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Adamawa

Governor  of Adamawa State has Murtala Nyako said that many lives have been lost in recent clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in five local government areas of the state.

Nyako, who stated this in Yola on Monday when the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Isa Abubakar, paid him Christmas homage, also said many people were reported injured in the clashes.

The clashes occurred in Mubi South, Maiha, Madagali, Gombi and Song local government areas.

He warned that the government would not fold it arms and watch some few elements destabilise the peaceful atmosphere in the state, adding:“Government is well prepared to deal with any group or individual found wanting”.

The governor expressed dismay on the activities of Fulani herdsmen who cling to the old habit of moving about with their herds, saying it was time for them to abandon the habit and stay in one place.

 

Bauchi

The Chairman, Bauchi State Revenue Board, Alhaji Muazu Usman, says civil servants will enjoy 50 per cent tax relief under the new Personal Income Tax Act assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Usman said this in an interview with newmen in Bauchi on Monday.

He explained that the act would reduce the burden on tax payers in the public and private sectors, saying it has provided a lot of tax reliefs for workers, especially on the Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE).

“The effect of this amendment will greatly reduce Pay-As-You-Earn tax. The PAYE tax will come down from the current level.

“It also specifies stiffer penalties for non-compliance, so the idea is for it to reduce the tax burden and also to ensure that everybody participates in the tax payment, the drop in tax relief averagely, about 50 per cent will come down”, he added.

He also spoke on the state’s expected internal revenue in 2012, saying the N7.3 billion figure was realisable.

“And if you look at the average monthly collection, it comes to about N410 million, so I think we can achieve seven billion in the year ahead.

“We intend to take other measures, not necessarily taxing the non-taxable entities, but there are taxes that are not being collected, we really have to introduce them and collect them in the coming year.”

 

FCT

The Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) says it arrested, and arraigned 600 motorists before mobile courts between December 20 and December 23, for contravening various traffic rules and regulations.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Nseobong Akpabio, the organisation’s Public Education Officer, in Abuja.

The statement quoted the Corps Marshal and Chief  Executive of the Commission, Mr Osita Chidoka, as saying that the exercise was part of efforts to ensure free flow of traffic during the festivities.

“Chidoka, however, said that some road corridors including Abuja-Lokoja, Lagos-Ibadan-Ore, Asaba-Onitsha, Obollo–Affor- 9th Mile and the Enugu-Okigwe-Port Harcourt highways, experienced slight traffic hitches during the period.

“He attributed the hitches to lack of patience among road users and urged motorists to abide by traffic rules and regulations,’’ it said.

The statement also quoted Chidoka as saying that the ongoing aerial surveillance by the FRSC had provided it a platform to be acquainted with the traffic situation nationwide and in the deployment of operatives and logistics.

 

Gombe

The former Chairman of Billiri Local Government in Gombe State, Mr Rabenson Wasa , has urged people in the area to be security conscious, so as to avert further breach of the peace.

Wasa, who was recently appointed commissioner by Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Billiri on Monday.

The former chairman, who spoke against the backdrop of recent attack of some villages in the area, said the issue of security should be a collective responsibility and not that of the security agents alone.

He, therefore, urged the people to work closely with security agents to make the area safe, but warned against giving false information, saying such would mislead the security agents and create avoidable tension.

“I want to advise my people to report any case of insecurity to the appropriate channel; I believe it is by coming together to sincerely report security problems, that the security agents will act accordingly.

“People should avoid spreading rumours which will mislead the security agents.”

He appealed to the people of the area to support his successor in the council, so as to sustain the gains recorded in moving the area forward.

Wasa, who would take charge of the state Ministry for Works and Transport, pledged to ensure improvement in the transport sector in the state.

 

Kaduna

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has commenced intensive patrol of major highways in Kaduna State to curtail road accidents, the Ag. North West Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Ilallah, has said.

Ilallah, told newsmen in Kaduna that the yuletide period was prone to accidents due the heavy traffic and fatigue on the part of motorists returning to their places of work from long distances.

He said it was part of the agency’s tradition to coordinate resources in response to road accidents during festivals, such as the Christmas.

The patrol tagged “Operation Eagle Eye” would compliment the efforts of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in tackling the menace, Illalah said.

He said that the patrols would cover the Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highways and would continue until January, 2012.

