Connect with us

Finance

Many states clamouring for community policing owe salaries – Garba Shehu

Published

on

Many states clamouring for community policing owe salaries - gARBA Shehu

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says many of the states agitating for community policing owe salaries.

He said the President was particular about the sustenance of the community policing arrangement, hence, the delay with his assent.

Before now, states across the country had clamoured for community policing to tackle peculiar security challenges in the localities.

Earlier in the year, six states in the South-West region came together to form a regional security operation code-named Operation Amotekun, which has since been backed by law in the respective states and launched in Ondo State.

Watch Our YouTube Videos

Garba Shehu, spoke Tuesday on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said “The essence of the government funding at this time is to do two or three things: one is to ensure training for those who are to be recruited to join the police service, two to enlighten the public about the functionality of the new system and three is to procure equipment.

But above all is the need to streamline the processes embarked upon by the states and the sub-regions.

“As members of the community, we know ourselves better, we know all the nooks, the crannies, we know who is who and so, therefore, it is not difficult for intelligence to be supplied for effective law and order management in the community.”

Responding to a question on why it took the President some time to approve the community policing arrangement clamoured for by some states, Garba Shehu said, “For President Muhammadu Buhari, the concern has always been about the spread and abuse of weapons in the hands of police.

“He said it repeatedly that, look a lot of the states that had clamoured for state police, many of them are unable to cope with salary payment. If you hire a community policeman and give him a gun, and keep him for five, six months without salary, what do you expect?

Efforts have been taken so that situations of these kinds do not arise, so therefore, there is a standard national procedure and prescription for each of the states to comply with.

The President’s spokesperson insisted that all other security arrangements by states would be governed by the dictates of the structure defined by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

“Whatever name they go by, Amotekun or whatever, they will be streamlined and they will be ran in accordance with the structure as defined by the Inspector General of Police.

“They will be localised, they will be owned by local communities, they will be managed by them. You know, the constitution of the committee has been defined to include council chairmen, religious leaders, traditional leaders, civil society groups and all of that.

“They can choose their own nomenclature but it doesn’t make a difference. There is a general structure for all state and local council community policing mechanisms and this should abide in the state.

“So, we are going to have a single type structure community policing across the country and whatever is not in line with this, does not have a place in the new scheme of things,” he added.

Incase You Missed:

https://news.ncbn.ng/2020/08/20/us-election-trump-never-took-presidency-seriously-says-obama/

 

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Customs Corner

Customs Wildlife Unit Engages Stakeholders on Import/Export Regulations

Published

on

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Special Wildlife Unit has engaged stakeholders on the need to understand Government policies on wildlife.

The meeting, which was held at the Customs Training College in Lagos on Friday, 07 June 2024, had in attendance freight forwarders within the Murtala Mohammed Airport Environs.

Declaring the event open, the Commandant of the Training College, DC Haniel Hadison, stated that the meeting aligns with the Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi’s directive to ensure that the NCS continues to collaborate with relevant stakeholders.

“This is in line with the Comptroller-General of Customs’s clarion call for collaboration and synergy, “we have stakeholders coming from the airport to the wildlife unit domiciled here at the Customs Training College to deliberate on the way forward. It’s a continuous exercise; this is just the beginning, but it’s a work in progress, “the commandant stated.

The National Coordinator of the Special Wildlife Unit, AC Abimbola Isafiade, highlighted the importance of the meeting, saying, “The freight forwarders have some misconceptions about the activities of the customs; a lot of them think we’re trying to stop their businesses from flowing, and so they wanted to know why there has been a lot of restrictions and their consignments being put on hold”.

“So we have been able to explain to them that some laws have to be complied with before any export or import of wildlife product will be carried out, what the procedures are, as it relates to the shipment, the legal trade in wildlife product and where it is illegal trade, how and why we will not allow it”, Isafiade explained.

She noted that help desk officers have been assigned to their business locations to help make enquiries and lodge their complaints, which will be addressed at the national stakeholders forum, where customs will participate.

The National Coordinator appreciated the CGC and his management team for supporting and encouraging the Special Wildlife Unit of the service.

Stakeholders commended the service for working tirelessly to ensure that things are correctly done and regulations followed.

