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Insecurity: ‘Be Fair To Me; I’ve Done My Best’, Buhari Tells Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, said Nigerians must display a sense of fairness when assessing his administration’s efforts in tackling insecurity.

According to the President, if Nigerians must do so, they must reflect on what was obtained at the time he took over office in 2015, and what currently prevails.

In his opinion, the decisive break from the past, where security in the Northeast and the South-South was in dire straits should be the basis for benchmarking his administration’s performance and successes now.

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He made these remarks, while playing host to the Grand Khalifa (overall head) of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement World-Wide, who paid him a visit at the State House, Abuja on Friday.

According to the President, the Northwest, which had been a pain to the nation in terms of insecurity will experience a turnaround for the better.

He said the current administration is well aware of its responsibility with regards to security and will continue to do its best.

He equally urged citizens to show more interest in the affairs of their own security including complementing what the government is doing.

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His words, “We have done our best and we will continue to do more by pursuing coherent and consistent policies to deal with terrorism. I hope God will listen to our prayers.”

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Addressing Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State, who led the Grand Khalifa on the visit, Buhari said, “We thank you for inviting them to come to pray for peace and stability in our country. We are grateful that they agreed to come.”

He joined them in praying that God will give guidance and strength to leaders to be accountable and do right in all things that they do.

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The delegation, included the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, the leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

DAILY POST reports that they were in the country to lead prayers, considering the complexities around insecurity in particular.

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BEDC Commends Community Residents Over Arrest Of Vandals

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The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Plc. has commended residents of Illah community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State for their roles in the arrest of electricity vandals.

Head, Community Relations, Mr. Simple Ugherakpoteni, who made the commendation on behalf of the Cheif Executive Officer, Funke Osibodu, at a ceremony organised to honour members of the anti-cult group who caught the vandals and handed them over to the police for prosecution, further commended the community for its vigilance over BEDC network.

The ceremony was took place Ogbelani of Illah, HRM, Obi Sylvester Jugai.

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While decring the rising case of vandalism across its franchise areas, the Head, Community Relations described electricity vandalism and theft as economic crime.

He further described the act as an act of sabotage against the good purpose and intents of the company.

According to him, vandalism of electricity distribution network and other forms of electrical thefts are serious threats to power sector sustainability and economic growth.

While insisting that increasing vandalism will force the company to spend money meant to improve electricity infrastructure to repair or replace damaged and stolen installations, Mr. Ugherakpoteni lamented that the power sector has been the most hit in the most devastating manner.

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The fight against electricity vandals is a collective responsibility that can only be sustained through collective effort and increased partnership,” he said.

The Head, Community Relations, while appreciating the effort of Illah community, presented a life insurance policy for 5 members of the anti-cult group and cartons of energy.

He said it will help them pay less for power usage and also enjoined other communities to emulate and take ownership of BEDC assets in their various localities, “since they are the direct users of these facilities.”

The Ogbelani of Illah, HRM, Obi Sylvester Jugai, thanked the management of BEDC for its gesture and reiterated the community’s commitment in ensuring that the electricity facilities and equipment are well secured and protected to avoid being thrown into blackout.

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He insisted on improved community and neighbourhood relations with BEDC staff in order to collectively fight against electricity vandals.

In a related development, cases of high-tension cable conductor vandalism at Esaba, Otutuaima, Oghangbla and Iuhre-Ogun communities in Ughelli South Local Government area of Delta State, were also reported according to the company.

Recall efforts by BEDC at curbing the menace of vandalism on its network will be received a boost with the sentencing of one David James to three years imprisonment by a Benin Magistrate Court 6 in Egor Local Government area of Edo state recently.

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Corps Member Executes N120,000 CDS Project In Bauchi Schools

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Mr Ugbo Kparetamisi, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member posted to the department of Human Anatomy, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Gubi, Bauchi, has completed a Community Development Service (CDS) Project worth N120,000 in two Schools.

The project embarked on by the Corp member with batch number BA/21A/0384 included; renovation of toilets in both Gubi Primary and Junior Secondary School as well as Ruda Yausa Primary and Junior secondary.

Other things done in the two schools by the batch A corps member were; donation of waste bins, hand parkers, brooms and hand washing rubbers with taps.

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Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the projects in Bauchi on Wednesday, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, said that CDS project is one of the cardinal programmes of NYSC.

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According to him, the corps member had his reasons for initiating and executing the personal project, adding that as far as NYSC is concerned, it expected corps members to touch lives positively wherever they are serving their fatherland.

He said that all the pupils and the staff in the two benefiting schools would feel the impact of the Corps member and his project would leave a footprint in their hearts just as his name had already been written in the good book of NYSC.

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“I want to sincerely appreciate the schools for equally supporting the Corps member to carry out these projects.

“No corps member would live under the umbrella of NYSC without carrying out either group or personal Community Development Service projects.

“I sincerely commend Corps member Ugbo. His name is already in our good record book,” he said.

The state Coordinator however, called on other corps members to emulate the initiator of the project and called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the facilities.

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Abubakar further explained that renovating a toilet is one of the things that bring cleanliness to schools, which he said, would help in preventing diseases.

Earlier Speaking, corps member Kparetamisi said he discovered that open defecation was rampant in his host community and decided to help in his lattle capacity by renovating the two school toilets.

The corps member, who explained that the project was centred on cleanliness, added that if the pupils of the schools could be taught the clean habit of using the toilets, sweeping and hand washing, they could as well take the habits to their various homes, thereby positively affecting the whole community.

According to him, the project would also help to eradicate or reduce to the nearest minimum health related diseases like Coronavirus, cholera, among others.

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“I realised that the good government had provided water for the students of the community and it’s not proper if they still litter the surroundings with faeces.

“So, I decided to renovate the toilets and donate hand washing rubbers with taps, so that when they finish using the toilet, they can wash their hands and they can also learn good habits of sweeping, hence the donation of brooms, waste bins and parkers,” he said.

In their separate vote of thanks, the headmasters of the two schools, Mr Khalid Hassan and Malam Nasiru Yunusa, appreciated NYSC for providing them with the facilities through the corps member and promised to take good care of them.

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Agbogun Tasks Edo Govt On Endorsement Of Artistes

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Popular artiste, Sandra Agbogun also known as Lady Sandoka, yesterday, appealed to the Edo State government to endorse local artistes with the view of promoting entertainment and creating job opportunities for its teeming unemployed youths in the state.

She made the appeal while speaking on her just concluded Lady Sandoka live musical concert held at the Surprised Pub and Cafe, Benin.

The 35 years old Sandoka who has put in 22 years in the make believe world, said it is very saddened to have seen artistes from other states gracing the bill boards in the state while the local artistes are not.

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“We want endorsement because of whatever businesses that happens in Benin, the government is aware.

“We are tired of seeing outside artistes on the bill boards. We want to be on the bill boards as well.

“We just want endorsement. We want to take the Benin entertainment industry to the next level.

“We want endorsement and I think this is a very important thing that we need.

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“I am speaking on behalf of my fellow colleagues”, she said.

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The thespian who combines music and acting as a career, said the just concluded January 21, Lady Sandoka live musical concert, was a first of its kind and that she decided to hit the ground running by hosting it in her state before taking it round the globe.

She further advised up and coming artistes to show some respect to their senior colleagues if they must go far in the industry just as she urged her fans not to relent in their support for her.

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