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Adamawa

A total of 33,049 people from 571 households were affected in the recent Adamawa flood disaster.

The Secretary of the state Emergency Relief Committee, Alhaji Abubakar Mahmud, said while briefing newsmen that the number was for the nine worst affected Local Governments along the river banks while reports from remaining 12 local government areas of the the state that were not seriously affected was being compiled.

He said that four people lost their lives along with 13,372 livestock in the nine Local Governments, comprising Yola North, Yola South, Demsa, Fufore, Numan, Lamorde, Girei, Shelleng and Guyuk.

Mahmud also said that over 1000 hectares of farmland was affected by the flood in the nine local governments, adding that the state government had expended over N500 million in assisting the flood victims across the state.

He said his committee would soon commence disbursing the N500 million released by the Federal Government after categorising the affected local governments.

 

Bauchi

The Bauchi State government will create additional 20,000 jobs in 2013 to cater for unemployed women and youths, Alhaji Aminu Hammayo, the commissioner for Finance, has said.

Hammayo  who made this known in Bauchi at a roundtable discussion with stakeholders on the state’s 2013 budget, he said the jobs would be created through the public works programme, whcih had been adopted as a model by the Federal Government in the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P).

Hammayo also said that various measures would be taken to curb over spending on overhead cost and other recurrent expenses in 2013.

The commissioner said that the savings from such measures would be channelled to sectors such as water, healthcare as well as new access roads for rural farmers.

 

Ekiti

The Ekiti Government in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday distributed Severe Acute Malnutrition treatment materials to five referral centres to be administered free on children of five years and below.

The referral centres are University of Ado Ekiti Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti as well as the specialist hospitals in Ikere, Ikole and Ijero.

The Chairman, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Sule Lawal, said while handing over the materials to the hospitals that malnutrition was a life threatening condition which required urgent treatment.

The Permanent Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mrs Folakemi Falore, commended the centres for giving the cases serious attention, thereby reducing acute malnutrition in the state.

Responding on behalf of the recipient hospitals, the Head of Department, Nutrition, at Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti, Dr Onyema Clifford, pledged to make good use of the items. (NAN)

 

Kano

Four private hospitals have been sealed for alleged illegal operations and unhygienic conditions in Kano State, a statement said on Wednesday.

The  Public Relations Officer of the state Ministry of Health, Malam Isma’il Gwammaja, stated that they were closed by the Private Health Institution Unit of the ministry. The hospitals are; Pasly by nature health centre, Amana Hospital, Sarki hospital as well as Annur Hospital, all in the state capital.

The Senior Special Adviser to the state Governor, Dr Salisu Ibrahim, led the monitoring team that shut down the hospitals. Pasly by nature health centre was shut down because it use unauthorised herbal medication to treat patients, while Sarki hospital lacked the conducive atmosphere to operate.

Amana hospital lacked qualified personnel, while Annur violated the regulations of health care service delivery.

The statement  warned that the State Government would not tolerate any unwholesome practices, especially as it regards health care delivery.

 

Katsina

Residents of Malumfashi local government of Katsina State on Wednesday appealed to the Katsina State Government to rehabilitate township water supply systems to ease persistent water scarcity in the area.

Speaking in separate interviews in Malumfashi, a cross-section of residents expressed displeasure over the situation.

A  resident, Malam Sanusi Zubairu-Khalifa  appealed to the state government to hasten the repairs of the damaged pipes as well as overhaul the water board operation.

Zubairu-Khalifa explained that the situation had increased domestic expenses, noting that the population of water vendors also increase daily due to the water scarcity.

 

Kogi

Kogi State Government has promised to assist victims of the recent flood disaster staying outside the relief camps.

According to the statement, signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Yabagi Bologi, Awoniyi said the Government would ensure equity in whatever assistance it would render to the victims.

He said that government was updating the records of all the victims in all parts of the state, adding that no one would be left out.

Awoniyi said that many of the relief camps would soon undergo reorganisation with those in public schools to be relocated to allow for normal academic activities to resume.

He advised farmers, who lost their farmlands to the floods, to be patient as government was already taking steps to provide them with seedlings and other inputs.

The deputy governor said that affected buildings were being enumerated to enable the government take appropriate decisions on their suitability for occupation.

