President Goodluck Jonathan said that the Federal
Government would set up a referral hospital in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.
Jonathan, who stated this while inaugurating a 400-bed capacity Specialists’ Hospital in Bauchi, said the effort was to discourage medical tourism abroad.
“As a Federal Government, we have plans to set up referral hospital in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.
“When established, Nigerians will go to these zones for medical attention, instead of going outside the country, “he said.
He added that the federal government would also set up a technical team to come up with strategies on how to properly manage hospitals in the country.
President of the Senate, David Mark has reiter
ated his commitment to the creation of Apa State for the Idoma people of Benue.
Mark announced the commitment while addressing the electorate in Ogbadibo Local Government Area, Okpokwu Local Government Area and Ado Local Government Area as he continued his campaign tour of Idoma land.
He urged the people to re-elect him to the senate to enable him work towards the realisation of creation of the proposed Apa State.
He also charged them to vote for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he described as the future of Nigeria.
The Borno State Government has presented 450
vehicles to members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
Speaking at the presentation in Maiduguri, Governor Kashim Shettima, said the initiative was to cushion the effects of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on commercial vehicle operators in the state.
Our correspondent reports that the vehicles comprised of 400 Sharon buses and 50 Golf Salon cars.
He said that beneficiaries were expected to repay only 50 percent of the total cost of the vehicles.
“Each of the Sharon buses was purchased at a cost of N1.1 million.
“But the beneficiaries are to repay only N550,000 to the government through their union officials over a monitored period,” Shettima said.
Residents of Gombe State yesterday urged secu
rity agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take measures which would ensure the neutrality of their officials in the general elections.
In an interview with newsmen they said that the neutrality of the commission and security operatives in the electoral process would contribute to the attainment of free, fair and credible polls in the country.
An expert on Development Communication in the city, Malam Umar Abba, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on the authorities of the security agencies and INEC to ensure that their officials remained non-partisan in the elections
He said that he was optimistic that the success level of this year’s polls would be higher than what was recorded in 2011, going by the level of sensitisation and awareness of the electorate.
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it rescued
five men and a teenager from suspected traffickers in Birnin-Magaji border town, Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
The state Comptroller of NIS, Mr Isah Jere, announced this while addressing newsmen in Dutse.
Jere said that investigation showed that the rescued men were being transported to Europe through the Niger-Libya axis.
According to him, unfortunately, the traffickers escaped and abandoned their victims before the arrival of officers and men who were on patrol of the area.
“The ugly trend has become more pronounced these days because of the quest for worldly materials among the youth,” Jere said.
The NIS chief said that his command would not relent in its efforts in the fight against illegal immigrants and human trafficking.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kebbi State, Alhaji Abdullahi Zarewa, said the electoral body distributed 95.05 per cent Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state ahead of Saturday’s elections.
Zarewa said this in Ambursa, Kebbi State, during a sensitisation programme organised by the commission for the electorate in the area.
He said that out of 1.4 million registered voters in the state, 1.3 million had been issued with their PVCs.
The INEC commissioner said that 13,500 ad hoc staff had been trained to participate in the elections.
He said that on the day of voting, special concessions would be accorded to the elderly and people living with disability.
Zarewa said that there would be separate queues for men and women on election day in line with religious and cultural values of the people.
A university lecturer, Dr Olusegun Peleyeju, has urged
the Federal Government and stakeholders in education sector to invest more in the sector, to fast-track development in the country.
Peleyeju, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Education and Management, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Ode, told newsmen that much still needed to be done in this sector.
The don, however, lauded the standard of education in Nigeria, in spite of the challenges being faced in the sector.
He said that for the nation to compete favourably in the future, education advancement remained paramount.
“While government is focusing on providing an enabling environment and the required infrastructure, our teachers too must utilise capacity building opportunities and build themselves,” he said.
Ahead of Saturday’s presidential poll, a traditional ruler
in Oyo State, Oba AbdulGaniyu Adekunle, has appealed to Nigerians to shun violence during and after the general elections.
Adekunle, the Aseyin of Iseyin, in Iseyin Local Government Area of the state made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in his palace.
The monarch said it was necessary for all Nigerians to behave and act in accordance with the laws governing the electoral process.
“I am a monarch of all, and ordinarily, kings do not support any candidate or political party.
“ We have a duty to appeal to our people to comport themselves.
“It is very important for all of us who can talk to our teeming youths to do so now so that desperate politicians will not turn them into instruments of violence.
“ My message is that everyone should abide by the rules during the elections and the result of the elections should also not lead to violence, he said.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Plateau
State Chapter, Mr Gunshin Yarlings, has called for the reintroduction of teachers’ training colleges in the state in order to ensure production of quality teachers.
Yarlings, who spoke in an interview with newsmen in Jos, said reintroducing teachers’ training institutions was the only way to ensure training of quality teachers in Plateau.
He said that the poor rating of Plateau at the last Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations was an indication that there was an urgent need for concerted efforts to train teachers through the training colleges.
He noted that before the abolishment of the Grade II Teachers’ Certificate, students performed excellently in their various examinations.
“The abolishment of the Grade II Teachers’ Certificate culminated to the poor standard of education we are getting now, as seen in students’ performance during SSCE and other examinations,” he said.
The Taraba State Government said it had concluded plans to
construct 32 Almajiri Schools in the state.
