Nigerians going through very hard times, Osinbajo admits
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a town hall meeting put together by United Action for Change (UAC), yesterday, noted that Nigerians are going through very tough times, including, electricity problem, deficiency
of petrol, inflation among other challenges.
Osinbajo also said the campaign promise to supply 000 succour to 25 million poorest of the poor can no longer be carried through with the current state of the market, N5, but said a million Nigerians would be given N5000.
Expressing optimism, he said: "You can be sure this is not going to be the ending of the storyline, but that of prosperity."
Osinbajo maintained that the issue of the country experiencing change is irrevocable, since according to him, the change they canvassed for is not a slogan, as Nigeria cannot live going the direction it was before now.
We now have a leader who's honest, which is the most important thing," he reasoned, adding that Nigeria has the finest opportunity now "Today.
Responding to the twenty questions requested by participants meeting, the number two citizen harped on efforts being made by the administration that is present to supply solutions to some of the challenges facing the state.
Boko Haram endanger Nigeria, herdsmen, say Ohanaeze, Soyinka
The groups contained Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Enugu State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
Nonetheless, Arewa Consultative Forum and a Fulani group advocated prudence on the part of critics of the ’ activities that were herders, the latter saying that about 16,000 cattlemen have been killed in battles with farmers and . others
The apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation condemned the strike on some communities in Enugu State by suspected herdsmen and advocated the Federal Government to urgently address the issue to prevent a position where ethnic militias will emerge to ensure security in their own surroundings.
The organization also ignored the projected Grazing Bill as anti- unconstitutional and federalism.
Igariwey, noted in Abuja that the incessant assault on communities by heavily armed herdsmen all over Nigeria endangered national unity and peaceful co existence as they can destablise the country by a synchronised action if they so determine.
He stressed: "Why is it that the herdsmen are heavily armed, who's equipping them and where are they from? It is time to have appropriate identification of herdsmen they can be monitored. The security challenge is tremendous, when it is not Boko Haram spillovers from their foundations that are dislodged because the style of strike in a few of these communities is the exact same style of assault by Boko Haram and how do we currently understand when it's herdsmen? They remove and sack hamlets. The Federal Government should pay attention to these activities.
But the Arewa leaders have requested Nigerians to resist imputing ethnic and religious connotations to the various catastrophes.
They unanimously condemned the assault in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, as unfortunate and barbaric." by some herdsmen on the Ukpabi Nimbo Community
They ACF, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said "offenders committing heinous crimes against innocent individuals and concealing under whatever guise and the state should be treated as such and in accordance with the law."
Show understanding with one another and aCF called to be patient, especially given that President Buhari is established and committed to the war on insurgency and corruption ".
In accordance with the Nobel laureate, the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the market through tourism and culture is endangered by insecurity.
He noted that "culture is closely intertwined with tourism – the former, in fact, often drives the latter," stressing that "the destination uppermost in the thoughts of the majority of tourists we understand is – Culture." Soyinka insisted that both share – enemies and friends.
He went on: Of the main enemies, seeing that we find ourselves within the precincts of government, I intend to engage your attention in this short address to merely one: Insecurity. That inability of any vacationist to let go entirely, relax, submit oneself wholly to the offerings of a new environment – the noises, sights, scents, feels and taste. Of or out of the touristic intent and Culture itself, in, there is no ambiguity in the mind of its enemies. Their hatred is pathological and impassioned to a degree that goes beyond madness, beyond the light and unfortunately beyond treatment. The responsibility of government towards such retrogressive outbreaks remains unambiguous."
Finding a link between the heinous offenses which Boko Haram has perpetrated against incessant assaults and Nigerians and Nigeria Soyinka said: " After Boko Haram, what next? In fact, at this moment, Boko Haram has no ‘ after’ since it's by no means ended, irrespective of what technical expressions such as ‘militarily degraded’ mean.
"But why don't we assume indeed that we are in the past of Boko Haram. It's clear that the series is determined, the ‘vacated space that was ’ has already been granted, and that the new territorial aspirants are already positioned. The continuity of an established Nigerian necropolis north to south, and the entire nation seems to be theirs without a battle and east to west is being consolidated.
Some necropoles are actually fascinating. They entice visitors from distant places, but those are works of veneration, artistry and dedication. They're visual feasts, to hovering ancestors among whose constructions the visitors actually picnic, leave emblematic presents and blooms. The Nigerian widening necropoles leave just the taste of bile in the mouth, the corrosion of rage, malodor and hate.
