Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has appealed to the federal government to as a matter of urgency provide employment for the teeming youths across the country, as he said that was the only way of stopping the growing spate of insecurity and insurgencies.
“The underlying causes of the present security challenges in our country was as a result of joblessness, illiteracy, hunger and disease,” the governor noted, warning that Nigerians should not be deceived that the problems have zonal or regional inclination as it is like an epidemic that can easily spread to all parts of the country.
Shettima made the appeal, Thursday, while addressing the United States Nigeria Bi-national Commission (BNC) meeting in Abuja, on the invitation of the US government to speak on the current security challenges in his state.
The governor praised the United States for showing interest in Nigeria’s stability by partnering to help in addressing the security challenges in the country, while appealing to the US to improve on its collaboration with the Nigerian security authorities for the benefit of both countries and rest of the world.
At the opening of the meeting, the US Under Secretary, Political Affairs, Wendy Sherma, had said the United States and Nigeria have ties with each other at every level.
She said the US and Nigeria Bi-national Commission has been a successful forum to advance mutual goals since its establishment in 2010, stressing that the meeting have showcased the important and challenging issues of national interest to both countries.
Sherma added that the US is committed to working with Nigeria to develop a multi-faceted strategies to counter the threats posed by Boko Haram.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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