 

Kwara

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, says the state is financially buoyant to meet its obligations.

Ahmed, who made this known in Ilorin during a monthly interactive session, “The Governor Explains”, said the State Government had paid salaries, contractors and settle other claims.

“There is no magic in our financial viability other than the fact that we have been able to manage our expenditure within our revenue profile,” he said.

He assured that no local government council would sack its workers as they had streamlined their expenditure portfolio to manageable size to avoid past experiences.

Ahmed said his administration had spent N70 million to repair Ajasse-Ipo-Erin-Ile Road, a federal road which linked the state with Osun State, promising to extend the intervention to other federal roads.

He said contract for the construction of Kaiama-Kisi Road, which links parts of Kwara North senatorial district, would be awarded soon.

He said the State Government was releasing N30 million monthly to the state Road Maintenance Agency to ensure a pot-hole-free road in the State.

Ahmed said his administration had spent more than N40 million on relief materials for the victims of the recent flood disaster.

He, however, commended the Federal Government for releasing N300 million as relief fund for the affected persons in the state.

 

LagoS

The former President of the Nigeria Power Lifting Federation (NPF), Fred Ine, last Thursday urged the three tiers of government to enact enabling sports policies to attract corporate partnership.

In an interview In Lagos, Ine observed that most investors in the country have long neglected interest in sports because there wee no binding policies in place.

“Sports development in the country is not the sole responsibility of government. It should be complementary between the government, individuals and corporate entities.

“But because there are no binding policies in place, corporate bodies in the country are operating the way they deemed fit,’’he said.

According to Ine, government should make it mandatory for corporate outfits to adopt any sport of their choice, to relieve the government of unnecessary burden.

 

Oyo

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has advised agrochemical dealers to adhere strictly to proper handling and administration of their products to avoid food poisoning.

NAFDAC Director, Narcotics and Controlled Substances Directorate, Mr Hashim Yusuf, gave the advice at a workshop organised for the dealers in Ibadan on Wednesday.

The sensitisation workshop was organised by NAFDAC for members of the West Agro Input Dealers Association (WAIDA).

Yusuf was represented by Mrs Ngozi Onuorah, the Deputy Director, Narcotics and Controlled Substances Directorate of the agency,

The director said that the inappropriate storage and handling of agrochemicals had harmful effects on human beings, animals and the environment.

 

Plateau

The Military Special Task Force keeping the peace in Plateau State,  announced last Thursday that it has killed two persons believed to be assailants who attacked Kura falls village in Barkin Ladi.

The assailants attacked the village last Thursday. The STF spokesman, Capt. Salisu Mustapha, told newsmen in Jos that the STF men also recovered a baby belonging to a couple, who were believed to be killed by the assailants. The helpless baby, he said, was rescued in a nearby bush.

Mustapha said that the attackers had killed three persons, including a couple, while few other persons sustained injuries.

The spokesman expressed concern over the incessant attacks on villages in Barkin Ladi and Riyom in spite of the spirited efforts to ensure peaceful coexistence amongst the villagers, and warned that the STF would not condone that.

 

Taraba

The Taraba Deputy Governor, Malam Garba Umar, last Wednesday directed committees handling the distribution of relief materials to victims of the recent flood disaster in the state to begin distributing them.

Umar gave the directive in Jalingo while inspecting warehouses in which the materials were kept.  The materials include food items, building materials, textiles, farming implements and fishing materials.  The materials were bought with the N400 million provided to the state by the Federal Government to assist the victims in six local government areas.

Umar said a telecommunication company, MTN, the Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had donated relief materials to the victims.

 

Zamfara

Bakura Emirate Council in Zamfara State, has donated drugs worth N1 million to cater for children affected by malnutrition in the area.

The Emir of Bakura, Alhaji Bello Muhammad, presented the drugs to the Director, Primary Healthcare, Bakura Local Government area, Alhaji Ahmad Suleman, last Thursday.

He said that donation was informed by the council’s concern over the health conditions of women and children, noting that the donation was also meant to draw the attention of policy makers to the plight of the children.

“From the reports I have received from the community, the management of malnourished children is worrisome. “There is need for collaborative efforts to reverse the trend,” the emir said.

He added that the emirate had also received complaints from the State Coalition for Maternal and Child Health “on the pathetic state of malnourished children in the area”.

