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Without effective response to COVID-19, UN would have failed —Buhari

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The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , says if the United Nations system cannot mobilise the world to marshal out an effective response to the COVID- 19 pandemic , then the organisation would have failed in its core mission .
Buhari said this late Tuesday while delivering Nigeria ’s National Statement via video -message , on the first day of the 75 th session of the UN General Assembly Debate .
The theme of this year ’ s General Assembly is ” The Future We Want , The United Nations We Need : Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism – Confronting Coronavirus Through Effective Multilateral Action . ”
Buhari promised that Nigeria will continue to partner with the World Health Organisation and some countries to ensure accelerated development and manufacturing, as well as the uninhibited supply of safe and effective Coronavirus vaccines to all .
He also pledged Nigeria ’ s commitment to working with member states in the spirit of global cooperation and solidarity to promote human health and general well – being.
He said , ” As we reflect on the future we want and the United Nations we need , we must realise that the people of the world not only look up to us : they count on us .
” If the United Nations system cannot mobilise the world to marshal out a truly effective and inclusive response to the coronavirus pandemic , then the United Nations would have failed in the core mission of giving expression, direction and solution to the yearnings of the international community.
” The future we want must guarantee human rights , human dignity , human prospects and prosperity. The principles of ‘Leaving No One Behind and Doing No Harm ’ must be expressed through accountability , strategic growth initiatives and elimination of threats of all kinds. ”
Buhari boasted that his regime had come up with different measures to provide a future of hope for Nigerians. He mentioned the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan and the Medium Term National Development for the period 2020- 2025 and 2026 – 2030 as parts of the measures put in place by his regime .
” We expect that these ambitious initiatives will deliver sustainable economic growth and development to Nigeria , ” he said .
Buhari expressed concern that the COVID- 19 pandemic has devastated the world economy , straining the capabilities of the health systems of many countries , including Nigeria .
He said , “ In the aftermath of the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria , we prioritised vulnerable groups , including women , children , older persons and the unemployed , in our efforts to provide medical and social assistance to cushion the socio- economic effects of the disease .
” Accordingly , we have expanded our National Social Register , to include an additional one million Nigerians. Our National Social Investment Programme has been the vehicle for reaching out to the poor and vulnerable members of the Nigerian population, as well as providing cover for over 12 million households . ”
The President lauded the efforts of the UN and the WHO in combating the pandemic . He applauded the $2 bn Global Response Plan launched by the UN Secretary- General to fund the coronavirus response in the poorest countries .
The President also commended the Secretary -General ’ s call for a cease – fire in conflict areas to enable humanitarian assistance reach groups vulnerable to Coronavirus.
He said his regime had commenced the disbursement of N 10. 9bn to households on Micro , Small and Medium Enterprises as palliatives as part of measures to reduce poverty.
He added that N 500bn fiscal stimulus package and sustained delivery of humanitarian and social interventions to poor and vulnerable households have been established , while the Central Bank of Nigeria launched a N 3. 5trn stimulus package to boost manufacturing and facilitate import substitution .
He urged the international community to cooperate in addressing the scourge of poverty, particularly in developing countries . The President said Nigeria remained concerned over the illicit trade, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons , particularly in Africa. He called on the international community to renew efforts to stem this traffic and promote the Arms Trade Treaty in order to codify accountability in the battle against trans – border crimes, including terrorism and acts of piracy.
He also urged world leaders to redouble efforts to ensure collective security. Buhari described terrorist attacks across the globe as a harsh reality of the challenges the world is facing today.
” In Nigeria , we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits .
” We continue to count on our strong cooperation with UN Counter – Terrorism bodies and neighbouring countries to overcome the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel region.
” We will vigorously sustain the rehabilitation , reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North East . The North – East Development Commission has been established for that purpose, ” he said .
On illicit financial flows , the President Buhari declared that the global aspiration to recover from the impact of COVID – 19 will not be fully met without addressing structures that make it more difficult for countries to generate and retain their financial resources .
In this regard , the President again thanked Prof . Muhammad – Bande as well as the immediate past President of the Economic and Social Council , Ambassador Mona Jul , for jointly launching the High – Level Panel on International Financial Accountability , Transparency and Integrity ( FACTI ) for Achieving the 2030 Agenda .
On climate change , the President reiterated Nigeria ’s commitment to the revitalisation of Lake Chad. He said , “ We are convinced that recharging the Lake will improve the living conditions of our people in the area , promote inter – state cooperation, strengthen community resilience and assist in addressing environmental and security challenges threatening the region and its resources .”
Buhari renewed his call for international support for the regional efforts to raise $50 bn required to actualise the initiative.
On education , Buhari announced that Nigeria will be hosting the 4 th International Conference on Safe Schools in 2021. ‘
‘ Quality education for all is the cornerstone of sustainable development .
” I invite you all to Nigeria to participate in the Conference which aims to advocate for the protection of education from attack as we work together towards the future we want , ” he said .

