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Women Education Empower Initiative (WEEIN), an NGO, says it trained 120 women in different skills in Adamawa.

Addressing the trainees at their graduation ceremony in Yola, the Chairperson of WEEIN, Hajiya Zainab Nyako, urged them to make good use of the training, to become self-reliant.

Nyako, who is also the wife of the Adamawa governor, urged them to form cooperative societies, to enable them source loans and assistance to establish their businesses.

She said WEEIN would assist them secure registration with relevant bodies and organisations, such as NAFDAC for their products.



The Commissioner for Education in Benue State, Dr Elizabeth Ugo, has charged the host community of the College of Advanced and Professional Studies (CAPS) to support the college to enable them benefit from the institution.

Ugo made the call in Makurdi at a meeting between the college management and the host community.

The commissioner was represented by Dr Jem Tor-Anyiin, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

She said the institution needed absolute peace to enable it to operate effectively for the overall benefit of the state in particular and the country at large.



The Ekiti State Government has concluded arrangements to provide jobs for 1,500 youths under its Youth Commercial Agriculture Development Programme (YCAD).

The move is aimed at reducing unemployment in the state and ensuring that agriculture contributes 50 per cent of the state’s Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR).

The initiative is also intended to turn the Farm Settlements in the state into Centres of Excellence in Agriculture and ensure all-round production of cash crops in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Babajide Arowosafe, disclosed these in an interview with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.



The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has advised Nigerians to ensure they know their HIV/AIDS status before planning marriage.

The Director General of the agency, Prof. John Idoko, told newsmen in Abuja that most Nigerians would usually wait until they were about going into marriage before they go for tests to know their status.

“Nigerians should not wait until when planning their marriage or when they are sick before knowing their status. It is advisable to go for voluntary counselling and testing early.



A Kano-based environmentalist, Malam Haruna Balarabe, has advised residents to clear their drainage ahead of the rainy season.

Balarabe, who gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Kano said that it would prevent the state from being flooded during the season.

“Everybody has an obligation to contribute to the environment and prevent it from being affected by disasters because disasters affect everyone,’’ he said.



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested four suspected drug traffickers, including two men who ingested 124 wraps of liquid cocaine sealed in condoms.

NDLEA spokesperson,  Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju said in a statement issued in Lagos that the liquid cocaine, weighing 3.3kg, was poured into male condoms before it was ingested by the suspects.

The statement added that the two suspects excreted 70 and 54 wraps of the oily cocaine.



Governor of Niger State  Babangida Aliyu  has promised to sponsor interested directors in the state civil service to obtain masters degree in their fields of specialisation.

Aliyu made this known in Minna during an interactive session with Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and Directors in the service.

He expressed the hope that the gesture would impact positively on their service delivery.

According to him, directors with more than five years before retirement from service will receive full grant, while those with less then three years will receive half of the cost of their education.



The Oyo State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Yunus Akintunde, says the 50 roads being constructed by the state government will be inaugurated in May.

Akintunde said this while inspecting construction work on the Wakajiye, Isebo–Papa, Olosan and Ajibode Alfonso-Apete roads in Ibadan.

The commissioner, who expressed satisfaction with the level of performance of the contractors, appealed to benefiting communities to monitor the projects to ensure quality jobs.

He said the ongoing road and bridge projects would cost N11 billion, adding that the initiative was to make life more meaningful to the people of the state.



The Federal Government has spent more than N5 billion on the 35 Model Almajiri Schools established nationwide, since the project began in December 2010.

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETF), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, told newsmen in Sokoto that the schools were not part of the 51 currently being constructed by the Universal Basic Education Commission.

Yakubu, who was in Sokoto for the inauguration of one of the schools on Tuesday by President Goodluck Jonathan, said the schools were located in the 18 northern states and that 10 of the schools had boarding facilities.



The Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority has donated a block of hostel worth N22.5 million to the Government Secondary School, Jalingo.

The Acting Chairman of the Authority,  Mr Collins Kalabare, made the donation in Jalingo on behalf of the two countries.

He said the donation of the female hostel was one of the numerous benefits in the cooperation between the two sister countries which shared common economic interest in their Joint Development Zone (JDZ) in the Gulf of Guinea.



The Yobe Commissioner for Agriculture,  Alhaji Idi Gubana has said that a comprehensive transport system and fertiliser distribution network would be provided for farmers, this cropping season.

The commissioner disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu.

He explained that ministries of Agriculture, Youth Development and Local Government Affairs “were working on a convenient means of transport for farmers across the state in view of the ban on motorcycles”.

Idi said that arrangements had reached advanced stage to provide farmers with alternative transport in the 17 local government areas in the state.



The Acting Governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, has ordered the demolition of part of the on-going water treatment plant at Talata Mafara over non-adherence to contract specifications.

Wakkala ordered the demolition after an inspection visit to the project site.

The project, which was awarded at N6.7 billion, is expected at its completion, to provide five million gallons of treated water to Talata Mafara, Maradun, Bakura and Maru Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

The acting governor expressed reservation on the competence of the contractor handling the job.

Wakkala also directed that part of the project must be demolished and adjusted to meet the specified standard.

He said that engineering consultants handling the projects had raised observations over the contractor’s violation of contract agreement, which made the government to take action to forestall poor job completion

He said the government would not compromise quality and standard in any job it awarded in line with its principle of transparency and accountability.

Wakkala directed the State Ministry of Water Resources to invite the company for further discussions so as to ensure that every part of the project was done in accordance with the design and contract agreement.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Adullahi Abdulkadir said the project consisted of a five million gallon capacity water treatment plant, laboratory, office complex and a staff canteen.

He said the project was first awarded by the immediate past administration to supply water toTalata Mafara and Maradun LGAs, pointing out that it was reviewed and expanded to cover Maru and Bakura LGAs.

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



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



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



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 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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