Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has signed the state’s 2012 Appropriation bill of N112 billion.
The governor also signed three other bills namely a bill to amend Local Government Law 2007, a bill to amend Benue Independent Electoral Commission Act and a bill to amend Benue State Electoral Law 2007.
Speaking after appending his signature to the appropriation bill, Suswam said he would ensure that only proposals captured in the budget were funded.
He warned that no ministry, department or agency would be allowed to indulge in extra budgetary spending.
The governor urged commissioners and permanent secretaries to adhere strictly to only provisions captured in the budget.
Earlier, Mr David Iorhemba, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, assured that the legislature would ensure full implementation of the budget through its oversight functions.
The Borno Government said on Tuesday that it would plant two million trees across the state in a bid to check desert encroachment.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Mustapha Hassan, disclosed this in Maiduguri while speaking with newsmen.
“The state government is working towards planting two million trees as part of efforts to control desert encroachment in the state.
“In planting the trees, we are also hoping to empower rural farmers so that they can generate income from the trees,” Hassan said.
He said that government would soon procure the seedlings, adding that it would assorted economic and non- economic trees.
“Additionally, the government will encourage the establishment of orchards in all parts of the state to further accelerate the programme.”
The Edo State Police Command has deployed the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been deplored to Auchi, to curb the incessant bank robbery in the area.
The deployment was as a result of an agreement between the banks and the authorities for the banks to open for business after a week of closure.
It will be recalled that there has been incessant attack on banks in the area by armed robbers, the latest of which was that of April 9, when robbers attacked bullion vans in the area.
The attack had led to the Edo branch of the Bankers Forum to order banks to close their doors against costumers until the security situation in the area was addressed.
The banks, however, agreed to reopen for business on Monday with strong a condition.
Gov. Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State on Monday urged residents to assist the state government to tackle the current security challenges.
Yakowa, who made the call when he paid sympathy visit to the victims of the Easter day bomb explosion in Kaduna, described the explosion as “unfortunate and unnecessary”.
He said the people must resolve to ensure the security of their environment and to collaborate with security agencies to safeguard their lives and property.
“Security is the business of everybody, the people in the state should take security seriously, the security agencies can only succeed if we provide information to them.”
He assured the people that the government would continue to partner with traditional and religious leaders to preach peace and unity in the state.
“In the north we have a structure and a system, if properly used, from the chief, the village head to every household, we would be able to resolve the security challenges.”
He commiserated with families of the victims, assuring them that appropriate assistance would be offered to them.
The Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) in Kano State says that it will construct public conveniences in 12 markets and motor parks in some local government areas of the state.
The decision is part of the renewed effort to check indiscriminate open defecation in public places, especially among villagers in the rural areas.
Alhaji Garba Durbunde, the state Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
“The toilets to be constructed are modern ones as they will have water and other necessary facilities in them.’’
He also said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had also promised to construct additional public conveniences in some of the local government areas of the state.
The Katsina State Government built 1,172 units of houses for civil servants in the last four years, Gov. Ibrahim Shema said.
The governor made the statement in Katsina on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), led by its Executive Director, Alhaji Bello Isah Gachi.
He said the houses were sold at subsidised prices to workers, who were required to deposit 10 per cent of the cost and pay the remainder in instalments for 15 years.
Shema said the 34 local governments in the state had also constructed some houses for workers.
“The gesture is in line with the efforts of government to alleviate the accommodation needs of workers,” he said.
The governor, who described shelter as a ‘’basic necessity in life’’, said the intention of FHA to build more houses in Katsina State was `timely’.
He said the agency’s efforts would complement the effort of the state government to provide more houses for the people.
Residents of Moro, Edu, Patigi and Kaiama Local Government Areas in Kwara have been urged to take proactive measures to minimise damages from heavy rainfall and flood expected due to a forecast.
The Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Hon. Samuel Bamisaiye, gave this charge in an interview in Ilorin.
According to him, the warning becomes necessary in order to minimise damages that may occur as a result of the forecast heavy rainfall and its attendant flood.
