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Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie (middle), addressing members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (Nans), protesting over sacked Vice Chancellors, at the entrance of the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja yesterday

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie (middle), addressing members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (Nans), protesting over sacked Vice Chancellors, at the entrance of the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja yesterday

Bauchi

Bauchi State Police command has arrested a suspected
female child kidnapper, while trying to escape with the victim.
The spokesman of the command, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said the suspect, Maryam Mohammed, 22, of Gabi in Soro town was arrested on May 6 by the police detectives attached to Soro Division.
Mohammed said that the suspect allegedly kidnapped an eight-year-old girl, Azizah Shitu of Soro town, who had been declared missing since May 4.
He said that the suspect was arrested at Kamfanin Kutare on Bauchi – Maiduguri Road, while trying to board a car with the victim to an unknown destination.

Borno

The Shehu of Dikwa, Borno State, Alhaji Muhammad
Masta II, has appealed to the Victims Support Fund (VSF) to assist in rebuilding his palace in Dikwa.
Masta made the call at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Borno Government and the VSF on the rebuilding of some public structures in Dikwa.
He said the rebuilding of the palace would enable him return home after staying in Maiduguri for three years.
“I want to remind the VSF that my palace also needs urgent attention. ‘My subjects came to my abode in Maiduguri last week urging me to request for the rebuilding of the palace as soon as we arrive here for the ceremony.”

FCT

The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has
expressed support for the amendment of the Civil Aviation Acts in order to enhance performance in the nation’s aviation industry.
Sirika disclosed this while receiving reports from the Ministerial Committee on the Review and Amendment of Civil Aviation Acts and the Committee on the Assessment of Aviation Security in Abuja.
He said that the existing Civil Aviation Acts in Nigeria was first enacted in 1964 and first reviewed in 2006, adding that the amendment was done in a rush which made it inefficient.
The minister added that for the aviation industry in Nigeria to achieve the needed change, efficient laws must be in place.

Kano

Kano State Government said it would construct six
feeder roads in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Muhammad Garba, said this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
Garba said two feeder roads would be constructed in each of the senatorial districts to facilitate movement of people and to boost economic activities in the rural areas.
The commissioner said the council had also approved N8 million for the conduct of second round of training for traditional birth attendants in the state.
“The council has approved N12 million for the implementation of May and October round of Immunisation Plus Days.

Katsina

A Non Governmental Organisation, Emeka Offor Foun
dation, has donated 60,000 books worth N1.5 billion to tertiary institutions in Katsina State.
Presenting the books to Governor Aminu Masari in Katsina, the chairman of the foundation, Chief Emeka Offor, said the gesture would enhance growth of education in the state.
“We are here to support Katsina State with these books having seen its giant strides in the education sector.
“We expect the state Ministry of Education to coordinate and supervise the distribution of the books to the targeted institutions in the state”.
Earlier, a board member of the Foundation, Mr Howard Letters, said the foundation had donated books, reading materials and computers worth 22 million Dollars to some African countries.

Kebbi

The National Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders As
sociation, Alhaji Kiruwa Zuru, has declared support for Federal Government’s efforts to find a permanent solution to the recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Zuru made the declaration in an interactive session with Journalists in Birnin Kebbi.
He was responding to the recent violence that occurred in some parts of the country that affected peaceful co-existence among communities.
He said the recent Presidential directive for security agencies to deal with perpetrators of the violence was a positive development and laudable.
Zuru asserted that it was alien for the Fulani herdsmen to be carrying weapons in the country and called for the prosecution of those carrying arms.

Lagos

The United State Under Secretary of State for Civilian Se
curity, Democracy and Human Rights, Ms Sarah Sewall, has  urged Africans to realise that genital cutting was harmful to girls and women’s health.
Sewall, who made the appeal in a teleconference with journalists from across Africa, said it was time for Africans to shun such practice and “move into modern world.’’
According to her, about 95 per cent of African girls and women have been subjected to some form of cuttings and genital mutilations.
“We believe that girls and women have to be able to live their lives as beings, just like boys and men in our communities.
“That means that, they need to have their health and physical integrity”.

