Friday, 24 November 2017


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    The PCRRU has initiated investigation following a viral social media post where a citizen named Dapo (other name unknown) alleged that he was arrested by some police officers and taken to Maroko Police Station, Lagos State where N40,000.00 was allegedly extorted from him via mobile banking platform before he was released.
The complaint was registered at about 5:12pm of 23rd November, 2017 and tracking number #PCRRU600772 was issued. A preliminary PCRRU investigation reveals that an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) name withheld attached to Maroko Police Division in Lagos State while on Anti-crime patrol duty with two others intercepted the author of the viral post and took him to Maroko Police Station. The ASP is the uniform man in the picture but the bank account number and name in the viral post is not that of the said ASP. However, effort is being made to identify the actual owner of the said bank account.

Detailed investigation is in progress as the officer has been handed over to the Lagos State command X-Squad at State Headquarters, Ikeja as directed by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Ag. CP Imohimi Edgal. The outcome of the investigation would be made public. The said ‘Dapo’ is advised to contact the PCRRU via any of our contacts below or the Lagos State Police Command X-Squad.
The General Public is assured that Nigeria Police Force under the leadership of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni will ensure that any police officer found culpable in any proven case of professional misconduct will be sanctioned according to laid down regulations.
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      Chinenye Genevieve is reporting few minutes ago that ''This handsome 12years boy comes to my workshop every other morning to sell groundnut to my workers. He is so experienced in the business that he knows how to convince you to spend your last cash buying his product. Last week, I called him into my office and asked him why he is selling groundnut by this time of the day when he should be in school. Favour Emmanuel told me he doesn't enjoy selling groundnut but ever since they lost their father, life has become so difficult for them. They couldn't maintain their rent in Rivers state after the death of their father, so they moved back to Aba and joined their grandma in her one-room apartment. Groundnut has been our only means of survival he said. I told Favour to go home and bring his mother. The rest of the day with favour and his mum was spent with tears of joy as I told them I will take care of Favour's Education through Secondary and Tertiary level. Even though First Term is half spent, I still summoned the courage and begged a school principal to partner with me in taking favour out of the street by admitting him irrespective of his lateness. Finally, favour got registered, school fees and acceptance fees fully paid, school uniforms, shoes, books and other items fully provided''.More photos below.


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      Sequel to recent security challenges posed by Boko Haram terrorists in cattle rustling to raise funds for their criminal activities, hunters from Gur village in Biu Local Government Area (LGA), Borno State in conjunction with hunters from Damaturu at about 2:48pm on Thursday 23rd November 2017, intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists cattle rustlers east of Burashika village of Biu LGA.
During the encounter that lasted several hours, the hunters killed 1 Boko Haram terrorist, recovered an AK-47 rifle mounted with magazine of 2 rounds and 48 cows, 58 goats, 36 sheeps and 12 donkeys.
All the recovered livestock have been handed over to the security operatives in Gur village pending identification by the rightful owners and handover.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman   
Director Army Public Relations
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       The Buhari administration, in line with its New Vision for the Niger Delta to develop it, will integrate more youths in the region in its Social Investment Programmes, particularly the N-Power and the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP), according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo said this will help reduce unemployment by creating more jobs for young graduates, as well as providing additional assistance for entrepreneurs and artisans in the region.
The take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, ongoing process of licencing for modular refineries and the Ogoni clean-up are indications of the Federal Government’s resolve to ensure the long-term development of the region, while it will also continue to engage with stakeholders to ensure continuous peace and security in the region, the Vice President added.
Prof. Osinbajo said this on Thursday when a delegation of ambassadors from the US, UK and the European Union (EU), led by Mr. Ketil Karlsen, paid him a courtesy call on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Vice President noted that the Federal Government has made a lot of efforts in engaging the communities and towards improving peace and security in the region since President Muhammadu Buhari first met with Pan-Niger Delta Elders Forum, PANDEF, and stakeholders in the region last year November.
Prof. Osinbajo further emphasised that the Buhari administration’s New Vision for the Niger Delta is aimed at developing the region through its partnership with state governments, the local communities and private sector.
The Vice President noted that the vast majority of people in the region want sustained peace and security.
