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Ekiti

The Chairman, Ekiti State Primary Health Care Development
Agency (PHCDA), Dr Sule Lawal, has appealed to the staff of the agency to justify
government’s huge investment in the sector by their commitment to duty.

Lawal  made the
appeal  in Ado-Ekiti at a meeting with
the staff of the agency.  He said the
state government had shown commitment to enhance personal efficiency and
effective service delivery in the health sector. Lawal said the establishment
of the agency by the state government was to tackle the spread of communicable
diseases, particularly in rural areas, as well as create a platform to improve
the welfare of health workers.

He said the implementation of a new salary structure for
health workers was an indication that the present administration was committed
to the welfare of staff.

 

FCT

President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged the Nigerian
Economic Society (NES) to devise practical solutions that could strengthen the
government’s drive to overcome poverty and unemployment in Nigeria.

Jonathan gave the charge in his remarks  in Abuja during the opening ceremony of the
53rd NES Annual Conference.

Represented by  the
Chief Economic Adviser to the President,Dr Nwanze Okidegbe, Jonathan, urged the
association to come up with the ideas for accelerating skill acquisition aimed
at creating employment through entrepreneurship.  He said a coordinated approach toward
tackling the twin problem of unemployment and poverty was inevitable if the
average man on the street was to reap the full benefits.

 

Kano

Flood has washed away several farm land in Doguwa Local
Government Area of Kano State destroying cash crops worth millions of
Naira.  The Tide learnt that the flood
was as a result of overflow of a river located between Doguwa and Tudun-Wada
Local Government Areas.

An eye witness told our correspondent in Kano  that villages affected included, Burji,
Dogon, Kawo and Gimawa.

The Tide reports that the river over-flowed its banks as a
result of persistent rainfall in the area.
When contacted,  the state
Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr Yunusa Dangwani, said he was not aware of
the incident.

 

Kogi

The Federal Government has been told to extend its ongoing
effort in boosting the teaching and learning of mathematics to all secondary
schools in the country.  The Kogi Deputy
Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, who made the call in Lokoja  said the call became necessary for the
country to achieve its goal of becoming one of the best 20 economies in the
world by 2020.

Awoniyi, who spoke at the opening of a four-day capacity
building workshop for 208 mathematics teachers in unity schools, said that the
effort should be extended to secondary schools in the 36 states for overall
improvement in the teaching of mathematics and other science subjects.

 

Kwara

A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders in Kwara State
with the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike
Omeri, has  resolved  to sustain the country’s unity.  The meeting, which held in Ilorin, was tagged
“Special Interactive Session for Leaders of all Religious Groups in the State
on Peace and Stability.’’

In the resolutions made public, the leaders said: “ All
manner of violence against fellow Nigerians must be condemned.

“ Every religious leader in Nigeria should desist from
preaching hatred and violence in their places of worship. “

The NOA boss, who convened the meeting, said in his opening
remarks that all religious and political leaders should call their followers to
order while refraining from acts inimical to the stability of the nation.

 

Lagos

The Kuramo Tourism Investors Association has appealed to the
Lagos State Government to retain the Kuramo beach as the only public beach in
the state.

The Secretary of the association, Mr Micheal Onuwaje, made
the plea in an interview with The Tide in Lagos.

The Tide reports that the association made its position
known following the closure of the beach by the state government following an
ocean surge that killed about 16 persons on August18. Onuwajede scribed the
beach as one of the international tourist destinations in the country.
According to him, the Kuramo beach is the only public beach in Nigeria where
tourists are not restricted.

 

Jigawa

The Jigawa State Ministry of Empowerment has said it had
concluded arrangements to train 2,310 youth under its vocational and skills
acquisition programme. The Commissioner for Youth and Economic Empowerment,
Alhaji Rabiu Isah, made the announcement in an interview with our correspondent
in Dutse.

Isah said the training would be carried out with support
from political office holders who volunteered to sponsor the youths who were
selected from various respective constituencies.He said that under the
arrangement, political office holders, including members of the state and
national assemblies, commissioners and governor’s aids, would provide
resettlement packages. He said the state
government would take care of the training programme.

 

Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Government has warned land title holders
in the state to pay their outstanding ground rents before the expiration of a
one-month grace period or face the wrath of the law. The government said it was
being owed over N5.2 billion in ground rents. The Commissioner for Lands,
Survey and Town Planning, Mr Sonny Agassi, who gave the warning, said the debts
were from the over 8,000 titles issued since the creation of the state. He said
that the government would no longer condone the attitude where citizens do not
pay rents on their titles.

