Single Use Plastics: NESREA Urges Stakeholders On Partnership For Alternatives

 

 

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in the state of Osun said the focus of this year’s World Environmental Day celebration would be to urge governments, industries, communities and individuals to partner in exploring sustainable alternatives to the use of single use plastics.

With the theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the annual celebration in the state is slated for Monday, June 4 to Wednesday, June 6, with Drainage Cleanup at Isale-Aro, Novelty March between the Environment family team and the State Exco/Legislature Team at the Osogbo Stadium, awareness rally, tree planting and lectures at the De-distinguished Multipurpose Hall, Aje Int’l Market, Iwo road Osogbo, Osun State, as activities lined up.

According to a statement by the NESREA State Coordinator, Mr Maike Muhammad, the awareness would urgently reduce the production and excessive practice of single-use plastic that pollute the oceans, damaging marine life thereby threatening human health.

“NESREA has responsibility for the protection and development of the environment, bio-diversity conservation and sustainable development of Nigeria’s natural resources in general, as well as, environmental technology including coordination, and liaison with relevant stakeholders within and outside Nigeria on matters of enforcement of environmental standards, regulations, rules, laws, policies and guidelines.

The expected Speaker at the celebration, are Prof Joshua Ojo, from OAU, Ile-Ife to speak on the theme: Beat Plastic Pollution; Mr Oloyede Adelani, the lead consultant, Environmental Manager Consultant Ltd, Ibadan to speak on Environmental Governance & Best Practices and Mrs Folasade Omole who would be  speaking on Taming the Monster of plastic pollution: The EPR Model.

IGP Urges Court To Stop Senate From Insisting On His Appearance

The Inspector of General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare as unconstitutional, the Senate’s insistence that he must appear for a legislative hearing in person.

Idris insisted in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/457/2018 and filed on April 30, 2018, that his personal appearance before the Senate was unnecessary because the issues for which he was invited were not personal.

The court processes was sighted by Journalists on Thursday.

The IGP, through his lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), who filed the suit on his behalf, joined the President of the Senate, Dr.Bukola Saraki, and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as defendants in his suit.

He noted that if he was to personally honour every invitation sent to the office of the IGP, there would be no time to attend to his main responsibilities.

The Senate had in a letter dated April 25, 2018, invited the IGP to appear before it in relation to the purported inhuman treatment of Senator Dino Melaye and the killings in many parts of the country.

The IGP, on April 26, refused to appear before the Senate but delegated the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) and Commissioner of Police, Kogi State to represent him at the Senate.

But the Senate refused to grant an audience to the two representatives, insisting that the IGP must personally appear for the legislative hearing.

The upper legislative chamber then rescheduled the meeting for May 2 and again directed that the IGP must honour its invitation in person.

The IGP, in a supporting affidavit accompanying his suit, said his action of delegating his subordinates to appear before the Senate was backed by law.

He said under the Constitution and Police Act, he had the power to delegate responsibilities, including directing some of his subordinates to represent him wherever he was  invited, more so that his choice of the DIG (Operations) and CP, Kogi State was on the basis that they were conversant with the issues for which he was invited.

Both Saraki and the Senate, in a counter-affidavit, accused the IGP of using the court to shield himself from being scrutinised by the legislature.

They stated that the IGP’s representatives were denied audience because of “the weighty issues which require clarification as they touched on the very soul of our national existence and in order to ensure fruitful and meaningful deliberations.”

They prayed the court to reject the plaintiff’s prayers and dismiss the suit.

Justice John Tsoho on Thursday adjourned till June 29 for the hearing of the suit.

Five Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Ambush

Five soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram ambush in Borno State.

The incident occurred in Gwoza Local Government Area on Thursday, a statement by the army said.

The troops, of 271 Task Force Battalion had run into the ambush while on a clearance operation along Pridang-Bitta in Gwoza Local Government Area, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said in a statement.

“The troops ran into Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried along Pridang-Bitta road by Boko Haram Terrorists before encountering the ambush,” the statement read in part.

“In the firefight that ensued, the gallant troops fought through the ambush, they neutralised several Boko Haram Terrorists, while others fled with gunshot wounds.

“Sadly, five military personnel paid the supreme price as a result of the Improvised Explosive Device attack.”

