Nigeria Needs Additional 31,000 New Police Officers Yearly For Five Years – IGP


The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday urged the federal government to recruit additional 31,000 police officers annually over the next five years, to ensure effective policing across the country.

Mr. Idris said in a message to the graduation of constables at the Police College, Kaduna, that by providing additional 155,000 police officers over the next five years, Nigeria would meet the UN policing ratio of 1:400 persons.

Currently the Nigeria Police Force is operating at a ratio of one to 600, which is far below the approved United Nations ratio.”

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the recruitment of 10, 000 police officers in 2016 to boost the working capacity of the force.

The government had earlier indicated its intention to recruit 10,000 police officers annually.

The police chief, who was represented by Maiagari Dikko, a deputy inspector general of police, charged the constables to be upright, shun all temptations and intimidation and work diligently to serve the country better.

The protection of lives and property of the citizenry, enforcement of all laws and regulations and prevention of crime lie squarely on police.

“You will be confronted with a lot of challenges some friendly and others hostile.

You may be faced with a situation where you are requested to bend the rules for either financial or material benefits.

“No matter what the promises are, you should not succumb to such demands.

“Ensure that your actions are in line with the extant rules and regulations and that which you can defend at all times.

“You may be victimised for sticking to the truth but be consoled in the fact that truth is constant and always prevail, no matter how long it may take.”

He stressed that the force has zero tolerance for corruption and would deal decisively with any officer found wanting.

The IGP added that the police would stick to its core duties in line with international values of policing with integrity and respect for the rule of law.

We shall respect diversity, display courage, show compassion and demonstrate professionalism, and operate within the principles of democratic policing.

“We shall make Nigeria safer and secured and shun corruption.”

Mr. Idris also assured police officers of getting more opportunities for training and retraining to enhance their capacity for effective service delivery.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 7,560 general duty constables graduated from various police training institutions across the country.

A total of 1,195 constables graduated in Kaduna while three were dismissed over disciplinary issues.

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NAFDAC Workers Commence Indefinite Strike


Medical and Health Workers Union chapter of National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Friday embarked on indefinite strike, demanding improved welfare.

The union wants the management to implement agreed welfare package entered in 2013.

It was also demanding immediate retirement of the agency’s acting Director General, Yetunde Oni. The union said it wants Mrs. Oni to hand over to the immediate senior officer before the appointment of a substantive director-general.

Idu Isua, the vice chairman of the union, while addressing members, said the union signed an agreement with the management and the Minister of Health to review its welfare package in 2013, but the demands were yet to be met.

According to him, the Minister of Health and NAFDAC management, along with Wages and Salaries Commission, agreed to review members pay upward after they embarked on strike to press home their demand in 2013.

He said “we resolved that funds be drawn from our Internally Generated Revenue to finance the upward reviewed package of staff but to our greatest surprise, nothing was done since then.

“When we came on board as union in 2013, we took a look at the allowances of staff and discovered it was low compared with other agencies that we enjoy same salary scale with.”

Mr. Isua said the union complained to Ministry of Health and took it up with management “but up till today, nothing has been done.”

The union vice chairman said “the strike was not a fresh one because we took same action two years ago and last year and based on agreement reached, the strike was suspended.

“However, nothing was done on our salary review up till now.”

Mr. Isua also said that Mrs. Oni, who had been acting as director-general of the agency was due for retirement on September 21, having attained 60 years of age “but was currently not in the country.”

The civil service rule stated that whoever stays in service for either 60 years of age or 35 years in service must retire.

She was 60 years yesterday (Sept. 21, 2017); she must go; these are our grievances.

Meanwhile, when the News Agency of Nigeria made effort to reach the management, a director who refused to give his name said the union was at liberty to express its grievances.

The director said he believed Mrs. Oni; the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; and the Federal Government would address the issues raised by the union.

Source: NAN

Experts React To Nigeria’s High Maternal Mortality Rate

Medical experts have described as worrisome the recent figure released by international agencies which put Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate at 58,000 in 2015.


This makes Nigeria the country with the second highest maternal death rate in the world.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a joint report by the World Health Organisation, WHO, United Nation Population Fund, UNFPA, and the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, published the statistics.

The report was, however, presented by Olusola Odujinrin at the 2017 Annual Faculty Day Lecture by the Faculty of Public Health and Community Medicine, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.

