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Adamawa

 A  National Transformation Party (NTP) Senatorial candidate in Adamawa North, Alhaji Musa Bulama, has pledged to address the problems of unemployment and water scarcity, if elected in April.

Bulama told newsmen in Mubi, Adamawa, that he intended to tackle the challenges in health and infrastructure through proactive legislation.

He commended INEC for the successful conduct of the voter registration.

INEC had registered more than 63 million voters for the April general elections in the country.

Bulama said the Commission had displayed high sense of political acumen and professionalism in the conduct of the exercise.

“The high participation and coverage recorded in rural areas is a clear indication of the Commission’s readiness to conduct free and fair polls,” Bulama said.

Benue

Succair is on the way for many orphans in Benue State as the Rose of Sharon Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), is set to establish schools in the state.

The founder of the NGO, Mrs Folorunso Alakija, disclosed this last Thursday while addressing newsmen in Makurdi said adequate arrangement had been made to ensure that widows in the state were given the needed support that would better their lives and that of their children who often suffer as a result of the lost of their bread winners.

Alakija explained that in view of the challenges widows face, Rose of Sharon foundation would train two children of each widow from primary school up till tertiary institution in order to lessen their burden.

She said “we take two children from every family and train them from whatever level they begin like from primary to tertiary level with the hope that those people that we train will goback to help their families.

Alakija said the foundation has 18 Orphans which it currently caters for, 21 students who are receiving university education and empowered about 2000 others in the state.

                                    Ekiti

The Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim had blamed politicians in Ekiti State over the location of a federal university in which three persons were reportedly dead and several others injured.

Ringim passed the blame last Friday expressing displeasure over a burnt police post and two operational vehicles of the force at Ido-Osi.

The police chief said that the incident was sequel to the death of three persons who lost their lives at Ikole-Ekiti when demonstrators against the location of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, attacked the Federal Government College Ikole-Ekiti, injured four students of the College and vandalised the school.

In his words “the demonstration was against the rumoured relocation of the Federal University from Ikole to Oye-Ekiti. Information from the Ministry of Education however confirmed that the federal university was originally located at Oye-Ekiti, with Prof. Chonedu Nebo as the Vice-Chancellor.

FCT

Community Emergency Response Initiative (CERI), an Abuja-based NGO, has trained more than 70 residents of Karu and Jikwoyi communities in the FCT on Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach and effective management of solid waste.

Mr. Benson Attah, CERI’s Executive Director, disclosed this on Wednesday in Karu during a training workshop.

He said the workshop was organised for the people of Karu and Jikwoyi due to lack of effective management of solid waste in the two communities.

He expressed the hope that the training would help the people imbibe the practice of safe hygiene and proper management of solid waste.

Kwara

Students under the aegis of the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) and the police on Friday clashed in Ilorin.

Scores of the students staged a Peaceful Protest over non-payment of their 2009/2010 annual bursary allowance but the protest turned violent as the students in the early hours of Friday Prevented free flow of traffic in parts of Uorin town, particularly, the ever busy Murtala Mehammed Way and Ahmadu Bello Bourlevard, the road leading to the State Government House.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Spokesperson, Ezekiel Dabo revealed that 16 students have been arrested adding that about three police officers were wounded in the process.

Lagos

 Students of the Lagos State University (LASU) on Thursday raised alarm over growing cases of ritual killing and armed robbery along LASU/Iba road and other communities around its main campus at Ojo, Lagos.  Some of the students told the newsmen that the frequent killings and robberies posed great threat to their lives and their academic pursuit.

Mr Senapon Ajasa, speaker of the institution‘ Students Union Government, told reporters that no fewer than 10 people have been killed in LASU area in the last two months by suspected ritual killers.

The student leader said that the development had thrown the entire university community into panic as students and other people around the campus now live in fear.

“Everybody, particularly the students, is afraid. Ritual killers who remove body parts of their victims after killing them have made LASU/Iba expressway and adjoining communities unsafe.

Niger

 A Maiduguri High Court last Wednesday granted bail to 65 suspected Boko Haram members arrested over the recent killings in Borno.

The suspects were charged with holding unlawful assemblies in Bolori, London Cikin, Gwange and Dala wards in Maiduguri the Niger State Capital and its environs and breaching public peace. The prosecutor, Mr Abdullahi Izge, told the court presided over by Justice Wokil Gana that the action contravened the penal code.

