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Bauchi

The Bauchi State Government said last  Wednesday that it would provide 40,000 doses of Misoprostol tablets and Chlorhexidine tubes in all the primary health centres  in the state.

The Executive Chairman of the state’s Primary Health Development Agency (BSPHDCA), made this known in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi.

He said that this would reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the state.

According to him, research findings have confirmed that bleeding after child birth is a major cause of maternal mortality in pregnant women, while infant deaths are mostly caused by infections through their cords.

 

Benue

A 26-year-old man, Mohammed Sani, was last Wednesday convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court for theft of motorcycle.

The Magistrate, Franca Yuwa, invoked Section 157(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to convict Sani for theft punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code.

The police prosecutor, Mike Eweh, told the court that one Johnson Imeh, of Nyiman Makurdi, reported the case.

He said that the complainant had reported that he parked his motorcycle in front of his house but was later stolen.

 

FCT

The Deputy Director, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), last Wednesday urged the corps members in Kuje, FCT, to comply with electoral laws during the Area Council Election.

She made this call in an interview with newsmen at an awareness campaign on elections for corps members in Kuje.

Iloebe said the exercise was to sensitise the NYSC Corps members on the dangers of violating electoral laws during the forth-coming Area Council election on the March 16.

“The awareness is a clarion call for the corps members to contribute their quota towards national development through free and fair elections.

 

Jigawa

The Jigawa State Government last Wednesday announced the establishment of a new state university.

The Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports, Alhaji Babandi Ibrahim, made this known when he briefed newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting in Dutse.

He said that the new university would be situated in Kafin-Hausa town, Kafin-Hausa Local Government area of the state.

Ibrahim said that the School of Remedial Studies established in 2011 and sited in that area, would be part of the programmes that would be run in the university.

 

Kano

The Kano State Government says it will rehabilitate 35 out of the existing 198 kilometres of shelter belt in the state this year.

Acting Coordinator, Kano State Afforestation Project, Alhaji Musa Shu’aibu, told newsmen last Wednesday in Kano that the government earmarked certain amount of money in this year’s budget for the project.

He said that rehabilitation of the shelter belt was part of efforts being made by the government to control desert encroachment.

“A similar project was carried out last year in which the government expended N15 million on the rehabilitation of 50 kilometres of shelter belt in four local government areas of the state,’’ he said.

 

Kogi

The Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, last Wednesday approved the appointment of Prince Ndakwo Ameh Oboni as the new Attah Igala.

This is contained in a statement issued in Lokoja by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy.

The statement said that the appointment of Oboni followed due process and was in accordance with Igala tradition and native laws guiding succession to the throne.

It added that the appointment was with immediate effect.

The Kwara State  House of Assembly on Wednesday approved the removal of the Chairman, Governing Council of the Kwara State College of Education, IIorin, Alhaji Musa Yeketi. This resolution followed the report of its joint Committee on Education and Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary on the facts surrounding the suspension of the chairman.

 

Lagos

A 24-year-old woman, Maria Nwanche, has pleaded with an Agege Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve her seven-year-old marriage over battery and threat to life.

The petitioner, who lives at 27, Market Road, Agege, told the court that her marriage broke down when she realised that her husband, Emmanuel Nwanche, had “faked’’ love for her.

“My seven years has been hell living with this man. He has made life unbearable for me, if I continue with Emmanuel; he might end up taking my life.

“My husband beats me at every slight argument, he does not respect my feelings, he took me for granted because he married me when I was still in secondary school.

 

Niger

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Minna had said it is being owed N8.6 billion by consumers in Minna and its environs.

The Business Manager, Minna Business Unit, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Minna.

Garba said that the PHCN had commenced the authentication of all bills owed by each consumer so as to remove over estimation and over billing to enable them pay their electricity bills.

 

Oyo

The police in Ibadan last Wednesday arraigned two men, Muyideen Nurudeen and Akeem Salami, before an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly snatching bag containing valuable items.

