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Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Amachree (left), former Speaker, Rt. Hon Tonye Harry (middle) and Leder of the House, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, scrutinising the 2013 Appropriation Bill prior to its passage, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Amachree (left), former Speaker, Rt. Hon Tonye Harry (middle) and Leder of the House, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, scrutinising the 2013 Appropriation Bill prior to its passage, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Adamawa

The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria has constructed a health clinic worth N4.5 million in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa.

The acting Bishop of Yola Diocese, Reverend Ishaku  Bala, who  disclosed this at the opening of a three-day conference of the diocese on Friday in Gombi  said that the clinic was built to address the health needs of the people in the area.

Bala added that the church had implemented several human capacity buildings programme to improve the living standard of its members across the state.

“The church has also established poultry and fish ponds that will accommodate more than 1000 chickens and different variety of fish,” he said.

 

Borno

The Defence Headquarters said on Saturday in Abuja that 65 persons suspected to be terrorists had been apprehended by its Special Task Force (STF).

A statement signed by Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, said the terrorists were caught while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri as they fled their various camps now under attack.

The statement said the arrest was a continuation mission aimed at ridding the nation’s territories of all insurgent activities.

“The facilities have now been occupied by our troops,’’ it said further.

The statement said further that, in another development, troops have engaged and dislodged elements of insurgent groups who carried out the May 7 attacks on citizens in localities such as Gamboru ward.

 

FCT

A member of Forum of Legal Practitioners, otherwise known as ‘Lex Fora’, has advocated death penalty for rapists.

A former Chairman of the forum in the FCT, Mr Paul Eshiemomoh, who made the suggestion in an interview  in Abuja on Sunday,  described the act of rape as barbaric and animalistic.

“Because I don’t see any sense in a man going to rape an underage, such people should not be allowed to leave among people in the society Yes, I support imposition of death penalty for rapists because it will serve as deterrent to others,’’ he said.

Eshiemomoh said that the law prescribes maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment for rapists because it is a major crime, and decried the poor handling of rape cases by some prosecuting agencies, such as the police.

 

Jigawa

Two hundred and students of  National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Dutse Campus, matriculated on Saturday for the 2012/13 academic year.

The Coordinator of the Study Centre, Malam Abdullahi Abubakar, said at the  matriculation ceremony that the centre, established in 2008 with five students,   currently had 751 students.

Abdullahi expressed concern over the low patronage for programmes of the school  and appealed to the people to embrace them considering that  NOUN was like any other university.

He said that NOUN provided opportunity for both the young and the old to continue their education through the distance learning process.

 

Kaduna

The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) has warned that it would punish its staff involved in extorting money from customers.

Addressing the Customers’ Consultative Council at Sabon-Tasha Business Unit forum in Kaduna, the Managing Director of KEDC, Malam Mohammed Idris, said the management was worried by frequent complaints of monetary extortion by its staff.

Idris said the company was determined to deliver quality service to customers and would not allow any bad eggs to tarnish the image of the company and rubbish its efforts to meet the aspirations of its consumers.

 

Kaduna

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna, has accredited seven programmes of the Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology (FCAPT), Kano.

The college was established in 2008 to train middle level manpower in agriculture, post-harvest technology and agricultural produce inspection. The Provost of the college, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibrahim, who disclosed this in Kano on Sunday in an interview  said the accreditation was for the institution to award National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology, Food Technology and Statistics.

He said the college was in the process of developing a curriculum for National Diploma in Produce Post-harvest Technology and Produce Inspection.

 

Nasarawa

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nasarawa State command, has started a sensitisation campaign on traffic rules and regulations for primary school pupils in Lafia.

Addressing the pupils of Loremm International Primary School, Lafia, on Friday, sector commander, Mr Francis Udoma, advised children to educate their parents on how to drive in accordance with the rules governing driving.

Represented by Mr Basil Igbana, Udoma urged road users to exercise caution as they drive to reduce the rate of accident, and  advised road users to make sure their vehicles are in good condition before starting any journey.

