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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is to demolish 19 villages in the territory, an official of the authority said on Thursday in Abuja.

Head of Public Relations Unit, Department of Development Control, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Mrs Josie Mudashiru,  told newsmen last Thursday in Abuja.

Mudashiru said the affected villages comprised Idu, Karmo-Dape, Tasha, Gwagwa, Suburi, Zauda, Jahi, Gishiri, Mabushi, Mpape, Kuchigoro, Chika, Aleita, Piwoyi, Lugbe, Pyakassa, Tudun-wada, Dei-dei and Guzape.

She said that AMMC had begun a two-month sensitisation programme for residents of the areas. “We have commenced sensitisation programmes in Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Gbagi and pidgin English in the affected areas before the demolition exercise.

“We have involved chiefs, youths and other stakeholders in the sensitisation programme. We will proceed for marking after the programme, and hopefully, the demolition will commence before the end of 2012,” Mudashiru stressed.

 

Gombe

The Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Mr Thanda Rubainu, has advised the Ashaka Cement Company to increase its production to four million tonnes annually.

Rubainu gave the advice in Gombe on Thursday when the company’s Board of Directors paid him a courtesy call, stressing that increased production would boost the company’s profile and position it better to retain the market shares.

Earlier, the Chairman, Ashaka Board of Directors, Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga,  said they were in Gombe for the company’s 37th Annual General Meeting. He said the company was planning to increase its production from 900,000 tonnes to 1.3 million annually.

Kwairanga assured the state government of the company’s continued support to the host communities in terms of social amenities.

He said the company dug boreholes, constructed health care centres and built schools to the communities around it, and also gave scholarship to 50 Gombe indigenes studying in various universities in the country.

 

Kano

Animal feeds prices have increased around Kano metropolis due to scarcity of the product, The Tide’s correspondent reports.

The demand for the product had increased since the state government began the empowerment of women and youths in poultry farming.

The price of a 50 kg bag of the feed formerly sold at about N1,200 now goes for between N1,500 and N1,600, depending on the selling point.

Consumers of the product have expressed concern over the sudden increase, saying that it would also impact on the prices of chicken and eggs.

A dealer in animal feeds, Malam Habibu Balarabe,  attributed the development to low production at the factories due to the rainy season.

“During the rainy season, the storage of the product is a bit difficult so people use other methods to feed their animals as the feeds easily got spoilt during this season.”

A consumer of the product, Hajiya Khadija Nura,  said that the development would translate to an increase in the prices of chicken and eggs, as well as other animals.

 

Katsina

Fifty-four victims of food poisoning in Gatakawa village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State have survived it.

The Chief Nursing Officer of the Kankara General Hospital, Mr Joshua Danjuma, said last Thursday in Kankara that they were brought to the hospital same day and put on admission.

He said the victims reportedly consumed a local cake prepared with treated beans meant for planting.

Danjuma said that all the victims had survived what could have been a tragedy after series of medications, stressing that they were admitted at the stage of convulsion.

He said the victims, who included school children and adults, were brought to the clinic unconscious with most of them vomiting and excreting some substances.

The Primary Health Care Coordinator of Kanakara Local Government Area, Alhaji Sani Kusada, confirmed the incident.

 

Kebbi

The Kebbi Government has commenced the training of female Muslim Guides to assist pilgrims in this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Nuruddeen Kangiwa, who addressed the trainees in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, said adequate provisions would be made to ensure smooth pilgrimage.

“The utmost care and guidance for the pilgrims of the state must be your priority and I urge you to shun any anti-social and illegal activities while in the Holy Land for the pilgrimage.”

The Chairman of the state Muslim Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Usman Suru, said the training of female guides was in line with the directives of the National Pilgrims Board.

“We would ensure that our pilgrims are properly guided. “Part of your responsibility is to ensure that Pilgrims especially women abide by the rules as well as conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the pilgrimage.”

 

Kogi

Kogi urgently requires additional 2,000 for effective teaching in its 238 public secondary schools, the acting Chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, Alhaji Salu Aliu, said on Thursday in Lokoja.

Aliu told newsmen that 3,000 teachers currently engaged in the schools were inadequate for quality teaching.

He said the situation had been compounded by the fact that many teachers would soon retire.

He blamed the predicament on the staff auditing exercise carried out by the state government in 2009 during which more than 2,000 secondary school teachers were “shown the way out of service.”

He said that the effect of the shortage was being felt badly in core subjects of Mathematics, English language and the sciences.

He said a proposal to recruit teachers to fill the vacancies had been sent to Gov. Idris Wada and appealed to the government to quickly accede to the request.

Aliu called on all stakeholders in the nation’s education sector, especially the government, teachers and parents, to come together to rescue the sector from total collapse.

 

Lagos

Two tanker drivers and a conductor were on Thursday charged before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing aviation fuel worth N4 million.

The accused — Abdulsalami Tirimisiyn, 42; Kodiri Murina, 27; and Kodiri Oladele, 21 — are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. Tirimisiyn and Murina were the tanker drivers while Oladele was the conductor.

The trio, whose addresses were unknown, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp. Marcus Okon, told the court that the trio committed the offences sometime on June 7 and 8 at Coconut Bus Stop, Apapa.

He said the accused stole 36, 000 litres of Jet A (aviation fuel) worth N4 million, property of S-Kay Haulage and Transport Services Nig. Ltd.

“The accused stole the product while in transit from Lagos to Abuja,’’Okon said.

 

Ondo

An Akure Senior Magistrate’s Court on Thursday remanded a com-mercial motorcyclist, Friday David, in prison for alleged indecent assault.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. Funke Adegoroye, ordered the remand of the 23-years-old man who is standing trial on a two-count charge of unlawful and indecent assault on a 12-years-old girl.

