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Governor  Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has urged people of the state to indulge in writing in order to preserve their culture and tradition for generations yet unborn.

Suswam, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Steve Lawani, made the call on Tuesday in Makurdi during the public presentation and launching of two books.

The books are entitled: “Retirement: Management Challenges and Strategies” and Lessons for a Christian Woman,” written by Mrs Rhoda Tor-Agbidye.

The governor said people’s culture and tradition could only be preserved through books which could be documented for posterity.

 

FCT

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Sen. Ita Enang (PDP-Akwa Ibom) said the 7th Senate recorded “tremendous achievements’’ from June 6, 2012 when it was inaugurated till date.

Speaking to senate correspondents in Abuja, Enang said that the Senate passed 17 bills, took landmark resolutions, confirmed appointments and carried out effective oversight on the executive and judiciary.

He named some of the bills passed to include; the Terrorism Act Amendment Bill, the Money Laundering Act Amendment Bill, the 2013 Appropriation Bill of the FCT, the State of the Nation Address Bill and Bills establishing 10 universities.

The rules and business chairman hinted that the National Assembly might invoke its veto power on the Nation Address Bill if President failed to assent to it.

 

Gombe

A Gombe-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Hope For the Lonely, has constructed a maternity home worth N3.5 million in Ponguru village of Billiri Local Government Area of the state.

The Programme Manager of the organisation, Mr Bachama Yusuf said in Gombe on Monday that the project was aimed at reducing the maternal mortality rate in the community.

He said the community was far from the local government headquarters and had neither access roads nor health facilities, hence the need to construct a maternity there.

Yusuf said the organisation constructed the building while the local government would equip it and deploy staff to it adding that  by June 27, the organisation would officially hand over the structure to the local government.

 

Jigawa

The Rector of Jigawa Institute of Informatics, Alhaji Aliyu Kiri, said the school had spent about N168.5 million ocapital projects in the last two years.

Kiri said on Monday in Kazaure that the money was spent on different infrastructure development projects between 2011 and 2012.

He said that the projects executed include the expansion of administrative blocks, purchase of lecture rooms’ furniture, and construction of metal fencing of the institution.

The rector noted that the school was affiliated to Informatics Academic International, Singapore.

Kiri said the institution trained students to specialise on network cabling-copper based system, fibre optic system and integrated voice and message.

 

Kano

The Kano State Hisbah Board, has arrested a middle-aged man, who allegedly specialises in trafficking of children and selling children at between N30,000 and N60,000 each.

The Director-General of the board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, who made the development known to the in Kano on Monday who  said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday by staff of the board in Gwale Local Government Area and had since been handed over to the police for further investigation.

Sudi said the suspect was arrested after selling a three-year-old girl at N60,000 to his customer at Rijiyar Lemo quarters in Kano metropolis.

 

Kaduna

Governor  Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State last  Monday urged the Nigerian Army to manufacture its equipment and armaments locally.

Yero made this known at the opening ceremony of the Combat Arms Training Week of the Nigerian Army at the Infantry Corps Centre, Jaji, in Kaduna.

The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Aminu Yahaya, said the military could not continue to rely on foreign arms for its operations.

He said that the success of any warfare did not depend on the number of soldiers deployed, rather on the sophistication of training received and the capability to operate modern arms and ammunition.

“Wars today are not only fought in the battle field, many wars are now won or lost from the confines of control rooms; from where men direct sophisticated unmanned equipment to wreck havoc on the enemy side,” he said.

 

Nasarawa

A Mararaba Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State last Monday sentenced a 22-year-old student, Huseni Sumalia, to four years in prison for stealing a motorcycle.

The convict, of Orange Market Mararaba, was sentenced to three years in prison for theft and one year for trespass.

The presiding judge, Mr Vincent Gwahemba, however, gave the convict the option of paying N10, 000 in fine for theft and N5, 000 in fine for trespass.

Gwahemba, who sentenced Sumalia after he pleaded guilty to stealing the motorcycle, ordered that the sentences should run concurrently.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Jospeh Ahwa , told the court that Yusuf Butus of Aku Village, Mararaba, on behalf of Ayuba Yusuf of the same address, reported the matter at Sani Abacha Police Station on June 7.

 

Ogun

The Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the Ogun  State Government to look into the crisis that engulfed Ado-Odo community began hearing last Monday at the premises of the Abeokuta High Court.

The state government had on May 8 inaugurated a five-man panel to look into the crisis that occurred in the area between April 13 and April 14.

The crisis led to the physical assault launched on the town’s monarch, Oba Lateef Akanni, and his wife as well as the setting ablaze of his palace by some irate youths.

Speaking at the inaugural sitting, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Elizabeth Osinuga, said the commission had received several petitions on the matter.

According to her, the commission will among others, establish the remote and immediate causes of the crisis.

 

Osun

The Osun House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed, Justice Adepele Ojo, as the new Chief Judge of the state with a charge to promote justice at all times.

The Speaker of the house, Mr Najeem Salaam, said her confirmation was based on seniority, adding her earlier rejection was because of the pending legal action on the issue.

Salaam urged Ojo to “promote substantive justice over technicality and to allow justice roll down like water and righteousness, like a mighty stream.”

According to him, the judiciary must be united and act as one body to fight crime and corruption and advised him, to work as a team for enthronement of justice and maintain the name of judiciary.

Salaam advised the new chief judge to digitalise the judiciary and cooperate with the state government to move the state forward.

 

Sokoto

The Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, has decried the low level of research funding in Nigeria.

Shehu, said in Sokoto on Tuesday, noted that funding of researches had not been adequately catered for.

He said this trend should be reversed to uplift the quality of tertiary education in the country. “Universities must be able to conduct researches relevant to the society. Such researches should be aimed at providing solutions to the problems in the society,” he added.

Shehu, however, stressed that researchers in the universities should not solely depend on the government for research funding, but should seek additional funding from stakeholders.

He said that the university lecturers should tap their myriad of sources of funding of researches locally, nationally and internationally.

 

Taraba

The Taraba State Government has directed that only genuine local government workers should be paid the 18 per cent minimum wage.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Alhaji Bashir Marafa made this known in Jalingo on Tuesday.

Marafa announced government’s directive at the inauguration of the committees for the payment of the minimum wage, urged the committees to justify the enormous resources spent in the biometric staff verification of the 16 Local Government by discharging their duties without or favour.  staff to show understanding during the exercise and report all grievances to the committees’ chairmen for appropriate action.

The state Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Mark Ishaku, commended the state government for fulfilling its promise on the implementation of minimum wage for the local councils and warned the committees against dishonesty in their duties, saying that the NLC would monitor their activities.

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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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