"When I read a short while ago, the Presidential guarantee to the state that the current homicidal escalation between the cows prowlers and farming communities would be over, I felt mortified.
"he'd the solution, he said. Cattle ranches were being set up, and in another 18 months, destruction of killings and support from herdsmen, rustlings would be ‘a thing of the past’. The country was ensured by him eighteen months. I believe his Minister of Agriculture harked back to that later, but with a time schema that is less dispiriting. Neither, however, could be considered a message of consolation and assurance for the ordinary Nigerian farmer and the lengthening cast of victims, much less to a thinking tourist to the Forest Retreat of Tinana in the Rivers, the Ikogosi Springs or the moslem architectural heritage of the ancient city of Kano. Regardless, the external tourists have less perilous choices."
Soyinka also decried the devastation that insecurity has wreaked on "internal tourism. "
His words: "However there is certainly also internal tourism, to be considered a premium advantage – both economically and in spirit of personal edification and nation building. It was an exercise I indulged in in the early sixties as by product of other engagements, such as research. A lot however was just under interest. I can modestly claim to be among the top twenty-five percent internally traveled Nigerians, acquainted with the scents, textures and flavors of their geographic habitation. I wish the late Segun Olusola were around to testify to the sudden spells of tourist explorations we made in the pre war sixties in his Volkswagen Beetle. But now, would the young daring set out to visit with the mystery caves of Anambra and its alleged curative pools from only interest? They'd think twice about it."
The social activist decried the inability of government to articulate a coherent policy to handle the threat, saying It isn't simply arbitrary violence that reigns across the nation but , undisputed impunity that was absolute.
"Impunity evolves and becomes integrated in actions when offense happens and no logical, legal and moral answer is offered. I have yet to hear this government say a company policy of non-endurance for the serial massacres have grown to be the state’s identification stamp.
I haven't learned an order given that any cattle herders caught with advanced firearms be immediately disarmed, arrested, placed on trial, and his cows confiscated. The state is treated to an eighteen-month positive strategy which, to make matters worse, smacks on innocents of encouragement and abject appeasement of violence.
He recalled attempt made "to utilize the Open Newsgroup platform of the Centre for Oshogbo, Culture and International Understanding, to establish a national debate on the matter – ‘Sacred Cows or Holy Rights. ’ The signals were clear and the rampage of impunity was manifesting a cultic intensity of alarming proportions. For reasons which are not too mouth-watering to go into here, the forum didn't take place.
" That challenge remains open, but should now require this party, which undoubtedly contains tourist and educational agencies. They and human rights organisations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Farming and local Vigilance associations etc. should join hands It's a gauntlet thrown down to be picked up, and desperately, by any of the affected or troubled sectors of society, or indeed any involved and competent party only at that convention. The CBCIU is prepared to collaborate."
Soyinka laced his remarks during his hunting expeditions with personal meetings with herdsmen.
He said: "I had observed a change of quality in woods meetings with cattle herdsmen through the years. These changes had become sufficiently alarming for me to arrange meetings with the late National Security Adviser
General Azazi and, later, with a few governors
At time, we believed they were Boko Haram, infiltrating into the south under guise of cattle herding. That was then, and undoubtedly that surmise has never been firmly demonstrated or disproved.
"Lately nonetheless, I returned Prince Oge Nwaozuzu from Yohaig thinks that this is a fantastic move.
a trip outside the state about to find that my home ground was invaded, and a brand-new "Appian way" sliced through my safety. The invaders that were hoofed made that ‘motorable’ trail. Interested journalists are encouraged to visit, although both improvised entrance and exit are now blocked. In over two decades of living for the reason that ecological preserve, no such intrusion had happened. I have no idea whether they were Fulani or Futa Jalon herdsmen but, they were cattle herders, and they had cut a rough swathe through my private reasons. I made enquiries and sent alerts around, including through the Baale of our neighborhood village. There has been no repeat, and hopefully it will stay the first and last of such invasion. What it portends yet is for all believing citizens to reflect upon, and take joint measures against."
Describing herdsmen as mankind’s earliest known tourists, Soyinka added: " wherever seen They must be taught yet that there's a culture of settlement, and learn to seek accommodation with hosts that were settled.
