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Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has announced plans by governors of the South West Zone to operate a joint security team to patrol the entire region.

Abiodun disclosed this in Abeokuta at a sensitisation programme on the vision and focus of his administration, in preparation for the 2020 budget, NAN reports.

Abiodun said governors in the region had concluded arrangements over the security situation in the country.

“A joint security team that will patrol major roads and provide adequate security to the people of the southWest region of the country will soon be set up,” he said.

He noted that no serious investor would be willing to commit funds in an area where they were not sure of the security of their lives and investments.

The governor also announced plans by the Ogun government to amend the laws guiding the security trust fund of the state.

Abiodun said that an amended Security Trust Fund Bill would soon be forwarded to the state of Assembly for legislative action.

He said that major stakeholders would be involved in the management of the fund, adding that under the proposed arrangement, they would be allowed to take decisions without waiting for him.

The governor also stated that the government had commenced palliative measures on some bad roads in the state, particularly federal roads linking Ogun and states.

Explaining further about his plans for the state, Abiodun said his administration would convert some of the Model built by the immediate past administration that had remained unused to technical and vocational training centres.

He added that the digitisation of the state would be pursued and deployed in the various sectors of the state to improve and enhance service delivery.

The governor, who also reeled out his administration’s plans for the agricultural sector, said government would liaise with other ‘agric-focused’ states to produce food that could feed the state and its neighbours.

Abiodun said the sensitisation programme was meant to produce a realistic budget that would focus on performance, adding that his administration was committed to taking the state to greater heights.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Sowore vs DSS: House of Reps to investigate invasion of court

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The of Representatives has directed the relevant committees to investigate the event surrounding the rearrest of the founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The motion was moved by Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) under Matters of Urgent Public Importance at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday.

The committees are National Security and Intelligence, Judiciary, and Human Rights.

Elumelu said the investigation was on the “invasion of the Federal High Court premises Abuja by yet to be identified persons”.

He described the invasion of the court by the unidentified persons as “disregard for the rule of law”.

“The videos emerging in public domain show these unidentified person trying to bundle Omoyele Sowore and his co-accused Olawale Bakare away from the courtroom room, while Sowore’s supporters were resisting them, which is an abuse to the sanctity of the courtroom.

He expressed concern that “men of the civil society” claimed that the unidentified masked men were agents of the Department of the State Services (DSS).

“The DSS has denied through their spokesman Peter Afunanya that its personnel were never involved in the incident.

“Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended guarantees the separation of powers and the independence of every arm of government.

“A situation where one arm is seen to be overpowering another in the course of dispensing its duties will definitely spell doom for the separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution.”

The lawmaker also expressed worry that the “act of the persons disrupted judicial proceedings and made the presiding judge to abandon her duty post because of safety concerns.

“This is a complete desecration of the temple of justice and such an action should be completely discouraged”.

He said that if the action was not properly checked, the National Assembly “may one day be invaded and the relevant security agencies will claim not knowing who the offenders are.”

He also said that the physical assault on Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare by the yet-to-be-identified persons inside the courtroom was the “highest act of sacrilege” in the judiciary.

The house, however, directed the committees investigating to back within two weeks, NAN reports.

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Aisha Buhari sends message to 36 States governors’ wives

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Wives of the 36 States Governors have been commended for the role they play in reducing the spate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.

The commendation was made by First Lady of Nigeria, Dr Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari during a Mid-Term Peer Review session on Governors Wives Advocacy Coalition (GWAC) held at the State , Abuja.

Mrs Buhari recalled the day in October 2017, when she signed a commitment with the wives of Governors to champion the cause of RMNCAH+N, the commitment that led to the Governors’ Wives Advocacy Coalition.

“We all realized the need to aggressively address the issues to avoid a situation where women will have to choose whether to give birth to a child or stay alive”, said the First Lady.

She expressed her excitement over their performance leading to several interventions for the improvement of RMNCAH+N in their various states, including the trickling down efforts to the wives of Local Government Chairmen thus complementing the effort of government in their states.

She said as women and mothers, they understand better than anybody the problems and challenges being faced by women and children in the society.

A communique read at the end of the meeting identified the peer review as an opportunity to assess the progress made and provide insights on the future of the project.

It further called on Development Partners both from the public and private sectors interested in working for the health and wellbeing of women and children to strategically engage state’s first ladies.

Highlight of the event was the investiture of the wife of the Vice President, Her Excellency, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and wives of Governors as champions in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

the president’s wife urged them to “use every opportunity to advocate for the improvement in the services towards detection and treatment of TB in Nigeria.

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