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Nigerian Ambassador to Gambia, Amb. Esther Ausu (left) and President, FCT Indigenous Women Forum, Mrs Rifkatu Chidawa (right), decorating the President, National Council of Womewn Society (NCWS), Mrs Nkechi Mba, during a countesy visit by the members of the forum to NCWC Presidnet in Abuja on Wednesday.

Nigerian Ambassador to Gambia, Amb. Esther Ausu (left) and President, FCT Indigenous Women Forum, Mrs Rifkatu Chidawa (right), decorating the President, National Council of Womewn Society (NCWS), Mrs Nkechi Mba, during a countesy visit by the members of the forum to NCWC Presidnet in Abuja on Wednesday.

Adamawa
The Adamawa State Government has warned that any person or
group caught diverting relief materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons would be punished.
The Deputy Governor, Mr Martins Babale, gave the warning during the distribution of relief materials to communities affected by floods in the state in Yola.
Babale said the government was aware of the activities of some “heartless’’ agents who were in the habit of diverting relief materials meant for the poor to themselves.
He said any person found wanting would be punished.
He said government would no longer tolerate the activities of elements that were in the habit of sabotaging government efforts.
Meanwhile, Malam Haruna Furo, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, said seven local government areas were seriously affected by floods between August and September.
Furo added that “property, including houses, farmlands and domestic animals worth hundreds of millions of naira were swept by the floods.”

Borno
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,
recently visited crisis prone areas in Borno State to get firsthand information on the ongoing war against insurgency in the area.
Mohammed told Governor Kashim Shettima during a courtesy call that he had paid an inspection visit to Bama town and other crisis prone areas in the state.
“We went straight to Bama and when we got to Bama, we got firsthand information on the scale of destruction and garbage that the Boko Haram terrorists left behind.
“I hope that with this visit, my colleagues in the media will show more understanding in reporting the efforts in the war against terrorism.
‘’We are much more informed about the horror of the war.
Mohammed commended the state government for its rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction projects embarked upon in some villages destroyed by the insurgents.

FCT
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has underscored
the need to strengthen basic education.
Adamu, made the call at the 14th quarterly meeting of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) with chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Abuja.
The meeting with the theme “Consolidating Basic Education in Nigeria: Challenges and the Way Forward’’ brought together SUBEB chairmen from the 36 states of the federation.
The minister, who was represented by Mrs Anne Okonkwo, Director Basic and Secondary Studies, Federal Ministry of Education, said the theme was apt in the change era.
According to him, providers of basic education are making efforts at ensuring quality education delivery through various infrastructure and teachers development programmes.
He added that these programmes, however, faced with unprecedented challenges such as terrorism, kidnapping, poor funding and the out-of-school children syndrome.

Jigawa
Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State has  presented N137.2
billion budget proposal to the State House of Assembly for the 2016 fiscal year.
The governor said that the N137.2 billion budget for 2016 was 37 per cent higher than the figure for 2015.
He said that N62.2 billion (46 per cent of the budget) was for recurrent expenditure while N71.3 billion (52 per cent) was for capital expenditure.
Badaru said that N2.4 billion and N600 million respectively was earmarked for stabilisation and contingency funds.
He said that N43.5 billion, which represents 32 per cent of the total appropriation bill, was earmarked for the education sector.
He said that the 32 per cent earmarked for education exceeded the 26 per cent recommended by UNESCO.
The governor said that N20.4 billion was appropriated for health services, N39.2 billion for the economic sector while N7.4 billion was budgeted for the agric sector.

Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government said in Kaduna, that it would spend
N31 billion on road expansion and construction, housing and transportation.
The State Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Mr Hassan Mahmud, said the construction of the roads would boost economic activities.
Mahmud said that a rapid rail transit system would be constructed to link the Kaduna metropolis to the Ring Road through Rigasa to the city.
He said that the Kawo Bridge will be expanded to tally with on-going road expansion within the area.
According to Mahmud, public housing will be built through Public-Private Partnership (PPP), with interested developers and packaged with mortgages.
“The government also intends to provide street lighting in our major urban centres to improve security, encourage our economic activities at night, and enhance the quality of life of our residents,’’ he explained.
Katsina
Kafur Local Government branch of the Katsina State Metal Workers
Association on Tuesday presented 106 furniture items it repaired free-of-charge for pupils of Kafur Model Primary School, Kafur to its head teacher.
The chairman of the association, Malam Tijjani Adamu, said the gesture was the union’s efforts to uplift education in the state.
Adamu said it was also part of the association’s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) to the school under the leadership of its State Chairman, Alhaji Abbati Abdulrasheed.
He said the association had also repaired metal furniture in the health sector across the 34 local government areas of the state.
Adamu said that it was part of the union’s contribution to relieve the government of its burden in uplifting the standard of education in the state.

