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Critics are not Nigeria’s Enemies – Markafi to FG

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Senator Ahmed Markarfi, an ex-Governor of Kaduna State, has advised the regime of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari and the various state governments against treating genuine critics as perceived enemies.

Makarfi in his statement, also cautioned Nigerians against allowing their emotions to push them into abrupt, unguarded utterances the security challenges in the country.

The Ex-Governor stated “This could be a recipe for loss of focus “which ultimately leads to doom.”

Makarfi argued that ultimatum and counter ultimatum to Nigerians living in various parts of the country is not a solution to the insecurity challenges ravaging the country.

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He noted that Nigerians possess the civic right to raise their voices against criminality perpetrated by individuals or group(s) “while leaders must rise above sentiments and emotions” to handle the situation accordingly.

He also said that if these security traits are not sorted out, Investors, both foreign and local will not be able to pitch tents and as such could be detrimental to the economy of the country.

Makarfi, in one of his statements titled ‘Tackling the current security challenges and the need for caution,’ authored and released by him in Kaduna stated these on Tuesday.

The ex-Governor and former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), expressed his concern over the rate of high insecurity, stating that his utmost concern and fear, is the rate at which security breakdown is happening in most parts of the country.

He also said that all hands must be on deck both Political leaders and the masses, to ensure that security challenges are resolved once and for all, Including but not limited to tackling banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes.

He went further to say that authorities should initiate the movement for security and also provision and empowering of all force personnel, should be paramount.

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“We, the led, must also realise that we have a great part to play to ease the burden on the government. And this we can all do by coming together, setting aside all differences, which could be political, religious, tribal, geographical and any other, to launch a massive onslaught on this monster, which does not discriminate on who, where and when it attacks.

“A situation wherein we allow emotions to becloud our decision-making faculties, leading to unspeakable remarks by some of us from all parts of the country who ordinarily ought to have known better is a recipe for loss of focus, which ultimately leads to doom.

” I, therefore, call on all of us, the leaders and the led, to put on our thinking caps and realise that we are all in this mess together and it takes the coming together of all of us to get out of it.

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“All of us, across all the partisan and other divides must also guard against the temptation to politicise the issue of security. We must realise that we have to have a country before we can play politics.

Leaders, political, religious, traditional, socio-cultural and others must also be smart and guard their utterances and actions, as the handling of some of the issues arising from some of the problems requires sensitivity, delicate balancing as well as the capacity to operate above the fray.

“It is in this light that I consider the issuance of ultimatums and counter-ultimatums to Nigerians living in various parts of the country by leaders and cultural groups across the divides as counterproductive and a far cry from the real solution to the problem.

“This is not to say, however, that agitations against criminal elements are to be ignored.”

People have the legitimate right to raise their voices against criminality perpetrated by anybody or group, while leaders must rise above sentiments and emotions by looking more broadly and more holistically at issues and their pros and cons, in order to ensure justice to all. “I welcome the statement by the Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum to the effect that no ultimatum has been given to anybody by any Governor.

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Buhari makes health insurance compulsory for all Abuja residents

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Health Insurance Scheme, FHIS, to make health insurance a compulsory for all Abuja residents.

This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, when he received the FHIS Director, Dr Ahmed Danfulani and his management team, who were at the FCTA to present the Working Documents of the Scheme.

A statement by Bello’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye quoted the Minister as saying the FHIS management should ensure that the Scheme succeeds in the territory because “payment for health services all at once either by individuals or even the government is no longer tenable, considering the ever-increasing cost of medical services especially for diseases such as cancer or orthopaedic procedures.”

In Bello’s words: “The mandate given to us by President Muhammadu Buhari is to widen the coverage of health insurance in the FCT and the mandate I am giving you is to ensure that every citizen in the FCT, either in the formal or informal sector, is covered.

“You have to work out a system so that can cover certain diseases. If, for instance, someone is diagnosed with cancer, how can he or she pay for it? Cancer treatment, even the medication alone or chemotherapy alone, costs a lot of money not to talk of radiotherapy or surgery for some orthopaedic cases.”

The Minister encouraged the FHIS team to also work out ways in which “enrollees” under the Scheme should have the option of paying more for wider coverage.

Also he advised them to improve their services and grow the Scheme based on sound business practices, financial management and a robust ICT infrastructure.

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Conversion of Eastern Palm University: Students, Lecturers others in confusion

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Students, Lecturers as well as non academic staff of the recent converted  Eastern Palm University Okpoko appear to be in dilemma over next line of action as Imo State Government is yet to issue directives since the conversion of the school  into a state University from the private University status it was established.

Imo State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem had last Month changed the Eastern Palm University built by the former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha into KO Mbadiwe University as part of the Imo State owned campuses.

Information to weekend Lead revealed that while some of the students who joined the school with the notion that it a private university are contemplating whether or not to leave the school following the sudden change which expectedly would affect the school’s management, the lecturers and other non academic staff are also confused not knowing whether they are still employees of the college or not.

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Former Governor of Imo State and Senator Representing Imo West in the national Assembly, Senator Rochas Okorocha had while in the office as Governor, got license for the establishment of the Eastern Palm University and other universities in Imo.

In one of the briefings of the said Okorocha before the elapse of his office as the Governor, he made it clear that the said campus which according to him belongs to Rochas Foundation of Africa has 10% ownership by the Imo State government hence its management was under public private partnership.

Rt. Hon. EMeka Ihedioha had within seven months he had sway as the Governor of Imo State constituted a panel of Inquiry into the establishment of the Eastern Palm University of Okorocha led administration.

The panel which was chaired by Professor Jude Njoku after their investigation recommended that the school be made part of the Imo State University.

Upon assumption of Uzodinma as the Governor, he executed the said recommendation by the said panel, hence the charge of the schools name into, KO Mbadiwe University amongst other charges.

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Fed. Government releases N2B for N Power Scheme

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of two billion Naira for the continuation of the Federal Government National Social Investment Programme initiated  (NSIP)  by President Mohammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Umaro Farok confirmed the approval while speaking to journalists in Abuja after receiving the White papers.

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Hajiya Farok stated that N-power would be the first to be taken care of as the kick begins, while other aspects such as the Trader Money, Conditional cash Transfer and the ANCOP Borrowers scheme would follow suit.

The Humanitarian Affairs Minister advised Nigerians to continue to have confidence in President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration as all the promises made during his campaign would be fulfilled.

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