Nigerians going through very hard times, Osinbajo acknowledges
Osinbajo also said that the campaign promise to provide N5, 000 succour to 25 million poorest of the poor can no more be executed with the current state of the economy, but said a million Nigerians would be given N5000.
Expressing confidence, he said: “You can be sure this is not going to function as the end of the narrative, but that of prosperity.”
The vice president implored Nigerians never to lose hope of the change mantra, remarking that Nigerians should be rest assured that there is a determination to change the direction of the country positively, as he and President Muhammadu Buhari are committed to solving the nation’s problems.
Osinbajo maintained since according to him, the change they canvassed for is not a slogan, as Nigeria cannot survive going the direction it was before now the question of the country experiencing change is irrevocable.
We now have a leader who’s honest, which will be the most important thing,” he reasoned, adding that Nigeria has the greatest opportunity now “Now.
Reacting to the twenty questions asked by participants meeting, the number two citizen harped on efforts being made by the management that is present to provide solutions to some of the challenges facing the nation.
Herdsmen, Boko Haram endanger Nigeria, say Ohanaeze, Soyinka
Nigeria is heading towards the precipice if insecurity, represented in the actions of Boko Haram and herdsmen, is not caged, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, South East senators and some leading groups in the nation warned yesterday.
The groups contained Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Enugu State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
Nevertheless, a Fulani group and Arewa Consultative Forum urged caution on the part of critics of the herders’ actions, the latter saying that about 16,000 cattlemen have been killed in battles with farmers and . others
Based on the Nobel laureate, the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the market through tourism and culture is endangered by insecurity.
He noted that “culture is closely intertwined with tourism – the former, actually, frequently drives the latter,” stressing that “the destination uppermost in the thoughts of most tourists we understand is – Culture.” Soyinka insisted that both share friends and – enemies.
“Of the main enemies, seeing that we find ourselves within the precincts of government, I think to engage your focus in this short address to merely one. That inability of any vacationist to let go entirely, relax, submit oneself completely to the offerings of a brand new surroundings – the sounds, sights, scents, textures and taste. Of or out of the touristic intent and Culture itself, in, there is no ambiguity in the mind of its enemies. They make no bones about their detestation – call them Daesh, Taliban or Isis, al Shabbab or Boko Haram. Their hatred is impassioned and pathological to a degree that goes beyond the light, beyond madness and unfortunately beyond treatment. The obligation of governing towards such retrogressive outbreaks stays unambiguous.”
Locating a connection between the heinous crimes which Boko Haram has perpetrated against incessant attacks and Nigerians and Nigeria Soyinka said: ” After Boko Haram, what next? In reality, at this moment, Boko Haram has no ‘ since it is by no means finished after’, irrespective of what technical sayings for example ‘militarily degraded’ mean.
“But let us suppose indeed that we are already in the past of Boko Haram. It is clear that the succession is decided, the ‘vacated ’ space has already been granted, and the new territorial aspirants are already placed. The entire country seems to be theirs without a struggle, and the continuity of an established Nigerian necropolis north to south and east to west will be consolidated.
Some necropoles are truly architecturally fascinating. Those are works of commitment, artistry and veneration, although they bring visitors from distant places. They truly are visual feasts, among whose structures the visitors actually picnic, leave blooms and gifts that are symbolic to hovering ancestors.
“When I read a brief while ago, the Presidential pledge to the nation the present homicidal escalation between the cattle prowlers and farming communities would soon be over, I felt mortified.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation advocated the Government to urgently address the issue to avoid a situation where ethnic militias will emerge to ensure security in their own environments and condemned the assault by suspected herdsmen on some communities in Enugu State.
The organization also ignored the planned Grazing Bill as anti- unconstitutional and federalism.
The President General Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Gary Nnachi Enwo- Igariwey, noted the incessant assault on communities by heavily armed herdsmen around Nigeria endangered national unity and peaceful co existence as they can destablise the state by a synchronised action if they so determine.
He stressed: “Why is it that the herdsmen are so heavily armed, who’s arming them and where are they from? It is time to have proper identification of herdsmen so they can be monitored. The security challenge is tremendous, how is it possible for US to currently understand when it is herdsmen and when it isn’t Boko Haram spillovers from their bases that are dislodged because the fashion of attack in some of these communities is the exact same style of attack by Boko Haram? They withdraw and sack villages. Attention should be paid by the Federal Government to these actions. Authorities should investigate in order to find out those behind these killings and bring them to book.”
