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FG Declares Support For Formalisation Of National Elders Parliament

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The Federal Government yesterday declared support for the formalisation of National Elders Parliament (NEP) as alternative conflict resolution mechanism.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said this at the Consultative Stakeholders Meeting by senior citizens held in Abuja.
Mustapha, represented by Public Department, in SGF Office, Mrs Veronica Agugu, Director described elders as custodians of societal customs and morality which the society could utilise for moral and economic development.
“The elderly in any society are composite resource which the society can utilise its social, moral and economic development.
“The senior citizens are custodians of society’s customs, traditions and morality due to the enormous experience they have gathered over the years.
“They have the capacity and potential to contribute and impact positively on their communities to enhance Government programmes, support structure for educating, learning, conflict resolutions mechanism and serve as alternative dispute, reconciliation and resolution platforms,” he said.
The SGF, who lauded Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) for its innovative programmes, said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would welcome procedures that would engage veterans in the national elders parliament.
Mustapha affirmed the determination of the Federal Government to work with COSROPIN and IFAN in advancing and activating laudable initiatives.
He assured of the FG’s commitment to issues of the elderly as demonstrated through robust programmes as Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD), National Pension Commission (PENCOM) and National Health Insurance (NHIS).
President, Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) Sen. Eze Ajoku, said that National Elders Parliament (NEP) was a consultative socio-cultural alternative conflict resolution platform.
Ajoku said that the parliament was a non-religious, non-political platform that would use wisdom, counsel and experience of the elderly to contribute to the promotion of peace and conflict resolution.
“The National Elders’ Parliament is a project designed to maximally utilise the wisdom, experience and network of elder statesmen of Nigeria with integrity and pedigree drawn from various geo-political zones of the country,” he said.
Ajoku ascribed the National Elders Parliament, passage of Older Persons Rights and Privileges bill to the doggedness of COSROPIN in advocating for improved welfare for elders.
He said, “COSROPIN is out to restore the dignity and right positioning of senior citizens in the country.
“In many communities, Senior Citizens are already playing this role of conflict resolution and community watches and gate keepers.”
The coalition boss, who described elders as conscience of communities, called for the formalisation of these roles through elders parliament.
Earlier, Chairman of the Parliament Prof Tunde Adeniran, emphasised the importance of elders parliament in the national, continental and global clamour for peace.
Adeniran noted the inevitability of conflicts in societies, saying that peace would remain a mirage until things were done rightly.
Coordinator, International Federation on Ageing in Nigeria (IFAN) Mr Ike Willie-Nwobu, said that National Elders Parliament would use the productivity of the elderly for national development.
Willie-Nwobu, who condemned the marginalisation of elders, said creation of National Elders Parliament was paramount to bringing about equity.
He said, “We have children and youth parliament and now elderly parliament, which will be completed, erasing the politics of exclusion and marginalisation of elders and seniors.”

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FG Sets Up To Recover Illegally Refined Crude Oil

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In a bid to block revenue leakages, the Federal Government, yesterday, inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Committee to tackle illegal refining of crude oil in the Niger Delta region of the country.
Members of the committee, who took their oath at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, were drawn from the Ministry of Defence, the Nigerian Army, the Navy, Defence Headquarters, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).
The Solicitor-General of the Federation (SGF), and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Umar Mohammed, who represented the AGF at the event, said the major mandate of the committee, was “the recovery of illegally refined petroleum products (crude oil) in the dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
According to the SGF, “In line with the policy of the current administration on security and economy, as well as the preservation of the environment from negative hazards.
“The office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in collaboration with all stakeholders, have put in place a mechanism for effective and efficient management of illegally refined products recovered from dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta.
“This mechanism was agreed by the relevant stakeholders and submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, who considered and approved the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the purpose of implementing the Mechanism known as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) For the Recovery of Illegally Refined Petroleum Products (Crude Oil) in the Dug-Up Pit found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
The SGF said the Federal Ministry of Justice would coordinate the process and the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
“The responsibility of the Inter-Ministerial Committee is to detect, report, evacuate, assess and ensure transparent disposal of the product with due consideration to the environment.
“The Inter-Ministerial Committee shall be guided by the SOP, developed for the project.
“The content of the SOP is drawn from the provision of the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations 2019.
“It is my hope that the proceeds from this exercise will be a source of additional revenue for the country”, the SGF added.

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FRSC Threatens Sanction Against Fleet Operators Over Speed Limit

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sanction any fleet operator found sabotaging the implementation of the Speed Limit Device.
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the 2021 annual safety managers retreat yesterday in Abuja.
The retreat aimed at sensitising safety managers on the implementation of the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme to attain best practices in fleet operations.
The theme of the retreat is: “Assessment of Speed Limit Device Implementation in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”.
Oyeyemi, represented by Deputy Corps Marshal, Motor Vehicle operations, Mr Hyginus Foumsuk, said that the corps would also sanction Speed Limit Device vendors identified for complicity.
The corps marshal expressed concern on the spate of road accidents and needless loss of lives, especially involving fleet operators.
“These, according to many experts investigations, could have been avoided if the concerned safety managers had been responsive in their duties,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that recent findings by the corps have also revealed a low level of compliance on the installation of Speed Limit Device and associated sharp practices among some fleet operators.
He noted that these practices included tampering with Speed Limit Device and connivance with vendors to deceive enforcement operatives.
This, he said, was with compliance certificates without actual installation of the device, calibration above the approved speed limits and others.
According to him, these shall no longer be tolerated as the corps will not hesitate to sanction violators henceforth.
Oyeyemi urged relevant stakeholders to address the decline on the proper vehicle maintenance as well as implementation of the passenger manifest by fleet operators and the drivers’ recruitment policy.
“We all know the essence of the passenger manifest and the significance of its proper implementation. You are therefore urged to take these issues seriously in the interest of safety.
“Passenger manifest is considered pivotal, thus its enforcement should continue along other traffic offences to compel the needed compliance. It is therefore pertinent that strict adherence to the existing policies be sustained,” he said.
“There is need for fleet operators to introduce improved practices to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers in compliance with traffic regulations.
The Director-General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera, commended the efforts of the corps on road safety.
Irukera noted that injury and fatality on the road were caused by speed, describing speed as a catalyst, aggravator and mitigator.
He urged motorists to take cognisance look into installing Speed Limit Device to avoid road traffic crashes and save lives and property.
He, however, assured FRSC of the commission’s support to punish violators, saying that excessive speed attracts a penalty.

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Sokoto Assembly Approves 2021 Virement Request Of N155m

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The  Sokoto State House of Assembly yesterday approved Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s  request of N155 million virement warrant on some capital projects  in 2021 approved budget.
This approval  followed the consideration of a letter by the state governor presented at the plenary by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida.
Alhaji Bello Ambarura, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in  the assembly, had  moved a motion asking  the lawmakers to consider the request at its plenary session.
Ambarura said that the request was necessitated by the present administration’s commitment to addressing  a number of developmental projects.

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