According to the police, the offence was allegedly committed on June 18, at Irawo Street, Akure, in the Akure magisterial district.

David was accused of unlawfully taking the girl into custody against the wish of her parents for three days, and indecently assaulted her.

Police said the accused person touched the girl’s breasts and private part and had carnal knowledge of her without her consent.

This, the police said, was contrary to and punishable under Section 222 of the Criminal Code Cap 30 Vol. I Laws of Ondo State 2006.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges, and told the court that the girl’s mother was actually his girl friend.

He also told the court that both the girl and her mother had spent up to three days with him, and that the mother usually sends the girl on errands to his house.

 

Plateau

The Plateau House of Assembly has threatened to sanction Heads of Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) that fail to furnish it with their Financial Report for the first quarter of the year.

The House had allotted a one-week grace period for accomplishment of the assignment, failing which defaulting heads would be summoned.

The Speaker, Mr John Dabwan, who issued the order on Thursday, expressed surprise that most MDAs had yet to submit their first quarter reports to the legislature as stipulated by law.

The member representing Jos-South, Mr Dalyop Mancha, had called attention of the House to lapses in its over-sight function, occasioned by the inability of the MDAs to furnish it with their quarterly financial reports.

Mancha said that the action of the MDAs had denied the various committees of their role of tracking the performance of the budget.

 

Sokoto

Sokoto State Government on Thursday doled out 2,300 bags of grains worth N2.5 million to the poor in the state.

Gov. Aliyu Wamakko said in Goronyo while inaugurating the distribution of the grains that each of the beneficiaries would also receive N5,000. He said the gesture was aimed at alleviating their suffering.

The governor also said that the government was spending N45 million monthly on physically challenged persons across the state.

“I have also directed the state Zakat and Endowment Committee to get the census of all those physically challenged persons not currently benefiting from the monthly gesture.

“This is with the view to bringing all of them on board to benefit from the N6,500 each receives as monthly allowance, as a way of reducing begging in the society,” he said.

Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, commended the state government for its commitment to improving the welfare of the people.

Abubakar called for fervent prayers by the people for peace to prevail in the state and the nation.

The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki, who is also the Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Prof. Musa Maitafsir, commended the administration for giving priority to the welfare and comfort of the people.

 

Yobe

The new National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, said the Federal Government would give top priority to dialogue and negotiation to tackle the current security challenges in the country.

Dasuki stated this in Damaturu on Thursday, when he paid a courtesy visit on Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam, at the Government House.

He said that government was committed to working with all stakeholders to bring a final solution to the prevailing security challenges posed by insurgency.

In his remarks, Gaidam urged the Federal Government to consider the option of dialogue and negotiation to provide solution to the security challenges.

The governor called on the Federal Government to introduce special welfare packages for security men “in the event of death, injury and accidents while on duty”.

He commended the professionalism and gallantry of the Joint Task Force team during the four major attacks on Damaturu in less than one year, noting that their sacrificial efforts had succeeded in reducing casualties.

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Of 1,561 Candidates, 880 Graduate From Law School-DG

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The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1, 561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.
The Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Ciroma, SAN, made this known yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.
“Four others were from previous Bar examination,’’ he said, adding that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training.
“They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.
“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar.’’
Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“The programme began on June 28, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers, for their support,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.
“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.
“The practice of Law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.
“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of the Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times.’’
He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.
Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner’’ without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.
He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.
Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on especially, international jurisdictions.
In 2020, the Council of Legal Education said that out of a total of 2,515 students who participated in the examinations, 1,864 passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The director-general who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only five made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are five, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

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NGO Trains 300 Returning Migrants On Business Development

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Web of Heart Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has trained and empowered more than 300 returning migrants, youths and internally displaced persons on job creation.
Its Executive Director, Mrs Bose Aggrey, made the declaration yesterday in Lagos at the graduation of its “Create and Start Module’’ trainees.
The graduating trainees were awarded certificates and given grants facilitated by some investors and soft loans from banks after six months of training to identify and analyse business ideas and opportunities.
“We taught them how to articulate their business ideas into plans; introduced them to investors and equally assisted them to get bank loans.
“It is an opportunity for the participants to put themselves together either to get employed or to become employers,’’ she said.
“We introduced investors to the participants when they were pitching and some of them are already getting grants.
“We are working with two banks so they can provide soft loans at low interest rates for the participants,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Mr Peik Bruhns, Team Leader of the firm of consultants that conducted the training, said the company had reached out to train 5,000 Nigerians on Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises in six months
He said this was done in collaboration with nine organisations, including Web of Heart Foundation.
“I will like to stress the importance of working with returnee migrants because Web of Heart Foundation focuses on assisting them to reintegrate into society.

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Zamfara Police Refute Kidnap Of 60 Passengers Rumour

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The Zamfara State Police Command has refuted a story that 60 passengers travelling along Sokoto – Gusau road on Sunday, July 25, were kidnapped by bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement, yesterday, said the story was inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially the commuters.
“The attention of Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on social and conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau Road, and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.”
The statement said, “For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command was informed that a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus vehicle, belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers who were travelling from Sokoto – Abuja along Sokoto – the accurate report of the incident. On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Gusau Road in Bakura LGA.”
According to the statement, the Police Tactical operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace were alerted, and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums who blocked many vehicles for abduction, adding that the road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and reinforced more police operatives to improve the security and safety of the commuters.
The statement noted that in the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus vehicle belonging to Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver were abducted and taken to the bush before the arrival of the police.
It said the operatives further embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bush with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims, stressing that two persons who were left far behind with other hoodlums were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralised by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were taken to the forest.

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