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Makinde Under Attack Over N100m Donation To Monarch

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Some protesters had last Sunday invaded the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi and destroyed some property.

Makinde, who visited the palace on Monday, announced the donation of N100m for the rehabilitation of the damaged portion of the palace.Alao, however, faulted the governor’s donation, describing it as reckless spending “considering the financial situation of the state”.

The AD chieftain in a statement by his Media Aide, Omotayo Iyanda, declared that as a good public finance manager, it was wrong for Makinde to just deep his hand into public coffers and spend recklessly.

In the same vein, a former chief whip of the state house of assembly, Abiodun Adigun-Hammed, has advised the people of the state to call Makinde to order over what he described as lavish spending.

The PDP spokesman in the state, Engr. Akeem Olatunji, said the opposition parties were confused, adding that some of them were saying the money was not enough while some of them were saying it was too much.

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Makinde commended over proposed rehabilitation of Saki-Igboho road

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has been commended for the State Executive Council (SEC) approval of the rehabilitation of the 45.3km Saki-Igboho Road in Oke-Ogun area of the state.

An Ibadan-based businessman, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, gave the commendation in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan at the weekend. Adeyemo, who hails from Igboho in Orelope Local Government Area of Oyo State, noted that the move by the state government under the leadership of Governor Makinde was commendable.

He added that the development was an attestation to the fact that the governor is a man of his words as he had promised during his governorship campaign to ensure that all nooks and crannies of the state would witness development when he became governor of the state.

He said, “I am very sure when the rehabilitation work on the road is completed, it would further boost economic ties between the two towns, part of which is agriculture that prides the towns as two major hubs for food production in the state.

“I want to thank the governor and the entire members of the SEC for considering the rehabilitation of the road. I am very sure that the people of the two towns who are direct beneficiaries of the road would make judicious use of it and would forever remain grateful to the present administration in the state.”

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IGP Lists Requirements For SWAT Operatives As Training Begins today

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Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, revealed the requirements for officers to be trained in the new police tactical team to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
He said the training of selected officers for the Special Weapons and Tactics team would commence on Monday, October 19, 2020.
The IGP noted that no ex-SARS operatives were shortlisted in the SWAT team.
Adamu also explained that “the officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven (7) years working experience with clean service records – no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms – and are physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations.
“The selected officers shall be subjected to physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening etc and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.”
This was contained in a statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba. The statement was titled, ‘NPF New Tactical Team Commences Training Monday Oct 19’.
Adamu promised Nigerians that the SWAT team “will operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices.”
He also disclosed that to ensure adequate training and screening of SWAT operatives, the Nigeria Police Force has partnered the International Committee of the Red Cross and other development partners for the training which begins tomorrow at the Police Mobile Force Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun State and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.
He said the ICRC “will handle topics touching on humanitarian laws, police conduct in conflict situation, human rights standard especially in the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention amongst others.
“Other areas of the training program will include modern-day police ethics and values, intelligence-led policing, operation planning/tactical decision-making processes, hostage rescue tactics and operation, weapon handling, first aid/basic life-saving skills, stress/fear management, police-citizens relations and emotional intelligence etc.
“The training modules will be handled by other carefully selected development partners, security experts as well as veterans from the civil society and human rights community.”
The IGP sought the cooperation of Nigerians “in the ongoing development drive for a new and reformed Nigeria Police Force” while “he enjoined them to be patient and to believe in the reform processes which are all directed at ensuring the security, safety and rights of all.”
For about two weeks now, the #EndSARS protests have been taking place across major cities in the country with youths calling for the reform of the police force.
Major highways across the country have been blocked thereby grounding economic activities.
The youths have been resolute and firm in their stand that they would not leave the streets until the much-needed reforms were actualised.

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