Victor Habila, Kaduna.

The Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) is set to hold the 2020 edition of Bagauda Kaltho Memorial Media Lecture, which will hold virtually on Tuesday 13th October, 2020, at 2pm Nigerian time.

The lecture, which is the second in the serie is expected to draw participants from across Africa, with its theme “Press Freedom vs. Digital Surveillance: How Safe is the African Journalist”.

A statement by the Executive Director, AMDF, Iliya Kure says the theme has become necessary in view of the emerging challenges where journalists are being monitored, stalked or having their digital identities stolen.

The Lecture will be delivered by Kimberly Dozier, a US-based Journalist, a TIME Magazine contributor, a CNN Global Affairs Analist and also an expert in digital security for journalists.

AMDF will also use the occasion to present the Courage in Journalism Award to honour a journalist who, regardless of all odds, source stories.

The Lecture will feature a Panel Discussion featuring three Press Freedom Advocates in Africa, namely; (i) Yahye Xanas, Executive Director, Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA); (ii) Shu’aibu Usman Leman, National Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ); and (iii) Eyong Blaise, a Cameroon-based multimedia journalist, who reports for Deutsche Welle (DW), BBC, and Reuters.

The first Memorial Media Lecture which held in 2019, examined varying issues that impacted on media practice in Africa, as well as its role in shaping democracy.

Late Bagauda Kaltho in whose memory the lecture is being held, was one of the courageous Nigerian Journalists who went missing in a mysterious circumstance in 1996.

Misconduct: Police commission dismisses ACP, nine senior officers

The Police Service Commission has approved the dismissal of 10 senior police officers and the reduction in the rank of nine others .
Those dismissed include Assistant Commissioner of Police Magaji Doko, Superintendents of Police Ogedengbe Abraham , and Gajere Taluwai .

Others are three Deputy Superintendents of Police , one of which is a retired officer , and four Assistant Superintendents of Police .


It further directed the prosecution of one ACP , one SP, two DSPs and two ASPs .

The commission also approved severe reprimand for eight officers , reprimand for 10 and letter of warning for three other officers .

Three officers were , however , exonerated .

According to a statement on Friday by the PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani , the agency took the decisions at its 9 th plenary meeting which held in Abuja on September 29 and 29 , 2020, presided over by its Chairman , Musiliu Smith , a retired Inspector – General of Police .

The statement titled , ‘ Misconduct : PSC dismisses 10 senior officers , directs prosecution of six ,’ explained that 43 cases of police misconduct were treated during the meeting .

It stated , “The dismissed ACP , Magaji Ado Doko was found to have engaged in acts unbecoming of a public officer ; disobedience to lawful order; discreditable conduct ; unlawful use of authority and scandalous conduct .

“One of the dismissed SPs, Ogedengbe Abraham was found guilty of negligence / loss of government property ; disobedience to lawful order and act unbecoming of a public officer while the other dismissed SP, Mallam Gajere Taluwai , was found guilty of discreditable conduct and act unbecoming of a public officer .”

The three dismissed DSPs were Okunkonin Daniel , Abisoro Irene and Theresa Nuhu , who is already retired .

The ASPs were Sanusi Rasaki, Uwadala Oba , Ferdinand Idoko and Igolor Ogheneruona .

The commission also compulsorily retired SP Talba Mohammed , for acts unbecoming of a public officer and dishonesty .

In its further deliberation , the commission also approved the reduction in rank of Muhammad Sani from CSP to SP for unruly behaviour , gross insubordination , gross misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a senior police officer .

SP John Oluwarotimi was also reduced to the rank of DSP while DSPs Mustapha Abubakar, Godwin Agbo and Hassan Hamidu were further reduced to ASP .

ASPs Edeke Michael, Iyanda Olufemi , Asabe Luka and Anode Christopher were also reduced to the rank of Inspector .

The PSC said it would continue to ensure that police officers are held accountable for their actions and inactions and that disciplinary cases are treated with the required diligence and urgency so that those found culpable are punished accordingly, while others who are exonerated are allowed to move on with their career progression .

“The commission notes that disciplinary cases involving officers from constable to sergeants are still one of the delegated responsibilities of the Inspector – General of Police .

“The commission, however , will continue to monitor this delegated power and expects regular returns from the IGP ,” the statement noted .

Depressed economy will bounce back, says Buhari

NIGERIA’S economy which has been projected to go into recession this quarter will return to recovery next year, the President said on Thursday.

President Muhammadu Buhari raised the hope when he presented the 2021 budget estimates for Federal lawmakers consideration.

He tagged the N13.08 trillion estimates as Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience.

Buhari said: “The Nigerian economy is currently facing serious challenges, with the macroeconomic environment being significantly disrupted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“Real Gross Domestic Product (‘GDP’) growth declined by 6.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2020.

“This ended the three-year trend of positive, but modest, real GDP growth recorded since the second quarter of 2017.

“I am glad to note that through our collective efforts, our economy performed relatively better than that of many other developed and emerging economies.”

According to the President, the economy may slip because the “GDP growth is projected to be negative in the third quarter of this year. As such, our economy may relapse into the second recession in four years, with significant adverse consequences”.

He added: “We are working assiduously to ensure a rapid recovery in 2021. We remain committed to implementing programmes to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.”

