FG Approval of NCCSALW: The Brain Box behind the Initiative – NYCN
The Presidency has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons(NCCSALW), which is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address rising threats and strengthen regional mechanism for the control, prevention and regulation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Presidency on Monday. They added that the agency would be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 3, 2021
Therefore, as one of the measures in tackling this threat, the new Centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 3, 2021
The NCCSALW will serve as the National Focal Point on SALW in Nigeria and lead a multi-stakeholder process involving Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the Civil Society in implementing all national, UN and ECOWAS Plans of Action on the control of SALW.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) May 3, 2021
Below are the important points you should know about NCCSALW
- The NCCSALW replaces the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and shall serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
- This decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen regional mechanisms for the control, prevention and regulation of SALW.
- The impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria.
- the new Centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.
The FG added that the center would be led by a National Coordinator, Rtd. Major General AM Dikko, who has served in various capacities in and outside Nigeria. He was a Course Director at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre and Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre.
The Brain Box Behind the Initiative
About Four (4) years Ago, a group of youth from National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) honorably set out for a courtesy visit to the office of the Chairman House committee on Security, Safety and Intelligence “Hon Sani Jaji “ at the House of Representative Complex ,Three Arm Zone CBD, Abuja.
Hon. Jaji Speaking To Members of The Directorate Of Safety And Intelligence Of The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) during a Courtesy Visit
These delegates from the Directorate of Security, Safety and Intelligence of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, led by its Director, Comrade Saleh Sufyan; Secretary, Comrade Bruno Ogumerem and others paid Hon. Sani Jaji a courtesy call at the National Assembly.
A House of Representatives member, representing Namoda/Birnin/Magaji Federal Constituency in Zamfara State, under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, has frowned at the security challenges facing the country and has expressed his displeasure to these delegates.
This came after the Nigeria’s porous boarder became a major threat to National security. The lawmaker also faulted the involvement of the youths in creating tension and destabilizing the country.
However, he expressed delight for the visit, stating that he is impressed with the Directorate outline of activities, concept, wisdom and articulation towards the visit.
Jaji assured the Directorate for their support from his office to excel in their daily youth activism, urging them to stay focused. He added that his office is trying to make sure that crimes were been curtailed especially through the proposed Bill on fire Arms.
He also advised youths to “desist from religious fanaticism, human trafficking, drug abuse, assassination, armed robbery, cult activities, farmers and herdsmen clashes, drug trafficking and other corrupt and violent practices.
He said, “People are taking advantage of our porous borders to smuggle in people, fire arms and Drugs. “If the boarders are well secured, the security challenges will be limited.”
Jaji called on the directorate to remain focused on their target, assuring them of support from his office in order to excel in their daily youth activism.
He said “The youths should concentrate on what they can offer to the nation through active participation in proffering solutions to the security issues.
Comrade Bruno Ogumerem has taken to his social media page to express his excitement towards the approval of the establishment of National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW).
In his exact words, he said;
“Today, I must commend my delegation and Hon Sani Jaji for there contribution towards the actualization of a Commission to be incharge of fire Arm possession. It is now in the news that yesterday, The president ,signed into law an agency to look into this alarming issues.”
Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe Empowers 330 vulnerable women with the sum of N3.3 million
By Gistflash News
Sept 19, 2021
Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, has empowered 330 vulnerable women in the state with the sum of N3.3 million to improve on their livelihood.
The beneficiaries who got N10,000 each are mostly widows drawn from Doma, Lafia and Obi Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Akabe, while disbursing the funds to the beneficiaries on Sunday in Obi Local Government Area, said the gesture was to enable them to start petty businesses to support their families and sponsor their children in school.
He said that the selected beneficiaries were those already into petty businesses with a view of assisting them to grow.
Akabe said the gesture was in furtherance of Governor Abdullahi Sule-led administration’s commitment to bring women and youth out of poverty.
“I will monitor to ensure that all of you use the money judiciously in growing your businesses.
“If I discover that you use it well, next year I will give all those who do well more support to grow their businesses,” Akabe said.
He said that the gesture would soon be replicated in Keana and Awe LGAs, all in Nassarawa South senatorial zone.
