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Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State (4th left), his Deputy, Dr Oluranti Adebule (3rd left),  Amirul Hajj and Chairman, Special Adhoc Committee for the Lagos 2015 Hajj, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef (3rd right) and others, during the inauguration of the Committee in Lagos last Monday

Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State (4th left), his Deputy, Dr Oluranti Adebule (3rd left), Amirul Hajj and Chairman, Special Adhoc Committee for the Lagos 2015 Hajj, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef (3rd right) and others, during the inauguration of the Committee in Lagos last Monday

Adamawa

The wife of Adamawa State Governor, has organised a Sallah
party for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Malkohi Camp near Yola.
Addressing the IDPs at a  party, Jibrilla said the gesture was to give them a sense of belonging and make them feel at home.
She urged them not to lose hope, assuring that this administration was committed to their safety and welfare.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello, reiterated the state government’s commitment to the welfare of the IDPs, particularly the vulnerable ones comprising women and children.
Responding on behalf of the IDPs, the Excutive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Alhaji Haruna Furo, thanked the governor’s wife for the party and donation of foods and other materials to IDPs.

Benue

The General Manager, Benue Environmental and Sanitation
Agency (BENSESA), Mr Ediga Akpa, says additional dump sites will be created across the state to facilitate waste management.
Akpa disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi.
He said the additional dump sites would facilitate effective discharge of the agency’s duties as well as enhance compliance with sanitation laws.
He said the present dump sites at North bank, Gboko road and Naka road were inadequate. Akpa attributed the indiscriminate refuse heaps in Makurdi to ongoing evacuation of drains and gutters by his men.
According to him, the evacuation will allow for the free flow of drains in the city and prevent flood.

FCT

The practice of true federalism will fast track Nigeria’s develop
ment, Mr Rafiu Salau, National Chairman, Alliance for Democracy (AD), has said.
Salau made the remark in Abuja during a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party.
The meeting was attended by executive members of the party from the six geo-political zones of the country.
“The party believes that the nation needs true federalism.
“The practice of true federalism will boost our democracy and enhance national growth and development,’’ Salau said.
The chairman said the creation of local governments was not the responsibility of the federal government but that of the state.
“It is not the responsibility of the federal government to decide the number of local governments for a state.

Gombe

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has
donated drugs to victims of multiple blasts at Dukku and Dadin/Kowa motor parks, Gombe.
Presenting the drugs, the Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Sani Sidi, described the incident as unfortunate.
He said the donation was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to assist victims of the disaster.
Sidi commended the state Hospitals Management Board for treating the victims and condoled families of those who lost their lives during the incident.
He said the agency would continue to support the state government to take good care of the victims.
Receiving the drugs, an official of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, Dr Zainab Chukuma, thanked the agency for its concern.
Jigawa

The Jigawa State Government recently nnounced its decision
to establish School of Nursing and Specialist Hospital in Hadejia Local Government Area of the state.
This is contained in a statement issued by Malam Bello Zaki, the Special Assistant on Media to Governor Muhammad Badaru, made available to newsmen in Dutse.
The statement quoted Zaki as saying the governor stated this when he visited the Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Maje, during a working tour to inspect parts of the town wrecked by flood.
Zaki said “Governor Muhammad Badaru has announced his government’s decision to establish School of Nursing and Midwifery in Hadejia town and the conversion of the town’s General Hospital to a specialists hospital during the tour.
“The governor mentioned it at the palace of the Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Maje, during courtesy visit.’’
The special assistant said Badaru had reiterated the state government’s readiness to expand the Birniwa Hospital in Birniwa Local Government Area of the emirate to standard general hospital.

Kano

The Kano State Government, has directed its health of
ficials to investigate the reasons for the large number of unhealthy and dead cattle that littered abattoir in the state capital.
The Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Haruna Makena, gave the directive last Saturday in Kano while monitoring the monthly sanitation exercise in Kano metropolis.
Makena, who was represented by Alhaji Sagir Wall, the Permanent Secretary, expressed concern that unhealthy and dead cattle could endanger the health of the people.
“We cannot just sit by and watch the health of our citizens being jeopardised,” he said and urged health officials to look into the cause of large numbers of dead and unhealthy cattle in its abattoir.
The commissioner commended Kano residents for participating in the sanitation exercise.

