Business - Business & Economy - News - June 18, 2021

Economic Council receives reports from state  judicial panels on ENDSARs protest

To convene special session on implementation soon  

MEDIATRACNET
The National Economic Council on Thursday began receiving the reports from the judicial panels set up by State Governors to resolve issues of police brutality and related concerns across the country, which culminated in the narionwide ENDSARs protest last year.
The submission of the report followed the conclusion of the assignment by the various panels.
The NEC in session resolved a special session would be convened later to review the reports and their recommendations.
This was part of the resolutions and conclusions reached at the Council’s 117th meeting held virtually and presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with State governors, federal ministers, the governor of the  Central Bank of Nigeria and other senior government officials in attendance.
The setting up of the judicial panels were recommended after adoption of a resolution by NEC to address nationwide complaints of police brutality after the President dissolved the Police SARS units across the country.
Allegations of police brutality was what motivated the nationwide protest by Nigerian youth to demand for immediate action by the government to sanction those involved in crime.
The protest grounded social and economic activities in most capital cities in the country for over a week during the period of the protest.
Following the end of the protest in the wake of the intervention of the Nigerian Army in Lagos, almost all States of the Federation set up the panels, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The Vice President announced during the meeting that a special session of NEC would soon be convened to consider all the reports that are ready from the various judicial panels set up late last year to address the concerns of the Nigerian people on allegations of police brutality  and other related issues.
The VP said that meeting would also consider the implementation of the reports, including remedies, redress and compensations.
Also at the meeting, the VP inaugurated the National Road Safety Advisory Council as a demonstration of government’s continued commitment to addressing the challenges of road safety in the country.
He said the Advisory Council is a critical aspect of the updated National Road Safety Strategy adopted by NEC and approved by the  Executive Council of the Federation late last year.
The Road Safety Advisory Council is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi as Secretary.
Other members of the 29-member Advisory Council include six state governors representing the six geo-political zones.
The governors include those of Anambra (Willie Obiano), representing the South-East zone; Delta (Ifeanyi Okowa), representing the South-South zone; Lagos (Babajide Sanwo-Olu), representing the South-West zone; Gombe  (Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya), representing the North-East zone; Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai), representing North-West, and Kwara (Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq), representing the North-Central zone.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha is a member of the Advisory Council.
Other members include Minister of Transport, Chubike Amaechi; Minister of Works; Minister of Health; Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Education; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Environment, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Police Affairs; Minister of Interior; Minister of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory; National Security Adviser;
President, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON); President, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA);
President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, and Board Chairman, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)

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