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Military to Partner Ministry of Environment to Preserve Nigeria’s Forest, Wildlife

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Military to Partner Ministry of Environment to Preserve Nigeria’s Forest, Wildlife

By: Michael Mike

The military and the Ministry of Environment have agreed to partner in the protection and preservation of the nation’s forests and wildlife.

The agreement was reached on Wednesday during a visit of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa and his team to the Ministry of Environment in Abuja.

The Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal said the partnership will foster the attainment of the country’s environmental goals and climate action.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)‘s Organised Crime Threat Assessment for Nigeria for 2023 has found that Nigeria is a key transit hub and consolidation point for various forms of illegal trade in wildlife and forest products, especially for pangolin, ivory, and rosewood.

The UNODC had decried that there were more than 1,000 records between 2011 and 2020 that indicate Nigeria as a source, transit, or destination country.

The FG had also lamented that Nigeria’s forest cover is diminishing and that at present only about three per cent of Nigeria’s forest cover remains, instead of acceptable 25 per cent.

Lawal during the meeting with the CDS said: “For the first time in Nigeria, it has been observed that from February till date, the weather has been very hot, which shows that there is a very serious climate change in Nigeria. We need to take care of our environment because that is where we live.

“I believe that we need your support in achieving that. We need your strong support in the area of forest protection. The forest cover in Nigeria is about three per cent now. So, we need to move to stop illegal wood logging and the exportation of wood.

“Secondly, we have the issue of illegal poaching of wildlife. Recently there was the killing of two elephants in Borno state, and we have only a few in the country, in Nigeria, we have less than 200 of them. We are also confronted with the issue of poaching of pangolins. So, we need your support to protect the wildlife.

“We also look at the issue of turning wastes into wealth. We have a lot of waste in the country, so we are trying to create a circular economy around it. We are trying to create employment, energy around wastes.”

The minister noted that a roadmap for the circular economy has been developed to guide Nigeria’s transition to a circular economy.

On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff said efforts are being made to address illegal oil bunkering, and soot in the country.

He promised that: “We will continue to do our best to protect the environment because it’s a running battle. So, we are here as part of the efforts to ensure that we develop synergy and have a better understanding for the good of the country.

“The environment is everything because without it, there can’t be humans and it is critical for us at the Armed Forces, especially in the aspect of security. Now we have seen the effects of climate change all over and how it’s affecting lives and we need to innovate ways of tackling climate change.

“I want to assure you that the Armed Forces is ready to support you because working together as a team is better.”

He decried that criminals, bandits, and other non-state actors take advantage of the forests to carry out heinous crimes.”

He admitted that: “We can partner to ensure the security of those places and tell you that we are ready to give you all the support. We will ensure that our forests remain very viable.”

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Governor Buni Launch Construction of 250 Renewed Hope Housing Units

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Governor Buni Launch Construction of 250 Renewed Hope Housing Units

By: Mamman Mohammed

Yobe state Governor His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has appealled to the Federal Government to sell the 208 housing units in Damaturu to the state government.

He made the appeal today at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the 250 Renewed Hope Housing Estate of the Federal government.

The governor said the houses should be sold to Yobe state government “at 50 percent discount on the cost of construction to enable us further allocate the houses to the victims of insurgency on owner-occupier basis” he said.

“It may interest the Honourable Minister and of course this gathering to note that the construction of Green Economic City with the aim of integrating residential and commercial areas in a sustainable way to uplift the status of Damaturu as a modern city is in the pipeline”.

“We have as a matter of deliberate policy patronised local contractors, dealers in building materials, and artisans. We also patronised the state-owned Sahel Aluminum Company for the supply of roofing sheets. This is to create employment opportunities, contribute to the local economy, and to fast track the recovery programme.

“I, therefore, wish to appeal to the Honourable Minister to kindly consider our local contractors, Building materials merchants and artisans to locally source for the materials and manpower, to further give our people a sense of belonging and ownership of the Renewed Hope agenda.” Governor Buni said.

