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Makinde launches Clean and Green Waste Initiative

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Governor Seyi Makinde

…says our target is to make Oyo cleanest in Nigeria

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Friday, launched the New Solid Waste Management Architecture in the State, which is tagged “Clean and Green Initiative.”

The Governor declared at the launch that “the cleanliness of the State is a collective responsibility that must not be left in hands of Government only.”

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, further quoted the Governor as telling the gathering at the event put together by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Oyo State Waste Management Authority that the Clean and Green Initiative would empower many in the State.

He also stated that the initiative would be replicated in all the nooks and crannies of the State so as to make Oyo State one of the cleanest in Nigeria within a short time.

Governor Makinde charged all the relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the State Government in its bid to make the State more habitable, adding that the Government will soon sponsor the Commissioner of Environment and some top government officials to Kigali, Rwanda, which is reputed as the cleanest city in Africa, to understudy its solid waste management architecture so as to replicate same in Oyo State.

The Governor said: “On the 26th of April, 2019, two reporters working with the Guardian Newspaper put together a report headlined ‘Ibadan in the throes of refuse heaps.’ In that article, among other things, they stated that Ibadan was one of the dirtiest cities in Nigeria.

“When we got into government, we knew that cleanliness is next to godliness and it gets rid of diseases. So, we accepted then that the task ahead of our administration, when it came to waste management, was a daunting one.

“We were well aware of the difficulties ahead even before we came in. So, in our roadmap to the accelerated development for Oyo State from 2019-2023, one of the sectors we highlighted outside of the four pillars was waste management. With that robust plan, there won’t be illegal disposing of waste but keeping the streets clean.

 “So, concerning waste management, we have to start from the basics. The first task I have to take is that those who were there and were only making returns to their sponsors, we relieved them of their duties in October. The next task for us is to put in a new architecture for solid waste management.

“If you check the cleanest city in Africa, it is Kigali. I was there two months ago for the first time. Now, I have told Commissioner of Environment to write to them and they have responded to us that we should come to their city and find out how they achieved it. Soon, the Commissioner for Environment and his team will be there to do the findings. It is only the best that is good for Oyo State.”

Speaking on the imperative of the sensitization programme, Makinde maintained that the Government realized that the responsibility of waste management was too strategic to be left in the hands of only the Government, calling on critical stakeholders join hands with the Government on the new waste management architecture in order to achieve the desired result of a cleaner Oyo State.

“Why we have organised this meeting is to let you know that, in most progressive societies, the entire work of waste management is not left in the hands of government alone. If we want only the government to tackle it, we won’t be able to achieve the desired result. “You have been paying some money. Actually, some are paying while some are not. Those who are packing refuse are only offering the service for those that are paying them.

“Let us join hands together with the Government. The money you are paying will drop as we are willing to make the system efficient for all. We have been told that investors have been coming to Oyo State and if we also want to do the business of refuse management, you have the opportunity to do so now. And we will use this opportunity to empower our people. We are confident that if this initiative succeeds, we will get a better result.

“We are open to criticism and corrections because we don’t know it all. So, whatever you see on the street that is not befitting, tell us through the feedback mechanism provided by the Government and we will take them seriously in the best interest of this State.

“It is not only Ibadan we want clean. We want all the cities in Oyo State to be clean as well. We want to be the cleanest state in Nigeria and, indeed, in Africa, if not in the world.”

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JUST IN: One feared dead in Sagamu As Youths Protest Killing Of Footballer By SARS Officials

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There is currently tension in Sagamu, one of the biggest cities in Ogun State, after angry young men and women took to the streets on Monday to register their displeasure over the killing of a footballer by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The footballer with Remo Stars Football Club known as Tiyamiyu Kazeem was said to have been pushed from a SARS van on motion and onto an oncoming speeding car that eventually killed him.

This was shortly after SARS operatives allegedly seized him from his car and labelled him an Internet fraudster (Yahoo boy).

Media Officer of the football club, Dimeji Oshode, in a statement confirmed that the incident occurred on Saturday.

However, angered by the situation, youths in Sagamu have now taken to the streets to register their frustration.

In videos making the rounds on the Internet, young men and women could be seen chanting various songs and calling for the abolition of SARS.

One person is currently feared dead as a result of the protest and there are concerns more damage could be witnessed if the situation persists.

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Recent attacks by Boko Haram are signs of frustration – Buhari

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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

 

…President says his administration has weakened the terrorist’s capacity

President Muhammadu Buhari has claimed that his government has weakened the capacity and strength of Boko Haram sect.