Kwara
Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, has approved the release of N3.2billion for the completion of outstanding capital projects in the state.
This is contained in a statement issued in Ilorin, by Dr Muyideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Communications to the Governor.
Akorede said the money would be used for the completion of projects in Education, Energy, Health, Roads, Works and Justice sectors.
Akorede quoted Gov Ahmed as saying that the funds were released after the recent verification of the state’s outstanding capital projects.
He also said that the approval was based on authenticated and duly certified stages of completion of work on each project.
He also quoted the governor as saying that the release of funds would ensure timely completion of work on the various sites.

Lagos
The Lagos State Government says over N98.3 billion worth of
property were salvaged while about N16.4 billion property were lost to various fire incidents from January 1, 2015 to date.
The Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Mr Oluseye Oladejo, made the disclosure at a news conference recently in Alausa, Ikeja.
Oladejo said that over 1,667 emergency calls were responded to within the period.
He warned residents against the use of fireworks during the Yuletide, especially at this period of harmattan, saying it posed a great challenge and might lead to fire outbreak.
Oladejo said that the government was committed to the protection of lives and property of residents and therefore solicited the compliance, cooperation and understanding of all.

Niger
Youths in Lambata have blocked the major highway leading into
Minna, the Niger State capital.
The youths were protesting the relocation of the Lambata market by the state government.
Malam Hassan Adamu, a fish seller in Lambata, said that the road was blocked since Monday evening.
“The youths came out late night to block the road due to the stopping of market activities by government.
“The Izom people wanted the Lambata and Izom markets to operate simultaneously, but there is opposition from Lambata,” he said.
ASP Elkana Bala, Police Spokesman, confirmed the blockage to newsmen saying security had already been deployed to the venue.
Oyo
Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has set aside tribunal judgment and
declared Sen.Buruji Kashamu of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), winner of Ogun East Senatorial District seat.
Kashamu had challenging the judgment of the tribunal delivered in Abeokuta by Justice Tobi Ebiowel that ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in 110 polling units in the district.
Mr Dapo Abiodun of All Progressives Congress (APC), had challenged the declaration of Kashamu by INEC at the tribunal as the winner in the senatorial election of March 28.
The Court of Appeal chaired by Justice A.G. Mshelia, unanimously agreed that Abiodun did not lay a credible foundation for the admissibility of the documents tendered to the tribunal.
Mshelia said the tribunal was wrong for laying emphasis on the documents tendered by Abiodun and using it as a basis for nullification of election of some polling units.
He, however, nullified the judgment of the tribunal and declared Kashamu as the winner of the election.

Plateau
The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos has upheld the judgment of the
National and State Assemblies tribunal nullifying the election of Vincent Bulus Venman of PDP as a member of Plateau State House of Assembly.
Delivering judgment, Justice Bage ordered the conduct of a fresh election in Langtang South State Constituency where he was elected to represent within 90 days.
Bage said the lower tribunal was right in disqualifying the PDP candidate, who was an ex-convict, from the contest.
He said that Venman had not met the requirement of the law to qualify for the state pardon granted him by the former governor of the state, Sen. Jonah Jang.
The court said while the former governor had the right to grant pardon to Venman, he did not follow the due process of law that requires the report of an amnesty committee as a condition for exercising the right.
The appeal court, however, refused the prayer of the APC candidate, Mr Jackson Danladi, that he be declared winner of the election following the disqualification of Venman.

Sokoto
Alhaji Danmadami Isa, Sokoto State Chairman, APC, has called
on supporters of the party to vote for the party’s candidates in the forthcoming local government election in the state.
Isa made the call in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto.
“it is only when you ensure all the party candidates win the election that projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the governed will be implemented.
“I, therefore, implore all supporters to come out en-mass to sustain the party’s political change.’’
Isa said that the candidates contesting in the election would complement the efforts of the state and Federal Government in the execution of meaningful projects for the people.
He explained that political change should start at the grassroots with the election of credible candidates that would move their local government areas forward through the implementation of capital projects.
Isa also advised voters not to sell their permanent voter cards but to safeguard them and cast their votes for the party’s candidates.
The chairman called on supporters of the party to shun all forms of violence to ensure a smooth exercise.

