President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is working closely with ECOWAS to deal with insecurity in the West African region as well as implementing strategies to contain the spate of unconstitutional changes in government.
The president spoke while receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors of Switzerland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of South Sudan, at State House, Abuja on Thursday.
He called for cooperation and collaboration from the countries to overcome challenges in West Africa.
Buhari invited friendly countries to ‘‘support efforts to address the problem of insecurity, fight against corruption, diversification of the economy, and our efforts in promoting good governance.’’
The president renewed his call to foreign government representatives not to meddle in Nigeria’s internal affairs as Nigerians prepare to elect another government at the general elections on Feb. 25, 2023.
‘‘I urge you to be guided by diplomatic practice to ensure that your activities remain within the limits of your profession as you monitor the build-up to the elections and the conduct of the general elections itself.
‘‘I wish you all success in your respective tours of duty and at the same time encourage you to take time to enjoy the unique nature and culture at your disposal as you travel across our country,’’ he said.
According to Buhari, Nigeria no doubt enjoys very cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations and cooperation with their respective countries, commending the roles of their predecessors who demonstrated diligence and commitment to advance these causes.
‘‘I am therefore confident that your appointments are obviously deliberate to build on the successes of your immediate predecessors in order to advance our relations to significant and enviable heights.
”As you settle down to your diplomatic responsibilities, I am hopeful that you will appreciate the political, socio-economic and cultural diversities which are the hallmarks of the Nigerian nation.
‘‘I encourage you to build friendships and take time to fraternise across the length and breadth of the country including interfacing with both the public and private sectors in bid to explore areas of mutual benefit to your respective countries and Nigeria.
‘‘Sectors such as Healthcare, Education, Infrastructure, Local Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Agribusiness, Transportation, Solid Minerals are areas of particular interest to us and foreign investors alike.
‘‘This will enable us to collectively strive to resuscitate all our countries’ economies in the post pandemic global recovery processes,” he said.
The president also acknowledged the support of the respective countries in his Administration’s campaign to deal with the challenges of insecurity such as kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, as well as the threats posed by environmental challenges resulting from climate change in the Lake Chad Region.
He reiterated that different factors that accounted for these challenges go beyond the abilities of any single country to effectively contain.
He emphasized that matters of security had become the business of all nations of the world to work together at both bilateral and multilateral platforms and build consensus in order to overcome these challenges.
The Ambassadors who presented their Letters of Credence are: Nicolas Lang, Switzerland; Annika Hahn Englund, Sweden; Peter Ryan, Ireland; Kitiisak Klomchit, Thailand, Nicolas Nyouky, Senegal and David Chaot of South Sudan.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Ambassador of Switzerland assured the Nigerian president that they would exercise ‘‘their functions as Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with dedication, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and for the mutual benefit of our countries.’’
While wishing Nigeria peaceful, free and fair elections, the Ambassadors extended their goodwill to the President on his remaining days in office.
‘‘We are keenly aware of the importance of Nigeria to the wellbeing of the entire African continent, its role in international politics and its weight in the world economy.
‘‘Each and every one of us is proud to represent his or her country and its interests in this great Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ Lang said.
Bush burning responsible for fire incident at FRCN, Kaduna — Official
The Kaduna State Fire Service has said bush burning was responsible for the fire incident at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Kaduna.
Assistant Commandant of the service, Ayuba Yohanna, made the confirmation on Sunday in a phone conversation in Kaduna.
According to him, the fire started from bush burning at the back of the procurement office. He said the officers on duty rushed to the scene after receiving the distress call at around 1:45 pm.
Yohanna said two offices at the procurement department were affected with no lives lost or injuries.
Recall that Mohammed Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, visited the station on Friday where he promised to carry out reforms at both the radio station and NTA.
Doctors appeal to LASG on improved welfare, as 15 die within six months
The Medical Guild has appealed to the Lagos State Government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers, saying 15 doctors died within six months in the state.
The Chairman of Guild, Dr Sa’eid Ahmad, made the disclosure during a news conference ahead of the guild’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference, on Sunday, in Lagos.
The Medical Guild is the association of medical doctors under the employment of the Lagos state government.
Ahmad noted that the past year has been particularly challenging for the guild due to ongoing co-morbidities exacerbated by manpower bleed and the attendant severe overwork among members at service points and a number of members’ deaths.