“Our officers will be in strategic places on these roads to monitor and ensure that road users comply with traffic rules and are moderate on their speed limit.’’

 

Katsina

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Katsina State arrested 340 persons for different drug-related offences in the outgoing year, an official said.

The State Commander of the agency,  Mr Ahmadu Garba, told newsmen in Katsina on Tuesday that 58 of those arrested were convicted by the courts and jailed.

He said 38 cases were pending at the Federal High Court, Katsina.

Garba said the agency seized 603 kg of drugs, comprising Indian hemp and other psychotropic substances during the year.

He said NDLEA counselled 188 drug users, rehabilitated and integrated them in society.

“Our aggressive enlightenment campaigns on the danger of drug abuse as well as our patrol on highways will continue with renewed vigour to check the menace,’’ he said.

 

Kebbi

Governor  of Kebbi Saidu Dakingari, has approved the hosting of the 2012 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival in the state.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Sani Kangiwa, in Birnin Kebbi on Monday, stated that the Argungu Emirate and other organisations would co-sponsor the festival.

It added that the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, would chair the 2012 festival, noting that the festival was last held in 2009.

The festival, the statement noted, would commence on March 19 and end on March 21.

It stated that events lined up for the festival included grand fishing, the Kabanji display, an agricultural and traditional trade fair, a durbar, cultural dances, traditional boxing and wrestling, as well as camel, horse and donkey races.

 

Lagos

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called on the Federal Government to ensure effective implementation of the 2012 budget to regain public confidence.

The Secretary General of the association, Mr Solomon Onaghinon, told newsmen in Lagos that only about 34 per cent of projects earmarked for implementation in annual budgets were usually carried out.

“What happens to others and their allocations?’’ Onaghinon asked.

He said that the inability of the government to live up to its words had made many Nigerians to lose confidence in it.

Niger

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Suleja Business District is set to collect its N1.1 billion debts from customers, the PHCN Business Manager, Alhaji Mohammed Shakur has said.

Shakur told newsmen in an interview in Suleja on Tuesday that the district was poised to collect the debts in order to complete on-going network upgrading.

“The present revenue generation is about N40 million as against energy worth N90 million and that is what has led to the present staggering debt portfolio of N1.1billion.’’

He appealed to customers to settle all their outstanding bills promptly to avoid the embarrassment of being disconnected from the network.

 

Osun

Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has disbursed N38 millon to 22 communities for implementation of development projects.

The governor said that the projects were being facilitated by the World Bank to enable the state achieve its six-point Integral Action Plan.

Aregbesola, represented by the General Manager, Osun Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Mrs Funmi Abokede, said his administration intended to eliminate poverty, hunger and unemployment as well to restore communal peace and progress.

 

Oyo

Governor of Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi ,  has called for collaborative efforts among states in the South-West to build an Independent Power Project (IPP) to improve electricity supply in the zone.

Receiving  the Chief Executive Officer of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Ibadan Zone, Mr Bolaji Oyesiku, who paid him a courtesy visit, Ajimobi said, states should be allowed to invest in PHCN.

In a statement, issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mr Festus Adedayo,  in Ibadan on Sunday, the governor said the South-West would reap immense benefits if they jointly invested in the power sector.

He urged the states to work closely with Lagos State and tap from its economic advantage to make the project a reality.

Ajimobi said if states could be allowed to acquire shares in a privatised PHCN, it would create a pool of funds that would boost the operations of the company.

He also urged the company to exploit the potential of Ikere George Dam and the Dandaru Waterfall in Ibadan for power generation.

 

Plateau

The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr John Dabwan, has said that any ministry or parastatal agency, which fails to perform in 2012, will be sanctioned.

Dabwan told newsmen in Jos on Tuesday that the assembly was dissatisfied with the performances of most government organisations.

“We have directed that each ministry, parastatal and department should submit a quarterly financial report to us beginning from next year to monitor the implementation of the budget.

“Anything that falls short of our expectation in terms of performance will attract serious sanction from the house.’’

He said that many of the agencies performed below 50 per cent, stressing that such a “dismal record should not be allowed to repeat itself in 2012’’.

Dabwan said the lawmakers believed that the submission of quarterly reports by the government agencies would assist them in assessing the progress in the implementation of the budget.

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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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