The governor congratulated and appealled to the contractors to ensure that they execute quality projects that would stand the test of time so that there is value for money, and to be of benefit to the people.

“I also urge the good people of Yobe state to extend our renowned culture of hospitality and cooperation to the contractors to ensure timely and successful completion of the project” Governor Buni said.

Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Minister of Housing, commended Yobe state government for providing the land, representing 30 percent of the project cost.

Represented by the minister of state, Engr. Abdullahi T. Gwarzo, assured that the project would be executed within the stipulated time frame for the beneficiaries to enjoy the project.

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An Open letter to Mr. President

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An Open letter to Mr. President

Dear Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,

We write to bring to your attention the exemplary dedication and sacrifice of our national president of APC-IGG, Amb. Musa Muhammed Tsoken. His tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to the party and the nation are truly remarkable.

Amb. Tsoken’s selflessness, leadership, and vision have inspired countless individuals, and his contributions to the party’s success cannot be overstated. His ability to bring people together and build bridges has been instrumental in fostering unity and progress.

We strongly believe that his exceptional qualities and dedication make him an ideal candidate for a significant appointment in your administration. Recognizing his efforts with a suitable appointment would not only be a well-deserved honor but also a testament to the value your administration places on hard work, loyalty, and dedication.

We respectfully urge you to consider Amb. Musa Muhammed Tsoken for a fitting appointment, acknowledging his sacrifices and commitment to the party and the nation. His inclusion in your administration would undoubtedly bring valuable insights and expertise, further enriching your team.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We eagerly look forward to seeing Amb. Tsoken’s contributions recognized and rewarded.

Sign;

1.Prof. Prince Michael Ikupolati, Chairman, Professors of the APC Initiative for Good Governance,
2.Prof. Zems Mathias, Member Professors of APC-IGG,
3.Isaac Jacob,
Media Aide to Amb. Musa Muhammed Tsoken.

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Governor Yusuf assents new Emirate Law, reinstates Sanusi Lamido as 16th Emir of Kano

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Governor Yusuf assents new Emirate Law, reinstates Sanusi Lamido as 16th Emir of Kano

…. Issues 48 hours for former emirs to vacate palaces.

By: Sanusi Bature

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has declared the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as 16th Emir of Kano state.

Governor Yusuf also issued 48 hours to Aminu Ado Bayero and four other former first class chiefs to vacate the palace and hand over all emirates property to the office of the deputy Governor.

In a statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesperson Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, said Governor Yusuf made the declaration on Thursday shortly after assenting the newly passed Kano State Emirate (Repeal) bill into Law.

The new law passed on Thursday by Kano state House of assembly has abolished the five emirates established by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The law provided an opportunity for reinstatement of the 14th Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II and removal of 15th Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi Nasir Ado Bayero, Emir of Rano Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa, Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II and Emir of Gaya Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir.

Governor Yusuf signed the bill into law in the presence of deputy governor Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, the Speaker of Kano State Assebly Right Hon. Ismail Falgore, and other top government functionaries.

While signing into law, the governor expressed satisfaction that the new law will bring unity of the people of Kano and foster sustainable socio-economic development.

Governor Yusuf further articulated that the return of Muhammad Sanusi II back on throne will propel peace and prosperity adding that the repeal of the council law was in realization of his campaign commitments to restore the lost glory of the state and its rich cultural heritage.

He emphasized that the signing of the bill symbolizes the restoration of the revered legacy of the Kano emirate, which has withstood the test of time of over a thousand years.

Furthermore, the governor urged the populace in the state to continue supporting his administration in delivering a multitude of infrastructural advancements that will propel Kano to greater heights.

“Everyone should go about his or her normal activities in the state, we have done what we believe is in the best interest of the state and its people”

“I want to inform the good people of Kano that today, we reappointed Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi popularly known as Muhammadu Sanusi the II as the 16th Emir of Kano while the five former emirs are expected to vacate the palaces within 48 hours”

The former emirs are to handover all properties in thier possession to the Commissioner for Local Government who doubles as the state Deputy Governor.

Under the new Kano Emirate Repeal law 2024, Kano state is now under one emirate.

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