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Many Nigerian military personnel are members of Boko Haram who have infiltrated herdsmen, says the Director General of National Taskforce to combat smuggling of small arms, ammunition and light-weapons Osita Okereke.

 

Okereke also threw his weight behind former Defence Minister Gen. Theophilus Danjuma’s allegation of military complicity with regard to the killings. “I want to tell you that there is a lot of sabotage; most of the military men are Boko Haram members and most of Nigeria’s security men are members of Boko Haram. Most security agencies are Boko Haram,” he told the Sun in an interview.

 

“I can categorically tell you that members of this administration are fighting this administration, the people earning from the government are part of the insecurity in Nigeria; security agencies are part of the insecurity in Nigeria today.

 

“We need total overhauling, as Gen. Danjuma said. He may know certain things you might not know. I can tell you there is an atom of truth in what he said and I believe in what he said.” Speaking further, Okereke backed the withdrawal of 1$ billion to fight insurgency. But he advised President Muhammadu Buhari to approach the National Assembly for approval, warning against politicising the matter.

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Strike Continues As ASUU, FG Meeting Ends In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Labour and Employment office in Abuja over the universities lecturers’ strike since November 5, lasted for about six hours.

It had to be adjourned till next week when there was no headway.

The ASUU delegation to the meeting was led by its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while the government side had the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Ngige, before the meeting, went into a closed-door session, told newsmen that “talks with the academic union are coming a bit late because we have been having negotiations on the new minimum wage.

“The government appeals to ASUU to put the interest of the students first because they are at the receiving end of the consideration.”

But Ogunyemi, after the meeting, which lasted from 3 pm to 9 pm, said the union had put forward its demands and the meeting had been adjourned till next week.

He said: “No date has been fixed for next week but we will communicate the date to you tomorrow (Friday).

“The union was forced to go on strike because our plea for the implementation of the 2017 Memorandum of Action fell on deaf ears.

“Our meeting with the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) in May and September 2018 to remind him of the Federal Government’s promises to implement the agreement yielded no result.”

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Oyo Begins Reconstruction Of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House

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Oyo State Government has begun the reconstruction of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House, which is partly demolished on August 19, 2018.

The reconstruction followed a peace meeting between Ayefele and the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, a few days after the agents of the government destroyed the house for not meeting town planning requirements.

A report by Television Continental has it that construction workers are already on site.

They are said to have a December deadline for the completion of the work.

The Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, was quoted as having said: “A lot has happened since the demolition in August.

“We’ve had a lull in the activities going on here.

“Just about two weeks ago, after all the meetings and agreements, the ministry of works in Oyo state through the office of the permanent secretary and the commissioner came in to start fulfilling the promise the governor made that indeed the partial demolition was an activity done in error,” Akindele said.

He also confirmed that the Radio station will be ready before December to host its annual Christmas events.

Ajimobi had during the 90th birthday celebration of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, pledged to reconstruct the partially demolished building and also provide necessary logistics.

“I want to say that the imbroglio between the state government and Yinka Ayefele over the demolition of his Music House has been resolved. And I pledge the government’s commitment to assist him,” Ajimobi said.

The demolition attracted a lot of media outcry and the condemnation from the masses.

While Radio station alleged that the demolition was politically motivated, the state government said the building was demolished because the staff canteen, a spiral staircase, the mast and the fence were not in the approved plan.

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Entertainment Industry Practitioners Endorse Sanwo-Olu For Lagos Governor [PHOTOS]

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Leading practitioners in the entertainment industry including the veterans, A-listers and the up and coming in movies, music and comedy genres have endorsed the All Progressives Congress Candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in the coming general election as the next Governor of Lagos State.

The practitioners who include Prince Jide Kosoko during a solidarity visit to the APC candidate and his deputy at their campaign Ikoyi office promised to mobilize their fan base and the general populace to vote for Sanwo-Olu because of his capability and experience.

The creative industry professionals used their visit to present some of the challenges the sector is facing to the APC candidate, imploring him to solve for the growth of the sector that has been a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

They identified security, access to public buildings such as hospitals, schools, airport, Police Station, Military Barracks and other permits as some of the operational issues they struggle with while shooting their movies and music videos in Lagos.

They urged Mr. Sanwo-Olu to also look at how payment of tax can be made friendlier in Lagos for them adding that the Lagos Internal Revenue Service often charges them arbitrary taxes because of their celebrity status using best of judgment.

Prince Kosoko specifically pleaded with Mr. Sanwo-Olu to appoint one of them into senior position in his government.

“We have very highly educated people among us and I want to charge you to appoint one of us into your government when you win the election by the grace of God. If we had one of us in your government he or she will represent us and our interests well. We are for you and APC in Lagos and we will support you to win this election.”

In his response, Mr. Sanwo-Olu appreciated the endorsement of the entertainment practitioners and promised to work with the industry to boost its capacity as a major contributor to the growth of the economy of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.

“I am very happy to see many of you here in flesh and blood especially our veterans like Oga Jide Kosoko and Oga Bello. Those days before the age of the internet when we see you on television we look forward to meeting you. You inspired us and entertained us.

“The purpose of this interaction is to know the issues that are important to you that you want the government to address. We want your input so we can plan for. I appreciate your endorsement and support. It means much to me and my deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat. Let me assure you that by the grace of God when we get to the office I will appoint one of you into senior position as requested by Prince Kosoko and beyond appointment, we will through policies and necessary structure provide enabling environment for you to thrive and do your job well.”

While speaking at the event, Dr. Hamzat also reiterated the significance of the creative economy and Lagos as the center of entertainment in Africa.

“It is actually a stupid government that will ignore the sector as yours that is contributing to the GDP like our in-coming Governor, by the grace of God has said. We will provide the leadership that will make the industry to grow.”

Other members of the delegation from the film industry include Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Ebun Oloyede (Olaiya Igwe), Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo), Rachael Oniga), Yinka Quadri, Mrs. Lanre Hassan (Mama Awero), Chico Ejiro, Fred Amata, Muka Ray Sola Kosoko, Ik Ogbonna, Alex Ekubo, Femi Branch, Iyabo Ojo, Ayo Badmus, Lilian Bach among others.

Musicians among them include Wasiu Alabi (Pasuma), Daddy Showky, Owen G., Sound Sultan, Ozy Bosco (kid musical sensation), Muma Gee, Olisa Adibua and MC Lively.

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