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Bauchi Governor To Reposition State Fire Service

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……Says Bauchi Is Benefiting From His Engagement With People In FCT.

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday afternoon declared interest to reposition the state Fire Service for optimum performance in line with International best practice to ensure immediate response to fire disaster.

A statement signed by Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant on Media said the Governor disclose this when he received in audience, Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim who paid him an advocacy visit at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi

Governor Bala Mohammed said the state government is ready to work with the Federal Fire Service to ensure effective fire management in the state.

According to him, collaboration between the state government and the Federal Fire Service will assist his administration to overcome the various challenges facing the service in the state.

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The Governor pledged to support personnel of the state fire service to enable them response to fire disaster on time and advance their capacity for better service delivery.

“We are very grateful for this very auspicious visit by my Brother whom I know very well as he said, we worked together. One of the benefit I drive from working in the FCT is meeting with good people and Dr liman is one of them.”

“I am very proud that today Mr President found you worthy to be the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service and already we have seen the good work you are doing now. I am happy to receive you on behalf of the Government and people of Bauchi state. I have noted what you have said and we thank you for the establishment of Zonal office in our state.”

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Governor Bala Mohammed who worked with the current Controller General of the Service when he was the FCT Minister, acknowledged his support towards his success especially establishment of fire emergency centres in the FCT.

The Governor therefore assured of continued working relationship and pledged to ensure judicious utilisation of all the vehicles to be brought to the state by the Controller General of the Service.

“We in Bauchi, our fire service is not doing well, but we are tackling the challenges, Alhamdulillah now Bauchi is receiving a lot of goodwill from the people who I worked with them in the past.”

Earlier, the Controller General of the Federal Fire Service, Dr Liman Ibrahim told Governor Bala Mohammed that the construction of Zonal Fire Service office in Bauchi is at 75 percent stage of completion and described it as tool for ensuring timely response to fire disaster.

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Dr Liman Ibrahim promised to provide many fire fighting facilities to Bauchi in appreciation of the tremendous support of Governor Bala Mohammed to FCT Fire Service Command during his tenure as FCT Minister.

“Your Excellency, having worked with you in the FCT I know what you can do and I am grateful for what you have done to us.”

“Let me plead with you, Your Excellency, the Governor to support the state fire fighters to advance their capacity through extensive training and retraining.”

The Controller General called for maintenance of the modern fire fighting equipments in the state and assured to render consultancy services for proper repositioning of the state fire service.

 

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Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi  

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Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.

In a statement signed and issue on Friday,  by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.

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Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.

In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.

“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.

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The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.

 

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FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems

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As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).

Barr. Babatunde Irukera

The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.

The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.

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The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.

Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.

Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.

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FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.

This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.

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Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack

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A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.

Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.

the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.

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Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.

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