 

Ogun

No fewer than 400 youths in Ogun have  commenced training on a health capacity
building programme, tagged “Y-Health” in Abeokuta.

The three-day training programme was organised by the
state’s Ministry of Youths and Sports in collaboration with the Institute of
Human Virology of Nigeria.

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Olugbenga
Otenuga,  said the programme was
organised to improve the knowledge base of youths on health related issues.

He said the programme would assist in exposing
misconceptions about various kinds of diseases rampant among youths,
particularly HIV/AIDS.

 

Ondo

The Ondo State House of Assembly has commenced a three-week
recess.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Samuel Adesina, said the
lawmakers would resume plenary on September
18.

Adesina spoke during
last Tuesday’s plenary in Akure which confirmed the appointment of Mr
Kazeem Olanrewaju as a commissioner in the state’s Judicial Service Commission.

He, however, said that committees of the House could carry
out some oversight functions during the recess.

The confirmation followed the submission of the report of a
selection committee headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Francis Emiola.

 

Osun

The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun, Mrs Folashade
Odoro, has urged parents in the state to be vigilant while sending their
children on errands during the long vacation.

Odoro, who made the plea in an interview with The Tide in
Osogbo, spoke against the backdrop of reports of missing children.

She said parents must be conscious of the type of chores
they engage their children in so as not to expose them to danger.

Odoro also warned parents against sending their children to
hawk, noting that there was a special unit in the Force to handle juvenile
cases and other cases related to child abuse.

 

Oyo

The National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Mr Lai
Mohammed, has urged political leaders to be liberal in the use of the political
power they control.

Mohammed made the plea in Ibadan at an interactive programme
organised by the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The ACN spokesman, who called for the “ democratisation of
power’’ linked the success of a nation’s economy to the way political leaders
choose to manage power.

He also urged political leaders to concentrate on building
lasting political institutions and beliefs instead of building personalities.

“People will die, but institutions will live forever,” he
said.

 

Sokoto

Senator Ibrahim Gobir (PDP –Sokoto) has  in Sokoto said that about N70 million had
been earmarked for the construction of eight solar-powered bore holes in the
Sokoto East Senatorial District.

Gobir told newsmen that each of the local government areas
in the district would get a befitting bore hole to boost the provision of
adequate potable water for both human and animal consumption.

He said that already feasibility studies had been carried
out in each of the local governments, where the projects would be sited.

The senator explained that the project was part of his
campaign promises to provide the needed social infrastructure that would
enhance the living condition of the electorate.

Gobir called on the people in the area to exercise patience,
as more policies and programmes that would have direct impact on the lives of
the people would be implemented.

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Group Urges Police To Apologise To Protesters

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The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has asked the Nigeria Police to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
A statement by the human rights group yesterday, by its Interim Chair, Femi Falana (SAN), also accused the police of deliberately contravening Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020. 
The section provides that “Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”
The group noted that Section 36 of the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Nigerian people to freedom of expression including the right to protest against policies of the government. 
Many Nigerians in many states across the country trooped out on Saturday, June 12 to mark the day– Democracy Day – with protests against bad governance. 
The protesters chanted ‘Buhari must go’ in apparent dissatisfaction with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that has seen security, economy, youth employment rate and some other sectors and indices worsen. 
However, there were arrests and harassment of peaceful protesters by the policex particularly in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River. 
The group in the statement said, “For having the audacity to insist on their fundamental right to protest against unpopular policies of governments, teams of armed police personnel fired teargas to disperse the peaceful rallies. As if the unprovoked attack was not enough, the Police brutalised and arrested scores of protesters in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar (Cross River State capital). 
“Since the protesters who were arrested during the peaceful rallies did not commit any offence, they have since regained their liberty. But the police authorities ought to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
“More so that the Police had deliberately contravened Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020 which provides that ‘Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilise personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.’
“While commending the protesters for conducting the themselves in a matured and peaceful manner, we condemn the official lie that the protesters were teargassed to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies. Since the Police admitted that protesters committed no offence whatsoever why were some of them arrested? Why were the so-called hoodlums and miscreants who wanted to cause mayhem and unleash violence on the protesters not arrested? 
“Or were they treated like sacred cows because they had been hired to disrupt the peaceful rallies of the protesters? Why were the scanty pro-government protesters who were reported to have fought openly in Abuja over their booty not arrested for breach of the peace in the Federal Capital Territory?

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‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.

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Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.

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