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Companion urges govt to implement sustainable economic policies

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The Companion, an association of Muslim men in business and the professions has called on government at various levels to implement economic policies and programmes that will lead to inclusive growth, reduction of poverty and youth underemployment and unemployment in line with the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs.

In a communique jointly signed by National Amir, Engr Kamil Olalekan and Chairman of the conference, Alh Layi Baruwa after the three-day conference themed, ‘Forging a Cohesive Country Amidst Existential Threats of Insecurity and Poverty’,the group said that there is need for a total overhauling of the national economic policy and programs and effective implementation, which will pave the way for an accelerated economic development of the country.

Companion recommended moral education, religious persuasion and intellectual advocacy as tools for social re-orientation to stem the ongoing insecurity challenges in the country.

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“ The materialistic tendency and quick rich syndrome among Nigerian youths have exposed the moral decadence of the Nigeria society. There is widespread incidence of banditry, kidnappings, ritual killings and various violent crimes in the country,“ the group said.

It acknowledged synergy among various security agencies, as well as community engagement and partnership, as guarantee of a secured, safe and substantially-crime free society.

“ The security architecture of Nigeria requires constant review, with respect to operational policies, funding, monitoring and intelligence gathering. Food security is imperative and germane for a cohesive and virile nation.

Therefore, it recommended that all issues relating to kidnapping and killing of farmers, and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector should be put in the front burner by the government at all levels.”

The group called on leadership at all levels, to be more focused, disciplined and accountable, so as to resolve the challenge of mistrust between it and the followers.

“In view of the emerging global security challenges, especially problems of cyber security, internet scams and other related crimes currently facing the country, We call on the security and law enforcement agencies of the Federal Government to proactively deploy cutting-edge technologies that will be used to track, trace, apprehend, prosecute and punish all cyber crimes suspects in line with extant Laws. “

Meanwhile, after the conference, new national executives were elected.

Engr. Kamil Olalekan (Kwara District) emerged as the association’s National Amir; National Naibul Amir, Imam Nojeem Jimoh (Lagos District), Secretary General, Abdul Kadiri Ibraheem (Kwara Ditsrict) and Assistant Secretary, Abdul Kabir Lawal (Oyo District),

Others are: National Treasurer, Alhaji Tajudeen Saibu (Kwara District); National Financial Secretary, Abdul Azeez Momoh (Lagos District); Public Affairs Secretary, Alhaji Muhideen Adeleke (Osun District); National Internal Auditor, Alhaji Misbaudeen Alabi (Oyo District) and National Welfare Secretary, Fatai Femi Muhammed (Abuja District).

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