The management of NIGAZ company has said that River Kolmari, situated between Bauchi and Gombe States border, is capable of producing 10 Megawatts of electricity for the nation.
A representative of the firm, Mr Andrey Maslov, said this in Bauchi while presenting the feasibility studies the company conducted in conjunction with the Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC).
The feasibility was presented to the Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Sangir, and other stakeholders.
Sangir said that 25 million dollars (N3.89 billion) was required for the whole project which was expected to be completed within 15 months to 18 months from the date of commencement.
The Budget Office of the federation has denied issuing any directive to ministries, departments and agencies to ignore the implementation of the 2013 appropriation bill.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Francis Ojiah, Director, Administration, Budget Office, in Abuja.
“We wish to state categorically that this is absolutely untrue.
“At no time since the passage of the 2013 budget and subsequent assent by Mr President, did the budget office issue such a directive,” it said.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Aminu Tambuwal, has performed the foundation laying ceremony of the N2.7 billion International Conference Centre (ICC) in Gombe State.
Tambuwal commended Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State for initiating the construction of the centre and other projects executed in the state.
He said the governor’s efforts were in line with the PDP’s manifesto of peace and development.
“You are all aware that Gombe State is the second least in terms of federation allocation but the projects the governor has executed show that there is prudence and accountability in the state,” he said.
The Kaduna State University, Kaduna, last Saturday graduated 1,705 students from 2008/2009 and 2011/2012 sessions.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Barnabas Qurix, announced this during the maiden convocation of the institution.
Ourix said 14 students graduated with first class honours.
He said the candidates graduated from mathematics, computer science, bio-chemistry and other departments.
The Kano State Government I says a total of 1,600 women were trained in poultry production in the state in the past two years.
The governor of the state, Alhaji Rabi’u Kwankwaso, made the disclosure at the graduation ceremony of the sixth batch of 600 women, who received training on poultry production at the Kano Poultry Institute in Tukui, Kano.
He said the trainees were selected from 16 out of the 44 Local Government Areas in the state, pointing out that the remaining 28 council areas would soon take their turn.
Kwankwaso gave an assurance that the State Government would continue to support beneficiaries of all its empowerment programmes.
Dr Emmanuel Ojo of the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, has accused Nigerian lawyers of not doing enough in the fight against corruption.
The political scientist told newsmen in Ilorin that lawyers, through frivolous applications, frustrated anti-graft cases in court.
“The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), is not really helping matters in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
“The lawyers manipulate the court system on grounds of technicalities to secure frivolous adjournments, thereby frustrating the polity and encouraging corruption.”
Former Chairman, Ikeja branch of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Mr Chukwuemeka Eze, has called on federal and state governments to strictly enforce the tax laws.
Eze made the call while speaking in an interview with newmen in Lagos.
He said that strict enforcement of the tax laws would encourage compliance and ultimately improve revenue generation in the country.
Eze said that it would be difficult to achieve optimally in terms of revenue generation from taxes when the laws regulating them were not properly enforced.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Office, in Obi local government area of Nasarawa State, has advised communities in the state to ensure proper maintenance of projects executed in their domains.
The Technical Assistant Officer in the council Mr Ahmed Musa, gave the advice during an inspection of various MDGs projects in the area.
Musa said: “The government has played its part by executing these various projects in order to fight poverty and hunger.
“I urge various communities in this area to complement government’s efforts by safeguarding these projects executed in your communities.
Two 100 level students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNNAB), were killed last Friday by a hit-and-run motorist currently at large.
An eyewitness account said that the incident happened at about 7.30 p.m. in front of Isolu Muslim High School, Alabata, about a kilometre away from FUNNAB.
The driver of the vehicle, a golden colour jeep, was said to be on top speed and trying to avoid a collision with a vehicle from the opposite direction, when he suddenly swerved and ran into the students, who were said to be returning home from school.
The Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adesida, has commended the Ondo State Government for its urban renewal and beautification projects in Akure and other major towns.
Adesida gave the commendation in Akure, while speaking with newsmen.
He noted that the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko had performed creditably in many areas.
The monarch particularly extolled the administration for transforming Akure into a modern state capital.
Adesida, who is the Chriamn of Ondo State Council of Traditional Rulers, stressed that he was happy that Akure had experienced a remarkable transformation, especially in the area of infrastructure.
Women in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State failed to attend the free medical treatment organised by the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace in the state.
The medical outreach was organised by the task force as a strategy for creating mutual co-existence amongst the people of the state.
A representative of the women, Mrs Naomi Dalyop, said they refused to avail themselves of the service for fear of being poisoned by the military personnel.
“A lot of women refused to show up here because we were told that the drugs that would be given to us at this free medical outreach would be poisoned.
“So many of us have this notion that if we show up here, we might not return alive to our various homes.
The permanent site for Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Taraba will soon be ready for commissioning, the site engineer, Mr. Shaba Owolabi, has said.
Owolabi, who spoke on behalf of the construction company handling the project, Eurobel International, stated this on Monday in Jalingo in an interview with newsmen.
He said the project, which began in November 2012, would be handed over to the board by March 23 as scheduled.
Owolabi commended the state’s JAMB coordinator, Mrs. Veronica Ayuba, for her “unflinching support” towards the completion of the project.
Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity
Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.
Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages
The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.
Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.
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