The Nigerian land borders will soon be reopened, if indications given by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, during an interview with State House correspondents is anything to go by.
The Minister said that the presidential committee set up on the matter has completed its job and has recommended the reopening of the borders.
According to her, the committee would soon submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari, following which a formal pronouncement would be made on the matter.
It would be recalled that the federal government had closed all land borders in August 2019 in order to check smuggling activities and boost the country’s economy by promoting made in Nigeria products.
The people living around the Seme-Badagry border axis in Lagos have been hoping and looking forward to such good news due to the economic impact the closure has had on them.
Also, majority of Nigerians, especially from the southern part of the country and international businessmen have been agitating for the re opening of the borders to bring in their goods that have been rusting at neighbouring countries.
Just of recent, the association of license customers agents raised alarm that over N30billion worth of different goods are rusting away outside the country due to the borders closure by the federal government.
268 Girls Raped In Lagos Within 10months…We’re Determined To Stamp It Out In Lagos – Sanwo-Olu’s Wife.
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has raised the alarm over the increasing rate of Gender-Based Violence in the state as 268 cases of rape reported within 10months.
The governor’s wife who is worried by the statistics provided by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), stated that it would no longer be business as usual for culprits and their collaborators.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu made this known at a press conference on the 2020 Gender-Based Violence Week campaign with the theme, ”Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” urged victims to speak up against the menace.
Dwelling on the statistics, she said the reported cases of domestic violence in the state from January till date stood at 268 as captured by Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), said unreported cases were in thousands because of stigmatization.
She said, ‘’ From the Directorate of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice rape cases in the state from January 2020 to date, number of are 268, number of cases charged to court 213. The statistics presented by the Inspector General of Police earlier in the year during the lockdown, rape cases recorded was 717.
‘’This Press conference is to unveil activities we have lined up in furtherance of the Lagos State Gender-Based Violence Week designed to scale up awareness and galvanize action. This is with the view to ensuring eradication of the menace of violence against women and girls in our dear state.
‘’The Advocacy Week is being championed through a collaborative effort between the Office of Lagos State First Lady and critical stakeholders including the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Lagos State Judiciary, and the Nigerian Police Force.
“It is also in line with the cause being championed by the 36 First Ladies in Nigeria, via their forum, to collectively end rape in the country, as well as the global 16 Days of Activism of the United Nations, which is an annual campaign to end violence against women.’’
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu added that the international campaign, scheduled to kick off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, will run until December 10, which is Human Rights Day.
‘’It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership as a veritable platform of organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
‘’The theme was necessitated by the challenges we have had to contend with this year as a result of the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, which effectively altered life as we used to know it, and ensured an unanticipated lockdown not just in Nigeria, but across the world.‘
’As all efforts were geared toward battling Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of an already-existing pandemic of rape and violence against women and children was relegated to the background, and the result was a worrisome and alarming spike in rape cases across the country”, she said.
LSSTF Boss Urged For Continuous Support To The Police In Lagos.
He maintained that ‘these are the kind of trainings that distinguish RRS officers from their counterparts in the Lagos Police Command.
Speaking at the event, the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tunji Disu said 330 officers benefitted from the training on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cardio – pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and bleeding control.
He noted that the training would serve as added value to what the officers already know, maintaining that the training would be useful to them in their various beats and at home.
We have gotten to a stage in the country where we have realized that the police are working for the public and for the police to know that we can’t work alone, there must be constant cooperation between the police and members of the public”.
Burnt NPA Hdqts: AMJON To Invoke FOI Act To Obtain Names Of Insurers, Premium Payment.
The Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) has said it will invoke the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the information.
This decision was followed the refusal of the management of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) to avail the public names of the Insurers of its burnt headquarters and status of payment of premium.
AMJON, is a body of journalists drawn from different media houses, covering the maritime industry.
The media group posited that it will compel the NOA management to release to it, the name (s) of its insurer(s) and the status of its premium payment before the recent fire incident and looting of its headquarters and part of the Tin Can Island Port office, all in Lagos.
In a release by its President Mr. Paul Ogboukiri, AMJON said the invocation of the Fol Act has become necessary in view of the refusal of the Authority to release the information to reporters despite multiple requests made in this regard.
”This action also becomes expedient in view of the fact that the public is yet to know the value of the loss over one month after the incident, and the insurer(s) is/are yet to announce payment of compensation as per the value of the loss”.
“This is even as the Lagos State Government which recorded much more destruction and looting released an estimate of what it will cost to replace, the destroyed and looted assets.
“The invocation is also necessary as the federal lawmakers during their recent sympathy visit to NPA, to commiserate with Management of the Authority over the incident, announced that they told the NPA Management during their meeting that they (NPA) should adjust their 2021 budget to cover for the repairs and replacement of stolen and damaged assets”, he said.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly has announced that it will pass the 2021 Appropriation Act in the second week of December before they embark in their Christmas vacation.
As NPA is yet to publicly reject the advice of the lawmakers to jack up their 2021 budget to provide for the ‘rebuilding’ of the burnt headquarters, we suspect that the NPA has already done as advised by NASS, to this end, we will insist in the Fol request that the NPA’s 2021 budget is made available to us to enable us properly inform the public.
AMJON as a responsible media group, sees this effort as a patriotic duty to save the country billions of Naira of taxpayers’ money which will be wasted if the National Assembly approves money for the replacement of the NPAI s losses in the incident when those losses are legally supposed to be replaced by the insurer(s) whom taxpayers money has been used to pay premium to”, the media group posited.