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President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the last
Friday assassination of the Emir of Gwoza, Alh Idrissa Timta, by the insurgent group, Boko Haram.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, disclosed this on Saturday, in an interview with the State House correspondents in Abuja.
He said the president had also spoken about those who were willing to renounce terrorism and those who were willing to embrace peace,
According to him opportunities have been created for them through the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolutions of Conflict in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

Jigawa

A group, the Education Sector Support Programme in
Nigeria (ESSPIN) is to conduct a head count of out-of-school children in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa.
The Coordinator of the programme, Malam Danladi Abubakar, made the disclosure last Saturday during an advocacy visit to Auyo, Jigawa.
ESSPIN is a key education intervention programme, supported by the British Department for International Development (DFID).
The programme is designed to support the development of basic education, nomadic and adult literacy programmes.

Kano

The Kano State Government has commended the
remarkable improvement in the level of compliance to the monthly sanitation exercise in the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, who gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen shortly after the exercise in Kano last Saturday.  He said that the level of compliance was unprecedented as fewer defaulters were recorded as against the previous exercises.
Ten  mobile courts that operated under the state Task Force Committee on Sanitation for the month of May arrested 180 defaulters.
Also, the courts received the sum of N443, 750 being fines received from defaulters to the exercise in various parts of the state during the month.

Katsina

The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir last
Saturday urged the populace to always do the right thing for the country to overcome its challenges.
He said in Katsina when he conferred the traditional title of ‘Kaugaman Katsina’ on the Acting Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Alhaji Kabir Mashi, that without attitudinal change, the nation’s economic and social challenges would be difficult to surmount.
The emir also urged the populace to continue to pray for peace in the country, and continue to support efforts by government to address the nation’s challenges and also called on religious leaders to avoid utterances capable of bringing about disunity among the people.

Kogi

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has promised that
his administration would ensure that politicking in the state would be devoid of rancour and violence ahead of 2015 general elections.
Wada who gave the promise in a statement issued in Lokoja last Sunday by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mr Michael Abu, said that the administration would ensure peaceful coexistence among political parties in the state, which he said, had always been the cardinal focus of his administration.
He said that politicking should be development and people oriented and not destructive, he added

Kwara

The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria
(APHPN), in collaboration with the Nigerian Tobacco Control Research Group, last  Saturday, urged the Federal Government to increase tax on tobacco products.
The National Chairman of the Association, Prof. Tanimola Akande, made the call during a news conference organised to mark the “World No Tobacco Day’’ in Ilorin.
Akande also urged the Senate and the House of Representatives to “quickly do the needful” in harmonising and passing a comprehensive tobacco control bill.
Niger
The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has commended a UK-based NGO, Africa Healthcare Development Trust (AHDT), for offering free medical treatment to over 3000 patients in his domain.
Abubakar who  made the commendation Sunday in his Wadata Palace in Bida while receiving members of the NGO said the gesture had helped to improve the health of the less privileged in the society in addition to bringing relief and succour to families of the beneficiaries.
He said the complementary role of NGO was worthy of emulation by other prominent sons and daughters of Nupe land.
A spokesman for the group, Dr Aminu Usman, had earlier commended Niger  State Government for funding part of the programme and the Bida Emirate for providing enabling environment for the team to offer the services.

Nasarawa

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State said that
his administration was using security vote to pay over 1,400 youths engaged by the state government under the Nasarawa Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES).
The Governor disclosed this in Lafia on Sunday, while speaking to journalists shortly after inspecting some abandoned road projects initiated by the previous administration in Adudu, Keana and Agyaragu.
Al-Makura said that the gesture became necessary following the zero allocation to the scheme in the 2014 budget proposal approved by the PDP controlled Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

Ogun
The Ogun State Government said last Saturday that it
had committed N21.6 billion to subvention to its tertiar institutions in the last three years.
Amosun said the government had also purchased 54-seater TATA Buses, Hilux Patrol Vehicles, Ambulances and 18-seater buses for the two state universities and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
He disclosed that the government had also spent N3.25 billion on the purchase of textbooks and instructional materials which were distributed freely to pupils in public primary and secondary schools.

Osun

The Osun State  Government said last Saturday that it
would establish an automotive specialist institute to be named Bola Ige Mechatronics Institute (BIMI) at the Osun College of Technology, Esa-Oke.
Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said in a statement in Osogbo, that the institute, when completed, will be the first of its kind in the country.
He said the institute would specialise in modern technology in vehicles such as combined electro-mechanical system with full automated control known as “Mechatronics.”
Plateau

Coordinator, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
in Plateau State, Mr Peter Gai, said the goals would soon begin free medical service at the grassroots across the state.
In an interview in Jos on Sunday, Gai said the service would provide diagnoses and treatments for various diseases.
He, however, said that the exercise would be done in some selected health centres in the three senatorial districts of the state.
Gai said the exercise was an effort at meeting some key goals of the MDGs, insisting that only patients at the grassroots would benefit from the free medical service.
“It will involve a holistic medical examination, treatment of different ailments and administration of drugs.  “Those ailments that are beyond the medical team on the field would be referred to hospitals for proper treatment,” he said.

