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Ogheghe clash: Obaseki reinforces ban on night grazing, orders closure of illegal cattle markets in Edo

Ogheghe clash: Obaseki reinforces ban on night grazing, orders closure of illegal cattle markets in Edo

…insists strict enforcement of ban on motorcycles in Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba Okha

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has reiterated the ban on night-grazing of cattles across the state between 6pm and 6am daily.

The governor also ordered the immediate closure of all illegal cattle markets across the state, urging landlords not to allow their property to be used as an illegal market for sales of cattle.

Obaseki gave the order in Benin City during a meeting with members of Arewa Community, security agencies and members of Ogheghe Community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state, on ways to resolve the recent clash in the region.

The governor said his administration has realized that there are still illegal cattle markets operating across LGAs in the state, noting that it may have been responsible for the clash witnessed recently in Ogheghe Community.

Obaseki noted, “We realised that several illegal cattle markets are still in operation in the state. All illegal cattle markets in Edo state must be closed immediately. Local governments are to submit all approved legal cattle markets and Landlords are warned never to allow their premises to be used for sales of cattle unless such premises have been approved. If not, the affected cattles will be confiscated.”

Governor Obaseki expressed worry that the peace mechanism put in place some years ago by his administration was not working as expected, ordering that the Peace Committee be reconstituted and names of members submitted to his office before 1st of March 2021.

“The Peace Committee (Arewa Community, Local governments and traditional institutions in the local government) set up two years ago are not working effectively as they should. The committee must be reconstituted immediately and the list of members of the committee from every Local Government should be submitted to me before 1st of March 2021. Meeting schedule will be made available. Monthly report of the situation from each Local Government must reach me.

“The purpose of the committee is to give the Arewa leadership in the local governments the authority to register all members of the Arewa Community to enable us to know those operating in each community across LGAs.”

Obaseki said his administration is re-enforcing the ban on night grazing in Edo State, noting that any cattle seen outside their location between the hours of 6pm and 6am in the state will be confiscated and the owners prosecuted.

On the return of motorcycles in prohibited areas in the State, Obaseki ordered security agencies to re-enforce the ban on the operation of motorcycles in the State, adding, “With immediate effect, law enforcement agencies should arrest and confiscate any motorcycle caught in prohibited areas.”

The governor also thanked the security agencies for their tireless efforts in restoring peace to the troubled Ogheghe Community, adding, “We appreciate the Enogie and the people of Ogheghe Community for their cooperation in ensuring peace in their Community”.

Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, noted: “I want to encourage us to live in peace. Motorcycles will not be allowed in the town again to ensure crime rate is kept low.

“If you see any strange faces in your community, please report it to the nearest police station. Report any form of crime and don’t take laws into your hands. Edo is a peaceful state and I encourage all to live in peace.”

The leader of the Arewa Community, Alhaji Badamasi Saleh and the Enogie of Ogheghe, HRH Ogbonmwan Michael, hailed the governor for his prompt response in restoring peace in the affected community.

Edo Health Insurance Scheme’ll strengthen healthcare delivery, reduce mortality, out-of-pocket spending-DG EdoHIS

Edo Health Insurance Scheme’ll strengthen healthcare delivery, reduce mortality, out-of-pocket spending-DG EdoHIS

…group hails Obaseki, urges residents to leverage scheme

The Edo State Government has said the state’s Health Insurance Scheme (Edo-HIS) will further strengthen healthcare delivery, reduce mortality and tackle the burden of out-of-pocket health expenditure in the state.

The Director General (DG), Edo State Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Rock Amegor, disclosed this when he received members of Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA), a non-governmental organization, who were on courtesy visit to the Edo-HIS office in Benin City.

Amegor noted that the commission has commenced enrolment of beneficiaries into the Edo-HIS with civil and public servants in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.

He added that the Edo Health Insurance Scheme is an initiative of the Godwin Obaseki-led administration designed to provide fully operational health insurance coverage for all Edo State residents.

The Director General further expressed appreciation to members of EPIA for supporting the state government in ensuring the provision of accessible, quality and affordable healthcare for residents in the state

He stated that the commission plans to enroll over 25,000 residents in the state for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), which is an initiative of the federal government, implemented by the state government under the equity plan of the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme, adding that “the fund will help the vulnerable persons get access to free medicare.”

In his remarks, President of EPIA, Chief Dr. Omogiade Edokpolor, urged residents to take advantage of the Edo Health Insurance Scheme to access quality and affordable healthcare services.

He commended the Edo State Government for taking deliberate steps toward providing universal health coverage for residents in the state with the establishment of the Edo State Health Insurance Commission.

Edokpolor said the association will support the efforts of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to improve access to quality and affordable healthcare for Edo people by encouraging and sensitising citizens to get enrolled in the scheme.

