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Adamawa
Former APC National Vice Chairman, North-East, Alh.
Umaru Duhu, has alleged that the impeachment plan against Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako by the state House of Assembly was instigated by the Presidency.
Duhu stated that the political squabble was as a result of the memo written by the governor to the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and the international community wherein he expressed his concerns over the spate of insurgency in the country, especially in the North-East.
He counselled President Goodluck Jonathan to concentrate his attention on tackling the current security challenges in the country rather than sponsoring impeachment in the state. He equally described the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, as being over ambitious and selfish.
Duhu disclosed that efforts are being made by stakeholders in the state to broker the peace in the political logjam, adding that “the only problem we have in Adamawa State today is inflicted on us by the Presidency due to Nyako position on the insurgency in the country.

Ekiti
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ekiti State
chapter, has condemned Federal Government’s plan to appoint nurses and pharmacists as consultants and Chief Medical Directors of public health institutions in the country.
The NMA, at a press conference to kick start the nationwide strike also called for the scrap of Joint Health Sector Union, which represents the amalgamation of all sectors in the country.
The body said each professional affiliate body should be allowed to operate through their parent organizations.
Speaking through their state chairman, Dr Obitade Obimakinde, the NMA at a press conference in Ado Ekiti,  argued that the new structure as being mooted by the federal government is capable of causing  internal confusion in health institutions.
Obimakinde said pharmacists and nurses must be allowed to play supportive roles and take directives from doctors, rather than “eroding the well entrenched clinical structures in the hospitals”.

FCT
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar,
last Thursday said continuous acquisition of knowledge by officers and men of the force was required for effective policing.
Abubakar said at the inauguration of the Police Special Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigeria at the Dei Die Police barracks in the FCT, that with the establishment of the centre, personnel of the force aspiring to acquire higher qualification could do so without necessarily leaving their place of primary responsibility.
He said, “Policing requires acquisition of knowledge and with this special study centre, university education has been brought very close to us. Our journey to the land of knowledge has begun as higher qualification can be pursued and obtained without going far from our place of primary responsibility.”
Abubakar charged officers and men of the force to take advantage of the centre and acquire additional qualifications.

Kaduna
A first class traditional ruler in the Southern part of Kaduna
State last Thursday shunned protesting youths who staged a peaceful protest to his palace over the persistent killings and destructions in the area.
The youths, under the aegis of Concerned Southern Kaduna Youths (CSKY) had marched peacefully to the palace of the paramount ruler of Kagoro in Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State, Chief Ufuwai Bonet, to present a protest letter for onward delivery to other traditional rulers in the southern part of Kaduna State.
However, on arrival at the palace, the traditional ruler refused to grant them audience on the ground that the youths did not follow due process to see him.
Determined to present the letter, the youths vowed not to leave the palace until the chief gave them audience and decided to sit on the ground, singing gospel songs.
It was gathered that all efforts to convince the traditional ruler to grant audience to the youths was unsuccessful as he insisted that the group did not inform him that they were coming to see him.
Appeals by the protesting youths, including a former Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Jonathan Kish Adamu, who is from the area could not make the chief to change his mind.
Kwara
Exactly two weeks after the death of Aare Musulumi of
Yoruba land, Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao, one of his widows, Jelilat, died in an auto-crash at Eyenkorin, near Ilorin, Kwara State last Tuesday evening. She was aged 62.
The late Jelilat was the eldest wife of the late billionaire, who died in his London home on the day he was due back in Nigeria. Her late husband had died of a heart-related disease in his sleep in London after taking his breakfast and drugs.
She had two children for the Muslim leader, Abdullahi and Fatimah. She was buried at her residence in Apata area of Ibadan last Wednesday.
Family, friend’s children and neighbours mourned the late Jelilat Arisekola-Alao, describing her as a devout Muslim and a generous neighbour.