Continue Reading

Customs Corner

Customs plans to Set-up Technical Working Group to Ease Healthcare Cross-Border Movement

Published

on

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service is set to establish a technical working group to implement the Memorandum of Understanding of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and World Health Organization (WHO) on clearance of medical goods.

The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, made this known at a Round-table dialogue on the healthcare sector on Friday, 14 June 2024, at the Customs Training College, Ikeja, Lagos.

The CGC acknowledged the importance of the healthcare sector in Nigeria, especially its role in ensuring national security.

He said, “We are here at the instance of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) to discuss mutual concerns, issues that have bothered the HFN regarding the problems that they encounter in the clearance of medical equipment, particularly life-saving equipment”.

“One of the things we have said is that we need to implement the WCO and WHO’s Memorandum of Understanding on clearance of medical goods, which will involve creating special corridors for those goods; we are not strangers to that. We already have schemes targeted at such sectors”, the CGC explained.

CGC Adeniyi highlighted some of the agreements reached at the meeting, saying, “We will take the first step towards establishing the technical working group, and virtually all the members of the proposed working group are here, so they are already aware”.

“Some of these are things that we can deliver almost immediately if we are talking about processes and procedures, yes, we can deliver those almost immediately, but if we are talking about changing codes and classification, it requires a wider level of consultations, a more robust engagement with the Ministry of Finance and other agencies that are involved”, he emphasised.

The CGC explained that the technical working group will comprise Customs, HFN and other critical stakeholders like the Ministry of Finance, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, office of the National Security Adviser and other stakeholders.

He restated President Bola Tinubu’s vision and passion for ensuring the delivery of a sound healthcare system to Nigerians, “we have a listening ear in government, and we will articulate this position, and hopefully by the next quarter, we could be having some of these delivered”.

The President of HFN, Dr Pamela Ajayi, expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting. She appreciated the service for its quick response to issues affecting the healthcare sector.

“It shows that customs has a listening ear, the willingness to cooperate, to collaborate, to listen to the pains that we have as a healthcare sector”, she said, and the engagement of CGC in terms of quickly setting up this technical working group to work with us, to provide the solution that we need, we are indeed happy. We are grateful to the Customs Service for this”, she concluded.

Continue Reading

Customs Corner

Customs Intercepts Illicit Drugs Worth N4.1B at Tincan Port

Published

on

…As CGC Assures of Dismantling Network of Perpetrators

Author: Lucy Nyambi.

Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Port Command, have intercepted a large consignment of illicit drugs, including Cannabis Indica weighing 1,072kg, from Canada and India.

The Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, made this known during a press briefing at the Command on Friday, 14 June 2024.

According to him, the seizure is a result of the ongoing collaborative efforts between the NCS and the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Giving a breakdown of the items, Adeniyi stated, “3 plastic drums concealing several packets of Cannabis Indica, 46 bags containing 2,144 packets of Cannabis Indica all weighing 1,072kg seized from 01x40ft Container No. GAOU 669921/5 imported from Canada. The approximate street value of the illicit substances is N3, 216,000,000.00”.

“877 cartons of Barcadin cough syrup with codeine- 200 bottles of 100ml per carton and 82 cartons of Really Extra Diclofenac Sodium 50mg tablets – 600 packs per carton imported from India was seized. The approximate street value of the cough syrup is N964,339,348.00. ” The CGC noted.

The Customs Boss stated that the operation highlights a troubling trend and evolving tactics of criminality and insecurity in the country.

He, however, assured of dismantling the network of perpetrators. “The NCS will continue to work closely with relevant national and international agencies to conduct operations that lead to the interception of illegal goods and the disruption of criminal networks.”

“Investigations are ongoing, and perpetrators will be made to face the full wrath of the law. Let this seizure serve as a warning to those who engage in illicit activities that the NCS remains vigilant and dedicated to protecting our society, “the CGC warned.

The CGC commended the Customs Area Controller, Tincan Island Port Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, and his team for the seizure, which he attributed to the dedication and hard work of the officers.

He reiterated that the collaborative synergy between NCS and its partner agencies exemplifies the effectiveness of pooling resources and intelligence, reinforcing agencies’ commitment to safeguarding the nation’s borders and protecting its citizens from the threats posed by smuggling.

Continue Reading

Trending