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Bauchi

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North-
East Zone, has said delegates to the proposed national conference should be elected so as to be accepted and trusted by Nigerians.
The association’s Zonal Chairman, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, said in Bauchi that delegates that were appointed would only be loyal to whoever appointed them to the conference.
Byel said that groups which are responsible for electing their delegates would hold them accountable to their interests and also ensure that such was protected.
The CAN official faulted the Federal Government’s resolve to nominate as many as 492 delegates, and pointed out that nominations would cause serious disagreements.
While noting that there were 55 ethnic groups in Bauchi State who would want to be represented, he said no random nomination could give them a fair representation.

Ekiti

It may soon become a crime punishable under the
law for any husband to abandon his wife after childbirth in any part of Ekiti State.
The wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, gave the indication in Ado-Ekiti while on a sympathy visit to one Mrs. Bosede Omole.
Omole’s husband had run away after she was delivered of triplets at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.
Fayemi condemned the manner in which mothers were usually abandoned by their husbands soon after delivery of new babies, especially multiple births.
“Such a behaviour is not only callous and wicked, but a betrayal of the marriage trust between couples,’’ she said.

FCT

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Com
mission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has advised politicians to guard against utterances that can trigger violence as the 2015 elections are gathering momentum.
Jega made the call at a forum on 2015 elections’ coverage organised by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Abuja, recently.
He expressed concerned over lack of civility in the conduct of some politicians, urging them to give priority to national interest in ensuring peaceful political atmosphere before, during and after 2015 elections.
“ The attitude of political class is one of our biggest challenge in INEC, politicians have a responsibility to change their behaviour to stop overheating the polity,’’ Jega said.

Jigawa

The Jigawa State Government says it has earmarked
N76 million for the renovation of Dutse Open Air Theatre.
The Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Alhaji Ibrahim Babandi, said this in an interview with newsmen in Dutse.
Babandi said that the theatre was being renovated in order to raise its standard.
He explained that the gesture would assist in promoting and sustaining the traditions and cultures of the people of the state.
The commissioner said that an archive library would be built in the theatre so as to document historical events in the state.

Kaduna

The New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC),
Kaduna, has awarded a N740 million contract for the building of a 3-storey shopping complex to Lubell Nigeria Limited.
The Group Managing Director of the company, Dr Ahmed Musa, said the Multi-Purpose Shopping Mall would be built along  Muhammadu Buhari Way, Kaduna.
Musa said the building would have 51 spaces of different sizes, adding that space would be provided to accommodate a Bank, a restaurant and at least 62 cars.
He said the building was expected to be completed within 65 weeks.

Katsina

The Katsina State Government has constituted a com
mittee to verify complaints on the payment of pension to retired civil servants in the state.
This is contained in a statement issued in Katsina by the Press Secretary to the Secretary to the State Government, Malam Sani Kabomo.
According to the statement, the committee will be headed by Justice Sadiq Abdullahi Mahuta, a retired Chief Judge of the state.
Other members of the committee included the Chairman, State Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Abdulkarim Abubakar, as well as Alhaji Danyaya Mashi, Alhaji Labiru Musa and Alhaji Sada Abubakar.

Nasarawa

The police have arraigned Ibrahim Abdullahi and
Lawal Jibril, both of Mararaba in Nasarawa State in a Mararaba Upper Area Court, Nasarawa State for criminal conspiracy.
The two men are facing a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and mischief.
The prosecutor, Joseph Ahua, told the court that Isah Kogi of Masaka, Nasarawa State and Nurudeen Shamsudeen of Jikwoyi, Abuja, reported the matter at ‘A’ Division Police Station, Nasarawa State, on February 1.
He said that on the same date at about 8 a.m., Abdullahi and Jibril conspired and destroyed the foundation of Shamsudeen’s building valued at N205,400, situated behind Medical Centre, Mararaba.
Oyo

The wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence
Ajimobi, has given automatic employment to 88 outgoing corps members under her pet project, Educate A Rural Child (ERC), for their dedication and selflessness during the service year.
Mrs Ajimobi who announced this at a reception organised for the outgoing Batch “B” corps members who served in her office said that the appointment was, however, subject to their willingness to stay in the state to continue with the work they had been doing in encouraging rural pupils.
The benefiting corps members were volunteers under the ERC project put in place by the governors’ wife to bridge the gap in the quality of education to rural children.
Ajimobi said that incoming corps members, who would be ready to go to rural areas and work with ERC, would get stipends monthly from the ERC in addition to their state allowances.
She said the purpose of recruiting corps members, under the ERC, to interface with children, parents and teachers in rural areas had been achieved.

Plateau

The Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has donated N10 million to Plateau State Fadama III Farmers’ to aid them in establishing Fadama Micro-finance Bank.
The bank is a brain child of the Fadama III farmers who contributed five percent of their savings to set it up, to enable them to get a one digit interest loan to finance the farming business.
Adesina made the donation on behalf of the ministry  in Jos during a visit to assess agriculture facilities in Plateau.
The minister lauded the initiative by the farmers, comprising 75 percent women, and assured them of the Federal Government’s support.

Zamfara

The police in Gusau has confirmed the killing of
16 persons, including a policeman, by armed bandits in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Lawal Abdullahi, told newsmen that about 150 armed hoodlums riding on motorcycles perpetrated the act.
He said the hoodlums had invaded the three villages of Tungar Rakumi, Mallamawa and Kangarawa on Saturday night.
The police spokesman said 12 persons were killed in Tungar Rakumi alone, while the rest four were killed in Mallamawa and Kangarawa.

L-R: Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Mohammed, former Governor Of Yobe State, Sen. Bukar Abba Ibrahim, President Goodluck Jonathan, Managing Director, Suntrust Investment Ltd, Alhaji Mohammed Jibril and Minister of Steel and Solid Minerals Development, Mr Musa Sada, at the inauguration of FMBN Aviation Village in Abuja last Thursday. Photo: NAN

L-R: Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga, Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Mohammed, former Governor Of Yobe State, Sen. Bukar Abba Ibrahim, President Goodluck Jonathan, Managing Director, Suntrust Investment Ltd, Alhaji Mohammed Jibril and Minister of Steel and Solid Minerals Development, Mr Musa Sada, at the inauguration of FMBN Aviation Village in Abuja last Thursday. Photo: NAN

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Emirates Resumes Flights To Nigeria, June 23

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The UAE carrier, Emirates Airlines, would start carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India from June 23, the UAE Embassy said as it announced revised rules on Covid-19.
“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories,” the airline said in a separate statement, yesterday.
“Residence visa holders from India and travellers from South Africa should’ve taken two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities and carry RT-PCR tests reports from labs approved by the federal governments of these countries.
“But for Nigerians vaccination is not made mandatory but all other conditions apply.
“In addition to the above, Indians have to take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to their travel.
“While there are four vaccines in the UAE for use on eligible individuals against the Covid-19 infection – Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca, it is unclear if the UAE has approved vaccines administered on Indian, South African and Nigerian citizens in their countries,” it stated.
“All travellers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure.
“UAE citizens are exempted.
“Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted.
“All passengers must take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to flight departure.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
“Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.
“Passengers should produce a negative PCR test certificate with a QR Code from labs approved by the Nigerian government.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival to Dubai Airport.
“Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.
“Entry will now be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE-approved vaccines,” the state said.
The revised procedures for travellers coming from the Republic of India, South Africa and Nigeria were issued by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.
They are effective from June 23, the Dubai Media Office said.
It said the updates are part of the committee’s keenness to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on Covid-19 preventive measures, said the Chairman of the Supreme Committee, Sheikh Mansoor Al-Maktoum.
The Media Office announcement said the updated travel protocols are part of a normal process of revising and optimising preventive measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.

