Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal government will deploy all options to put an end to the security challenges in the country.
This was the assurance he gave in Ondo state on behalf of the Federal Government on Sunday when he paid a condolence visit to the home of the Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti over the loss of his daughter, Funke Olakunrin who was killed by unknown gunmen on Friday along Benin/Ore road.
“As you know, I am here to commiserate with the families of Olakunrin and Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
“This is a massive tragedy as you can imagine. We have seen it replicated here and there which is kidnapping, death and killings.”
The VP who described the death of his daughter as a massive tragedy stated that options including deploying soldiers on the highways, towards addressing the growing cases of security challenges in Nigeria will b used.
Osinbajo arrived at the Fasoranti residence at exactly 9:10am in the company of Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.
While stating that the Federal Government is working towards a workable overhauling of the nation’s security architecture, Osinbajo disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has met with all the Security Chiefs towards re-strategising on the war against security breaches.
He confirmed that the Inspector General of Police (IGP)has also laid out a new policy on community policing to enhance intelligence gathering.
He also assured Nigerians that the government is committed to providing all logistics to prosecute the fight against criminality.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to be calm while assuring that the present administration remains committed to the security of lives and property.
“The other thing, of course, is that we are also engaging the Army so that there will be a bit of more military presence, especially along the road. The Inspector-General of Police has already committed to ensuring that there is full coverage of the police and even helicopters to fastening the search for these killers and also to ensure that there is adequate presence to deter this kind of terrible situation from reoccurring.
“We are looking at the whole security architecture and trying to ensure that we are able to scale up and ensure that we are able to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“Security in a big county like Nigeria as you can imagine the challenge is dynamic and we also have to be consistently dynamic to ensure that we are able to beat the challenges as they appear.
“I think that we can be very hopeful that we would see peace and calm as some of the steps we are taking come fruition. You know also we met with the governors in South West and in the different zones and everybody is coming to ensure that security is adequate and everyone feels safe and secure,” Osinbajo said.
We Have Lifted Five Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In Three Years – FG
According to President Buhari, The President of Nigeria, His administration has been able to change the Poverty status of over five million Nigerians in the space of three years. This was possible through the introduction of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) by the federal government.
Mr Buhari said this at the opening of the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the forum was an opportunity for young persons to address the challenges of national economic stability.
The president’s claim came despite report by the World Poverty Clock in 2018 that Nigeria had overtaken India with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty.
According to the report released in May 2018, Nigeria now has an estimated 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Mr Buhari commended the ILO for committing itself to youth employment.
He noted that the federal government had an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing demographics and the emerging world of work.
“We note at this point that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significant, and on the front burner of development discourse.
“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.
“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.
“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs.
“One of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.
“For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.
“In addition to this achievement, some sectors of the economy with high propensity for massive job creation and employment generation were specifically target by the government for various forms of support.”
JUST IN: Channels TV reporter hit by stray bullet Shiite protest dies
A reporter with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja has died.
The Shi’ites protest turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.
Owolabi who is a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was reported dead during the Channels Television 10 pm news bulletin.
It was gathered that he died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.
“The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.
“They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest,” part of the statement from the station reads.
More to come.