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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Adamawa has arrested six suspects for allegedly vandalising PHCN cables in Yola town.

Parading the suspects, comprising a man, Mohammed Adamu, and five minors he used for the operation, the state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Goodluck Asibi, said the minors were caught after vandalising a cable behind Yola Technical College.

Asibi said the minors subsequently led the defence corps patrol team to Adamu, their sponsor.

The commandant alleged that Adamu had been using the minors for such activities after which he usually gave them some stipend of between N1,000 and N2,000.

The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has advised parents to rise up to the challenge of ensuring proper upbringing of their children and impacting them with moral values.

The emir, who is also the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, gave the advice in Zaria at the traditional  fast breaking dinner with the people of the area to mark the 10th day of Ramadan.

Idris said parents had a significant role to play in inculcating moral values in the society, through proper upbringing of their children and wards.

He said such efforts would go a long way in curbing youth restiveness, thereby making the society safe for all.

“It is the duty of parents to ensure that their wards exhibit high sense of discipline and become committed to what will move the society forward,” he added.

Bauchi

Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has submitted 18 names of commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening and clearance.

Mr Adoji Disina, the member representing Disina Constituency in the House announced this  in Bauchi during a plenary session.

Disina told the House that the submission of the list was in accordance with the 1999 Constitution and urged his colleagues to prepare toward the screening of the nominees.

He announced Alhaji Abubakar Faggo, (Shira), Tasiu Abubakar (Katagum) and Hajiya Talatu Muhammed (Itas Gadau) and Mahiru Maiwada (Torro) former Speaker and the former commissioners for Information, Women Affairs and Rural Development as some of nominees.

They include Alhaji Aminu Hamayo (Misau) former Finance Commissioner, Dr Sani Mallami (Bauchi), Alhaji Muhammed Mai-jama’a (Bauchi), Sani Muhammed-Gura (Ningi) and Mustapha Hassan (Ganjuwa).

The Tide source reports that after a lengthy deliberation, the members agreed to commence the screening of the nominees.

Katsina

The Code of Conduct Bureau has warned the newly appointed commissioners in Katsina State to declared their assets to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.

The State Director, Mr. Simon Abu, gave the warning at a news conference in Katsina.

He said the warning became necessary in view of the fact that only two of the 16 new commissioners have so far declared their assets before they took over the affairs of their respective offices.

He said, “according to the bureau’s laws, all political appointees must declare their assets before swearing-in, but majority of the appointed commissioners have yet to declared their assets.

Kebbi

The Kebbi State Government says it will provide relief to 35 compounds affected by flood in Masama community in Gwandu Local Government Area.

Governor Saidu Dakingari, who visited the flooded area also directed the Sole Administrator of the area, Muhammadu Juli, to embark on the clearance of drains in the town to avoid further loos of property.

He also directed the state urban development authority to commence the clearing of drains and illegal structures in major towns.

The District Head of Masama, Alhaji Al-Mustapha Masama, told the governor that the absence of systematic drainage system, had exposed the area to flood during the rainy season and appealed to authorities to ensure a reversal of the problem.

Ondo

The Police Command in Ondo State says 2,900 graduates in the area have applied for the advertised posts of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Inspector of Police.

This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s Spokesman, Mr Adeniran Aremu, and made available to our correspondent last Wednesday in Akure.

It stated that examination and screening of applicants would hold between August 15 and  Aug. 20.

All applicants are to report at the command headquarters along Igbatoro Road, Akure  for the interview.

It warned all applicants to desist from any act that could disrupt the exercise.

Osun

The Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) has said that only 15 per cent of the 160,000 kilometres of roads in the country are good.

RAMP, an offshoot of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture made the disclosure at its Annual Retreat and Review Meeting in Osogbo.

Mr Ubandoma Ularamu, the National Coordinator, said that the 15 percent covered both the secondary and tertiary roads in the country.

According to him, the larger population of Nigerians lives in the rural areas even as about 70 per cent of the Local Government Roads are bad.

“Out of over 160,000 kilometres of secondary and tertiary roads in Nigeria, with an average registered network of 4,000 kilometers per state, only about 10 – 15 per cent is paved.

Oyo

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has identified the well-being of  children and women as a crucial health indicator for the progress of the Nigerian  society.

Ajimobi stated this at the signing ceremony of the 2011-2012 Programme Implementation Agreement (PIA), with the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in Ibadan on Wednesday.

He said that his administration would work with UNICEF and other development partners to ensure that matters affecting women and children were given priority.

The governor said that government would deliver institutional framework to guarantee the rights of children to survival, adding that women would be empowered in realisation of the set goals.

Ajimobi reminded the meeting that with just four years to the target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the challenges were enormous.

Plateau

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Shedrack Best, said a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Isa Song, was named Special Adviser on Legislative matters.

Also appointed were former Governor Joshua Dariye’s Chief of State, Alexander Molwus, as the Special Adviser on Political Affairs, and Mr. Ayuba Dangwong, a former Plateau correspondent of the Nation Newspapers, Special Adviser on Media.

Dangwong took over from Dauda lamba, who was appointed Special Adviser on Legal Matters.

Sokoto

Sokoto State Government has spent about N20 million to purchase laboratory equipment  for the Sultan Abdulrahman School of Health Technology, Gwadabawa.

Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu, the Commissioner for Health, told our correspondent in Sokoto last Thursday that the government accorded priority to the promotion of health knowledge.

