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Jigawa

The Maigatari Local
Government Council of Jigawa State has recruited 60 casual staff as
environmental workers to enhance sanitation services in the area.

The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Isa Zakari, disclosed
this when the state Commissioner for Environment, Hajiya Hassana Adamu, visited
the council, in Maigatari.

Zakari said the workers were engaged to ensure prompt
clearing of drains and the evacuation of solid wastes dumped at various sites
in the area.

He said the council had also concluded arrangements to enact
a by-law to ban indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the area.

Responding, the commissioner urged the people to clear
culverts and drains to control flooding in the area.

 

Kano

The Kano State
Government has ordered the immediate closure of Triumph Publishing Company in
Kano, publishers of the Triumph group of newspapers.

Dr Umar Faruk, the Commissioner for Information, who
announced the closure while speaking to newsmen on Thursday, said the action
was necessary to facilitate some restructuring of the company.

Faruk said that the decision to close down the newspaper was
taken at Wednesday’s state executive council meeting, pointing out that the
government had ordered the payment of outstanding three months salary to the
members of staff of the company.

The commissioner said that freelance journalists, as well as
consultants, were to report to the office of the Head of Service of the state
to facilitate payments of their entitlements.

He said the newspaper staff would be posted to other
agencies and ministries.

 

Kaduna

The Nigeria Police
College, Kaduna has said that it found a robbery suspect among recruit
constables undergoing training in the college.

The Commandant of the college, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, told
newsmen in Kaduna that the suspect was named by members of his gang after they
were arrested by the police in Abuja.

The commandant said details of the suspect’s identity were
forwarded to the college, which withdrew, arrested and transferred him to the
appropriate police unit for investigation.

Rufai said the suspect was among 25 recruits the college
disqualified for various inadequacies identified during training, pointing out
that some of the students were found to have presented forged school results
and others had criminal records, “while some were withdrawn based on health
grounds.

Rufai noted that the college would continue to screen “unfit
persons” out to ensure that only those with good knowledge and character were
allowed to train as policemen and women.

 

Katsina

Musawa Local
Government in Katsina State has begun the distribution of pesticides worth N2
million free of charge to farmers as assistance toward preventing crop damage
in the area.

Alhaji Sama’ila Kira, the Council’s Caretaker Committee
Chairman, said in Musawa, Katsina State, that the initiative was conceived due
to the financial difficulties faced by farmers and to serve as an encouragement
to smallholder farmers.

Represented by his deputy Alhaji Babangida Musa, his deputy,
Kira said the support would also enhance food security, noting that increased
harvest was expected considering the farmers’ huge investments.

He said that a committee had been constituted to ensure that
smallholder farmers who needed such support benefitted from the gesture, adding
that the council, has provided farming support to both rainy season and
irrigation farmers to reduce poverty and facilitate people’s engagement toward
ensuring food security.

 

Kogi

The Kogi State Government has warned people displaced by the
recent flood disaster in the state not to go back to their houses for now.

The government gave the warning in a statement signed by the
state’s Director of Information, Mr James Adedoyin, and issued in Lokoja on
Thursday.

The statement said the warning became necessary when
government observed that some victims in various camps had started leaving for
their homes, due to the noticeable decease in water level of the River Niger.

The release said some of the houses that had been under
water for several days might not be habitable as some of them were already
collapsing.

It said that in line with the promise made by the state’s
governor, Capt Idris Wada, government would conduct integrity test on buildings
that were submerged to ensure that they were safe for haibitation.

 

Kwara

State Government plans to spend N3.1 billion on
state-of-the-art aviation infrastructure to make the state the hub of aviation
services in West Africa.

Dr Abubakar Kanike, the Commissioner for Works and
Transport, made this known when the National Good Governance Tour team visited
the state-owned aviation college and cargo terminal in Ilorin.

He said the state government had spent N1.2 billion on the
establishment of a world-class aviation college, while N1.9 billion was spent
on the construction of the cargo terminal.

On the aviation college, Kanike said the state government
had provided modern facilities for Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot
Licence training, noting that a lot was also spent on acquiring the
multi-engine qualification for the ICAO certified pilots.

 

Lagos

A total of 200 men of
the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
are currently undergoing training in arms bearing and physical drilling, The
Tide reports.

Mr Sunday Eromosele, a spokesman of the NSCDC, told NAN in
Lagos on Thursday that the trainees were expected to go through the general
rudiments of arms bearing, physical drilling and mental alertness.

According to the NSCDC spokesman, the training, taking place
at the NSCDC Camp in Badagry, became necessary in view of the security
challenges currently facing the country.

“The NSCDC Act of 2007 empowers the Corps to have Arms
Squads in all the state commands throughout the federation.

“The Lagos State Command has begun the first in the series
of such trainings, and it is being administered by the Nigerian Army,”
Eromosele said.

 

 

Ogun

The Ogun State Bureau
of Local Government Pensions on Thursday said it had disbursed N1.6 billion as
monthly pensions to retired local government and primary school workers.

Alhaji Ade Momodu, Permanent Secretary of the bureau,
announced this during an oversight visit by members of the Ogun State House of
Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Momodu said that the money was paid between January and
September.