Nasarawa

Nigeria and her citizens need God’s favour to overcome
challenges and be self sustainable, Pastor Ben Andrew of Living Faith Church in Lafia  Nasarawa State.
The cleric made the declaration in a Sunday sermon entitled “favour, its impacts and benefits.
According to him, if the country and its citizens are not spiritually favoured by God, they cannot escape the struggles even if all manner of aids are offered freely to them.
He said “the lack of God’s favour makes one not to progress and creates unending problems. The lack of God’s favour makes one to be forgotten.’’
Andrew also said the lack of divine favour could result into daunting struggles with nothing to show.
He then pleaded with leaders in the country and the citizens to look up to God for lasting favours rather than shun Him and rely on fellow humans whose favours were unpredictable, short lived and had unreasonable conditions.

Oyo

A cleric, Moses Kasali, has called on Nigerians to be
patient with President Muhammadu Buhari over the delay in constituting his cabinet.
He made the call recently  while addressing the congregation at the auditorium of the ministry in Ibadan.
Kasali, Head, Mercy of Prayer Ministry, Ibadan, was optimistic that the President would choose members of his cabinet within the first 100 days of his administration.
He also urged Nigerians to avoid calling the President ‘Baba Go Slow’ for not constituting his cabinet almost two months after his inauguration.
He said that Buhari was studying the situation to ensure appointment of competent and reliable hands into key ministries and parastatals.
Kasali said the wrangling in the two chambers of the National Assembly was a carryover of the old order.

Plateau
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, last Sunday appointed
Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir as the state’s Amirul Hajj for this year’s Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Jingir is Chairman, Council of Ulama of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Walikatis Sunna, which headquarters is in Jos.
Lalong, in a statement signed by Mr Emmanuel Nanle, Director of Press Affairs, also directed intending pilgrims that had completed the payment of their Hajj fare, to appear for screening from July 29, 2015.
According to him, the screening team, led by Alhaji Danlami Abdullahi, will carry out the exercise for two weeks.
The statement assured intending pilgrims that their safety and comfort would be ensured,both in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

Sokoto
Binji Local Government in Sokoto State has spent N100 million
into the construction of 10 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), its Chairman, Alhaji Umaru Danhabe, said in Sokoto, Sokoto State, recently.
Danhabe told newsmen that the council spent N10 million in constructing each of the facilities.
According to him, each of the PHCs had 10 wards with beds for 20 patients.
He said that one ambulance had also been provided to each of the centres to cater for emergency situations.
The chairman advised the people to promptly report any outbreak of epidemic to the nearest health centres, and assured them of government’s readiness to cater for their health needs.

Taraba

The Caretaker Chairman of Kurmi Local Government Area of
Taraba State, Mr Stephen Agya, has appealed to the federal and state governments to provide assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the area.
Agya, who made the appeal in an interview with journalists in Jalingo, noted that thousands of people have been displaced by communal clashes and rainstorm in the area.
“I want to appeal to the federal and state governments to come to the aid of the council in taking care of the victims of communal clashes and rainstorm, who have been in camps for so long.
“NEMA and SEMA carried out assessment of the level of damage in the area five months ago, but no assistance has yet been given,’’ he said.
Agya said that the council had been catering for the IDPs within its limited resources.

Zamfara

The Deputy Director, Special Education, Federal Ministry of
Education, Mrs Joyce Eke, said last  Saturday that globally there were 58 million children of primary school age who were not enrolled in school.
Eke said in Gusau at a two-day National meeting on the revision of the Girls Education Project (GEP-3) Enrollment Drive Guidelines that globally 100 million children do not complete primary education.
The meeting was organised jointly by UNICEF, the Federal Ministry of Education and the five GEP-3 states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Niger.
She said that Nigeria was responsible for 10.5 million out of the 58 were, a figure, she said was the highest in the world.