In her remarks, the proprietress of the school, Mrs Ego Okafor, who was represented by Mr Bob Nwankwo, described children as “agents of change’’.

 

Osun

The Osun Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mr Sikiru Ayedun,   on Saturday said the state government was preparing to give a facelift to historical sites to boost tourism.

Ayedun who made this disclosure in a telephone interview in Lagos,  said the state was blessed with an array of culture, arts and tourism opportunities to make it the number one tourism destination in the country.

The commissioner said it was on the basis of the derivable benefits from the venture that necessitated government’s decision to embark on the project.

Ayedun revealed that government had previously restored sites such as the Olajokun Memorial Park, Osun Grove, “Opa Oranmiyan”, Oke-Mogun shrine in Ile-Ife and the Oluminrin Waterfall in Erin-Ijesa.

 

Oyo

Three African Congres of Nigeria (ACN) Governors, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti have pledged support for Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State’s urban renewal project.

The governors made the promise on Saturday at a reception at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Ibadan, to climax the chieftaincy titles conferred on the governor and his wife.

The governors, who spoke separately, said that Ajimobi had restored the glory of Oyo State, adding that he had achieved the set goals of his administration in two years.

 

Plateau

Plateau State  Governor, Jonah Jang  has described Presi

dent Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration of emergency rule in three states as the best decision for the country.

Jang made the declaration while speaking to newsmen on arrival at the Jos Airport after a three-week trip abroad ,last Saturday.

“Our president knows better as the chief security officer of this country, and he has acted in the interest of all citizens.“Without peace, there is no way Nigeria can enjoy the patronage of investors. Peace is a prerequisite for investment, development and growth.“Ours is to support everything the President is doing, so that we can bring total peace to our country,’’ he said.

The governor said he and some others were just back from an investment summit in Canada aimed at attracting investors to the country.

 

Sokoto

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria ( NAHCON), has allocated 6,450 seats to Sokoto State for the 2013 Hajj, top official of the pilgrims agency has said.

The Chairman, Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (PWA), Alhaji Muntari Maigona,   said in an interview in Sokoto on Saturday,   that Gov. Aliyu Wamakko had approved over N25 million for the provision of computers and other accessories for the establishment of ultra-modern ICT-compliant Hajj registration centres.

He said that part of the funds would be used for the intensive training of the Hajj registration officials in the state to ensure success of the ongoing biometric registration of all prospective pilgrims.

 

Zamafara

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, says police will now strengthen partnership with communities to identify potential national security threats.

The IG said this on Saturday in Gusau at the opening of a one-day Intelligence Sensitisation and Community Partnership Workshop.

Abubakar, who was represented on the occasion by the AIG North West Zone, Suleiman Fakai, said partnership with communities would now take “central role in preventing and responding to terrorism and reducing citizens’ security concerns”.

The measure, according to him, will also enhance national security, protection of lives and property and stabilise democracy.

Gov. Abdulaziz Yari, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government, Muttaka Rini, expressed readiness to always partner with security agencies to ensure peace in the state.

Yari said government would always support the agencies with logistics to enhance their performances in the protection of peoples’ lives and property and ensure peaceful coexistence among the communities.

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‘Nigeria, Others Lose $110bn Annually To Inefficient Power Supply’

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The Executive Director, Sahara Group, Kola Adesina, has called on various stakeholders to promote energy access in Africa, as lack of energy costs Nigeria and other African countries over $110billion annually.

He also urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the need to galvanise the interest and support of various stakeholders to promote equitable global trade relations and energy access in Africa where almost 600 million live without electricity.

Adesina, who spoke on ‘Redirecting the World Trade Organisation’ at the virtual 2021 Horasis Global Meeting, said deploying multilateral engagements would help circumvent the status quo that has made global trade relations “somewhat lopsided.”

Horasis is one of the foremost annual meetings of the world’s leading decision-makers from business, government, and civil society.