Niger

Endwell Model Science School, Minna has inaugurated a
vocational centre and home economics laboratory to boost early development of children.
The Chairperson, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Hajiya Dije Bala, Endwell Scheme Board of Trustees while inaugurating the centre and laboratory, said the centre would help in empowering the students.
She said that Endwell Model Science School, Minna “is the school built by the Niger chapter of NUT.
“The idea behind the establishment of this vocational centre and home economics laboratory is to equip the children for future development.’’
Bala said that it was better to equip the children with vocational skills and home economics study to ensure their early development.

Ogun

Former Minister of State for Education, Senator Iyabo
Anisulowo, has lauded Ogun and Federal Governments for providing platform for inter agencies collaboration in the security sector.
Anisulowo made the commendation when she received a delegation from the State House of Assembly in her residence at Ilaro.
She said such collaboration among various security outfits led to her release from captivity.
She said her release was a divine grace arising from inter-agency collaboration which included the Local Vigilante Service in Yewa North.

Ondo

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said that
the ministry embarked on Vitamin A food bio-fortification to reduce death rate and boost nutrition in the country.
Adewole, who was represented by the Director of Nutrition, Dr Chris Isukpunwu, disclosed this at the launching of 2016 planting season for bio-fortified vitamin A cassava and maize.
Our correspondent reports the programme was organised by Harvestplus Nigeria, at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure.
HarvestPlus is an international organisation leading a global effort to improve nutrition by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
The theme of the programme is ‘Scaling Up Bio fortification Investment in Nigeria.’
Adewole noted that vitamin A was one of the five major nutrients of the body, adding that many children under the age of five die due to measles, which is caused by lack of vitamin A.

Plateau

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Pla
teau State has trained 25 youths on digging of concrete wells to boost water supply to curb perennial water scarcity in the state.
The Plateau NDE Coordinator, Mr Stephen Ndaks, while briefing newsmen in Jos, said that the trainees were the first to be trained in Concrete Well and Water Catchment Training Scheme (CWWCTS) by NDE.
“The scheme involves digging and excavation of the earth crust, casting of concrete to case the well and to prevent collapse of the well.
“The scheme creates employment by training youths in the techniques of digging and casing of the well with concrete.
“The scheme in addition, is to provide sustainable job creation by facilitating the provision of portable water in our communities or households,” he said.
The coordinator explained that the trainees were taught both theory and practical aspects of digging a concrete well.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State command of the National Drugs Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),  has arrested a female youth corps member currently serving in Zamfara State with 9 kilogrammes of Indian hemp.
The Commandant of the agency in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto.
Idris said the suspect was serving in Gumi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, and was arrested along Sokoto-Gusau road in Sokoto State.
He said that the suspect had confessed to being initiated into the business by a fellow corps member.
He said the suspect had boarded a luxury bus from Onitsha in Anambra State to Sokoto, from where she would board another bus to Gumi in Zamfara State, when she was arrested at a check point in Sokoto.

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Emirates Resumes Flights To Nigeria, June 23

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The UAE carrier, Emirates Airlines, would start carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India from June 23, the UAE Embassy said as it announced revised rules on Covid-19.
“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories,” the airline said in a separate statement, yesterday.
“Residence visa holders from India and travellers from South Africa should’ve taken two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities and carry RT-PCR tests reports from labs approved by the federal governments of these countries.
“But for Nigerians vaccination is not made mandatory but all other conditions apply.
“In addition to the above, Indians have to take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to their travel.
“While there are four vaccines in the UAE for use on eligible individuals against the Covid-19 infection – Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca, it is unclear if the UAE has approved vaccines administered on Indian, South African and Nigerian citizens in their countries,” it stated.
“All travellers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure.
“UAE citizens are exempted.
“Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted.
“All passengers must take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to flight departure.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
“Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.
“Passengers should produce a negative PCR test certificate with a QR Code from labs approved by the Nigerian government.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival to Dubai Airport.
“Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.
“Entry will now be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE-approved vaccines,” the state said.
The revised procedures for travellers coming from the Republic of India, South Africa and Nigeria were issued by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.
They are effective from June 23, the Dubai Media Office said.
It said the updates are part of the committee’s keenness to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on Covid-19 preventive measures, said the Chairman of the Supreme Committee, Sheikh Mansoor Al-Maktoum.
The Media Office announcement said the updated travel protocols are part of a normal process of revising and optimising preventive measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.

