The Conference at Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Benue State chapter, has described as unfortunate the passage into law of a bill giving Governor Gabriel Suswan un-fettered powers to seek credit borrowings from the capital market and other sources.
Speaking with journalists at the weekend, Benue State chairman of the CNPP, Baba Agan, stated that the action at the state House of Assembly, was a negation of members responsibility to their constituents, which is to protect them from the exploitative actions of the state government. But Deputy Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, William Edor, who presided over the passage of the law, said the House had to pass the bill in record time to assist the government complete on-going projects stalled by funding.
Again he said the passage of the bill did not come as a surprise to the opposition, alleging that there is a plot to mortgage the future of the state.
According to him, when the House in September passed a resolution permitting the state government to borrow N13.1 billion, the CNPP had written letters of protest to the lending institutions informing them that the Benue State Government did not enjoy the legal support of the people, which led to the creditors demanding the passage of a bill to that effect to protect their funds.
The Plateau State Government has signed an agreement with Akintola Williams Deloitte, an accounting firm, to resuscitate Jos International Breweries (JIB) Plc.
The managing director of JIB, Mr Albert Kattlems, told news men recently in Lagos that Deloitte would not only restructure the firm, but review the company’s strategic options for growth.
The JIB, one of Nigeria’s blue chips in the past, is owned by the Plateau State Government. According to Katlems the agreements, which will last for six months with an option of renewal also includes the recruitment of a competent technical partner/core investor for the firm.
He said that the core investor, which will acquire the state government’s 63 per cent stake in the company, also had the opportunity of increasing its equities from the issued share capital the company.
The Federal Government will today make public the final report of the 2008 National Health Demographic Survey after the last one conducted in 2003.
The report is expected to provide details of the nations health indicators as the trend occurs in the rural and urban communities.
Wife of the president, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua is to launch the 2008 NDHS report in Abuja. The document captured fertility, Human Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and other sexually-transmitted infections, family planning, woman status and household trends in the country.
The survey was jointly conducted by the National Population Commission (NPC), United State Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Population Funds (UNPF), with support from Macro International.
It is expected to provide insight into the statistics on health and population.
The federal government has been urged to employ exterior vector control specialist in the roll back malaria programme.
The call was made recently at a day seminar titled “Management of Pest in Stored Products and in food industry” by the pest control association of Nigeria (PECAN), at the Nigeria Education Research and Development Council (NERC), Agidingbi Lagos.
The association noted that since the federal government has approved the use of treated net to combat malaria, efforts should be made to involve exterior vector control specialists.
PECAN noted that there is need for National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Federal Ministry of Heath and Environment as well as health managers to work together to manage and control pest and regulate hazardous effects of pesticides.
Earlier, the Association president Dr. Tokunbo Coker, emphasised that since PECAN provide services mainly in the industrial institutions on health related issues and for the association to give effective services, practical knowledge needs to be acquired on a wide variety of pests, their life – span, pesticidal formation appropriated for their management and methods, to avoid contamination of goods and pollution of the environment.
In another development, Tom Williams, an expert in tropical diseases from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), has said that 90 percent of children born with sickle cell anaemia in Africa die before they are diagnosed and can get treatment and half of those lives could be saved if sufferers were protected from bacterial infections.
Williams said that sickle cell anaemia kills more children in Africa than HIV, stressing that HIV commands vast attention from the international community, sickle cell anaemia is “Virtually Invisible”.
Sickle- cell anaemia affects millions of people worldwide, but more than 50 percent of the cases are in Africa, where around 200,000 children are born with the disease every year, he said.
To prevent fresh outbreak and further spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases in Borno, the state and local councils have procured and distributed N100 million worth of drugs, drips and other hospital consumables to the 27 councils.
The cholera treatement camps at biu, Gwoza, Ngaram-Bulabuli, Konduga and Dikwa have been provided with drugs and doctors to bring an end to further spread of water born diseases, Governor Ali Modu Sheriff has stated.
Sheriff, who spoke on the further spread of cholera and measures taken by government to contain the situation at the Maiduguri Government House, said the outbreak of cholera in August in Adamawa State spread to Borno through the Madube community of Gwoza council.
President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdulwaheed Omar, has restated the readiness of the labour movement to resist any attempt by the government to deregulate the downstream sector of the nation’s petroleum industry.
Omar, who spoke in Ikaram-Akoko, Ondo State at the weekend, disclosed that the NLC had reached out to the federal government to stop the deregulation policy and that “for now, we are expecting the government to announce that the proposed deregulation has been cancelled.”
