Buhari Moves to Appoint 8 New Ministers, Restructure Ministries

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President Muhammadu Buhari
  •  Power, works and housing ministry may be split into three
  • Aviation and marine transport may be hived off from transportation
  •  Tinubu, APC governors may get nominees

Omololu Ogunmade

In a move to keep to his promise to the chieftains and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to appoint more ministers to his cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a tentative proposal to restructure some of the ministries, appoint eight new ministers to his cabinet and reshuffle the cabinet, THISDAY has learnt.

Presidency sources privy to the proposal informed THISDAY monday that the plan is to appoint eight new ministers who will all be politicians, to accommodate the yearnings of his party members including its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and at the same time position APC for the 2019 general elections.

In order to accommodate the eight new appointees to the cabinet, the plan is to get the president to split the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing into three ministries that will be manned by full ministers, and hived off the aviation and marine transport units from the Ministry of Transportation.

One minister will man Aviation and another may lead Marine Transportation.

A presidency source who spoke on the issue said the proposal that has been sent to the president provides for the appointment of eight new ministers, one representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country and one from Lagos (who may be a nominee of Tinubu) and Kano State (who may be a nominee of Rabiu Kwankwaso).

Fashola is expected to retain Works and Road Transport, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau who is from Kano is expected to retain Ministry of Interior.

However, Police Affairs may be hived off from the Ministry of Interior.

The appointment of two more ministers from the two most populous states in the country is strategic and is aimed at ensuring that the appointees from Lagos and Kano play crucial roles in delivering both states to the APC in 2019.

The source also revealed that with the split of the power and transportation ministries, Fashola would most likely be made responsible for the newly created Ministry of Works and Roads Infrastructure, an appointee from the North-east geopolitical zone will be appointed to man the Ministry of Housing while an appointee from either the North-central zone or the South-east will be handed the Ministry of Power.

In the case of the Ministry of Transportation, once it is split, the current minister, Rotimi Amaechi, will be appointed to man the Ministry of Rail Transportation while Hadi Sirika who is currently a Minister of State in the transportation ministry (aviation) will most likely be made a full Minister of Aviation.

Another appointee will be given the Ministry of Marine Transport after it is hived off from the transportation ministry.

All the new appointments, said the source, will be done with the consultation of state governors.

“The proposal has been put together and sent to Mr. President for his final approval. It remains tentative for now, but if it meets the approval of the president, the announcement will be made public before the end of the month and the names of the nominees will be sent to the Senate for confirmation,” the source volunteered.

He also disclosed that the proposal includes a cabinet reshuffle which could see the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu redeployed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a new minister appointed to replace him as minister of state while Buhari continues to hold on to the petroleum ministry portfolio as the full minister.

At the last meeting of the National Executive Committee of the APC held last month in Abuja, Buhari had promised to appoint more ministers and members to the boards of federal parastatals.

The pledge was made to appease aggrieved members who had felt that they had been ditched after helping the party to win the 2015 elections.

He had said that the new appointees will be fit for purpose and will breathe new life into the administration.

Although Buhari has not yet publicly declared that he will run for a second term, the move is also targeted at empowering strong politicians who can deliver critical states during the 2019 elections.

  • MOG

    Those who thought Buhari was different from other politicians can now see that politics is more important than interest of the people. Lean govt they promised, but for sake of power he is ready to compromise. To me this is betrayal. If indeed Buhari believes in the people, he will depend on the people to vote him in. But he seems not to, so he plays along. Am not disappointed because right from time I knew Buhari would be defined by the muddy waters of Nigerian politics. Talk remains cheap.

  • John

    This move is being induced by 2019 election. It is not the will of Buhari. Watch out, it will take one year for Baba go slow to get it implemented.

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  • I have not seen where competence is mentioned but rather to appease party god fathers to obtain support to rig the elections. Should it not rather be sound service delivery and good performance in office that should brighten the chances of an incumbent to gain reelection?

  • abodes_124

    Jibrin is moving fast. watch out Abba Kyari in case he starts getting too big for his boots.

  • Milito

    All these platitudes wont stop BUHARI from losing the next election if he dares to run. After all, GEJ did same and still lost . The real factor why BUHARI will lose include (a) the northern interest – they will rather have a fresh northerner who can run another 8 years and help consolidate their grip on power (b) Nigerians are fully frustrated with the economic performance of this administration (c) the failed anti corruption gimmick which has only portrayed this regime as worst than even PDP (d) the overt and unprecedented sectionalism and clannish tendencies which have further balkanized the country and the arbitrary disregard to the rule of law.

    If Buhari is trying to placate the politicians in his party as a sure bet to retaining power, then what of the judiciary that are awaiting to take their pound of flesh on him for his indiscretion or the legislatures who have always been embarrassed by the presidency and their allies.