"The direction of any society cannot stand idly and offer alternatives that unconditionally deem the massacres of innocents only episodes along the way to that learning school. For every offense, there is a punishment, for every infraction, there must be restitution. The nomads of the world cannot put themselves above the law of mankind that is settled. "
Nigeria can use culture, tourism to encourage peaceful co-existence, by Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that tourism and culture could play a crucial role in integrating communities, promoting peace and harmonious co-existence on the list of varied cultures in Nigeria.
Speaking at the ongoing national summit on culture and tourism in Abuja, the President noted that tourism brings people and human communities into contact through cultures and civilisation, adding that tourism has the ability to assist the world inhabitants to live better together and thereby contribute to peaceful coexistence between peoples and cultures.
President Buhari, who stressed the need to use culture and tourism as instruments of social mobilisation for national revival, said his administration would provide the required enabling environment for arts, culture and tourism to thrive and develop through the massive upgrading of infrastructure and the supply of security.
While advocating participants at the summit to develop proper policies and ideal attitudes toward achieving the desirable goals, Buhari stated that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has a crucial role to play in leveraging on the diverse cultures in Nigeria to inculcate the tenets of the country’s cultural values of ethics, honesty, truthfulness and God-consciousness in the citizens.
"I charge the Ministry of Information, Culture and National Orientation to effectively liaise with other related ministries and agencies to work out suitable programmes, including actions and measures, that would help in fighting the scourge of these social vices brought about by the collapse of our value systems," he said.
In his address, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Culture and Information, said his ministry in the last six months had taken a bold step to convert the country’s huge cultural and tourism potentials into vast opportunities for job development and revenue generation.
Nigeria loses 10% of working hours due to growing heat
A fresh report released yesterday said that Nigeria and other emerging economies are facing as much as 10 per cent losses because of deteriorating thermal states in the workplace as a result of climate change in working hours,.
The estimated losses entail undesirable effects of an identical scale to economic output, or GDP, for a wide variety of developing countries, including India, Indonesia and Nigeria, as emphasized by the report.
Based on the report, "when it really is not too cold, individuals work less efficiently out of doors, the office, in factories or on the move due to diminished ability for physical exertion and for finishing tasks that are mental.
International organizations and "Governments have long put on thermal states at work. But climate change has transformed thermal conditions, " and " added warming is a serious challenge for any worker or company reliant on non or outside - air conditioned work. " Levels of heat are very high" even for inhabitants that were acclimatized, it noted.
Speaking at the report’s start, ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Burrow, said: "A rise in temperature risks the health of workers and the productivity in work environments where heat is debilitating – climate actions is pressing to shield workers in the foreseeable future and now.
According to General Secretary of UNI Global Union need to have access to enough time for rest breaks and a cooling surroundings, shade, water, protective garments. This really is especially true for those who do physical work, for example out in factories, mines and the fields. Governments, and employers have to take this problem of the cauldron of a warming planet
seriously and develop some successful policy responses and practical measures to protect workers. We understand the challenges and we understand what needs to be done to allow it to be occur."
For Maria Luisa Silva, UNDP Geneva Manager "We embarked on this particular report to give recognition to the unique and serious concern, and to begin the dialog on how to respond and cope with this. The challenges have to be addressed by governments, companies, employees and other relevant international organizations if we desire to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030."img src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Abuja_Collage.jpg/512px-Abuja_Collage
.jpg" style="max-width:410px;float:right;padding:10px 0px 10px 10px;border:0px;">The release marked International Workers’ Memorial Day, with the report calling workplace heat that is excessive a well known productivity risk and occupational health behind growing dangers of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and, "in extraordinary instances," departure.
NMA says right of every Nigerian, universal health coverage
Dr Kayode Obembe, President of the Nigerian Medical Association, yesterday said in Abuja that universal health coverage is the right.
Obembe clarified that this right is guaranteed in the Constitution, where it is clearly stipulated that it was the duty of government to take care of the health needs of all citizens at secondary, primary and tertiary levels.
Moreover, Obembe said that patients have the right to examination, consultation, history taking, identification, investigation, prescription and management.
According to him, as an alternative to using the provisions to better the lots of Nigerians in relation to health, government has insisted that health is on the concurrent legislative list, making states and local governments to enact laws aside from the federal.
The NMA president, who made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria, noted that this clause has usually been used to the detriment of Nigerian citizens. He restated that every citizen has the right to register and enjoy any payment made by government to subsidise NHIS services.
He clarified that "Case note is assumed to be kept there and belongs to the hospital, but if you want your own record it handed over to you, summarised and could be typed."