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Adamawa

The College of Education, Hong, in Adamawa State,
has been shut down and students directed to go home following alleged threat by members of the Boko Haram sect to attack the school.
The Provost of the college, Dr Johnson Pongri, who confirmed the closure in a news conference in Yola, said the move was based on the advice of the Military Task Force in the area.
Pongri said the school had been receiving threat letters by unknown persons who claimed to be members of the Boko Haram.
In another development, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has visited Michika and Shuwa towns to sympathise with victims of recent attack by insurgents.

FCT

Vice President Namadi Sambo said every Nigerian
who had contributed or is still contributing to nation-building is a winner in the centenary celebrations.
Sambo stated this in Abuja in a welcome address at the centenary awards and dinner chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Vice President said while 100 people had been selected for the centenary awards, many more Nigerians are deserving of it.
“They are by no means not only the people to be celebrated, there are many more Nigerians.
“But, as the saying goes, many are called, few are chosen, he said.

Jigawa

Residents of Dutse in Jigawa State have expressed
surprise over the first rainfall recorded in the state.
Our correspondent reports that the heavy downfall, which started 6.10 p.m. lasted for one and half hours.
Rabiu Shehu, a resident of the town said that he was surprised when he noticed heavy cloud in the sky and did not believe it would rain.
He said that the state used to record its first rainfall in the month of May.

Kogi

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State said that the
state would intensify efforts toward ensuring
that the state remained polio free.
Wada made the pledge at the launch of the March 2014 National Immunisation Plus Days at Okpo, in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, described the immunisation exercise as a critical aspect of government’s effort to reduce communicable diseases.
He expressed delight that the state remained polio free and assured the people that the government’s programmes were designed to put smiles on the faces of vulnerable groups in the state.

Kwara

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has urged
civil servants to always offer useful advice to politicians in order to attain the laudable goal of transforming the society.
Ahmed made the call at the opening of the 38th Meeting of the National Council on Establishments in Ilorin recently.
The governor, represented by his Deputy, Elder Peter Kisira, said the civil service was a veritable tool for attainment of the growth and development of the nation.
Earlier, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Aji, called on heads of service across the country to develop a system which would improve the capacity of civil servants across the nation.
Lagos

The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku,  said
the Federal Government had created an atmosphere of freedom for the media to operate.
Maku spoke at the 30th Memorial of the late Founder of the Punch newspapers, Chief James Aboderin, which held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.
He said the Federal Government would continue to support the media, stressing that there was no reason for any news medium not to prosper.
“If you look at the writings, I believe the Nigerian press is one of the freest in the world today and that is the best the government can do not to suppress other views”, he said.

Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji
Ibrahim Idris, has advised politicians against “do-or-die politics.’’
The commissioner gave the advice at an interactive session with leaders of the APC and PDP, ahead of the state’s Local Government polls, slated for March 22.
“Politicians must avoid acts that portray them as desperate, they must avoid being selfish.’’
Idris admonished the leadership of the two parties to enlighten their followers on the need to be orderly during the election, vowing to deal decisively with anybody or group, that might want to foment trouble.

Niger

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology
(FUT) Minna, Prof. Musbau Akanji has inaugurated the new management board of the university’s Search FM 92.3 Radio Station.
Speaking during the inauguration, the Vice Chancellor charged the members to nurture the station and enforce the ethics of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Akanji congratulated them and urged them to keep up the standard of the radio station.
He urged the board members to ensure that the station served as a training medium and provide exposure to students in media-related courses of the institution.

Osun

A group, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and
Harmony in Africa Initiative, has advised Nigerians to use the centenary celebrations to reflect on how to build a better nation.
The group in a statement in Osogbo, urged Nigerians to reflect on the virtues of tolerance, justice and other values that would uphold the status of Nigeria as a leading nation.
The statement, signed by the group’s National Coordinator, Mrs Olayinka Ojomo, challenged Nigerians to reflect and evaluate the past so as to take a better stock of the present.

Plateau

The Sultan of Sokoto, Ahaji Sa’ad Abubukar, has
urged traditional rulers and other Nigerians to unite to collectively fight extremism and terrorism.
Abubakar made the appeal on Saturday in Jos, when he visited the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba.
The sultan said that Nigerians, irrespective of religious leanings, had a common problem in terrorism.
“We have common problems in this country – religious extremism, terrorism, poverty, unemployment, strikes, dearth of basic infrastructure, among others. “These problems have no religious or tribal colour, and we must unite and defeat them so that God Almighty, who created us, will bless us.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State Government is to establish more
micro-finance banks to promote economic empowerment of the masses.
Governor Aliyu Wamakko announced this in Sokoto State at the 2013 Bankers’ Committee Dinner and Award Night.
According to the governor, micro-finance has proven to be a vibrant tool to improve the living standards of the people, especially those at the grassroots.
“The few ones operating in Gwadabawa, Yabo, Sokoto and Goronyo, among others, are really helping in revamping the rural economies’’, Wamakko said.

Taraba

The Taraba State Police Command said it had
arrested seven suspected cult members.
Addressing newsmen in Jalingo, Mr Joseph Kwaji, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said they were arrested in a forest opposite Federal Government College Wukari on the Jalingo road recently.
He said the suspects would be charged with criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and unlawful possession of fire arms.
He said that they were nabbed following information provided by members of the vigilance group in Wukari Local Government Area.

L-R:   Lagos State representatives at the National Confab,  Prof. Tunde Samuel,  Prince Rabiu Oluwa,  Chairman,  Alhaji  Femi Okunnu,  Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos,  Mr Supo Sasore (San), Mr Waheed Ayeni and Mrs Olufunmi Oshinowo-Bashorun,  during their meeting with Governor  Fashola  in Lagos last Monday. Photo: NAN

L-R: Lagos State representatives at the National Confab, Prof. Tunde Samuel, Prince Rabiu Oluwa, Chairman, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Mr Supo Sasore (San), Mr Waheed Ayeni and Mrs Olufunmi Oshinowo-Bashorun, during their meeting with Governor Fashola in Lagos last Monday. 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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