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NHRC Seeks Prioritisation Of Children’s Rights In National, State Budgets

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The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, has called for the prioritisation of child rights issues in both the national and state budgets.
Ojukwu, represented by Abdulrahman Yakubu,  director, political and civil education rights in the commission made the call in Abuja at an event organised by the commission to commemorate the 2021 International Day for the African Child  (DAC), celebrated every June 16.
He also called for alignment of national implementation plans of the Child’s Rights Act with international action plans like the Agenda 2040 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda to ensure a more holistic and measurable implementation outcome
“While progress has been made on the implementation of the Child’s Rights Act and Laws across the   states that have adopted it, challenges bordering on non-prioritisation of child rights in the budget, poverty.
“Harmful traditional practices, inadequate access to educational and health services, armed conflicts and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to slow down process across all sectors.
“I call on all concerned Ministry , Departments and Agencies and child-focused organisations to explore  new tools and innovations like technology and social media to accelerate the implementation of child-based laws and policies in the country,” he said.
He also called for the adoption and implementation of measures to ensure universal health coverage, access to quality health-care services for all while closing all gender and vulnerability gaps.
Ojukwu also called for equal access to compulsory and quality education to all children, including children in rural communities, the girl child, children living with disabilities, children in conflict and humanity settings.
“We must address the root cause of conflict and engage early warning mechanisms to eliminate the impact of armed conflicts on children” he said.
The executive secretary said the DAC serves as a strong advocacy and sensitization tool for implementation of children’s rights.
“Beyond honouring the memory of the fallen heroes, the DAC celebration calls for introspection and self-assessment by the AU member states on the level of child rights implementation in respective countries.
The theme for the 2021 DAC celebration as selected by the African committee of Experts on the Rights and welfare of the child, he said, 30 years after the adoption of the charter: accelerate the implementation of the Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children.
In a goodwill message, the Country Representative of UN  Women Nigeria, Ms Comfort Lamptey called for education-in-emergencies in Borno,  Yobe and Adamawa.
The country representative, represented by Patience Ekeoba,  National Programme Officer,  UN Women Nigeria,  Lamptey said that children of these three conflict affected states need education -in-emergencies.
“ In the north east of Nigeria, 2. 8 million children need education -in-emergencies support. No fewer than 802 schools remained closed and 497 classrooms are listed as destroyed with another 1, 392 damaged but repairable in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
“In addition to this,  the COVID-19,  insecurity and humanitarian crisis and other prevailing challenges have presented new and additional challenges,” she said
“A lot of countries in Africa have robust legal frameworks policies,  conventions and other frameworks that guarantee the rights of the child,” she added.

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Court Rejects EFCC’s Request To Amend Charge In Ex-NNPC GMD’s Trial

