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President Muhammadu  Buhari (left), receiving letter of credence from the Ambassador designate of Poland to Nigeria, Mr Andrzej Dycha, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday .
President Muhammadu Buhari (left), receiving letter of credence from the Ambassador designate of Poland to Nigeria, Mr Andrzej Dycha, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday .

Adamawa
Members of Adamawa State  House of Assembly have
in Yola passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the House led the Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa.
The confidence vote was passed as the legislators resumed from five weeks recess in the wake of speculations of possible change in the leadership of the house.
A letter endorsing the speaker, signed by 23 out of the 25 legislators, was read by Mijinyawa, who later called them one by one to confirm their signatures.
In their respective submissions at plenary, the legislators lauded the leadership of the house for its commitment to transparency.
In his submission, Abubakar Abdulrahman (APC-Mubi South) who chairs the House Integrity Forum, described the speaker as ‘a team player who carries everyone along.’

Bauchi
An Islamic Scholar in Bauchi, Sheikh Abdullahi
Abubakar, has advised the Federal Government to entrust the management of Tsangaya schools in the country, to a  Board of Trustees of the schools, for effective performance.
Abubakar told newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi, that poor management of such schools, was making it difficult to achieve the purpose for which they were established.
According to him, the Board should be given powers to handle matters of employment, promotion and discipline of teachers, to enhance efficiency of the students.
He said that it was the dream of the initiators of the schools, to see that the institutions prospered to churn out products that would be helpful to the society.
He expressed optimism that the schools, if managed by the trustees, would open up new window for unlimited progress in Quranic education.

Ekiti
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court has remanded
10 accused persons arraigned before it in prison custody for kidnapping and armed robbery in Ekiti.
They are Solomon Obamuyegun, Oladapo Rachael, Sina Omidirin, Babatunde Balogun, Tope Gabriel, Bose Sade-Ajayi, Felix Omiawe, Damiloa Obamuagun, Shina Omidiran and Owolabi Olanrewanju.
Prosecutor Olasunkanmi Bankole told the court that the accused persons were arraigned on a two-count charge of kidnapping and robbery.
Bankole said that the offence was committed between April and July at Ilogbo-Ekiti, in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state.

FCT
The Executive Secretary, National Universities Com
mission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, says,  the standard of Nigerian universities was high in spite of their low global ranking.
Okojie, who said this at the opening of a two-day workshop on African Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project Post-Effectiveness in Abuja, said that the problem with Nigerian universities was low Internet presence.
Nigeria has 10 out of 19 African Centres of Excellence.
According to Okojie, the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) is solving the problem of Internet connectivity in Nigerian universities, saying it will improve global presence of Nigerian universities.

Jigawa
The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)
in Jigawa  State says it has strengthened the capacity of no fewer than 53 schools’ quality assurance officers in the state.
The SUBEB Deputy Director, Teacher Training, Alhaji Sani Shehu, made the disclosure to newsmen in Dutse.
Shehu said the training, organised, financed and facilitated by the SUBEB, started on July 27 and ended July 31.
The deputy director added that the beneficiaries included directors and their deputies from the quality assurance, social mobilisation offices and other officers that participated in quality assurance inspection in the state.
The SUBEB Zonal Director, Northwest, Mr Mansur Idris, told newsmen that the gesture was for the beneficiaries to acquire skills which would enable them conduct effective quality assurance in schools.
Kano
The wife of Kano State Governor,  Dr Hafsat Ganduje
, has called on parents in the state to enrol their female children in school to ensure a bright future for them.
Ganduje made the call on Monday during a reception organised in honour of APC women leaders at the Government House in Kano.
She noted that there was a low enrolment of girls in schools, especially in the rural areas.
Ganduje said that it was regrettable that in spite of the efforts of the state government toward promoting female education, many parents were still reluctant to send their wards to school.
She said that the governor was aware of the effective role played by women in his victory and would not disappoint them.
Kwara
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has con
fiscated pirated works valued at over N4 million during a raid on outlet stores selling videos and musical works in Ilorin.
The Head, Ilorin Liaison Office of the commission, Mrs Justina Akinwumi made this known on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the state.
Akinwumi said that the commission arrested five persons involved in the piracy activities during the raid.
“Nigerian Copyright Commission has zero tolerance for piracy and all the perpetrators of the heinous act will be brought to book,” she added.

Lagos
An Ijaw leader, Mr Regent Youmor, has said the ap
pointment of retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh would facilitate the payment of fees of ex-militants schooling abroad.
Youmor, the adviser of the Ijaw National Congress, Lagos chapter, said this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on July 28, appointed Boroh as the coordinator of the amnesty programme to replace Mr Kingsley Kuku, the former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Youmor said that over 3,000 beneficiaries of the programme had been ejected from their various institutions abroad due to non-payment of the fees.

Osun
The Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria, Osun State
chapter, says it has started the distribution of chemicals to cocoa farmers in the state in its drive to boost cocoa production.
The association, in a statement issued by its Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees and Zonal  Secretary Oyo/Osun zones, Dr Bola Otunla and Mr John Alalade, said that the chemical distribution was to ensure that the state caught up with other cocoa growing states in the country.
“The state chapter of the Cocoa Association of Nigeria started the distribution of fungicide and insecticide to cocoa farmers in Osun.

Plateau
The Police at Jibilik check point in Pankshin Local
Government Area of Plateau has caught a couple with 81 live ammunition.
DSP Emmanuel Abu, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident to newsmen . Abu, however, said the Divisional Police Officer in the area was yet to give details on the recovery.
The couple, Mr and Mrs Dahiru Haruna, were on their way to Bauchi in an unregistered motorcycle when they were intercepted by the policemen.
A policeman (names withheld) also confirmed the incident to the Chairman of Pankshin Local Government Council, Mr Steve Jings, who was on his way on a condolence visit to Chip District.
The policeman said that the couple never wanted to stop for a search.

Sokoto
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has
pledged that his administration will provide critical infrastructure for the Nigerian Army and assist its officers to enable them carry out their mandate.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, in Sokoto on Sunday.
The statement stated that Tambuwal made the promise on Saturday in Sokoto when he visited the Command Headquarters of 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Sokoto.
It stated that the governor said the state government would continue to accord the welfare and wellbeing of men and officers of all security agencies in the state top priority.
“Tambuwal said that Sokoto State had benefited immensely from the activities of the Brigade Command in various ways.
Yobe
Property, farmlands and livestock in seven villages
have been destroyed by flood in Yobe following heavy downpour on Monday night.
Malam Hussaini Ali, one of the victims told newsmen that about 60 per cent of structures in Ngelzarma were swept away by the flood.
“I have lost everything I owned to the flood including my house, livestock and other items,” he said, adding that hundreds of other families have been rendered homeless.
In Gununu and Jajere, our courrespondent learnt that the heavy night rain destroyed homes, submerged farms and swept away livestock.
Alhaji Digima Gana, Chairman Fune Local Government said that the council had set up a committee to provide immediate relief to the victims.
Similarly, Nangere and Budua villages in Nangere Local Government area and Murza and Dachia villages in Jakusko Local Council Area were also affected.