    Lets keep watch !

  • Auta62

    Any one who still believe in the assumed integrity of PMB may probably need to go for mental check-up. What this expired goon is planning to do as 2019 approaches, is to position his loyalists with the view to use them for his political ambition -albeit dubiously. Yet he claim to be the arrow head in the fight against corruption.

  • Anne Mumuney

    Do we ever do anything other than plan how to share the national cake? Whichever government, military oh, elected oh, its all the same thing. Na waoh oh. Stealing stealing stealing. Always setting complicated plans in motion to steal more. If only all that ingenuity was channelled for effective use, what a continent we would have. Is that the only thing we black people can do? creating titles, creating ministries, creating positions, creating agencies, all to do nothing. Please someone, tell me about a successful and economically viable black nation that exists today, where law and order, accountability and transperancy exists, or are we doomed to this fate forever. And we wonder why the youth die every day, risking their lives to leave the shores of Africa.

    • Uche

      Black man – symbolised by Nigerians – is a cause to humanity!

    • Sarah

      Botswana has rule of law, order, relatively better transparency & accountability than most African countries.
      Rwanda would have been the best example but President Kagame had at least 3 ex-ministers assassinated. He operates a so called benevolent dictatorship.

  • Fowad

    The worrying trend in Nigerian politics is that politicians never really learn any lesson. Up till now we are yet to be told what APC stands for. They are now panicking as the moment of truth arrives from next year 2018. What will they tell us when campaigning? They will say we need to be patient. That their plan for Nigeria will be revealed next year? While recession is biting the rest of us they are enjoying first class privileges. I’m not making it up. We are the ones recession is sapping. They will come back in 2019 to continue their roller coaster existence at our expense.

  • vic

    MORE CHOP CHOP FOR BUHARI’S STOOGES???

    IN WHAT WAY ARE THE NIGERIAN MASSES BENEFITING FROM THIS BELATED WASTEFUL EXTRAVAGANZA OF DEADWOOD BUHARI. THIS MAKES NO SENSE FOR ANY NIGERIAN.

    THERE IS NO HOPE FOR BUHARI IN 2019, MOST NIGERIANS WANT TO SEE BUHARI OUT NOT TO GIVE HIM ANY CHANCE OF SPENDING FOUR MORE YEARS IN SICK BAY IN A LONDON HOSPITAL.

    THIS OLD SICK DRY LIZARD SHOULD NOW CRAWL BACK TO HIS DAURA VILLAGE IN THE DAURA DESERT FOR FULL REST. NIGERIANS DO NOT WANT OLD RAGS LIKE BUHARI AT THE HELM OF AFFAIRS OF NIGERIA ANYMORE. GOOD BYE BUHARI.

  • vic

    MATTERS OF THE MOMENT

    RE: BUHARI IS A SYMBOL OF FRAUD, DOUBLE STANDARDS AND HYPOCRISY

    IT IS NOTHING BUT DIVERSIONS BY THE CLUELESS DEADWOOD BUHARI. IT IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

    BUHARI IS NOW APPOINTING HIS NEW BED MATES AS MINISTERS, TO APPEASE APC FOR SUCCESSFUL 2019 ELECTIONS WITH HIS EYE ON THE PRESIDENCY.

    BHHARI HAS FAILED NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS. HE MUST BE VOTED OUT IN 2019 TO SAVE NIGERIA FROM THE WRATH OF BUHARI’S ASO ROCK CABAL WITH FULL GRIP ON NIGERIA OIL AND GAS WHICH THEY ARE SECRETLY LOOTING IN THE FORM OF SHODDY NNPC 25 BILLION DOLLARS OIL AND GAS CONTRACT DEALS BY BUHARI TO HIS BED MATES AND OTHER SYCOPHANTS.

    BUHARI IS A HIDDEN AND A SECRETIVE THIEF WHO ALWAYS WORKS UNDERGROUND LIKE A MAFIA BUT SADLY HE IS FOUND OUT EVERY TIME, LIKE THE GRASS CUTTER BABACHIR LAWAL AND VERY RECENTLY MAINA WHO IS BEING SHELTERED BY BUHARI HIMSELF FOR SUPPORTING HIS 2015 ELECTIONS.

    THAT IS WHY, SO LONG AS BUHARI IS THERE, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO MAINA. BUHARI IS A CHEAT AND A TOTAL FRAUD.

  • Ola

    It is obvious that this cabinet reshuffle is not efficiency focused but rather a complete duplication of posts and waste of resources aimed at satisfying looters – not designed to improve or make life better for Nigerians. When one ministries is being split into three – just for selfish motives!!!