However, he added: “If government continues with the planned deregulation, we will call out our members and we will take necessary steps to frustrate the exercise. We will invoke the full power of organised labour to protest and we will frustrate it.”
The NLC chief, who spoke at the burial of Prince Samuel Kayode, father of Labour Minister, Adetokunbo Kayode, blamed the current scarcity of petroleum products on the proposed deregulation policy.
The nation’s health institutions may witness yet another round of strike following a threat issued last weekend by the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists to withdraw their services unless it demands were met by the authorities.
Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the association expressed surprise that the federal government, having recently met the demands of medical doctors, was yet to release a circular to facilitate the implementation of reviewed salaries and allowances of laboratory scientists.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, first vice president of the group, Godswill Okara, said the association would no longer stand by and watch while the authorities treat members as second class citizens when the welfare of other stakeholders in the health sector were given prompt attention.
The Minister of State for Finance, Mr Remi Babalola, has advised the three tiers of government to look inwards to generate sustainable resources to meet the minimum requirements and needs of their economies, particularly the infrastructural development.
He gave the advice in Ibadan, Oyo State at the 2009 Ibadan week conference organised by the Jericho Businessmen club at the Banquet Hall of Premier Hotel.
The Minister, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Bode Agunbiade, advised the tiers of government not to solely depend on the monthly allocations from the federation account.
Delivery a paper on the theme of the conference “Infrastructural Development of Ibadanland,” Babalola explained that the provisions of infrastructures require further increase in government spending, especially in these modern times.
Dana Steel Limited, the core investor in Katsina Steel Rolling Company, has recorded a milestone in its privatisation Post Acquisition Plan (PAP) with the commissioning of its new 180,00 metric tons billet manufacturing plant.
The N5.4 billion plant (Steel Melt Shop) is a major step in the company’s backward integration strategy and is sure to boost the operations of the steel mill significantly.
Excited by the development, managing director of Dana Steel Jacky Hathiramani expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, and people of Katsina State, for their belief in Dana Steel, and their support in ensuring that the plant comes on steam.
The Sokoto state chapter of the Judicial Staff Union has called off the strike action embarked upon two weeks ago in the sate.
The judiciary workers had 19 days ago embarked on the strike action demanding improved welfare and condition of service to their members.
A communiqué at the end of its meeting signed by its chairman Malam Isa Saidu said the union is satisfied with the recent measures adopted by the state government towards improving judicial workers condition of service, which is expected to commence this week.
It regretted the inconvenience and suffering it subjected members of the public, during the strike action. It also commended the various workers in the state for their resilience and maturity through out the period of strike.
The Federal Government has said that it will establish the Universal Internet Service and viewing centre across tertiary institutions in the state.
This is said is aimed at tackling the problem of how access to cutting edge Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources among Nigerian students.
Minister of state for Information and Communication Idris Bibis announced this at the weekend while commissioning a public viewing centre built by the Ministry in collaboration with the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) in Kaduna.
He said the importance of information technology cannot be our emphasised, adding that the idea aims at putting information at the finger trips of the Nigerian students and their school communities in order to equip them to meet global challenges.
Kwara Reaffirms Use Of Hijab In Public Schools
The Kwara state government has reaffirmed the use of the hijab by willing Muslim schoolgirls, in all categories of public schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Moddibo-Kawu, made this known yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders.
It was during a peaceful meeting between Muslim and Christian stakeholders of Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government area, held at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Ilorin on Tuesday.
A statement issued by Mr Yakub Aliagan, the Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, to newsmen, yesterday, confirmed the development.
It said the policy statement of the Kwara state government allowing willing Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab in all public schools, including grant-aided ones, was binding.
“This conforms with the judicial pronouncements of the courts of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it said.
The statement said the commissioner, therefore, appealed to both Muslim and Christian leaders to allow peace to reign in the state.
Hajia Modibbo-Kawu thereafter directed the school heads of Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, to immediately implement the policy statement on the use of the hijab in public schools.
The Commissioner warned that anybody trying to sabotage the peaceful coexistence amongst the people of Kwara would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to the statement, the meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, the Teaching Service Commission and TESCOM Board members, ANCOPSS/ NUT members.
Also in attendance were the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijagbo, Rev. Samuel Ajayi, Chairman Muslim Stakeholders, Offa & Oyun LGA, Abubakar AbdulWasiu and the Chairman, Kwara state Muslim stakeholders, among others.
Sanwo-Olu Extols AIG Odumosu’s Service In Lagos
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday praised the performance of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Hakeem Odumosu (rtd), as Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu gave the commendation during the Farewell/Pulling-Out Parade in honour of AIG Hakeem Odumosu, held at the Police College, Ikeja.
