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Mark, Others Back Amaechi On State Police … As Senate Probes N135bn Police Reform Fund

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L-R: Chairman, Commomwealth Business Council, Mr Mohan Kowl, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr Samuel Ortom and Senior Special Adviser to the Vice President on Special Duties, Mr Isiah Balat, at the Commonwealth Business Forum during 2013 CHOGM in Colombo , Sri Lanka, yesterday.

L-R: Chairman, Commomwealth Business Council, Mr Mohan Kowl, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr Samuel Ortom and Senior Special Adviser to the Vice President on Special Duties, Mr Isiah Balat, at the Commonwealth Business Forum during 2013 CHOGM in Colombo , Sri Lanka, yesterday.

In tune with the position of the Rivers State Governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the leadership of the senate has thrown its weight behind the creation of state police.
President of the Senate, David Mark and Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, were among those who spoke in favour of state police at plenary yesterday, echoing the position of Governor Amaechi who had remained vocal in his conviction that the creation of state police would promote true federalism and effective policing of the federation.
Contributing to the debate, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, opined that the time was ripe to create State Police, saying that the Nigeria Police Force is suffering from “structural defect”.
Ndoma-Egba spoke further: “The mentality of the police is still rooted in our colonial history.
“No matter how much you bring, you are not going to change the police. “The idea of a single police for all the country is inconsistent with a federal system. “This motion affords us the opportunity to restructure the police in line to what is obtainable in federalism.”
The Senate leader’s position was supported by Umaru Dahiru (PDP-Sokoto), who also canvassed for creation of State Police, adding: “I will certainly support the creation of State Police as 2015 approaches.
“As it is today, nobody can trust the Federal Police to provide security for the people.
The time is ripe for us to include State Police as key issue for discussion at the national conference.”
Senator Smart Adeyemi (PDP- Kogi), in his contribution, stressed the need to reappraise the manner police funds are being disbursed.
According to Adeyemi: “We need to find out what is happening to their allocation and how money is being disbursed to the Police. “There is nothing wrong with having a State Police.
“We must begin to look at ways to make a policeman committed and passionate about his job by providing them with the good things of life.”
Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) also backed the call for State Police, saying the issue deserves all seriousness and should therefore, not be trivialized.
Tinubu said: “The entire nation is not happy with the Police. “We requested for State Police but many of us voted against it here. “We as the Senate can do something about it right here before it even gets to the national conference.”
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the lawmakers must take a decision to secure the nation, calling for urgent decentralization of the police.
Ekweremadu said: “About N140 billion had been made available for the reforms between 2010 and 2013 but unfortunately with these huge funds, we are not going to achieve anything with the Police. “We must make up our minds to secure our people by decentralising the Police.”
On his part, the Senate President, David Mark, also backed those calling for creation of State Police to effect structural changes for effective policing.
Mark said: “I used to be a strong advocate of federal government police or central police.
“I am sure you have noticed that sometimes ago I also changed my mind to say that maybe we should experiment with State Police and see what it is. “There are basic problems with the current system but we must try to address them in a manner that has nothing to do with politics in any form at all because if this country does not survive, we will not play politics also.”
Meanwhile, Senate yesterday resolved to investigate whether the sum of N135 billion released for police reforms between 2010 and 2013 had been judiciously spent or not.
This followed a motion tabled at plenary by Abubakar Tutare (PDP-Taraba) on the level of funding and implementation of the Nigeria Police Reform Programme.
According to Tutare, despite huge sums already committed into the reform programme, there is nothing to show for it.
Consequently, the Upper Chamber mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to look into the books of the police as it relates to the reform programme.
In 2010, the Federal government came up with a reform agenda, which is aimed at addressed lack of offices, residential accommodation, operational vehicles as well as communication equipment so as to make the police more professional.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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