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From Left: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadija Ibrahim,  Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs ,Mr Didier Burktialter, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama during the courtesy visit to Federal Ministry  of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Tuesday

From Left: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadija Ibrahim, Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs ,Mr Didier Burktialter, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama during the courtesy visit to Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Tuesday

Bauchi

The Bauchi State Health Care Development Agency has
trained 50 public and private health workers in Bauchi Local Government Area of the state on haemorrhagic fevers.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr Adamu Gamawa, said this in Bauchi at the opening of the training.
Gamawa said that the agency explained that it was government desire to train front line health care providers as they were the first contacts in communities.
He said the exercise would further expose them to the clinical methods of identifying suspected cases at the community level.
According to him, the training would be conducted in four local government areas that were endemic to the disease.
“The agency will not relent in its efforts to continue the war against Lassa fever in order to wipe out the outbreak in the state.
“Similar training will be conducted in four local government areas of Bauchi, Toro, Dass and Alkaleri,’’ he said.

Borno

A High Court Judge in Borno, Justice Fadawu Umar, has
charged the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to fight corruption within the judicial system.
Fadawu gave the charge while presenting a paper in Maiduguri at the annual NBA annual law week of 2016.
He said that some legal practitioners had desecrated the revered judiciary and violated the ethics of the profession.
He explained that some lawyers go into Judge’s Chambers either before or after every court sitting to greet the judges with the aim of obtaining favour.
“These crops of lawyers commit this act in the full glare of litigants and the members of the public.
“It is not unusual to find lawyers calling Judges on phone in the comfort of their chambers when their phones are on hands free so as to give impression to clients that they are very close to the Judge.
“Lawyers must desist from paying homage to judges and magistrates at their chambers shortly before the court’s sitting as it is a breach of the rules of professional conduct”

FCT

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate World
Book Day, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has urged the Federal Government to review the nation’s book policy.
The President of the association, Mr Denja Abdullahi,made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Abdullahi urged the government to institute a working book policy plan to encourage the citizenry and imbue in them the culture of reading.
He expressed worry at the attitude of some Nigerians to reading, adding that the government must do all within it powers to inculcate in Nigerians a flair for reading.
According to him, the government has yet to put in place activities that can encourage Nigerians to read.

Jigawa

Some farmers in Hadejia, Jigawa have called on Jigawa
government to distribute fertilisers using the Short Message Service (SMS), to guard against diversion of the commodities.
A cross section of the farmers made the call in separate interviews with newsmen in Hadejia.
It would be recalled that the state government had announced plans to distribute about 5, 000 metric tons of assorted fertilisers to farmers for dry season farming.
Malam Hadi Aina, a farmer, said the call was imperative to ensure that the commodity got to the genuine farmers.
Aina alleged that they did not receive fertilisers and other inputs distributed by the government during the past rainy season due to diversion of the commodity.
He noted that distribution of the commodity through committees was making it difficult for genuine farmers to benefit from the exercise.

Kaduna

A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has sentenced
one Gambo Ado, 42, to four years in prison for unlawful possession of 270.1 kilogrammes of Indian hemp.
Ado of Dutsen-Wai in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State was arraigned before Justice Emeka Nwite by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Counsel to NDLEA, Mr T.J. Atserhgh told the court that the accused committed the offence in 2015.
Kano

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would deploy additional
forces to Kano to secure the state’s airfield, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, said.
He made the disclosure in Kano when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House.
He said that the additional forces was to boost NAF’s operations and other internal security operations across the country.
He added that “we are going to expand the infrastructure in the state and bring in additional force to secure our base, airfield and assist other security agencies’.
Abubakar said that the NAF base defence forces would serve as a standby force to assist other security agencies in the event of any security problem.
The air chief said that the force was committed to discharging its responsibilities and working with the Nigerian Army to end the insurgency.

Katsina

The Katsina State Government has given two months to
motorcyclists and tricycle operators to register their vehicles or be arrested and prosecuted.
The Commissioner of Water Resources, Alhaji Salisu Dandume, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
He explained that the decision was aimed at improving the state’s Internally Generated Revenue due to the decrease in the price of crude oil in the international market.
The commissioner said that the registration would also assist in detecting the bad eggs among them and protect the lives of people in the state.
“Commercial motorcycle owners will pay N6,650, while the private ones will pay N6,200 each. The amount is for number plate registration fees, vehicle licence, road worthiness and learners permit.
“In the same vein, tricycle operators will pay N7,500 as licence fees annually. The amount was reduced by 50 per cent to encourage people to register after which the normal rate will be restored”.

Niger

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has said that he
would prioritise electrification of rural communities for socio-economic development of the state.
He stated this during his visits to some communities in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.
Bello said that this would improve the living standard of the people as well as reduce rural-urban migration among youths.
He expressed concern about the neglect of infrastructural facilities in some communities by the past administrations.
“For the past 16 years, major communities such as Gusasa, Beji in Bosso, Banji under Mariga, Gulu under Lapai, Katcha, Agware,
Mashegu were under-developed due to lack of electricity supply.
“These communities are linked to each other and they are business-saturated areas.
“Providing electricity to the people of such communities will go a long way to attract more investors and generate more revenue for the state”
Osun

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Osun says
that the mobile court in the state has convicted 68 motorists for various road traffic offences.
The FRSC‘s Public Relations Officer, Mr Komolafe Noah, told newsmen in Osogbo that the offenders were convicted by the mobile court for various traffic-related offences.
Noah said that the initiative was to engender best road practices among motorists.
He added that some traffic offences attracted jail terms, especially when the offender failed to fulfill the compulsory fines.
“Details of the convictions indicated: speed limit violation, dangerous driving, overloading, tyre and seat belt rules violations. “
Noah advised motorists to always ensure proper maintenance of their vehicles.