“We will ensure the availability of basic health facilities to enable the school to produce well qualified health personnel to manage our existing health institutions.”

He explained that the ministry would also encourage health personnel to acquire more knowledge for the development of the health sector.

Maigwandu called on the staff of the ministry to complement the effort of the state government in the promotion of the sector.

Taraba

The Taraba Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources says it is worried about the low level performance of the World Bank assisted Fadama programme in the state.

The state government has, therefore, set up a monitoring and evaluation committee under a newly established unit to continually assess the activities of the implementation of the programmes in the state.

The Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Mr Anthony Jellason told newsmen  in Jalingo last Wednesday that a lot of lapses had been observed in the implementation process over the years.

Jellason said that the state government had decided that before releasing its counterpart fund, the monitoring and evaluation committee, made up of experts in various fields, must be in place.

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‘Nigeria, Others Lose $110bn Annually To Inefficient Power Supply’

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The Executive Director, Sahara Group, Kola Adesina, has called on various stakeholders to promote energy access in Africa, as lack of energy costs Nigeria and other African countries over $110billion annually.

He also urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the need to galvanise the interest and support of various stakeholders to promote equitable global trade relations and energy access in Africa where almost 600 million live without electricity.

Adesina, who spoke on ‘Redirecting the World Trade Organisation’ at the virtual 2021 Horasis Global Meeting, said deploying multilateral engagements would help circumvent the status quo that has made global trade relations “somewhat lopsided.”

Horasis is one of the foremost annual meetings of the world’s leading decision-makers from business, government, and civil society.

Speaking on access to power in Africa, Adesina said the WTO should explore collaborating with the various stakeholders to accelerate the pace of technology needed to make alternative power cheaper and more accessible to the consumers.

Africa is home to 17 per cent of the world’s population, but accounts for just 4 per cent of global power supply investment.

On a per capita basis, power supply investment in Africa ranks among the lowest in the world and lack of energy costs the continent over $110billion annually.

“The Environmental Impact Analysis of conventional power sources should be the focal point of conversations with African presidents as well as key political and business leaders to ensure their support and agree to a collective and sustainable solution template.

“The WTO must ensure that multilateralism guides its decision-making. The countries of the world are not all on the same pedestal, there should be consideration for the poor countries.

“The WTO should create a system where countries come together to create a united front to handle the issues the world is facing,” he said.

Adesina explained that multilateral strategies would create “elastic solutions” that can be adapted with respect to the unique challenges and opportunities across global trade blocs.

He argued that while sustainability should be the ultimate driver of development, concessions need to be in place to effectively manage the current challenges of less developed continents.

He stated, “Africa still suffers from the twin challenge of access versus affordability of electricity. We all need each other to solve the global challenges we face as individual countries and the world.

“A strong commitment is needed to maintain open and free trade; to keep open borders and to help the poorest countries, particularly least developed countries, survive the economic shock created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Horasis session noted that with protectionism gaining steam globally, the WTO would need to reinforce its influence on stabilizing global trade negotiations.

Experts expect that the WTO, under the leadership of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would spearhead effective reforms that would make the organization play a strategic role in promoting equity and transparency in the quest for global sustainable development.

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UNILORIN Engages Landlords Association On Students’ Safety

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The Management of the University of Ilorin says the institution is interacting with the Association of Landlords within its communities to ensure the protection of students.
Dean, Student Affairs, Unilorin, Prof. Lanre Ajibade, at a news conference in Ilorin yesterday assured that no stone would be left unturned toward ensuring safety of students.
According to Ajibade, the University has been engaging in consistent interactions with the landlord association of the communities to ensure students who live in the area enjoy the best treatment possible.
He said that although no fresh and returning student of the University was set to resume the 2021/2022 academic session, many live off campus, particularly within Tanke and the neighbouring communities,
He recalled the recent murder of a female student of the University and said management had been working vigorously with security agencies to ensure perpetrators of the heinous act were prosecuted.
The dean noted that the University was working assiduously with all the security agencies and other stakeholders within and outside the institution to ensure the safety of the community.
The University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Abdulwasiu Oyewo, also said that his personnel were working day and night to provide maximum security in the area.
Oyewo said that the security officers were in constant patrol of the environment, adding that vehicles with tinted glasses and without registration number would not be allowed on campus.
Also, Officer-in-Charge of the Intelligence Unit in the University’s Security Division, Mr Ali Na’Allah, said that the unit would continue to engage in discreet information gathering on campus.

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Unemployed Man, 22, Docked For Stealing Two iPhones, Laptop

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A 22-year-old unemployed man, Akinwunmi Rotimi, yesterday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun for allegedly stealing two iPhones, an Hp Laptop and other valuables.
The police charged Rotimi, whose address was not provided, with two counts of burglary and stealing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Cynthia Ejezie, told the court that the defendant also stole N240,000.
Ejezie said that the defendant committed the offence on April 3 at about 4 a.m.at No.6 Ayoola Adeyinka, off Tetiku road, Owode-Ijako, Ota.
He said that the defendant broke into the house of the complainant, Mrs Adeleye Anike.
She said that the police from the Sango-Ota Police Station, tracked one of the phones to the defendant.
The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of sections 383 (1) and 412 of the Criminal Code Vol.11, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr Ambrose Aisedion, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.
Magistrate Shotunde Shotayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Shotayo ordered that the sureties reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with two-year tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until June 17 for a definite hearing.

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