    It’s only in Nigeria that the President will occupied two offices at the same time – when he’s still struggling performance-wise in his substantive post.

    Nigerians – your mumu never do.

    • Olusola Olusina Micheal

      its not only in Nigeria that president decides to hold anyother office he deems fit for urgent attention..make you finding before you generalise

      • Ola

        So tell me. What attention is he getting now that wasn’t there previously?
        Being a president is the first place is a huge responsibility talkless of combining it with the post of Minister of Petroleum. No wonder Baru could approve contracts running into billions without due process and the presidency couldn’t due anything about it. As these contracts been reviewed after they were made public? No.
        How then can the President justified combining his oft with that of Minister of Petroleum. Combining the two offices breeds in efficiency and therefore should be manned by separate individuals – who should be held accountable for their stewardship.

        • Truthisbitter

          Why not make you the substantive Minister of petroleum?

  • Gaskiyatruth

    Are the aggrieved party members being appeased so that they could help in the 2019 elections?! The saying goes like this, ‘Once bitten, twice (and even several times) shy!!

  • Ekenny

    Governance is over, it is time to do politics, what best way than to create food for the boys. This president promised to run a lean government with a smart overhead, but now we see the true colour of the man . .. . more to come.

  • Ralph

    Day dreaming and speculative nonsense. Minister of Works and ‘Road Transport’, Minister of ‘Rail Transport’, Minister of Marine transport (to do what? ) replacing a Minister of Foreign Affairs with a performing Minister of State for Petroleum Affairs! Whoever leaked this nonsense to Thisday is a clown!

  • Ojay Milah

    It is funny that a man who claimed to run a lean government and who told people he would do one term has reneged on all his promises.
    http://discussingafrica.com/2017/11/06/reelection-on-his-mind-nigerias-buhari-is-no-mandela/

  • Netanyahu

    I know it that the plan of the DEVIL is to return this skeleton back to office come 2019, but God Almighty will not agree bad things. That will be the worst calamity to befall 180 million hapless Nigerians in this age and time. Nigeria may not survive it. Never again will someone who abandoned secondary school to go hide in the northern army will aspire to become president not to talk of winning election to that office. We have tolerated enough mediocrity and gross incompetence in leadership. He can use all in his arsenal to bribe Nigerians but he should remember how Jonathan desperately wasted Nigeria’s scarce foreign reserve to bribe himself into a second time and it backfired woefully. God willing, this bigot will not succeed a second time.

    • Olusola Olusina Micheal

      you are not being realistic he will win again in 2019 barring any major scandal or health issues.so .Nigeria will be great whether you like it or not ..what happend to our country under the supervision of your so called robust men …

      • OshyLike

        Forget about sentiment. Just try to vote for your conscience by the time the candidates are presented in 2019. If your expectation is met, or the current leadership surpass the previous government despite its drawbacks, so be it. Just weigh the pros and cons, as well as the offer of any other impending candidates. May the good Lord provide a better leadership for Nigeria.

    • Father Jay

      My brother…I agree with you absolutely.I supported him in 2015 not knowing that he will turn out to be a disppointment.! He will follow the way of GEJ. Nigerians are not finding it easy under this clueless man…..

      • Truthisbitter

        Nigerians are not disappointed rather its you and your family that is feeling frustrated. You never supported the government and didn’t vote for the ruling party in 2015. You have nothing to offer and cant not even perform even as a local government chancellor.

    • David knotkace

      MAY YOUR FAT MOUTH ROT IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • James Gunn

    The day Kachikwu is appointed Minister of foreign affairs, that is the day he will resign.

    • David knotkace

      DOESN’T HE NEED MONEY TO CHOP????????????????????????? WON’T YOU RESIGN IF IT WERE YOU?????????????????????

      NOW SHUT YOUR FAT MOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • James Gunn

        You are an imbecile without an atom of self worth. I will have u know that Kachikwu was the Executive vice chairman and general counsel of exxon mobil before Buhari called him to serve as Gmd NNPC. He left a massive successful position in oil and gas. To now betray his trust and appoint him as Minister of Foreign affairs will be a shame. He is not like you, hungry moron. He will resign. Same way Ngozi Okonjo Iweala resigned when Obasanjo made her foreign affairs minister. People of this caliber have pride unlike you, this speck of rancid human excrement.

  • Romla

    If this plays out,I see the little strategy within the overall proposed plan.Move Kachikwu and use this restructuring/reshuffling to overshadow it.That is how they run.

  • PRIME MINISTER

    Buhari’s desperation to portray PDP as a wasteful party caused him to miss his way to good governance. Merging power, works and housing was poor thinking.
    It is yet unfortunate that these unbundled ministries will be manned by politicians for purposes of 2019. Their mandate will be to deliver Buhari in 2019 not good governance.
    Is there plan to replace non performing ministers?
    What a shame.