The remains of the deceased personnel have been promptly evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

Democracy Day: Adeoti Urges Nigerians To Shun PDP Propaganda Against Buhari

A frontline gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and current Secretary to the Government of the State of Osun, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti has advised the electorate to turn deaf ears to the political propaganda of the opposition, especially those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction condemning President Muhammadu Buhari’s laudable programmes and policies. 

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of Moshood Adeoti Campaign Organization (MACO), Mr Kayode Agbaje to mark this year’s Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

Adeoti stressed that the PDP members, ought to have buried their heads in shame and apologise to Nigerians for series of anti-masses programmes and policies that have resulted in the current national economic crisis being experienced by all Nigerians.

“The PDP members ought to have buried their heads in great shame in view of the numerous anti-masses programmes and policies foisted on Nigerians during their 16-year misrule, which have resulted in the current harsh economic crisis being experienced by all Nigerians at the moment,” he emphasised.

He therefore appealed on the need for all and sundry to support the current administration of President Buhari at the national level in its effort aimed at taking the nation out of its multi-faceted challenges.

He also urged all Nigerians to remain steadfast in their optimism for better days ahead.

According to him, irrespective of the current political climate in Nigeria, Nigerians should remain steadfast in belief of a better tomorrow.

“What the political class needs from Nigerians at the moment are the fervent prayers and support of all for a positive change in all spheres.

“Only prayers to the Almighty can bring about the desired positive change being clamoured by all Nigerians,” Adeoti stated.

Alhaji Adeoti, speaking further in his message on Nigeria’s Democracy Day, admonished all residents of the state who are currently of voting age and have not collected their individual Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) to avail themselves the opportunity to participate in the process of electing those who will govern them.

He then specifically pleaded with those who have either not registered and are now of voting age in the State of Osun to go immediately to the nearest Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)offices in their respective council areas and register ahead of the fast-approaching governorship election in the state.

‘Osun Now A Commercial, Industrial State’

 

By Ismaeel Uthman

The state of Osun is no longer a civil servant state, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has declared.

Aregbesola said that in spite all odds, his administration has turned Osun from being a civil service state to commercial, industrial and agricultural based state.

He was the special guest of honour at Raufnomics III, the colloquium organised in his honour on the occasion of his 61st birthday, held at Aurora Events Centre, Osogbo on Sunday.

Speaking at the event, he expressed gratitude to God for making all his aspirations to come to fruition, noting that his government has in the last seven and half years impacted positively on the lives of every resident in the state.

Aregbesola stated, “Against all odds, the joy I have is the fact that our administration has given Osun a true identity it deserves as we have executed myriads of pro-people projects that have in one way or the other impacted greatly in their lives.

“Today, we are proud that Osun has transited from civil service economy to rural agrarian, commercial and industrial based economy as being reflected in the latest rating of Osun as a state with highest human condition of happiness in Nigeria.

“We have done so much for our people, we have put in place indelible landmarks hard to be surpassed by anyone as our state is of today being rated as one of the most peaceful states with minimal unemployment rate in Nigeria”, Aregbesola enthused.

The governor also described ‘Jonathanomics’, the economic philosophy of former President Goodluck Jonathan as one in which oil proceeds are shared directly by PDP leaders and their cronies without remittance to the federation account. The amount lost to this, according to Governor Aregbesola, was more than N8 trillion of which Osun’s share should have been a whooping N75 billion, enough to complete all his projects and pay workers full salaries.

“Jonathanomics is undoubtedly the direct spending of oil proceeds by PDP big wigs without remittance to the federation account, in an unmitigated primitive accumulation of the commonwealth by a coterie of government insiders and their outside cronies. While PDP leaders were becoming stupendously rich, the country and its states become poorer.”

 

JOHESU Suspends Strike, Members To Resume On Monday

The Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) has suspended its nationwide strike.

The union suspended its strike on Thursday and directed all members to resume work on Monday, June 4, 2018.

President of JOHESU, Mr Josiah Biobelemonye, while briefing journalist in Abuja, said the strike was called off following the intervention of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki after several meetings with the union and the Federal Government had ended in a deadlock.

Also, a non- governmental organization had earlier gotten a court order from the National Industrial Court in Abuja, compelling the striking health workers to resume, an order that the union has also challenged.