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Bagudu Vows To Lead Rescue Operation Over Yauri Abduction

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Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State last Saturday vowed to lead the rescue operation of teachers and students abducted from the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Ngaski Local Government Area of the State.
Bagudu, who is also Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, spoke when local hunters visited him.
Reports had that the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also paid a solidarity and sympathy visit on Gov. Bagudu.
Bagudu assured that some other governors and  stakeholders will join him in the ongoing search operations for the abducted students and staff of the school.
According to him, he will discuss with his colleagues and security agencies in this direction, so as not to jeorpardise the ongoing commendable operations to rescue the abducted students and staff.
He said: “But, we will go out there and like I promised, the day we will move out, I will not be in the office because we will join you in the field.”
The Kebbi State Governor said that this would be done barring all consequences in a bid to rescue the abductees.
Bagudu argued: “It is not weapons that win wars, but it is the will that bad people cannot triumph and we will show that, we have enough will power .
“President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies have been doing the best they could with limited resources.
“But, we also need to mobilize, kit ourselves and take on these bandits. Our various scriptures as Muslims and Christians allow us to put our lives at risk in defence of our honour, property and our faiths.
“In what the bandits are doing, they have challenged all of us, so, we can’t let them.”
Bagudu asked the hunters to go back and fully mobilise, pending when he gets the necessary clearance from the security agencies, adding, “we will meet in the field.”
The governor maintained that governors were not sworn in only to sit down in the office and work.
He stated that they are aware that one day they would be required to lead in the field, even though they are not military or police personnel.
He said that if hundreds of thousands of people can be mobilised during campaigns, same should be done now to join the search party.
He said: “What happened in Birnin Yauri should be the last straw. We should follow these bandits wherever they are and take them on.”
Bagudu also described the abduction as very callous, even as he lauded the security agencies, management of the school, ‘Yan Sakai and vigilantes for their heroic efforts since the bandits struck at the college.

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Govs, Others Task Security Agencies On S’East

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South-East governors and leaders have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the zone.
They made the call on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting attended by political leaders, socio-cultural organisations, clerics and the traditional leaders.
The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, who addressed reporters after the meeting, condemned the killing of civilians in the zone by security agencies.
Umahi urged them to discharge their duties within the law and in accordance with their rules of engagement.
The Ebonyi governor reaffirmed the commitment of the region to the corporate existence of the country.
Umahi, however, said that such union must be based on love, mutual respect and equality of rights irrespective of one’s religion, ethnic group, political inclination and creed.
The governor said the various secessionist groups from the region were not speaking for the people of the area.
He said the leaders from the zone had set up a committee to engage the agitators to allow elders of the region to address their fears.
“We have come out publicly on many occasions to speak against such agitations,” he said.
Umahi said the meeting was in fulfilment of the June 11 agreement they had with a federal government delegation led by the Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, a retired major-general.
“Consequent upon that, we scheduled our own meeting today to discuss and articulate our positions.
“This is to enable us not only engage the presidential team but also engage our people over all burning issues,” he said.
The governor said leaders from the region had noted with concern threats against the Igbo people by some groups in other regions.
“The meeting pleaded with leaders of other regions to note such threats to our people, address it and protect our people,” he said.
He said that governors from the South-East had assured people from other ethnic nationalities of their safety in the region in spite of the prevailing circumstances.
The leaders condemned the killing of security personnel and burning of government infrastructure in the region.
He called on National Assembly members from the region to support the creation of state police in the ongoing efforts to amend the constitution.
The governor said the meeting endorsed the South-East joint security unit called EbubeAgu, and requested the personnel to work with statutory security agencies.
Those present at the meeting included Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
Anambra and Imo states were represented by the deputy governors, Nkem Okeke and Placid Njoku respectively.
Others were the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, and President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, George Obiozo.

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