    • Arinze_Ibeagwa

      What else do you expect from a man with the level of intelligence of our current President? Just be calm, it is a passing phase. Nigeria will never descend to this level anymore, no matter what the spin doctors try to do. This is an aberration and I tell you Nigerians are wiser, and we will not allow such a person with such intelligence to ascend to that exalted position again.

    • Admonisher

      Please brains were put in our heads to be used. Use yours. It was fiscally necessary to combine ministries two years ago. You are an ignoramus that is why you are posting this
      Thank God for Buhari, oil price and no more Niger Delta bombings, we can now safely reduce the administrative burdens on ministers by expanding civil service establishment. This would have been impossible without money.
      Rail transport minister will superintend the spending of $20billion mostly Chinese money in the next few years this may also another reason as the amount is bigger than all other ministry capex combined

      • BroVic

        Your words are painful to read. Please be courteous always.

        • Truthisbitter

          Why not liberate yourself from the pain ruining your life. You can live better than this. It is very simple, just try to make sense one day.

      • JOSEPH NJOKU

        It is a zombie zombie like you that will blindly continue to support massively corrupt and evil administration.

        • Olusola Olusina Micheal

          sure your mind is madeup not to see anything good in the adminstration..well its your choice but your assertion is not only wrong but show lack of understanding of what is at stake.

        • Truthisbitter

          Are you talking to yourself? Because I can see you sound more like a zombie. He has convincingly spoken with facts but your talk show you have no brain. We know all of you.

      • vic

        GET ADMONISHED FOR SUPPORTING LIES AND DECEIT.

        • Truthisbitter

          Name the lies and deceits? You people think that can help you in 2019. You are your pay master have lost already.

  • ifeanyi victor

    Don’t take this permutations hook,line and sinker.
    This is how they write.

  • Daniel Obior

    Buhari came in, brandishing a false credential of integrity and swearing he would run an lean and mean government with reduced ministries. Here he is under the slightest pressure, proposing to increase the ministries in the face of limited revenue, as a bribe to members of his party, with the 2019 election in mind. If this is not corruption at the highest level, one wonders what else corruption is. That is corruptly fighting corruption, with more corruption. Trademark of a corrupt man.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      You are unbelievable.
      It is being done to persify gready noise makers like you.
      Ex. President Jonathan said in the USA that igbo leaders are the most corrupt in Nigeria.
      You claim to know it all and know nothing.
      Edo has seen more home grown developmental efforts in the last 9 yrs than the 5 igbo states combined.
      Yet you make more noise, when you don’t know what you are doing.

      • Daniel Obior

        You are a disgrace to Edo people. What has ethnicity got to do with the conversation? Next time ask your wife to read your comment before you publish them. Surely she will be thoroughly ashamed of you. Dunce.

        • He’s the pride of EDO!

          • Daniel Obior

            No way! Edos are far better than that. He is a disgrace to them.

      • Dele Awogbeoba

        The man has always been an empty vessel with little or no common sense. All he does is propagate igbo conspiracy theories and igbo talking points and is egged on by his never do well fellow depressed igbo people that also comments on the thisday page.

        • Daniel Obior

          A fellow road traveller suffering from Igbophobia. The son of the devil is at it again. Idiots who cannot see beyond ethnicity. Please go take a shower. You stink after wetting your matrimonial bed. Your good wife is complaining. Idiot.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Empty vessel.

          • Daniel Obior

            Dumb ass. RIP (Rest In Pieces) and Rot In Hell (RIH).

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Igbo don’t know what they are doing, with corrupt leaders.
            Stop blaming Nigeria for your backwardness.

          • Daniel Obior

            RIP and RIH, dumb ass.

          • Steve

            Is this how you hate the Igbos? You are a disappointment. Please, leave the Igbos out of this discussion for the man did not tell you that he is one.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Thanks Dele.

        • I have not seen any tribe mentioned in his statement. You have rather done so.

          • Daniel Obior

            Don’t mind these people who only see things from an ethnic prism. I did not mention tribe in my comment. I have not revealed where I come from, in this forum. For them, they have to label everyone they disagree with as Igbo. It is a sign of a serious inferiority complex.

        • onyema22ohaka

          The usual afonja idiot on the prowl.

      • you that all your mothers are prostitutes. Edo where husbands send wives to Italy and other areas to do prostitution to make a living

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          A prostitute is better than, cannibals, drug dealers and armed rubbers.
          Please pick one of the subhuman and evil act you have not committed.

          • Na lie. Your mothers who are prostitutes give birth to very lazy edo men that end up as cannibals and slaves traded in Libya. Your mothers are a disgrace.