“I have the phone numbers of all the beneficiaries, therefore, I will be calling them regularly to know how they are doing,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Hajiya Sahadatu Yahaya, and All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholder in the area commended the deputy governor for the gesture.
Hajiya Yahaya who is a former Chairman of Obi LGA, said the gesture was novel from a sitting deputy governor and urged the beneficiaries not to betray the trust by ensuring judicious use of the money.
Hauwa Dantsoho, who expressed gratitude to the deputy governor on behalf of the beneficiaries, assured that they would use the funds judiciously.
Abraham Chukwudi Nneji Foundation holds scholarship exam for indigent students in Enugu
A non-governmental organisation, Dr. Abraham Chukwudi Nneji Foundation has announced scholarship opportunity for indigent students in Enugu
to study in any higher institution of their choice.
A statement issued by the foundation indicates that the offer comes with full scholarship.
According to the Foundation, beneficiaries will be selected after a screening test which will be conducted online through https://cedinitiative.org/apply/.
The statement disclosed that the examination will hold from the 1st to 8th of October 2021.
According to the statement, over 10,000 secondary school students have already been provided with resources for the scholarship examination and will be joined by other interested secondary school leavers in the online examination which will be hosted by CED Initiative and will last for 45 minutes.
Dr. Abraham Chukwudi Nneji Foundation advised interested indigent students who wish to participate in the scholarship examination to download the study materials from https://cedinitiative.org/careerguide/
Interested participants are equally directed to contact 09023353080 in case of any inquiries.
The statement reads;
“Dr. Abraham Chukwudi Nneji Foundation will be offering indigent but bright children of Enugu State the opportunity to study in the university/ polytechnic with a full scholarship. The over 10,000 secondary school pupils who have been provided with resources for the scholarship exam will be joined by other interested secondary school leavers in an online exam that will be hosted by CEDInitiative”.
Date: 1st – 8th October, 2021
“Please note that the study material for the scholarship is available for free download by clicking on the link: https://cedinitiative.org/careerguide/”
For further inquiries, contact 09023353080
Signed: Dr. Abraham Chukwudi Nneji Foundation.
Lagos govt set to ease home ownership
By Gistflash News
July 16, 2021
Lagos State Government says it is upscaling its housing delivery performance and subsidising the cost of the homes to reduce the barrier to home ownership in the state.
Lagos State Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, made this known on Friday in a statement signed by Mrs Adeola Salako, Spokesperson of the ministry.
The commissioner said this was a response to the growing gap in housing demand in relation to the available accommodation in the state.
Akinderu-Fatai said the government was committed to the provision of affordable mass housing units in spite of the increasing cost of building materials occasioned by the current inflationary trend.
He said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had directed that cost of homes built by the state should be lower than the market price to make home ownership easier for the people.
Akinderu-Fatai said that the government was pursuing the agenda of housing provision with increased vigour to ensure that more homes are available for residents before the end of the year.
“We are engaging multinationals along with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies to build and support the financing of buildings in the state.
“This is the viable option, given the fact that land is a limited resource in the state,” he said.
He said with population upsurge, meaningful impact could be achieved through space maximisation by the construction of high-rise buildings where progress was being recorded.
According to him, the state’s housing schemes, located in Odo-Onosa Ayandelu, Agbowa, Sangotedo Phase 1, Gbagada and Omole Phase 1, will be delivered soon.
The commissioner explained that the projects were being financed through direct budgetary allocation for the benefit of low and middle-income earners to come on the home ownership ladder.
He said this would be accomplished through a convenient mortgage system where homes shall be allocated through the Rent-to-Home Scheme and whereby the tenure of payment would be 120 months.
Akinderu-Fatai said that an initial payment of five per cent of the value of the homes by the allottees was required before spreading the balance.
He listed other schemes that were being constructed through direct budgetary allocation to include Egan-Igando, LASU, Ita-Marun in Epe and Ajara.
The commissioner said though these schemes were inherited from previous administrations, the government was committed to speedy delivery in line with the THEMES agenda.
“Housing provision is pivotal to the transformation of the lives of the people,” Akinderu-Fatai said.
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