Federal mines officers posted to the states will now be held responsible for the diversion of explosives for illegal uses, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said.
Fayemi said this during a meeting with 37 newly-deployed federal mines officers in his office on Tuesday.
The minister urged them to pay attention to matters relating to the procurement, transport, storage and use of explosives in their respective states, stressing that they would be held responsible for any diversion of the materials to unauthorised persons.
He also assured them that they would be adequately equipped for the assignment.
Fayemi said none of the mines officers recalled last week had been found culpable over the reported illegal diversion of explosives, which led to the arrest of some individuals.
He, however, said there was a need for the new officers to be extra vigilant because of the sensitive nature of their job.
He stated, “The searchlight of the ministry, the law enforcement agencies and other accountability institutions will be beamed on you, and you can be rest assured that any officer found to have sabotaged the country in any form shall be summarily dealt with.
“An often neglected aspect of your job is the need to ensure that all monthly explosives returns and quarry returns submitted by the operators are checked and confirmed that such returns provide answers to the question contained there-in.
“Henceforth, all mining and quarrying companies operating in your various jurisdictions should always forward a copy of the monthly explosives and quarry returns to the corporate headquarters the first week following the month for which return is being made.”
The minister also advised them on the need to ensure that all payments to the Federal Government for services provided by the ministry were made to the Treasury Single Account.
On plans being made by the ministry to ensure effective service delivery, Fayemi said the ministry had partnered other crucial government agencies like the ministries of Environment, Health and Interior, as well as all security agencies, host state governments, traditional institutions and community leaders to ensure security and environmental safety.
He also revealed that government would soon deploy about 20,000 mining surveillance officers to strengthen regulatory operations across the country.
The minister said henceforth, recommendations on applications for explosives from the North-East, North-Central, South-South and South-East zones should be addressed to his office.
Sanwo-Olu Orders Full Reopening of Markets
Governor of Lagos State Orders Full Reopening of All Markets
Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has ordered the full reopening of markets in the state after a report showed new cases of COVID-19 have subsided.
The governor ordered the full reopening of both the food markets and non-food markets across the metropolis.
Dr. Wale Ahmed, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He said the governor took the decision to further deepen trade and commerce and ease the hardship of recent happenings.
It should be recalled that the markets were shut due to the outbreak of ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in March before they were partially reopened for activities in May.
The governor, however, urged all traders to observe all safety protocols in order to prevent a possible resurgence of COVID-19 in the state.
Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Speaks on Looted Palliatives, Explains Delay
Looted Palliatives: Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Speaks
Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has spoken on the recent actions of criminals and thugs who hijacked the #EndSARS protest and looted warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were kept for distributions.
The group refuted claims that the stolen items were hoarded for certain people instead of distribution to the vulnerable they were meant for. This is despite the fact that some of the palliatives were already rotten by the time criminals broke into the warehouses.
Some of the looters, who spoke with the press, said a sizeable number of the items were already rotten and destroyed by rodents, while one of the lawmakers tasked with distribution claimed he planned to distribute the items on his birthday. A statement that angered many Nigerians.
However, in a statement issued on behalf of the group by Osita Nwanisobi, the Acting Director of Corporate Communications, CBN, on Monday, CACOVID said due to the huge size of the items meant to be distributed, the complex process involved in manufacturing, packaging and the eventual distribution to 2 million most vulnerable families across the 774 local government in the country, the group agreed to conduct the supply in stages, especially given locked down imposed by the Federal Government during the period.
The statement reads, “Members of the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) wish to call for calm, amidst the looting of COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution in various State Government warehouses across the country.
“The Coalition is deeply concerned by the recent events and is urging those involved in the wanton destruction of public and private property to immediately desist from these raids, in order to allow the States to proceed with a peaceful and fair distribution of these palliatives to the neediest and most vulnerable in our society.
“Over the past few months, the private sector, through CACOVID has been working with governors, the FCT Minister, and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to procure, deliver, and distribute these food relief items to almost 2 million most vulnerable families (over 10 million Nigerians) across the 774 local government areas of the country, as part of the private sector’s support towards the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The sheer scale of this nationwide food programme and the timing of the orders and deliveries, which coincided with the lockdowns and reduced movement across the country, compelled CACOVID to roll out distribution in a staggered manner.
“The very large size of the order and the production cycle required to meet the demand caused delays in delivering the food items to the states in an expeditious manner; hence, the resultant delay in delivery of the food palliatives by the state governors.”
Makinde Directs Schools to Reopen After #EndSARS Protest
Schools to Reopen After #EndSARS Protest, Says Governor Makinde
The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has directed schools across the Ibadan metropolis to resume normal activities immediately after the #EndSARS protest.
Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the commissioner for education, Oyo State, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.
According to Olaleye, the directive was after a careful review of the situation in the Ibadan metropolis as promised by Governor Makinde in a state broadcast on October 20.
This was after the governor ordered the closure of all schools, private and public, in the Ibadan metropolis for three days and promised to review the situation on October 23.
Olaleye said the governor thanks the youths who have been cooperating with security operatives in the state to ensure peace and order.
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