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Adamawa

Former Adamawa Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Aliyu Marafa, on Friday lost his bid to return to the House at the PDP primaries held in Mubi town.

Marafa (Mubi-North constituency), who is the junior brother to the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Isa Ahmadu, polled 66 votes as against 87 votes scored by a clergyman, Rev. Illiya Aguwa.

Our correspondent, who monitored the primaries reports that nine candidates contested in the election, which was held under tight security.

Other candidates including a housewife, Hajiya Maryam Babangida and Alhaji Sulaiman Yahaya, polled six and 33 votes, respectively.

The Returning Officer, Mr Aliyu Bakari, said that more than 240 delegates and party executives drawn from the 11 wards in the area participated in the election.

He added that the election was conducted in accordance with the party’s guidelines.

Bauchi

Bauchi State Police Command says that it will deploy 5,000 policemen to provide security during the voter registration beginning  tomorrow.

The Commissioner of  Police in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Indabawa, made this known in Bauchi yesterday, while fielding questions from newsmen.

Indabawa said that he had held meetings with all the divisional police officers in the state and put in place strategies to ensure the success of the exercise.

He warned that the police would arrest any prospective voter, who might want to make double registration or cause chaos at registration centres, during the exercise.

Indabawa urged the electorate to actively participate during the voter registration and report any incident during the exercise to the police for prompt action.

FCT

Mr Nduese Essien, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, says no effort will be spared in addressing the housing needs of Nigerians.

 Essien made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja when he received Mr Jong Hak-SE, the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, who visited him in his office.

“I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in addressing the 17 million housing deficit in the country.

“We have developed a number of programmes to actualise the vision and in the next couple of months, the ministry will begin to roll out the houses,’’ Essien said.

According to him, the Ministry will collaborate with Korea in the area of housing development because of the similarities in the two countries’ housing programmes aimed at addressing their housing needs.

Gombe

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, a former director with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, has been nominated as the governorship candidate of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Gombe State.

Aliyu polled 55,254 votes during the party’s governorship primaries to defeat two other aspirants, Mohammed Daudu and Abubakar Danburam, who scored 1,545 and 231 votes respectively in the contest.

Announcing the result on Wednesday, the Chairman of the party’s primary election  committee, Mr. Musa Bishara, said the election was conducted without any hitch.

He, however, said that the election took place in 112 of the 114 wards in the state, adding that it could not hold in Pantami and Burok wards in Shangom Local Government area.

Jigawa

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Jigawa, on Tuesday elected a former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Farouq Aliyu, as the party’s flag bearer for the April general elections.

The Chairman of the election panel, Prof. Mohammed Bello, who announced the results of the primaries in Dutse, said the party adopted option A4 method, whereby all its registered members   participated in electing candidates for various positions.

Bello said that Aliyu polled 368,999 votes to defeat his opponent, Dr Lawal Hadejia who scored 114, 885 votes.

Kebbi

Health workers in Kebbi State have suspended their indefinite strike “on principle”.

The Chairman of the workers’ union, Dr Tanko Sununu, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi yesterday that the state government had assured its members that their demands would be met.

“We have been assured that the demand for reduction on taxation of our members and implementation of policies that would reduce the exodus of medical workers and better conditions of service would be met.

“The union and the negotiation committee will sign an agreement while a circular will be issued to formalise the implementation of our demands,” Sununu said.

Kano

The Kano State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has asked the state government to implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) for its members or face industrial action.

A  statement issued on Wednesday  in Kano   by  the union’s Chairman, Dr Dayyabu Ibrahim and Secretary, Dr  Kabir Abubakar,  gave the government 21 days within which to effect CONMESS.

“We give a 21-day ultimatum effective from January 10, 2011, to the Kano State Government to fulfill its promise, failing which the NMA would have no option but to commence immediate withdrawal of  services of  its members,” the statement said.

Katsina

The Katsina State Government has released N1.3 billion for the payment of 2011 leave grant to its civil servants.

A statement in Katsina yesterday by Alhaji Nasiru Abdul, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Relations, said the payment was in continuation of Gov. Ibrahim Shema’s commitment to pay the grant early in the year.

The statement noted that of the amount, N434.2 million was for the workers in ministries, departments and agencies.

It added that N493.4 million was for the workers in the 34 local government councils while the balance of N429.7 million was for primary school teachers.

“This is the fourth year running Gov. Ibrahim Shema’s administration effected the payment of leave grants to all workers in the state at the beginning of each year,” it added.

Lagos

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos has called on Mr Hafiz Ringim, the Inspector General of Police, to prosecute political thugs and their sponsors.

Mr Adebamigbe Omole, the chairman, NBA, Ikeja Branch made the call at a press briefing ahead of its 7th  Annual Gani Fawenhinmi Lecture/Symposium scheduled to hold  tomorrow in Lagos.

Omole said the call was imperative following the incessant violence which has characterised the primaries of the various political parties across the country in the past few weeks.

“Let the Inspector General of Police take the advice of  President Goodluck Jonathan and go ahead to prosecute all of them and their sponsors to set an example that nobody is above the law.

Oyo

Amidst tight security, PDP delegates in Ibadan on Wednesday voted Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala to re-contest the state’s governorship election in April.

Alao-Akala, in the governorship primary election held at Obafemi Awolowo (Liberty) stadium, Ibadan, scored 1,239 votes to defeat a   former Minister of Special Duties, Elder Wole Oyelese, who got one vote.

The PDP National Electoral Panel, headed by Alhaji Buhari Bala, declared 66 votes void.

 However, members of the PDP faction to which Oyelese belongs, were not present at the venue of the congress.

Our source recalls that Oyelese had on Tuesday instituted a legal action at the Federal High Court, Ibadan, seeking an order to stop the conduct of the  governorship primary election.

Plateau

Police and military personnel are to begin joint special patrols to boost the security situation and restore confidence in Jos residents.

Mr Abdulraham Akano, the Plateau Commissioner of  Police, told newsmen on Wednesday in Jos that the initiative would reduce the mistrust against  the two security forces  by residents

“We have resolved to patrol the streets together. While the Hausa/Fulani community trusts the soldiers to maintain peace, the natives have shown some preference for the police.

“To put an end to that, the two forces have decided to work jointly in the interest of  peace,’’ he said.

He advised Jos residents to ignore text messages being circulated that six more villages would be attacked.

Sokoto

The Shagari local government of Sokoto State spent N310 million to provide basic infrastructure in the area in 2010.

Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu, the Chairman of the Council, told newsmen in Sokoto yesterday that the council executed the projects because of their importance.

He said that about N140 million was used in building 30 units of houses for sale to members of staff of the council on owner/occupier basis.

Maigwandu also said that about N100 million was used to drill 10 motorised boreholes in each of the 10 wards of the council to boost water supply.

Yobe

The Gudi Emirate Council in Yobe State has organised a cultural festival to mobilise its people to participate in the forthcoming voter registration exercise.

Declaring the festival open, the Emir of Gudi, Alhaji Isa Ibn Khaji, said yesterday in Dazawa in Yobe that “traditionally, the Kanti festival is used to celebrate the harvests and to give thanks to Allah.

The emir charged the people to suspend farming and grazing activities during the exercise to ensure they registered.

Khaji advised the people against abstaining from the exercise, and said, “many communities have cried of disenfranchisement in the last census.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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