Speaking through his special adviser, Garba Shehu, Buhari said the sect was now restricted to attacking soft spots.

There has been an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the Northern part of the country in recent times.

On Friday, the insurgents reportedly broke into a town in Adamawa State around 7pm, shooting sporadically.

The insurgents succeeded in burning down several houses during the raid.

President Buhari said, “These attacks on soft targets by terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged.

“Our gallant forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers but they must go beyond this point.

“They have our full support to go after the terrorists and have them pay a huge price. I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our military until they give up their mistaken ways.”

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Governors worried over Excess Crude Account depletion, insecurity

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State Governors are worried about the depletion of the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and the resurgence of insecurity especially the upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, it was learnt at the weekend.

Also of concern to the states helmsmen is the reluctance of the Federal Government to tinker with the revenue allocation formula which they believe is desirable.

The governors expressed shock that they were neither consulted nor informed as stakeholders on what warranted the withdrawal from the ECA, which was suddenly depleted from $325million to $70million in one month.

The ECA matter and the deepening insecurity will be part of the agenda of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting on Thursday.

In the last two weeks, Boko Haram insurgents have renewed attacks on parts of the Northeast —Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

It was not clear if the governors will stick to their position that President Muhammadu Buhari should rejig the security architecture or adopt the President’s decision to retain the Service Chiefs.

A governor, who spoke in confidence, said: “The governors are going to the NEC meeting with three issues bordering on security, ECA and reconciliation of oil revenue and allocation.

“Most of the governors are in favour of the change of guards in the military to allow for fresh ideas. But the President seems to have some intelligence at his disposal which has made him to retain the Service chiefs.

“The governors have been very careful in their position on the continuous stay in office of Service Chiefs but said “the reality is that things (strategies) are not working”.

“We are ready to go to NEC with new ideas on how to address the increasing security challenges at hand. The President is not bound by our advice but we do not want the situation to get worse.

“Being a sensitive matter, we will discreetly make our recommendations to the President on the way forward. It is indisputable that we need fresh ideas in managing our security architecture.”

On ECA cash, another governor said: “Certainly, we want NEC to address this depletion of ECA Account from $325million to $70million in one month because we were not consulted.

“We will expect the Federal Government to lay the cards on the table at the NEC session. There is no way the Federal Government can withdraw from ECA without the permission of stakeholders, especially states.

“We want to know why they depleted the account and what went wrong. Some commentators have started blaming state governors without knowing that we were not aware of the huge depletion within a month.

“The NEC is expected to reconcile oil receipts and allocations to states by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). The reconciliation is necessary in order to ascertain that what is given to the states is their statutory shares.”

There were indications at the weekend that the much-awaited new revenue allocation formula might not be in place soon.

It was gathered that the Federal Government “has been slowing down” in its approach to the new formula because of cash crunch.

The Federal Government is not keen because its oil revenue forecast for the year is not in line with its target.”

Another source said: “Governors are aware that the Federal Government is not keen any way. The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) is doing the paper work but the economic realities do not support any new formula now.

“The attitude of the Federal Government is not surprising because it is in a challenging situation. The estimation/ forecast of oil revenue is bad.”

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002 invoked an Executive Order to allocate the revenue as follows: Federal Government (54.68%), states (24.72%) and local governments (20.60%).

In March 2004, the then Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, issued a letter modifying that the Executive Order had increased states allocation to 26.72% and reduced Federal Government’s share to 52.68%.

RMAFC in September 2004 submitted a new formula to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who forwarded it to the National Assembly for consideration in line with Section 162(2) of the 1999 Constitution.

The proposal with the National Assembly made the following recommendations:

Federal Government (53.69%); states (31.10%); and local government areas (15.21 %.).

Out of the Federal Government’s allocation, 6.5% is reserved for Special Funds, leaving the FG with 47.19%

The breakdown of the 6.5% is as follows: Ecological Fund (1.50%); Solid Mineral Fund (1.75%), National Reserve Fund (1.50%) and Agricultural Development Fund (1.75%).

The revenue allocation formula currently in use is: Federal Government (52%); States (26.72%); and the 770 local government areas (20.60%).

In anticipation of a review, the governors raised a six-man committee, headed by Babatunde Fashola, then the governor of Lagos State.

Other members of the committee are ex-governors Murtala Nyako; Sullivan Chime; Babangida Aliyu; Rotimi Amaechi; and Aliyu Wamakko.

The panel recommended a new formula as follows: FG (35%); States (42%); and LGAs (23%).

It was learnt that the committee’s recommendation is still subsisting although no action has been taken.

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