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NSCDC FCT COMMANDANT CALLS FOR REGULATION OF PANTAKER MARKETS

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NSCDC FCT COMMANDANT CALLS FOR REGULATION OF PANTAKER MARKETS

By: Michael Mike

The Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, Dr. Olusola Odumosu has called for the regulation of Pantaker markets in the FCT.

He said this while addressing personnel of the Command during the Monday muster parade at the NSCDC FCT Command Headquarters.

Odumosu said that, it was imperative for the FCT administration to regulate Pantaker markets in the territory as intelligence gathered revealed that most vandalized items end up in pantaker markets for sale.

“With the proliferation of pantaker markets all over the city, and the suburbs, criminals have ready markets to sell vandalized metals, iron, aluminium, armoured cables, scraps and other stolen items which had increased the spate of vandalism of public properties in the FCT.

“There is a need to address pressing concerns related to the sale and purchase of second hand goods in pantaker markets which currently lacks comprehensive and diligent oversight.

“Regulation, monitoring and enforcement of compliance with government policy will help curb to a reasonable extent the cases of vandalism of infrastructure in the territory,” he said.

According to him, proper regulation will not only help to curb the excesses of criminally minded dealers who receive items from vandals of public facilities, it will also foster economic stability by ensuring that only legitimate activities and authentic products are bought or sold in the market.

“Unregulated markets for used items poses inherent risks to consumers and undermined the integrity of it’s commercial operations.

“It is imperative that we establish clear rules and guidelines to protect properties of individuals and that of the government. “

“Proper regulation has the potential to enhance marketplace accountability, and will help security agencies in identifying and bringing criminals who engage in acts of vandalism and theft to book,” Odumosu said.

Odumosu said that the recent completion of projects and the successful commissioning of various infrastructure by the FCT Minister, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike calls for improved service and a renewal of strategy against destruction of government property.

“It is therefore our collective responsibility as a Command to ensure the protection of these infrastructure which is a fulfilment of the ‘renewed hope’ promise of this current administration,” he said.

He also said that there was a need for his officers and men to redouble their efforts in the protection of critical infrastructure in the territory.

The Commandant further said that he had charged the Command’s Intelligence Department to increase its searchlight on the activities of the pantaker markets with a view to arresting identified accomplices of vandals and violators of the market standards.

He however warned that anyone caught attempting to sell vandalized or stolen  items in these markets would face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.

The Command’s helmsman called on members of the public to assist the Corps by reporting any suspicious activities or persons attempting to vandalise any public infrastructure.

“This infrastructure provided is meant for the good of all, therefore, every member of the public has a duty to protect them from vandals,” he reiterated.

Odumosu congratulates the FCT Minister for the laudable projects he has completed and commissioned in the FCT.

“I want to congratulate the Minister for his doggedness and commitment to infrastructural growth.

“He has indeed lived up to his reputation of being Mr Project, as he has given FCT a new look,” he said.

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VP Shettima To Lay Foundation For NEDC Headquarters In Maiduguri

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VP Shettima To Lay Foundation For NEDC Headquarters In Maiduguri

  • Flags Off Agric Inputs Distribution, New Road Network Wednesday

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Vice President Kashim Shettima will tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, lay the foundation stone for the permanent headquarters of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In furtherance of the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to the North East’s sustainable development through holistic security, reconstruction, food production and job creation programmes, the VP will also flag off the distribution of essential agricultural inputs and equipment procured by the NEDC tomorrow.

Senator Shettima is also expected to inspect progress on the first phase of construction on the 27km Jere Bowl Road Network in Mafa/Jere local government area, just as he will also perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the project.

State Governors, lawmakers, traditional rulers and dignitaries from across the region are expected to join the VP at the event.

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

By: Michael Mike

A wave of excitement filled the air in Mamud Fana South, Gambia, as residents celebrated a new era of clean and reliable electricity with the commissioning of 77 Solar Home Systems (SHSs).

This life-changing project, implemented by UNIQUE ENERGY, was made possible with the financial support of the ECOWAS Commission through the ECOWAS Special Intervention Fund (ESIF), implemented by ECREEE.

For years, residents of Mamud Fana have struggled with limited access to electricity. This often meant evenings spent in darkness, limited opportunities for education and a struggle to power basic appliances. 

Now, the project lights up Mamud Fana South, bringing solar energy to over 1,000 residents. Each household has been equipped with a solar panel, battery storage, inverter, sockets, and lighting bulbs. This new energy source will allow them to power their homes, use appliances, and potentially develop small businesses.

The installations were commissioned on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, in the presence of Mr. Francis Sempore, ECREEE’s Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Correa, Representative of The Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Mr. Njaga Ceesay, Business Development Manager at UNIQUE ENERGY.

The project demonstrates the positive impact that renewable energy solutions can have on rural communities across West Africa.

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

By:Yahaya Wakili

The Executive Chairman of Nangere local government area in Yobe state, Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, has called on the people of the local government to use the Eid-el-kabir occasion to pray for His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON (Chiroman Gujba), Nangere local government, and Tikau emirate council.

Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, who is also the Walin Tikau Emirate Council, disclosed this in his Sallah message to the people of Nangere local government area at Eid-el-kabir praying ground in Nangere.

The chairman charged the people of the local government to embrace the spirit of love and tolerance and live in peace with one another.

“Nangere local government is known as number one in the state in farming and hard work and has urged the people to pay more attention to farming and rearing as the rainy season commences.

Hon. Samaila Musa also called on the people to abide by the law and order, with a view to building peace and unity among the citizens of the local government, the Tikau emirate council, and Yobe state in general.

“Nangere local government is the most peaceful local government in the state; therefore, he urges the people to intensify prayers to our leaders to be guided aright for increased peace, security, and prosperity of our local government, our emirate, and our state in general.” Wali said.

He warned the people of the local government to avoid encroaching on the cattle roads in order to avoid a clash between the farmers and headers in the area.

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