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un Resident Coordinator, Ms Fatma Samoura handing over unfpa Health Kits to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno during her visit to Maiduguri last Thursday.

un Resident Coordinator, Ms Fatma Samoura handing over unfpa Health Kits to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno during her visit to Maiduguri last Thursday.

Adamawa
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
has advised Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa not to sell relief materials donated to them by the agency and other donors.
The state Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Sa’ad Bello, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen  in Yola.
Bello said the advice became necessary as some beneficiaries of relief materials sold the items.
He said that on many occasions when such relief materials were seen in the market, people accused NEMA officials of selling them.
“Not for sale is boldly written on the materials. I want to appeal to the public to report any person seen selling the materials to the nearest police station,’’ Bello advised.

Benue
Concern Universal, an NGO, said it has received a grant
of N642 million from the Department for International Development (DFID) to scale up sanitation and hygiene in Cross River.
The Programme Manager of the organization Mr Nanpet Chuktu,   made this known in an interview with newsmen  in Makurdi.
He explained that the grant would be used for implementing the Community-Led Health Improvement through Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (CHISPIN) in Nigeria.
He said the programme was expected to run for three years in similar design of the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Programme with emphasis on activities at the local areas.
Chuktu said using the Community Led Total Sanitation approach, no fewer than 702, 000 persons in Biase, Ikom and Yala local government areas would benefit from the programme.

Ekiti
An Ado-Ekiti High Court has  sentenced two students of
Ekiti State University (EKSU)- Akintunde Olumide and Oladapo Olaoluwa, to three years imprisonment each for belonging to secret cults.
Justice Mosun Abodunde, in her judgment held that the prosecution established a case of secret cultism against the two convicts beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge said that the police found in their custody, a small cutlass, black head warmer band, black T. shirt, and black trousers during investigation.
The judge held that the short cutlass was not the type used for agriculture or weeding grass.
“It is not a tool for education, it is a weapon of danger and incriminating, and should not be seen within the school premises,’’ she added.

Gombe
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has urged
traditional rulers in the state to sensitise their subjects on the need to guard against fire outbreaks.
Dankwambo made the call when he visited the Emir of Pindiga in Akko local government area.
He said traditional rulers had an important role to play in sensitising their subjects against fire disasters in view of the recent reports of fire outbreaks in parts of the North.
He advised the public to always switch off electrical appliances before closing from businesses, offices and their houses when going to bed, to avoid fire outbreaks.
The governor also advised people to desist from storing petroleum products in their houses, warning that such act may lead to fire outbreak.

Jigawa
The Jigawa Government says it wants some Chinese com
panies that have indicated interest to invest in agriculture to establish their factories in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Kabiru Ali, made this known when he briefed newsmen in Maigatari on the visit of the Chinese investors to the state.
“Basically, what we want these Chinese to do is to establish the factory here in Jigawa so that the state will be buying in bulk the equipment we need.
“Also, other states will come to Jigawa and buy the equipment they need,’’ Ali said.
Ali said that Chinese were in the state to see the possibility of establishing a factory for the manufacturing of small farm equipment.

Katsina
Sen. Mustapha Bukar (APC-Katsina North) says he is
training 710 youths in Computer and Information Technology (ICT) in Katsina State.
Bukar stated this in Daura at the opening ceremony of the training programme.
He said that the training would be conducted by the Global Plus ICT in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) sponsored by him.
According to him, the beneficiaries will be trained in three months, after which a certificate would be given to each trainee.
He pointed out that the programme would complement the state government efforts at making people of the state computer literate.
“Computer education is regarded as backbone of societal development worldwide, but our youths are left behind in that area,’’ he said.
Besides, Bukar said that the trainees would be empowered with working materials and capital to enable them establish their businesses and become self-reliant after the programme.

Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has awarded N11 billion
contracts for the  renovation of schools and provision of furniture, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Shehu Adamu, has said.
Adamu said while briefing newsmen in Kaduna  that N7 billion would be spent on the renovation of 420 secondary schools, while N4 billion was for the provisions of furniture.
According to him, the state has a total of 4, 225 primary schools and 524 secondary schools, most of which are dilapidated.
“The contract entails the complete renovation of the schools, construction of toilets facilities, provision of solar-powered motorized boreholes with overhead tanks, and construction of new classes where necessary.
“For the furniture, the contracts were awarded for the provision of more than 770,000 units of furniture to be distributed across the state”.

Nasarawa
A Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Aso Pada,  has admitted
a 28-year-old wheelbarrow pusher, Friday Bebaca, to bail in the sum of N100,000 for alleged extortion.
Bebaca of Aso Junction Mararaba was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and extortion.
The presiding officer, Mr Albert Maga, in his ruling, ordered the defendant to produce one surety in like sum.
Maga ordered that the surety should have a fixed address, reasonable means of livelihood, and also reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
He adjourned the case till April 15 for further hearing.
Prosecutor Friday Adaji had told the court that Musa Abubakar of Aso Pada, Mararaba, reported the matter at ‘A’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Mararaba, on March 30.
Adaji said the defendant conspired with two others now at large to attack the complainant along Mararaba Junction while he was coming back from work.

Oyo
The Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF) said it
has partnered with the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) to fight sickle cell in the country.
The President of the foundation, Prof. Adeyinka Falusi, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan.
Falusi said that the foundation was forging collaboration with NYSC as part of efforts to promote awareness and education on preventive approach to the disease.
“The objective of NYSC is to inculcate in Nigerian youths the spirit of selfless service to the community.
“The corp members are distributed nationwide and SCHAF is initiating a partnership with the NYSC to serve as a vehicle of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) prevention.