The conference with the theme, “Transition in Global Health Paradigms: What Hope for Nigerian Women and Children?’’ was held at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja.

In an interview with NAN, the guest lecturer, Mr. Odujinrin, a community health expert, said Nigeria had not done well in the provision and maintenance of Primary Health Facilities, PHF.

Our country is off the track in meeting all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We are on the back row because we lack healthcare infrastructure which necessitated the high mortality rate.

“Our first goal is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger according to the World Bank’s projection for sub-Saharan Africa has not been met. Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo has fared badly.

“At present, the report that says Nigeria contributes about 15 per cent of the annual global death, this is alarming and we must act fast on it because it is no favourable.

“Albeit scary as the report may, however, seem to be, we can still address these challenges if we have the political will to do just that,’’ she said.

Ms. Odujinrin, a fellow of the West African College of Physician, FWACP, said that the appropriation to the Primary Health Care, PHC, was grossly inadequate, thereby putting the lives of the mother and child at risk.

PHCs need lots of commitments and we need to scale up of financial commitment not minding the cost. These days, no programme comes up without high costing.

“The funds are not enough to go round; if they are, we won’t have any problem. Things are changing now; we need to work on the quality and better condition of service.

“Those working in the PHCs in the rural areas are also entitled to respect, they need to have a sense of belonging, and many want to work there now save for the condition of service.

“There are lots to be done in the rural areas where they still go through unsafe traditional birth attendants to keep the maternal mortality rate down,’’ she said.

Bayo Onajole, from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, told NAN that the multiplicity of programmes in the PHCs was a hindrance to its effectiveness.

The major problem is that there have been so many programmes in place as regards the PHC. There is a need to review all these programmes.

“For the ones that are working, we need to appraise and for those that are not working, we need to modify them.

“If we do that, we will be moving a step close to solving the problem in the PHCs as regards the global paradigm in terms of maternal health.

“We are not calling for a complete departure, but for a change to reinforce the project to tone down the high mortality rate,’’ he said.

Mr. Onajole said that government could help to bring down the mortality rate through appropriate financing and monitoring of the fund allocated to PHC.

We can reduce the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) through an effective government spending adequately monitored to check graft.

“We can also have periodic personnel training and infrastructure development. We need to look at what we are doing and see that there are no gaps which are hindering the desired outcome.

“With this, we need to tinker with our programmes and see what the high MMR has caused us by some unfavourable policies even at the level of human resources.

“To get results, we need to have `Tag Shifting’, that means where manpower is not enough to tackle the present demands from the PHCs, we should provide,’’ he said.

Mr. Onajole said that the main problem of PHCs rest in the rural areas where there were minimal access to PHC, hence, more attention given to the rural settlers.

If we look the Human Development Index (HDI), then we have given too much attention to the urban areas at the expense of those in the rural areas.

“The Three Quarter rule says that three quarters of the population reside in the rural areas, but in contrast, our own three-quarter spending on PHCs reside in urban areas.

“Hence, we should discover what we are saying about inverse care; which means, most of those that need the PHCs are not getting it, I mean the rural dwellers that cannot afford health bills.

“The PHCs in the urban areas are not effectively used because those in the cities can afford the bills, the subsidy should be enjoyed much in the rural areas and not the urban centres,’’ he said.

Source: NAN

Why We Must Pass Bill To Regulate NGOs, CSOs – House Of Reps


The House of Representatives on Friday restated its determination to pass a bill to regulate non-governmental organisations, NGOs.

Several Nigerians including the former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, have criticised the bill describing it as unnecessary. Such critics say there are already enough existing laws that only need to be implemented and that the bill was designed to muscle NGOs and civil society organisations, CSOs.

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Umar Jibril, has, however, defended the decision of the lawmakers to pass the new NGO bill.

In a statement sent to premium times by an aide to the Speaker of the House, Mr. Jibril alleged that “some NGOs collected funds for North East IDPs and disappeared.”

He said religious organisations will not be affected by the proposed bill. He also said “some NGOs are used to fund the activities of terrorists and insurgents.”

Read Mr. Jibril’s full statement below.

Some NGOs collected funds for North East IDPs and disappeared

…Churches, Mosques, Esusu, Market Women Associations not affected.