He said, “Our engagements with PANDEF and various groups in the Niger Delta is a continuous one; an Inter-Ministerial Committee was set up for this. Practically every other week, we are in some form of engagement or the other. The overriding motive is that of those who wish to see progress in the region. What we have been doing so far is to ensure that we meet the demands of the people for development.
“The Maritime University has practically taken off, we have placed advertisement for staff; the sum of N1 billion has been given by the Federal Government, and there is N5bn allocation for the University included in the 2018 budget. Also, a lot has been done in the ongoing Ogoni clean-up process.”
In his remarks, the Ambassador/Head of the EU Delegation, Mr. Ketil Karlsen, commended the Vice President for his personal leadership in driving engagements and the Buhari administration for its efforts in promoting peace, security and development in the region.
“We acknowledge that significant progress has been made, in the Ogoni clean-up process, Maritime University, and the development of a Strategic Implementation Work Plan for the Niger Delta. We are also encouraged by the peace-making efforts,” Karlsen said.
While adding that the EU will look at ways of providing support for the Maritime University, Karlsen noted that it was important for the Federal Government to sustain its long–term commitment in order to build trust with people in the region.
Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani.
Other representatives of the EU at the meeting include the French Ambassador, Denys Gaver; Italian Ambassador, Stefano Pontesilli; Netherlands Ambassador, Robert Petri; German Deputy Ambassador, Regina Hess; EU Deputy Head of Delegation, Richard Young; as well as British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright; and the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington.
'Laolu Akande 
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
 24 November 2017
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     Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has advised Christians on Pilgrimage to the holy land of Jerusalem to be worthy and proud ambassadors of the State and pray for Nigeria, as they have been praying for Lagos.
Speaking through the Commissioner for Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef at the 2017 Inaugural Flight Ceremony to Israel organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Ambode enjoined the pilgrims to be worthy representatives of themselves, their families, the State and Nigeria as a whole.
He admonished them to exhibit such values by not eloping, by showing best attitude and exhibiting high integrity and diligence, as well as by transmitting correct spiritual values and projecting a positive image.
He said, “with prayers by Christians and Muslims, as well as people of other faiths, Lagos is working, and with more of it, Nigeria will also work.”
Governor Ambode described pilgrimage as a spiritual journey that provides the opportunity to witness landmarks and places that have been revealed in the Holy Books, adding that “it is a period of self-denial when devotees abandon and depart from all worldly possessions - wealth, home, family, work and other material possessions to seek the face of the Lord”.
He encouraged pilgrims to ensure they become better citizens after the journey and return to contribute their quota to the development and proper management of infrastructure being put in place by the State for the benefit of its citizens.
Also speaking at the event, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Council, Rev. Tom Ujah said, “Jesus Christ is the greatest gift to the humanity; thus, intending pilgrims must find Jesus in greater depth and allow Him to change their lives forever for the better”.
He said pilgrims must study their bibles always and promised that in the coming year all intending pilgrims would be given a “proper bible” for comprehensive enlightenment.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, on her part congratulated the intending pilgrims, saying it was God’s favour to be part of the journey.
She charged them to exhibit high standards and project expected values and conduct which exemplify excellence for which Lagos State is noted.Among participants at the ceremony were the Y2017 Christian pilgrims from Lagos State, Executive Secretaries of Pilgrims Councils from other States, Officiating Ministers and other dignitaries.
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      The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki has assured the 150 Libyan returnees currently undergoing training of his administration’s commitment to equip them with the requisite skills for a better future.
Obaseki, who gave the assurance after a review of the ongoing training programme for the returnees at the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Benin City, urged them to look forward to a future in which they will be employers of labour.
“With the training and starter-packs we will give you, you will be able to start your own business and grow it into a big business that will employ people. All you need to do is to be diligent and aspire to any heights you desire.
“Information and Communication Technology is the game changer in the world and I urge you to deploy the technology in scaling up your businesses,” the governor said.
He advised the returnees not to dwell on their past mistakes, as it is only human to make mistakes. “Learn from your mistakes, discourage other youths from embarking on risky and illegal trips to Europe and make the best of the training and other forms of support we are giving you today,” he said.
The 10-day training was flagged off by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, last week.
Speaking at the flag off, Hon. Osaigbovo said “The government is committed to ensuring that the returnees become self-reliant, and urged them to take the training seriously as they will be empowered after the programme.The commissioner said it was part of the government’s effort in engaging youths in productive venture and to stem illegal migration.


