The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, says he will meet with state Governors to agree on the mass release of at least 30 per cent of inmates from custodial centres across the country. Aregbesola made this known on Sunday, 9 October, 2022 when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja. The Minister said that the interface was necessary as more than 90 per cent of the inmates were being held for contravening various state laws. Aregbesola also said that over 70 per cent of the 75,635 inmates at present were awaiting trial. The Minister said that the federal offenders in the system were far less than 10 per cent, adding that the bulk of people in custody were those who had run foul of state laws. He said that they were therefore being kept under the legal jurisdiction of their respective states. The Minister added that the decongestion of the 253 custodial centres nationwide was necessary as some of the inmates have no reason to remain in custody. Aregbesola, therefore, said all stakeholders must work towards a “better structured criminal justice administration, otherwise we will just be left with congested and overcrowded facilities.” He said, “I have written the Nigerian Governors Forum to allow me to come and address them on how they can support the process of decongestion. “Because the governors must buy into this system for us to do a massive decongestion especially of Awaiting Trial Inmates. “If we get the buy in of state judicial authorities and the government of the states, we can pull out 30 per cent of those who are there.” According to him, some of the awaiting trial inmates have stayed longer than the punishment provided by law for the crime they were arrested for. “If you look at a man that is caught for petty theft and you are
The enhanced passport of the Nigeria Immigration Service was today declared the real deal in passport making, stating that It is a product of the latest technology in passport administration and issuance. This is just as 625,000 passport has been issued to Nigerians desirous of acquiring the travel document in 2022 alone. This was revealed by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the Rollout of the Enhanced e-Passport for Delta and Edo States, which held at the Passport Office Headquarters, Benin, Edo State on Tuesday. “Our enhanced passport is the real deal in passport making.Today’s event is unique in many ways. The most important is making the enhanced ePassport available to the good people of Edo and Delta States. The enhanced ePassport comes in various categories, including the 64-page-10-year validity Passport which is quite convenient for frequent travellers. It is a product of the latest technology in passport administration and issuance. “This year alone, we have received about 750,000 applications out of which we have provided 625,000. The difference could have been due to many reasons, including failure of applicants to provide the correct information about themselves and matching their data with NIN. We could not contact them because they applied through touts who provided their own addresses or wrong ones altogether. But 625,000 is a huge and unprecedented figure, in less than half of the year, by any stretch of the imagination,” the Minister stated. Speaking further, the Interior Minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was indeed worried about the hassles Nigerians go through in securing the passports, noting that the role of the Nigerian Immigration Service is to make Nigerians desirous of getting the passport do so with ease and without stress. He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s charge to us is explicit. Make life easy as much as possible for every
The recently concluded recruitment into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has been declared one of the fairest and most transparent in recent time, despite the huge number of applicants who applied for the few positions available. This was declared by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the Policy Dialogue on Entrenching Transparency in Public Service Recruitment in Nigeria, organised by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, an institution of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Relates Offences Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Tuesday. “For the NSCDC, about 1.5 million applications were registered on the website. Those who met the requirements on age and height were about 750,000 and were asked to upload their certificates. A total of 217,000 applicants uploaded their certificates of which 113,000 were shortlisted to write the CBT but only 53,116 eventually sat for the test. It is from these that 5,000 were picked among the successful ones. “In recruiting into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the board decided to advertise in the media to bring the information to the awareness of as many people as possible. This rules out secret recruitment. We also put away the manual mode of conducting tests and adopted computer based tests that can be done in any location, eliminating the need to have a mass crowd together in one place. We hired a reputable examination body, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the aptitude test. “In addition, we included the National Identity Number (NIN) to authenticate the identities and biodata of applicants and eliminate fraud and possible impersonation. We also engaged the Federal Character Commission at all stages of the recruitment exercise. All these were done through a dedicated website,” the minister revealed. The Minister who revealed the process was long and tortuous, however stated that the recruitment exercise
On Sunday morning, All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Alimosho local government area of Lagos State took to the streets to pronounce a leader of the party and minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, politically dead. In a viral video shared on Twitter, the youths are seen carrying a mock coffin, while mourning Aregbesola’s political death. The development followed Aregbesola’s fallout with his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Alimosho is reputed as the largest local government in the state and has for long been considered Aregbesola’s political stronghold.
