Insecurity : Ganduje Orders for Headcount of Herdsmen from Kano

By Habila Victor

As parts of his efforts in ensuring national security, sound policies and creating peaceful atmosphere for sustainable development, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has set up a committee of experts and concerned stakeholders to take stock of all herdsmen from Kano state.

He reveals that during an interactive session at Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV), Monday night, with other local radio stations of Pyramid FM, Radio Kano, Rahama Radio and Express Radio, assuring that he would not relent in his effort to see that Kano remains peaceful.


“We want know how many herdsmen we have in Kano. That is why we set up a Fulani and other stakeholders Committee to take a stock of all our herdsmen in the state. And even those that are not in the state presently,  but are from Kano,” he said.
“We want see how we can integrate them into the larger society. They should also come and feel presence of governance. Knowing their number will help us formulate good policies for their welfare and that of the society in general,” he said.

The Governor reiterated his commitment to a more peaceful society informed his administration’s policy of establishing Ruga Project, at Dansoshiya forest.

Ganduje disclosed that at Dansoshiya; “We have started discussion with experts to come and grow grass, that will be used in feeding cattle. Before this, we have provided some residential areas, good system of water supply and other facilities for herders. And they have since started relocating to Dansoshiya.”

​You must end insurgency, banditry, others, Reps tell new Army Chief 

I ‘ve what it takes to fight Boko Haram, bandits – Gen. Yahaya

The House of Representatives, Tuesday, mandated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, to end the threats of insecurity in the country, if confirmed by the National Assembly.

The House said the war against insurgency in the north east had cost the country a lot of financial resources, with many lives lost.

The charges were handed down to the new army chiefs during his screening and confirmation by the Joint House Committees on Defence and Army respectively, chaired by Babajimi Benson, representing Ikorodu federal constituency of Lagos State and Abdulrazaq Namdas from Adamawa State.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed Yahaya to replace former COAS, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna.

Benson, who spoke for the committees in his speech, also tasked Yahaya on a virile army that would be result-oriented.

Assuring the army of the continued support of the House of Representatives, he said: “This exercise comes at a very challenging time in the history of our dear country, Nigeria.

“Our nation has been besieged by several security issues across all the geo-political zones with banditry, militancy and self-secessionists stretching our military to the extreme.

“The worst is the lingering insurgency in the North-East. This war has cost the country a lot both financially and in terms of human lives. This must stop.


“The Armed Forces of Nigeria needs to adopt innovative measures to curb the killings and wanton destruction of property as a result of these cases of insecurity. I therefore, hope that, if confirmed, the new Chief of Army Staff will do everything possible, working with other service chiefs, to bring this to an end.

“You will agree with me that Nigeria deserves a re-invigorated Armed Forces that is robust, well-trained, adequately equipped, efficient and fully motivated to protect Nigerians from the devastating effects of terrorism and other security challenges in the country. 

“This screening exercise comes at the heels of Nigeria’s twenty-two years of uninterrupted democratic experience. I must say that the relationship between the National Assembly and Armed Forces of Nigeria has progressively improved as the parliament continues to exercise the necessary democratic oversight of the defence sector.

“Let me reiterate the firm resolve of the 9th House of Representatives, ably led by the Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and particularly, the Committees on Defence and that of Army’s pledge to continually ensure a secure, peaceful and prosperous country for all Nigerians. We will therefore continue to work with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to achieve this.

“Let me assure you that the Joint Committees on Defence and Army will be thorough, transparent and sincere in the conduct of this screening.

“We owe this to Nigerians as their representatives. Consequently, we seek your cooperation as we embark on this constitutional legislative process”.

In his remarks, the Minister of Defence, Bashiru Magashi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, expressed optimism that the House would find the army chief worthy of confirmation.

Asked to introduce himself and defend his appointment, Yahaya, who chronicled his military exploits since his sojourn in the Nigeria Army 36 years ago, said he was fit for the job and will deliver.

