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L-R: Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State council, Mr Deji Elumoye, National President, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, General Manager, Vanguard Newspapers, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Premewater View Holdings (PVH), Mrs Olabisi Babalola and Chairman of PHV, Prince Adetunji Ogunwusi, at the ground breaking of NUJ-NAWOJ building project, in Abeokuta on Wednesday

Borno

The Borno State Environmental Protection Agency
(BOSEPA) says it will partner with a Ugandan firm to manufacture roofing sheets in the state.
Its Sole Administrator , Malam Nasiru Surundi, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the roofing sheets would be manufactured from recycled polythene bags and water sachets.
“The Borno State Government is trying to set up a roofing sheet manufacturing plant in Maiduguri.
“ The plant will use polythene waste as its raw materials, thereby converting the numerous water sachets littering the state to wealth”.
According to Surundi, the setting up of a roofing sheet manufacturing plant is aimed at keeping the environment safe and clean.

FCT

A Senior Business Manager with APTECH Nigeria, Mr
Tushar Gupta, has called on the Federal Government to update ICT curriculum in colleges and other institutions.
APTECH Nigeria is a recognised Computer and IT institute in Nigeria, which provides computer education and IT training.
Gupta, who made the call in an interview with newsmen said that Nigerian colleges did not give deep knowledge on ICT applications.
“ICT is a course which students are expected to have in-depth knowledge on the topics that they are being taught.
“In ICT, you need to get intense knowledge on the topics so that the student can work and use the knowledge in life.
“So, without giving the deep knowledge, it is difficult to use and utilise the knowledge gained for day to day activities.”

Jigawa

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in
Jigawa State  says  it has arrested a 25-year-old bricklayer with a 300-meter armour cable suspected to be the property of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Muhammad Durumin-Iya, said this while presenting the suspect to newsmen in Dutse.
Durum in-Iya said the suspect allegedly stole the cable in Dajin Gwamna in Gumel Local Government Area of the state.
He said the suspect was arrested by one of the volunteers of the corps operating in the area while trying to sell the cable.
The commandant said the suspect, who confessed to committing the offence, would soon be charged to court.

Kwara

The Principal of Government Secondary School, Omu Aran,
Kwara State,  Mr Segun Abifarin, says popular Christian cleric, Bishop David Oyedepo, is paying 20 teachers N40,000 each monthly to support the education sector.
Abifarin disclosed this in Ilorin during the re-union meeting of the 1981 set of the old students of the school.
He said Oyedepo, the President of Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel, was paying five teachers each in four community schools in Omu Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
The principal said Oyedepo believes that government alone could not do everything for its citizenry and enjoined private individuals to support the education sector.
Abifarin said the school was presently under staffed and needed more teachers in core subjects.

Lagos

Governor  Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State said that his
administration had earmarked N20 billion to revamp the health and education sectors in the state before December.
Ambode said this during an interactive session at the 2016-second-quarter-town-hall meeting in Badagry.
He said that his administration had commenced a comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrading of hospital facilities across the state.
“Modern equipment will be procured to facilitate treatment of patients and we will invest in capacity building of our medical staff.
“We intend to spend over N10 billion on our hospitals across the state before December this year,” he said.

Nasarawa

Some traders and residents of Keffi, Nasarawa State,
have appealed to the state government to reconsider its decision to cut salaries of workers in order to ensure industrial peace.
They made the appeal in separate interviews with our correspondent on Sunday in Keffi.
It would be recalled that on July 4, 2016, the labour unions in the state went on an indefinite strike to protest the downward review of their salaries by 50 per cent.
The respondents said that their appeal became necessary because of the prevailing economic hardship, adding that pay-cut would worsen conditions of workers.
A petty trader, Mrs Sarah Oboh, said that the state government’s action would weaken the purchasing power of the civil servants.
“Our problem is that the strike by workers has been affecting our businesses negatively.”

Niger

No fewer than 250 people have been displaced due to a
clash between Fulani herdsmen and Gwagyi farmers in Niger State.
Our correspondent reports that the clash led to the death of four persons and destruction of property in Bara-kuta in Bosso Local Government Area recently.
Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Malam Ahmed Inga,  made this known to newsmen in Minna.
He said the displaced people were being resettled in a school in Bosso while reconciliation was ongoing toward returning them to their homes.
“The State Government has established links with the herdsmen and the farmers toward restoring lasting peace in the area to enable the Gwagyis go back to their homes and attend to their farms.

Ogun
The Ado- Odo/Ota Local Government in Ogun State
generated N103.5 million in the first half of the year, the council’s Chairman, Mr Olukayode Idowu-Ojumo, has said.
Idowu-Ojumo, who heads the council’s Transition Committee, disclosed this when the State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs visited the council secretariat as part of its oversight functions.
He said the council received N9.7 million in January, N9.6 million in February, N18.3 million in March while in April it generated N40.6 million.
The council boss added that N14.9 million was raked in May while N10.4 million was earned in June.

Osun

A 35-year-old man, Bolanle Akanda,  has been arraigned
before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court over an alleged N200,000 fraud.
The Prosecutor, Insp Taiwo Adegoke told the court that the accused committed the offence on April .2 at about 1. 00 p.m. in Ile-Ife, Osun.
Adegoke said the accused allegedly defrauded one Pastor Oluwasanmi Samuel by collecting N200,000 on the pretext of buying and fixing some aluminum doors in his house.
The offence contravened Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2003.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Wole Olaleye, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.

Oyo

An Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court has granted a
cumulative total of N5 million bail to five defendants for allegedly hijacking a fuel-laden tanker.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. F. Richard, released the accused on N1million bail each, with two sureties in like sum.
She held that the sureties must also have landed property and be their blood relatives.
She adjourned the case to Aug. 23.
The accused persons, whose addresses are unknown, were identified as Saheed Adeleke (35); Moses Ishaka (33); Opeyemi Habeeb (29); Niyi Samuel (33) and Omotayo Adepemisoye (31).
They allegedly hijacked the Total Oil and Gas company’s tanker, laden with 33, 000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as Petrol, at Olorunsogo area of Ibadan.

Plateau

Seven in every 10 victims of road crashes are youths aged between
15 and 29, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said.
Its Commanding Officer in charge of Jos Zone, Mr Oludare Fadogba,  told newsmen in Jos on Sunday that Road Traffic crashes (RTCs) had remained the leading cause of deaths among youths.
The official, whose zone comprised Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States, said that road crashes had devastating effects on Nigeria’s growth and development potentials.
“Road traffic crashes remain a global phenomenon, but they have more devastating effects in the developing countries like ours.

Yobe

The Chairman, Yobe State  Pilgrims Commission, Alhaji Ibrahim
Al-Arab, said a total of 2,231 intending pilgrims from the state were set and ready for the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Arab, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Damaturu, said the Commission had already carried out successful orientation for the pilgrims and acquainted them with rituals of the exercise.
“The commission has organised educational enlightenment and practical exercises for the pilgrims so that they do not miss out anything and also get value for their money.