is positioned to effectively tackle both contemporary and future security challenges.
“This adaptability has thus enabled the Service to respond effectively to our dynamic national security challenges.
“On the assumption of office in 2015, we promised to equip and re-professionalize our armed forces to perform their constitutional responsibilities more effectively, we have therefore demonstrated the required political will and leadership as well as committed resources towards capacity building and re-professionalizing of the armed forces.
“Today, I can say confidentially that the armed forces have indeed witnessed tremendous improvement in the past seven years. In particular, the provision of modern equipment and personnel motivation through enhanced welfare are also ongoing,” Buhari added.
The President noted that the provision of modern equipment and personnel motivation like the Super Tucanos and the Augusta helicopter gunships among others, had greatly helped turn the tide in the fight against terrorists and other non-state actors.
He assured that the administration would continue to provide more platforms to modernize the Nigerian armed forces.
“We have approved the procurement of more platforms such as the Beechcraft, some modern helicopter gunships and UAVs for the Nigerian Air Force to enable it to man our airspace more effectively,” he added.
Buhari commended the Minister of Defence, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs as well as the leadership of the security agencies for doing their jobs well.
“I urge you to remain committed, steadfast and resolute as we forge ahead to achieving a secure, peaceful and more prosperous Nigeria,” the president said.
He also lauded the Chief of the Air Staff, officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the air force for the good work they are doing to support the Government’s defence and security policies.
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