The health workers in April embarked on the industrial action, accusing the Federal Government of failing to honour terms of agreements it reached since 2009, especially the one reached on September 30, 2017, which had a time frame of five weeks.

The lingering strike by the health workers had caused a serious setback in the health sector, forcing patients to use the private hospitals.

Following this development, the Senate President held a meeting on May 28, 2018, with JOHESU and the Minister of Labour, Productivity and Employment, Dr.Chris Ngige and Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole.

After the meeting, the Senate President hinted that some progress had been made to bring the strike to an end as reports suggest the Federal Government has made a better offer to the union.

Dr Saraki’s meeting with the striking workers followed the resolution on May 15, 2018, to intervene in the crisis which it observed could hamper Nigeria’s ability to prevent or react to another Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria.

Osun Guber Race: Chances And Challenges Of The Aspirants

  • The Zoning Permutations

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Following the last week Monday lifting of ban by the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of July 7 party primary, political atmosphere in the state is becoming more charged as aspirants commenced the struggle to be the party’s flagbearer.

The development appeared to have triggered more governorship ambition’s declarations in the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the APC aspirants have formally unveiled their campaign offices within the state capital.

Despite the silence of the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on his choice of successor, coast is becoming clearer on the gubernatorial hopeful within the ruling APC while the PDP leadership in the state is also narrowing down his choice among the contending aspirants.

As at the time of filling this report, 27 aspirants have shown interest to occupy Bola Ige house from the APC, while 14 aspirants have equally shown interests within the PDP.

APC aspirants include the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega  Oyetola; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf; Chairman Local Government Service Commission, Elder Peter Babalola;  Project Coordinator, Osun RAMP, Eng Adelere Oriolowo; Alao Olabisi,  Oyebisi Alamu, Jolayemi Kamoru  and  Dr. Isiaka Owoade.

Others are former commissioner for Information and Strategy, Oluomo Sunday Akere, Dr Ismail Saka Layonu, Elder Tunde Adediji ,  Mrs. Akanbi Alimot Bolanle, Hon. Akintayo Gafar Amere, Adeyemo Ayodele Fatai,  Babatunde Adedotun Taiwo , Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi , Ayoade  Lawal, Dr. Taofeek Olayinka, Barrister Kunle Rasheed Adegoke  among others.

Leading aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) include former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Senator Olasunkami Akinlabi, Akogun Lere Oyewunmi, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Hon Adejare Bello, Barr Kayode Oduoye, Barister Nathaniel Oke (SAN), Professor Adeolu Durotoye among others.

However, OSUN DEFENDER’s survey within the APC indicated that the contest might be among only few top aspirants except there vis any last minute politicking by Governor Aregbesola that may alter the voting calculations in the party.

Findings among the party leaders and members in the state showed that the top contenders include Oyetola, Adeoti, Salaam, Yusuff, Babalola, Layoonu, Kunle Adegoke among others.

The party is not routing for zoning against the expectations of some of its chieftains, as all aspirants, according to the state party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, would be given chance to participate in the primary election.

A member of the state working committee of the party who confided in OSUN DEFENDER confirmed that at one of its recent meetings, the option of zoning has been dismissed as unconstitutional which may encourage post primary litigations and discourage competition to produce the best among the aspirants.

In examining the chances and challenges among the leading aspirants within the APC, zoning, ability to consolidate on Governor Aregbesola’s success in 8 years, political experience appeared to be the issues that party chieftains are using to evaluate aspirants.

For instance, Hon Najeem Salaam a second term Speaker of the state House of Assembly is banking on the support of party chieftains, past and present members of the state assembly.

Since 1999 he has been an active participant in the progressive politics, from supervisory councilor to the state house of assembly. He is also considered to be a “home base” who is humble and loyal to the party, especially in supporting the governor’s policies and projects. At a point, the house he superintends was tagged a ‘rubber stamp’ as a result of his support for the executive arm of the government.    Another aspirant to watch out for in the race is the present Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji  Gboyega Oyetola, a technocrat and long standing financier of the party. Aside political appointments, Oyetola is for the first time contesting for the public office. He is seen as a major stabiliser during financial and labour crisis in the state and his coporate background to sustain the legacies of Aregbesola is strengthening his chances.