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        Top rated artistes like Olamide, Small Doctor, Lil Kesh, 9ce and Ycee are some of the confirmed A-list artistes billed to perform at The Lagos Street Carnival scheduled to hold on Sunday, 3rd December, 2017.
The carnival, which will kick-start the series of entertainment activities at the Centre of Excellence will be held along the stretch of Oba Akran Road, Ikeja.
The colourful carnival, held as Lagos Street Party in 2016 but now rebranded and repackaged to serve a much wider purpose, will launch the state into a series of activities lined-up to celebrate the yuletide season.
Top Fuji act, Alhaji Sule Alao Malaika and Waka Queen, Alhaja Salawa Abeni as well as top DJs are also in the rich line-up of artists that will entertain at the carnival.
In a press release signed on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the event will feature activities like colourful carnival processions, outdoor games, kiddies' play zone, food stalls and a star-studded musical concert.
According to the Commissioner, the carnival will attract more than a thousand revellers in colourful costumes and displays in a controled procession. "They will flag off and sustain a spectacular parade of colours, dance and showmanship to create a carnival atmosphere that Lagosians always crave at the end of the year, " he said.
Although the carnival is being managed by an independent organisation - HEAT Nigeria Limited - in partnership with the Lagos State government, Ayorinde said government had put in place adequate security measures and seamless traffic management strategy to ensure safety of the people and to make sure motorists using the designated alternative routes do not experience discomfort as a result of the planned road closures on Oba Akran road and it's environs.
The event as usual is expected to display the inherent creativity, beauty and energy of Lagosians who are widely celebrated for knowing how to work hard and to derive maximum pleasure from entertainment and leisure activities.The rich culture, food and lifestyle of Lagos will also be experienced by visitors and tourists that are already drawn to the attractions that the Lagosians Street Carnival holds, the Commissioner stated.
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       The Lagos State Lands Bureau, through the Directorate of Land Services, has harmonized its demand notice/assessment letter to encompass all fees payable for Governor's Consent in the State.
A statement released by the Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule said the harmonization is part of the ongoing efforts to improve the Ease of Doing Business relating to land matters in Lagos.
According to the release, the demand notice now outlines the harmonized fees to include Consent fee, Capital Gain Tax, Stamp Duty, Registration Fee, Neighborhood Improvement Charge, Charting Fee as well as Endorsement and Form 1c charges.
Onabule stated that the new payment schedule affords applicants the opportunity to pay all fees related to the issuance of Governor’s Consent in a single transaction.She said in addition to the newly introduced payment regime, automated searches at the Land Registry are conducted within one hour of submission of any request, emphasizing that it is no longer a pre-requisite for applicants to conduct a title search prior to registration of title documents.The statement affirmed that the newly introduced process has reduced the timeframe for obtaining Certified True Copies(CTC) of land title documents to a maximum period of two hours.
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      The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to comments attributed to the Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee investigating the controversial reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Miana, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, alleging that officials of the Commission shared 222 properties which Maina’s Panel seized from pension fund thieves. This sweeping allegation, coming from a Senate Committee is disturbing more so as no attempt was made to verify the information from the Commission. The EFCC was never invited by the Committee and given the opportunity to educate it on the status of assets seized from suspected pension thieves; yet the Committee was comfortable to scandalize the EFCC with the public disclosure of unverified claims by unknown interests.
For the avoidance of doubt, there are no 222 properties anywhere that were shared by anybody. The EFCC did not receive a single property from Abdulrasheed Maina.
All the pension fraud assets that are in the recovered assets inventory of the Commission were products of independent investigation by the EFCC, for which Maina and his cohorts had no clues. If Maina or any government official witnessed the sharing of any recovered pension assets by any official of the EFCC, they should be willing to name the official, the assets involved; when and where the ‘sharing’ took place.
As far as the EFCC is concerned, there is no controversy regarding the status of assets recovered from suspected pension thieves. The record of all the recovered assets from both the Police Pension and the Pension Office of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as well as their current status are intact, and have been communicated to the relevant organs of government.
