The Presidential Amnesty Programme on Niger Delta yesterday disclosed that it would soon pay the 2016 stipends and allowances of ex-militants.The Coordinator of the programme, Brig-General Paul Boroh (rtd), said in a statement that the documents needed for the payment had been prepared.
He said the amnesty office had concluded an arrangement with the finance ministry, budget office, accountant general’s office and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the issue.
The statement by the Media and Communication Consultant, Owei Lakemfa, said the office had been given the assurance that the funds would be released soon.
According to him, the expected funds would cover the stipends, training, education, vocation and empowerment of the beneficiaries.
Boroh, who is the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, disclosed that the 2017 stipends would not be paid yet because this year’s budget was yet to be implemented.
He commended the ex-militants for their patience and promised that the 2017 stipends would be paid earlier since it was captured in the budget.The coordinator advised them to explore the Federal Government’s support for agriculture, such as the Central Bank’s Anchor Borrowers Programme and those of the Bank of Industry.
He disclosed that the amnesty programmes has provisions in agriculture and aquatic farming, which were being gradually expanded to cover all the beneficiaries.
“In line with the amnesty programme’s focus on agriculture, 400 beneficiaries would be empowered as farm owners. The multiplier effects would be the creation of 1,600 direct job opportunities for farm workers.
“ Another 800 jobs would be created in the logistics and processing of farm produce to generate N2.3 billion turnover per annum,” Boroh said.He explained that the programme had trained 208 beneficiaries in 2016 in agriculture, while 59 were trained as pilots and aeronautical engineers. Also, 120 people were trained in automobile, 70 in electronics and 80 in plastic technology.
Among other areas where they were also trained are maritime, 146, scaffolding/rigging, 36, transformer repairs and maintenance, 25, information communication technology, 70 and heavy duty equipment, 63.He added that a total of 1,135 beneficiaries graduated from foreign and local universities with 34 of them in first class and 105 in second class.
Fulani People Own Nigeria, They’ll Rule Forever — Miyetti Allah
Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, is not a stranger to controversy or incendiary statements. He has stirred the hornets’ nest again by saying that his Fulani people own Nigeria and, thus, have no reason to obtain permission from anybody before settling anywhere!
It was a re-echo of what Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule once said, “Everyone has a gift from God. The Northerners are endowed by God with leadership qualities. The Yoruba man knows how to earn a living and has diplomatic qualities. The igbo man is gifted in trade, commerce, and technological innovation. God so created us equally with purpose and different gifts.”
Umar Labdo, a professor at the faculty of humanities, Maitama Sule University, Kano, also said in an interview with The Punch that the Fulani are destined to lead Nigeria for a long time.
He said: “Those who rule are those that are more civilised and educated. Now, Fulani happened to be more educated than all other tribes in Nigeria before the Europeans came. We are the ones who brought literacy here as we have manuscripts, hundreds of them, which were written between 300 and 500 years ago, when no other tribe knew how to write. And that is why the lot fell on our people to lead in this country and we are still leading the people. We are destined to continue leading people; but I know, if people read this, they will say he is a supremacist or something like that, no! It is not like that. This is a burden and we pay for it. Sardauna was killed because he was a ruler. If he had not been a ruler, why would he have been killed? Murtala Mohammed (former military head of state) was also killed. Why? It was because he was a ruler.”
Bodejo told The Sun:
“You should know that the Fulani have a right to go and settle anywhere they like, it is in the constitution and you shouldn’t break any law. If Fulani herdsmen go into any bush and settle there, what is their offence?
If as they claimed that their cattle were destroying crops, what is the work of the commissioner of police, he should go and arrest them and charge them to court.
By the way, who has the land they claimed that the herdsmen have settled? I, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, if I decide to go inside bush and settle in any community, I won’t ask for anybody’s permission and be doing my activities, but I won’t offend anybody.
Even the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, it was the Fulani that first settled there. After they settled in one place and leave, then farmers come and start farming, and town start springing up there.
It is only Fulani that can go and stay inside any bush they like. They have right to go and settle in any bush in this country without asking anybody for permission. It is not against the law in this country. Who would they go to take permission from, is it the animals in the bush? You see from the village to the bush they are claiming is theirs maybe over 100 kilometers. How can herdsmen go and settle in a bush that is over 100 kilometers away from where the people live and you expect them to go and take permission from anybody. Who owns the land?
I don’t see any place where people will try and drive away the Fulani; they have right in this country. They produced Nigeria. They produced the first prime minister. If they produced the first president, another president, another president and so on, are they not the owner of the country? Fulani are ruling Nigeria and they must continue to rule the country forever. That is the truth.”
I Don’t Believe President Buhari Is In Charge — Wole Soyinka [VIDEO]
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he does not believe President Muhammadu Buhari is in charge of the country.
He made this statement in reference to the open letter written to Buhari by a retired colonel and former military administrator of Kaduna, Umar Dangiwa, over the president’s habit of appointing people from his section of the country into office.
Reacting to this in an interview on PlusTv Africa’s ‘One-On-One’ on Thursday, the playwright and political activist said the answer to the nation’s problem is decentralisation.
The renowned writer commended the former military administrator who has a tendency to hit the nail hard and go straight to the point factually without self-interest.
He said: “Umar Dangiwa is one of the really serious letter writers without self-interest and when I saw this I was appalled but I shouldn’t have been appalled in the first place. I was appalled by the silence that followed this revelation. I think those who are responsible for this criminal lopsidedness should be punished. It is not sufficient just to discuss it. It’s criminal.
“I have said this before. I don’t believe there is really anybody in charge in Aso Rock. I’m sorry to say this. I’ve been studying the trend over the past year and a half and I believe this president is not in charge of this nation, in so many aspects and directions.
“I’m convinced he’s not really and totally with it.
“It’s so serious. It is not the fact alone, we know the history of this. We know what it has caused the nation, and we know it isn’t over yet. And you say are launching an enquiry. That’s not enough. This man is not in charge.”
Watch the full interview here;
BREAKING: Buhari Nominates Okonjo-Iweala For WTO Director-General Position
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable reports.
In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.
The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.
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