He is rumored to be the favorites of Governor Aregbesola, but the governor has dismissed such insinuation during the federal constituencies tour that he has no favorite among the contending aspirants.  He is also not giving anything to chance by consulting across the zones to actualize his ambition. The major challenge for his aspiration is the agitation for zoning the seat to Osun-West.

In the same category is the Secretary to the state governor, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti who was a party Chairman since 2002 till 2010 that he became the SSG. His long stay in the party leadership has earned him the respect and support of party chieftains and members across the zones.  He is a man to watch out for in the race, but Osun West senatorial district where Adeoti is banking on may be divided as over 20 aspirants from the district are also vying for the party’s ticket.

Elder Peter Babalola, a former chief of staff to ex-Governor Olagunsoye  Oyinlola and current Chairman Local Government Service Commission is another major aspirant in the race. He is also a grassroots politician who has been contesting for governorship since 1999. His major challenge is that about four other aspirants are from his home town, Ikire, a situation that may weaken his support base.

Kunle Adegoke, a lawyer and one of the counsel to Governor Aregbesola during the Election Petition Tribunal is another aspirant that may spring surprise in the race, although, despite his popularity among youth in the central senatorial district, he appeared not to weigh any influence in the party leadership. He was considered to be fenced outside the party for certain political reason.

However, Adegoke is among the few aspirants that are meeting party delegates across the three senatorial districts in the state and not giving anything to chance.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yusuf, is also considered to have been decimated in the control of the party in various local government which may substantially affect his chances in the race.

A party source told our reporter that Lasun has been fenced out during the last party congress to the extent that he could not boast of 30 percent delegates from his local government, however, he is banking on his closeness to Abuja and his financial muscle to prosecute his ambition.

While Engineer Adelere Oriolowo is considered to be a close ally of governor Aregbesola, the Iwo-born engineer is seen to be a new comer in the state political terrain. Many observers believe that the choice of the governor would determine his fate in the primary.

Meanwhile, the situation in PDP remain different, it appeared that the party leadership has conceded the party thicket to Osun-West Senatorial District.  A member of the Board of Trustee of the party confided in our reporter that the party is not thinking outside Osun West and will soon pronounce the decision through its national leadership.

Likely aspirants from the zone include Senator Ademola Adeleke, Akinlabi Olasunkami, Adejare Bello, Akogun Lere Oyewunmi, Akin Ogunbiyi among others.

Senator Iyiola Omisore, who recently defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in his case is facing tougher challenges as his ambition has again met brickwall in his new party.

There is also the issue of opposition by some other aspirants and some individuals in the party, the Senatorial District he comes from, Osun East which produced the incumbent, his credibility crisis and the capacity of his new party to mobilise support are his challenges.

 

Everton Appoint Ex-Watford Coach Silva As New Manager

Everton have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, the Premier League club announced on their official website on Thursday.

Silva, who was fired by Watford mid last season, replaces Sam Allardyce.

Nigeria forward Henry Onyekuru is an Everton player, although he spent last season on loan at Anderlecht.

“Marco Silva has revealed his pride at being appointed Everton manager and his resolve to build a winning side with a winning style and a deep connection between the team and Evertonians,” Everton stated.

“The 40-year-old Portuguese confirmed himself as one of Europe’s most talented young bosses in trophy-winning spells in charge of Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos after overseeing the remarkable rise of GD Estoril in his homeland.

“Silva introduced an ambitious and expressive style of football at Hull City following his move to the Premier League in January 2017 and effected a similar transformation in playing philosophy at Watford after taking over at Vicarage Road last summer.”

Director of Football Marcel Brands described Silva as a manager “who wants to play attractive, attacking football and also wants to work in the structure we have at Everton” and Silva believes the fans will be proud of what they see on the pitch next season.

“I’m really proud to be the new Everton manager,” Silva told evertontv. “I’m excited and I’m really happy to take this big challenge for us as a club and for me as a manager.

“I want to express my thanks to Farhad, to the Chairman, to the Board of Directors and to Marcel as well for the confidence in my work. I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I’m sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this challenge.

“We have a lot of work to do in this next month and it is important to prepare everything in the right way. But there will be even more important work to do from the start of pre-season into the first Premier League match of next season.

“I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch. I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.

“We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.

“Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the Club. The Club is changing its approach. But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the Club.

