Adamawa governorship candidates of ACN, Markus Gundiri, and that of CPC, Buba Marwa, say the curfew imposed by the state government is an attempt to rig the election.
The state government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew after explosions in Mubi and Yola, which resulted in the killing of 26 persons.
In separate statements in Yola, the candidates said they would resist any attempt by the PDP-led state government to exploit the development to rig.
They said that if the state government could relax the curfew to create room for the PDP rally in Yola, then peace and calm had returned to the state making the curfew unnecessary.
Marwa on his part said that the state government was trying to make the state look insecure in order to put fear in the electorate to prevent them from coming out to vote.
Borno State Executive Council on Monday approved the completion of the abandoned multipurpose Maiduguri stadium.
Mr. Inuwa Bwala, the Commissioner for Information, disclosed this at the end of the council’s meeting in Maiduguri.
“The council reviewed the activities of the high-powered committee set up last year by Gov. Kashim Shettima on the completion of the stadium.
“After reviewing the committee’s submission it was agreed that government must hasten up the process for the award of contract for the project.’’
Bwala said that the council also accepted the committee’s proposals of 20-seater capacity for the stadium.
“We agreed that contract for the project should be awarded in a very short while because of its potential in ensuring physical and mental development of our youths who are the leaders of tomorrow.
The Benue chapter of the PDP will hold an “all inclusive” party primaries ahead of the local government polls in the state.
The decision was taken at a caucus meeting of the party held in Makurdi on Wednesday.
The meeting which was presided over by Governor Gabriel Suswam was also attended by the chairman of the 23 local government councils in the state, and opinion leaders of the party.
It resolved that the election of party flag bearers for the local government election would no longer be on delegate basis.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, the caretaker chairman of Gboko Local Government Council, Mr. Ioryue Yaji, said the move was to discourage money politics.
Yaji said it would be difficult for politicians to “bribe their way” through the party congress now, adding that under the delegate system, the practice was possible since the participants were few.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja has sought for the speedy trial of the DPO of Pen Cinema, Agege, Mr. Segun Fabunmi, accused of killing a protester.
The commission also welcomed the steps so far taken by police authorities and the Lagos State Government to prosecute him.
A statement issued by the commission, directed its Zonal Coordinator, South West Zone, Mrs Mausi Segun, to monitor and ensure that the matter was taken to court.
Fabunmi was alleged to have killed one Mr Ademola Aderinde during protests in Lagos on Monday.
It commended the relative order and peaceful conduct of protesters and the maturity exhibited by security agencies on the fourth day of the nationwide protests.
It urged all parties involved to sustain this level of responsibility and professionalism.
The Gombe State Government on Friday restricted the operation of motorcyclists, popularly called Okada, from 7pm to 6am throughout the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Orubebe Ghandi, made the disclosure while briefing the press on the outcome of the meeting, which religious leaders and security chiefs held with Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo at the Government House on Friday.
Our correspondent reports that the decision was part of measures taken to avert further killings in the state.
The commissioner said, “one of the measures adopted a few minutes ago to curb these incessant killings is to restrict movement of motorcyclists from seven o’clock in the evening to six o’clock in the morning.
The chairman, Jigawa State Scholarship Board, Alhaji Sanusi Gako says N100 million has been released for the payment of allowances to newly-admitted students of tertiary institutions from the state.
Gako disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Dutse on Thursday.
He said that only those admitted in 2010/2011 session in various tertiary institutions across the country would enjoy the fund.
He explained that the gesture was part of Governor Sule Lamido’s commitment to boost educational development in the state.
The chairman said that the board did not owe any arrears to the students because all their allowances were paid promptly.
The Kaduna State Government on Monday donated N10 million to Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), as contribution for the reconstruction of its burnt office.
The JNI building in Kaduna metropolis was gutted by fire on Thursday April 14.
The Special Adviser to Govenor Patrick Yakowa on Islamic Matters, Mallam Haliru Maraya, presented the donation to the National Secretary of the organisation, Dr. Ibrahim Khalid, at the JNI secretariat in Kaduna.