But the Arewa leaders have asked Nigerians to resist attributing spiritual and ethnic connotations to the various crises.
They condemned the assault in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, as ” barbaric and most unfortunate.” by some herdsmen on the Ukpabi Nimbo Community
They ACF, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said “offenders perpetrating heinous crimes against innocent people and concealing under whatever guise and the state should be handled as such and in accordance with the law.”
ACF called to be more patient and show understanding with one another, particularly given that President Buhari is determined and committed to the war on insurgency and corruption “.
“he’d the solution, he said. The nation was ensured by him eighteen months. I believe his Minister of Agriculture harked back to that after, but with a less dispiriting time schema. Neither, however, could be considered a message of solace and assurance for The Very Latest Naija News Jan 2017 ordinary Nigerian farmer and the lengthening cast of casualties, much less to a meaning tourist to the Forest Getaway of Tinana in the Rivers, the Ikogosi Springs or the moslem architectural tradition of the historical city of Kano. Regardless, the external tourists have less perilous options.”
Soyinka also decried the devastation that insecurity has wreaked on “internal tourism. ”
His words: “Yet there is also internal tourism, to be considered a premium asset – both economically and in spirit of state building and private edification. It was an exercise I indulged in in the early sixties as by-product of other engagements, such as research. A lot nonetheless was simply under fascination. I will modestly claim to be among the top twenty-five percent traveled Nigerians, acquainted with the odors, textures and flavors of the habitation that is geographical. But now, would the young daring set out to see with its alleged curative pools from only interest and the mystery caverns of Anambra? They would think twice about it.”
As a hunter of note, Soyinka laced his remarks with private meetings with herdsmen.
He said: “I ‘d observed a change of quality with cattle herdsmen through the years in forest meetings.
At time, we believed they were Boko Haram, infiltrating under guise of cattle herding into the south. That has been then, not to mention that surmise hasn’t been firmly proven or disproved.
“Lately nonetheless, I returned from a trip outside the country about to find that my home ground were invaded, and a brand-new “Appian way” sliced through my refuge. That ‘motorable’ path was made by the hoofed invaders. Both exit and the improvised entrance are now blocked, but interested journalists are invited to visit. In over two decades of living for the reason that ecological preserve, no such intrusion had ever happened. They were cattle herders but although I don’t have any idea whether they were Fulani or Futa Jalon herdsmen, and they had cut a swathe that is crude through my private reasons. Enquiries were made by me and sent alarms including through the Baale of our neighborhood hamlet. There has been no repeat, and it will remain the first and last of such invasion. What it portends however is for all thinking citizens take concerted measures against, and to reflect upon.”
Describing herdsmen as humanity’s first known tourists, Soyinka included: ” seen They must be educated yet that there is certainly a culture of settlement, and learn to seek accommodation with hosts that were settled.
The social activist decried the inability of government to articulate a coherent policy to handle the menace, saying: ” It isn’t just arbitrary violence that reigns across the nation but , impunity that was undisputed that was total.
“Impunity evolves and becomes integrated in conduct when crime occurs and no orderly, legal and moral response is offered. I’ve yet to hear this government say a business policy of non-endurance for the serial massacres have grown to be the nation’s id postage.
I haven’t discovered an order given that any cattle herders caught with sophisticated firearms be immediately disarmed, detained, placed on trial, and his cows confiscated. The state is treated to an eighteen-month positive strategy which, to make matters worse, smacks of abject appeasement and encouragement of violence on innocents.
” Let me repeat, and of course I merely request to be corrected if wrong: I have yet to strike a terse, rigorous, soldierly and uncompromising language from this leadership, one that threatens a response to the unconscionable blood-letting that would make even Boko Haram repudiate its founding clerics.”
He remembered effort made “to use the Open Newsgroup platform of the Centre for Culture and International Understanding, Oshogbo, to start a national discourse on the subject – ‘Sacred Cows or Holy Rights. ’ The signals were clear and the rampage of impunity was already showing a cultic intensity of alarming proportions. For reasons which are not too mouth-watering to go into here, the forum failed to take place. We were already agreed that General Buhari be encouraged to give a keynote address, depending on his long experience in such matters as former head of state, and as a cattle rearer himself who might be be able to penetrate the attitude with this ‘post-Boko Haram pestilence’.
Although That challenge remains open, but should call for this party, which surely contains educational agencies and tourist. They should join hands with human rights organisations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Farming and local Vigilance organizations etc. It is a gauntlet thrown down to be picked up, and desperately, by any of the affected or troubled sectors of society, or indeed any competent and interested party only at that conference. The CBCIU is prepared to collaborate.”