“Everybody knows Everton’s history. When you are a club like Everton, you only have one solution – to aim to win. In football it is impossible to win every match but we must do everything to show in every game that we have ambition. That is what I want and I’m sure we will show that every single week.”

Reps Move To Prevent Telecom Firms From Storing Data Abroad

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to mandate the Localisation of Data and Operations by Telecoms firms in the country in the interest of national security.

The house urged the Federal Ministry of Communications to take necessary action to address all undermining activities of the telecommunication firms operating in Nigeria by ensuring strict compliance with Data municipal laws.

This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Chukwuemeka Ujam (PDP- Enugu) on Wednesday at the plenary.

Earlier, Mr Ujam said that the Nigerian Communications Commission Act of 2003 vested regulatory responsibilities over the ICT sector on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

He said that the NCC was mandated to ensure compliance with the obligations of service providers under the Consumer Code of Practice Regulations 2007, in addition to the Universal Consumer Bill of Rights.

Mr Ujam said that the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) guidelines for Nigerian content development in communication and information technology required all ICT companies to host all government and consumer data locally within the country.

According to him, it is what is obtainable in most countries which have laws that contain explicit data localization requirement.

He said following revelations by Snowden and WikiLeaks of the surveillance programmes by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), efforts to keep data within national borders gained acceptance globally.

Mr Ujam said that many countries now paid particular attention to data privacy issues and governments across the world had adopted stringent measures to ensure data sovereignty.

He explained that the Office of the Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC) was a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) established as a sustainable institutional framework to enforce compliance.

Mr Ujam also recalled that the ONC hosted the first Annual Summit on Data Localisation in Nigeria, in collaboration with NITDA on Jan. 26, 2016 to ensure compliance with Article 14 the guidelines.

The Article addresses data and information management, mandating data and information management firms to host government data locally, a breach of which had been criminalised under the NITDA Act of 2007.

According to him, data nationalism can be mandated by an Act of Parliament that explicitly requires data on citizens to be stored on servers physically located within national borders as stipulated in the NITDA Act.

In her contributions, Rita Orji (PDP-Lagos) said Nigerians were constantly complaining over foreigners managing bio data.

According to her, it is not done anywhere in the world except in Nigeria.

Also, Adamu Chika (APC-Niger) said that the motion was important for national security.

He said that prevention was better than cure as it was not safe to leave such critical information in the hands of foreigners.

The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Information Technology to ensure compliance.

Moses Joins Super Eagles Camp Ahead Of England Friendly

Chelsea FC star Victor Moses on Thursday joined his Super Eagles teammates in their London camp ahead of their pre-World Cup friendly against England at Wembley on Saturday.

The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed Moses’ arrival on their verified Twitter handle, stating also that all the expected Eagles players are in camp now.

“Victor Moses has joined the team in camp. Everybody is in now,” the NFF tweeted.

With Moses, the team now has 26 players in camp, including Moses Simon who is battling thigh injury.

Victor Moses, who won the Emirates FA Cup with Chelsea, should be in contention for a starting place when the Eagles face England.

The Eagles departed Abuja for London on Wednesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

(NAN)

Senate Meets NSA, Seeks More Security Funding

The Senate on Wednesday grilled the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), after which the chamber resolved to approve more funds for the Office of the NSA to address the spate of insecurity in the country.

Monguno was invited to brief the lawmakers on the “proliferation of firearms, spate of killings by terrorists and kidnapping by hoodlums across the country.”

The NSA, who was led into the chamber by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, was grilled behind closed doors for about three and a half hours.

Emerging from the interaction, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said, “He answered questions from distinguished senators bordering on security — insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, co-ordination of the security agencies and the general killings in the country.

“Thereafter, we directed that he submits a funding request similar to other heads of security agencies that had come before us and to submit consideration where relevant amendments to existing laws involving security agencies need consideration.”

The Senate had, on May 23, grilled heads of security agencies over the spate of insecurity across the country. The meeting, which lasted four hours, was also held behind closed doors.

In attendance were the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura; and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin. Heads of other military and paramilitary agencies had sent their representatives.

Saraki had, after the meeting, described it as “a useful deliberation.”

He said that the lawmakers resolved that the security agencies would get special funding, which the legislature was ready to approve.