The Governor of Oyo state Seyi Makinde revealed that South West governors will launch new security plan in August.
Meanwhile leaders of some parts of the country have refused to attend the national security summit organized by former head of state Rtd Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar scheduled to hold today in Minna because the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) of Nigeria was invited.
The deplorable state of Federal varsities across the country has resulted to overcrowding and failure of basic amenities in the hostels.
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Sun Newspaper: Insecurity: South West govs perfect new security masterplan –Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, disclosed that South West governors have agreed to launch new security plan in August.
Makinde, who was speaking at a special thanksgiving service in honour of his mother, Madam Abigail, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, said Oyo State will equally launch a state-wide security system before his 100 days in office.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying the South West governors have been meeting to find lasting solutions to the security challenges in the region. “I and other governors of the South West have met on how to launch new security architecture before the end of August. Before the first 100 days of this administration on September 5, we will launch new security architecture in Oyo State,” he said.
Governor Makinde was reacting to a section of the homily by Venerable Samuel Osungbeju, which harped on the rising waves of insecurity in the land. The governor, who also took time to dwell on the four key pillars of his administration, including security, health, education and economy, said his administration would strengthen supervision and monitoring of the implementation of health and education policies. He said the government would also direct energy in the way of job creation to ensure the youths are taken care of.
Governor Makinde said having cancelled the N3,000 education levy imposed on students by the immediate past administration, his government will ensure strict monitoring of the improved monthly subvention which will soon be provided for the schools. He said the government was intent on ensuring smooth running of schools but will also put in place a monitoring system that would ensure efficiency. The governor said his administration decided to cancel the levies hitherto imposed on students of public schools to allow many indigent students have access to free education.
Speaking on the health situation, the governor said what he met on ground was more of window dressing, adding that the past administration spent money in some of the sectors without monitoring its effectiveness. “I have visited Adeoyo state hospital and I will soon be visiting other state hospitals in Igbeti, Saki, Ogbomoso and Oyo. What I saw at Adeoyo was more of window dressing. The radiography machine has never worked since it was installed. “It means the past government spent some money in the health sector but they did not monitor the implementation. If it is only monitoring we can achieve, we would have done well for the health sector in Oyo State,” the governor was quoted to have said.
In his Sermon, Osungbeju called for love and tolerance among Nigerians, adding that people should always show love to other fellow human beings. “No nation or state can prosper and develop without love among its people,” he said, adding that incessant maiming and killing of innocent citizens across the country called for concerted prayers and divine intervention.
Guardian Newspaper: Why we dumped peace summit – Southern, Middle Belt leaders
Leaders from some parts of the country will not participate in the national security summit organised by former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd). Yesterday, they turned down the invitation by the former head of state to the roundtable on national issues, including security, scheduled to hold in Minna, Niger State today and tomorrow.
The leaders, under the aegis of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) disclosed that they had bought air tickets and concluded arrangements to travel by air to Minna yesterday. But they said that they were compelled to dishonour the invitation in a last-minute decision when they discovered the inclusion of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) of Nigeria among those invited.
In a statement by Chief Edwin Clark of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF); Chief Ayo Adebanjo of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; Chief John Nwodo of the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; and Dr. Pogu Bitrus of the Middle Belt Forum, SMBLF said it could not be at a roundtable to discuss issues of security with the MACBAN.
The southern and Middle Belt leaders, in a letter dated 28/07/2019, acknowledged the invitation from Abubakar and thanked him for his interest and intervention in the affairs of the country, which they noted made them to accept the invitation in good faith.
They, however, said: “It was in the thick of our preparations for the journey that fuller details of the roundtable came to our attention, some aspects of which have necessitated this last-minute communication with you. “We observed that the roundtable will have in attendance all the national security heads, chief of defence staff and other notable Nigerians, underscoring the high level of the dialogue. We, however, noticed further that in your category of socio-cultural organisations invited, you listed the following: PANDEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt Forum, Arewa Consultative Forum and Northern Elders Forum.”
The SMBLF leaders said they were comfortable with the names of the six invited organisations until they saw Gan Allah Fulani Development Association and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria. “While we do not know the members of the first group, the lumping of Miyetti Allah, a trade association for cattle herders and whose members have been accused of various violations of human rights, including the right to life, across the country sends worrying signal to us. It falls into the categorisation of our respected socio-cultural platforms with Miyetti Allah by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu. “We consider the above a grave insult to our bodies and our coming to a roundtable with the group would mean acquiescence to the narrative that put us in the same bracket with those wielding illegal AK-47 all over the country and inflicting terror on fellow citizens. “Even if the above were not the case with Miyetti Allah, it would have been inappropriate to put nationality organisations in the same vehicle with this trade group as there are organisations for fishermen, farmers, poultry owners and spare parts dealers across the country like such who are not invited. Towards this end, we decline participation in the roundtable as scheduled without prejudice to your peace-building activities,” the SMBLF leaders said.
They expressed regret for any inconvenience that their decision might have caused Gen. Abubakar “as we know the efforts that go into planning an event like this.” “Be assured of our cooperation in all efforts and dialogues to make Nigeria peaceful, secure and forward moving provided they are organised in a way that does not subtract from our dignity and value. Once again, we appreciate all your efforts,” the group commended the former military ruler.
Attempts to reach Gen. Abubakar for reaction yesterday failed. However, in separate telephone conversations with the spokesmen of the Afenifere and the Middle Belt Leaders Forum, Mr. Yinka Odumakin and Dr. Isuwa Dogo, they said if the former head of state agreed to remove the Miyetti Allah from the list of groups whose members would attend the meeting, “we will also be present.” “But there is no way we would agree to sit and discuss issue of security with a group that has owned up on the national television and the media to the killings of innocent souls.”
Dogo said it was embarrassing and degrading in the first instance for Gen. Abubakar to have included MACBAN “and expected our respectable organisations to sit and deliberate with them.”
The rot in federal universities is taking a toll on the hostels in the national ivory towers. Besides being overcrowded, many of the hostels lack basic amenities.
The PUNCH’s investigations in some federal universities across the country revealed that many of the hostels were filthy as the taps in the toilets and bathrooms were dry.
It was gathered that despite the poor conditions of the hostels, students still thronged them because of the rising rent in most university towns in Nigeria. Findings indicated that the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which was founded in 1975, had 22 hostels. While some of the hostels take only male undergraduates, others accommodate only female students.
For the NDDC hostels, female students occupied the top floor, while their male counterparts took over the ground floor. The university’s spokesman, Dr William Wodi, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the newest of the hostels was the medical hostel built in 2018. According to him, the institution has a total student population of 35,000
When one of The PUNCH’s correspondents visited some of the hostels, he observed that a room, meant for four students, based on the university’s rules, had more than 12 occupants. It was gathered that the situation was worsened by the fear of insecurity and high rent in the university’s neighbourhood, which had forced many students to move to the campus.
Findings revealed that a self-contained apartment in Choba community, where the university is located, goes for between N100, 000 and N120,000 per year, while a bed space in the university is N22,500.
This, it was learnt, had made many students, who could not secure bed spaces in the hostels, to squat with their friends, who had hostel accommodation.