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The General Overseer,  Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye (left), with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, during the cleric's  courtesy visit to the Ooni's Palace in Ile-ife, yesterday

The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye (left), with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, during the cleric’s courtesy visit to the Ooni’s Palace in Ile-ife, yesterday

Borno

Barely a week after Dalori village in Borno State was
attacked, Boko Haram insurgents in a convoy of 10 bicycles laden with explosives and petro-bomb also attacked Alomari and Malari communities, killing 10 people, including four women and torching two villages.
The insurgents, according to Tijani Ahmed of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), burst into the villages through the northern flanks that adjoin Mafa-Dikwa axis in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
“We alerted the military on phone but before the soldiers reached the villages from Alau Dam military post, the gunmen fled after several houses were set ablaze, and abandoned the food items they snatched yesterday,” said Ahmed.
A military personnel, who was not authorized to speak on the twin incidents, also said: “The insurgents have resorted guerrilla warfare, without attacking any military post or base in the theatre war of Operation to Lafiya Dole. Before our troops reached the affected villages, ten kilometres from this post, the terrorists fled towards the Mafa-Dikwa axis on bicycles.”

Ekiti

An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court has dissolved a 15-year-
old marriage between Azeez Yemisi and her husband, Kehinde for desertion and lack of care for her and the children.
Yemisi, 35, a resident of No. 10, Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti, told the court that she had been responsible for the upkeep of the children and the payment of the first child’s school fees.
The mother of three said her husband packed out of the house when he knew that she was pregnant for another man.
She claimed that she had remarried and likewise her husband, and therefore, urged the court to dissolve the marriage.
Kehinde, 45, a resident of No. 97, Idemo, Ado-Ekiti, said he deserted the house when his wife took in for another man.

FCT

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has
ruled out the possibility of reversing the Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy excluding some imported goods and services from the list of items valid for forex in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market.
Saraki, while responding to a request by the Tomato Sub-Sectoral Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), seeking his intervention to lift the exemption by the CBN on certain imported goods, said based on the present economic realities, difficult decisions are necessary to be taken to overcome the challenges.
The Senate President, who addressed the tomato paste producers when they paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, said: “It is high time we start telling ourselves the home truth as a nation, we are where we are because of our refusal to take hard decisions.
“As a country, we have to chart a new way different from the past, and that path is going into manufacturing as we cannot continue to remain an import dependent country,” he said.

Kano

Executive Secretary, Kano State Scholarship Board, Prof.
Fatima Umar, said the State Government had approved N500 million for payment of outstanding scholarship to 1, 550 students studying in 11 foreign institutions.
Umar disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano.
She said the state government had also given an approval for settling the allowances of 91, 000 students currently studying in tertiary institutions in the country.
The executive secretary said the gesture was part of the government’s resolve to provide scholarship to Kano indigenes pursuing academic courses at home and abroad.
According to her, the present administration is committed to funding the professional courses of 108 Kano state indigenes currently pursuing professional courses at the Nigeria Law School.

Katsina

Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced N700, 000
as the minimum deposit for each intending pilgrim from the state wishing to perform the 2016 hajj.
The Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Muhammad Abu Rimi, made the announcement in Katsina at the inauguration of committees for the distribution of hajj seats for the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had allocated 4,463 seats to the state for the 2016 exercise like the previous year.
He said that the board would conduct ballot for hajj seats and registration of intending pilgrims across the 34 local government areas simultaneously on February 20.
Kwara

The Kwara State House of Assembly yesterday held a
valedictory session in honour of a departed member, Hon. Moses Afolayan who represented Oke-Ero constituency in Kwara South Senatorial District.
Afolayan died on January 30, 2016 at his residence in llorin following an illness.
Our correspondent reports that the valedictory session was attended by top government functionaries, former legislators and family members of the deceased.
The Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, declared the session open with a condolence message from the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The governor in his message read by the Speaker , described Afolayan’s demise as a colossal loss to the state.

Lagos

The Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology
(NIFST) has tasked manufacturers and governments on the need to use modern technology in packaging food items.
The National President of NIFST, Dr Chijioke Osuji, gave the charge in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
Osuji said that the use of modern food packaging was inevitable for the country to advance in the value chain of the food business.
He said that it would enable packaging to be done properly, especially when it had to do with export.
“While within Nigeria, we may prefer unattractive unpackaged products just like our fore-fathers did, but a foreigner may not buy into it even while still within the country.

Ondo

The Ondo/Ekiti Command of the Nigeria Customs Service
(NCS) generated N15.13 million in January 2016, up from N12.86 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2015.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Filibus Machu, made the disclosure in Akure when the Customs Zonal Coordinator, Zone ‘A’, Mr Eporwei Edike, visited the command.
Machu said that the command generated N193.12 million in 2015
“Our command generates revenue from duties paid on intercepted vehicles,’’ he said.
“I have observed since January 14 when I resumed in this command that all the officers are respectful.

Osun

An housewife, Mrs Mukaila Kafilat, has asked an Osogbo
Customary Court to dissolve her marriage to her husband, Mr Mukaila Olaoye over allegation that her husband had attempted to kill her.
Kafilat told the court that, “I was sleeping one day when I felt hands around my neck and discovered my husband was trying to strangle me to death.
“But for the intervention of our neighbours, I would have been dead by now’’.
She told the court with tears streaming down her face.
She also accused her husband of lack of interest in her and that he does not love her any more , which is the reason he had stopped caring for her and their children.
Oyo

Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, has
advocated strict enforcement of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP), Act, 2015.
Mrs Ajimobi stated this in Ibadan at an event to commemorate the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation.
The governor’s wife who was addressing a group of women in the state said that the law prohibits female genital mutilation and other unwholesome practices against women.
Mrs Ajimobi noted that it was the duty of everyone to ensure that the traditional harmful practice of genital mutilation stopped.
She explained that victims of the harmful practice suffered a great deal “socially, psychologically, physically emotionally and sexually’’.

Plateau

The Managing Director of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), Alhaji Mohammed Modibbo, says the new hike in electricity tariff is to address decades of neglect of critical infrastructure in the power supply chain.
Modibbo told newsmen in Jos that the new investors in the power sector inherited dilapidated infrastructure which must be replaced to enhance efficiency.
“Some transformers were even older than 50 years and certainly could not cope with even basic distribution.
“So the little upward review will help to mitigate negative cash flow that has bedevilled the sector,” he said.
Modibbo spoke against the backdrop of nationwide picketing of electricity formations by labour unions protesting the recent tariff hike that took off last week.
He said that increased power generation by the private firms was being hindered by the inability to pay their gas suppliers.

Sokoto

Lawmakers from the Sokoto State House of Assembly
yesterday visited their counterparts in Lagos State to know more about the Lagos Traffic Law.
Our correspondent reports that the delegates were led by Mr Sanni Yakubu, the Chairman, Sokoto State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transportation.
Yakubu said the Sokoto Assembly was motivated by the successes of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Lagos State Traffic Law, to make the trip.
He said the legislators had a proposed traffic law before them and embarked on the journey to seek advice from their counterparts in Lagos.
According to him, the lawmakers decided to visit Lagos State, being the centre of excellence with viable traffic laws.
He said that Sokoto State could learn a lot from Lagos in the area of traffic control and management.
“We came to the Lagos State House of Assembly based on the laws before us on traffic management and control in Sokoto State.

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‘Nigeria, Others Lose $110bn Annually To Inefficient Power Supply’

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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.

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UNILORIN Engages Landlords Association On Students’ Safety

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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.

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Unemployed Man, 22, Docked For Stealing Two iPhones, Laptop

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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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