Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, has ordered for the immediate commencement of construction work on new ruga settlements in the state. Matawalle gave the directive after receiving the new Ruga Master Plan from the project consultant, Emmanuel Ozigi. The project, which will be jointly funded by the state government and the 14 local government councils, would be located in the three senatorial districts of the state. After the pilot scheme which would commence on Tuesday, the FG would set up its own ruga settlement programme in the state as the required funds for the scheme had already been earmarked. The project would include access roads, landscaping, grazing reserves, primary and secondary schools. Its derivable benefits would also involve empowerment through shops and markets, milk, hides and skin production for export, police station and banks.
The Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce on Friday intercepted a truck laden with 48 motorcycles and 123 men coming from Jigawa to Lagos. The driver of the truck, when intercepted, said they came from Jigawa on Tuesday and were heading towards Alaba in Lagos before they were arrested. The arrest was jointly coordinated by Lagos’s Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, and his transportation counterpart, Abimbola Oladehinde. Most of the detained occupants said they left Jigawa State to work in Lagos with their motorcycles. They said they were in the commercial hub of the country to double their income to cater for their families. Following a negative reaction from different parts of the country including Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, the police in Lagos released the arrested men but insisted on destroying the motorcycles.
The National Economic Council has said that about 22 million barrels of crude oil were stolen from the country in the first six months of 2019. Edo State Governor, and Chairman of the ad-hoc committee of the NEC on crude oil theft, prevention and control, Godwin Obaseki, gave the figure at a meeting of stakeholders. Obaseki, who painted a grim picture of the oil theft menace, said if nothing was done to curtail the ugly trend, the figure could double by the end of the year. Oil theft and pipeline vandalism, he said are beginning to pose a threat to the national economy. The NNPC had said in its June 2019 Monthly Financial and Operations Report, it recorded a staggering 77 percent rise in cases of oil pipeline vandalism across its network of pipeline infrastructure. According to the report, 106 pipeline points were breached, representing an alarming increase from the 60 points vandalised in May 2019.
Governors in the South-East geopolitical zone have banned movement of herders and cattle from one community to the other within the zone. The governors, speaking through David Umahi, the Ebonyi State governor, said that the ban was part of an effort to flush out bandits from all forest and arrest the incessant clashes between herders and farmers in the region. Present at the meeting were representatives of the Minister for Aviation, the Army, Police, the clergy, Igbo leaders, and the federal ministry of works, among others. The movement of the herders has been a source and point of conflict with the natives and farmers, the governors say. The Governors also said they have assurances of the FG that the shut Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu would be reconstructed by December this year.