No fewer than 143 people have died and 424 others injured in motor accidents in Katsina State since January, according to the Sector Command of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
The sector commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Alhaji Habu Dauda, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Katsina on Monday.
Dauda said that in spite of the reduction in the number of accidents during the year, there were 27 more deaths compared to the 116 persons, who died in the year before.
The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations plans to develop a tourism calendar for 2012 in a bid to create more jobs and redefine tourism.
The Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Disu Holloway, announced the plan at a media briefing on Thursday in Lagos.
He said that the calendar would also boost economic activities and the state’s rich cultural heritage.
Holloway urged stakeholders in tourism to cooperate with the government to restore the lost glory of the state.
The commissioner added that, with the right incentives and proper awareness, tourism could become a major revenue earner.
He gave an assurance that the ministry would continue to project major festivals, such as the ‘Eyo Festival’ and ‘Black Heritage Festival’, as well as collaborate with major organisations to promote notable festivals.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun has assured indigenes of the state that his policies and programmes would be geared toward rebuilding the state.
Amosun gave the assurance in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Mrs. Fummi Wakama.
The governor, according to the statement, promised to redesign the state’s landscape in line with the master plan he had evolved.
“We would do everything to put smiles on the faces of Ogun indigenes and residents through our policies and programmes,” the statement quoted the governor as saying.
The governor said efforts were on to implement the five-cardinal programmes of his administration.
The Deputy Treasurer of the Sokoto State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Muktari Mapia, has tasked Nigerians to expose the masterminds of the incessant bombings in parts of the country.
Mapia, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, in Sokoto, said that the current level of insecurity posed a threat to the nation’s corporate existence.
He said that members of the public should supply the security agencies with vital information to enable them to deal with the culprits and the sponsors of the deadly attacks.
Mapia urged the active participation of stakeholders in the nation’s progress to enhance peace, progress and political stability in the country.
He said that the ongoing transformation agenda of the Federal Government could only succeed in an atmosphere of peace and stability.
No Room For Cultism, Sex-For-Marks In UNIMAID -VC
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, says there is no room for cultism and sex-for-marks in the institution.
Shugaba said this at a forum yesterday in Abuja.
The vice-chancellor said that the university was intensifying measures to ensure that cultism and other social vices were checked adequately.
“Our university has all these while maintained a zero tolerance to cultism and exam malpractice and to some other vices.
“We have never had a situation of cultism on the campus, it is always outside the campus very close to the university,’’ he said
While emphasising that the institution had recorded success in addressing the problems of cultism, Shugaba said that the management was, however, determined to discipline those involved in nefarious activities.
“Where we had a similitude of that we have dealt with it.
“The vice-chancellor has that power to suspend students and arraign them before Students Disciplinary Committee.
“That committee has been working. Each time we have cases we refer it to them and they make a good job of it and report to us.
“Those that need to be expelled will be expelled, those that need to be rusticated for one semester or two they will be given the appropriate punishment.
“There was something that happened and it involved one of the military guys on campus, we reported to the military authorities and they took swift action against that officer of theirs.
“That was the only thing that happened on the campus, they were trying to initiate someone and I think the guy has been dismissed from the military; so we do not have much of that problem,’’ Shugaba said.
The vice-chancellor, who decried the rate of exam malpractice in the education system admonished students to refrain from it, stressing that appropriate sanctions awaited defaulters.
According to him, one that is so much rampant and it is in most of the universities is the issue of exam malpractice.
“There is no single exam we conduct that we do not have students that do that kind of thing but when we catch them doing it we have ways of making them realise their mistakes.
“We have always counselled them; we have always embarked on campaign using bill boards, orientation programmes and the radio station to tell them about the consequences,’’ he said.
Shugaba added that the institution was collaborating with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to check the menace of drug related vices.
“We bring the NDLEA to the campus to counsel the students on the effects of drugs.
“So, that has brought it to the barest minimum but our greatest headache is the examination malpractice where every semester we have reports.
