Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),
Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Mohammed Gana, has disclosed that his agency would be targeting the recruitment of at least 100, 000 able-bodied Nigerians to beef up its workforce in line with the growing demands to secure the critical infrastructures of government across the country.

He disclosed this yesterday in Abuja shortly after he decorated newly ten promoted Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs), adding that the recruitment had become necessary to meet up with the request for its personnel running into several thousands from the ministries of Defence, Agriculture, Solid Mineral, among others.

He said: “We have made request to the government that for us to meet up with these requirements, we will need to beef up our personnel and we are looking at the possibility of recruiting 100, 000.

“We are facing more and more challenges on daily basis. Just some months ago, we had a meeting with the federal ministry of Solid Minerals where the Minister said that they would be requiring a 5, 000-man squad in line with the government decision to diversify the economy.

“The minister, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had during the meeting insisted that my men must be trained and retrained to understand the modus operandi of the sector especially on the identification of solid mineral very well. Today, we have set up Solid Mineral unit in the corps.”

Speaking further, “After that the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audi Ogbeh, has also approached us to request for a 3, 000-man squad to hold in checking the activities of the Fulani herdsmen and manning the 5, 000 ranches the ministry intend to establish in the country. He later demanded for an additional 3, 000 men.

“We have also held meeting with the Minister of Defence, who requested that we prepare and deploy about 3300 of our men to the North East where the military have dislodged the Boko Haram insurgence to secure the civilians.

“The same thing with the MD of the Nigeria Railway Corporation has also requested the deployment of 3, 000 men to their 22 installations accords the country since the sector has been classified among the critical infrastructure of government.

“The same request came from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and essentially from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) requesting the deployment of our men to secure the dams in the country following the threat from Boko Haram to poison the source of our drinking water.” he stated.

Senate DENIES EFCC Chairman, Magu Confirmation
The Senate, Thursday, failed to confirm the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the commission’s chairman. 

This is sequel to the failure of the Senate to hold the confirmation hearing scheduled for Thursday to consider the request by President Muhammadu Buhari who had sought the confirmation of Magu, from the Senate, as the commission’s boss. 

EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu Recall that the Letter from the President requesting Magu’s confirmation was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on July 14 but the Senate did not commence hearing of the request. Also, the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had announced at plenary on Wednesday that the confirmation hearing would hold Thursday, after five months of delay. 

However, the Senate did not list the confirmation in the Order Paper for Thursday hearing, hence, placing Magu’s confirmation pending. Moreover, officials of the EFCC led by the acting Chairman, Mr. Magu, were at the Senate this morning, waiting to be called for the hearing which never came.

Osun Assembly Lauds Ooni Ogunwusi On Unity
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has lauded Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja 11) for picking the gauntlet against divisive tendencies among the Yoruba traditional rulers in the last one year on the greatest stool of the race.

In a statement he personally issued, Speaker Salaam asserted that Ooni Ogunwusi has shown the world that Yoruba nation is endowed with rich culture, value and moral fibers coupled with wise rulers, with the way the great King has conducted himself.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament under his watch was proud of the Arole Oodua and his relation with other natural rulers in the state and across the country.

"We, at the State of Osun House of Assembly are proud of Ooni Ogunwusi and his royal candor in relating with other traditional rulers in the state and across the country. We cannot be agree more to his world view on unity and the leaders across board for the good of the nation", Salaam reiterated.

The state parliament then congratulated the great monarch as he clocks a year on the revered stool, praying that Ooni Ogunwusi would live long in good health to attract prosperity.

Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam
Speaker, OSHA

Bukar Raheem: IDPs' Plight as Terrorists' Latest Weapon
One really wonders why some people still can not stand the fact that their doomsday predictions for Nigeria failed. Despite glaring realities, said group of people choose to disbelieve the fact that the Nigerian military, indeed, is the best. This is evidenced in the incontrovertible fact that they, the Nigerian military, have been able to defeat one of the world’s deadliest and once dreaded terrorist groups; the Boko Haram.This is a feat other nations could not attain despite mass availability of public support and unlimited resources. These people coming in various hues churn out unsubstantiated allegations. The recent article posted on Punch website headlined “Boko Haram battle stalls as population starves” fits into this category.