          • Steve

            Please, stop giving credence to his indiscretion. You do not pay evil with evil. Attack him but do not dance naked like him by attacking his people.

          • That is the only thing he understands. He is such a tramp. Check my trail with him. From the very beginning, I observed that he kept vomiting hate speech against the Igbo tribe. I tried to dissuade him with reasonable discussions but the guy seemed hell bent. So I told him that if he preferred to roll in the gutter, I would meet him there. And so I have done. In fact, I have dived even deeper into the mud with relish.

          • onyema22ohaka

            Mr Edo factory fitted idiot,bury head in the toilet pit!

            Three Igbos Took High Profile Positions in New Jersey, One Makes History As A Judge

            IGBO KWENU! Congratulations to Nigeria and the entire family of Jude Nkama.

            “Nigerian of Igbo Extraction makes history in the US as the first appointed African judge in New Jersey.

            “A Nigerian, Jude O Nkama made history on January 6th as he became the first African to be appointed as a judge in the 349 year history of the city and State of New Jersey, USA. Hon. Ras Baraka, Mayor of the City of Newark, NJ also appointed Hon. Ugochukwu Nwaokoro as Deputy Mayor; and Evans Anyanwu, Esq. as Chief Prosecutor of the city.” – Lare Olayinka reported on Facebook Post.

            “Hon. Jude Obasi Nkama from Edda in Ebonyi State of Nigeria was sworn in as a chief judge one of the very few African Americans to that level. Nigeria and UN sent in delegates at the inauguration,” Steve Abel reports.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            How have igbos managed their states in Nigeria or Haiti, a predominantly igbo Country?.
            Robots made by man, can perform man’s jobs. Not every man can make robots.
            Igbo states are among the worst run state’s in southern Nigeria.
            If you can not run igbo states in Nigeria, you can run it in biafra.

          • onyema22ohaka

            Visit the Igbo states you are talking about and compare any of them with your cursed Edo state.I have been to the nook and cranny of Edo land and I am appalled by the poverty and underdevelopment there. You should be concerned with the armed robbery,kidnapping,prostitution and international child trafficking going on in your neck of the wood,Mr compound Igbophobe.
            Allover Europe from Russia to Spain up Libya and Algeria are your edo breathen and sisters running their drug,prostitution and human trafficking business. Shameful idiot.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Visit where?.

          • onyema22ohaka

            This week, the Guardian reported that the trafficking of Nigerian women and girls into prostitution in Europe is “at crisis level”.

            The trend, though shocking,is not new. Criminal networks have become established over recent decades, and the flow of women and girls from Nigeria to Europe is recognised as one of the most persistent in global trafficking. What is new is the dramatic increase in scale of this trade in human suffering.

            Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe ‘at crisis level’
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            I recently visited affected communities in Nigeria and reception points in Italy where women and girls first arrive.

            I was shocked to see how easily opportunistic criminals have been able to use the migration crisis to scale-up their trafficking operations. In 2015, 5,633 Nigerian women and girls arrived in Italy, an almost fourfold increase on the number that arrived in 2014. The numbers have increased again this year. The International Organisation for Migration believes that close to 80% of these women and girls are trafficking victims who criminals plan to exploit in brothels across Europe.

            Many will have already suffered violence during the dangerous journey from Nigeria and across the Sahara. There are numerous accounts of women being raped in “connection houses” in Libya, kept in prison-like conditions while they wait to be crammed on to boats to make the perilous voyage across the Mediterranean.

            A large number of these victims are likely to end up being exploited in the UK. The criminal networks are embedded across Europe and move their victims to where they see the best opportunities for profits. The government estimates there are up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery across the UK (pdf), and Nigeria has consistently been one of the top countries of origin among victims identified here.

            Earlier this month I met with border officials at Heathrow airport, who had been part of an operation to bring to justice a 38-year-old woman who had been trafficking Nigerians through the airport. She was found to have trafficked about 40 victims, mainly young girls, and at Isleworth crown court last week she was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

            Freeing girls trafficked to Italy for sex: ‘You will not be a slave for ever’
            Despite the scale of the issue, the UN and Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency have reported that more than 90% of girls and women trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation are from just one state: Edo state, in the south of the country. To put this in context, Edo is home to less than 2% of Nigeria’s population.

            Edo state in southern Nigeria has been targeted by sex traffickers who lure women and girls to Europe
            Traffickers in Edo are increasingly targeting women and girls, and also boys, from vulnerable rural communities. They are deceived with false offers of employment in Europe, and even those who are aware that they might have to work as prostitutes have no understanding of the brutal exploitation to which they will be subjected. It is no coincidence that the trafficker convicted at Isleworth was from Edo.