The Prosecutor, Mrs Olookoba Bola, told the court that the accused persons snatched a bag belonging to one Seriki Folake.

The bag allegedly contained N15, 000 cash, Starcom OTS valued at N3, 500, a cell Phone valued at N6, 000, a driving licence and a GTbank ATM card.

The prosecutor said that the accused also stole a Nokia 305 valued at N13, 000 belonging to one Ekunseyitan Victoria.

 

Plateau

The Chief Medical Director of Jos University Teaching Hospital, has challenged patients to promptly report any “unprofessional conduct’’ by medical personnel to the hospital authorities.

“I have always said it and will always repeat it. We have a SERVICOM unit ready to listen to complaints from patients that have not been well served. It is your right to be served. It is not a privilege. So, report any abuse by medical doctors or any other personnel here.

“Sometimes, some of them can complain, but when you ask them to tell you the defaulting medical doctor, they will tell you they do not want any one to lose his job. This is bad and certainly not helpful,’’ he said.

While noting that Nigeria’s law allowed its medical doctors, like their counterparts worldwide, to own private medical outfits, added that such laws also regulated the practice.

 

Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday called for inter-agency collaboration to reduce poverty and unemployment in the country.

Abubakar III, specifically advocated the synergy between the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), to further combat poverty.

“Not that I am calling for their scrapping or merger rather they should work hand-in-glove as they have similar mandates.

“They should have an efficient inter-link among themselves. They all have the same aims of engaging more Nigerians meaningfully.

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NUT Tasks NASS On Teachers’ 65 Years Retirement Age Bill Passage

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has urged the national assembly to expedite action on passage of the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021.
The Secretary-General of NUT, Dr Mike Ike-Ene, made the appeal in an interview with The Tide yesterday in Abuja.
He said the passage of the bill and its eventual signing into law by the President would go a long way in giving teachers the hope that their profession was being given the needed attention.
Ike-Ene said the hope of passage of the bill on June 30, having been mentioned on the Order Paper, was dashed because of the controversy that followed the debate on the Petroleum Industry Bill, now an Act.
“We are expecting that as the national assembly has resumed, the bill will be one of the first few bills to be passed.
“We expected the bill to be passed on June 30 concurrently by the two houses having been mentioned on the Order Paper but the debate of the Petroleum Industry Act and debate of the Electoral Reform Bill took the day.’’
The Secretary-General commended the National Assembly for its commitment to ensuring conclusion of work on the bill.
He expressed optimism that when passed, President Buhari would not hesitate in signing it into law.
He thanked the President for the effort to reposition the teaching profession, saying the union had been in the forefront in the struggle for elongation of tenure for teachers, among other things.
According to him, we have actually been fighting for some of the things the President promised to do for teachers, for instance, the elongation of years.
“We have been agitating for 65 years retirement age or 40 years by service and one of the reasons for the agitation is that we discovered that about 26 states did not recruit a single teacher for over 20 years.
“Yet teachers were retiring in their dozens, in hundreds and more deaths were being recorded as a result of the growing insecurity, particularly in schools.
“Some died naturally, others were resigning, yet teachers were not being employed.”
He further said, “We have also been agitating for Teachers Special Salary Structure (TSS) but hazard allowance was granted instead.
“The hazard allowance accumulated to 27.5 per cent of the basic of teachers’ salaries which were not what we were agitating for.
“We thank God that the Buhari’s administration has promised to implement the TSS and since that pronouncement, NUT, government and other stakeholders have been working to ensure implementation.’’
Ike-Ene disclosed that the promise made to teachers by the president would be implemented at different levels, stressing that while some would be passed into law, others would be implemented as policies.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in June, transmitted a letter on a Bill to increase the retirement age for teachers from 60 years to 65 years.
The Bill also seeks to extend the years of service for teachers from 35years to 40 years.
Meanwhile, the president at the commemoration of the World Teachers Day on October 5, 2020, approved a special salary scale for teachers and special pension scheme.
He also said the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) will begin to fund teaching practice in universities and colleges of education.
He further promised to ensure provisions for rural posting allowance, science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance.
The president also promised sponsorship of at least one refresher training, construction of low-cost housing for teachers in rural areas and reintroduction of bursary award.
Other promises are, expansion of the annual Presidential Teachers and Schools Awards and payment of stipends to Bachelor of Education students and automatic employment after graduation.