1. Religious bodies and organisations are NOT NGOs

2. Our quasi financial institutions at local levels are NOT NGOs! These organisations have existed for centuries to serve businesses and commerce of our market women and traders.

Now NGOs(Non-Governmental Organizations) and CSOs(Civil Society Organizations) are voluntary organisations that are registered to partner government at all levels to fill gaps wherever they exist. They are supposed to be partners in progress with the government; therefore the need for a commission to serve this purpose arises.

Secondly and naturally for them to carry out their activities, the NGOs and CSOs solicit for funds from all over the world and collect billions of naira on behalf of Nigerians!

Thirdly they recruit expatriates to help them run their activities in the country with lots of abuses. Etc

However, recent developments have shown that;

— Some people registered NGOs,solicited for funds and disappeared. That happened recently in the North-East.

— Some NGOs are used to fund the activities of terrorist and insurgents! Etc

The NGOs bill therefore is primarily to set up a commission to regulate their activities and provide a platform for robust relationships between them and the government for the interests of Nigerians.

In addition it is to ensure TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in the ways and manners the NGOs collect moneys and use them for Nigerians.

The NGOs bill is not new or peculiar to Nigeria. It exists in many countries particularly in the ECOWAS sub- region and all over Africa and other continents. In Europe, Israel passed theirs last year! Kenya has a similar law since 1990!

Nigeria is and should not be a banana republic where anything goes.

Finally, the way the NGOs are reacting to this wonderful and well packaged bill particularly SERAP is not only shameful but condemnable.

The Nigerian parliament is an institution governed by rules and traditions. When a bill is for public hearing you go there and present your views like other interested Nigerians and invited cooperate bodies and government agencies for the standing committee to do justice to the bill. Period!

Going on cheap propaganda and blackmail and even calling on World bodies including the United Nations to help you withdraw a bill from our National Assembly will not help you!

Signed

Hon. Umar Buba Jibril

Deputy Majority Leader

House of Representatives

Source: Premium Times

​TSTV ‘Pay-As-You-Consume’ Plan Challenges DSTV

Telcom Satellite TV (TSTV) is coming with “Pay As-You-Consume” plan which every other operator said was not possible in Nigeria before now to challenge DSTV.

The “Pay-As-You-Consume” plan already lauded for its simplicity will allow subscribers of TSTV pay for only programmes watched.

TSTV’s entrance is a test of strength and will prove if DSTV which has served Nigerians for a very long period of time has been receptive to the yearnings of subscribers on Pay-As-You-Consume plan.

TSTV has promised to show live English Premier League matches Live La Liga and Champions League matches which gave DSTV an edge in the market over the years.

TSTV is partnering Europe-based television station, ABS Global, to launch into the Nigerian Broadcasting Service a Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite TV from October 1, 2017, with a message centered on ‘Buy Naija and Grow the Naira’ and Pay As You Use (PAYU) subscription plan.

When fully launched, the pay TV satellite would cover all sub-Saharan African countries and would provide over 200 TV channels to their audience.

Managing Director of TSTV, Bright Echefu, disclosed during the signing of the multi-transponder agreement with their ABS partner, that their services would offer viewers the experience of HD and SD video, internet services, broadband, TV and radio at a very affordable rate.

According to him, “what makes the project unique is that it would start with 100 channels of local, regional and international in Yoruba, Igbo Hausa, Ghanaian, Sierra Leonean, and Liberian Languages among others. It would also provide news, entertainment, and education content”.

Echefu explained that TSTV has the right content and premium product to satisfy the growing demand of Nigeria, adding that “It would assist ABS take Nollywood and Sport to great height. Their sport channels is the bomb! EPL, La liga and Champion League is amazing!”

Commenting on the technology, he said that the station is based on the HBB TV tech, which is a combination of satellite and internet service for TV service.

TSTv will run on 4.5g network every subscriber will get 20G of data for N3,000 monthly, the data can also be used for video calls conferences with camera and WIFI.

The TSTV decoder will have 50GB hard disk to record TV programs and a pause/play function.

With TSTV, you don’t need to pay subscription monthly or periodically. You pay as you consume.

“It is the first Nigerian TV to launch a Pay-as-you-use so you can pause your subscription whenever you are traveling. It is just N5000 for the decoder and dish and subscription prices ranges from N200, N500, N1000, N1500 and N3000 respectively”.

