The website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been taken down by Anonymous hackers, an online squad, that has declared support for the ongoing nationwide campaign against police brutality.
The NCDC website is used for providing updates on the pandemic disease still ravaging the country.
This is after it pulled down the websites of the Ministry of Justice; Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Also, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Twitter handle is also being controlled currently by the hacking squad
It’s time to allow traditional rulers to lead the way to peace and restoration of trust- Ooni Of Ife
The sad event that happened yesterday at the Lekki Toll gate in Lagos where armed soldiers were alleged to have killed unarmed young protesters is highly disheartening, regrettable and condemnable.
Our political leadership must immediately investigate the circumstances that led to the avoidable confrontation and consequent loss of lives with a view to swiftly fishing out the unlawful attackers who must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Our children are on the streets with the spirit of patriotism because they believe in the future of Nigeria and that our system is flexible enough to adapt to changes for better performance.
We need to manage the process of listening to them and working with them to jointly arrive at the new Nigeria of our collective dreams.
Their generation was nurtured with the values of efficiency, transparency, accountability and value chains. These are the noble values they seek to inject into our polity so that our country can realise its potential as a world power.
It is time to calm down and allow traditional rulers, as fathers of the nation to lead the way to peace and restoration of trust.
We must find amicable solutions even though this attack has regrettably eroded the trust needed to establish dialogue and ensure a civic process for resolving the crises. We must not be tired.
Patience and dialogue is needed to bring both parties to the table to set timelines for the implementation of the demands of the movement. This is imperative.
I call upon the government at all levels to demonstrate urgency and responsiveness by immediately acting on the yearnings of these patriotic Nigerians in order to facilitate a just and peaceful resolution of all the challenges confronting our country.
Ooni of Ife
IG Of Police Orders Withdrawal Of All Security Personnels For All VIPs Except…
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reportedly ordered the withdrawal of police officers attached to very important persons (VIP) in Nigeria.
According to TheCable, the directive was issued via a police wireless message on Wednesday, October 21, and is expected to take effect immediately.
This development comes following two weeks of End SARS protests by Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality in the country.
In the directive issued to police zonal commands, only those attached to government houses, the senate president and the speaker of the house of representatives are exempted.
“Inspector-general of police directs you to withdraw all protect personnel attached to all VIPs, except those attached to government houses, senate president, speaker, house of representatives with immediate effect,” the message seen by The Cable reads.
“Any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences. Any protect personnel found escorting or guarding any VIP with or without firearm is deemed to be deployed by the commander and the commander will be sanctioned.”
All withdrawn operatives were directed to report to their commands.
N392bn projects debt: Senate asks FG to consider pension fund
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday, told the Senate that the Federal Government owe construction firms handling 711 road projects across the country N392bn.
The debt, according to the minister, was higher than the N276bn, proposed as budgetary allocation for road projects in 2021.
Fashola who stated this on Wednesday in Abuja while defending the 2021 budget of his ministry before the Senate Committee on Works.
He said, “With the situation on ground, a stop has come for new projects and the country needs to prioritise the existing ones in order to complete some of them.”
He said N6.62tn was needed by the Federal Government to fund the 711 road projects across the country.
The minister, however, said the resources to achieve that were not available now, hence the need to prioritise the very important ones.
He said, “We do not have the resources that we need to fix our road infrastructure at once; the very reason we need to prioritise what want to do.
“The situation on ground requires us to cut our coat according to our cloth and not according to our size because no good will come out of more new road projects now.”
He however explained to the committee that in order to remedy the situation, the 711 projects had been categorised into four different areas of funding and execution.
The first category, he said, was the highway projects financed with the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund.
The projects, he said, covered projects such as Lagos-Shagamu-Ibadan dual carriage way, the 2nd Niger Bridge and the rehabilitation of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano dual carriage way.
The second category, according to the minister, are highways projects financed with the Sovereign Sukuk Fund totalling 44 roads across the six geopolitical zones.
Fashola said the third category included the highways project financed under the tax credit like the Lokoja-Obajana-Kabba-Ilorin road, Apapa-Wharf Road in Lagos and the Apapa-Oworonsoki-Ojota Expressway, among others.
Those in the fourth category he stated are highways projects funded from multilateral loans.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adamu Aliero, suggested to the minister to look into pension funds for some of the road projects.
He said, “In view of the scarce resources and poor revenue generation which the country is currently facing, I think the ministry could consider applying for funds from the PenCom funds.”
Fashola, however, said he said he was not in a position to do that.
He said, “The Central Bank of Nigeria seems to be in the best position to work out such arrangement.
“It will be helpful if that type of funding can be put together,” he said.
Aliero, however, said the fact was that the budgetary allocation to the ministry and its agencies remained one of the highest, but was like a drop of water in the ocean.
“This is because of the humongous work to be done on Nigerian roads and the current debt profile of the ministry which is about N392bn,” he said.
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