He said that the announcement of Odumosu as CP of Lagos on Nov. 14, 2019, came with lots of high expectations for his job.
“His appointment at that time welcomed very high expectation, that his arrival will bring the much needed succour that a lot of Lagosians were crying for, because of all of the various security challenges in the state then.
“Their expectation was certainly not unfounded, based on his very deep knowledge of the nooks and crannies of the state, his very deep knowledge of all the security architecture in the state.
“Tango One, as we all used to call him then, came with a wealth of experience and was evidence when he introduced several innovative approaches to the schedule and duties of his men in the command.
“Of course, those approaches led to better improved security of life and property.
“Who can forget ‘Tango One’, who can forget what he stood for? Tango One came, he saw and he conquered.
“I am indeed, happy to stand as your governor to say that you have served your state, you have served the citizens of the state, you have served the Lagos State Command, the Nigeria Police Force and served them with everything you have, ‘Tango One’, thank you very, very much,” the governor said.
He said that the promotion of Odumosu to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Federal Operations, Abuja, was well deserved, owing to his outstanding performance in the Police Force generally.
According to him, AIG Odumosu is an outstanding and courageous police officer, who did his best to discharge his constitutional duty, professionally, especially at very difficult and extremely challenging times.
“Today, we celebrate a man whose brilliance in nature kept him in good stead with his peers and subordinates alike, while his unique character ensure that discipline was respected and maintained all around the command.
“AIG Odumosu, AKA ‘Tango One’ is pulling out today, with a loud ovation to his good works and the laudable achievements in Lagos State Police Command, and indeed, the entire Nigeria Police Force,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), coordinating the South-West Zone, Johnson Kokumo, congratulated Odumosu for meritorious service to the fatherland.
“He has been able to do this without blemish. He did his best to contribute to the tranquility of the country.
Reps Urge IGP To Probe Alleged Murder Of Two In Enugu
The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged murder of Mrs Monica Okwuibe and Mrs Nkiruka Anyaegbunam, which occurred in Enugu on Jan. 6.
The resolution, which also called for the probe of attempted murder of Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam, was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Nnolim Nnaji (PDP-Enugu state) at plenary on Tuesday.
Moving the motion earlier, Nnaji recalled that on Jan. 6, Mrs Monica Okwuibe and Mrs Nkiruka Anyaegbunam were allegedly murdered by unknown armed men.
According to him, there was also an attempted murder of Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam of Edumegu, Okorouba–Ozalla autonomous community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu state.
The lawmaker said that the acts were committed at Obosi in Anambra on the day that Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam was conducting the burial ceremony of her late husband, Mr Onyedika Jeremiah Anyaegbunam, who died on 6 Dec., 2021.
“At about 6.00 p.m., on the said date, three masked gunmen forcefully entered the compound of the bereaved Anyaegbunam family in Obosi and shot sporadically, scaring away mourners with the intent of locating Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam, who ran for safety.
“The assailants searched for Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam and threatened to kill her if she did not confess what happened to their late brother, Mr Onyedika Anyaegbunam; to which she pleaded for her life to be spared or be made to swear an oath.
“But she was shot severally leaving her in critical condition of which she is currently in the intensive care unit under life support at the hospital,’’ Nnaji said.
The Rep said that Mrs Monica Okwuibe (mother of Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam was shot to death instantly, while Mrs Nkiruka Anyaegbunam (Mrs Chidinma’s sister–inlaw, who accommodated her during her ordeal with her late husband’s family members), was equally shot to death;
“The suspects, who perpetrated the heinous crime and unlawful act against humanity, are allegedly brothers– in–law to Mrs Chidinma with unidentified accomplices, who had nurtured their plans since the death of Mr Onyedika, and forcefully took away his house and other properties from the young widow under false allegations,’’ he said.
The lawmaker said that the deteriorating health condition of Mrs Chidinma Anyaegbunam, who has left concerned Nigerians apprehensive of her survival and thus requires urgent attention in a more equipped medical facility.
Nnaji said that two of the suspects were presently in police custody in Awka, but one key suspect was still at large with no information from the public.
He said there is need to condemn such odious acts where widows are subjected to illicit, unpleasant livelihood and deprivations at the death of their husbands in a bid to confiscate properties.
The legislators urged the IGP to take over the case from the Anambra police command and place the only surviving victim in the hospital under police protection
The Reps also urged the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster and Social Development, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the Human Rights Commission to assist Mrs Chidinma Benita Anyaegbunam get justice.
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