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Governor Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi State (left), welcoming the unicef Country Representative to Nigeria and Ecowas, Ms Jean Gough, during her courtesy visit to Government House in Bauchi, recently.

Governor Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi State (left), welcoming the unicef Country Representative to Nigeria and Ecowas, Ms Jean Gough, during her courtesy visit to Government House in Bauchi, recently.

Adamawa

Some staff of Adamawa State University (ADSU), Mubi, have
petitioned the state House of Assembly accusing the Vice Chancellor, Prof Joshua Shall, of misconduct.
The petition, which receipt  was acknowledged  by the House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, at the plenary was referred to the House Committee on Public Complaint, for consideration and advise.
The petitioners,  Dr Umar  Jongur, Dr Idris Atadashi, Dr Kamkwis Markus, Mr Moses Mairabo and Mallam Khalid Bello, accused the vice chancellor of some wrongdoings, among which were administrative  high handedness and violation of established rules.
Reacting to the development, the vice chancellor, Prof Joshua Shall, said he was just hearing about the petition, and that the petitioners did not give him a copy as expected.

Bauchi

Chairman of the Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of
Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Dahiru Mohammed, has assumed duty as the new General Manager of Radio Nigeria Globe FM, Bauchi.
Mohammed took over from Malam Aminu Goggo, who acted as the manager of the station, following the redeployment of the substantive General Manager, Malam Zakari Nadabo, to the Presidency.
Until his recent appointment, the new manager was the head of News and Current Affairs Unit of Bauchi State Television (BATV) and currently serving his second term as the chairman of Bauchi Council of the NUJ.
In an interview shortly after assumption of office, Mohammed said that his target was to make the station a “pacesetter among its peers”.

Benue

The Save-Our-Women and Youth Initiative in Benue State, an
NGO, has called for an urgent assessment of the numbers and locations of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The group’s state Coordinator, Mrs Erdoo Iber, said in Makurdi that the group also wants basic social amenities made available in camps when properly identified.
She said the IDPs require clinics, security posts, movable camps or tents, food and water to save lives and make life more meaningful for them in the camps.
Iber appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency to, as a matter of urgency, provide relief materials to such camps.

Ekiti

Ekiti State Government has issued a three-week ultimatum to
contractors handling the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) projects to complete and hand over or face the consequences.
The Chairman, MDGs State Implementation Committee, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, gave the ultimatum during a review meeting of the second phase of MDGs projects held with the contractors in Ado-Ekiti.
He warned that government would not hesitate to sanction erring contractors, stressing that the era of abandoned projects was over.
In his remarks, Mr Idowu Popoola Special Assistant to the Governor on MDGs, stressed the importance of quality and timely job delivery by contractors.
Jigawa

The Jahun Local Government Council of Jigawa State, says it has
purchased spare parts worth N2.8 million to repair broken and damaged hand pumps in the area.
The Area’s Information Officer, Malam Muhammad Umar, who made this known in Dutse.
Umar, who said the items had been handed over to the 11 wards of the local government, stressing that the aim was to ensure safe drinking water in the area.
He said that the items were handed over to members of wards committees who would supervise the exercise.

Kaduna

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has said that
the Air Force Institute of Technology, (AFIT) had been repositioned to contribute more effectively in tackling the current security challenges facing the country.
The Air Cheif, who made the remark at the 44th Convacation Ceremony of the institution in Kaduna, said training of technical personnel would impact positively in dealing with the dreaded Boko Haram and other security challenges facing the nation.
Abubakar said the institution was doing well in research and development and charged them to sustain the effort to enable the country address the current Boko Haram menace.
On his part, the Commandant of AFIT, Air Cmdr Misbau Soladoye, said that the institution had made steady progress in both its academic curricular, research and development.

Kano

The Kano State Refuse Management and Sanitation Board, says
it is ready to begin the conversion of wastes to wealth before the end of 2015.
The Managing Director of the board, Retired Group Capt. Mohammed Kura, said in Kano that investors from England and India had sent proposals to start converting scrap tiles into powder, fabrics and wares.
Kura said the board had sent the organic fertiliser to different laboratories, including Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Ibadan where it was tested and confirmed to be good and useful.
He further explained that the state government would also recruit more sanitary inspectors, who would be given the power to enforce and monitor sachet water sellers, biscuit sellers and bottle water traders.

Kebbi

The Kebbi State Committee on Information for the 2015
Hajj is to embark on an awareness campaign to ensure to enlighten the 4,116 intending pilgrims, says the Chairman, Alhaji Umar Babuga.
Babuga told newsmen in Brinin-Kebbi that the essence of the campaign was to ensure effective guidance of the 4,116 intending pilgrims.
He said that pregnant women had been advised to defer undertaking the exercise, to avoid sanctions.
The chairman also requested Journalists to ensure adequate dissemination of information on the 2015 Hajj exercise.

Lagos

Nigerians have urged the Nigeria Police Force to enlist
only men and women of good character when it recruits the 10,000 personnel promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
They made the call in an interview with newsmen against the backdrop of President Muhammedu Buhari’s promise to offer 10,000 jobs in the force.
The recruitment is to beef up the Police workforce which currently stands at less than 400,000 for a population of 170 million.
The United Nations’ recommendation is a minimum of 222 policemen per 100,000 people, a number that the current 400,000 does not cover.

Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Government is to use the N25 billion
loan approved by the state House of Assembly in servicing the Contributory Pension Scheme for state civil servants and addressing some development needs.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Tanko Al-makura, Alhaji Ahmed Tukur,who disclosed this in an interview in Lafia, said explaining to the people what the bailout fund would be utilized for, was aimed at ensuring prudence and accountability.
He said that the fund, if accessed from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), would help in the settling some pending issues for the growth of the state.
According to him, the state government will utilise N12 billion while the 13 local government councils in the state will share N13 billion.

Ogun

An Economist, Mr Toyin Taiwo, has urged local manufacturers
to show more commitment in developing their marketing strategies for enduring economic benefits and job creation.
He told newsmen in Ijebu-Ode, that the manufacturers could enhance their businesses by developing their marketing strategies themselves, rather than outsourcing the process.
Taiwo, who is the president, Ijebu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), said this would help them set good records of market penetration and increase the value chain of end products.
The economist, who also operates a food technology consultancy firm, said in order to achieve sustainable success, manufacturers must repeatedly re-examine their company’s sense of purpose.

Oyo

The Oyo State Government would no longer pay the West African
Examinations Council (WAEC) registration fees for students, the state Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, has said.
Eniade also said that from the 2015/2016 Academic Session, students would pay annual Education Development Levy of N3,000.
In a statement titled: “Efforts of Oyo State Government to Address Poor Performance of Students in Public Secondary Schools,” issued in Ibadan, Eniade said that government took the decision in order to guard against poor performances of students in public schools.
According to the statement, the state government has stopped further payment of WAEC registration fees with effect from 2015/2016 academic session.

Plateau

As the world marks this year’s Mosquito Day, PTA Chairman in
Plateau State, Mr Sylvester Yakubu, has advised governments to provide treated nets to schools to curb the spread of malaria.
The PTA boss said in Jos that the use of treated nets was particularly effective in preventing the spread of mosquitoes, the carriers of the malaria parasite.
He explained that the World Malaria Day was aimed at reminding the public that malaria remained one of the killer diseases in Africa because of the humid condition of its environment.
Yakubu, however, said that guidelines for using the nets must be observed to avoid complications, and advised government to pay more attention to public schools to lessen the burden of less privileged parents.

Yobe

Some women in Yobe State have commended ‘Waka Rural
Development Initiative’’ a Non-Governmenal Organisation (NGO) for restoring their psychological and physical stability after insurgents’ attacks on their communities.
The Internally Displaced women, who made the commendation in interview in Damaturu said that the entrepreneurship programme initiated by the NGO had trained 300 internally displaced women in various trades.
It assists internally displaced women to engage in productive livelihood in their new communities for economic self reliance.
A displaced mother from Gujba, Mrs Aisa Bukar, said the programme had assisted her and other women to look into the future and begin a new life.

Zamfara
The Zamfara State House of Assembly has called on security agencies in the state to intensify efforts to curb cattle rustling and other crimes in the area.
The Speaker of the assembly, Alhaji Sunusi Rikiji, made the call in Gusau at the house plenary while reacting to a complaint about cases of cattle rustling.
Rikiji commended the partnership between security agencies and the state government in checking cattle rustling and other criminal activities in the state.
A member representing Anka constituency, Alhaji Bello Sarkin-Fagon (APC) had earlier informed the House about cattle rustling activities in his constituency, adding that gunmen had recently attacked Wuya Ward in Anka Local Government Area and seized 200 cows and 200 sheep.

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Cleric Wants Review Of Retirement Age For Civil Servants To 70

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Rev. Fr. Godfrey Gopep, Parish Priest of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, has appealed to the Federal Government to review the retirement age for civil servants from 60 to 70 years.
Gopep made the plea in his sermon yesterday in Jos, adding that such move would address some of the challenges that retirees in the country were currently facing.
The cleric, who decried the rising spate of unemployment in the country, added that the move would also reduce incidences of falsification of age by people in order to be employed.
He added that it would also enable those who would be employed late to enjoy some good years in service before retiring.
“Because of scarcity of jobs and high rate of unemployment in the country, most people get to be employed are in their 40s.
“So, I want to call on the Federal Government to review the retirement age of civil servants from 60 to 70 years.
“If this is done, those who get employed a bit late can also have a enough time to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
“It will also curtail the act where people have to reduce their ages just so that they can get employed and also spend some good years in service,” he said.
Gopep called on government at all levels to create job opportunities in the country and an enabling environment for private sector to thrive so as to create jobs as well.

