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NSCDC holds meeting with hunters, others on how to rid Edo forests of criminals

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Edo State, on Tuesday, held a strategic meeting with Edo Security Network, Hunters’ Association of Nigeria and management of forest reserves in the state.

NSCDC Commandant in the state, Aniekan Udoeyop, in his opening remarks at the meeting, held in Benin, said the meeting had become imperative, owing to the need for synergy to rid the state of criminals lurking around the forests.

This, according to him, is because the activities of the criminals in the forests have brought untold hardship to the residents, adding that if not checked, it could get worse.

“We are talking about insecurity now, but the worst that may come is food insecurity, because of the activities of criminals and bandits in our forests, farms, and bushes.

“As we speak now, how many farmers can go to their farms?

“So, if farmers can’t go to their farms because of kidnapping, raping and killing, how will you take care of yourselves, families and the state?

“The essence of coming together is for us to rub minds, because security is not one person’s business. Everyone has a quota to contribute to it,” he said.

The commandant, while appealing to residents of the state to “say something when they see something,” stressed the need for proactive measures to stem the tide of insecurity.

He noted that other states were flushing out bandits and those terrorising their forests. “We will not make the mistake of making the state a safe haven for them,” he added.

“This is why I called the forest people, the hunters and the agro-rangers, which is domiciled with NSCDC, so that together, we will comb the forests.

“We don’t want anyone to come to Edo and do business of trading with human lives through kidnapping, killing, raping and collection of ransom”.

Mr Udoeyop further said that the command was ready to take the battle to the forests, in collaboration with the hunters, management of forest reserves and the Edo Security Network.

In his remarks, the Coordinator of Edo Security Network, Emmanuel Oboh, said the organisation was prepared to join hands with NSCDC to achieve the desired goal.

Mr Oboh, however, appealed that members of his security outfit should not be slighted but should be given recognition and their efforts commended.

A representative of the director, forest reserve, Unity Okundawague, called for improved tactics and measures to tackle the criminals in the state.

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Insecurity in schools: NSCDC sensitizes education stakeholders

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To forestall the increasing spate of insecurity in schools across the country, the Benue State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has stressed the need for all security guards in all schools in the state to be duly registered and trained by licensed private guards. 

State Commandant of NSCDC, Dr. Philip Okoh stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with key actors in the educational sector held at the state command of the Corps recently.

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Okoh, while addressing the stakeholders, said the training became necessary following reports of kidnapping and other vices linked to security guards in schools around the country and the need to prevent such occurrence in Benue.

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CBN slashes electronic transfer, ATM fees, others

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has slashed its electronic transfer, ATM and card maintenance fees.

The new charges were contained in the latest Guide to Charges by Banks and Other Financial Institutions just released by the CBN

The CBN said bank customers will now pay N10 for electronic transfers below N5,000, N25 for electronic transfer between N5,000 and N50,000, and N50 for electronic transfer above N50,000.

Previously, bank customers pay N50 charge for electronic transfers below N500,000.

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The CBN also slashed charges for cash withdrawal via Other bank’s ATM to “maximum of N35 after the third withdrawal within the same month” from “N65 after the third withdrawal within the same month”.

Also, the CBN removed Card Maintenance Fee (CAMF) on all cards linked to current accounts, among others.

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COVID-19 impact: Enugu govt partners AUDA-NEPAD on farmers’t

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The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has taken measures in furtherance of its efforts to cushion the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people and the economy of the state.

Enugu State office of the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD), yesterday, held an interactive meeting with stakeholders in the state on the agency’s agricultural project aimed at empowering small holder farmers and boosting food production to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the stakeholders, Enugu State Commissioner for Special Duties and State Coordinator/Focal Person in charge of AUDA/NEPAD, Enugu Office, Mrs. Mabel Agbo, disclosed that AUDA-NEPAD Continental Office in collaboration with some international agencies took bold measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the citizens by initiating the project, entitled “Innovative Strengthening of Small holder Farmers Capabilities Towards Productive Land Restoration Amid COVID-19 in Nigeria”.

Mrs. Agbo said “this project as the title connotes is aimed at empowering small holder farmers in our different communities in all agriculture value chains and segments (crops and livestock) to boost their capacity for food production, especially in the aftermath of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our economy.

“To reduce the negative impact of this pandemic, we must step up efforts to enhance the capacity of our farmers to provide food for the wellbeing of our citizens.”

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She said both the African Union (AU) and Governor Ugwuanyi had ensured that the funding for the project was available.

She urged traditional rulers of autonomous communities in Enugu State and the presidents-general of town unions to ensure that lands were made available for use by the potential farmers.

Also speaking, the representative of the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Afam Ngene, described the project as laudable, commending the AUDA-NEPAD for the initiative.

The commissioner equally lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for ensuring that the programme reaches all the nooks and crannies of Enugu State, for full actualization of the objectives in the interest of the farmers in particular and the state in general.

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