He said: “I joined the Navy 36 years ago. So, I brought along with me 36 years of military experience. I’m abreast with the security requirements of Abuja, and so on.

“I was involved in several security operations. The challenges we are facing now, all are characterized by these areas I mentioned where I have first hand information and have commanded troops and I administered them in achieving what we’ve done.

“I believe I have the requisite requirements by the grace of God to now provide my services in this office of the chief of Army Staff if confirmed. What I brought is wealth of experience and commitment. So, I’m committed and determined to provide my best and also having known what’s required to achieve results.

“Security is everybody business. The job cannot be done by one person. So we need all the support. And with the support of the people will win our fight against insecurity.”

Responding to a question on lack of synergy among the hierarchy of army, navy, air force and other security agencies in the theatre of war posed by the chairman Committee, Namdas, Yahaya said there was perfect understanding, interaction and cooperation within them.

Namdas had attributed their inability to win the war in north east to the lack of cooperation amongst the various security institutions.

But the army chief said he enjoyed a robust relationship with the other service chiefs who he said were well known to him even at the academy.

He, however, called for the cooperation of all Nigerians at various levels to enable him succeed.

“From experience, this job can not be done by any single service or entity. Indeed, in the Army, the Army itself is a group work not individual that’s why we arranged in sections and companies and battalions and brigades.

“This job is collective and as it was captured in the vision of the late Chief of Army Staff and in my own Mission too, there was also mentioned of joint environment in what we do, having realized that this job is not one service job.

“Not only that, it also requires other agencies, services and stakeholders. We have always operated together that is why you see composition, Army, Navy, Airforce are there and now including the Police, DSS, Civil Defense.

“At the Army headquarters level, all the Service Chiefs now, we are all mates at the Academy. At one time or the other all of us work together. So, the synergy can’t be anything better now that we’re brought up together, we have trained together.

“As we know, internal security is intelligence driven operation. So, we need others including communities, including traditional rulers and all others who can provide information. We work together,” Yahaya said.


Source: Vanguard News

​FG upgrading polytechnics to universities is misplaced priority, says ASUP President

The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Anderson Ezeibe has faulted the Federal Government’s position to upgrade some polytechnics to universities, saying such a plan particularly at this period is a misplaced priority.
He also said the establishment of new polytechnics by the government or granting of license to private operators for new ones is equally unnecessary at this time as the proliferation of polytechnics in the country according to him won’t translate to an automatic increment of access to polytechnic education by young Nigerians.

He said what is required and should be the priority of government at this time is to give deserved attention to the existing public polytechnics by adequately funding them and also providing them with requisite infrastructure and taking good care of the personnel.

Ezeibe gave this position in an exclusive interview with Nigerian Tribune, on Monday.

According to him, we the polytechnic lecturers are not carried away by the government upgrading one polytechnic or the other to university.

He said this was because that is not the major issue to the lecturers as far as polytechnic education is concerned in the country particularly at this time.

The main issue, he explained, is for government to look after the existing schools either polytechnics or universities or even primary or secondary schools.

He said it is obvious that the existing public schools across levels are not only suffering neglect but also dying and wonder why the need for new ones.

“So, let the government changes if it likes the name or status of one school to another many time, the problems will remain the same if proper attention is not given to such school,” he stressed.

While also asking the government to create enabling environment for private polytechnics to thrive and also plays their supervisory roles on them, Mr Ezeibe pointed out that there is nothing wrong if polytechnics are also allowed to award bachelor and master of technology degrees like the various universities of technology are doing.

He said after all the Act establishing polytechnics in the country makes provision for them to produce high-level manpower just as it is being produced by the universities, hence, the need to allow them to award degrees alongside OND and HND.

He said what would remain is for such polytechnics to use the federal universities of technology curriculum to train students for such programmes and also meet up with other requisite conditions.

Ezeibe however, noted that ASUP members had already returned to classrooms for academic activities following the suspension of their 65 days of industrial action.

He said they are ready to cope with academic works as may be stipulated by their respective managements.

Source: Tribuneonline