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Governors endorse CBN’s proposal for states to access N15Tn fund

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Governors of the 36 states under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have endorsed the proposal of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for states to access N15trillion for national infrastructure funding through INFRACREDIT at a lower interest rate of five per cent.
Chairman of the Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, maintained that members also endorsed the proposal by the National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF), under the auspices of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), to access a total sum of N2trillion at nine per cent interest.

According to him, the resolution came after Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who is the Chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) Adhoc Committee on Leveraging Portion of Accumulated Pension Funds for Investment in NSIA, briefed the Forum on the proposals.

Fayemi noted that both were not mutually exclusive and could be adopted simultaneously with one streaming into the other, adding that the NGF has agreed to meet with. President Muhammadu Buhari as soon as possible to address security challenges across the country, particularly in the light of the recent massacre in Borno State.

Godwin Emefiele
CBN Governor

He said the Forum was intervening in resolving the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and has secured certain concessions from the Federal Government with the hope that the strike would be called off very soon.

The NGC chairman stated that members encouraged the Federal Government and ASUU to hasten the implementation of the truce elements in their resolutions, so as to allow schools to reopen immediately.

Other resolutions by the members, according to Fayemi, include: “Support the necessary reforms that will result in a Police Force that works for all.

“As an immediate to medium-term measure, members agreed to pay close attention to the conduct of Police officers across the country to get them and other internal security operatives fully back to work, as they have not been functioning to full capacity since the #EndSARS protests, with the attendant security exposure to the safety of lives and properties of the ordinary citizens.

Kayode Fayemi
Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum

“Maintain its stance that stamp duties belong primarily to States and the various collection platforms are channels of payment to the States while aligning with the guidance provided by its lawyers and experts.

“Direct State attorneys general to review the Water Resources Bill and send their input to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat as quickly as possible.

“Agree to keep active and operational, the State COVID -19 Task Force Teams and Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), in addition to ensuring the prompt release of funds, as outlined in the State Incidence Action Plans (IAP), keeping temporary treatment centres open, ramping up COVID-19 testing across the country and support the planned ‘COVID-19 Testing Week’ to be launched by the PTF.

“Commit to achieving the second Eligibility Criteria (EC) requirement of publishing online, their approved FY21 Annual State Budget, prepared under the National Chart of Accounts, by January 31, next year.”

The governors also restated their commitment to implement reforms associated with the programme, including the deployment of a Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to support effective land administration and an efficient property tax system, as well as to inaugurate the NGF-NESG Economic Roundtable (NNER) Steering Committee, whose technical committee is to commence the implementation of the strategic plan, among others.

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Protests Erupt in Jos Over Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls by Lebanese

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Tension was high yesterday at the Abattoir community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State as residents, mostly women and young girls protested the alleged sexual molestation of about 14 young girls in the area by a Lebanese.

The alleged molestation, the protesters claim, has been ongoing for years without anything being done but when the man was eventually arrested and handed over to the Police, he was said to have been released from the Police station hence the protest.

It was gathered that the Lebanese was arrested and handed over to the Police on Thursday after the parents of two of the minors in the community reported that their children were sexually molested.

Apart from the two girls, 12 more girls also confessed that they were also at different times molested by the suspect whom they said did unprintable things to them.

The protesters called for justice to be served and appealed to Government, NGOs, and Civic Society Organizations to intervene so that the issue is not swept under the carpet like previous ones.

One of the protesters, Abigail Haruna said, “This thing has been going on for almost 20 years. I grew up in Abattoir here and I have been hearing about it. This time around, about 14 girls between the ages of 10 to 11 are involved. A Lebanese man in Abattoir here used to sexually molest the girls, one that is 11 is pregnant. This should not be allowed to fester.”

Another protester, Esther Emmanuel added, “Since when I was little, I heard about this man that he uses little girls to do blue film but we never took any action but thank God this case came up yesterday (Thursday). Parents of the girls went to the Police station to report.

“It is really annoying that this thing has been happening but we never did anything about it. None of these girls are up to 15 years. Two of the girls are pregnant, one has HIV, this is annoying. The problem is that when it happens, you will not hear anything again, the issue will just die off like that.

“The parents are left with their children, they will be asked to go and take care of their children and will even be blamed for refusing to talk to their children. If we go to their country, will they allow that? We want justice to be served. The man was arrested but now what we hear is that he has been released.”

But the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Gabriel Uba when contacted said “The Police is aware of the situation and investigation is ongoing to ascertain the true state of the matter.

“Nobody is happy to hear such a devilish act, investigation is ongoing. Nobody released the man, if they don’t get vital information, they will do things out of ignorance. The matter has been transferred to the State CID, the man has not been released.”

(Vanguard)

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We can’t raise N160m, parents of abducted Greenfield university students, staff cry out

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Parents of the remaining 16 kidnapped students and three staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna on Friday gathered to pray for the safe release of their children.

This was even as they appealed to the Federal Government to urgently assist them in rescuing their children from the bandits.

According to them, the bandits are demanding N160 million cumulative ransom for them to release the remaining 16 students.

“We are worried about their safety. The innocent students had spent 24 days in the kidnappers’ den.

To this end, speaking on behalf of the parents, the Chairman of the parents’ forum, Marcus Zarmai, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his office to secure the release of the students before something sinister happens to them.

According to him, the kidnappers are demanding a sum of N10 million on each of the 16 students, making N160 million.

“Even after, we the parents have collectively paid them over N60 million ransom for the release of our children and they failed to release them.

Zarmai said, having exhausted all the money they have to pay as ransom, “We, the parents are appealing to the Federal Government to assist us to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of our children.”

Recall, the man behind the abducted students had three weeks ago threatened to kill the 16 students if the ransom is not paid.

However, Sheikh Ahmed Gummi had come out to say they have reached out to the bandits and they have agreed not to kill the remaining students.

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Former Defence Chief Joshua Dogonyaro is Dead

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General Dogonyaro died in Jos on Wednesday at the age of 80.

Dogonyaro, a retired lieutenant general, died at the age of 80 on Wednesday.

The first son of the deceased, Joseph Dogonyaro, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Pankshin, on Thursday.

“Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention.

“Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), around 3.00 a.m. precisely, he breathed his last.

“His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family. We are going to miss his love and warmth as a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and supporter,” he said.

Joseph said the family was trying to cope with the shock of the general’s demise and would discuss the funeral arrangements soon.

He described his father as “a General who was so faithful and loyal to the nation, Nigeria.”

“He was a general who had no bias mind as a detribalised Nigerian. He served this nation faithful and identified with all Nigerians and Africa as a continent.

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