He said that after an alert from the Federal Ministry of Environment through its Flood Early Warning System (FEWS), the ministry decided to sensitise residents.
Bamisaiye said there was the need for all buildings and structures along river banks or on streams to be evacuated with immediate effect.
The Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State is organising free holiday lessons for secondary school students, to address the mass failure in O’ Level examinations.
The Chairman of the LCDA, Mr Obafemi Durosimi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the council was worried at the continued mass failure.
Durosimi expressed the hope that the lessons would also divert the attention of students from vices.
“The council has also acquired three buses for the students to facilitate their movement to their various schools.’’
Nasarawa State Government said on Tuesday that it had concluded arrangements to re-equip all public secondary schools with science laboratories and library facilities to boost education.
Alhaj iHussaini Abubakar, the Commissioner for Education, announced the plan in Lafia at a three-day capacity building workshop for principals and deans of studies of secondary schools.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Hajiya Zainab Abdulmuminin, said the government was worried about the decay of infrastructure in public secondary schools.
He said the development prompted the ministry to evolve a blueprint to boost the study of science and technical education to enable the state to grow technologically.
Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau says his administration will make the state self-sustaining by making agriculture the mainstay of its economy and relying less on the federal revenue allocation.
Jang, who stated this on Monday in Jos when he received participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Senior Executive Course 34, said that Plateau was blessed with abundant natural resources.
He expressed regret that the state used to rely on the meagre monthly federal revenue allocation, but assured that it could no longer continue to rely on the federation account and was now developing its huge agriculture potential.
The Sokoto State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to equip the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to enable it to train the teeming youth on new farming techniques.
Kilgore said in Sokoto that the provision of job opportunities among the youth would enhance peace and political growth of the country.
He said the directorate should engage the unemployed youth in various methods of modern farming, including dry and rainy season cropping, to ensure massive food production.
The Commissioner said the measure would eradicate poverty in the society, adding that the country was blessed with abundant vast land suitable for various crops production.
Enugu: Court Remands Siblings For Alleged Murder Of Makeup Artiste
An Enugu State High Court, presided by Justice I. K. Okpe yesterday remanded two siblings allegedly involved in the murder of makeup artiste, Ijeoma Nneke, in Enugu Correctional Center.
The prosecuting counsel, Mrs Ngozi Ikem-Okoye. informed the court that the prosecution also had an application that sought the leave of the court to call additional witnesses in the matter.
However, the defence counsel, Mr C. U. Okafor, in response, said that the application was unnecessary as the accused had yet to take pleas.
Okafor held that the case was not yet before the court, adding that the prosecution did not seem to be ready to prosecute the case.
Delivering judgment, Okpe adjourned the case until August 25 for ruling on the application to call additional witnesses.
Recall that the two siblings were alleged to have conspired to kill Ijeoma on November 11, 2020, at 66 Ozubulu Street, Independence Layout, Enugu.
They were also alleged to have killed the victim by forcing her to drink poisonous substances and thereafter poured acid all over her body.
Court Criticises DSS Over Failure To Produce Detained Igboho’s Aides
A Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday criticised the Department of State Services (DSS) over failure to produce in court the 12 persons arrested at the residence of Yoruba nation’s agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a ruling, also ordered the DSS to produce the applicants in court in the next adjourned date.
The Tide learnt that Justice Egwuatu had, on July 23, ordered the DSS to produce the detainees in court yesterday.
The order followed a fundamental right enforcement suit that the lawyers to the detained applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, filed on their behalf, pursuant to Section 32(1) and (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) as well as Sections 6(6), 35 and 36 of 1999 Constitution, as amended.
The 12 persons, who had been in the DSS detention since July 2, are; Abdullateef Ofeyagbe, Amoda Babatunde (Aka Lady K), Tajudeen Erinoyen, Diakola Ademola, Abideen Shittu, and Jamiu Noah.
Others are Ayobami Donald, Adelabe Usman, Oluwafelumi Kunle, Raji Kazeem, Taiwo Opeyemi and Bamidele Sunday.