He said that pension was paid from the monthly allocation
the bureau received from the Joint Allocation Account Committee (JAAC).

“The bureau has also paid N643.3 million as gratuities to
retired local government staff, as well as primary school teaching and non
teaching staff between January and September 2012.

 

Ondo

In an effort to
further prevent flooding in Ondo State, the state government has approved the
purchase of additional Amphibious Excavator for dredging of rivers and other
water ways.

The Director, Ecology, Ministry of Environment and Mineral
Resources, Mr Olumide Kinga told The Tide on Thursday in Akure that the
ministry was taking every precautionary step to tackle the challenge.

Kinga said that the ministry had in the past three years
undertaken enlightenment campaigns to educate the people on how to properly
dispose their refuse.

“We made them to know the danger in dumping refuse into
gutters, streams, rivers and other waterways, we told them such action will
block the free flow of water, causing flood and damages to lives and
properties.

 

Osun

The Director, Centre
for Distance Learning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Bode
Asubiojo,  says the university would
close its study centres in compliance with the National University Commission’s
directive.

Asubiojo told The Tide on Thursday in Ile-Ife, that the
commission directed that such centres outside the main campus of the university
should be shut.

The professor of chemistry said: “ There is not going to be
study centres run by the university any more outside the main campus, what we
are presently doing is a mop up to pave way for e-learning programme.

“We are planning a programme whereby lectures will be
recorded and then super-imposed on key-points; we want to be doing distance
learning in a proper way that meet international standard.

 

Plateau

The Yakubu Gowon
Foundation (YGF) is organising a national essay competition for serving
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, Mr. Dan Tenshak, the Chief
Executive Officer of the foundation, has said.

Tenshak told our correspondent in Jos that the essay
competition was part of the activities to commemorate the 78th birthday of the
former Head of State, Dr Yakubu Gowon.

He said that the 2012 YGF essay competition, with the topic,
“Harnessing Our Diversity and Strength for National Development’’, would be
organised in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and NYSC
directorate.

He stated that the competition was aimed at keeping the
mandate of upholding worthy values and legacies of leadership in the nation.

 

Taraba

Taraba State House of
Assembly on Thursday in Jalingo removed the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sani
Abubakar, from office.

The action followed the assembly’s adoption of the
recommendation of the seven-member Judicial Commission of inquiry set up by
Justice Josephine Tuktur, the acting Chief Judge of the state.

The commission, with Mr Usman Dangiri as Chairman, was set
up to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor.

Dangiri, submitted the findings of the panel to the plenary
sitting of the assembly on Thursday, saying that the deputy governor was found
guilty of the three allegations against him.

The report said Abubakar used his office to divert MDG
projects to Yagai Academy, a private school, which belonged to him.

Similarly, the report stated that the deputy governor was
guilty of using his office to influence the posting of an officer and
interfering in the affairs of his Karim-Lamido Local Government .

 

Zamfara

The Zamfara State
Government is to plant 1.5 million mango seedlings under a special irrigation
farming programme aimed at facilitating rural economic development.

The Consultant for the programme, Alhaji Abdulkadir Nasir,
told our correspondent in Gusau on Thursday that 14 local government councils
would partner with the state government on the programme.

“The idea of involving the local government councils is to
ensure that the pilot programme is replicated in all the councils for maximum
impact across the state.“

He said the programme was designed by the state government
to build the productive capacity of the rural farmers, train them in planting
and rearing of economic trees.

According to him, the goal is to address extreme poverty
among the rural adding that the mango seedlings had been raised at various
nurseries in the state and would soon be distributed for planting.

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Cleric Wants Review Of Retirement Age For Civil Servants To 70

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Rev. Fr. Godfrey Gopep, Parish Priest of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, has appealed to the Federal Government to review the retirement age for civil servants from 60 to 70 years.
Gopep made the plea in his sermon yesterday in Jos, adding that such move would address some of the challenges that retirees in the country were currently facing.
The cleric, who decried the rising spate of unemployment in the country, added that the move would also reduce incidences of falsification of age by people in order to be employed.
He added that it would also enable those who would be employed late to enjoy some good years in service before retiring.
“Because of scarcity of jobs and high rate of unemployment in the country, most people get to be employed are in their 40s.
“So, I want to call on the Federal Government to review the retirement age of civil servants from 60 to 70 years.
“If this is done, those who get employed a bit late can also have a enough time to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
“It will also curtail the act where people have to reduce their ages just so that they can get employed and also spend some good years in service,” he said.
Gopep called on government at all levels to create job opportunities in the country and an enabling environment for private sector to thrive so as to create jobs as well.