“We bring the students before the committee, examine and give them chance to defend themselves and those found guilty depending on the level of the offence will either be expelled or suspended for one or two semesters.
“Because we are doing that it is gradually reducing and in the last two semesters there hasn’t been much cases.
“We have had some that were expelled but if you consider the total number of students on the campus the number expelled is negligible.
On the issue of sex for marks, Shugaba said “since we got to know about the happenings in other institutions, we have been working on our own academic staff to ensure that these things don’t happen.
“There are instances where we have invited some that were reported, they have been seriously warned and I can assure you that the situation is now giving way,’’ Shugaba said.
Ex-Lawmaker Advises Reduction In Rice Prices
A former House of Representatives member, Rep. Joseph Akinlaja, has advised the Federal Government to ensure reduction in the price of rice commodities
Akinlaja gave the advice yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the one million bags of rice paddy pyramids launched by President Muhammad Buhari.
He explained that the rice pyramid showed that the country was ready to be self-sufficient in rice production and should continue to showcase its achievement in terms of agriculture.
Akinlaja, who is also the former National Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), maintained that it was necessary Nigerians benefited with discounted price after processing the rice.
He added that there was the need for a drastic reduction in price of the commodities as soon as it rolled into the market with the cooperation of the millers association.
”I hope that rice will remain the cheapest commodity in the Nigerian market.”
The building of the paddy rice pyramid at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Airport Road, started mid- December 2021.
The rice pyramids were built with million bags of rice paddy planted and harvested from states across the country under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme.
The President, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Mr Ado Hassan, had earlier said that the country would commence exportation of rice in the near future to engender the twin benefits of food security and economic diversification.
Secretary of the Kano State chapter of RIFAN, told the journalists on the sidelines of the unveiling of the mega rice pyramids in Abuja, that it was a joint project between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under its Anchor Borrowers Programme, and RIFAN.
“For the fact that Nigeria has not imported even a grain of rice in the last four years is enough prove that we are already self-sufficient in the commodity. The cultivation of rice is a reality and it will continue to happen,” he said.
Hassan said that though insecurity was a setback, it has not discouraged farmers from cultivating different crops.
He assured that the massive investment in rice cultivation by Nigeria will bring down its price and make it available to the ordinary Nigerians
Expert Advises Nigerian Leaders To Be Self-Motivated
The founder of TEXEM UK, Dr Alim Abubakre, a British Nigerian, has urged Nigerian leaders and entrepreneurs to be self-motivated before trying to motivate their team in the uncertain era of COVID-19.
Abubakre, who spoke with the The Tide in Abuja said a prolific leader must be self-motivated to motivate his or her team for maximum productivity.
“It becomes easy to provide strategic direction and inspire your team to achieve organisational goals when you are self-motivated.
”But, how do you motivate yourself? Well, be open to change, learn from others, reflect on your progress, balance your emotions, be deliberate about the company you keep and what you read, and always make positive affirmative statements,” he explained.
Speaking on how strategic leaders could develop a growth mindset and win in 2022 and beyond, Abubakre noted that improving performance during and after a pandemic could be challenging due to many disruptions.
“While it looks challenging and daunting during times of uncertainty, yet there are executives out there who are performing exceptionally well despite the many challenges they face.
“Such cases present an opportunity to learn how such leaders are sailing through the storms of the pandemic, competition, disruption and other headwinds.
“As a public or private sector leader, you need to learn and adopt the right strategies, with the appropriate executing competencies, that will assist you to circumvent the innumerable hurdles of the prevailing post-lockdown volatile operating context.
“And to better implement this, you must pursue a holistic stakeholder engagement and involvement strategies to stimulate an effective and efficient organisation-wide goals achievement.
“By the way, contrary to what many people think, leadership is not about coercion.
“On the contrary, sometimes transformational leadership improves organisational performance through appropriate coaching and inspiration.
“Arguably, certain qualities and characteristics are common among successful leaders who continually contribute to nation-building.
“How such individuals respond to circumstances, including disruptive pandemics such as the COVID-19 and the strategic choices that they make, all factor into their success and effective leadership.
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