Sokoto

The Chairman, Sokoto State Independent Electoral Com
mission (SIEC), Alhaji Usman Abubakar, says the commission will employ 15,000 ad hoc staff for the conduct of March12 Local Government elections in the state.
Our correspondent reports that Abubakar made the disclosure when the state House of Assembly committee on Public Service Matters visited the commission’s headquarters.
He said that the commission was fully equipped and prepared to conduct the elections across the 23 local governments in the state on March 12.
‘’We are ready with all the necessary materials provided by both the government and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We have made all the necessary arrangements at our own level to employ 15, 000 ad hoc staff for the smooth conduct of the elections.
“Moreover, our staff and security agencies are fully committed in ensuring free, fair and credible election processes across the local governments in the state,” he said.
Abubakar disclosed that the commission had borrowed 4,000 card readers from INEC.

Zamfara

A Gusau Chief Magistrates’ Court has ordered the
remand of a motorcyclist, Salisu Abubakar for allegedly raping a passenger.
Though the accused pleaded not guilty, Chief Magistrate Bello Kucheri, ordered that he should be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till March 15 for mention.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Ibrahim Aliyu, had told the court that on February 22, one Salina Saidu of Kwari village, Shinkafi Local Government Area, reported the case at Kaura Namoda Police Station.
Aliyu said that on February  21,Saidu boarded the accused motorcycle, to convey her from Dauran to Birnin Magaji.
The prosecutor said that the accused diverted and entered a bush where he allegedly raped the complaint.
He alleged that the accused beat up the complainant, tied her hands before committing the crime.

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London School Of Public Relations Launched In Nigeria

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After months in the making, the London School of PR (LSPR) Nigeria has been launched and will be offering a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Public Relations, diploma programmes, and other shorter courses focusing on brand building, reputation and risk management.
The courses, to be delivered by World-class trainers from Europe, the United States and Nigeria, are being offered at a specially discounted price for all starter courses. LSPR Nigeria is a partner company to the London School of PR in the UK.
The school has been delivering world-class training in the UK and globally since 1993, recognised in academia and the PR industry as one of the finest training establishments.
The school was founded by Professor John Dalton, biologist, communications specialist and UK business leader.
“I and my team in London are delighted that this initiative has finally come to fruition. We believe the school will be very successful in Nigeria given the position of the country in terms of its GDP, economic growth and educated workforce.
“We already have a successful operation in Ghana and expect our Nigerian business will be equally fortunate”, Dalton commented.
LSPR Nigeria is headed by entrepreneur Charles Edosomwan, who has led advertising and digital marketing company Teksight Edge for the past 8 years using data and technology to drive brand engagement and customer acquisition.
He said: “I am excited to be leading LSPR in Nigeria and I am looking forward to delivering our first courses next month. We have a team of excellent trainers who are experienced in both the virtual and the traditional classroom environments.
“The PR Landscape in Nigeria suffers from competency and standard issues especially with regards to professionalism and barrier to entry. We have the support of local business leaders and academia to ensure that professionals and business people in Nigeria can have access to world class training.”

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10 Rescued As Soldiers Battle Bandits In Kaduna

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Bandits yesterday morning invaded Unguwar Musa Tudun Wada Kudansa in Maraban Rido, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A resident of the community, who spoke to The Tide source morning, said the bandits were resisted by the security personnel who quickly intervened.
He said before their arrival, bandits had already captured 10 residents to be taken to their den.
He added that, as soon as soldiers arrived at the scene, they engaged the bandits in a fierce battle that lasted for three hours.
According to him, the kidnapped victims were rescued while several residents fled as the gun battle raged on.
The Village Head of the community, Joseph Sauri Garba, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the gun duel between the bandits and the soldiers lasted three hours.
Kaduna Police Command Spokesperson, ASP Jalige Mohammed, did not respond to calls, and text messages sent to him

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Benue, UNICEF Partner To Provide 2,000 Boreholes To Eight LGAs

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Benue State Government in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has provided over two thousand boreholes to communities in eight local government areas of the state.
Outgoing UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Nigeria, Ibrahim Conteh, who disclosed this on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Benue Peoples House during a farewell visit to the Governor, said the feat was achieved in a period of four years.
Conteh stated that the intervention was to ensure that the most deprived communities have access to safe drinking water which he said could save the people, especially children and women from contracting water borne diseases.
The UNICEF Chief Field Officer who is moving to Afghanistan stated that the UN Agency has gone a step further to connect the boreholes to primary health care centres and primary schools in the communities and assured that they would also undertake rehabilitation of the boreholes.
According to Dr Conteh, UNICEF has also expended about one million dollars to provide temporary learning centres in IDPs across the state as well as partnered the ministry of education to ensure that children were enrolled in schools.
He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for always providing the needed counterpart funding to make the work of UNICEF easier as well as consistently feeding the IDPs to ensure that children living in the camps are not malnourished.
Governor Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation to UNICEF for assisting the state through various interventions and assured that apart from the counterpart funding, the government would ensure that facilities provided by the UN Agency are well managed.
The Governor lamented unequal treatment of IDPs in Benue State as compared to what happens in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, stressing that the development was against justice, fairness and equity.
Governor Ortom prayed God to grant the UNICEF Chief Field Officer success in his new assignment in Afghanistan where he is redeployed to help intervene in humanitarian crisis.
Local government areas where the boreholes are cited include Konshisha, Katsina Ala, Guma, Tarka, Buruku, Ogbadibo, Oju and Obi.

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