TStv Africa aims to cover the 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), but will launch first in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Kano.

TSTv shows Live Sports like Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League and so much more. Some Sport Channels on TSTV Africa are be in Sport 1-10, Fox Sport HD, and Ts Sports.

EFCC Blocks Ex-Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Offer To Return To Nigeria For Trial


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday successfully blocked an attempt by embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to return to Nigeria from London to face trial.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke had fled to London shortly after she left office in May 2015, and has stayed away from the country since then.

She later became an object of interest to the UK National Crime Agency which has since then being investigating her for corruption and money laundering. 

Already some assets linked to her in that country have been frozen.

Those familiar with the matter say she is barred from travelling out of the UK while the investigation lasts.

But it now appears the former minister is tired of staying in the UK, and now wants to return to Nigeria, where she is also being investigated for massive corruption.

As part of the plot, she recently filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to be joined as defendant in the trial of businessman Jide Omokore.

Mr. Omokore, chairman, Atlantic Energy Brass Development and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept, is facing a nine-count charge along with Victor Briggs, a former Managing Director, National Petroleum Development Company; Abiye Membere, a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production at the NNPC, and David Mbanefo, a former Manager, Planning and Commercial at NNPC, for an alleged $1.6 billion fraud.

But counsel for Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), suddenly, on September 18, filed an application for his client to be joined as defendant, based on the fact that her name was mentioned in count eight of the charge.

He sought an amendment of the charge to include her as the seventh defendant, “in order to give her the opportunity to defend herself”.

In the said application, the former minister also requested the court to direct the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her appearance in court in Nigeria on the next adjourned date in October 2017.

That would have meant Nigeria requesting Britain to allow her travel out of the UK to attend the court hearing.

The EFCC however interpreted her action as a ploy to escape prosecution in the UK and frustrate the ongoing trial in Nigeria.

In mounting a strong challenge to the application, the counsel for the EFCC, M.S. Abubakar, in an 18-paragraph counter-affidavit, vehemently opposed the filing, arguing that, “the applicant realized she was being investigated, and she absconded abroad and sometimes in March this year operatives were in London, but her lawyers refused to allow the operatives interview her.

“My lord, this present application is a plot by the applicant to enable her escape prosecution in London, also to enable her come to Nigeria and scuttle the ongoing case which has already gotten to an advanced stage.”

After hearing arguments by both parties, Justice Dimgba declined to grant the application, and instead, struck out the eighth count in which the former minister’s name appeared.

The verdict effectively ended her dream of returning home after holing up in London for more than two years.

It remains unclear whether she would appeal the ruling.

The trial of Mr. Omokore and his co-defendants continues on October 5, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement.

Health Workers Commence Nationwide Strike

The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, has insisted on going on strike in spite of the Minister of Health’s plea with the association not to do so.


The strike commenced in the early hours of Thursday, the union, whose membership includes other hospital workers apart from doctors, said.

The strike is coming a few days after the National Association of Resident Doctors called off its ten days national industrial action that crippled health activities at both secondary and tertiary health institutions

The chairman, University College Hospital, UCH, JOHESU chapter, who also doubles as Deputy President south, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Olusegun Sotiloye, said the strike is indefinite until the government attends to their demands which include payment of arrears of salaries owned their members, among other requests.

Mr. Sotiloye said the association is going ahead with the strike despite the minister’s plea.

His pleading does not hold any water, the government should issue circulars to direct or show that all the outstanding arrears or salaries would be paid. This is not the first time they have been pleading. If they have been serious about resolving it they would at least we gave them thirty seven days ultimatum,” he said.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in his response expressed shock and surprise at the association’s insistence on embarking on strike in spite of the series of meeting the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment held with the leadership of JOHESU.

Mr. Adewole said most of their demands had been met, including payment of promotion arrears that pre-dated the Muhammad Buhari administration.

He said the other issues raised by JOHESU are still being deliberated upon with the leadership of the Union.

He therefore appealed to JOHESU not to embark on strike in the interest of the generality of Nigerians especially the less privileged that may not be able to afford healthcare services in private hospitals.

He assured that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari will continue do everything humanly possible to guarantee quality and affordable healthcare delivery services to Nigerians.