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Police Has Bad Image Before Most Nigerians, Says IGP

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has directed officers and men of the force to, henceforth, declare their assets.
Adamu gave the directive in Abuja when members of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), led by its Chairman, Prof. Mohammed Isah, paid him a courtesy visit, yesterday.
Adamu noted that declaration of assets of public officers was compulsory, and failure to do so was against the law.
“We are aware that declaration of assets is mandatory for all public officers, and not doing so means you are breaking the law.
“We want to assure you that we will assign an office to be responsible for that, and they will make sure that all our officers and men comply with this directive.
“This will ensure that we have one channel so that whenever you want to check, it will be easy.
“So, officially, the office that will be responsible for this is the office of the Commissioner of Police, Research and Planning while the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Research and Planning will oversee their activities,” he said.
The IGP added that the collaboration of both organisations (CCB and Police) was important for them to discharge their respective duties effectively.
Earlier, the Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, had noted that the assistance of the police was required to enforce the code of conduct on all public officers.
While commending the IGP for declaring his assets, he added that the bureau could not execute court orders on its own.
“The Code of Conduct Bureau has the investigative powers but this power cannot be achieved alone.
“We need to cooperate, share information and collaborate to achieve our mandate,” he pleaded with the IGP.
Speaking further at another event, the IGP said the Nigeria Police Force has bad image in the eyes of most citizens.
Adamu stated this, yesterday, in an address he presented at the opening ceremony of the Police Public Relations Officers’ Conference at Agulu, Anambra State.
The conference was themed, ‘Public Relations Strategies and Communication Skills.’
Represented by an Assistant-Inspector General of Police, Baba Tijjani, the IGP said it was in realisation of the bad image of the force that his administration was embarking on image laundering activities to re-position the police.
His statement reads in part, “It is s my pleasure to welcome you all to this very important occasion which is the opening ceremony of a four-day intensive capacity building workshop for Police Public Relations Officers in Nigeria, comprising the Police Public Relations Officers from the 36 States of the Federation, the FCT, 12 Zonal Police Public Relations Officers as well as Staff Officers of the Force Public Relations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The workshop is part of my administration’s commitment to the enhancing the capacity of officers whose primary responsibility it is to manage the image and information dissemination process towards re-positioning the Nigeria Police and changing the uninformed perceptions and faulty narratives about the Nigeria Police Force.
“This is with a view to rebranding the Force,” Adamu added.
He noted that experts have asserted that there is an “intertwining relationship” between public perception and the effectiveness of the police to attain its internal security mandate.
“The import of this is that our ability to win over public trust and confidence as a pathway to crime management is precedent on the capacity of you, the officers, to rebrand the police and project it positively to the citizens.”
However, anger is building up within the ranks of police officers, which may snowball into a protest due to the stalling of promotions and retirements as a result of the face of with the Police Service Commission (PSC) over the recruitment of 10, 000 constables, it has gathered.
Following a meeting of the management of the PSC with the Joint Staff Union of the commission over the recruitment imbroglio, the union had demanded the suspension of all promotions and recruitments and other activities as it pertains to the police until all the issues are resolved.
A source in the commission said, yesterday, that the development had led to the stalling of many promotions and retirements, which were still being processed thereby creating feelings of disaffection among those affected.
The source said: “The staff union of the commission insisted that the commission must suspend all activities that concern the police until the matter is resolved.

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Banigo Felicitates With Justice Wike On Her Birthday

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the wife of the State Chief Executive Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike as she celebrates her birthday on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.

 

In a statement from the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday, 23rd May 2020, Dr. Banigo described Hon. Justice Wike as a humane and God fearing woman who is a great pillar of strength to our amiable Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

 

While wishing her many happy returns the Deputy Governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to protect and bless Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike.

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Former Nigeria President Jonathan Loses Foster Dad.

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The family of former Nigerian President,Goodluck Jonathan and the Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state has been thrown into mourning as the News of the sudden demise of Chief Nitabai Inegite,the former president’s foster father reached them.

Though no official reports have reached us as to the cause of his death,The Tide learnt that the septuagenerian has been briefly ill shortly before his demise.
The former President, who visited the residence of his late foster father the early hours of Wednesday has not made any official statement regarding funeral arrangement.
Chief Inegite,popularly called ‘holy’ by his admirers and friends was initially reported to have been responding to treatment in an undisclosed health facility where his health later deteriorated before finally giving up  the ghost  at about 11:00 pm,Tuesday 19th day of May,2020.
You would recall that the late Chief Nitabai Inegite was twice reported to have been kidnapped some time between 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The late former president’s foster father was survived by his wife,biological children,grand children and numerous relatives.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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Nigerian Senate Considers Bill For Ensure Food Security

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…seeks establishment of Food Reserve Agency
The Nigerian Senate, in a seemingly proactive stop to forestall anticipated food shortfall  in the country ,  on Tuesday, commenced legislative work on a critical bill to ensure food security in Nigeria through  the establishment of  Food Reserve Agency to plan and implement policies for adequate food production and storage.
The bill  sponsored  by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), scaled second reading at plenary , on Tuesday.
Leading debate on the bill, Senator Adamu noted that Nigeria as a nation needs to develop its Agricultural sector to ensure not only alternate economy but also food security .
He further emphasised that this requires  an vibral  agency to drive all attending policies for the growth and sustainability of the sector.
According to the lawmaker, the Food Reserve agency when established, would be responsible for storing food grains and other food commodities for strategic purposes.
His words “Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of every nation. Any country seeking to diversify its economy, alleviate poverty, create jobs and ensure food security should prioritize agriculture.
“Nigeria recognizing the important role Agriculture plays has made efforts to place the sector at the fore by introducing different intervention programmes and policies backed by enabling laws.
“A further step to be taken to ensure food security in our country at all times is to formulate enabling laws that will address food insecurity,”
“The agency will implement the overall National Food Reserve Policy to ensure a reliable supply of designated commodities in the country.”
The lawmaker recalled that, “the recent mandate of the President during the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute 70,000 metric tons of grains from the Grains Reserves shows clearly how important it is for a country to have a Food Reserve Agency.”
 Stressing the importance of food security ,he linked the current Covid 19 situation and its Nigeria’s readiness to  ensure the nation don’t wind up in food crises as well.
According to Senator Adamu, with the Agency in place, Nigeria will be taking the right step in the right direction as replicated in other African countries such as Zambia and Tanzania.
“With the existence of the Agency, emergency food crises will be taken care of especially in the period of a pandemic.
“There will also be a reduction in post-harvest losses as silos, warehouses, equipment, ancillary facilities and other suitable storage facilities will be installed and maintained.”  the Senator explained.
After the debate, the President of  the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development chaired by the sponsor of the bill Adsmu Abdullahi.
The Committee  is given four weeks  to report back to the Senate.
Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi.
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