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Adamawa

Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa State said
that the era of allocating fertiliser to politicians was over in the state.
Jibrilla made the declaration in Yola when he launched the 2016 cropping season sales of fertiliser.
“There is no more allocation of fertiliser to politicians in Adamawa; the era of allocation is over, we want real farmers to get the commodity,” Jibrilla said. Jibrilla said that the fertiliser would be distributed at ward levels.
“We are going to start with the deployments of fertiliser trucks to all the 226 wards in the state. “We have subsidised the commodity by N1, 500, so a bag will now sell at N5,500,” Jibrilla said.
Bauchi

Former Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial Dis
trict, Senator  Adamu Gumba, has called for the re-introduction of Teachers’ Grade II Certificate.
Speaking in Bauchi during the meeting of Bauchi Teachers College Old Students Association (BATCOSA), he said the Grade II Certificate was still relevant in the education system of the country.
“After the abolition of the Grade II Teachers’ Certificate, educationists tried several modules of teaching at both primary and other levels, but failed.
“The education sector is in the wilderness because the standard has continued to slide downwards, hence the need to restore the rejected module,” he said.
He said that Provosts of Colleges of Education who were worried by the negative trend met recently and recommended the restoration of module.
Borno

Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai, said that
the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, has saved Borno State  from extinction.
Garbai stated this when he received the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, in his palace in Maiduguri.
He said that but for the election of Buhari in May 2015 and his dogged determination in fighting the insurgents, the story would have been different now.
“We wish to express our gratitude to the president for his concern for us here.
“But for his coming, Borno would have been nowhere by now due to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

Kano

The Kano State Government said it had paid N460 million
accommodation subsidy for its 5,600 Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2016.
The State’s Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar made this known while launching a training workshop for the state pilgrims in Kano State recently.
Abubakar said the state government found it necessary to pay the money in order to secure decent accommodation for the pilgrims.
According to him, the state government had already secured houses for the pilgrims very close to the Ka’aba, (Holy mosque) in Mecca.  “All the houses secured for the pilgrims are close to the Ka’aba (Holy Mosque) in Mecca.

Kwara

More people will be recruited into the Kwara State Civil
Service as soon as the state finance improves, Mr Salman Ibrahim, Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission has said.
Ibrahim told newsmen that the commission had already identified vacancies in some ministries but could not recruit because of financial problem facing the state. “We are working in line with directives from the government. Where there are critical shortages, the government will direct us since we have vacancies in some ministries; we will just work along that line.
“But this is only when the financial situation of the state improves because once there is budget constraints based on critical revenue shortage, it makes it difficult for any organisation to perform.

Lagos

A civil society organisation, the Buhari Youth
Organisation (BYO), Lagos State chapter, has  decried the under-utilisation of the State and Federal Government’s employment and empowerment programmes by unemployed youth in the country.
Mr Abdul-Waheed Odunuga, the coordinator of the group, expressed his displeasure at a Stakeholders’ Forum on the state of the nation in Lagos, noting that the situation called for concern as the rate of unemployment contributed to the country’s poor economy.
Odunuga said that most unemployed youths had refused to see the need for harnessing their potentialities to become self-empowered for their economic advancement.

Nasarawa

Teachers in Nasarawa State have told the state govern
ment to meet their demands before they will call off the ongoing strike.
The Chairman of the state chapter of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Francis Jatau, said this in an interview with newsmen in Lafia.
He said that past experiences with the state government had taught them a lesson hence the need to ensure that all demands were met before the teachers would resume work.
“We don’t want to be seen as people who like to go on strike. That is why we will ensure that our demands are fully met to the satisfaction of our members.

Niger

The indefinite strike embarked upon by the organised
labour in Niger  State has been called off, following the intervention of the Speaker of the State  House of Assembly, Malam Ahmed Marafa.
Our correspondent  reports that the Niger State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had started the strike last Monday to protest deductions in workers’ salaries.
At the meeting, Marafa solicited for a truce between the labour and the state government in order to reduce the hardship the action had brought on the people.
Oyo

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Oyo Prov
ince 2, has donated foodstuffs to some Oyo State civil servants to alleviate their suffering caused by non-payment of their six- month salaries by the state government.  Pastor Enoch Tomoloju, the pastor in charge of the province, said that the gesture was to meet the physical needs of the people in addition to their spiritual needs.
“This is part of the corporate social responsibility initiative of our General Overseer.  “We are showing brotherly love and encouragement to them not just spiritually but also to meet their domestic needs”.
Plateau

