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Bauchi

The Chairman, Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU),
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital branch, Mr Babangida Bingis, has apologised to Nigerians over the three-month strike embarked upon by the union.
Bingis offered the apology when he spoke with newsmen in Bauchi recently.
He said that the union had directed the suspension of the action, adding that members of the union had since resumed work as directed.
“We apologise for the inconvenience the action might have caused and hope that all our issues will be addressed,” he said.

Gombe

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to generate
power from Dadin-Kowa Dam in Yamaltu/Deba local government area of Gombe state, in addition to assisting farmers, if re-elected.
Jonathan made the pledge when he visited the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar, in his palace in Gombe.
“We are looking at Dadin-Kowa Dam for provision of steady power supply to Gombe State, in addition to assisting farmers in the state,’’ he said.
He said Federal Government’s commitment to farmers in the state could be seen from the provision of fertiliser and other inputs directly to them through the e-wallet system.
Jonathan urged youths in the state to key in to the commercial farming system.
“I also re-assure you that this government will continue to work with the people of Gombe state on how we can continue to move our country forward and move the state forward,’’ he said.
He said that they were at the Emir’s palace to seek for royal blessing and prayers before embarking on their re-election campaign rally in the state.

Kano

The Progressives Youth Wing of the People’s Demo
cratic Movement (PDM) in Kano State has called on the electorate to vote for APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, during the February 14 election.
The chairman of the group, Alhaji Ghali Abdallah, made the call while briefing newsmen in Kano.
He said the group had resolved to support Buhari to enable him bring the desired change in the country.
“’Buhari possesses all the qualities required from a leader as he was tested and trusted,’’ he said.
He, however, urged people to vote for PDM’s gubernatorial candidate, Bashir Ishaq, during the February 28 elections.
“Ishaq is the best among the candidates contesting for the governorship position in view of his good leadership qualities.

Lagos

The police have arraigned a 43-year-old woman, Hajiya
Safiya Yakubu at the Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly receiving stolen wrappers worth N3 million.
The accused, a resident of No. 1, Poultry Road, New Layout, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna, is standing trial on a charge of receiving stolen property.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Mohammed Garba told the court that one Sanusi Mohammed, of Shop 57, Garki Ultra Modern Market, reported a case of theft of wrappers from his shop by one Amina Ali of Masaka, Nasarawa State on January 21.
Garba said that police investigation in the matter revealed that the accused bought the wrappers from Amina.
According to him, in the course of interrogation, seven pieces of Hollandais wrappers were recovered from the accused person.

Nasarawa

National Coordinator, “Goodluck Jonathan Fulani Sup
port Group” has said Alhaji Hussaini Muhammad, said that Fulani herdsmen would give Jonathan 70 per cent of their votes in the February election.
Muhammad stated this at the interactive session with newsmen at the sideline of the PDP governorship campaign in Kokona local government area of Nasarawa state.
He said that the Fulanis were the highest beneficiary of the Jonathan administration and would reciprocate the goodwill by voting massively for his re-election bid.
Muhammad said that the Fulanis had never had it so good since the return of democratic governance.

Niger

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial
candidate in Niger State, Alhaji Umaru Nasko, has urged youths across the country to shun violence during and after the February elections.
He made the call when he received a Grand Peace Ambassador award by the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in Minna.
He said youths should not be seen as inexperienced people, rather, they should be given the opportunity to participate in all facets of governance.
He added that, “I accept this Grand Peace award with all sense of humility, responsibility and I pledge not to let Nigerian youths down.
“Today, I stand to advocate that youths should not be seen as inexperienced people, they should be given the opportunity to participate in government activities to gain the needed experience.

Ogun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has prom
ised to declare public holiday to enable the people collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Amosun made the promise at Ajebo ward 11 in Obafemi/Owode local government area of the state during his re-election campaign rally.
“We can’t just declare holiday when the cards are not ready; we are doing everything to sensitise our people on the importance of the cards,” Amosun said.
The governor promised to commence work on the OGTV- Kajola – Obafe- Ajebo road if re-elected.
He commended the former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, who constructed the road during his tenure.