However, in view of the consistent display of public ignorance about the profile of recovered assets by even those who should know, it is important to state that it is impossible for anybody to share a property that is subject of interim forfeiture by court. Of all the properties seized from pension fraud suspects, it is only properties that are linked to John Yusuf, who was convicted under a plea bargain arrangement that had been forfeited permanently and handed to government.All the others, with the exception of Brifina Hotel, are subject of interim forfeiture. And the cases are ongoing in courts.
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       Tipper Crashes On 3 Buses & 2 Other Cars On Anambra Bridge, Kills 5.A ghastly motor accident occurred yesterday morning at Down Bridge Obosi, Anambra state.A heavy duty vehicle popularly known as tipper crashed on three buses loading at Down bridge Obosi and two other private vehicles.About five persons lost their lives on the spot with many injured.More photos below.
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        According to one of my reporter Chinenye Genevieve who is reporting few hours ago that a DPO in Lagos attacked a lady.She captioned all the photos she sent in ''Residents of Ijegun-Egba of Lagos State penultimate Saturday evening returned to a shocking development as a Police DPO in the area personally tortured an innocent Nigerian lady to stupor for no just cause.The Benue born young lady, Miss Fatu Rose Ochigbo of number 27, Musi-Anidu Street, Ijegun-Egba suburb of Lagos State is still fighting to regain consciousness at a hospital in Lagos after she was handpicked and beaten mercilessly by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Agboju Police Station, DST. Ibrahim Audu and his boys on Saturday 11/11/2017.An eyewitness who is simply known in the area as Aunty Pauline told New-Nigeria Reporters that the victim, Miss Fatu Ochigbo, was in her house cooking and only came out of her room to throw off water in the gutter when she saw a number of persons being chased by Police men running toward her compound.
According to Aunty Pauline, out of concern for her own safety, Miss Fatu started running back to her room but the Police quickly descended on her and started beating her up mercilessly, adding that the DPO of Agboju Police Station personally hit the innocent lady on the head with the Police wooden baton leaving her broken skull gushing out blood.
Upon investigation, the Police were said to be pursuing a MALE suspected hoodlum terrorising the area but descended on Miss Fatu over a reason best known to them (the Police).
Miss Rose Fatu Ochigbo was rushed to the nearest hospital and treated by the Police for N16,000 after realising the girl's innocence.
However, Miss Rose who is in great pain, cannot sleep and has lost substantial quantity of blood was forced by the murderous DPO who came back to demand for the N16,000 hospital bill he paid for the treatment. A source closed to the victim told New-Nigeria Reporters that Miss Fatu who could barely open her eyes due to the heavy cut on her head had to cough out the 16,000 to pay the DPO who had threatened to kill her if she refused to pay him back.The victim's family are calling on Nigerians to come to their aid over this injustice, describing the incident as a disgrace to Nigerians and the womanhood, adding that Miss Fatu is an innocent young girl who was assaulted by members of the Nigerian Police Force for no just cause.The family questioned why members of the Nigerian Police Force would mistake an innocent young lady for a male suspect''.More photos below.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


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        Re-elected governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, following his victory in the Saturday’s governorship poll.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, handed over the certificate of return to Obiano at INEC’s headquarters in Awka, the state capital..Presidenting the certificate to Obiano, the state REC urged the re-elected governor to live up to expectations and continue to develop the state.In attendance were Obiano’s wife, the Deputy Governor; Dr Nkem Okeke, and many of his supporters and top officials.Also present were the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Chairman of the Willie Obiano Re-election Committee, Victor Umeh, and several traditional rulers and party chieftains.More photos below.