The House of Representatives has commenced a probe of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, made this known on Wednesday. Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila is a staunch loyalist of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who has declared his intention to run for presidency in 2023. This development is coming few days after Aregbesola publicly blasted Tinubu for turning himself into a god. Rt Hon. Gbajabiamila presided over the plenary on Wednesday, where members resolved that the interior minister and prisons chief, Haliru Nababa be probed. They are being accused of misappropriating about N165billion funds earmarked for prisons development across the country. The House resolution came as a result of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Ndudi Elumelu, who is the Minority Leader of the House. “The House is disturbed that despite this Act and increase in budgetary allocations to the Nigerian Correctional Service to drive its renewed mandate, the tempo and quality of the service have remained the same if not retrogressing,” Elumelu said. “The House is worried that the working conditions of staff and inmates’ welfare have deteriorated notwithstanding, the over N165 billion budget allocations to the service in the last two years.” With this, the lawmakers resolved to have its committee on Reformatory Institutions investigate the allegations and report to the House within 12 weeks, for further legislative action.
The Federal Government has said that it will continue to equip students and citizens with ICT skills such as machine learning and artificial intelligence and facilitate ICT adoption in teaching and learning in order to prepare them for the future that will be strictly driven by technology. The Federal Government made the pledge at the Commissioning of the Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC) by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who represented President Muhammadu Buahri, GCFR, at the event which held at Ijesa Muslim Grammar School, Ilesa, State of Osun, on Friday. “I am aware that the programme was conceptualized to promote the availability and utilisation of ICT and resources of the Internet in teaching and learning in public schools in underserved, unserved and rural areas. In order words, this Digital Nigeria Centre has been designed to promote the connection of public secondary schools to broadband internet in Ilesa community, and the goal is to equip beneficiaries with 21st Century skills. “More concretely, the specific objectives of Digital Nigeria Centre include; increasing ICT literacy among school teachers and students, providing a platform for accessing online educational resources, equiping students with ICT skills, facilitating ICT adoption in teaching and learning and ultimately to increase pass rate in mathematics, English language and other science subjects,” the Minister stated. In his speech titled, 'Digital Skills and Literacy for Jobs and Social Inclusion', the Minister described the thorough and timely execution of the project as significant and commendable, noting that it prepares Nigerians in advance with digital skill and literacy for a future that will soon be driven strictly by technology, saying some major auto makers have decided to stop the production of combustion engines in the next 18 years. “Interestingly, at least six major automakers, including Ford, Mercedes Benz, General Motors and Volvo joined the governments of
The Federal Government has said it has digitalised payments for the Nigerian Passports, advising citizens to avoid patronizing touts and unscrupulous officials when applying for the documents. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this on Monday, 20 December, 2021 in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, during the Rollout of the Enhanced e-Passport with Polycarbonate Data Page and other security features. “Part of the reforms is the migration of passport application and payments to digital platforms. But we regret to observe that applicants still patronise touts and unscrupulous officials in the hope to beat the system and get expedited services. When they were disappointed, they come to report to us. Of course, we have zero tolerance for corruption and subversion of due process. We therefore take seriously any such report and invoke the necessary disciplinary measures. “But I will implore applicants to stop patronising touts and our officials directly. Follow the process we put in place. Apply for passports and pay online. The only engagement with our staff is the enrolment of your biometrics. Patronising touts and passport office officials doesn’t always end well, but rather serves to defeat our purpose of eliminating corruption and infusing integrity to the passport administration process,” the minister stated. Speaking on the new application process, the minister noted that a new timeline has been set for fresh passport application and reissue. “Our template stipulates maximum six weeks for obtaining new passports and maximum three weeks for renewal. We work within this schedule to enable us investigate any claims made by applicants and verify them, for the final document we issue them to have integrity. If there are challenges, wait, eventually you will get your passport before your due date of travel, if you apply early enough. You will still have long enough time to apply for visa and other