Obaseki reassures sustained partnership with military, others to ensure peace, security in Edo

Obaseki reassures sustained partnership with military, others to ensure peace, security in Edo

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has reassured that his administration will sustain the robust relationship between the government, the military and other security agencies to ensure peace and security of lives and property in the state.

Obaseki gave the assurance when he received the newly posted Commander of 4 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Brig. Gen. Musa Sadiq, who was on a courtesy visit at the Government House, in Benin City.

The governor said his government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all residents in the state irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation.

He noted, “Our country is under attack as what we are experiencing today might be orchestrated by a series of players causing instability in the country.

“We are witnessing security challenges across the country; it’s a part of the building process but we are lucky to have a 4 Brigade Commander in Edo at this time.

“Nigerians are peace-loving people. Edo people are accommodating and welcoming. Every Nigerian has a right to live in Edo, likewise every Edo person has a right to live in any part of Nigeria.”

Charging the new commander on security of the lives of Edo people, Obaseki added: “With your coming, we will work together to protect every Nigeria living in our territory in Edo. We have enjoyed a very robust relationship with the military. You are a part of our security architecture and we solicit for continued close collaboration.”

Earlier, Brig. Gen. Sadiq noted, “I have the responsibility of the Army to pilot the Brigade and assist you to maintain stability in terms of security.”

COVID-19 2nd wave: Edo sees decline in infection, active cases as govt intensifies measures to curb spread

COVID-19 2nd wave: Edo sees decline in infection, active cases as govt intensifies measures to curb spread

…records 5 new cases, zero death in 24 hours

Efforts by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led state government to contain the spread of the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) have continued to yield gains as the state records a gradual decline in the number of infections and active cases.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during a virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

He noted that the state recorded 50 new recoveries with 669 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centres in the state.

According to him, “Edo State, on the back of nuanced measures to tackle the second wave of the pandemic, is recording a drastic reduction in the number of infections, deaths and active cases. In the last 24 hours, we recorded 50 more recoveries, five new cases with no death from COVID-19.

“This success can be sustained if residents continue to take responsibility and assist the government in curbing the spread of the infectious disease by complying with prevention protocols to contain the second wave of the pandemic.”

Obi continued: “The Edo State Government once again calls on all residents to adhere to the compulsory use of facemasks and other precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus as the government alone cannot win this battle.

“Wash your hand regularly under running water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and observe social distancing.”

He further urged citizens with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.

N30bn stormwater project: Edo govt foils arson attempt at Palm House, evacuates vital contract documents for safekeeping

N30bn stormwater project: Edo govt foils arson attempt at Palm House, evacuates vital contract documents for safekeeping

The Edo State Government on Monday night deployed security operatives to safeguard the premises of the State Government Secretariat also known as Palm House, in Benin City, following intelligence reports of an arson attempt at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability offices, to destroy critical documents pertaining to the N30 billion Benin stormwater project.

Governor Godwin Obaseki had during an inspection of the Textile Mill Road catchment of the stormwater project on Monday morning vowed to set up a panel to investigate how money meant for the project was spent, decrying that the project was conceived by the previous administration in the state to defraud Edo people.

Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., in a statement, reassured that the government will ensure that it uncovers the details surrounding the project and its execution and also assured that all those culpable are brought to justice.

Ogie noted, “Following the commitment of the Edo State Government to probe the N30 billion Benin stormwater project, the state received intelligence of a possible arson at the offices of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, which houses vital documents on the project.

“The government immediately deployed security operatives to guard the premises of the Ministry overnight to protect its assets.

“We have successfully evacuated these vital documents to a safe location to ensure their integrity and in readiness for a probe.

“Government will ensure that it uncovers the details surrounding the project and its execution and also assure that all those culpable are brought to justice.”

“We will do right by Edo people as always and work assiduously to ensure that our people get value for our money as regards the execution of the N30 billion stormwater project,” he reassured.

Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Lucky Wasa, who led the team to guard the premises of the Ministry overnight and to evacuate the vital documents ordered “that all files stored at the registry and other offices be sorted out and removed from the building to a more secured location to ensure that no body sabotages the planned probe by Governor Godwin Obaseki.”

The Permanent Secretary noted, “Please ensure that all files relating to Benin City Water Storm Project are sorted out; enter all the files and their numbers into a paper. We are taking them away to a more secured location.”

BREAKING: NUT call off strike in Edo

BREAKING: NUT call off strike in Edo

The leadership of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Friday suspended its 19-day-old indefinite strike.

A statement signed by the State chairman of the Union Pius Okhueleigbe, Assistant Secretary General, Moni Mike and three others and made available to DAILYPOST, the group said the suspension of the indefinite strike embarked on January 18, 2021 was made possible by the national leadership of the union.

The statement urged all public primary school heads and teachers in the state to resume work on Monday 8th, February, 2021.

It advised that any form of victimization against union leaders and members should be promptly reported to the union for necessary action.