Speaking on access to power in Africa, Adesina said the WTO should explore collaborating with the various stakeholders to accelerate the pace of technology needed to make alternative power cheaper and more accessible to the consumers.

Africa is home to 17 per cent of the world’s population, but accounts for just 4 per cent of global power supply investment.

On a per capita basis, power supply investment in Africa ranks among the lowest in the world and lack of energy costs the continent over $110billion annually.

“The Environmental Impact Analysis of conventional power sources should be the focal point of conversations with African presidents as well as key political and business leaders to ensure their support and agree to a collective and sustainable solution template.

“The WTO must ensure that multilateralism guides its decision-making. The countries of the world are not all on the same pedestal, there should be consideration for the poor countries.

“The WTO should create a system where countries come together to create a united front to handle the issues the world is facing,” he said.

Adesina explained that multilateral strategies would create “elastic solutions” that can be adapted with respect to the unique challenges and opportunities across global trade blocs.

He argued that while sustainability should be the ultimate driver of development, concessions need to be in place to effectively manage the current challenges of less developed continents.

He stated, “Africa still suffers from the twin challenge of access versus affordability of electricity. We all need each other to solve the global challenges we face as individual countries and the world.

“A strong commitment is needed to maintain open and free trade; to keep open borders and to help the poorest countries, particularly least developed countries, survive the economic shock created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Horasis session noted that with protectionism gaining steam globally, the WTO would need to reinforce its influence on stabilizing global trade negotiations.

Experts expect that the WTO, under the leadership of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would spearhead effective reforms that would make the organization play a strategic role in promoting equity and transparency in the quest for global sustainable development.

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UNILORIN Engages Landlords Association On Students’ Safety

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The Management of the University of Ilorin says the institution is interacting with the Association of Landlords within its communities to ensure the protection of students.
Dean, Student Affairs, Unilorin, Prof. Lanre Ajibade, at a news conference in Ilorin yesterday assured that no stone would be left unturned toward ensuring safety of students.
According to Ajibade, the University has been engaging in consistent interactions with the landlord association of the communities to ensure students who live in the area enjoy the best treatment possible.
He said that although no fresh and returning student of the University was set to resume the 2021/2022 academic session, many live off campus, particularly within Tanke and the neighbouring communities,
He recalled the recent murder of a female student of the University and said management had been working vigorously with security agencies to ensure perpetrators of the heinous act were prosecuted.
The dean noted that the University was working assiduously with all the security agencies and other stakeholders within and outside the institution to ensure the safety of the community.
The University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Abdulwasiu Oyewo, also said that his personnel were working day and night to provide maximum security in the area.
Oyewo said that the security officers were in constant patrol of the environment, adding that vehicles with tinted glasses and without registration number would not be allowed on campus.
Also, Officer-in-Charge of the Intelligence Unit in the University’s Security Division, Mr Ali Na’Allah, said that the unit would continue to engage in discreet information gathering on campus.

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Unemployed Man, 22, Docked For Stealing Two iPhones, Laptop

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A 22-year-old unemployed man, Akinwunmi Rotimi, yesterday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun for allegedly stealing two iPhones, an Hp Laptop and other valuables.
The police charged Rotimi, whose address was not provided, with two counts of burglary and stealing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Cynthia Ejezie, told the court that the defendant also stole N240,000.
Ejezie said that the defendant committed the offence on April 3 at about 4 a.m.at No.6 Ayoola Adeyinka, off Tetiku road, Owode-Ijako, Ota.
He said that the defendant broke into the house of the complainant, Mrs Adeleye Anike.
She said that the police from the Sango-Ota Police Station, tracked one of the phones to the defendant.
The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of sections 383 (1) and 412 of the Criminal Code Vol.11, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr Ambrose Aisedion, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.
Magistrate Shotunde Shotayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Shotayo ordered that the sureties reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with two-year tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until June 17 for a definite hearing.

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