The Tide source reports that the DSS had, on July 1, confirmed that its operatives stormed Igboho’s home in Ibadan, arrested about 13 suspects; including a female and 12 males.
It also disclosed that two people were killed in the raid.
However, at the resumed hearing yesterday, Counsel to the DSS, I. Awo, informed the court that the applicants could not be brought because the service procured an order to hold the detainees.
Awo based the absence of the 12 detainees on the grounds that investigations into the circumstances that led to their arrest at Mr Igboho’s home were ongoing.
He hinted that of the 12 detainees on the court’s order, only three were being held by the DSS.
The lawyer listed the three detainees in the DSS custody to include: Amoda Babatunde (Aka Lady K), Diakola Ademola and Bamidele Sunday.
Reacting, Olajengbesi, urged the court to reject the service’s explanation as it was in contempt of the court’s order.
“The apparent affront on the authority of the court by the DSS cannot be justified,” the applicants’ lawyer argued.
He urged the court to discountenance the purported detention order that was procured by the DSS, arguing that it was not a Certified True Copy (CTC).
The lawyer prayed the court to admit his clients to bail.
Olajengbesi also informed the court that he had been denied access to his client, and urged the court to make an order in that regard.
Ruling, Egwuatu charged the DSS to purge itself of such a negative public perception as it did not paint a good picture of Nigeria before the international community.
He then ordered the security outfit to produce the detainees and show cause why they should not be granted bail.
“An order is hereby made directing the respondent (DSS) to allow the applicants’ counsel have access to the applicants, and the respondents are ordered to produce the applicants on the next adjourned date,” he said.
He adjourned the matter until August 2 for continuation of hearing.
Anambra Poll: Obi, Ozigbo Beg PDP Stakeholders To Unite For Victory
Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi and one of the two factional governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, have begged stakeholders and members of the party to unite for easy victory during the November 6 election in the state.
Obi and Ozigbo spoke yesterday in Awka, during a reconciliation meeting of the party, which was summoned by Ozigbo to reunite members of the party, after the rancour caused by the holding of two primary elections by the party on June 26, which produced Ozigbo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba.
Obi, while speaking at the meeting called on everyone to come together and work for the victory of the party in the forthcoming governorship election, saying that the primary was over and should be done with.
“I’m ready to beg all the aspirants for us to win the election. This candidate must win this election and we will not run away in our State because of anyone. I will win my local government and that is my assurance, nothing will stop us from winning the governorship election. Anambra must not go back to what it used to be.
“PDP has the best candidate for this election and we are going to win it, we have a formidable candidate and we need a formidable team to win it. I’m committed to PDP 24 hours and the party’s governors in the country are committed to winning the Anambra State election. It is our own election and we will win it,” the former governor said.
Ozigbo, in his address, reeled out the efforts he had made in reconciling every member and aspirants but regretted that the litigations in the party had held it down, adding that the party’s legal team was not relenting in evacuating the obstacles.
“I didn’t win the primary, but PDP and Anambra won. We’re one family but we are going to unite soon. Our enemies are not within, but outside PDP. PDP is a platform that will bring Igbo together, nobody should weave in what is happening now. We’re going to occupy the government house by the grace of God.
“The major reason for the gathering is to thank you for what you did and thank you for what you will do in the coming days because the real battle is coming. We are not celebrating because the real celebration will come on November 6. There’s a need for us to go into the governorship battle as a united family.
“I’ve visited my co-aspirants and I received positive vibes from Senator Uche Ekwunife, Hon Chris Azubogu, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Dr Godwin Maduka, Mr Godwin Ezeemo and others.
“What I want to tell you now is that every other party in this State is counterfeit from APGA to APC to YPP and that is why I’m begging all our stakeholders to have faith in me and I won’t disappoint them.
“They should forgive and forget and I’m ready to make every sacrifice for all of us to come together. We want to make the founder of PDP, late Dr Alex Ekwueme, proud whereever he is and that’s the assurance I gave the daughter, lady Chidi Onyemelukwe, when we spoke before the meeting.
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