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FG Sets Up To Recover Illegally Refined Crude Oil

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In a bid to block revenue leakages, the Federal Government, yesterday, inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Committee to tackle illegal refining of crude oil in the Niger Delta region of the country.
Members of the committee, who took their oath at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, were drawn from the Ministry of Defence, the Nigerian Army, the Navy, Defence Headquarters, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).
The Solicitor-General of the Federation (SGF), and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Umar Mohammed, who represented the AGF at the event, said the major mandate of the committee, was “the recovery of illegally refined petroleum products (crude oil) in the dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
According to the SGF, “In line with the policy of the current administration on security and economy, as well as the preservation of the environment from negative hazards.
“The office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in collaboration with all stakeholders, have put in place a mechanism for effective and efficient management of illegally refined products recovered from dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta.
“This mechanism was agreed by the relevant stakeholders and submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, who considered and approved the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the purpose of implementing the Mechanism known as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) For the Recovery of Illegally Refined Petroleum Products (Crude Oil) in the Dug-Up Pit found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
The SGF said the Federal Ministry of Justice would coordinate the process and the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
“The responsibility of the Inter-Ministerial Committee is to detect, report, evacuate, assess and ensure transparent disposal of the product with due consideration to the environment.
“The Inter-Ministerial Committee shall be guided by the SOP, developed for the project.
“The content of the SOP is drawn from the provision of the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations 2019.
“It is my hope that the proceeds from this exercise will be a source of additional revenue for the country”, the SGF added.

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FRSC Threatens Sanction Against Fleet Operators Over Speed Limit

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sanction any fleet operator found sabotaging the implementation of the Speed Limit Device.
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the 2021 annual safety managers retreat yesterday in Abuja.
The retreat aimed at sensitising safety managers on the implementation of the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme to attain best practices in fleet operations.
The theme of the retreat is: “Assessment of Speed Limit Device Implementation in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”.
Oyeyemi, represented by Deputy Corps Marshal, Motor Vehicle operations, Mr Hyginus Foumsuk, said that the corps would also sanction Speed Limit Device vendors identified for complicity.
The corps marshal expressed concern on the spate of road accidents and needless loss of lives, especially involving fleet operators.
“These, according to many experts investigations, could have been avoided if the concerned safety managers had been responsive in their duties,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that recent findings by the corps have also revealed a low level of compliance on the installation of Speed Limit Device and associated sharp practices among some fleet operators.
He noted that these practices included tampering with Speed Limit Device and connivance with vendors to deceive enforcement operatives.
This, he said, was with compliance certificates without actual installation of the device, calibration above the approved speed limits and others.
According to him, these shall no longer be tolerated as the corps will not hesitate to sanction violators henceforth.
Oyeyemi urged relevant stakeholders to address the decline on the proper vehicle maintenance as well as implementation of the passenger manifest by fleet operators and the drivers’ recruitment policy.
“We all know the essence of the passenger manifest and the significance of its proper implementation. You are therefore urged to take these issues seriously in the interest of safety.
“Passenger manifest is considered pivotal, thus its enforcement should continue along other traffic offences to compel the needed compliance. It is therefore pertinent that strict adherence to the existing policies be sustained,” he said.
“There is need for fleet operators to introduce improved practices to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers in compliance with traffic regulations.
The Director-General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera, commended the efforts of the corps on road safety.
Irukera noted that injury and fatality on the road were caused by speed, describing speed as a catalyst, aggravator and mitigator.
He urged motorists to take cognisance look into installing Speed Limit Device to avoid road traffic crashes and save lives and property.
He, however, assured FRSC of the commission’s support to punish violators, saying that excessive speed attracts a penalty.

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Sokoto Assembly Approves 2021 Virement Request Of N155m

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The  Sokoto State House of Assembly yesterday approved Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s  request of N155 million virement warrant on some capital projects  in 2021 approved budget.
This approval  followed the consideration of a letter by the state governor presented at the plenary by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida.
Alhaji Bello Ambarura, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in  the assembly, had  moved a motion asking  the lawmakers to consider the request at its plenary session.
Ambarura said that the request was necessitated by the present administration’s commitment to addressing  a number of developmental projects.

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