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The Bauchi State Government, has assured residents of the metropolis that the planned review of the city’s master plan is in their interest.

The Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Aminu Hammayo, gave the assurance in an interview last Monday in Bauchi.

He said the government would implement the review with minimal removal of unapproved structures built in various locations in the city.

He added that the exercise would accommodate some of the existing structures that did not go well with the master plan.

According to Hammayo, at the end of the review, the lives and property of the residents will be better protected.

He added that at the end of the review, adequate measures would be put in place to ensure that the public did not distort the master plan in future.

The planned review will be the first since 1976 when a British firm was contracted by the Bauchi government to carry out a review of the master plan.



The Benue Commissioner for Education, Dr Elizabeth Ugo,  has challenged proprietors of schools to refrain from aiding and abetting examination malpractice.

Ugo made the call at Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue, while addressing newsmen after monitoring the conduct of NECO examination.

The commissioner said that majority of school owners established their schools with the sole aim of making quick money without considering the effect of such action on the society.

She expressed worry over the dimension of examination malpractice in the state, stressing that drastic action would be taken against the perpetrators to stem the tide.

Ugo said that the idea of paying surprise visits to schools during the NECO examination was to enable the ministry to have first hand information of schools that were “miracle centres”.



The Commandant-General, National Security and Civil Defence Corps  (NSCDC), Dr Ade Abolurin, has advised private security guards companies to be wary of fraudulent persons issuing fake biometric cards.

He gave the advice in a statement signed by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Mr Okeh Emmanuel, in Abuja following a report on the activities of some fraudulent persons.

He said that some organisations and persons had been found to be issuing biometric cards to private security guards company with the intent to defraud them.

The statement said that in line with the amended NSCDC Act of 2007, only the corps had the responsibility of monitoring, supervising and licensing private guards companies and the issuance of biometric cards.

He advised private guards companies to verify from the nearest state command of the corps any information that was contrary to the laid-down rules guiding their operations.



Twenty six police recruits undergoing training at the Police College, Kaduna, have been arraigned at a Chief Magistrates’ Court, charged with forging certificates.

The recruits, arrested during screening, are Habila Ayuba, Shuaibu Simon, Salisu Haruna, Augustine Akwe, Nura Iro, Yusuf Ezekiel and Daniel Yakubu.

Others are Ibrahim Bello, Saratu Oguba, Idris Muhammed, Isah Ibrahim, Sabo Abubakar, John Emmanuel, Tanimu Danwawo, Musbahu Garba, Musa Sani, Isyaku Ayuba and Yakubu Sani.

The rest are Kata Ibrahim, Alfa Gabriel, Ubangida Adamu, Abdulkareem Bala, Amah Yarima, Muktar Ado and Ibrahim Salihu.

The police prosecutor, Usman Simeon, told the court that they were accused of criminal conspiracy, forgery and impersonation.

He said the Inspector General of Police had on February 13, set up a Special Task force led by DSP Maji Michael to screen the recruits.



Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State says he will transform the state civil service to become more dynamic and result-oriented through the recruitment of qualified personnel.

He made the pledge in Kano while presenting appointment letters to 1,002 fresh graduates recruited into the state civil service.

He said that recruiting qualified persons into the service was necessary to ensure efficiency in service delivery.

“The government is injecting new blood into the system by recruiting fresh graduates. “This will also give youth the opportunity to contribute positively to nation building,’’ he said.

According to the governor, the new officers were employed on merit from across the 44 local government areas of the State.



The Kwara Government is committed to ensuring availability of skilled manpower through the provision of quality education,  the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Mallam Raji Mohammed, has said.

Mohammed, who was  reacting to  the incessant increase in school fees by private school operators in the state, spoke  to newsmen  in Ilorin.

He said that the state’s education reform programme would ensure that  children access  free and quality education.

He also said that since the state government had  no authority to fix fees in private schools, its role was to ensure that public schools provided quality  education to meet the yearnings of the people.

Mohammed noted that the “Every Child Counts” policy of the previous administration was still in place among other programmes put in place to ensure that pupils accessed  quality education.



The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), announced its plan to hold national interactive sessions on the need to promote workplace safety in Nigeria.

According to Ms Ijeoma Iheme, a NECA spokesperson, the forum, which would be jointly organised with the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), would be held in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

“No employee wants to live with disability or worse still, death, whenever at work. Employees look forward to retiring well with able bodies,’’ the statement said.

The statement said it was regrettable that many workers were yet to fully benefit from the provision of the 2010 Employees’ Compensation Act

According to Iheme, the interactive sessions would enlighten employees and employers on the procedure for making claims during work place accident.



The Chairman Niger Assembly House Committee on Information, Mr Bello Ahmad,  called for improved media coverage of the legislature to keep the people informed at all times.

Ahmad made the call during the inauguration of the Information and Public Relations Committee of the House in Minna.

He said that an effective and efficient reportage of the House would encourage its members to improve on delivery of its mandate.

He said that the committee would address newsmen on quarterly basis to keep abreast of information on activities of the House, particularly its bills and motions.