            This is a trafficking crisis and we must act now. The new prime minister, who as home secretary introduced the Modern Slavery Act, has demonstrated leadership by announcing a £33m international modern slavery fund.

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            To combat this crime, increased prioritisation must be given to dismantling Nigerian trafficking networks operating across Europe. In addition, more thought must be devoted to tackling the European demand that partly fuels the trade.

            But most crucial of all is increased emphasis on strategic prevention at source, the absence of which has enabled the trade to boom over recent years.

            Prevention activity focused on Edo state, as Nigeria’s key trafficking hub, must be a core focus of the government’s new fund. I have visited the region on several occasions. Local leaders want to tackle the problem. Academics there have also completed work looking at the causes of the trafficking trade and protective factors that are likely to be effective.

            This work, combined with engagement with community leaders, faith groups, NGOs and government agencies, reveals three aspects of prevention on which the government should focus.

            The first is to work with local communities in an effort to challenge attitudes that have normalised payments to facilitators to transport young people into Europe. The focus here should be on communicating the realities of the trafficking experience.

            I met a mother in Edo who told me her eldest son was murdered by traffickers in Libya. She then had to sell all of her possessions to secure the release of her younger son. Her one wish was for others to know about the true dangers of the journey, in order to prevent more mothers experiencing such heartbreak.

            The second aspect is to work with Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency, building their capacity to crack down on traffickers operating in Edo. These criminals often act with impunity, especially in remote rural regions.

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            Communities in Edo must also be supported to provide opportunities for young people that protect them from being enticed by traffickers. The third recommendation is therefore to work with the Nigerian government and businesses to identify and promote sustainable livelihood development that reduces vulnerability to trafficking.

            Anti-slavery prevention is smart development policy. Slavery is an impediment to development, and this is certainly the case in Edo, where trafficking has robbed communities of young people who could contribute most to local development.

            Effective prevention will always be the best long-term strategy, as it stops people from becoming victims in the first place. It is a smart investment for the UK. In 2013, human trafficking for sexual exploitation was estimated to cost the UK at least £890m. Yes, working in Nigeria has it challenges, and of course there must be rigorous due diligence on use of UK funds. But this issue is simply too urgent to ignore.

            Failure to act will mean that thousands more victims are created, and Europe and the UK will be left to deal with the consequences. Addressing the root causes of the trafficking trade is the key to ending this decades old cycle of suffering.

      • Steve

        You are truly unbelievable, first with your “persify” and “gready” and most importantly with your reasoning. Dragging ethnicity into the man’s submission is callous and unfortunate. If you have a beef with the man, please, take it outside the forum and restrict your submissions and posts to matters under discussion devoid of ethnic, religious or tribal colourations. We should always strive to pursue things that will unite us instead of those that will divide us.

      • onyema22ohaka

        Resurgence of crime in Edo State

        Criminals, in recent time, have unleashed violence on Edo State. Within a time frame of less than a month four violent incidents shattered the peace of the heartbeat of the nation.
        Rev. Fr. Lawrence Adorolo, a clergyman attached to St. Benedict Catholic Church, Okpella, is one of those to fall victim of kidnappers in the recent wave of the crime sweeping across Edo State. He was abducted along Auchi-Okpella Road on September 28.

        The din arising from the priest’s kidnap was yet to go down when renowned musician and social crusader, Osayomore Joseph, was abducted in company with his wife who sustained injuries in the process. The woman is still receiving treatment while a ransom of N200 million was reportedly demanded. The priest has since regained his freedom while the musician is yet to be released.

        But the two cases that shook Edo State and indeed the entire country were the killing of a lecturer at the University of Benin, Professor Paul Otasowie and the brazen attack on Ogba Zoo and Nature Park which resulted in the killing of three policemen on guard duty and the kidnap of the executive director of the park, Mr. Andy Ehanire.

        What makes the latter case so shocking was the manner in which the three policemen were mowed down. The killers while at the tourist site pretended to be fun-seekers and reportedly bought drinks for the policemen. With the officers lured into a false sense of security, the kidnappers struck after reportedly picking up the guns the hapless policemen had discarded while drinking.
        Mr. Ehanire who has since been released was understandably not disposed to recounting his harrowing ordeal. He however hinted that ransom negotiation was part of the discussion although he was not privy to it.

        The question, in all this, that necessarily arises is why the rise in crime, specifically kidnapping, in Edo? For a long time, there was relative peace in the state. The last incident of abduction in Edo was the one carried out by the infamous kidnap mastermind, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike (aka Evans), some years ago.

        So, the recent increase in crime rate in the state is a source of concern, and regardless of what the reason might be, this is the time for concerted and determined action to halt the resurgence of crime in the state.