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         Senate President Bukola Saraki wrote today on social media ''Today at the Senate, we debated a Motion on the urgent need to look into the killings and arson that occurred in Shinkafi Local Government Area, Zamfara.For many years now, we have continued to observe moments of silence for various communities around the country. Yet, we have not sufficiently addressed this problem head-on. This has to stop. We are all tired of this. We all need to take action. Today’s moment of silence is one moment of silence too many.Clearly, all the messages that came out from today’s debate point to the fact that there is a collapse of either Nigeria’s security infrastructure or national security. There is a level of impunity in many parts of our nation today. This impunity has translated to us seeing people carrying illegal arms in the open and causing devastation to communities across the country.This is why, we are going to take profound action on this issue. Tomorrow, I will be setting up a Committee that will be tasked with coming up with long-term solutions to this problem. We must use this opportunity to really ask ourselves, what is the way forward? How do we put an end to these communal clashes and killings that occur?.The fact remains, in the past, many committees have been set up to look at the reformation of the police for better delivery, however, up until now, no action has been taken.This is why, this is not just going to be another report and this is not just going to be another committee.I have told the senators that will be on this committee that they will be carrying a huge responsibility on their shoulders. I also acknowledge that it is not going to be easy. However, I am happy that we have former governors, aspiring governors and legislators in the Senate that are up to the task.Whatever it is, together with the right minds and a concerted approach, we can get to the bottom of this issue and solve it. If it is a funding issue, it can be addressed through appropriations. If it is new technologies that other countries use to maintain their internal security, we need to know what these technologies are.In this regard, tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the names of the members of the ad-hoc committee and giving them a time-frame and a mandate to report back to the full plenary, so that we can take a decision on this issue and follow through with it''.
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      The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state has built formidable structures and systems to receive and re-integrate victims of human trafficking and illegal migration who are indigenes of the state.
Speaking at the International Conference on Women Empowerment and the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons: Partnership Between Nigeria and Italy, organised by the President of Italian Chamber of Deputies, Ms Laura Boldrini, in Rome, Italy, the governor said the state government needs support to sustain its efforts and ensure that youths do not have reasons to embark on treacherous journeys.
Recall that the state government recently received three batches of over 200 returnees from Libya, who were subsequently enrolled in capacity development programmes and placed on a stipend for three months.
The state government has set up a task-force to oversee the process of rehabilitating and assimilating returnees and has sent a bill to the Edo State House of Assembly, for the enactment of a law to strengthen the fight against human trafficking in the state.
Obaseki said that the state requires huge funds to sustain the rehabilitation of the returnees, noting, “we are spending a lot to reintegrate these young people into the society and we anticipate that the expenses would be more in the nearest future. We solicit for support from the European Union, the Italian government as well as other countries affected by this menace to be able to sustain the structures we have set up in the state.”
“All parties affected by the menace of human trafficking both the countries of origin and the destination countries stand to benefit from the system we have set up in Edo State to engage these youths, which would give them no reason to contemplate migrating illegally. So, we want to strengthen these structures in Edo State to make staying back and working gainfully the preferred choice,” he said.On indigenes who are victims of human trafficking and are willing to return to the state, the governor said, “We acknowledge the fact that they are victims, and in many instances, they are entangled in human trafficking due to no fault of theirs. We are extending an open hand to them, and assuring them of support when they return.”.More photos below.
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Related image             In its determination to ensure free flow of traffic and safety on the roads, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday commenced the process of clearing Apapa-Mile 2 axis of illegal parking of tankers and articulated vehicles.
The action, the Government said, is aimed at freeing Apapa - Oshodi Expressway of traffic gridlock and to make it accessible to other road users.
Speaking in Lagos after a visit to the area, the General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Olawale Musa said despite series of meetings the Agency held with the stakeholders on the imperative of freeing Apapa of all traffic impediments, vehicles were still parked on the roads.
Musa said that the government would not fold its arms and allow lawlessness and impunity to reign, emphasizing that the current administration in the State is alive to its responsibilities and will not shy away from attending to the plight of the people.
According to him, the State Government set up a Special Task Force comprising Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Navy, Police, Civil Defence and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) under the Chairmanship of the State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi to rid Apapa of illegal parking activities and curb the menace of articulated vehicles.
He noted that a stakeholders meeting held on Friday 17th November 2017 at the NPA headquarters Marina, identified articulated vehicles returning empty containers to the Port as the major cause of Apapa traffic gridlock because many of them had to wait up to 10 days to discharge empty containers.
“The stakeholders have therefore resorted that henceforth, these vehicles are to use the following holding bays and terminals which are: Comet Terminal, Joatelim, Ballore Transport and Logistics, HBX Terminal, Unity Bonded Terminal, Falcon Terminal, Port and Marine services and Duncan Terminal for their activities,” Musa said.
He added that stakeholders also agreed that all trucks currently loading at the port will be issued a docket indicating where they should return their empty containers instead of waiting ceaselessly on the roads to return them.
Musa assured the residents of Apapa and Lagos State in general that the current efforts to restore sanity and orderliness to Apapa would be a continuous one, warning that anyone who defies government directive not to impede the free flow of traffic will be dealt with according to the law.
