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Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, disclosed what the Federal Government is doing to end insecurity in the country. Osinbajo revealed this when receiving the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Adeola Ajakaiye, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement, titled, ‘What we are currently doing to improve security, by Osinbajo.’ The Vice President while speaking on the effort to tackle insecurity, said the supplementary budget sent to the National Assembly, on enhancing the capacity of the military and other security agencies, is part of the concerted efforts of the Buhari regime to beef up its response to the nation’s security challenges. Osinbajo charged traditional rulers, local and state governments to collaborate with the Federal Government in tackling insecurity. He said, “The President has recently constituted a committee that will look at the whole security infrastructure with a view to looking at the needs of the military, as well as the police and security agencies.” “The result of that is a bill before the National Assembly, a supplementary bill. The purpose of that bill is to present some of the needs of the military, as well as of security agencies in order to be able to beef up our response to the security challenges.” “We have to keep looking at how to support our (security) services to ensure that our country is safe. I can assure you that soon, the issue of insecurity will be a thing of the past and that we will all live in peace and prosperity in this country.” Osinbajo said, “There is no question at all that, at the level of community, we need to take decisive action, because most of these things occur at our community level.” “And I’m very happy to hear that you have a committee organised for the purpose of this (tackling insecurity) and that you’ve been able to contain the menace that we see in different parts of the country in your community.” “Any country with this number of security challenges must respond as robustly as possible.” “But it is also important to bear in mind that it takes a combined effort of all of us, at the local government level, state and federal levels; all of the levels; we need to come together to tackle this issue of insecurity.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Arhotomhenla Adolphus Aghughu for the post of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

The President made this known in a letter he forwarded to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, pursuant to Section 86(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

In a statement on Monday in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, said that Aghughu has been acting as the Auditor-General since the voluntary retirement of Anthony Mkpe Ayine from service upon attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60 years on 25th October 2020.

Aghughu, who hails from Edo State, holds a master’s degree in economics. He is a Fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

He became an Auditor in the Office of the Auditor-General in 1992 and was promoted to the rank of Director of Audit in January 2016.

In a related development, President Buhari has nominated Barrister Victor Chinemerem Muruako for appointment as Chairman for the Fiscal Responsibility Commission in accordance with the provision of section 5(3) of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

Muruako, a legal practitioner and an indigene of Imo State, had served as the Secretary to the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and currently acts as the Chairman of the Commission.

According to Omoworare, the nomination letter was forwarded to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan for confirmation by the Senate.