        The action must be quick. This is not the time to procrastinate. All the relevant authorities must rise to the occasion. It is a good thing that the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, had quickly swung into action, first to allay the fears of the citizens.

        This is a commendable move because in these kinds of situations, the people are understandably scared and this could affect economic activities in the state. It is needless to add that activities in and around Ogba Zoo would have experienced some lull since that dastardly raid on the facility on September 24.

        The governor also revealed plans to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to acquaint him with the security situation in his state. Cheery as this is, in what significant way will it affect the fight against crime in Edo? That is what is of interest to the people.

        The police who are directly responsible for providing security for the people must lead this fight. In the particular instance of the attack on Ogba Zoo, three of their men were brutally killed. So, this is an additional motivation for the police not only to quickly hunt down the killers and ensure justice is done, but also to make sure that peace and security is restored in the state.

        Again, security must be strengthened in and around Ogba Zoo, naturally, but it also falls to reason that the kidnappers are not likely to strike at the site anytime soon. So, the police must be on high alert and be proactive. They must rely on intelligence to know when and where criminal elements are planning to strike again and quickly move to extinguish such threat.

        It is also imperative that the police authorities impress it on their men in the state and indeed all over the country to be wary of strangers offering them drinks and other gifts while on duty. The police high command can do well to ban drinking while on duty if they don’t have such regulations already. It is curious that policemen on duty could carelessly handle firearms as was reportedly the case in the Ogba Zoo killings. Policemen must have their weapons with them at all times while on duty. That should be a standard procedure.

        Thankfully Mr. Ehanire has been freed but we urge the authorities, both police and Edo State government, to do everything to secure the release of Osayomore. The musician has dedicated his life to fighting ills in the society, and the least we can do is to rally round him at this trying period in his life as a mark of gratitude for his dogged fight against corruption, injustice and bad governance down the years.
        We cannot allow Edo State to descend into chaos and anarchy.

      • onyema22ohaka

        A Reporter at Large
        April 10, 2017 Issue
        The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl
        Every year, thousands of teen-agers from one city in Nigeria risk death and endure forced labor and sex work on the long route to Europe.

        By Ben Taub

        Girls from Benin City who set out voluntarily, like Blessing, can become caught in a network of forced labor and sex work.Photograph by Alex Majoli / Magnum for The New Yorker

    • Olusola Olusina Micheal

      i just pity your incontinence..you need to really check your bellyaching brother ..cos its not good for your health

      • Daniel Obior

        Why don’t you start by disputing or challenging the facts in my comment, instead of this silly reply? Obviously you lack the intellectual capacity to do so. I pity you more.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        He is a waste of space. He call himself a nuclear scientist, when he is a lunatic.

        • Daniel Obior

          Lying dumb ass, I never said I am a nuclear scientist. Go back and read my post again. You do not even understand what you read. Maybe yours is a case of mellow madness. Lunatic.

    • BankyMons

      Spot on! He is already planning for 2019 and has started handing out bribes – he that gods want to destroy they say, they will first make him mad. Buhari will fall of the cliff eventually.

      • vic

        BUHARI HAS NO SUPPORT FROM GRASS ROOT NIGERIAN MASSES. HE WILL BE VOTED OUT AND DISGRACED LIKE JONATHAN.

        • Gary

          Amen. Buhari must go in 2019 for Nigeria to remain united. It is that straightforward.

          • Truthisbitter

            The same people, you guys are easy to identify. Always making no sense.

          • vic

            very correct. buhari is a total fraud.

          • What tribe or region would wish to unit with igbo-biafraud?

        • Truthisbitter

          Are you from the grass root? Empty vessel.

        • David knotkace

          YOUR FAT MOUTH WILL BE DISGRACED TO THE GRASS ROOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • vic

            keep your fat foul tongue in your fat foul mouth.

    • Uche

      Daniel what offense did you commit against Izedomi Ohirein? He went after your ethnicity rather than disagreeing with your takeaway on the subject matter. Interestingly, the topic had no bearing on Igbos but he still injected the Igbo bogeyman into the issue.You may not even be Igbo!

      • Daniel Obior

        Don’t mind the dunce. I have not told him I am Igbo. He is suffering from Igbophobia.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          Go and say that to Southern Africans, and all over the World igbo are found in every jail.
          You animals should move to Haiti and let Nigeria be. “Anuofia”

          • I have just watched CNN buffoon where edo men whose mothers are prostitutes whose fathers are lazy and indolent are traded in slavery. Those that had not drowned in the Mediterranean.

          • Daniel Obior

            Bush man, you are not making sense. You lack the capacity to discuss intelligently, as your senses are deadened by Igbophobia. All you can think about is Igbo, and you are slowly dying from it. RIP (Rest In Pieces).

