The Chairman, Degema local Government Council,Hon Tony Philmoore, has said that his administration would continue to beef up security in the LGA to secure lives and property with a view to improving community living and enhanced economic activities in the area.
The chairman stated this during the launching of Operation Degema Sting Wednesday at Degema Consulate, Head Quarters of the LGA.
He expressed the need for his government to domicile the Operation Sting recently launched in the state by Governor Nyesom Wike in DELGA,adding that the Operation DELGA Sting is not launched to kill our people, but to discourage them from all forms of criminalities.
Hon Philmoore called on parents and guardians to warn their wards to shun acts that could stir actions of security agents who according to him have been mandated to give hot chase to criminals where ever they may be hiding.
Unveiling/launching the Gunboat and Patrol vehicle he has provided for the security agents to step up their game,Tony Philmoore also disclosed his administration’s preparedness to pay for skills acqisition training as an alternative means of stemming insecurity. He also stated that names of beneficiaries of the free education programme for tertiary institutions would be made public as from Thursday next week.
Speaking further, the council boss revealed that a special squad nay community police had been trained and profiled by the police to fight insecurity in the area and appealed to criminals to change from bad to good as there would be no hiding place for them.
Philmoore also expressed the hope that the patrol vehicle provided for the security operations would end armed robbery and kidnapping along the Kalabari-Emouha road.
In his own speech,Assistant Commissioner of Police,John Mark noted that DELGA has a terrain that makes it difficult to fight crime, but promised his men’s readiness to curb insecurity in the area.
He called on parents to caution their children against criminality, saying enough is enough of these nonsense.
Thanking the DELGA boss for the provision of the gunboat and patrol vehicle,ACP John Mark call on sister LGAs of Asalga,Akulga and Abua/Odual which are under his watch to emulate the DELGA chairman if the want optimum performance of security operatives.
He also called on the people of the area to cooperate with the security agents, insisting that civilian community is being trained and supervised to complement the efforts of the force.
Buhari Seeks Senate’s Approval For Additional External Loans
President Muhammadu Buhari has sought approval of Senate for additional external loan under the 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing plan.
Buhari’s request was contained in a letter addressed to President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary, yesterday.
Buhari in the letter said the loan which would be sourced from the multilateral organisations would be used to finance critical projects of the Federal and States governments.
“Addendum to the Request for Senate concurrent approval of Multilateral Fund Projects under the 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing plan.
“I write on the above subject to submit attached addendum to the proposed 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing rolling plan for the consideration and concurrent approval of the Senate.
“Senate may wish to recall that I had earlier transmitted a request from the proposed 2018 to 2020 Federal Government external borrowing plan for the concurrent approval of Senate in May 2021.
“However, in view of other emerging needs and to ensure that all critical projects are covered, the Federal Executive Council as at June 2021 incorporated.
“I hereby forward an addendum to the proposed external borrowing plan.
“The projects listed in the addendum to the 2018 to 2021 Federal Government external borrowing plan are to be financed through sovereign loans from the World Bank, French Development Agency, China Exim Bank, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD),Credit Swiss Group, and Standard Chartered, in the credit total sum of 4.5 billion dollars,710 million euros and grant component of 125 million dollars.
“The Senate is kindly invited to know that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on positive technical and economic evaluations and the contributions that will make the socio- economic development of the country including, employment generation and poverty reduction and protection of the most vulnerable in the society.
“All the said projects in the addendum, form part of the 2018-2021 external borrowing plan and covered all the Federal and state governments projects and are geared toward realisation of Nigeria’s sustainability plan.”
Buhari said the sustainability plans cuts across key sectors, such as infrastructure, health, agriculture and food, security energy, education and human capital development.
He urged the senate to give consideration and approval to the request, given the timing and benefits due to be accrued to the implementation of the projects across the country.
Group Tasks INEC On Sensitisation
A Non-Governmental Organisation, YIAGA Africa, has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on the need to intensify public sensitisation for the ongoing voters registration exercise.
YIAGA Africa, which specialises in monitoring elections and citizens participation in the electoral process across the continent also scored INEC high in voters’ registration exercise.
State Coordinating Officer of YIAGA, Obinna Ebogidi, told newsmen that though the exercise had improved, there was need for more enlightenment, as public participation was still low.
“We as an organisation are interested in the build up to the election, because what is going on now will afford Nigerians to have their PVCs and vote in the elections”, he declared.
To further drive the process, he revealed that the body had sent its monitors across the 23 local government areas of the state with the goal of boosting public participation and feedback.
Ebogidi stated that though the exercise suffered hitches earlier, INEC had improved on its services, as there was electronic network transmission hitches when the network began.
Besides improving on public education, he also tasked INEC to improve on staff’s training on electronic voters’ registration so that the process would be more efficient.
By: Kevin Nengia
INEC Discloses Updates On CVR
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 931,768 Nigerians have completed their physical registration in its ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
The electoral empire also disclosed that pre-registration had hit 2,953,094 as at 7 a.m of September 13.
The commission disclosed this in the Week 11 update on the pre-registration, which commenced on June 28, released on Monday in Abuja.
INEC further revealed that it had received 4,225,749 applications from people requesting for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and update of voter information record, among other requests.
The Tide reports that distribution of applications based on gender, shows that 2,308,338 are from males, 1,917,411 from females, while 50,395 of the applicants are from people with disabilities.
The update on the 2,953,094 Nigerians, who had done their online pre-registration, also shows that Osun State has the highest number with 402,619, followed by Edo State with 223,009 and Bayelsa State with 216,280.
The states with the lowest number of re-registration in the CVR are Borno with 11,612, followed by Yobe 13, 176 and Abia 14,248.
The Tide also reports that the week seven update on the 931,768 registrants who have completed their online and physical registration shows that Anambra records 138,795 as the state with the highest number, followed by Osun with 52,823.
However, Imo has the lowest with 6,428, followed by FCT 9,130 and Abia with 9,140 in the physical registration that started on July 26.
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