Oyo

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odugade,
has stressed the need for Ibadan indigenes in Oyo State to promote the tradition, culture and heritage of Ibadan land.
He made the remark in Ibadan at a press briefing to unveil the logo of Oke’Badan festival.
Represented by high Chief Eddie Oyewole, the Ekerin Olubadan, the monarch declared that recognising the culture and tradition of Ibadan land does not translate to paganism.
He said that the Oke’Badan festival, celebrated annually serve as reminder of the historical antecedents of Ibadan people.
According to him, the festival also serves as ‘social melting pot’ where divergent issues affecting the lives of the people are discussed.

Plateau

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
says it will sponsor additional 200 victims of violent conflicts in Plateau to acquire vocational skills, under its Livelihood Support Scheme.
UNDP’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst Mr Mathew Alao, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Jos.
Alao said that the organisation had just sponsored 149 victims in the state to acquire training in seven vocational skill areas.
The areas the skill covered were on hair dressing, tailoring, knitting, catering and decorations as well as GSM repair, shoe-making, leather works and computer studies.
The official said that the scheme was being supported financially by the government of Norway.

Yobe

Over 30 families who fled Boko Haram attacks in Borno,
Adamawa and Yobe State without contact for several months have reunited at a HIV/AIDS screening centre in Nguru, Yobe State.
Spokesman of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Malam Ibrahim Dankanawa, disclosed this to newsmen in Nguru recently.
Our correspondent reports that the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) organised a one-week HIV/AIDS screening exercise for the IDPs to ascertain their HIV status and curb spread of the virus.
“The families fled Baga in Borno, Mubi in Adamawa and Buni-Yadi in Yobe, and we lost contact for several months but this screening center has reunited us,” Dankanawa said.

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Of 1,561 Candidates, 880 Graduate From Law School-DG

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The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1, 561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.
The Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Ciroma, SAN, made this known yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.
“Four others were from previous Bar examination,’’ he said, adding that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training.
“They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.
“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar.’’
Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“The programme began on June 28, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers, for their support,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.
“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.
“The practice of Law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.
“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of the Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times.’’
He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.
Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner’’ without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.
He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.
Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on especially, international jurisdictions.
In 2020, the Council of Legal Education said that out of a total of 2,515 students who participated in the examinations, 1,864 passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The director-general who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only five made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are five, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

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NGO Trains 300 Returning Migrants On Business Development

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Web of Heart Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has trained and empowered more than 300 returning migrants, youths and internally displaced persons on job creation.
Its Executive Director, Mrs Bose Aggrey, made the declaration yesterday in Lagos at the graduation of its “Create and Start Module’’ trainees.
The graduating trainees were awarded certificates and given grants facilitated by some investors and soft loans from banks after six months of training to identify and analyse business ideas and opportunities.
“We taught them how to articulate their business ideas into plans; introduced them to investors and equally assisted them to get bank loans.
“It is an opportunity for the participants to put themselves together either to get employed or to become employers,’’ she said.
“We introduced investors to the participants when they were pitching and some of them are already getting grants.
“We are working with two banks so they can provide soft loans at low interest rates for the participants,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Mr Peik Bruhns, Team Leader of the firm of consultants that conducted the training, said the company had reached out to train 5,000 Nigerians on Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises in six months
He said this was done in collaboration with nine organisations, including Web of Heart Foundation.
“I will like to stress the importance of working with returnee migrants because Web of Heart Foundation focuses on assisting them to reintegrate into society.

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Zamfara Police Refute Kidnap Of 60 Passengers Rumour

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The Zamfara State Police Command has refuted a story that 60 passengers travelling along Sokoto – Gusau road on Sunday, July 25, were kidnapped by bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement, yesterday, said the story was inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially the commuters.
“The attention of Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on social and conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau Road, and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.”
The statement said, “For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command was informed that a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus vehicle, belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers who were travelling from Sokoto – Abuja along Sokoto – the accurate report of the incident. On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Gusau Road in Bakura LGA.”
According to the statement, the Police Tactical operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace were alerted, and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums who blocked many vehicles for abduction, adding that the road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and reinforced more police operatives to improve the security and safety of the commuters.
The statement noted that in the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus vehicle belonging to Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver were abducted and taken to the bush before the arrival of the police.
It said the operatives further embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bush with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims, stressing that two persons who were left far behind with other hoodlums were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralised by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were taken to the forest.

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