Speaker of the House,  Adamu Usman, stressed the importance of repositioning the assembly’s information management through collaboration with the media.



The Ogun State Government on Monday said the abandoned Gateway International Market in Owode in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state would be re-opened in September.

Business activities in the market were suspended following disagreement between two communities over the location and name.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Muyiwa Oladipo, said the reopening would boost economic activities and impact positively on the living standard of the people.

Oladipo, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting in Abeokuta, said that the reactivation would be to the benefit of the people in the area in particular, and the state in general.

Commissioner for Commerce and Industry also said that the market would be renamed Yewa International Market to douse the tension between Ajilete and Owode communities, and advised the market leaders to cooperate with government in the overall growth of commerce in the area.



Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen  Gyang Dantong,  has said that the Bill to establish a national grazing routes and reserves commission before the National Assembly was unconstitutional.

“The Federalz Government and National Assembly have no business with cattle routes because the constitution placed such routes solely in the hands of state governments,’’ Dantong told newsmen  in Jos.

Our correspondent  reports that the bill seeks to establish a commission to manage grazing routes so as to resolve the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, Albert Tsokwa, said recently that the proposed commission would be empowered to control, manage, acquire and establish grazing reserves and stock routes in Nigeria.

Public hearing had been conducted on the bill which had passed second reading in the Senate and House of Representatives, with the later referring it to the House Committee on Agriculture for further legislative action.

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FG Vows To Check Modern Day Slavery



The Federal Government says it plans to check modern day slavery through awareness creation activities on the effects of illegal immigration, child labour, sexual abuse and other vices.
Director, International Cultural Relations, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Memunat Idu-Lah, stated this in an interview with The Tide source in Abuja yesterday.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), designated August 23 each year as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and Nigeria is preparing to join other member countries to commemorate the day.
Idu-Lah said the ministry in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders would use the celebration to showcase the experience of victims of trafficking, to educate Nigerians on the tricks of potential traffickers.
She said: “We are looking at the effect of this slave trade on Africans and the effects of what we termed as modern day slavery.
“We have learnt in history about how people are enslaved; now we can see how people are being trafficked.
“There is illegal immigration where people are moving to locations they are not sure of their means of livelihood.  Many of them die in transit, all those vices, child labour, sexual abuse, all sorts of things that are going on.
“We want to see how we can use this celebration to also reach out to people to create awareness, let them know that these things people are doing are another forms of slavery.
“And it means we are not yet out of slavery, as of those of us who went to school and study history, we learnt of Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
“We should be able to look at what is happening now and correct these modern day slavery.”
According to her, this is because generations to come will sit down and read what we did during our own time.
“It will be bad if we as educated as we are, cannot check this modern day slavery that is going on.
“One of the ways of checking it is through awareness because a lot of people don’t even know when they are being lured to be trafficked, they don’t know.
“Through this celebration, we can reach out; we might be having people who have experienced it,
“They will come out to tell people their experiences and alert people on the kind of languages traffickers use, how they lure them.
“People will get to know that when somebody comes and says those kinds of things they will know that this is a possible trafficker,” Idu-Lah said.

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Imo Police Resist Armed Bandits’ Attack



The Operation Restore Peace team of the Imo State Police Command has repelled armed bandits attack at Njaba town in the Njaba Local Government Area of the state.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro disclosed this in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abatham at the weekend.
According to him, the convoy of bandits was moving towards Njaba town to launch an attack but were intercepted by Operation Restore Peace team of the Nigeria Police , Imo State Command . 
The Commissioner explained that during a fire fight which ensured immediately, one of their operational vehicles was de-mobilised and two of them neutralised while the remaining ones scampered into the bush.
According to the Commissioner, one Ak 47 rifle was recovered with ten rounds of live ammunition and a locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges.
The Police boss stated that the team detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) into the parking lots of a nearby Njaba Police Station causing minimal damage. 
 Mr. Yaro said that cordon and pursuant exercise is on going  in the area while advising members of the public residing in the area not to panic as the ongoing Police clearance operation is designed to root out violent criminals in that axis.
He appealed to them to avail Police information of  persons seen treating  bullet wounds or hiding within the community.

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NDLEA Intercepts 35 Wraps Of Cocaine, Drugs En Route Italy, Turkey



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from a lady passenger at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, Okafor Ebere Edith was arrested on July 31, during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire bound to Monrovia Liberia.
He said the suspect, who tucked pellet of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the airport, was however picked up for search.
This, he said, included questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
“During preliminary interview, the suspect claimed that the desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking,” he said.
Babafemi said the operatives arrested another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul, at Gate A Departure hall of the MMIA on July 27.
He said the suspect was arrested during outward clearance of Egypt Airline bound to Turkey in possession of 78grams of Cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaf.
“On the same day another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A Departure hall.
“This was also during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt Airlines with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag,” he said.
Babafemi disclosed further that NDLEA operatives, Kontagora Area Command, Niger State, raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman said the operation was carried out on July 29, at a warehouse where suspected drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

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