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Senate Urges NDDC To Complete Okitipupa Power Sub-Station

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The Senate yesterday in Abuja urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to complete the installation of a transmission power sub-station in Okitipupa council  of Ondo State.
According to the Senate, completing the installation of the transmission power sub-station is  urgent in order to restore electricity to Ondo South Senatorial District comprising Okitipupa, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Irele and Odigbo Local Government Areas (LGAs).
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, the media aide of Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South at the senate.
He said that the senate acted on the motion filed by Tofowomo on, the urgent need to restore power back to the affected area before the end of the year.
The  Senator, who is of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lamented that the Southern Senatorial District was hosting the Omotosho Power Plant in Okitipupa LGA with a capacity of 512.8MW and 451MW Net since 2005 without residents benefitting from power supply.
“The situation is embarrassing  because I continue to wonder if Ondo South is part of Nigeria because suffering from electricity blackout for about 14 years has grounded many economic activities.
“Almost 90 per cent of my people have been deprived of electricity since 2007 and since put them uninterrupted darkness.
“The district is hosting the Omotosho Power Plant in Okitipupa LGA with a capacity of 512.8MW and 451MW Net  since 2005 without the people benefiting from the distribution of electricity.
“The intervention came in 2012 by NDDC in a contract; 132KV transmission and 132KV/33KV sub-station and line were  awarded in Okitipupa LGA.
“As at today, 85 per cent of the job has been completed and all the 145 Transmission Line Towers from Omotosho Power Station to the Sub Station has been completed.
“The sub-station’s outstanding works remain 15 per cent of which can be accomplished without delay if all the necessary machinery are put in place.
“The substation can be ready for transmission to the federal feeders in Irele, Odigbo, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Okitipupa LGA within the shortest possible time,” Tofowomo told the senate.

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Delta Assembly Passes Anti-Grazing Bill

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The Delta State House of Assembly yesterday passed a Bill for a Law Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing and Marketing of Livestock in Delta also known as “Anti Grazing Bill”.
The passage of the bill followed a motion for the third reading moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr  Ferguson Onwo, during the plenary of the Assembly in Asaba.
The motion which was unanimously adopted by the house, was seconded by the Minority Leader of the Assembly, Mr Innocent Anidi.
Earlier, the Chairman of House Committee on Special Bills,  Mrs Pat Ajudua, had presented the report on the bill on the floor of the House, which was received and adopted.
Ajudua, while presenting the bill,  said that inputs of stakeholders formed part of the proposed law.
She noted that the bill when signed into law would  prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by residents or individuals in the state,  just as it seeks to address the arbitrary rearing and movement of livestock.
In his reaction, the Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, expressed happiness over the development, saying that the people and residents of the state would be very happy that the bill was passed.
“Dear colleagues, I congratulate all of us on the passage of this very important bill.
“Today, the house has fulfilled the commitment of our dear state to the agreement reached at the South-South Governors’ meeting held here in our state capital, Asaba.
“By virtue of this bill, this house has demonstrated its resolve to protect the people of the state from the menace of clashes between herders and farmers.
“I must therefore, commend all the sponsors of this bill, for recognising that the security of lives and property of the people of the state as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) are sacrosanct,” Oborevwori said.
Oborevwori said that with the passage of the bill, well-meaning persons who seek to carry on the business of breeding, rearing and marketing of livestock should do so within the boundaries of the law.
“Also, farmers can now go about their businesses without fear of anyone grazing on their crops.
“This for sure will boost food production in the state; dear colleagues, this Bill is a right step in the right direction as our women can now go to their farmlands without fear of molestation.
“Once again, I thank you all for your untiring support as always and for your resolute commitment in the passage of people oriented bills, such as this.”

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FG Tasks Media On Fight Against Fake News, Misinformation

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The Federal Government has urged the media to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against fake news and misinformation in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha gave the advice yesterday at a training of “Communication Managers on Fake News and Hate Speech’’ in Abuja.
The training was organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms.
Mustapha, represented by Mrs Veronica Agugu, the Director, Public Affairs Department in the office of SGF, described fake news as false and misleading information presented as news.
He urged media practitioners and managers to assist in bridging the divide between governments and citizens in terms of implementation of government reform policies and programmes.
“Strengthening transparency in governance will require public sector to public communication as a tool to systematically raise citizens awareness which in turn would reduce the potency of hate speech in the country,’’ Mustapha said.
Dr Bala Muhammad, a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano State, described media managers as media literates.
He urged them to unite against fake news and misinformation to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
Muhammad said that most of the users of social media were not media literate, hence they easily fall for fake news and misinformation in the country.
Mr Yushau Shuaib, one of the resource persons, expressed concern over the huge number of social media users who were not media literate.
Shuaib stressed the need for relevant stakeholders to redouble their efforts in regulating the activities of social media in the country.
Mr Dasuki Arabi, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, said the training was to tackle the growing incidences of fake news, and hate speech occasioned by internet technology in the country.

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