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Nnabue Flags Off 10 Phase Of Enumeration Area Demarcation In Ikeduru

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The phase 10 Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, for Ikeduru council area has commenced with a flag-off of the exercise by the Federal Commissioner representing Imo State in the Board of the National Population Commission, Prof Nnabue Uba.

The event, held at the Council Hall of Ikeduru council, Monday, had officials of the commission, functionaries, leaders of various communities in the local government in attendance.

Speaking during the ceremony, Prof Nnabue said the EAD is the vehicle that drives the entire census process in the pre-census, actual enumeration and post-census period.

The Federal Commissioner said it was a preparatory step towards a successful National HeadCount, stressing the need to remember to respect the cultural peculiarities of the people of Ikeduru as they capture all nooks and crannies of the area during the exercise to guarantee an authentic enumeration area demarcation.

The commissioner requested traditional rulers to mobilize and sensitize their subjects towards adequate support to the staff handling the exercise for maximum success.

He urged all the personnel trained for the exercise to discharge their duties in a timely manner that would guarantee the desired results.

In a welcome address, the IMC Chairman of Ikeduru local government council, Hon Tony Iwuamadi had assured the commission of his unalloyed support, urging the people of the area to fully support the exercise in view of its benefits in national planning.

He appealed to the people not to give the demarcation exercise any coloration other than the desire by Government to ensure adequate and accurate planning for its people.

The State Director, Mr. Christopher Abadi While speaking, stressed the importance and need for the people of Ikeduru to synergize with NPC staff during the exercise.

He thanked all stakeholders who graced the occasion, even as he assured them that he is convinced that this project would sail and run smoothly. The State Director seized the platform to express the appreciation of the National Population Commission to the people of Ikeduru expressing optimism.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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