Izge urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him to produce additional charges against the suspects.

The counsel to the accused persons, Baba Waziri, opposed the prayer, saying the case could only be adjourned if the suspects were granted bail.

Ondo

Ondo State Government said it has injected over N3.9 billion into its community development programme, in two years.

Disclosing this to journalists, the state commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative Services, Mr Clement Faboyede said the projects include classrooms, community health centres, Solar Power, borcholes, markets among others.

He said the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko would be commissioning over 308 “Quick Win Projects’ to mark his second tenure and commended the administration for the creation of the ministry, which  he said was meant to cater for people in the rural communities.

Oyo

Eight men were arrested in Ogbere Onilanta area of Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, in connection with the stampede caused by the rumour of poisoned food allegedly served by the agents of Governor Adebayo AkoAkala to School Children.

Although residents of the community protested at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan last Thursday evening, alleging that policemen raided their children at Elekuro High School, Ogbere. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adisa Bolanta, said eight adults were arrested for vandalizing a car belonging to a woman conveying food to a school to serve teachers at a meeting.

The police boss said the women narrowly escaped being lynched for no just cause pledging that the suspects would be prosecuted.

Plateau

Five people were killed and nine others injured last Friday night in a fresh attack suspected to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen, who made away with about 30 cows at the quarters of the federal College of Land Resources Technology Kuru, in Jos South Local Government Area of Platean State.

It was gathered that the stolen cattles belonged to the Chief Security Officer of the institution, haruna Danjuma, who was among the five victims.

Others who lost their lives in the incident include the Sccountant of the school, Mr Audu Chube, his wife and a four-year-old daughter and the electrician of the institution.

Yobe

Despite the flamboyant launch of its campaign in the three geo-political zones in the North, there are probably fears among the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it might lose Yobe State and a few others to the opposition.

Also, there might be a battle to the finish between the PDP and the opposition in Nasarawa, Kwara, Yigawa and Kaduna State.

Investigation showed that out of the 19 state in the North, 16 are being controlled by the oppositions including Kano and Borno by the All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) and Banchi, Katsina and Kebbi States where the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has gained tremendous acceptance by the populace.

Zamfara

The Zamfara Government has said that it would soon set up an incinerating plant for the conversion of waste to wealth.

Alhaji Sada Ibrahim, the Director-General, Zamfara Environmental Health Sanitation Agency, said this on Thursday in an interview with journalists in Gusau.

Ibrahim said that the government had already built a “waste transfer loading centre’’ in Gusau, where waste products would be separated for recycling.

According to him, Zamfara generates 5,000 tonnes of waste daily, which will be converted into fertiliser, plastics and other products for domestic uses.

He also said that the government had procured four additional trucks for the evacuation of refuse to the site.

Ibrahim said that the project was aimed toward industrialising the state and creating employment opportunities for unemployed youths.

He also said that it would help improve the revenue base of the state and check the spread of diseases such as typhoid, malaria and cholera.

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Infrastructure: Fashola Advises Communities On Land