Plateau

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Pla
teau has said that its Mobile Court has been a vital tool to check unqualified drivers and vehicles from plying the highways.
The state Public Education Officer of the commission, Mr Andrew Bala, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Jos.
According to him, the mobile court activity has been a vital tool that the corps is using to reduce the number of unqualified drivers and vehicles from plying highways.
“Mobile court proceeding has given our men on patrol the opportunity to charge traffic offenders and they are given a fair hearing when arrested.’’

Niger
Twenty thousand rice farmers in Niger would be as
sisted with a N1.8 billion loan, under CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme within the next four years, Niger Coordinator of Agriculture Graduates Association of Nigeria (AGAN), has said.
The Coordinator, Malam Hussaini Iliyasu, stated this in Minna at a stakeholders’ meeting.
Our correspondent  reports that the Rice Value Chain Investment Project Multi Stakeholders’ meeting was held between the State Ministry of Agriculture, IFAD, CBN and the association.
Zamfara

The Emir of Gusau in Zamfara, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, has
refuted rumours of his purported death being peddled across the state.
In a statewide broadcast on the state –owned radio station the emir assured the people of the state that he was still alive.
“I want the people to know that I am alive, but I will soon go to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment,” he said.
The monarch said the announcement was necessary in order to clear the air over rumours being peddled by some people that he had died.
The emir, however, thanked his well wishers for their concern over his well-being and urged them to continue to pray for him.

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Yobe: Former APC Guber Candidate, 1,000 Others Defect To PDP

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A former All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 gubernatorial candidate in Yobe State, Dr Aji Kolomi, was among hundreds of members of the ruling party who joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently.
He was welcomed into the PDP’s fold alongside hundreds of his supporters at the main opposition party’s secretariat in Damaturu, the state capital.
PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Yobe, Hon. Salihu Mohammed Baba, in a statement, claimed that after the party has kicked off “Operation Flush APC In The State”, it has received over 1,000 APC loyalists into its fold.
He said the new entrants, comprising of men and women, were mostly from Abasha, Layin PS and Malaria areas within the metropolis.
“As the operation continues steadily, we welcome the new entrants into our great party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), and urge our teeming youth to answer the clarion call by joining PDP for better Yobe and Nigeria”, he appealed.

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Abdulsalami Abubakar Warns Against Increase In Fuel Price

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Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), has warned against an increase in fuel price.
Speaking at the 19th Daily Trust Dialogue in Abuja, he said an increase in fuel price will push millions of Nigerians into poverty.
He said this following the recommendation issued by the National Economic Council for fuel price to be pegged at N302 per litre.
The former Head of State said, “Insecurity in the country is worsened by our dear economic situation. Unemployment and underemployment remain at a high level. Over 18 million Nigerians are still caught up in needless poverty. All of these tend to have negative effects on security. In fact, Nigeria now faces a full security crisis that is confounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the banditry in many states in Northern Nigeria.
“Most of these have disrupted the final value change across the country and negatively impacted the ability of Nigeria to produce, process, and distribute.
“There is a continuous rise in the prices of food items beyond the reach of many Nigerians. On top of all these, fuel prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months as announced last November. We all know that when this happens, it will push many millions of Nigerians into poverty.”
On insecurity, Abdulsalami stated that the situation has overstretched the country’s security forces and has led to the death of thousands.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Nigeria is once again at crossroads. Insecurity remains the single, most difficult challenge for the country. The Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, violence in the South-East, kidnappings and abductions of travellers across many states all continue to fester in the land.
“In addition to these, ethnic, communal and religious conflicts are rearing their head again in many parts of the country. All of these have greatly challenged and overstretched our security forces. This has caused thousands of deaths and millions of internally displaced persons in the country over the past years,” he said.

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Osun APC Chairmen Forum Accuses Aregbesola Of Championing Crisis

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The Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party Chairmen in Osun State Local Government Council Areas has cautioned the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to stop henceforth the disturbance of the political peace of the State.
The APC party chairmen who spoke through their chairman, Rufus Awotidoye, on Tuesday, after a meeting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, stated that the conduct of Aregbesola constituted an obvious distraction to the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Awotidoye disclosed that the Interior Minister’s affirmation in Ilesa last Friday “of being the brain behind the obnoxious, leprous and antagonistic pressure group within the state APC self-styled, The Osun Progressives (TOP), was unfortunate and needless.”
They praised the quick and prompt condemnation by the State chairman of the Party, Prince Gboyega Famodun, of the needless outburst of Aregbesola, stating that they were in agreement with the chairman’s timely response.
The local APC party chairmen, however, charged the governor to invoke his vast constitutional powers to deal with whoever is constituting a clog to the lawful performance of his official duties.
They warned Aregbesola to stop taking advantage of the gentle nature of the governor to foment trouble and crisis in Osun State each time he visits the State.
They reminded the Interior Minister that his ministerial appointment should be a source of blessing to the people of the State and not the other way round.
The local APC chairmen, who cautioned Aregbesola to desist from distracting Governor Oyetola from performing his statutory duties, accused him of being responsible for all the atrocities being performed against the sitting Governor and his government by the leadership of his militant political group in the state.
They asked the Interior Minister why he has chosen to be the tormentor-in-chief of Governor Oyetola when it’s on record that the governor as his Chief of Staff gave him a hundred per cent support for the eight solid years he ran the administration of the State.
The furious APC local chairmen told Aregbesola that “enough is enough, you should stop riding roughshod on the State as if Osun is a conquered territory of yours.
“There were functional politicians in the state before your foray into the political terrain of the state.
“You should stop playing God who possesses the absolute power to install governors in the State, as all powers belong to God Almighty.
“When it’s apparent that you could not allow any kind of such seditious act against your administration when you were in government, one wonders why you are doing the same to the focused administration of Governor Oyetola.”

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