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Lalong Seeks End To Divisive Actions Among Nigerians

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Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, yesterday urged Nigerians to shun divisive actions such as hate speeches and fake news for the peace and unity of the country.
The governor made the call at an interdenominational church service in Jos to mark the 61st Independence of Nigeria.
He said such acts were inimical to the nation’s progress, adding: “we must come together and solve our problems because no one can build Nigeria for us.’’
He said the country’s challenges, especially insecurity, would be overcome and urged Nigerians to be grateful for the country’s progress so far in spite of the challenges.
“God has indeed been faithful to Nigeria and we must be grateful,’’ he said.
Governor Lalong said also that Nigeria was blessed with abundant human and natural resources, but required unity, tolerance, sincerity, loyalty and patriotism to maximise such resources for its development.
According to him, commitment from the leadership and followership was critical to achieve the feat.
“There is no nation which is great today that has refused to embrace diversity, tolerance, excellence, good work ethics, and a national philosophy that is based on honesty, reward for hard work and punishment for deviance,’’ he said.
He added that Nigerians were known as a highly religious people which should be demonstrated by showing love to all irrespective of ethnic, religious or political differences.
“We must stop being religious and start being godly,’’ the governor stressed.
He noted that the security challenges were setbacks Plateau’s Progress and assured the people that he was determined to put an end to them while calling for the cooperation of residents especially religious and community leaders to achieve the objective.
“I call on you to play your part in securing your immediate community and giving prompt information to security agencies to be able to act appropriately,’’ he said.
He also called on Nigerians to intensify prayers and vigilance as security agencies and government worked towards defeating perpetrators and sponsors of crises.
Governor Lalong assured Plateau people that the Oct. 9 local council polls in the state would be conducted peacefully.
In his homily, the Deputy Chaplain of Government House Chapel, Rev. Ezekiel Dewan, admonished Nigerians to shun negative narratives as there is power in the tongue.
He called for prayers for God’s intervention and mercy on Plateau and on Nigeria, as God instructs his people to not only pray for their leaders, but also for the cities they live in.
Special prayers were conducted for leaders, governments and the nation at the service.

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Why I Shunned APGA Guber Campaign Flag-Off-Bianca Ojukwu

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Mrs Bianca Ojukwu said in Awka yesterday that she shunned Saturday’s flag-off of APGA governorship campaign to protest “post-mortem disrespect’’ to her deceased husband.
She laid the blame of the “post-mortem disrespect’’ to Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu on the doorstep of APGA’s leadership.
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Dr Ifeanyi Ibezim, APGA’s governorship and deputy governorship candidates, respectively, kick-started their 2021 campaign at on Saturday.
Bianca was conspicuously absent at the event unlike previous mega political activities held by APGA, a party that branded late Ojukwu as the spiritual leader of the party.
Another obvious sign which made some political observers note that there was serious crack in the party was the removal of Ojukwu’s image on the customised uniform of APGA worn by people at the event.
Some party faithful, however, wore the old uniform bearing the image of the Eze Igbo Gburugburu, Dim Ojukwu, to the event.
Bianca described as an affront, the treatments to her late husband by the present leadership of APGA.
“It is an irony that today Governor Willie Obiano has resuscitated Dim Ojukwu’s pictures for use in campaigning for the upcoming elections in Anambra.
“This is the height of opportunism and hypocrisy. Is Ojukwu not the same man Obiano once described as a dead man who was no longer relevant to the party?
“Why should I permit him to keep trampling on the legacy of my late husband who put his heart and soul into this party?
“Ojukwu should not be like a light switch to be turned on for party campaign, and turned off once the election is won,’’ she said.
The former Nigerian ambassador to Spain, expressed displeasure at the decision of APGA’s leadership to expunge her husband’s image from APGA uniform and other insignia of the party.
“It is most unfortunate that Gov. Obiano decided to remove the picture of Ojukwu and replace same with his picture just to drive home his statement that `he would no longer tie the fate and fortunes of APGA to the memory of a dead man’, obviously in reference to my husband,’’ Bianca said.
She listed other ill-treatments meted to her and the deceased husband and maintained that her presence at Saturday’s flag-off would have been an endorsement to the defrauding of scores of aspirants by the party during the party’s primary in the year 2018.
“It is unfortunate that the same APGA election managers that were responsible for the disastrous 2018 party primaries which resulted in severe damage to the party’s brand were also left to handle APGA’s campaign flag-off.
“Any political party that consistently robs its own members will not endure, APGA inclusive,’’ she noted.
She also lamented that the report of the Sen. Victor Umeh-led Peace and Reconciliation Committee that visited her in Enugu few weeks ago which pointed the way forward for APGA, had been discarded by the governor and the party leadership.
Bianca, however, indicated that she remained hopeful that in spite of APGA’s current travails that the party has a fair chance of producing the next governor of the state.
She described the party as presently constituted as a field of ‘sorrow’ for so many walking wounded…from aggrieved aspirants, party members at the grassroots, as well as party stakeholders.
Reacting to Bianca’s charges, Mr C-Don Adinuba, Director Media, Soludo Governorship Campaign Organisation, said that the omission of Ojukwu’s image on APGA uniform was not a ploy to insult late Ojukwu and his family.
“It was a mistake by the person who handled the recent uniform the party printed,’’ he said.
Adinuba who is also Anambra Commissioner for Information said he was confident that Bianca had nothing against Prof. Soludo as APGA’s candidate.
“I am sure that in the next couple of days Bianca will join the campaign tour of Prof. Soludo,’’ he said.

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