The Federal Government has declared 5 October of every year as the National Day of Senior Citizens. This was disclosed on Friday, 17 December, 2021 by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while representing President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Special Guest of Honour at the First Presidential Summit on Ageing which took place in Abuja. He also disclosed that the Federal Government has concluded plans for a "progressive registration of all senior citizens of 60 years and above with the issuance of identity cards for ease of accessing considerable discounts and dignifying age-friendly treatments and courtesies in public services and spaces". The theme of the Summit is “Building Inter-generational Synergies for Inclusive, Cohesive and Sustainable Communities”. The summit was organised by the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, headed by Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq. According to Ogbeni Aregbesola, the declaration of the Day for Senior Citizens in Nigeria is in line with the UN International Day of Older Persons celebrated annually on 1st October. "The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the National Policy on Ageing in 2020 to address the special needs and harness opportunities in the increasing number of older persons in Nigeria, this is in addition to the establishment of the National Senior Citizens Centre in June 2021. "The ageing population in Nigerian constitute 4.7% of our population which equates to approximately over 9 million people. This age bracket of people is characterised by those who have given their best towards the development of our nation," Aregbesola said
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Sulaiman Lasun Yusuf, has described ex-Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the only loyalist of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who can sacrifice anything to please the former Lagos Governor, reports The Gazelle News.com. Lasun disclosed this during an interview with an Osogbo based radio station, Rave FM on Friday, 3 December, 2021. “He (Aregbesola) is the only Tinubu loyalist I know. He can do anything to satisfy his boss. His loyalty and commitment to him is second to none,” he said. According to Lasun, if not for Rauf’s loyalty and commitment to Tinubu, he would still have been friend with the former Governor of Osun State and current Minister of Interior. Narrating his experience with Aregbesola, the former House of Representatives Deputy Speaker stated that he has been friend with Rauf for a long period of time. “That friendship ended in 2015 and I’ll tell you the reason it ended and this will be the first time I’ll reveal this,” he said. According to him, in 2015, he went to Aregbesola who was Governor of Osun State then and intimated him of his intention to run for the Deputy Speakership of the House of Representatives. “He (Aregbesola) said he will support me. Three days later, he called me and said that my ambition will have to be jettisoned because Asiwaju wanted Gbajabiamila to. Be the Speaker and that they have decided to support Gbajabiamila. “I told him that I don’t know Asiwaju and. That it is he (Rauf), that I know. I told him I don’t know anything about Gbajabiamila’s ambition and that I’m going ahead with mine. “He told me that we will have to part ways as a result of that because for him, Asiwaju’s interests is
Nigerians have been encouraged as a matter of self will, to deliberately show passionate love and compassion to all veterans in their different categories. There include: those who are retired, those with varied degrees of injuries and especially those who have had to lay down their lives in patriotic service to their father land by paying the Supreme Price. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this during his decoration and that of the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore with the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) Emblem 2022 by a team from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Nigerian Legion in his office, Friday, 12 November, 2021 in Abuja. Aregbesola spoke of the need for Nigerians to reward, "our ex-servicemen that had fought gallantly in ensuring the peace we enjoy and also volunteering to defend our territories in times of inteventions and peace keeping operations. "Veterans include the old and retired military and paramilitary officers, those who fought in battles, while some are heavily injured and incapacitated, others die, paying the ultimate supreme price in the line of duty defending our nation. All of these veterans need to be celebrated. "Moreso, educational scholarship is being recommended for at least a sizable number of children of these veterans to attain their educational desires to any height". The Minister also noted that ex-service men should be commended and celebrated in addition to making adequate and deliberate plans to cater for their dependants and widows who passionately need to be assisted. Aregbesola cited an instance where a veteran military officer who has been incapacitated during battles should not be left to his fate considering the fact that he has dependants who needs to be assisted during his incapacitation, and inability to manage them. "We must celebrate those who volunteer their lives for the protection of our peaceful living