The leadership of any society cannot stand idly and offer solutions that implicitly deem the massacres of innocents just occurrences in route to that learning school. For every crime, there’s a punishment, for every violation, there must be restitution. The nomads of the world cannot place themselves above the law of mankind that is settled. ”
Nigeria can use culture, tourism to encourage peaceful co-existence, by Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that culture and tourism could play a vital role in incorporating communities, encouraging peace and harmonious coexistence on the list of varied cultures in Nigeria.
Speaking at the ongoing national summit on culture and tourism in Abuja, the President noted that tourism brings individuals and human communities into contact through cultures and civilisation, including that tourism has the capacity to help the world inhabitants to live better together and thus contribute to peaceful coexistence between peoples and cultures.
President Buhari, who stressed the need to make use of culture and tourism as tools of social mobilisation for national revival, said his administration would supply the required enabling environment for arts, culture and tourism to thrive and develop through the substantial upgrading of infrastructure and the provision of security.
Signified by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the President noted that culture normally symbolizes the totality of the history and way of life of a people but lamented that over time, as a result of so many experiences, we seem to have lost the tenets of our cultural principles, which are of ethics, truthfulness, sincerity and God consciousness.
While advocating participants at the summit to develop proper policies and ideal approaches toward achieving the desired aims, Buhari stated the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has a critical role to play in leveraging on the diverse cultures in Nigeria to inculcate the tenets of the state’s ethnic values of ethics, honesty, sincerity and God consciousness in the citizens.
“I charge the Ministry of Information, Culture and National Orientation to effectively liaise with other related ministries and agencies to work out proper programmes, including actions and measures, that would help in fighting the scourge of these social vices brought about by the collapse of our value systems,” he said.
In his address, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said his ministry in the past six months had taken a bold step to convert the nation’s tourism potentials and enormous ethnic into vast opportunities for job creation and revenue generation.
A new report said that other emerging markets and Nigeria are facing as much as 10 per cent losses as a result of deteriorating thermal states in the workplace as a result of climate change in working hours.
The estimated losses imply undesirable effects of a similar scale to economic output, or GDP, for an extensive range of developing countries, including Nigeria, Indonesia and India, as emphasized by the report.
Based on the report, “when it’s too hot, individuals work less efficiently out-of-doors, in factories, the office or on the move because of diminished skill for physical exertion and for completing mental endeavors.
International organizations and “Governments have long put in place standards on thermal conditions at work. But climate change has altered thermal conditions, ” and ” additional heating is a serious challenge for any employer or worker reliant on non or outside – air conditioned work. ” Amounts of heat are already ” ” that was very high even for acclimatized people, it noted.
Climate change is real, and action to halt its overwhelming impact is in our hands.”
Based on General Secretary of UNI Global Union need to have access to a cooling environment, shade, water, protective clothes and enough time for rest breaks. This really is especially true for individuals who do physical work, for example out in the fields, mines and factories. We know the challenges and we understand what has to be done to allow it to be occur.”
For Maria Luisa Silva, UNDP Geneva Director “We embarked with this report to give recognition for this serious and specific concern, and to start the dialog on how you can respond and cope with it. The challenges have to be addressed by authorities, employers, workers and other applicable international organizations if we wish to be able to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.”
The release marked International Workers’ Memorial with the report calling excessive workplace heat a well known productivity danger and work-related health behind growing dangers of death that is “, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and, “in extraordinary cases.
NMA says right of every Nigerian, universal health coverage
President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Kayode Obembe, yesterday said that universal health coverage is the right.
Obembe explained that this right is ensured in the Constitution, where it truly is clearly stipulated that it was the responsibility of authorities to take care of the well-being needs of all citizens at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
According to him, as opposed to using the provisions to better the lots of Nigerians in relation to health, government has insisted that health is on making states, the concurrent legislative list and local governments to enact laws aside from the federal.
The NMA president, who made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria, noted that this clause has generally been used to the detriment of Nigerian citizens. He restated that each citizen has the right to register and have any payment made by government to subsidise NHIS services.
According to him, the part of universal health coverage, which encapsulates all needed condition on health services, was aimed at ensuring that citizens have right to qualitative and affordable health care without the impediment on household spending.
Besides, Obembe said that patients have the right to consultation, history taking, assessment, analysis, investigation, prescription and direction. As a consultant, the patient has the right to know everything about him or her but the only thing is whether he’s right to case note which is another thing.”
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