The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) announced that Nigeria and the United States of America are committed to leading a global coalition in the fight against terrorism.
This was disclosed by the ONSA in a virtual meeting held on Saturday.
The virtual meeting was co-hosted by Nigeria and the USA, with the Africa Union, European Union, ECOWAS, and G5 Sahel in attendance.
“The session, moderated by U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel, Ambassador J. Peter Pham, had panelists from Global Coalition members – Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger, and co-host Nigeria, providing key perspectives on the evolution of ISIS affiliates and their troubling activities in West Africa,” ONSA said.
“The panelists also provided useful ways the Global Coalition could enhance efforts to curb the expanding influence of ISIS in the West Africa and the Sahel.
“Discussions also centered on lessons learnt from the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and reviewing of potential lines of efforts, including the use of battlefield evidence and border security measures and how these lessons and lines of efforts could be applied in West Africa and the Sahel,” it stated.
ONSA disclosed that the meeting revealed terrorists globally exploit metrics like economic inequality and ethnic marginalisation to recruit youths to their cells and that the meeting ended with Nigeria and USA confirming their commitment to fighting terrorism.
“It was stressed that terrorists across the globe exploit some drivers, including economic imbalance and marginalization, amongst other local grievances to penetrate the local population.
“The meeting called for more measures to counter radicalization, recruitment of gullible individuals, and concerted global efforts to defeat ISIS.
“At the end of the meeting, the co-host, Nigeria and USA, as well as the 82-member global coalition, reaffirmed full commitment to defeating ISIS and other terror groups including ISWAP and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“Nigeria also expressed her readiness to seek for more support and partnership within the activities and mandates of the Global Coalition against ISIS to enhance its ongoing operations against terrorism in the North East and efforts in preventing and countering violent extremism in the country.”
FG secures $72 million from World Bank for states to develop land information systems
FG has secured $2m each for the 36 states of the federation through a World Bank-funded programme to develop their land information system.
The Nigerian government has announced that it has secured the sum of $72 million from the World Bank for the 36 states of the federation to develop a land information system.
According to Punch, this was disclosed on Monday at the Geoinformation Society of Nigeria 2020 Annual Conference in Abuja by Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, who was represented by the Acting Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Francis Chizea.
“The application of information technology is the main driver of the recent World Bank space characteristics and responsibility programme anchored by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.
“This programme secured $2m each for all the 36 states of the federation to develop states land information system aimed at gathering improved primary data,” he said.
He also added that the scheme is expected to create 50,000 jobs nationwide.
What you should know
This comes after Nigeria recently announced that it would seek a World Bank loan of $750 million to help combat the effects of the pandemic on Nigeria’s economy.
FG needs to explore nation’s tourism as a panacea for unemployment
The FG has emphasized the need to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs and address youth restiveness.
The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has emphasized the need to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs, achieve inclusiveness, and address youth restiveness.
The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday, when he received a delegation from the Nasarawa State Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.
The statement by the Minister is a sequel to the award of a contract by the Nasarawa State Government to construct the road leading to the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in the state, which is the highest waterfall in the country at 150m high.
He said this will complement the contract earlier awarded by the Federal Government for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, for the provision of water and electricity, as well as the construction of the road leading to the dam.
In addition, the Minister expressed delight at the plan by the Nasarawa State Government to build a Film Village at the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, saying the beauty of the environment can attract film makers across the world, as well as local and international tourists.
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What they are saying
Commenting on the visit of the Minister, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, noted that the delegation came to seek support for the development of tourism sites in the state.
Dr. Emmanuel said: “Your Excellency, I want to thank you for this visit because it shows the kind of importance Nasarawa State attaches to culture and tourism. The truth of the matter is that we can avoid a lot of youth restiveness if we take advantage of tourism, because tourism in its own right has the capacity to create jobs, leisure, and bring unity and understanding among the people.
“We look at tourism in Nigeria as the panacea to poverty, as one industry that can bring inclusiveness, and it is targeted largely at women and the youth.”
Reacting to the submissions of the state executive, Lai Muhammed said: “You can see that with the combined efforts of the Federal Government and the State Government, that key element, which is always missing in tourism development, which is infrastructure, has already been addressed.”
In addition, the Minister also used the occasion to commiserate with the Government and people of Nasarawa State over the recent gruesome murder of the State APC Chairman, Mr. Philip Shekwo.
Twitter suspends Nigeria Communications Commission’s account
Twitter has suspended the account of the Nigeria Communications Commission.
The Twitter account of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been temporarily suspended on the digital platform.
Findings by Nairametrics revealed that the account was suspended today, although the cause or reason for the action by the microblogging platform remains unknown as at the time of reporting this.
What this means: A statement on the suspended account showed that no activity can take place on it. It is also pertinent to note that usually, Twitter suspends accounts based on violations of its rules, or to ensure safe environment for users. Also, accounts may be suspended to protect other users from cyber-crime, violence, terrorism/violent extremism, abuse/harassment, sexual exploitation among others.
What they are saying: A statement on the suspended account @NgComCommission read thus: ‘’Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate Twitter Rules.’’
On the other hand, confirming the recent development, NCC’s director of public affairs, Ike Adinde told TheCable that the commission is aware of the development, but he, however, denied any wrongdoing by the organization, noting that it is a glitch from Twitter’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system.
“We have been aware of issues with our Twitter account, apparently emanating from technical glitches with the company’s (Twitter’s) authentication system,” he said.