It also urged the state government to utilize the opportunity of the suspension to urgently meet the 10-point demands of the union so as to restore hope and confidence between government and the union.

While appreciating the entire members of the union in the state for their unprecedented solidarity and sustenance of the indefinite strike action for the past 19 days, it however, passed a vote of confidence on the state and branch leadership of the union and its affiliates.

The statement also appreciated the genuine efforts of the National leadership of the union, members of Edo state government transition committee,NUT Edo state Wing Elders Council, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Edo state office, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo state council among others aimed at having the issues resolved amicably.

Oyo 2023: APC has learnt its lesson, on track to dislodge PDP

Oyo 2023: APC has learnt its lesson, on track to dislodge PDP

A member of House of Representatives from Oyo State, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has learnt its lesson.

Akande-Sadipe, who spoke with journalists on Thursday, stated that the party had learnt its lesson after it failed to win the gubernatorial election in 2019.

DAILY POST reports that APC lost the gubernatorial election to Governor Seyi Makinde who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Akande-Sadipe, however, noted that the party is back on its track to dislodge Makinde in 2023.

Akande-Sadipe, who represents Oluyole federal constituency, noted that the party had learnt its lesson after its failed attempt to win the gubernatorial election in 2019.

She noted that the party was poised to take back Oyo State, to restore the development legacy of the immediate past Governor, Ajimobi Ajimobi who died last year.

Akande-Sadipe added that she was proud of the reconciliation among their party members in Oyo State.

She said “The renewed, re-energized APC for the change Oyo needs is here, yesterday was a day of pride for our dear party.

“We are on track to change the narrative, we have learnt from the lessons of the past.

“We are builders. We will continue the development of the modern Oyo state spearheaded by our leader Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“We women of APC would play our part in this registration drive, hold our own and prove our worth to the party.

“The party in turn should take note and ensure that a better male to female ratio is achieved. 50/50 would be nice but 60/40 in 2023 will do.”

No one is driving Northerners away from South – Ohanaeze Ndigbo

No one is driving Northerners away from South – Ohanaeze Ndigbo

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has debunked allegations that the northerners in Southeast were given quit notice to vacate the region.

In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze said no one was chasing the Northerners from the region.

Ohanaeze warned the Northern and Southern elite to desist from inflammatory statements and activities that could incite ethno-religious violence.

“Leaders must restrain themselves from sharing the wrong narratives and perspectives. No one is driving Northerners away from the South.

“Ohanaeze calls on Northern leaders to join in the call against lawlessness and impunity by the few who do not represent the majority.

“Surely, no upright and well-meaning citizens will dispute the imperative of having law-abiding citizens who pursue their vocations without harming others.

“We declare that our people demand the observance of due process by all groups. We deplore rash and unlawful retaliatory actions,” the statement read.

The group, however, condemned the activities of herdsmen instigating crisis in the region and many other parts of the country.

Maina’s son, Faisal escapes to US

Maina’s son, Faisal escapes to US

Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), has fled to the United States of America (USA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.

EFCC’s counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, informed Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja about the situation on Thursday.

According to Abubakar, Faisal sneaked into America through the Republic of Niger.

Earlier at the sitting, Justice Abang, in a committal proceeding ruling, ordered Faisal’s surety, who is a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Dan-Galadima. representing Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara, to forfeit a property used as a bail bond.

Faisal was granted a N60 million bail with a surety in the like sum who must be a serving member of the House of Representatives.

Recall that his father, Maina, also escaped to Niger Republic, but was repatriated back to the country.

Heavily armed DSS operatives take over Sheikh Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara’s mosque, house

Heavily armed DSS operatives take over Sheikh Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara’s mosque, house

Following Kano State Government’s prohibition of Sheik Abduljabar Nasiru Kabara from preaching, praying in his Mosque and other Islamic activities, the Department of State Security, DSS, has drafted armed to teeth personnel to ensure no breakdown of law and order.

The State government had debarred Sheikh Abduljabar Sheikh Nasir Kabara from preaching in the state for his mode of teachings considered too violent and inciting.

The State Security took the measure according to an insider, to prevent the Sheikh’s followers from coming on protest or anything that will create uncertainty.

Kano government according to the State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, took the decision to avoid creating tension in the State.

Commissioner for Information also announced that all seminaries run by the clergyman would be shut down pending investigation by security agencies.

Malam Garba further stated that the council has directed all broadcast stations and social media platforms to abstain from airing such enflaming preachings, sermons, propagation and any other religious discussions in the interest of peace and tranquility in the State.

The commissioner also revealed that security agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance and take decisive action against any person or group found flouting the order.

However, heavily armed DSS personnel were on Thursday seen at strategic locations around the Sheikh’s places of worship to ensure peace.

The Qadirriya house where the Sheikh was born, sometime in 2008, witnessed heavy drafting of Armed Military and Mobile Policemen, following threat to peace, as they were prohibited from carrying out their annual Mauqibi religious festival.