The Director of Nomadic Education, state Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Hussain Kabri, said this in an interview with newsmen in Jalingo.
Kabri said this would complement the two existing Almajiri schools established by the Federal Government in the state.
He said the decision was imperative in view of the growing number of Almajiris in the area.
“A recent survey conducted by the state government indicates that there are over 4000 Almajiri’s of primary school age in Jalingo, Sardauna, Mutum-biyu, Ibi and Gashaka areas.
“The two Almajiri schools built by the federal government in Mutum biyu and Jalingo can only cater for 150 students in those areas.
“Therefore, we are planning to build two Almajiri schools in each of the 16 council areas of the state, so that we can capture thousands of other Amajiris that have no access to western education,” he said.
‘Nigeria, Others Lose $110bn Annually To Inefficient Power Supply’
The Executive Director, Sahara Group, Kola Adesina, has called on various stakeholders to promote energy access in Africa, as lack of energy costs Nigeria and other African countries over $110billion annually.
He also urged the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the need to galvanise the interest and support of various stakeholders to promote equitable global trade relations and energy access in Africa where almost 600 million live without electricity.
Adesina, who spoke on ‘Redirecting the World Trade Organisation’ at the virtual 2021 Horasis Global Meeting, said deploying multilateral engagements would help circumvent the status quo that has made global trade relations “somewhat lopsided.”
Horasis is one of the foremost annual meetings of the world’s leading decision-makers from business, government, and civil society.
Speaking on access to power in Africa, Adesina said the WTO should explore collaborating with the various stakeholders to accelerate the pace of technology needed to make alternative power cheaper and more accessible to the consumers.
Africa is home to 17 per cent of the world’s population, but accounts for just 4 per cent of global power supply investment.
On a per capita basis, power supply investment in Africa ranks among the lowest in the world and lack of energy costs the continent over $110billion annually.
“The Environmental Impact Analysis of conventional power sources should be the focal point of conversations with African presidents as well as key political and business leaders to ensure their support and agree to a collective and sustainable solution template.
“The WTO must ensure that multilateralism guides its decision-making. The countries of the world are not all on the same pedestal, there should be consideration for the poor countries.
“The WTO should create a system where countries come together to create a united front to handle the issues the world is facing,” he said.
Adesina explained that multilateral strategies would create “elastic solutions” that can be adapted with respect to the unique challenges and opportunities across global trade blocs.
He argued that while sustainability should be the ultimate driver of development, concessions need to be in place to effectively manage the current challenges of less developed continents.
He stated, “Africa still suffers from the twin challenge of access versus affordability of electricity. We all need each other to solve the global challenges we face as individual countries and the world.
“A strong commitment is needed to maintain open and free trade; to keep open borders and to help the poorest countries, particularly least developed countries, survive the economic shock created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The Horasis session noted that with protectionism gaining steam globally, the WTO would need to reinforce its influence on stabilizing global trade negotiations.
Experts expect that the WTO, under the leadership of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would spearhead effective reforms that would make the organization play a strategic role in promoting equity and transparency in the quest for global sustainable development.
UNILORIN Engages Landlords Association On Students’ Safety
The Management of the University of Ilorin says the institution is interacting with the Association of Landlords within its communities to ensure the protection of students.
Dean, Student Affairs, Unilorin, Prof. Lanre Ajibade, at a news conference in Ilorin yesterday assured that no stone would be left unturned toward ensuring safety of students.
According to Ajibade, the University has been engaging in consistent interactions with the landlord association of the communities to ensure students who live in the area enjoy the best treatment possible.
He said that although no fresh and returning student of the University was set to resume the 2021/2022 academic session, many live off campus, particularly within Tanke and the neighbouring communities,
He recalled the recent murder of a female student of the University and said management had been working vigorously with security agencies to ensure perpetrators of the heinous act were prosecuted.
The dean noted that the University was working assiduously with all the security agencies and other stakeholders within and outside the institution to ensure the safety of the community.
The University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Abdulwasiu Oyewo, also said that his personnel were working day and night to provide maximum security in the area.
Oyewo said that the security officers were in constant patrol of the environment, adding that vehicles with tinted glasses and without registration number would not be allowed on campus.
Also, Officer-in-Charge of the Intelligence Unit in the University’s Security Division, Mr Ali Na’Allah, said that the unit would continue to engage in discreet information gathering on campus.
Unemployed Man, 22, Docked For Stealing Two iPhones, Laptop
A 22-year-old unemployed man, Akinwunmi Rotimi, yesterday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun for allegedly stealing two iPhones, an Hp Laptop and other valuables.
The police charged Rotimi, whose address was not provided, with two counts of burglary and stealing.
The Prosecution Counsel, Cynthia Ejezie, told the court that the defendant also stole N240,000.
Ejezie said that the defendant committed the offence on April 3 at about 4 a.m.at No.6 Ayoola Adeyinka, off Tetiku road, Owode-Ijako, Ota.
He said that the defendant broke into the house of the complainant, Mrs Adeleye Anike.
She said that the police from the Sango-Ota Police Station, tracked one of the phones to the defendant.
The offence, the prosecutor said, contravened the provisions of sections 383 (1) and 412 of the Criminal Code Vol.11, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr Ambrose Aisedion, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms.
Magistrate Shotunde Shotayo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Shotayo ordered that the sureties reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with two-year tax payment to Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until June 17 for a definite hearing.
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