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Bagudu Vows To Lead Rescue Operation Over Yauri Abduction

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Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State last Saturday vowed to lead the rescue operation of teachers and students abducted from the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Ngaski Local Government Area of the State.
Bagudu, who is also Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, spoke when local hunters visited him.
Reports had that the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also paid a solidarity and sympathy visit on Gov. Bagudu.
Bagudu assured that some other governors and  stakeholders will join him in the ongoing search operations for the abducted students and staff of the school.
According to him, he will discuss with his colleagues and security agencies in this direction, so as not to jeorpardise the ongoing commendable operations to rescue the abducted students and staff.
He said: “But, we will go out there and like I promised, the day we will move out, I will not be in the office because we will join you in the field.”
The Kebbi State Governor said that this would be done barring all consequences in a bid to rescue the abductees.
Bagudu argued: “It is not weapons that win wars, but it is the will that bad people cannot triumph and we will show that, we have enough will power .
“President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies have been doing the best they could with limited resources.
“But, we also need to mobilize, kit ourselves and take on these bandits. Our various scriptures as Muslims and Christians allow us to put our lives at risk in defence of our honour, property and our faiths.
“In what the bandits are doing, they have challenged all of us, so, we can’t let them.”
Bagudu asked the hunters to go back and fully mobilise, pending when he gets the necessary clearance from the security agencies, adding, “we will meet in the field.”
The governor maintained that governors were not sworn in only to sit down in the office and work.
He stated that they are aware that one day they would be required to lead in the field, even though they are not military or police personnel.
He said that if hundreds of thousands of people can be mobilised during campaigns, same should be done now to join the search party.
He said: “What happened in Birnin Yauri should be the last straw. We should follow these bandits wherever they are and take them on.”
Bagudu also described the abduction as very callous, even as he lauded the security agencies, management of the school, ‘Yan Sakai and vigilantes for their heroic efforts since the bandits struck at the college.

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Govs, Others Task Security Agencies On S’East

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South-East governors and leaders have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the zone.
They made the call on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting attended by political leaders, socio-cultural organisations, clerics and the traditional leaders.
The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, who addressed reporters after the meeting, condemned the killing of civilians in the zone by security agencies.
Umahi urged them to discharge their duties within the law and in accordance with their rules of engagement.
The Ebonyi governor reaffirmed the commitment of the region to the corporate existence of the country.
Umahi, however, said that such union must be based on love, mutual respect and equality of rights irrespective of one’s religion, ethnic group, political inclination and creed.
The governor said the various secessionist groups from the region were not speaking for the people of the area.
He said the leaders from the zone had set up a committee to engage the agitators to allow elders of the region to address their fears.
“We have come out publicly on many occasions to speak against such agitations,” he said.
Umahi said the meeting was in fulfilment of the June 11 agreement they had with a federal government delegation led by the Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, a retired major-general.
“Consequent upon that, we scheduled our own meeting today to discuss and articulate our positions.
“This is to enable us not only engage the presidential team but also engage our people over all burning issues,” he said.
The governor said leaders from the region had noted with concern threats against the Igbo people by some groups in other regions.
“The meeting pleaded with leaders of other regions to note such threats to our people, address it and protect our people,” he said.
He said that governors from the South-East had assured people from other ethnic nationalities of their safety in the region in spite of the prevailing circumstances.
The leaders condemned the killing of security personnel and burning of government infrastructure in the region.
He called on National Assembly members from the region to support the creation of state police in the ongoing efforts to amend the constitution.
The governor said the meeting endorsed the South-East joint security unit called EbubeAgu, and requested the personnel to work with statutory security agencies.
Those present at the meeting included Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
Anambra and Imo states were represented by the deputy governors, Nkem Okeke and Placid Njoku respectively.
Others were the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, and President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, George Obiozo.

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