The National Executive Council (NEC) has directed governors to establish judicial panels of inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or extrajudicial killings.
The spokesperson to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande in a communiqué said the directive was issued at a meeting attended by governors and chaired by the
Akande said the move was to deliver justice for all victims of the recently-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units.
He added that the panel will include representatives of youths, students, civil society organisations and would be chaired by a retired judge.
The communiqué reads, “The Council specifically resolved that State Governors and the FCT Minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains,”
“The Council also directed that State Governors should immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors in their States, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.
“The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all States of the Federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formations and other security agencies in the State consistently protect the Human Rights of citizens.
“Members of the Special Committee would also include Representatives of Youths, and Civil Society. The head of Police tactical units in each of the State would also be a member of the Committee.”
The communiqué also stated that the panel’s assignment should be concluded within a maximum of six months, unless it “shows convincing reasons why a state governor should allow an extension”.
According to him, NEC also directed all governors to immediately establish a victims fund to enable the payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.
However, the Council projected N6.77 trillion aggregate revenue inflow into the Federation Account (Main Pool) N6.77 trillion and also N1.70 trillion projected inflow in the Value Added Tax (VAT) Pool Account.
Akande said out of the main pool account, the federal government is projected to get N3.54 trillion while States and Local Governments are projected to get N1.80 trillion and N1.39 trillion, respectively.
He explained that the federal government is projected to get N255.46billion from the VAT pool account, while the States and Local Governments are projected to get N851.52 billion and N596.07 billion, respectively.
He noted that several measures are being instituted to improve government revenue, stressing that the fiscal intervention woul play its role to keep the nation’s economy active and attract funds from external investment.
According to him, “Several measures are being instituted to improve government revenue and entrench a regime of prudence with emphasis on achieving value for money.
“The goal of fiscal interventions will be to keep the economy active through carefully calibrated regulatory/policy measures designed to boost domestic value-addition, de-risk the enterprise environment, attract external investment and sources of funding, etc.”
He said the Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed reported to Council that the under listed accounts as at 14th October, 2020 was $72.41million excess crude account; N47.2billion stabilization account and N154.3billion Development of Natural Resources Account .
On strategy for growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (SMES) and job creation by minister of industry, trade and investment, he explained that the NEC received a presentation from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment titled Strategy for Growth of Micro, small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) and Job Creation.
According to him, “The objective of the presentation is to bring NEC up to speed on Ministry’s Term Goals and Projects and seek NEC’S support in the resolution of key challenges to achieving our goals.
The presentation noted that part of the mandate of FMITI is to accelerate the growth of the industrial sector and enhance productivity and boost the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as engine of economic growth, etc.”
He explained further that the council was invited to , establish land banks in each state earmarked for investment in agriculture and agro –processing; ensure fair compensation for land, standardize and ensure clarity in compensation rates in each state; adapt the 2015 approved list of taxes and levies and Set up and investment promotion agency/one stop shop for investment-related issues including facilitating investment linkages.
He noted that MSME council are expected to be set up in each states, maintain further that these Councils are to build a database of the residents MSMES which can be used to facilitate the integration of local MSMEs into the supply chains of large resident corporate.