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NIMC worries over low NIN enrolment in Jigawa

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The Jigawa Coordinator of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Mr Aminu Jakada, has expressed concern on the low enrolment for National Identification Number, NIN, in the state.

Jakada said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Saturday that only about 2.6 million people in the state have so far obtained the NIN.

NAN reports that Jigawa, which is the eighth most populous state in Nigeria, has a population of over 7,499,100 people as at 2022.

The Coordinator said that the enrolment figure was too low and urged citizens and legal residents to obtain their NIN.

“The problem we have now is that people are not coming out to register.

“It is only when we have an isssue like now that people are registering for JAMB that you see crowd in all centres.

“But immediately after the JAMB registration, everybody will stay at home until when something required them to obtain NIN that they will come again,” he added.

The NIMC coordinator appealed to traditional rulers in the state to assist the commission in sensitisating their subjects to give priority to obtaining their identity number.

According to him, aggressive campaign on the enrolment will speed up registeration of more citizens and legal residents in the state.

Jakada particularly appealed to Dutse, Gumel, Ringim and Hadejia Emirate Councils to emulate Kazaure emirate by establishing special NIN enrolment centres in their respective domains.

He explained that Kazaure emirate’s establishment of special NIN registration centres led to the enrollment of 75 per cent of people in the area, hence the need for the other four emirates to emulate the initiative.

The coordinator added that before the establishment of the centres by the Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Najib Hussaini-Adamu, the area was lagging behind in terms of NIN enrollment.

According to him, the emirate in now leading with 75 per cent, followed by Hadejia emirate with 65 per cent of registered residents.

He added that the record of enrolment in Dutse emirate was 50 per cent, while Gumel emirate has 30 per cent and Ringim emirate, 20 per cent.

“Traditional institutions can assist us through sensitisation so that people will be more aware of the exercise and that will speed it up.

“We are calling on other individuals in the state who can afford to assist by establishing special centers in their respective communities to do so, in order to register more people,” Jakada said.

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Bandits Abduct Fouani MD, 3 Others ….Demand $1.5m Ransom

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Armed men, on Friday, abducted the Managing Director of Fouani Company, which represents LG and Hisense, along with three Lebanese while travelling by boat in Lagos, PUNCH Online reports.

Although the names of the victims have not been ascertained, it was learnt that they were abducted around Falomo Bridge while traveling from Apapa to Victoria Island.

A source familiar with the incident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of its sensitive nature, told PUNCH Online that the kidnappers had reached out, demanding ransom.

“Yesterday (Friday) evening, the Managing Director of Fouani company (LG and Hisense) and three Lebanese were kidnapped around Falomo Bridge while traveling from Apapa to Victoria Island by boat.

“The kidnappers have asked for $1.5m,” the source said.

When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the development.

“Yes, it is true. We got the report and we are looking into it. Please, I’m not obliged to state more than that,” he simply said.

When our correspondent asked about the details of the names of the abducted persons, Hundeyin insisted, “I’m not obliged to state the names, when, where and how it happened for now but we are looking into it.”

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SEE Pictures from the National prayers session organised by the national Hajj commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

SEE Pictures from the National prayers session organised by the national Hajj commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)

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Group raises alarm over looming food shortage in Southwest

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..… calls on govt to provide security, incentives to farmers

By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A Yoruba socio-political group, Yoruba Commitment Forum (YCF) has raised an alarm about the looming food shortage in the South West region of the country.

The group said, though, the impending food insecurity is a national crisis, stressing that its impact on Yorubaland is going to be calamitous.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Otunba Hon Tayo Onayemi, Barr. Akeem Aponmade,

Barr. Femi Mokikan, Otunba Niyi Sodiya, Mrs. Buky Tunde Oshunrinde and Mrs. Sola Maja, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The YCF attributed the looming food shortage to the invasion and destruction of farmlands by rampaging Fulani herders.

The group, while calling for adequate security of farmers and their farmlands, equally appealed to the federal government to adequately compensate whose farmlands were destroyed and as well give them financial incentives, to encourage them to go back to farm.

The statement titled, “Nigeria’s headaches, food insecurity in Yorubaland”, read, “we have observed that for about seven years now, Fulani herdsmen have been engaging in a relentless destruction of farmlands and settlements in Yorubaland. These criminal Fulani elements resorted to kidnapping, raping, maiming and killing of farmers and Yoruba sons and daughters.

“Neither the governments at any level, nor Fulani herdsmen’s apologists would claim ignorance of the atrocious activities of these ruthless people. Video recordings of their wicked actions suffuse the internet. The end result is that farmers began to be scared off their farms gradually until now when farms have been completely abandoned.

“When this started years ago, foresighted individuals raised concerns; they warned about the potential danger of food insecurity beginning with rising food prices and the need to ensure a stable food supply. It appears that Southwest was deliberately targeted and the invasion of our farmlands was the execution of a conscious plan to starve our people to death.

“We, the Yoruba Nation agitators, cried out for help against the brazen onslaught, but none came from the federal government led by a Fulani man.

“Unfortunately, the hens have now come home to roost as the consequences of our action, and inaction, are now here for real with food shortages and very high prices making it increasingly difficult for our people to access the basic necessity of food.

“Before the current situation spirals out of control, we hasten to inform the government that there is no alternative to large scale farming which Fulani herdsmen have destroyed by waging a war against farmers. Subsistence farming through the backyards, as good as it is, cannot serve the purpose of assuring any people of food security. Farmlands in the South West must be made very safe.

“We state emphatically that the situation whereby a basket of tomatoes is sold for #4000 in the North while the same is sold in Yorubaland for #150,000 is callous, ruthless and unacceptable to us.

We also call for assistance to use cheaper rail transport among others to assist our market men and women. Other regions do this, why not here in Yorubaland?

“Secondly, governments must incentivise farmers whose investments have been destroyed during the war of attrition waged against them by Fulani terrorists. Without government’s financial assistance, there is no way most farmers will be able to go back to farming, even if security of their lives and new investments are assured”, the statement concluded.

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