A Nutrition Officer for Plateau State, Mr Moses Yusuf,
said that 66 per cent of children in the state were malnourished.
Yusuf made the disclosure at the United Nation’s Children Fund’s  mid-year review meeting in Jos.
He explained that the figure was arrived at following the Standardised Monitoring of Relief and Transition (SMART) survey, conducted by the Federal Government in 2015.
Yusuf described as very ‘’alarming,’’ the level of malnutrition among children, adding that five out of ten children in state remains malnourished.
‘’According to the SMART report of 2015, over 66 per cent of children in Plateau are totally malnourished.
‘’The reports shows that 43.7 suffer from stunting, 18.1 per cent are underweight, while 4.6 per cent are wasting.
‘’When you compare the 2014 with 2015 SMART survey, you will realise that the situation in Plateau is getting worse”.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State Government has promised to pay the
dowry to any man ready to marry any woman resident in the state who has been successfully treated of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF).
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Balarabe Kakale, disclosed this at the Ministerial Press Briefing organised by the state Ministry of Information in Sokoto state recently.
Our correspondent reports that the briefing was organised in collaboration with the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Kakale said that the state government’s gesture was aimed at dispelling insinuations that women affected by VVF and successfully treated were not marriageable.
“The Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Hospital at Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital, Sokoto, was established to treat VVF cases.
Yobe

The Yobe State Committee on Resettlement of Inter
nally Displaced Persons has distributed food and non-food items to internally displaced persons in 14 communities within Damaturu Local Government Area.
Alhaji Musa Jidawa, secretary of the committee, said the items, comprising 600 bags of maize, 300 bags of rice, 100 Jerry cans of oil and 600 wrappers, were provided by Yobe government.
He said that the gesture was aimed at cushioning the hardship of the IDPs that were yet to relocate to their communities. Jidawa said the committee, under the chairmanship of the deputy governor, Abubakar Aliyu, had carefully considered the IDPs in the host communities for assistance.
According to him, the donation is in continuation of assistance provided by government to displaced persons living in host communities, either with relations, friends or well-wishers.

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NDLEA Arrests Doctor, Ex-Soldier For Dealing In Drugged Cookies, Cocaine

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The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a medical doctor, Jane Chioma Ofoma, in Auchi, Edo, for selling drugged cookies and biscuits.
Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja, that Chioma sold the drugged cookies and biscuits through an online catering service, Omachi’s kitchen.
Babafemi said the arrest followed intelligence and surveillance where narcotic officers of the Edo Command of the agency on Saturday June 19, stormed her operational base at 1 Winners Way, Auchi.
This, he said, led to her arrest and at least 94 pieces of cookies produced with cannabis sativa were recovered from the suspect.
According to him, Chioma, 26, who is a graduate of medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recently completed her housemanship at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
“She has confessed to baking the cookies with skunk in her statement while under interrogation,” he said.
In the same vein, Babafemi said a 30-year-old Emmanuel Ehiramhen, of No. 10 Egan Street Ekpoma, has been arrested by officers of the Edo Command of the agency for dealing in crack cocaine.
Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in Kwara have arrested a 52-year-old ex-Soldier, Ibrahim Musa, with 12.167 kilograms of Arizona (cannabis sativa), 4 grams of Cocaine and 25 grams of flunitrazepam.
Babafemi said the suspect was apprehended on Thursday June 17, at Oke-Odo, Tanke area of Ilorin, when he arrived from Lagos to supply his customers.
He said Musa worked in the maintenance department at Abati Army Barracks, Lagos from where he was deployed to 117 Battalion in Chibok, Borno, before he deserted the Army.
He added that the suspect had arrived Ilorin with his wife, Basirat Musa, in his Honda Accord car with registration number JJ 707 BL Lagos with the seized exhibit.
He was, however, arrested at the point of delivery by operatives of the Kwara Command of the agency.
“Under interrogation, Ibrahim revealed that while at Chibok he got the connection of a supplier of Arizona (Cannabis) and other drugs in Lagos who he immediately contacted when he deserted the Army in October 2020.
“He said he decided to go into the illicit drug business to enable him fend for his two wives and three children.
“The suspect revealed that the latest journey was his second trip to Ilorin to deliver the drugs and decided to travel with one of his wives who was not aware of his mission to Ilorin,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the Edo and Kwara Commands of the agency for their vigilance and commitment to the goal of ridding Nigeria of the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
He charged the Commanders, officers and men of the two Commands and their counterparts across the country not to relent in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He assured them of his commitment towards making their welfare a priority.