He enjoined all stakeholders, especially the Shipping Council and Shipping Lines to sensitize and educate their members on the new directive, while also urging members of the public to take advantage of the already cleared roads and inform the Agency of any broken down or abandoned tankers and trucks on Apapa – Oshodi Expressway.It would be recalled that owners and drivers of articulated vehicles illegally parked along the roads in Apapa and environs have been given till Friday, November 24 to remove them to avoid sanctions as prescribed by the law.
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This was established by the Federal Executive Council in May 2007, following the convening of the first Presidential Stakeholders’ Forum on the Child Nutrition Situation in Nigeria, on 22nd February 2007 – is the highest decision-making body on food and nutrition in Nigeria, and is expected to spearhead and oversee our interventions in addressing Nigeria’s nutritional challenges.
The Council has a robust roadmap to work with – the National Food and Nutrition Policy, adopted in April 2016 by a broad coalition of stakeholders, comprising the Federal and State Governments, civil society and international development partners.
The emergence of that Policy is further demonstration of the seriousness with which the Buhari administration takes the issue of improving the nutritional status of all Nigerians, especially the most vulnerable in our midst: infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly, the poor.
That policy, if fully implemented, will ensure significant improvements in several specific national indices, including the reduction of stunting in under-5 children, reduction of wasting in children, reduction of anaemia in pregnant women, reduction in adult obesity rates, and an increase in the rates of exclusive breastfeeding.
More than any other government in Nigeria’s history, this administration has demonstrated its seriousness about catering to the needs of the most vulnerable of our population.
One of the primary manifestations of this commitment to the vulnerable is our Social Investment Programme, comprising a School Feeding Programme for public primary schools, a Micro-credit scheme for small business people, a Conditional Cash Transfer scheme, and a Jobs programme for unemployed graduates.
The School Feeding Programme, which directly seeks to improve the nutrition of primary school children, is now active in 19 States of the country, providing one meal a day to 5million. Our target is 5.5million children before the end of the year. At the beginning of December, we intend to carry out a mass deworming exercise on the back of the School Feeding Programme.
Our Agriculture reform agenda is focusing on achieving self-sufficiency within the shortest possible time. In the Northeast, where Boko Haram’s violence disrupted the farming cycle for years, we are now seeing a remarkable improvement in security, allowing the people to return to their farms, and grow their food. In our healthcare agenda, we are revitalizing our primary health care system, with nutrition at the very heart of it, and promoting optimum breastfeeding and quality of complementary foods.
We are also collaborating with the private sector to ensure Nigerians have year round access to adequately fortified and nutritious foods, and working with both national and International partners to raise awareness and deepen understanding on this issue.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, it is clear that there is a strong connection between nutrition and economic growth. If we invest in improved nutrition for our people we will see the results not only in improved emotional and psychological satisfaction in our citizens, but also in reduced healthcare costs and increased economic productivity.
We must therefore ensure that we mobilize the resources needed to make these needed investments. The Federal Government has been progressively increasing budgetary allocations to nutrition activities.
But the Government cannot fund this by itself. The private sector, civil society, and international community must all play a key role in helping mobilize financial and logistical resources, and in helping ensure transparency and accountability in the deployment of these resources. Indeed, every resource must be made to count towards the attainment of our goals and ambitions. There is no room for waste.
The National Council on Nutrition has its work cut out, in implementation, collaboration, and communication. We bear the burden of very high expectations – Nigeria must make speedy and visible progress in its fight against hunger, malnutrition and other nutritional challenges. As part of this we must ensure that the new National Food and Nutrition Policy is quickly domesticated at State level in every State of the Federation and the FCT.
Let me reiterate that the work of this Council is an important one. Our success or failure will make a huge difference in how quickly Nigeria is able to achieve not only the Sustainable Development Goals, but also our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
I would also like to express our gratitude to all our partners and stakeholders, local and international, who have demonstrated again and again that they are fully with us on this journey.In closing, let me express my congratulations to all Council members. This is a great opportunity to serve our nation and its people.
It is now my honour and privilege to formally inaugurate the National Council on Nutrition today. I wish you a successful tenure.
Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Released by
Laolu Akande
SSA, Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President 
November 22, 2017.
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