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to amend its charge in the $9.8million, £74,000 fraud trial of an ex-Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling, yesterday, held that granting the application by the EFCC would amount to varying a subsisting judgment given by the Court of Appeal, Abuja on April 24, 2020, where it, among others, ordered Yakubu to enter defence in relation to counts three and four of the six counts originally contained in the charge on which he was arraigned.
Justice Mohammed was emphatic that allowing the prosecution (the EFCC) to amend the charge was tantamount to disobeying the subsisting order made by the Court of Appeal in its judgment of April 24, 2020.
The EFCC claimed that its operatives, acting on a tip-off, raided Yakubu’s house located on Chikun Road, Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State on February 3, 2017, and recovered the $9,772,800 and £74,000 cash kept in a fire proof safe.
It arraigned Yakubu on March 16, 2017, on a six-count charge relating to money laundering offences.
He was among others, accused of failing to make full disclosure of assets, receiving cash without going through a financial institution, which borders on money laundering and intent to avoid a lawful transaction under law, transported at various times to Kaduna, the aggregate sum of $9,772,800 and £74,000.
The prosecution closed its case on October 17, 2018, after calling seven witnesses.
The seventh prosecution witness, an operative of the EFCC, Suleiman Mohammed, spoke about how his team recovered the $9,772,000 and £74,000 cash in Yabubu’s house in Kaduna, which was later deposited in CBN in Kano.
At the closure of the prosecution’s case, Yakubu made a no-case submission, which Justice Mohammed, in a ruling on May 16, 2019, partially upheld by striking out two of the six counts contained in the charge and ordered Yakubu to enter defence in relation to the remaining four counts.
The judge was of the view that the prosecution failed to prove counts five and six of the charge, which related to allegation of unlawful transportation of the money.
“Even though I am tempted to discharge the defendant on counts one to four, I am, however, constrained to ask the defendant to explain how he came about the monies recovered from his house.
“Fortified with my position, the defendant is hereby ordered to enter his defence in respect of counts one to four,” Justice Mohammed said in the May 16, 2019, ruling.
Dissatisfied, Yakubu challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which, in a ruling on April 24, 2020, upheld Justice Mohammed’s ruling and proceeded to strike out two more counts – one and two – in the charge.
The Court of Appeal, then, ordered Yakubu to enter his defence in respect of the remaining two counts – three and four.
Proceedings later resumed at the Federal High Court, with the defendant commencing his defence as ordered by the Court of Appeal.
But, on March 10 this year, the prosecution applied for leave to amend its charge, arguing among others, that the law allows the prosecution to amend charge at any stage of the proceedings before judgment.
The defence countered, arguing that the Court of Appeal, in its judgment of April 24, 2020, made an order to guide further proceedings in the trial.
It noted that the Court of Appeal ordered that the defendant was only to enter defence in relation to counts three and four in respect of which a prima facie case was established.
The defence urged the court to refuse the prosecution’s application for amendment and allow the defendant to continue with his defence, a prayer Justice Mohammed granted in his ruling, yesterday.
When the judge ended the ruling, yesterday, the defence indicated its intention to proceed with its case, but the court elected to adjourn till June 30 following plea by the prosecution for an adjournment on the grounds that the lead prosecuting lawyer was not immediately available.

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Economist Challenges W’Bank’s Prediction On Nigeria’s Inflation Rate

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An economist, Prof. Akpan Ekpo, has queried World Bank’s prediction that Nigeria’s inflation rate is expected to rise to fifth highest in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2021.
Ekpo, a professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, questioned the prediction in an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Lagos.
Recall the bank’s Lead Economist for Nigeria, Macro Hernandez while presenting its six-monthly update on development in Nigeria on Tuesday, said Nigeria was lagging the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, with food inflation.
Hernandez included heightened insecurity and stalled reforms as slowing growth and increasing poverty.
The professor said: “First of all, we need to examine the methodology the World Bank used to arrive at the conclusion because we know that inflation has declined slightly.”
Ekpo, also Chairman, Foundation for Economic Research and Training in Lagos, said, however, that if government could solve the insecurity problems limiting economic growth and increase Agricultural production, the prediction might not hold.
According to him, there are countries with double digits inflation and still doing well.
“This means you can have inflation and yet your GDP is growing, so, it’s when you have what we call run-away or hyper inflation that is when you get worried.
“Run-away inflation means that prices are increasing everyday or every month without control,” he said.
On predictions that the inflation would push seven million more Nigerians into poverty due to falling purchasing power, Ekpo gave a suggestion to the federal government to stem it.
He urged the Federal Government to seriously implement the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Programme and the Economic Sustainability Plan documents.
“I cannot fault them on this one because already, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said about 85 million Nigerians are living in poverty.
“So, World Bank just saying that confirms what our own NBS has already said.
“Now, if the government implements the National Poverty Reduction initiative document as well as the Economic Sustainability plan seriously, then we can begin to reduce the poverty rate.

“Then the economy must grow double digits, that is, 10 per cent and above for us to see reduction in poverty and more jobs creation as well, because poverty is linked to unemployment,” he added.

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