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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Boko Haram Saga - Tackling the Politics of Intelligence Sharing, By Temitope Olodo

Expertise Opinion
The London Bombing and the US 9/11 Report both elucidate on the failure of Intelligence sharing and applicability of Intelligence has critical component in the tackling of Jihadist Movement operations including any hope of eradicating the violent extremism ideology.
It is interesting to note that the recent Paris attack provided further insight into how failure to share Intelligence and learn from security incidences happening around us could eventually affect us adversely.
Whether you like it or not, you will have to appreciate the British Intelligence service and the activities of their critical policy Intelligence network on how they operate and continue to enrich their resilience framework.
I also have to mention Tunisian and Israeli security services because they are very proactive; though there are one or two incidents that might happen - they are quick to intercept and disrupt terrorist cells before they become operational active.
The twin bomb blast incident in Cameroon and the bomb blast in a "reopened" Chibok Market place in Nigeria makes a mockery of our Intelligence network - Personally,  if I have the privilege to advise the Nigeria DSS Chief; I would have called for the immediate suspension of the DSS officer responsible for that area - so that other security operatives would sit up.
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It is a recorded fact that 7% of Boko Haram activities affected educational institutions in Nigeria; thus I would have expected Cameroonian security operatives to be speaking to their Nigerians counterparts about lessons learnt.
The politics of Intelligence sharing in Africa will adversely impact on success recorded in tackling extremism in our continent.
Yesterday, I was privileged to share my thoughts briefly for 7 minutes on TV News with the Ndee Iheanacho Amaugo and Fadesola A. Sotinwa 'firing' the questions on the matter...
Watch, share and enjoy it -
By Temitope Olodo.
About the Author
Temitope Olodo is a Preventive Terrorism Expert, Author and subject matter expert on Boko Haram.
He worked for Her Majesty Government for many years in sensitive security roles including the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism  (OSCT) managing de-radicalisation project. A former Special Constable with Kent Police; he is currently the Chairperson of Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum which is a network of Nigerian Diaspora Security Consultants based in the United Kingdom 
Temitope Olodo Esq 
NDSF Chair 
Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum 
+447917 700 509

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Social Security Numbers for Nigerians, BRISIN Pilot Project Set To Commence In Abuja –BRISIN Committee

Social Security Numbers for Nigerians, BRISIN Pilot Project Set To Commence In Abuja  – BRISIN Committee

President Muhammad Buhari / Nigeria
Head of Technical and Implementation Committee for BRISIN, Dr Anthony Uwa, has disclosed that the solution provider for the Federal Government on Basic Registry and Infornation System In Nigeria, Dermo Impex, the contracted Italian ICT company has taken tangiblle steps to extend sensitisation to the President Mohammad Buhari-led federal cabinet and the National Assembly. He disclosed this while receiving the newly appointed United Kingdom Representative for BRISIN, Prince Lashley Oladigbolu who paid a formal courtesy visit to Abuja BRISIN office on Wednesdsay.

Dr Anthony Uwa, Head of BRISIN Implementation and Technical Team
Explaining further Dr. Uwa said preparation is now in top gear for the issuance of Nigerian Social Security Number (NSSN) starting with Federal Capital Terrritory as pilot before rolling out same data and imagery capturing in all the Wards Local Government, State and National levels so that before the 2026 census Nigeria will be in fast track to development.

 Dr. Uwa Highlighted that all the social vices ranging from security issues to inadequate planning and economic down-turn that has crippled development in Nigeria would be eradicated and data and information on citizen would be updated on daily bases and retrieved on a press of a button.
Lashley Oladigbolu
Lashley Oladigbolu, UK Rep. for BRISIN

In his speech, the UK Representative for BRISIN, Prince Lashley Oladigbolu thanked Implementation Team for the privilege accorded him to serve his country in diaspora and assured that the mandate given him would be exercised to build solid foundation for change which the federal government is currently laying for a better Nigeria.

At the end of the meeting held with Prince Oladigbolu (13/01/2016)  in Maitama Sule Abuja Dr. Anthony Uwa, the Head of Implementation and Technical Committee for BRISIN, briefed newsmen that Dermo Impex consulting company will use the available data to provide solid instrument for fighting social vices and for developing the nation’s economy.
 ‘The objectives of BRISIN are finding a lasting solution to issues bordering on insecurity, insurgence, border control, corruption, un-employment, good governance, economic planning, social justice, rural development and fiscal and management policy among others'' according to the letter of Mandate issued to the UK Representative.

BRISIN in Nigeria is extra-vital because it is the only instrument that has no colour, religion, ethnicity or gender. 
“It is the only instrument for strong and vibrant economy with monitoring and control system; reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.’’ he said.

The UK Representative for BRISIN stated that proper coordination of activities and sensitisation of BRISIN system and operations in the UK would be ensured as reliable data of Nigerians in diasporas are very important to the country's development. Prince Oladigbolu disclosed that plans are underway to involve well-meaning but credible Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom to comprise the committee for BRISIN in the UK. 
NPC Director to inform and Sensitise d Permanent Secretary and her Directors in d Ministry on BRISIN implementation. Sept. 2015, Abuja
The Implementation and Technical Committee instituted by the government over the last 6 months engaged in various sensitisation workshops in Abuja based on directive of the government to ensure adequate consultations and collaborations with all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the country.

