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Ambode to host 10th annual Town Hall Meeting on Security

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Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will on Tuesday host the 10th Edition of the annual Town Hall Meeting on Security under the auspices of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).

The Executive Secretary of the LSSTF, Dr Abdulrazaq Balogun, said in a statement in Lagos on Sunday that the Town Hall Meeting would focus on the theme “Optimising Security Funding in a Recession.”

“Sustaining the funds in the face of recession might be a tough task, hence the need to fashion out new strategies to help donors and partners continue to see the need for supporting the organisations,” Balogun said.
According to him, these strategies will form the thrust of this year’s meeting, with discussions centering on the economic benefits of maintaining a safe and secured business atmosphere.
“For us at the Fund, our focus in the past year has been in the direction of Gov. Ambode’s tripod strategy of security, job creation and improved infrastructure.
“With security at the forefront, Lagos State increasingly becomes attractive to businesses and investors, which in turn will generate more taxes and pave the way for more infrastructural development.
“We really cannot emphasise this enough; and this is why a lot of resources has been committed to the Lagos State Police Command and other security agencies in the state, and will continue to do so with the support of our partners and donors,” Balogun said.
He said that while funding and supporting security agencies was the bedrock of peaceful co-existence in the state, the involvement of every level in the society was also critical, from the community level to all corporate organisations.
Balogun acknowledged the remarkable achievements made in the outgoing year by the Fund owing to the massive support from donors and partners.
He said that this development had continued to put Lagos as the cutting-edge in urban crime fighting.
He said that those expected at the Town Hall meeting with the governor are leading donors to the Fund, captains of industries, heads of various security agencies operating in the state and stakeholders in the sector.

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The man in Aso Rock is Buhari, Ngige swears

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Sunday swore that “the man in Aso Rock” was President Muhammadu Buhari and not any impostor as being peddled by the opposition.

Ngige stated this in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, while answering questions from journalists.

He said those who were insinuating that Buhari was Jubrin from Sudan were those who wished him dead.

Ngige said, “I’m talking to you as a medical doctor. If you are well treated by your doctor, you will be rejuvenated. That’s the case with Buhari. That is why he is bubbling with life. His doctors treated him well.

“I see him regularly. He’s the Buhari who worked as minister of petroleum; he is the Buhari who was the head of state of this country. He remembers all these.

“I ask our people to come out en masse and vote massively for him in the 2019 elections. We should stop listening to all these gutter talks.

“Truth to God, the man in Aso Rock is Buhari and no other person. I see him regularly.

“He’s the man that employed us as ministers and we meet with him during the FEC meetings.”

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Freezing of Obi’s accounts wicked, desperate – Timi Frank

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Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned the freezing of the bank accounts of the presidential running-mate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, describing it as an act of wickedness, senselessness and desperation by the current administration.

Frank said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is making a big mistake by thinking that it would defeat the PDP by depriving the opposition figures access to their personal resources.
Reacting to the reported freezing of ex-Governor Obi’s account, Frank, in a statement, on Sunday in Abuja, said it was too late for President Buhari’s administration to stop the acceptability of the PDP’s incoming government through subterfuge and devious tactics.

According to Frank, if the PDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan, who performed well could lose election in 2015 despite access to huge resources, nothing will stop Buhari’s and APC’s total defeat in 2019.

He said: “In the history of Nigeria, and in the history of democracy in Nigeria, we have never seen a government this wicked to its citizens and to the opposittion like this present government.

“Let me remind Buhari not to forget that he was poor before he became President in 2015, if today he has corruptly enriched himself – thinking that he will use the proceeds to buy votes during the election while trying to impoverish the opposition – Nigerians will prove him otherwise.

“He has forgotten that his election was sponsored by Nigerians who believed in his course, otherwsise he would not have become President.

“No amount of blackmail and witch-hunt against businessmen and opposition politicians in the country will give him victory come 2019. No true Nigerian will behave the way he treats Nigerians and opposition.”

While accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of bias, Frank queried why the anti-graft agency has not frozen the accounts of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo -who is allegedly involved in NEMA’s financial scandal – and that of the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole – for allegedly receiving bribes during the party’s primaries.

“Buhari’s actions are beginning to make us doubt if indeed he is the Muhammadu Buhari we know or the Jubril from Sudan as alleged by so many people. It will only take a foreigner to treat citizens and the opposition the way Buhari is treating Nigerians at the moment.

“I want to remind Buhari that he was once in the opposition and he was never treated the way he is treating Atiku Abubakar and the opposition today. In any case, whether it is Buhari or the alleged Jubril that is at the helm of the affairs in Nigeria, come February 16, 2019, Nigerians will take their country back by voting out Buhari or Jubril or both,” Frank stated.

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Senator Aruwa was a philanthropist who contributed to sports and politics, says El-Rufai

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Senator Mukhtar Ahmad Aruwa

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Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has described late Senator Mukhtar Ahmad Aruwa as a philanthropist who contributed to sports, farming and politics in our state.

“I received the news of Senator Mukhtar Ahmad Aruwa’s death with sadness. Our thoughts are with his family and we pray Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdausi.

“He was a senator and a philanthropist par excellence who assisted our people in different sectors. He made a significant contribution to sport in Kaduna State, especially football and polo. He established the Ranchers Bees Football Club that birthed produced many stars, like Daniel Amokachi, Tajudeen Oyekanmi, Abubakar Balarabe and some of the Babayaro brothers.

“He was also into farming where he employed many people and helped to develop several communities in our state. He was a member of Kaduna State Elders Committee and participated in several peace initiatives including the Kaduna State Peace and Reconciliation Committee of 2011.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and the entire family. May Allah grant his soul Aljannah Firdausi.”

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