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Lalong Seeks End To Divisive Actions Among Nigerians

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Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, yesterday urged Nigerians to shun divisive actions such as hate speeches and fake news for the peace and unity of the country.
The governor made the call at an interdenominational church service in Jos to mark the 61st Independence of Nigeria.
He said such acts were inimical to the nation’s progress, adding: “we must come together and solve our problems because no one can build Nigeria for us.’’
He said the country’s challenges, especially insecurity, would be overcome and urged Nigerians to be grateful for the country’s progress so far in spite of the challenges.
“God has indeed been faithful to Nigeria and we must be grateful,’’ he said.
Governor Lalong said also that Nigeria was blessed with abundant human and natural resources, but required unity, tolerance, sincerity, loyalty and patriotism to maximise such resources for its development.
According to him, commitment from the leadership and followership was critical to achieve the feat.
“There is no nation which is great today that has refused to embrace diversity, tolerance, excellence, good work ethics, and a national philosophy that is based on honesty, reward for hard work and punishment for deviance,’’ he said.
He added that Nigerians were known as a highly religious people which should be demonstrated by showing love to all irrespective of ethnic, religious or political differences.
“We must stop being religious and start being godly,’’ the governor stressed.
He noted that the security challenges were setbacks Plateau’s Progress and assured the people that he was determined to put an end to them while calling for the cooperation of residents especially religious and community leaders to achieve the objective.
“I call on you to play your part in securing your immediate community and giving prompt information to security agencies to be able to act appropriately,’’ he said.
He also called on Nigerians to intensify prayers and vigilance as security agencies and government worked towards defeating perpetrators and sponsors of crises.
Governor Lalong assured Plateau people that the Oct. 9 local council polls in the state would be conducted peacefully.
In his homily, the Deputy Chaplain of Government House Chapel, Rev. Ezekiel Dewan, admonished Nigerians to shun negative narratives as there is power in the tongue.
He called for prayers for God’s intervention and mercy on Plateau and on Nigeria, as God instructs his people to not only pray for their leaders, but also for the cities they live in.
Special prayers were conducted for leaders, governments and the nation at the service.

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Why I Shunned APGA Guber Campaign Flag-Off-Bianca Ojukwu

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Mrs Bianca Ojukwu said in Awka yesterday that she shunned Saturday’s flag-off of APGA governorship campaign to protest “post-mortem disrespect’’ to her deceased husband.
She laid the blame of the “post-mortem disrespect’’ to Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu on the doorstep of APGA’s leadership.
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Dr Ifeanyi Ibezim, APGA’s governorship and deputy governorship candidates, respectively, kick-started their 2021 campaign at on Saturday.
Bianca was conspicuously absent at the event unlike previous mega political activities held by APGA, a party that branded late Ojukwu as the spiritual leader of the party.
Another obvious sign which made some political observers note that there was serious crack in the party was the removal of Ojukwu’s image on the customised uniform of APGA worn by people at the event.
Some party faithful, however, wore the old uniform bearing the image of the Eze Igbo Gburugburu, Dim Ojukwu, to the event.
Bianca described as an affront, the treatments to her late husband by the present leadership of APGA.
“It is an irony that today Governor Willie Obiano has resuscitated Dim Ojukwu’s pictures for use in campaigning for the upcoming elections in Anambra.
“This is the height of opportunism and hypocrisy. Is Ojukwu not the same man Obiano once described as a dead man who was no longer relevant to the party?
“Why should I permit him to keep trampling on the legacy of my late husband who put his heart and soul into this party?
“Ojukwu should not be like a light switch to be turned on for party campaign, and turned off once the election is won,’’ she said.
The former Nigerian ambassador to Spain, expressed displeasure at the decision of APGA’s leadership to expunge her husband’s image from APGA uniform and other insignia of the party.
“It is most unfortunate that Gov. Obiano decided to remove the picture of Ojukwu and replace same with his picture just to drive home his statement that `he would no longer tie the fate and fortunes of APGA to the memory of a dead man’, obviously in reference to my husband,’’ Bianca said.
She listed other ill-treatments meted to her and the deceased husband and maintained that her presence at Saturday’s flag-off would have been an endorsement to the defrauding of scores of aspirants by the party during the party’s primary in the year 2018.
“It is unfortunate that the same APGA election managers that were responsible for the disastrous 2018 party primaries which resulted in severe damage to the party’s brand were also left to handle APGA’s campaign flag-off.
“Any political party that consistently robs its own members will not endure, APGA inclusive,’’ she noted.
She also lamented that the report of the Sen. Victor Umeh-led Peace and Reconciliation Committee that visited her in Enugu few weeks ago which pointed the way forward for APGA, had been discarded by the governor and the party leadership.
Bianca, however, indicated that she remained hopeful that in spite of APGA’s current travails that the party has a fair chance of producing the next governor of the state.
She described the party as presently constituted as a field of ‘sorrow’ for so many walking wounded…from aggrieved aspirants, party members at the grassroots, as well as party stakeholders.
Reacting to Bianca’s charges, Mr C-Don Adinuba, Director Media, Soludo Governorship Campaign Organisation, said that the omission of Ojukwu’s image on APGA uniform was not a ploy to insult late Ojukwu and his family.
“It was a mistake by the person who handled the recent uniform the party printed,’’ he said.
Adinuba who is also Anambra Commissioner for Information said he was confident that Bianca had nothing against Prof. Soludo as APGA’s candidate.
“I am sure that in the next couple of days Bianca will join the campaign tour of Prof. Soludo,’’ he said.

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