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FG to build indestructible security architecture– Interior Minister



Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo

The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo says that the Federal Government is set to build an indestructible security architecture in the country.

Tunji-Ojo said this during a maiden visit to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the level of capacity seen in the display by security operatives of the Corps, depicted that security agencies were not far from getting it right in doing what’s needed in adequately securing the country.

L-R: Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, NSCDC CG Ahmed Audi alongside officers and members of staff

“I am delighted because I wish Nigerians know a quarter of what you do, hence, you need to do more of publicity with the level of capacity seen today,” he commended.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the different special forces of the Corps; Female Squad, Counter-terrorism amongst others, displayed tactical rescue and protective operations.

He said that it was imperative for the Corps to treat Nigerians with respect, warning that, being in uniform was not an excuse to abuse citizens.

According to the Minister, the responsibility of the Corps was distinct and peculiar in relation to the ACT guiding its operations.

“ It is your responsibility to protect critical national asset and infrastructure; mining sites, hospitals, pipelines and all that makes us who we are so you have a big responsibility.

“With proper efforts, harnessing your efforts with capabilities can reduce the way our Armed Forces are being stretched.

“ The era where performance and excellence are absent is over now because when you perform exceptionally you will be recognised,” Tunji-Ojo said.

Tunji-Ojo said that it was time for the Corps to put in more efforts in ensuring the country was secured.

“Work the talk, the time for action is now and with you I know I will be a successful Minister of Interior.

“I need commitment, dedication, patriotism, in line with the agenda of this administration and we will not just be there for the Corps as your job is key,” he said.

On behalf of President Bola Tinubu, the Minister appreciated the security agency for its efforts in tackling both the asymmetric and non-asymmetric conflicts in the country in a dynamic way.

“The pace setting trend is the establishment of the female squad which is novel and one of such distinctive features Nigeria needs; dedication backed up with excellence.


I Still Get Attacked By People – Yakubu Aiyegbeni Reveals



In a recent interview, former Nigerian football star Yakubu Aiyegbeni has revealed that he continues to receive messages and criticisms from fans, years after his infamous miss during the 2010 FIFA World Cup match against South Korea.

The moment, etched into football history, occurred during Nigeria’s crucial group stage game against South Korea. With the score tied at 2-2 and a spot in the knockout stages on the line, Aiyegbeni found himself with what seemed like an open goal opportunity. However, to the shock of fans worldwide, he missed the chance, leaving Nigeria unable to secure the much-needed victory.

Despite this moment happening over a decade ago, Aiyegbeni expressed his surprise at the ongoing messages he receives about the miss. “I still get messages from people, different messages,” he stated in the interview. “It’s surprising how that moment still sticks with people, even after all these years.”

The striker, who had a successful career playing for clubs like Everton and Portsmouth in the English Premier League, admitted that the miss was a tough moment in his career. “Of course, it was a big moment, and I wish it had gone differently. But in football, you have highs and lows,” he remarked.

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Job Losses, Factory Closures Loom As Unsold Goods Pile Up — MAN



AGAINST the backdrop of sustained pressure in the foreign exchange market and high cost of production, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN has indicated that inventory of unsold goods is escalating to levels now threatening the existence of companies operating in the production sector of the economy with attendant job losses.

Findings show that as of the weekend the foreign exchange market had recorded over 254 per cent plunge in the value of the naira since flotation of the currency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June 2023.

Recall that the naira traded for N471 per dollar in the official I&E market on June 13, 2023 before the floatation of the currency, but exchanged for N1,665.50 to a dollar as at February 23, 2024 on the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), indicating a depreciation of more than 253.6 per cent over the eight-month period. The forex crisis is also stoking inflation, and coupled with high energy costs, purchasing power has continued plummet, stifling demand for goods.

Speaking on the impact of this development on the manufacturing sector, Director General, MAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said: “There are reports that across the board, many warehouses and plants of many manufacturing firms are stockpiled with unsold goods manufactured last year. “The development is as a result of the devastating effects of the exchange rate crisis, inflation, fake and sub-standard goods, smuggling and other macro-economics challenges.”

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