What the World Food Programme has called “famine-like” conditions have prompted experts to warn against seeking victory over the jihadists at all costs”, has been turned into something that Nigerians would one day have cause to grieve. Some days back, the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai issued a directive for troops to crush whatever was left of the Boko Haram terrorists by the end of this month. In turn, this lead to a counter attack. Surprisingly, the attack did not come directly from the Boko Haram terrorists or on the physical theatre of war but, by way of slanted news reports, analysis and comments by organizations whose true intent one must now interrogate.

There is also the question of timing. There must be something about such news stories surfacing whenever a decisive push is about to be made against the Boko Haram terrorists. Had the Chief of Army Staff not given the directive, would this “in-depth” news report have been published? The answer to this question is best arrived at using the antecedents of those spurring the reports.

A fact that can not be ignored is that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are suffering in the various camps. Before considering other hardships they must have been faced with, one must first consider that it is never easy to come to terms with the fact that one has lost their home and, or livelihood. This as we know, interrupts the normal lifestyle of the individuals.

The accommodations in the camps, as one might guess, are not of high standards as these are mere makeshift contraptions for many of the IDPs. Adding to the depressing situations, the camps are also faced with feeding problems. This, which is directly linked to the destruction wreaked by the Boko Haram insurgency, is not the making of the army. Donor agencies made pledges that took long to be fulfilled and others where not redeemed at all. Furthermore, administrative issues and other unforeseen problems muddles an already complex logistics of reaching the right people. 

If this was not bad enough, inadequate nutrition, paired with substandard living quarters, results in the deadly mix that has left the camps witnessing more deaths than were possible if these factors are not mixed.

Sadly, even the desperate outlook of the camp has not stopped the last of the insurgents from still strapping explosives to themselves, or to drugged, and brainwashed, couriers that target the IDPs Camps as soft targets. Unfortunately, a few carried out attacks while most were neutralized before they could do much damage. If the insurgents were to have their way, they would storm the camps in their infamous convoys of Hilux pickups that have now become history with successful military operations. 

As observed, the dry terrain makes for rapid movement as there is no waterlogged soil to slow down insurgents and troops. The advantage offered by the season can therefore be exploited both ways. Whether anything can be gained by delaying further onslaught on a terror group that is attempting to resurge after being degraded is left for military strategists and experts to articulate.

From a layman’s point of view, the directive to smash whatever is left from these demented fanatics is a welcomed one. The year 2017 would be better ushered in if one can be rest assured that those who leave trails of wailing and sorrow are no longer in business.

To slow down the campaign against Boko Haram on account of the plight of the IDPs would be a great disservice to these people as they themselves would like the last of the insurgents purged as this would facilitate the return of the displaced persons to their homelands.

It must be noted that several seemingly normal development had in the past cluttered the anti-terror war in favour of terrorists. Questionable NGOs usually chose when the army is making progress to issue disconcerting report that are actually targeted at undermining troops morale. Although Nigeria was refused the grants to procure the critical hardware needed to defeat the terrorists, the army found its way around the problem to make headway. This is apparently not acceptable in some quarters as the matter is continually raised just to see what dissensions could be whipped up among troops.

Even more distressing is the way international corporate media often turn into the propaganda tools for Boko Haram. The kind of AFP report referenced can only help provide talking points for Boko Haram recruiters that will use it to convince other youths to join its depleted ranks. They do this at the expense of the kind of reports that contribute to defeating terrorism that has been identified as a global threat. In as much as some strategy upgrade will benefit the military, there is a need for a change in the manner of approach by which international media reports the issue of terrorism.The attitude of donor agencies and NGOs working in the world's crisis areas also needs to be revamped.

