Connect with us

THE NATION

Killings: CAN declares three-day prayers, fasting

Published

on

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria has declared July 9 to July 11 as National Day of prayers and fasting programme against the killings across the country.

The association also called on all Nigerians, both within and outside the country to take part in the programme.

The President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, made the announcement in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media & Communications to the CAN president, on Thursday in Abuja.

Ayokunle said that the decision was hinged on the willful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular and mostly in Plateau and Benue states where mass burial has become the norm.

He said: “CAN is worried, disturbed and disappointed that despite all the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs, he has consistently not responded to such calls.

“From all indications, the President seems to be satisfied with their poor performance and the attendant problems that have led to the avoidable loss of lives and property.”

He called on all Christians in the country and diaspora to participate in the three-day prayers and fasting programme for God to end all the senseless, unwarranted, and selected killings in the country.
Ayokunle said: “If the government has failed us, we are very sure that our God will never fail.”

He disclosed that all the National Executive Committee’s members of the CAN, the church and denominational leaders have been invited to participate in a peaceful protest march to both the National Assembly and the States House to impress on the government to see the need to effectively stop the unprecedented killings.

Ayokunle said that the association has also directed its leadership at the state and local government levels to organise the same peaceful protest march to the Government House and the Local government headquarters respectively on July 11.

He said: “We will tell the government enough is enough.

“I appeal to all members to be law-abiding before, during and after the peaceful protest.”

He expressed disappointment to the ungodly and unlawful counsel from the Presidency for people living under the threat of the Fulani herdsmen to give away their land or face death.

He said: “The only time such a directive was given was during the tyrannical leadership of Ahab when he killed Naboth, who refused to let go of his inherited land to the greedy, wicked and the ungodly king Ahab.

“Although, he succeeded in killing Naboth, the wrath of God did not spare his family despite his remorselessness.

“Those who use violence to take away what belongs to others are unfit to be called humans.”
The CAN leader, however, called on Nigeria to rise up and speak against such a position and killing of innocent citizens.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

THE NATION

Online Publishers Association of Nigeria set for 3rd New Media Conference

Published

on

As Nigeria enters the election season, the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual New Media Conference, which will hold at the Sandralia Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

The theme of the conference is: Free Press and Objective Reporting in the 2019 Election year.

In a statement made available to the media on Wednesday, and signed by its President, Mr. Austyn Ogannah, OPAN stated that the one-day conference will provide an interactive platform for New Media practitioners – publishers, bloggers and social media influencers, to engage with government and state institutions on issues bothering on Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Reporting Elections, Ethics and Professionalism in Reporting Elections in Nigeria and the independence and media literacy of the judicial system.

Other issues to be explored according the OPAN President, are Conflict Sensitiveness and Hate Speech, the Dangers of Fake News in a multi-ethnic society in an Election Year, Digitally reporting election results, the Social media and INEC rules, among other topics.

Mr. Ogannah said key government personnel from the presidency, legislature, judiciary, as well as representatives of civil society groups, business sector, political parties, diplomatic community, foreign and local press and stakeholders are scheduled to participate at the conference.

Continue Reading

THE NATION

NITDA calls for input to Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision

Published

on

NITDA DG, Dr. Isa Pantami

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called for input from Nigerians, stakeholders to the Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV).

In a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday by Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA said that as part of the agency’s rulemaking process, the document has been subjected to internal reviews by some key Government agencies where insightful feedback and updates were received.

The agency further disclosed that in an effort to enrich the document and in line with the agency’s policy of participatory regulation, industry stakeholders and the general public are invited to review the document through either of the following (i) on the consultation tool at https://niiev.ictinnovation.gov.ng (ii) via www.nitda.gov.ng and click important notice (iii) via facebook chatbot at http://m.me/ngrinnovation or simply send an email to info@ictinnovation.gov.ng.

While reiterating on his vision to promote ICT in Nigeria, NITDA said the portal for the review are open from 13th November 2018 to 27th November, 2018.

The statement reads further:

“NITDA, under the current leadership of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, hosted the maiden edition of the ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship stakeholders meeting on the 31st October 2017. The statement further disclosed that the objective of the meeting was to collectively identify the challenges of stakeholders and identify strategies to address them for a thriving technology ecosystem. Several representatives from Government, Hubs, banks, investor networks, academia, media and technology entrepreneurs were in attendance.

“Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari at e-Nigeria 2017, charged NITDA to develop policies and strategies that will change Nigeria’s narrative from being a tech-consuming to a tech-producing country. To unlock our national potential, NITDA proposes a number of urgent measures to connect, educate and enable digital innovation. This birthed the Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV). The NIIEV comprise of policy recommendations and incentives on the key components for building a tech ecosystem and are categorised into 3 themes:

(1)    Digital Infrastructure

(2)    Education Reform, skills Development and R&D; and

(3)    Supporting the Ecosystem for Innovative Entrepreneurship.

 

“NITDA through its subsidiary, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) has worked directly with entrepreneurs, hubs and hub networks to review the best practices across Africa and around the world to support digital transformation in Nigeria.

NITDA is a Federal Government Agency established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology policy and coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, Sections 6(h & i) of the Act mandate NITDA to create incentives to promote the use of information technology in all spheres of life in Nigeria including the development of guidelines for setting up of information technology systems and knowledge parks as well as introduce appropriate regulatory policies and incentives to encourage private sector investment in the information technology industry.

Continue Reading

THE NATION

How ex-Katsina governor blew N5.7bn on politics -Ex-aide

Published

on

A witness told the Federal High Court in Katsina Tuesday of how about N5.7 billion Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds went down the drain.

Nasiru Ingawa, Special Adviser to former Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema on SURE-P, said at the Federal High Court in Katsina that Shema directed him to spend the cash on politics.

The former special adviser testified at the resumed hearing of a fraud case against Shema.

Shema is standing trial before the court on a 26- count charge bordering on fraud, in contravention of Section 15(2d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011, as amended.

The offences are punishable under Section 15 (3) of the Act.

Ingawa told the court that he was the Special Adviser to Shema on SURE-P from June, 2014 to May, 2015.

“I remember him (Shema) telling me that we were going to use the funds for politics and that we would extract our savings from there,’’ he said.

He said that the duo wrote memos for certain programmes and used half of the money; the remaining half went into savings.

Ingawa also said that the department made direct purchases from which a certain percentage would go into savings.

He added that sometimes, they wrote memos for programmes not implemented at all.

“The tradition is that I had to sit down and discuss with him on any programme; if he agreed, he would instruct me on exactly how much the savings should be from that programme,’’ he said.

The witness testified that, sometimes, he gave the funds to Shema directly; other times, he (Shema) instructed him who to give.

“All money from SURE-P account were withdrawn in cash, with the exception of few programmes which the withdrawal was done with cheques,’’ Ingawa said.

After the evidence, the prosecution counsel, Mr O. I. Uket, applied for adjournment, which the defence counsel did not object to.

Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari adjourned the hearing till January 14, next year when the trial will continue.

The former governor was arraigned on a 26-count charge bordering on alleged money laundering of N5.7 billion SURE-P funds on July 17.

The trial started de novo (afresh) following the transfer of the trial judge Justice Babagana Ashigar. He was replaced by Justice Shagari.

When the charges were read to him, Shema pleaded not guilty to all the 26 counts.

Defense counsel Mr A.T Kehinde, (SAN), moved an application for his client to continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted to him. Prosecution counsel Jibrin Okutepa, (SAN) did not object to the bail application of the defendant. He informed the court that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act provided that an accused already granted bail could continue to enjoy the terms of the previous bail conditions. The previous bail conditions, the court directed the defendant to deposit his international passport in the court registry. Justice Shagari granted the former governor bail on the conditions previously provided by the court and adjourned the case till yesterday for trial.

The Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) was established by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to re-invest the savings from fuel subsidy removal on critical infrastructure and social safety net programmes with direct impact on citizens.

The scheme was established in January 2012 when the government announced the removal of subsidy on Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS).

Its core objectives being to provide employments for unemployed graduates through internship programmes and create a database of unemployed youths and reduce social vulnerability through the mechanism of the policy.

Shema is also standing trial before Katsina State High Court for alleged diversion of about N11 billion state funds during his tenure following a petition by the state government to the EFCC.

Shema is being tried in the second case alongside three others – former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Sani Makana, ex- Katsina ALGON Chairman Lawal Dankaba and former Permanent Secretary Ministry for Local Governments Lawal Rufai.

They are facing 24 count charges of alleged misappropriation of about N11bn of local government funds.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending