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FG Reveals Plan To Reconstruct Northeast Nigeria

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The Federal Government has concluded plans for the reconstruction of the insurgency ravaged North East geo-political zone, according to the Chairman of Presidential Committee on North East, Prof Soji Adelaja.

Adelaja made this disclosure at a consultative meeting with both Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo and Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil.

In a press statement on Friday by Alhaji Olawale Rasheed, the Senior Adviser to Minister of State for Power, it was revealed that the committee chairman in a presentation unveiled series of coordinated sustainable intervention projects and policies designed to reconstruct the region in close collaboration with state governments in the zone as well as federal ministries with relevant projects capable of healing the wounds of the war.

“Adelaja specifically listed what he called emergency assistance stabilization projects covering education, health, infrastructure, agriculture among others,” Olawale said.

The chairman further noted that the committee was identifying safe communities to launch the reconstruction, adding that the concept include identification of agriculture and transformation ready communities in view of the ongoing security challenges.

The Minister of State for Power, Hon Mohammed Wakil, lamented the devastation inflicted on the region by the insurgents, but commended President Goodluck Jonathan for launching several initiatives to rebuild the zone.

According to Wakil, the President had introduced four initiatives to rehabilitate North-East, namely the setting up of two separate presidential committees, the full funding of emergency agency and the provision of sufficient supply to the displaced from the national grain reserve.

“Mr. President has put the reconstruction and rehabilitation structures in place. I urge this presidential committee to act quickly and urgently by going to the field. Our people want to see you in action. They are in dire need of help. It is time for action,” the Minister of State said.

In his reaction, the Minister of Power, Prof Nebo said the account of the Minister of State about the insurgents confirmed the widely held belief that the insurgency was not about religion but about hatred of Nigeria and humanity.

“Boko Haram members are haters of our dear country. It has nothing to do with religion. We in the Ministry of Power commended Mr. President for his intervention and we pledged the support of our ministry in the area of quick-win projects to facilitate the reconstruction efforts.

“We will identify relevant projects and key into this presidential initiatives. We have big projects in the North East. Mr. President just approved the Mambilla hydro dam which will employ thousands of young people from the North East and boost economic life of the people,” Nebo said.

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

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.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

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.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

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.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

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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