Sokoto
The Nigeria Security and  Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
command in Sokoto State has deployed security men in plain-clothes to the border between the state and Niger Republic to prevent arms importation into the country.
The corps Commandant in Sokoto, Alhaji Aliyu Yemal, said in Sokoto on Saturday that the command was working with other security agencies to check arms importation and ensure those engaged in such acts were arrested.
Yemal said the command was also working with local government chairmen and community leaders that share border with neighbouring Niger Republic in that regard.
The commandant solicited for the support of the people, especially those in rural areas, to cooperate with the officers in
efforts to prevent illegal importation of arms for the good of the country.
Taraba

The Kefas Agbu Foundation, a charitable organisation,
has awarded scholarship to 16 youths from Taraba to study various courses in the U.S., UK, Russia and Italy.
National coordinator of the foundation’s scholarship scheme, Mr Lukas Agbu, disclosed this at a ceremony in honour of the beneficiaries last Saturday in Jalingo.
He said the scheme was initiated by Lt Col Agbu Kefas (rtd), Chairman, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to ensure education-for-all in the country.
Agbu said the scholarship which would be offered on a continuous basis would soon extend to other parts of the country.
Also, Alhaji Muhammed Wangara, the chairman of the occasion, advised the beneficiaries to shun anti-social behaviour while pursuing their studies.

 L-R: Secretary to the Government of  the Federation, Senator  Anyim Pius Anyim, Governor  Adam Oshiomhole of Edo State  and Governor  Emmanuel Uduaghan of  Delta State, during the meeting of  President Jonathan with governors from oil producing states in Abuja, recently. Photo: NAN

L-R: Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Governor Adam Oshiomhole of Edo State and Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, during the meeting of President Jonathan with governors from oil producing states in Abuja, recently. Photo: NAN

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Senators Fault Buhari’s Planned Farm Settlements

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Some senators have expressed concerns over plans by the regime of President. Muhammadu Buhari, to establish farm settlements in each of the 108 senatorial districts in Nigeria.
They noted that any arrangement to acquire land by the Federal Government at the moment without giving details of what it would be used for, might face stiff resistance from various communities.
The President had last month, directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority to set up the integrated farm estates in 108 senatorial districts nationwide.
Already, the policy has been greeted with criticisms from the leadership of the various ethnic groups in the middle belt, and southern part of the country, describing it as an attempt in disguise, to create grazing areas for cattle.
The Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Urhoghide, said the Federal Government should give details of the project before approaching state governments for land allocation.
He said, “We are in the Senate to represent our people. I know what my people want
“What we quarrel against is open grazing; we are not against ranching. We are not saying that a Fulani man that has a herd of cattle cannot come to the South to do the business of ranching but he cannot come to carry out open grazing.
“Grazing has two effects. It leads to wanton destruction of farmland. You cannot use animal husbandry to destroy crop farming. There are also criminal cases associated with it including murder.
“If the Federal Government is coming to get land in my state for ranching, it is okay because we need beef, which would be richer, when it is from the ranching system.
“However, the government should make its intention very clear on the policy to avoid major clashes and crisis.”
Similarly, Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South in the red chamber said government could make arrangements for herders to do the business of ranching but not at the  expense of the farmers.
He advised the Federal Government to go to the drawing board and come up with a modern arrangement to make ranching the way to go.
He said, “When government policies are viewed with suspicion, when citizens lack trust in government policies, then something is wrong.
“Until we address the root causes of conflicts between herders and farmers, and genuinely come out with the right way to go through dialogue, any policy that is thrown at the citizens will be looked at with suspicion which would cause some level of tension.

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Senator Wants Improved Network For Results Transmission

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The Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu, says  Nigeria requires 95 per cent of national network coverage to enable electronic transmission of election results in the country.
Kalu said this in an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
Recall that 52 senators on July 15 voted against electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming general election while 28 voted for and 28 absentees.
The senators insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission should be compelled to seek clearance from Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) while the National Assembly would have to approve the verdict of NCC.
Kalu, insisted the current network coverage was inadequate.
“I have never been against transmission of results , I only said we don’t have adequate coverage where we live,this is the issue.
“We have coverage, but it is not adequate.
‘Like Abia North Senatorial District where I come from, there is no adequate coverage, may be 43 per cent coverage, so how are we going to do that.
“ I believe in electronic transmission,but I want to quickly urge the NCC to deploy their technology to ensure wider coverage; I believe in that process because it is transparent.
“ I don’t want to listen to officials who want to buy equipment and make commissions, I am telling myself the truth, if we even have a coverage of 95 per cent it will be okay, but we have below 50 per cent in the entire country.
“I am not talking about my constituency.
“ It wasn’t a party decision to vote against e transmission and not a clique decision, it was out of my conscience.
“ I can only do what I will do that will benefit all Nigerians,” Kalu said.

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Igbo Stakeholders Decry Absence Of S’East Govs At Forum

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The absence of four Governors of the South-East in the Southern Governors’ Forum meeting held last Thursday in Enugu has been strongly condemned by members of the Concerned Igbo Stake-holders Forum (CISF). 
The leader of the group, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa told newsmen in Enugu that there was no justifiable reason that would be enough for these governors to be absent in a meeting of such magnitude.
According to him, it was wrong particularly coming at a time when the region is battling socio-economic and security concerns stemming from the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
His words: “The absence of the Governors of Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Anambra States leaves a lot to question the commitment of these governors to the growth and advancement of the South-East in missing a crucial meeting held within their geopolitical zone.
He further described as very disturbing the conspicuous absence of the Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, or a representative from the state at the meeting. 
Okenwa said that the body language of the South-East governors in recent times leaves no one to doubt that these governors have magnified their interest above that of the region and Ndi-Igbo in general.
“Their gaze at the forthcoming elections in 2023 is becoming an unbearable distraction for them in delivering their mandate to the people,” he also lamented.
The group, therefore beckoned on Ndi-Igbo, regardless of political party affiliation, to unite and formidably negotiate a favourable space in the political scheme of things.
According to him, when this is done, we will ensure an unhindered growth and development of all Igbos, he added.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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