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Traffic Congestion: FG Builds Three Flyovers, Interchange

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The Federal Government is collaborating with Ogun State Government to secure the Right of Way (RoW) for the construction of three bridges and an interchange on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said this during an inspection of the highway last Wednesday.
Fashola, who was joined by Gov. Dapo Abiodun at the Lotto Bridge under construction, said the highway accommodated over 40,000 vehicles daily, hence the urgent need for additional flyovers and interchanges for decongestion.
The bridges are under construction at Makun, MFM and Lotto (Mowe) areas on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“We are trying to execute an interchange that will separate the main carriageway and give commuters choice, especially those going to religious places to worship, those going to universities and so on and so forth.
“So that what used to cause the congestion is limited to the barest minimum if not totally eradicated when the road is finished.
“So, we now require additional land to build the interchange, that is why I called the governor (Dapo Abiodun),” he said.
He said that the Buhari administration inherited several stalled projects which he was committed to completing by adequately funding the projects
Fashola expressed satisfaction with progress of work on the ongoing reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
On his part, Gov. Abiodun assured that the state government would give all the land and support needed.
Earlier, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, gave the measurements and dimensions needed for the bridges and interchange.
Popoola also gave details on the number of buildings and services on the Right of Way of the bridges which, without paying compensations, would stall the project.
He said that section one of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project, which spans from Ojota in Lagos to Sagamu Interchange, “has achieved 56 per cent completion”.
Also, during inspection of section two of the project, which spans from the Sagamu Interchange to Ojoo in Ibadan, the Federal Controller of Works in Ogun, Mr Umar Bakare, said that the section was 63 per cent completed.

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NEDC Flags Off Construction Of 500 Housing Units In Bauchi

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North-East Development Commission (NEDC) in collaboration with the Bauchi State Government has commenced the construction of 500 mass housing units in Bauchi, to address housing deficit in the state.
NEDC’s Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Goni-Alkali, stated this at the ground breaking ceremony of the project yesterday in Bauchi.
Goni-Alkali said that 300 houses would be built in Bauchi metropolis while 200 others would be spread across the 20 local government areas of the state.
According to him, the project is to ease the accommodation problems as well as fast track the rapid social and economic development of the state, to mitigate the devastation caused by the insurgency.
Goni-Alkali said that the commission had so far constructed 1,000 housing units in Marte LGA of Borno, adding that the houses had been handed over to the state government.
He said that the commission would also construct one primary school in each of the senatorial districts across the six states in the region, to promote educational development.
The managing director said that the commission had presented food and non-food items to the Bauchi State Government for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He listed the items to include 10,000 bags of rice; 2,000 bags of sugar; 10,000 gallons of palm oil; 3,000 cartons of pasta; 2,000 blankets; 2,000 plastic mats and 1,000 mosquito nets.
In his remarks, Gov. Bala Mohammed, lauded the impact of the commission in the North-East with regard to the construction of schools and roads.
Mohammed also commended NEDC for the provision of other essential services since inception in 2019.
He said that the commission had constructed one block of six classrooms each across the 20 local government areas of the state.
“We have recieved the intervention of the commission in health and agriculture,” he said.
Mohammed promised to distribute the donated items judiciously to the deserving families.
The Goni-Alkali and other officials of the commission would inspect road projects in Alkaleri and Kirfi, and  Visco Vaginal Fistula (VVF) Centre in Ningi

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