          • Steve

            You are a disgrace to this country, Nigeria. You are among those injecting bad blood in this country. Face this issue under discussion and leave Igbos or Edos out of it. You are worse than an animal by your assertions here. I have known Edo people and they are not this unreasonable and ethnic bigots like you. Must you drag ethnicity into this simple discussion?

          • onyema22ohaka

            HERE AGAIN MR IDOIT:

            NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR-ELECT PHIL MURPHY APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING IGBO NIGERIANS INTO HIS TRANSITION TEAM: THEY ARE:

            1). Chief Sir Polly Ubah, to serve under:
            EDUCATION, ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY

            2). Chief Charles Ugo Eke, to serve under:
            GOVERNMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

            3). Chief Dr. Francis Owoh to serve under:
            ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

            4). Chief Dr. Iwuozo Obilor to serve under:
            HEALTH

            DID YOU NOTICE SOMETHING? THEY ARE ALL IGBOS. AMAZING! None based on quota, l know the gentlemen in question, all well educated, go figure, Nigerian govt is recruiting Malaysians as economic advisers while Americans are utilizing Igbo best and brightest, haba, what tribalism is doing to Nigeria with quota?

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    • vikkimama

      Buhari has proven time without number to be exactly the same; if not worse than his contemporaries in office! I am not deceived!

    • Truthisbitter

      I wonder how long you will continue fooling yourself here. How long will you continue disgracing yourself just to satisfy your pay masters. At your age you mean you can not channel your strength to something more productive? Better look for something reasonable with your life because for you and your sponsors there is vividly no hope for you again. Just try to have a re-think maybe probably you are cursed to be unreasonable at all time.

      • Daniel Obior

        Just as I expected from the idiot that you are, you have failed to address any of the issues I commented on. I challenge you to dispute any of the fact contained in my comment. Why do I even bother when a nitwit like you hasn’t got the intellectual capacity. Dunce.

        • Truthisbitter

          The intellectual ability you claim to have is simply as good as nothing. People know that you are here to do the bidding of your sponsors. If truly you are intelligent I believed you could have directed your intelligence to something more beneficial to you and the society instead of coming here to spew all manner of nonsense.There is no need to challenge your comments because I cant waste my time debating with a nonentity. But I promise to always make you understand how shameful, disgraceful and unyielding your comments are. You claim to have ideas only on the comments segment of newspapers but you cant apply it to your life to stop fooling yourself online.

          • Daniel Obior

            Again you do not surprise me for your lack of intellect. I did not claim to have intellectual ability, even if I have. I only said you lack it, and you have proved me right. Discerning contributors in this forum happen not to agree with your lie about my comments, They often agree with them as a matter of fact, which is much more than you can say for your miserable and lonely self.. I do not give a toss what a dimwit like you think, more so when you are hell bent licking the a*se of a barely literate despot, and seeing nothing wrong with him. Please open your mouth wider so he can piss into it the more. Idiot.

    • Nothing would satisfy the likes of you, the best thing for this nation is to get rid of the igbo-biafra ungrateful petulant breeds.

      • Daniel Obior

        It is a dumb ass that assumes everybody with a different view must be Igbo. You do not know where I am from, so stop assuming I am Igbo. Please address the issues and do not bring in ethnicity. It will only expose your intellectual bankruptcy when you continue to see issues only from a tribal prism.

  • Father Jay

    This Buhari is confused and lacks the basic understanding of modern day governance. What was he thinking when he reduced the ministry? Oh he thought he would not contest again….Not even minding the economic calamity he has brought upon this nation, he is strategizing for reelection.He would lose in 2019.

    • Olusola Olusina Micheal

      no theer was less resources to run big govt when he came in..,,.so if he chooses now to include more men so be it…you would do the same if you were in his position .i trust you average Nigerian

      • BankyMons

        Troll – who let you out of your mum’s basement?

        • Truthisbitter

          He cannot bear the foolishness of some people here.

    • Wise One

      Buhari actually promised to do one term only as I read. Well it makes no sense to merge three ministries without reducing the cost of running the office of three ministries. The budget for the power, works and Housing ministry remained high at the expense of performance. The cost of maintaining a ministers office should be fixed and kick-back possibility eliminated to save cost and increase performance irrespective of the number of ministers as far as it is less than 100.

    • vic

      BUHARI IS NOT CONFUSE, HE IS A FIRST CLASS CROOK, HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING.

      NIGERIANS WILL GIVE A BIG SHOE IN HIS MOUTH IN 2019. BUHARI IS AS DEAD AS DODO. MOST NIGERIANS WANT HIM OUT.