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Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Binta Bello (right), presenting prizes to the best dancers, during the ministry’s party with children from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, as part of activities for the 2016 Children’s Day celebration at New Kichingoro in Abuja on Wednesday. With her is the Ministry’s Director of Child Development, Mrs Georgette Azogu (left).

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Binta Bello (right), presenting prizes to the best dancers, during the ministry’s party with children from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, as part of activities for the 2016 Children’s Day celebration at New Kichingoro in Abuja on Wednesday. With her is the Ministry’s Director of Child Development, Mrs Georgette Azogu (left).

Adamawa

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in
Damare, Adamawa State, is currently hosting no fewer than 152 lactating mothers, 97 pregnant women and 68 unaccompanied children, among other displaced persons.
Manager of the camp, Mr Nurudeen Musa, disclosed this when Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Sen. Abdul-Azeez Nyako, visited the camp recently.
He said that the camp was established in 2014 and had so far hosted about 14,000 displaced persons.
The manager said that of this number, only 2000 IDPs were now remaining in the camp as a result of the improvement in the security situation in the North East.
In his remarks, chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Sen. Nyako, assured the displaced persons of commitment of governments to their safe return home.
Nyako said government was concerned about their plight and would continue to equip its agencies to carter for their welfare.

Borno
The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) has warned
people against indiscriminate felling of trees to protect the environment.
The National Coordinator, Sustainable Development Programme of Lake Chad Basin, Alhaji Bale Bura, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri.
Bura also urged people to respect environmental laws that sought to protect the environment or risk sanctions.
“Much has been done in past years to mitigate environmental degradation, but some individuals still continue with the evil practices,“ he said.
He said that the only panacea to desert encroachment was “to plant more trees and stop cutting them.

Ekiti

No fewer than 9,000 Nigerian students are currently
studying in Malaysian universities, the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Lim Juay Jin, has said.
Jin disclosed this in Ado Ekiti at the Afe Babalola University during a visit.
He spoke at a programme tagged “Diplomatic Talk”, organised by the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy of the university.
Jin said that the affected Nigerians chose to study in Malaysia because they realised that his country was “one of the top tertiary education destinations in the world”.
He said that the students were studying at all levels of education including undergraduate, masters as well as doctorate levels.
The envoy attributed the development to availability of facilities, affordable fees, friendly learning environment, quality tutors, good governance and stable economy.

Gombe
Gombe State Police Command has confirmed the death
of one Baba Jigawa, aged 75, who was found hanging in a provision store at Gombe Timber market.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ahmed Usman, told newsmen in Gombe that the incident occurred on Monday.
“He was found hanging; photograph of his remains snapped and investigations are still ongoing”, he said.
Usman said the body was taken to the Specialists’ Hospital Gombe, where Doctors confirmed that he had passed on.
According to him, efforts have been intensified to get to the root of the matter.

Jigawa

Farmers in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa
State have commenced planting for this year’s farming season.
Our correspondent in Dutse observed that farmers yesterday went to their farms with different farm implements to till the land and plant crops.
The correspondent also visited many farming communities, and found that farmers were busy planting on their farms.
In Dundubus village, a farmer, Malam Ahmad Umar, was together with his children harrowing and planting at the same time.
Umar said that he was planting after he had earlier cleared and applied local manure on the farm.Kano

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has
called on parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children to enable them become useful members of the society.
He gave the advice at a meeting of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Health Care, held in Kan recently.
The Forum had as its theme, “Strengthening the Capacity of Religious Leaders on Maternal and Child Health.”
He said there was urgent need for parents and guardians to take up the challenge in view of the prevailing moral decadence, especially among youths.
“Lack of proper upbringing of children is one of the challenges facing the society today.
“Parents and guardians have a herculean task because if children grow up without proper education and upbringing, they can engage in social vices”, he said.
Lagos

A philanthropist, Mr Dawodu Olatunji, says adequate
provision of healthcare remains the best dividend of democracy from governments.
Olatunji made the assertion in an interview with newsmen  at a free malaria test and drugs outreach, tagged “Health is Wealth” at Solomon Hall, Mushin, Lagos State.
Olatunji, who sponsored the programme said that such dividends of democracy were exemplified by the government of the then Western Region led by the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo.
He said that health should be one of the cardinal programmes of any people-oriented government.
“When I was growing up, I was one of the beneficiaries of the free health programme and education sponsored by the then old Western Region Government.

Nasarawa
Two motorcyclists, Musa Badamasi and Yusuf Ibrahim,
have appeared in a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Aso Pada, Nasarawa State, for allegedly belonging to a gang of robbers.
Badamasi, 28 and Ibrahim, 23, of Orange Market, Mararaba, were arraigned on a three-count charge of belonging to gang of robbers, public nuisance and making atmosphere noxious to health.
The Prosecutor, Cpl. Friday Adaji, told the court that on May 20, a team of police surveillance squad led by Sgt. Joseph Emeka, attached to ‘A’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Mararaba, arrested the defendants.
Adaji said that while the police were on patrol, the defendants were found at a hideout at Orange Market, Mararaba, often being used by armed robbers.