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advised communities yearning for infrastracture to be ready to give up some land to pave way for the constructions.
Fashola said this at the inspection of the new 1.2km two-lane Ikom Bridge, which is to replace the old one-lane bridge built during the colonial era, on Monday in Cross River.
He said the objective of the Buhari administration was to expand, renew and upgrade the quality of Nigeria’s infrastructure, including rail, airport, seaport, roads and bridges.
He explained that the old bridge had a low head roof and for that reason some of the big cargoes, vessels and trucks could not evacuate in Calabar.
“Some places had been damaged on head roof as a result of the impact by trucks, so this bridge solves that problem and so you will expect more trade and shipment coming to Calabar now.
“Because this is the A4 axis from Calabar to Maiduguri through Ogoja and it is no accident that Cross River bears its name; there is actually a river that names the state, and that opens to the sea and to the Gulf of Guinea for high impact international trade.
“It is infrastructure consistent with the Buhari economic recovery and growth plan to increase trade and improve the ease of doing business.
“And for those who still have any doubt, the first bridge we went to is by an African Development Bank loan and this one we are standing on was largely funded by Sukuk.
“So you see what government is doing with the money it has raised,” said the minister.
On Calabar-Itu road, Fashola said there were two contractors there, adding that the contractors are able and willing; what is needed is cash backing.
“Our contractors have the experience but the real deal is the cash and also let me use this opportunity to say along that axis there are compensation issues by the communities.
“So, those who want infrastructure must be ready to give some land; we are not taking your land away, we are just asking for a right of way to pass.
“So, when you start making compensation claims almost equal to the cost of construction where are we going to get the money from.
“The President has said that if you need infrastructure you should be able to give up land and these lands belongs to the state and the communities.
“I want to appeal to the communities along Calabar-Itu aaxis to allow us pass. We will leave reasonable amount for the crops so we expect to see more cooperation along and this is the way forward,” Fashola said.
Offering more insight on the projects executed by the government, Mr Bassey Nsentip, the Controller of Works for Cross Rivers, said the Calabar-Oban road had been completed.
“They are of two sections; Calabar to Oban is about 60km and it has already been awarded.
“And then between Oban and the Cameroon border; Ekan because from Calabar to Ekan and the border is about 128km, so 60km has been awarded now.”
Speaking also at the inspection, Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers, appreciated all the effort the Federal Government was putting into building infrastracture in the state.
Ayade was represented by Mr Daniel Osimatsu, the state Commissioner for Works.
“We really appreciate the government, out of 11 sections A projects in Cross Rivers state this is the seventh and adding the other two makes it nine.
“To name a few, Ikom-Alesi road completed; Mge-Ebiase road completed; Ebiase to Urugbane junction, the award of the Calabar East road to Julius Berger and the TransAfrican highway.

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Fayemi Restates Commitment To Nation’s Unity, Peaceful Co-Existence

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says the state government is committed to contributing its quota to building a nation where unity, peace and justice will continue to flourish.
Fayemi said this when he received the Prelate of Methodist Church, Dr Samuel Uche, in Ado- Ekiti last Monday.
The governor, who described the task of nation building as a continuous process, said building a virile nationhood could not be achieved by fiat.
According to him, for a perfect union to be achieved, the nation must continue to exist without any sense of discrimination and feeling of oppression among its subjects.
He said that those in position of authority must continue to work assiduously for the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
“I heard you spoke to the media about some of the challenges we were experiencing in the country and your perspectives on how to overcome those challenges.
“It is heartwarming that these perspectives are not altogether far away from some of the things that we have been preaching because most importantly our country needs prayer and that is what you have been doing relentlessly.
“We must continue to build a nation where justice and peace will reign, but the nation building process is always work in progress.
“Nation building is not something that can be done by fiat,” Fayemi said.
He said that if the government must work toward a perfect union, it must continue to improve the ownership of the land by all that belong to it without discrimination or feeling of oppression.
“And for us in Ekiti, may be because we are of one stalk, we don’t even understand the concept of discrimination very well.
“That is why we don’t subscribe to it in any form and we don’t think our country will grow if it discriminates against any of its citizens,” he said.
The governor commended the leadership of the Methodist Church for contributing immensely to the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the areas of health and education.
Fayemi called for more prayers to overcome the challenges of the country and to sustain harmonious and peaceful coexistence among the people.

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Speaker Urges Peaceful Co-Existence In Nasarawa

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The Speaker of Nasarawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has urged communities in the state to embrace unity and peaceful coexistence for development to thrive in the area.
Abdullahi made the call yesterday when he hosted different groups in Umaisha, Toto Local Government Area of the state.
The state’s third citizen said that the importance of unity and peaceful coexistence to the development of the country could not be overemphasised.
He described peace as the necessary requirement for development of every society.
“ Peace is priceless and non negotiable as well as key to societal development.
“Let us continue to live in unity, embrace peace and tolerate one another for development to thrive,” he said.
The speaker appreciated them for the visit and assured of his continued commitment to key into positive policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the area and the state at large.
According to him, Gov. Abdullahi Sule remains an upright leader with the fear of God and passion for the people of the state, especially with his security efforts and investment drive.
“The governor is up and doing in developing the state,” the speaker said.
He called on the people of the area and the state at large to give their maximum support to Sule’s administration to succeed beyond 2023.
Earlier, member representing Toto/ Gadabuke constituency in the state legislature, Mr Usman Shafa, while leading the village head and community members of Shafan Kwatto, assured the speaker of their total support and loyalty.
He said that the visit was to appreciate the speaker for his

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