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13 Vehicles Burnt In Tanker Explosion On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says six tankers, five trucks and two cars were destroyed in a tanker explosion at Ogere on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday.
Earlier, FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Ahmed Umar, confirmed the incident to The Tide source, saying that it occurred at about 6.20 a.m.
Umar had said the explosion occurred in front of Romona trailer park on the expressway.
Giving update, he said, “the fire is serious, six tankers, five trucks and two cars are burnt in the explosion.’’
Umar said that one person had so far been rescued and taken to a private hospital in Ogere.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), has advised motorists plying the road to use alternative routes.
TRACE spokesman, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi explained that the tanker which was laden with fuel suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles.
“Vehicles moving inbound Lagos should go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
“In addition, vehicles moving inbound Ibadan should also go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,’’ Akinbiyi said.
The incident was the fifth of such tragedies involving fuel tankers in the Lagos and Ogun State axis since the beginning of the year.
A similar fuel tanker-related fire was recorded on Jan. 7 on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
On March 21, a fuel tanker was the cause of fire on Otedola Bridge, also on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in which many vehicles were burnt.
On March 25, a diesel-laden tanker went up in flames at the Ikotun area of Lagos, leading to the incineration of other vehicles and shops.
On June 17, fire from the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant at the Ogun State Property Investments Corporation (OPIC) Plaza in Lagos trailed a leaking gas truck which was on motion in the area.
This resulted in a fire snowball which engulfed many other vehicles and property.
Twenty-five cars were destroyed in the OPIC Plaza inferno, while 13 persons, mostly workers in the restaurant, sustained burn injuries.

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S’ East Leaders Denounce Secessionist Groups …Seek Protection Of Igbos

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Leaders of the South East geo-political zone have urged leaders of other geo-political zones in the country to protect Igbos living in their regions, even as they condemned in totality the activities of violent secessionist groups in the zone and elsewhere. 
The lgbo leaders comprising the governors of the five states, members of the National Assembly, Ministers, Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, the Clergy and Traditional Rulers, made their feelings known on Saturday, in a communique issued when they rose from a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu. 
Explaining that they made the request in view of what they described as “threats by some groups against our people”, the South East leaders promised to protect everyone, including Igbos and people from other regions, residing in the zone.
On the impression that South East leaders are silent over agitations for secession by some youths of the region, they stated that “is not correct”, stressing that “South East Governors, Ohaneze President, National Assembly members, notable leaders had come out publicly many times in the past to speak against such agitations”.
Proclaiming firmly that “we do not support them, they do not speak for South East”,  the communiqué read by the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Engr. David Umahi, made it clear that the leaders of the zone reiterated their “commitment to one united Nigeria under a platform of justice, equality of rights, fairness, love and respect for one another”.
The communiqué revealed that South East leaders, in order not to mismanage the unfortunate situation, “have set up a committee to engage such youths to stop and allow elders speak to address such fears”. 
It added that South East leaders also condemned the killing of security agents, burning of strategic infrastructure and killing of civilians in South East and in other regions, and requested the security agencies to discharge their duties within the rules of engagement and the law
They, however, explained that the meeting was held “for articulation of our positions and further meet with the Presidential team”, sequel to the earlier meeting with the Presidential delegation, led by the Minister of Defence, Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, on June 11, 2021.
The communiqué disclosed that the meeting consequently “set up committees under Ohaneze Ndigbo to articulate and address our positions on all burning issues to further meet among ourselves and thereafter meet with the Presidential team”.
On the safety of the Igbo indigenes in other parts of the country and the newly established regional security outfit, the communiqué added that the “meeting directed our Governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo to liaise with indigenes from the northern part of Nigeria and indigenes of other regions to assure the nation, Nigeria, and their people of their safety in South East.
“The meeting endorsed our South East joint security outfit – Ebubeagu and asked them to work with security agencies and to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the South East and our visitors”.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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