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Benue

Authorities of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi,
have shut down the institution indefinitely following cult activities which led to the death of four students and one security guard.
The institution’s Information Officer, Mr Dzerka Fanafa, said in Makurdi that the decision to close down the school was to prevent further escalation of the crisis.
Fanafa told newsmen that the crisis broke out on Tuesday in some of the hostels built by independent developers and resulted in the death of one student.
He said the university authority swiftly intervened to contain the situation by inviting the security agencies to prevent further hostilities by the students.

Ekiti

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has appealed to
members of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Ekiti State chapter to call off their two-week old strike.
Fayose, represented by his deputy, Dr Olusola Kolapo, made the appeal at the 10th Congress Meeting of the organisation in Ado-Ekiti.
He charged the principals to show understanding in the face of present economic depression that had critically affected about 29 states of the federation.
Fayose explained that the present economic challenges could not support the payment of three months’ salary being demanded by the workers.
He further explained that the state government was unable to meet the demands of civil servants because the three months allocation from the federation account could no longer pay a month’s salary.

FCT

The Society of Women Engineers, Technology and Sci
entists (SWETS) says it plans to educate residents of the Federal Capital Territory on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation.
The SWETS Chairperson, Mrs Vera Ogwatu, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
According to her, the development is part of the SWETS Africa Community Project, with a view to building resilience in the local communities to climate change.
“Also to raise a younger generation with the right attitude and mind-set to promote environmental sustainability and sustainable development.
“ The project consists of the following aspects: enlightenment programme, introduction of alternatives to fuel wood project and Change the Light Bulb campaign (200 to 250 households),“ she said.

Jigawa

The Jigawa State Government says it has approved the
release of N1 billion to the state’s Agricultural Supply Company as loan to procure farm inputs for farmers.
This is contained in a statement issued in Dutse by Alhaji Bala Ibrahim, the Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, and made available to newsmen.
According to the statement, the approval was given during the state executive council meeting which was held recently.
It explained that the loan would enable the company to purchase fertilisers, improved seeds and other farm inputs for the forthcoming farming season.

Kaduna

A Non-Governmental organisation based in Kaduna,
Safety Awareness and Environmental Support Initiative (SAESI), has called on residents of the state to always keep their surroundings clean to enhance healthy environment.
The Controller General, SAESI, Yahaya Mohammed, made the call  in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
He also called on residents and business owners in the state to refrain from accumulating waste around their surroundings.
According to him, most of the strange diseases so many people contacted today are because of the dirty environment they live in.
Kwara

The Kwara State House of Assembly has adminis
tered oath of office on Mrs Victoria Afolayan, a newly elected lawmaker representing Oke-Ero Constituency.
Afolayan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member, was elected at a bye-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC) on May 28.
Our correspondent reports that the new female member is the wife of the deceased member, Mr Musa-Moses Afolayan, who died on Jan. 30.
Speaking at her inauguration, the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, said Afolayan had submitted duly certified asset declaration form from the Code of Conduct Bureau and satisfied other requirements of becoming a member of the House.

Lagos

A 44-year-old businesswoman, Adenike Rodoye, has
lost her 20-year-old marriage to her husband, Durojaiye, because she was always tearing his boxers so as to rape him.
“My wife has turned my boxers to rags as she always tears them to rape me,” he told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State.
The president of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, after he had listened to the couple, said that he was convinced that they could no longer live together as husband and wife.
Omilola said that he had to dissolve the union after the petitioner had insisted on the divorce.
The president added that several interventions made by him to reconcile them felt on deaf ears.

Niger

The Niger State Government has approved N46.2 billion
as 2016 appropriation bill for its 25 area councils.
Alhaji Kabir Abbas, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Minna.
He said “the late presentation of the 2016 local government budget was because of transition of leadership from the past administration to the present.
“The change in leadership of caretaker of the past administration to director of personnel management to caretaker again before the election of local government chairmen.
“When the budget was to be presented, the local government chairmen and the emirate councils requested for time to make contributions, which led to delay up until now.”

Ogun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun has, granted am
nesty to 17 prisoners serving various jail terms in the state.
He also commuted the death sentences passed on four other prisoners to life imprisonment.
This is contained in a statement signed by Juwon Soyinka, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
He said the gesture was part of activities marking the 2016 Democracy Day and June 12 remembrance anniversaries in the state.
According to the him, the governor’s gesture is in line with the power conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

Osun

Two  men, who allegedly stole a dog belonging to a
church, were arrainged before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court.
The accused  Oguntoro Segun, 22, and Ayinla Seyi, 27 are facing charges of theft and conspiracy.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Fagboyinbo Abiodun, the accused committed the offences on June 4 at about 8.30 p.m. at United Missionary Church of Africa’s premises behind Vision Oil, Dada Estate, Osogbo.
Abiodun said the accused sneaked into the church’s premises, tricked the dog belonging to a man, Ajilore Temidayo and bolted with it.

Sokoto

The Chairman, Sabon-Birni Local Government in Sokoto
State, Alhaji Idris Gobir, promised to provide farming inputs at government-controlled rates for farmers in the area.
Gobir told newsmen in Sokoto that providing farming inputs was part of the council’s efforts to encourage farmers in the area to produce assorted food crops.
He said the farming inputs would be provided at the council’s 11 wards to enable farmers have direct access to them.
The chairman said the local government administration would encourage youths and women to participate massively in all-year-round farming.

Zamfara
The Defence Headquarters Committee on Persistent
Farmers/Herdsmen Clashes in the country is currently in Zamfara as part of its fact-finding tour to affected states.
Our correspondent reports that the Committee arrived in Gusau, the Zamfara capital on Tuesday for a two-day visit, where it met with the state’s  acting Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala.

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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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