Ogun
The Committee for Defence of Human Rights in Ogun State
recently called on the operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission to probe alleged diversion of fund allocated to some local governments in the state.
The state chairman of the CDHR in the state, Mr. Folarin Olayinka, stated this during a press conference held at NUJ Secretariat, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.
The organisation also demanded a statement of appropriated Federal allocation, Internally Generated Revenue, statement of expenditure and a document of projects activities embarked upon by the local governments between July 2012 and April 2014.
Olayinka said the CDHR has written to some of the councils which include: Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Sagamu, Ifo, Ado-Odo-Ota, Ijebu-Ode and Odogbolu, to make available their accounts to them for scrutiny, exploring the Freedom of Information Act.
According to him, the petitioners had alleged that the projects many of them executed were not commensurate with allocation they received.

Ondo
As part of the ongoing revolution in the agriculture sector,
Ondo State Government will soon present a bill on Cocoa Revolution to the state House of Assembly.
The state Commissioner for Information, Kayode  Akinmade, who disclosed this recently explained that the bill when passed into law would enable government to actualise its decision to make cocoa farmers to begin to reap the fruits of their labour.
He said government would not allow cocoa farmers in the state to be ripped off any longer, adding that “by the time the bill becomes law, the cocoa business would naturally receive a boost and the farmers would be encouraged to do more.”
Akinmade said the initiative of Governor Olusegun Mimiko to revamp cocoa production through the Cocoa Revolution Project was a good vision and another landmark in boosting the revenue of the state and declared that the project and all matters connected therewith would be encompassed in the bill for the sustainability of the project.
Oyo
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, says the state
workers salary had grown from N2 billion to N4.6 billion in the last three years. The governor lamented that developmental projects in the state had suffered because the state’s share from federal allocation had not been enough to prosecute the projects in the state.
Ajimobi spoke at the 2014 Adegoke Adelabu Memorial Lecture in Ibadan, Oyo State, recently, where he condemned the type of politics witnessed today as compared to what obtained in the days of the late prominent Ibadan politician.
He said, “In the last three years, this administration has increased workers salary from a total of N2bn that we met to N4.6bn every month. We receive allocation from the Federal Government but if we have to do everything needed to be done in the state at a time, the money can never be enough because our people need lots of assistance from us.”
The governor added that Adedibu’s name would be immortalised by the state government with an edifice, promising the same in honour of the late Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao, who died on June 18.
Guest speaker at the forum, Prof. Isiaka Aransi, who delivered a lecture titled ‘Local Government and its Impact on the People’, called for the creation of more local government as the only solution to the social challenges in the country.

Plateau
The University of Jos said it would spend over N40 million
to establish three new faculties for the study of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Engineering.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Hayward Babale Mafuyai, who spoke with newsmen recently, said plans have reached advanced stage to establish the new faculties and have them take off by October this year.
Mafuyai said the programmes would require a lot of financial and material support to meet the requirements of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the various professional bodies in the country.
He said when fully established, the faculties would address the problem of numerous candidates seeking university education and appealed to federal and state governments as well as public-spirited individuals to provide the university with critical support materials for infrastructural development.

Taraba
Taraba State acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, has flagged
off the distribution of farm inputs to farmers in the state.
Speaking during the exercise, Umar said the procurement of free farm inputs for farmers was part of government’s efforts aimed at boosting production and guarantee food security in the state.
“This year’s rains have given the indication of a good wet season. We are very hopeful that the Almighty God and nature will bless us with the right amount of rain that will lead to bumper harvest. I therefore urge our hardworking and dedicated farmers to take advantage of this combination of factors created by the Almighty, nature and the government to step up production level this year”, he said.

L-R: Ekiti State Deputy Governor-elect, Dr Olusola Eleka, Director-General, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO), Chief Dipo Anisulowo and  Ekiti State Chief Imam, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere, during the presentation of bags of rice to Ekiti Muslim faithful for Ramadan at Ado-Ekiti Central Mosque, recently.

L-R: Ekiti State Deputy Governor-elect, Dr Olusola Eleka, Director-General, Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO), Chief Dipo Anisulowo and Ekiti State Chief Imam, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere, during the presentation of bags of rice to Ekiti Muslim faithful for Ramadan at Ado-Ekiti Central Mosque, recently.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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