The international media must muster the courage to speak truth to power. If ISIS is spreading its poison south of Libya into Niger, Chad, and Cameroon to worsen the Boko Haram evil, then, the corporate media must urge the cowboy nations that manufactured the wars and situations that birthed ISIS to accept responsibility for the monster they created. Nigeria, using its army, cannot be dealing with the mess created by others and then be vilified for it.

The COAS and the entire Army must therefore see through the smokescreen of deploying the challenges in the IDPs camp as the latest weapons in the hands of the terrorists for slowing down the military onslaught against them. It must be noted that if the directive to crush the last of the insurgency is vacated then the terrorists would successfully use the period of lull to recruit fresh fighters and swell its ranks.

Raheem, a public affairs analyst writes from Kaduna State.

Senate Rescues President Buhari From Super Falcons Embarrassing Protest To Aso Villa Over Unpaid Salaries, Allowances
Guardian Newspaper - Members of the victorious Super Falcons held back their plan of taking their protest to the doorsteps of President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, following the intervention of the Senate Committee on Sports. But for the fifth day, the players refused to vacate their rooms at Agura Hotel in Abuja in protest over non-payment of their camp allowances, match bonuses and nine months salaries for their coaches.

However, the players’ dream of getting any positive result from the Presidency was dashed yesterday when the Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, said the government has no money to pay the players and their officials.

The minister, who fielded questions from State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting (FEC) on why government has yet to settle the footballers, attributed the development to the current economic recession in the country.

The Guardian learnt that the players had planned to storm the Presidential villa with various placards yesterday morning to register their grievances to President Buhari, but were prevented from carrying out the plan by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba
The players claim they are being owned over N238.05 accumulated bonuses. Camp allowances and match bonuses for the 23 players, excluding coaches and other backroom officials throughout the duration of the 10th African Women Nations Cup in Cameroon is said to be in the range of $25,000 (about N11.25 million).

One of the players, who spoke with The Guardian yesterday from the Agura Hotel in Abuja said: “On Tuesday evening, Senator Obinna Ogba called us to say that he was already aware of what we are passing through. He told us to be patient and that he will hold a meeting with other key members of the Senate Committee on Sports on Wednesday and get back to us in the evening. We have to respect him and that was why we decided to hold back our plan of taking the protest to the Presidential Villa.”

Another player claimed yesterday that they heard the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, has ‘abandoned’ them for a trip to London.“You can see that these people don’t really care about us. We just heard now that Amaju has travelled to London. To do what when we are suffering here?”

Lai Muhammaed said yesterday: ‎”Over time, it has become tradition to reward victorious athletes of sports persons but I think this is caused by the biting economic situation.”

The minister, however, noted that the girls’ demand for payment of their bonuses was germane, just as he disclosed that the matter was raised by the Minister for Sports, Solomon Dalung, for consideration at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The issue was raised by the Minister of Youths and Sport today and I think its being looked into. You see over time, this thing has become a tradition to reward our victorious athletes and sport persons.

“But I think its the biting economic situation, but I am sure it is being looked into by the Ministry of Sports… so truly it was reported under other matters at the council meeting,” he said.

Dr. Adeniyi Harrison
Dr. Adeniyi Harrison, The National President,
Linguistic Association of Nigeria
Dr. Harrison Adeniyi of Department of Yoruba, Literature and Communication Arts, Lagos State University, Ojo, has emerged as the national President of Linguistic Association of Nigeria, LAN.

In an election which took place yesterday night at the prestigious University of Jos, Plateau State, during the Annual General Meeting of the association, Dr. Harrison got overwhelming votes from professional colleagues to pilot the affair of the professional academic association.

The versatile linguist with international repute in his word of appreciation posted on his facebook page was full of appreciations for the confidence reposed in him to steer the affair of the organization.

He, however, pledged to do all withing him to justify the confidence reposed in him by his professional colleagues.

Dr. Adeniyi Harrison until his last night election as LAN President was the Vice President. He polled 72 votes against his challenger to emerge the President of Linguistic Association of Nigeria,

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