The President said liquidity of the economy will be boosted with the withdrawal of subsidy and the reforms of the electricity sector.

He said: “The new petrol pricing regime has freed up resources that was allocated to subsidise petroleum products. Similarly, the ongoing IPPIS verification exercise has closed gaps that encourage ghost workers or pensioners. The service reflective electricity tariffs will help resolve liquidity crisis in the power sector and make the sector attractive to foreign investment.”

He noted that since skills’ deficits limit employment opportunities in the formal economy, various skills’ development programmes are being implemented simultaneously to address the problem frontally.

“For instance, the Government is implementing the Special Public Works programme to provide employment opportunities to 774,000 youths across the 774 local government areas of Nigeria.

“We have also recently introduced the N25 billion Nigeria Youth Investment Fund.

“We thank all Nigerians, for your perseverance and continued support during these difficult times. We remain unwavering in our commitment to actualise our vision of a bright future for everyone.”

No face mask, no voting, says PTF

THE Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has warned that voters without face masks will not be allowed to exercise their franchise tomorrow.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, disclosed this on Thursday during the task force’s media briefing in Abuja.

He said voters, candidates and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be required to follow the anti-COVID-19 guidelines put in place for elections, noting that the country could not afford losing the gains made in the national response efforts during the election.

Aliyu said the process would be protected from the spread of the virus, adding that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would be provided for electoral officers.

He said the materials to be used and the voting environment would be disinfected.

He urged candidates and officials of the 17 political parties to lead by example during the exercise.

“As we all know, we will hold the governorship election across 18 local governments. We are expecting about 1.5 million eligible people to vote in 3,000 polling units across the state.

“This is clearly a huge exercise. It’s a huge exercise that will also come with risks. Therefore, in order to protect the voters, election officials and candidates in the electoral process, we urge everyone to comply with the INEC guidelines.

“Face masks are mandatory across the polling units. No face mask, no voting. Physical distancing must be enforced, especially in queuing at polling units. Alcohol-based sanitisers will be provided. Election will begin at 8:30am, to close at 2:30pm, but anybody on the outer queue by 2:30pm will still be allowed to vote. There will be two queues; an outer queue and an inner queue.

Naira Marley salutes Runtown, Falz, Tiwa Savage, others as they protest in Lagos

Controversial singer, Naira Marley has saluted the courage of the likes of Run town, Falz, DJ Spill, Tiwa Savage, Jaywon and all the Nigerian youths who trooped out in their numbers on the streets of Lagos for a peaceful protest against the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Following the successful outing, the marlian president has vowed to renew his agitation if nothing changed after one week that he called off his own protest following authorities’ claim that they heard Nigerians’ complaints “loudly and clearly” and had started reforms.

Naira Marley had cancelled his planned protest after the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, held a live chat with the singer to discuss the issues.

“We won’t be protesting anymore because there are a lot of changes being made right now. As a Marlian we will give them a week to see the changes and if there are no changes we will start a mass protest. #togetherwecan,” the singer tweeted Tuesday.

Meanwhile hailing the celebrities that joined the masses to protest SARS brutality, Naira Marley tweeted: “Respect to all the youths out there fighting for their rights and what’s right. God bless y’all. After a week if there are no changes on this fsars issue as promised by nigeriapoliceforce then we will get back out there stronger. Stay safe and protest peacefully if u re protesting.”

Also, reacting in the same vein in an Instagram post, Peter Okoye of the defunct PSquare musical group, promised to join his colleagues during next exercise.

In an Instagram post after the protest, Falz said ” our message is clear. Today is very peaceful and the authorities know what to do in order to keep peace. Big love to everyone that came out. It was inspiring seeing so many celebrities. ”

We made progress in promoting girl-child rights — Minister

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, says the ministry made tremendous progress in the promotion of the rights of the girl-child.

She made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday to launch a campaign to support girl-child education and activities for the 2020 International Day of the Girl-Child.

She, however, noted that even though there was progress, the discrimination and violence against girls and violation of their rights still persisted.

She said that girls were estimated to constitute the highest number of out-of-school children around the globe, and stressed the need to promote girl-child education by all and sundry.

The minister added that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic had further jeopardised the gains recorded in the past in the programmes organised for the girl-child.

According to her, cases of rape have escalated geometrically in the country.

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She said “as we continue to widen the scope of the ministry’s partnership in delivering on the goal of the girl-child education, the occasion of the 2020 International Day of the Girl-Child is a time to support more girls in school.

“I hereby invite you all to join my ministry as we roll out this all-encompassing project tagged ‘Campaign to support girl-child education in Nigeria.”

Mrs Adewumi Onanuga, the Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs,

who spoke through virtual platform, stressed the need for parents to support girl-child education.

Hajia Hajo Sani, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs, who also spoke through virtual platform, urged Nigerians to unite and tackle the challenges faced by the

girl-child, especially rape.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that representatives from UNICEF, UN, and state commissioners for women affairs participated in the programme.

The UN General Assembly on Dec. 19, 2011, adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, aimed at recognising girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world.

The International Day of the Girl Child also aims to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

The theme for the 2020 International Day of the Girl-Child is “My voice, our equal future”.