"We need to harmonise our data from various MDAs for planning and developmental purposes,'' Uwa asserted.
The DG NOA decorating Dr. Anthony Uwa the head of BRISIN implementation to the federal government.

 According to Dr, Uwa, Nigeria is basically living on commerce and less production; the economy that cannot function well without BRISIN

 BRISIN was intended to register and capture the imagery of every Nigerian from the 8812 ward level and the 36 states and Abuja.

Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ima Niboro, also commended Federal Government for commissioning Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN), saying it would provide reliable data for economic development.

Niboro gave the commendation while receiving a delegation from BRISIN at NAN headquarters in Abuja.

In the same vein, the National Coordinator of Corporate Affairs at Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN), Mr Tony Okorocha, said the pilot stage of the project will begin in FCT by first quarter of 2016. He made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the Federal Government had approved the implementation of the project which would be carried out by Dermo Impex, an Italian based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company.
The coordinator said that BRISIN, an integrated system for the collection, storage and distribution of information to support the management of the economy had a lot of benefits.

“What we have been doing for a while is the preparatory work ahead of the commencement of the project.
“We are expanding our sensitisation to the public on the benefits of the project now after we have reached out to the Technical Committee of BRISIN. There is need for us to sensitise the people to cooperate with us when we send our staff to the field to collect information,’’ he said.

 Kadeem  Kolawole Raji, National Coordinator, ICT for BRISIN
Re-affirming Okorocha'a explanation, the National Coordinator ICT for BRISIN, Mr Kazeem Kolawole Raji maintained that no fewer than 9,822 servers would be installed in all the wards, local governments and states in the country as part of implementing the project.
"We will install one server in each of the 8,812 wards in Nigeria, and move up to the 774 local government headquarters". Raji said.

 Lashley Oladigbolu, an accredited Journalist for World Bank Online Media Briefing Centre and the United Kingdom Representative for BRISIN is an Acting President for a NUJ Europe body of Nigerian journalists across Europe.

''Stop corruption from your end' says Obasanjo, in a warning letter to Saraki, Dogara.

As Obasanjo’s Warning Letter To Saraki, Dogara Leaks To Press.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, according to exclusive information published by online medium, The Cable, wrote a letter to the leadership of the National Assembly earlier this month accusing them of insensitivity in their plan to acquire 469 cars with N4.7 billion.
In his letter, Obasanjo cautioned the National Assembly on their plans to embark on reckless spending in an economic climate that was full of uncertainty and a lot of borrowing.
The letter is reproduced in full here:

"Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki
President of the Senate
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Senate Chambers Abuja.
Honourable Yakubu Dogara Speaker,
House of Representatives,
National Assembly Complex,
It is appropriate to begin this letter, which I am sending to all members of the Senate and the House of Representatives through both of you at this auspicious and critical time, with wishes of Happy New Year lo you all. On a few occasions in the past, both in and out of office as the President of Nigeria I have agonised on certain issues within the arms of government at the national level and among the tiers of government as well.
Not least, I have reflected and expressed, outspokenly at times, my views on the practice in the National Assembly which detracts from distinguishness and honourability because it is shrouded in opaqueness and absolute lack of transparency and could not be regarded as normal, good and decent practice in a democracy that is supposed to be exemplary. I am, of course, referring to the issue of budgets and finances of the National Assembly.
The present economic situation that the country has found itself in is the climax of the steady erosion of good financial and economic management which grew from bad to worse in the last six years or so. The executive and the legislative arms of government must accept and share responsibility in this regard. And if there will be a redress of the situation as early as possible, the two arms must also bear the responsibility proportionally .
The two arms ran the affairs of the country unmindful of the rainy day. The rainy day is now here. It would not work that the two arms should stand side by side with one arm pulling and without the support of the other one for good and efficient management of the economy. The purpose of election into the Legislative Assembly particularly at the national level is to give service to the nation and not for the personal service and interest of members at the expense of the nation which seemed to have been the mentality, psychology, mindset and practice within the National Assembly since the beginning of this present democratic dispensation. Where is patriotism? Where is commitment? Where is service?
The beginning of good governance which is the responsibility of all arms and all the tiers of government is openness and transparency. It does not matter what else we try to do as long as one arm of government shrouds its financial administration and management in opaqueness and practices rife with corruption, only very little, if anything at all, can be achieved in pulling Nigeria on the path of sustainable and enduring democratic system, development and progress. Governance without transparency will be a mockery of democracy. Let us be more direct and specific so that action can be taken where it is urgently necessary.
A situation where our national budget was predicated on $38 per barrel of oil with estimated 2 million barrels per day and before the budget was presented, the price of oil had gone down to $34 per barrel and now hovering around $30 and we have no assurance of producing 2 million barrels and if we can, we have no assurance of finding market for it, definitely calls for caution. If production and price projected on the budget stand, we would have to borrow almost one third of the 6 trillion naira budget. Now beginning with the reality of the budget, there is need for sober reflection and sacrifice with innovation at the level of executive and legislative arms of government.
The soberness, the sacrifice and seriousness must be patient and apparent. It must not be seen and said that those who, as leaders, call for sacrifice from the citizenry are living in obscene opulence. It will not only be insensitive but callously so. It would seem that it is becoming a culture that election into the legislative arm of government at the national level in particular is a licence for financial misconduct and that should not be. The National Assembly now has a unique opportunity of presenting a new image of itself. It will help to strengthen, deepen, widen and sustain our democracy. By our Constitution, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission is charged with the responsibility of fixing emoluments of the three arms of government: executive, legislature and judiciary.
The Commission did its job but by different disingenuous ways and devices, the legislature had overturned the recommendation of the Commission and hiked up for themselves that which they are unwilling to spelt out in detail, though they would want to defend it by force of arm if necessary. What is that? Mr. President of the Senate and Hon. Speaker of the House, you know that your emolument which the Commission had recommended for you takes care of all your legitimate requirements: basic salary, car, housing, staff, constituency allowance.
Although the constituency allowance is paid to all members of the National Assembly, many of them have no constituency offices which the allowance is partly meant to cater for. And yet other allowances and payments have been added by the National Assembly for the National Assembly members’ emoluments. Surely, strictly speaking, it is unconstitutional. There is no valid argument for this except to see it for what it is: law-breaking and impunity by lawmakers. The lawmakers can return to the  path  of honour, distinguishness, sensitivity and responsibility.
The National Assembly should have the courage to publish its recurrent budgets for the years 2000, 2005, 20 10 and 2015. That is what transparency demands. With the number of legislators not changing, comparison can be made. Comparisons in emoluments can also be made with countries like Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and even Malaysia and Indonesia who are richer and more developed than we are. The budget is a proposal and only an estimate of income and expenditure.  Where income is inadequate, expenditure will not be made. While in government, I was threatened with impeachment by the members   of  the National Assembly  for  not releasing  some money  they  had appropriated for themselves which were odious and for which there were no incomes to support .
The recent issue of cars for legislators would fall into the same category. Whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary and insensitive. A pool of a few cars for each Chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any specific duty. The waste that has gone into cars, furniture, housing renovation in the past was mind-boggling and these were veritable sources of waste and corruption. That was why they were abolished. Bringing them back is inimical to the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. The way of proposing budget should be for the executive to discuss every detail of the budget, in preparation, with different Committees and sub-Committees of the National Assembly and the National Assembly to discuss its budget with the Ministry of Finance. Then, the budget should be brought together as consolidated budget and formally presented to the National Assembly, to be deliberated and debated upon and passed into law. It would then be implemented as revenues are available.
Where budget proposals are extremely ambitious like the current budget and revenue sources are so uncertain, more borrowing may have to be embarked upon, almost up to 50% of the budget or the budget may be grossly unimplementable and unimplemented. Neither is a choice as both are bad. Management of the economy is one of the key responsibilities of the President as prescribed in the Constitution. He cannot do so if he does not have his hands on the budget. Management of the economy is shared responsibility where the Presidency has the lion share of the responsibility. But if the National Assembly becomes a clog in the wheel, the executive efforts will not yield much reward or progress. The two have to work synchronisingly together to provide the impetus and the conducive environment for the private sector to play its active vanguard  role. Management of the budget is the first step to manage the economy.
It will be interesting if the National Assembly will be honourable enough and begin the process of transparency, responsibility and realism by publishing its recurrent budgets for 2016 as it should normally be done. Hopefully, the National Assembly will take a step back and do what is right not only in making its own budget transparent but in all matters of financial administration and management including audit of its accounts by external outside auditor from 1999 to date. This, if it is done, will bring a new dawn to democracy In Nigeria and a new and better image for the National Assembly and it will surely avoid the Presidency and the National Assembly going into face-off all the time on budgets and financial matters. While I thank you for your patience and understanding, please accept, Dear Senate President and Honourable Speaker of the House, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Yours sincerely,
Olusegun Obasanjo ".

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Nigerian Judicial System Must Be Cleansed To Win Fight Against Corruption -Arisekola .

Why Judiciary Must Be Above Board – Arisekola.
The chairman, Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, Wole Arisekola, has urged the Judiciary in the country to be forthright in executing its mandate.

Arisekola made the call in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday.
He noted that as an arm of government, it was imperative that the judiciary be faultless in executing its duties to the nation. He however expressed worry over the apparent contradictory judgments being passed by courts across the country of recent.
Arisekola added that it was only with a blemish-free legal system that Nigerians could reap the intended outcome of President Buhari’s ongoing anti-corruption war.
He further stated that it was of utmost importance to see that the judicial arm of government perform well, with focus on independence from other arms of government, offering effective justice service delivery.
He therefore urged that all players in the justice sector, work towards ensuring a sanitised system, stressing the need for court processes to be spotless, above criticism from any party.
Leadership News.

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