Niger
The Niger State  Government said it would focus more
on developing the free trade zones in the state to attract more investors to the state.
Governor Abubakar Bello, who disclosed this when he declared open the 14th Niger National Trade Fair, said that the zones were those of Banana in Borgu Local Government Area and Minna Airport trade zones.
According to Sani, the free trade zones will woo investors to invest in agriculture and solid mineral development.
He said that his administration would embark on new partnership with the Federal Government and private sector to enhance economic development of the state.
“We are going to revisit every legal avenue for the diversification of revenue and resources; we will explore and strengthen all existing agencies.Osun

The Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA) has called
for the establishment of the Bureau of Statistics in Osun State to coordinate the collection of statistics in the state.
The President of the association, Dr Mohammed Tumala, said this in an interview with newsmen
“We recommended to the state to establish a State Bureau of Statistics so that the Bureau can be held responsible for coordination.
“We recommended to the state that it should motivate the staff responsible for the collection of statistics because over time, staff members of the department of Planning, Research and Statistics both at state, national and local government levels have seen their  posting as very punitive”.

Oyo

The  Oyo State Tertiary Institutions Staff Retirement
Age Bill 2016 scaled its second reading during the plenary session of the Oyo State House of Assembly
Our correspondent reports that the bill was initiated by the Speaker, Mr Michael Adeyemo and co-sponsored by Mr Afeez Adeleke (Iseyin/Itesiwaju/APC) and Mr Oyeleke Oyatokun (Afijio/APC).
The bill seeks to increase the retirement age of academic and non-academic staff of state-owned institutions, from 60 to 65 years.
Speaking in support of the bill, Mr Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba, APC) said that when passed into law, the bill would raise staff morale and improve the quality of academic work in the institutions.
“We do not have to belabour this issue; a federal law raising the retirement age of polytechnic and university workers was signed by former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, last year.
“Domesticating that law will serve the interest of the people of the state.
“The law will encourage research and motivate workers to aspire to the peak of their careers,” he said.

Plateau
Governor   Simon Lalong of Plateau State says his
administration is determined to slash its N1.7 billion wage bill before the end of May, this year.
Lalong disclosed this at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja recently.
He said that the reduction of the wage bill would be achieved through the removal of ghost workers already uncovered in the state’s payroll system.
The governor said that a lot of the ghost workers were uncovered after the introduction of the Biometric Verification Number.
He said that with the removal of the non-existent workers, the N1.7 billion state’s wage bill would be slashed to accommodate the genuine civil servants in the state.

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Of 1,561 Candidates, 880 Graduate From Law School-DG

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The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1, 561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.
The Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Ciroma, SAN, made this known yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.
“Four others were from previous Bar examination,’’ he said, adding that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training.
“They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.
“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar.’’
Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“The programme began on June 28, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers, for their support,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.
“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.
“The practice of Law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.
“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of the Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times.’’
He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.
Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner’’ without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.
He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.
Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on especially, international jurisdictions.
In 2020, the Council of Legal Education said that out of a total of 2,515 students who participated in the examinations, 1,864 passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The director-general who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only five made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are five, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.

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NGO Trains 300 Returning Migrants On Business Development

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Web of Heart Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has trained and empowered more than 300 returning migrants, youths and internally displaced persons on job creation.
Its Executive Director, Mrs Bose Aggrey, made the declaration yesterday in Lagos at the graduation of its “Create and Start Module’’ trainees.
The graduating trainees were awarded certificates and given grants facilitated by some investors and soft loans from banks after six months of training to identify and analyse business ideas and opportunities.
“We taught them how to articulate their business ideas into plans; introduced them to investors and equally assisted them to get bank loans.
“It is an opportunity for the participants to put themselves together either to get employed or to become employers,’’ she said.
“We introduced investors to the participants when they were pitching and some of them are already getting grants.
“We are working with two banks so they can provide soft loans at low interest rates for the participants,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Mr Peik Bruhns, Team Leader of the firm of consultants that conducted the training, said the company had reached out to train 5,000 Nigerians on Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises in six months
He said this was done in collaboration with nine organisations, including Web of Heart Foundation.
“I will like to stress the importance of working with returnee migrants because Web of Heart Foundation focuses on assisting them to reintegrate into society.

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Zamfara Police Refute Kidnap Of 60 Passengers Rumour

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The Zamfara State Police Command has refuted a story that 60 passengers travelling along Sokoto – Gusau road on Sunday, July 25, were kidnapped by bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement, yesterday, said the story was inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially the commuters.
“The attention of Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on social and conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau Road, and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.”
The statement said, “For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command was informed that a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus vehicle, belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers who were travelling from Sokoto – Abuja along Sokoto – the accurate report of the incident. On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Gusau Road in Bakura LGA.”
According to the statement, the Police Tactical operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace were alerted, and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums who blocked many vehicles for abduction, adding that the road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and reinforced more police operatives to improve the security and safety of the commuters.
The statement noted that in the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus vehicle belonging to Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver were abducted and taken to the bush before the arrival of the police.
It said the operatives further embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bush with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims, stressing that two persons who were left far behind with other hoodlums were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralised by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were taken to the forest.

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