“The intensity of the attendant sense of loss was probably brought to its peak with the tragic event of collapsed elevator in the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, which claimed the life of our young colleague, Late Dr Vwaere Diaso.
“This was to be followed by end-on-end demises of some additional colleagues, sometimes, multiple over a few days,” he said.
Ahmad stressed that the sad events serve as an inescapable wake-up call to intensify vigilance towards self-care, and deepen the level of engagement with the government to prioritise the health and lives of healthcare workers in the state.
“These, afterall, are the people in whose hands the health and lives of the people are entrusted,” he said.
To address the situation, Ahmad said that the guild, through a series of emergency General Assemblies and consultations, developed a comprehensive position paper.
He said the paper drew the attention of the state government to urgently take actions to salvage the spiraling health of the health workers.
Ahmad said that the document identified the roots of the welfare problems culminating in massive exodus, and proffered practical and workable solutions.
”We had demanded short, medium and long-term solution categories to these problems, including the basic need for healthcare workers to be able to obtain much needed care themselves within the system in which they work.
”This document has indeed formed the cornerstone of highest level policy discussions with the Government of Lagos state on behalf of our members.
“It is our hope that these discussions produce policy pronouncements and actionable directives at any moment,” he said.
He disclosed that the guild, through its Office of Social Welfare, spent N21.5 million in responding promptly to some of its sick members and support for families of bereaved members in times of loss.
The Chairman said the guild had embarked on housing mortgage and automobile facilities in a bid to provide members decent accommodation and mobility to ease their commuting to work.
Ahmad commended the government for resolving all issues of stagnation and demotion of In-service trained specialists and financial implementation of same since August 2023.
Speaking on the forthcoming AGM and Scientific Conference, Ahmad said that week-long activities, which began on Sunday, would feature medical outreach, cancer awareness campaign, lecture series, among others.
Ahmad noted that tapping into these intellectual reservoirs by health policy makers and other stakeholders would yield benefits.
He said it would greatly enhance appropriate policy formulation and implementation strategies for the overall benefit of saving lives and improving wellbeing of the people.
I will embark on constant raiding of black spots in Osun — CP Isyaku Mohammed
By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo
The New Commissioner Of Police, CP Isyaku Mohammed has said the State Command will embark on constant raiding of the black spots and criminals hideouts across the state.
The new CP disclosed this at the Police headquarters, Osogbo, State capital on Friday, said he has directed all formations to draw up action plans to actualise missions that will instantly arrest prevalent crimes in their areas to the barest minimum.
Mohammed stated that during his stay in the state as chief law enforcer he will provide credible leadership that is professional and accountable to the people through intelligence-led, community-oriented.
He noted that he is open to constructive criticisms and welcomes all manners of suggestions that will aid his administration in providing better police services to the good people of Osun State.
He urged the residents of the State to join forces with the State Command to make the State a peace-haven for all.
He said, “This occasion offers me an opportunity to meet with you, the Fourth Estate of the Realm, and invite you to share in my mission of making Osun state a safe haven and home of peace for all who live and carry-on legitimate businesses therein. Together we shall all chart a good course in policing the State; and I therefore, solicit for your generous cooperation in sustaining the already existing strong synergy and good working relationship between you and the officers of the Command.
“I want to clearly state that as the chief law enforcer of the state, my mission is to bring to reality the vision of the Inspector-General of Police of zero tolerance to corruption, a secured environment for citizens to thrive, policing with International best practices, upholding the Rule of Law, and Respect for fundamental Human Rights of all citizens.
“All these I shall strive hard to achieve, especially with the support of team-spirited Officers and men I met in the Command, together with the cooperation of other security agencies in the state and stakeholders such as the traditional rulers, religious leaders, public spirited associations, students and youth leaders etc; as security is a collective responsibility. I have no doubt that, together we shall fight all criminal elements in the State to a standstill and Osun State will not be a safe haven for criminals to breed.
“In arrival, I received briefings on the security state of the Command, especially with respect to pockets of prevalent crimes such as: Cultism, Rape/ Defilement, Land Grabbing, Communal clashes etc.
“This will be immediately followed by a tour of the formations for on the ground/spot assessment of every locality within the state to ascertain their peculiarities, as I lead this mission of keeping the state safe, from the front,” the CP added.
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