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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) will to
day hold its 2016 Second Anniversary Annual Lecture at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
The Director-General of the commission, Malam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, made this known to newsmen in a statement in Abuja.
According to Kawu, the theme for this year’s edition of the lecture series is; “ Broadcasting, Democracy and the Challenge of the New Nigeria’’.
He said that the lecture would be delivered by  immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof.Attahiru Jega .

Gombe

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, has
urged herdsmen in the country to enrol their children in school, especially the girl-child, to acquire necessary knowledge and skills that would guide their lives.
Assistant National Secretary of the association Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi,  made the call in an interview with newsnen in Gombe.
According to him, it is very important for the herdsmen to key into various government policies, including the nomadic education programme, which offers them unfettered access to education.
He expressed dismay at the response of the Fulanis to western education, saying that it was important to key in so as to tap its full potentials.

Jigawa

Parents have been advised to monitor the movement of
their children especially during holidays.
The head of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Jigawa, Alhaji Abdu Abdul, gave the advice during interview with newsmen in Dutse.
Abdul said the montoring would enable parents to know the kind of company kept by their children to prevent the children from being involved in drug- related crimes.
He identified the absence of counseling or limited guidance from parents as one of the major causes of drug misuse among youths.
“There is the need for parents to be more concerned with the affairs of their children and help them make good friends in school and at home.
Kaduna

Governor Nasir El-Rufa‘i of Kaduna State has inaugu
rated a library and research centre of the state’s Ministry of Budget and Planning named after Abidu Yazid.
El-Rufai explained at the inauguration in Kaduna that Yazid was honoured for his sacrifices and contributions to the development of the state throughout his public service.
He disclosed that Yazid., a development economist, was responsible for drawing up the first development plan of the then North Central State in 1970.
He added that Yazid was also part of the special Federal Government‘s Planning Team that produced the Reconstruction Development Plan for the liberated defunct East Central State, immediately after the cessation of the Nigerian civil war.
Katsina

Former Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema
and his counsel, have shunned the sitting of the State Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate missing funds during his administration.
Our correspondent reports that counsel to other top government officials during Shema’s administration were also absent at the sitting.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Surajo Muhammed, assured that the commission would be free and fair in the discharge of its duties.
“This commission will discharge its duties without fear or favour; we shall provide a level- playing ground for all as this is not a criminal court but a commission of Inquiry.” he said.
Kogi

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has urged con
tractors handling the River Port project in Lokoja to ensure its completion by December.
The governor gave the charge while inspecting ongoing works on the port.
He said that it’s quick completion would aid socio-economic development of the state.
Bello, who was conducted round the project site by the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Mr Boss Mustapha, said that he was eagerly awaiting the completion of the project.
He said that the port would open the economy of the North to foreign investors.

Kwara

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has com
mended the management of the University of Ilorin for providing the skills acquisition laboratory in its Department of Nursing.
Leader, Council’s Accreditation Team to the University of Ilorin’s Department of Nursing, Prof. Ijeoma Ehiemere, gave the commendation after an assessment tour of facilities in the department.
She noted that the university had put in place a robust staff development programme for the training of potential nurses.
Ehiemere said what the team saw at the College of Health Sciences of the university were commendable.
She described the skills acquisition/simulation centre and a robust staff development programme as exceptional.
The leader pointed out that some of the staff had been sent on study leave with pay, nationally and internationally.

Niger

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State has called on Nige
rians to eschew religious and ethnic sentiments in their dealings to ensure peace and national development.
He made the call when he received Dr Mathias Echioda, the new Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger chapter in Minna recently.
“One of the things that has divided us as a nation is religious sentiment. It was never like this in the past and I don’t know why it is like this now.
“We had a better life and better understanding which brought more progress to the country.
“It is time for us to move away from all forms of sentiments. It is not healthy and it is anti- progress for the development of the country”, he said.
He added that there was no justification for Christian Religious Studies not be taught in unity schools if the Islamic Religion Studies was being taught.
“If IRS is being taught in schools, what now happens to the Christians students, it means they are being forced to go out and play. That is against our moral value”.

Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Government has released over N60
million for the payment of backlog of pensions and gratuities to pensioners in the state.
the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Budget and Planning, Mr Muazu Adamu-Gosho,disclosed this to newsmen in Lafia.
He said that the money was for payment to retired workers in the state and local governments.
Adamu-Gosho said that data to ascertain the accurate number of pensioners in the state had been taken to facilitate monthly payment of pensions, while gratuities would be paid in arrears in view of paucity of funds.

Osun

Thirty-two-year-old Tijani Kamorudeen, who allegedly
broke into a house and stole a laptop and other valuables valued at N161, 000, has  been arraigned in Osogbo.
The accused, who pleaded not guilty, is facing a two-count charge of burglary and theft at an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 18 at about 2.00 a.m. at Jemoja compound in Ido-Osun.
Abiodun, an inspector, alleged that the accused broke into the house of the complainant, Akinfenwa Reuben, and carted away some valuables including a laptop, phones, three ear pieces and a pair of shoes, all valued at N161, 400.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State-owned Independent Power Project
(IPP) will inject 38 megawatts of electricity into the national grid when energised.
The Managing Director of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEADCO),   Mr Garba Haruna,disclosed this to newsmen in Sokoto.
Haruna was speaking shortly after inspecting the project with the Chairman, Board of Trustees of KAEDCO, Mr Yusuf Hamisu. ‘’The lPP project is certainly a reality as it has reached over 90 per cent completion stage.
“The line had since been run into the transmission where the power will be up taken into the national grid.

Zamfara

Dealers of sachet water in Gusau have complained of
low patronage, caused by the current rainy season, our correspondent reports.
A cross section of the dealers expressed the concern in a market survey conducted by our correspondent  in Gusau.
Dealer of Rahama sachet water, Alhaji Aminu Bello,said that there was low patronage during rainy season, compared to dry season when the business was flourishing.
Bello said that during dry season, he supplied between 4,000 and 3,700 bags of water daily while he hardly sold up to 1,000 bags during the rainy season.

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Group Urges Police To Apologise To Protesters

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The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has asked the Nigeria Police to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
A statement by the human rights group yesterday, by its Interim Chair, Femi Falana (SAN), also accused the police of deliberately contravening Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020. 
The section provides that “Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”
The group noted that Section 36 of the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Nigerian people to freedom of expression including the right to protest against policies of the government. 
Many Nigerians in many states across the country trooped out on Saturday, June 12 to mark the day– Democracy Day – with protests against bad governance. 
The protesters chanted ‘Buhari must go’ in apparent dissatisfaction with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that has seen security, economy, youth employment rate and some other sectors and indices worsen. 
However, there were arrests and harassment of peaceful protesters by the policex particularly in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River. 
The group in the statement said, “For having the audacity to insist on their fundamental right to protest against unpopular policies of governments, teams of armed police personnel fired teargas to disperse the peaceful rallies. As if the unprovoked attack was not enough, the Police brutalised and arrested scores of protesters in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar (Cross River State capital). 
“Since the protesters who were arrested during the peaceful rallies did not commit any offence, they have since regained their liberty. But the police authorities ought to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
“More so that the Police had deliberately contravened Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020 which provides that ‘Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilise personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.’
“While commending the protesters for conducting the themselves in a matured and peaceful manner, we condemn the official lie that the protesters were teargassed to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies. Since the Police admitted that protesters committed no offence whatsoever why were some of them arrested? Why were the so-called hoodlums and miscreants who wanted to cause mayhem and unleash violence on the protesters not arrested? 
“Or were they treated like sacred cows because they had been hired to disrupt the peaceful rallies of the protesters? Why were the scanty pro-government protesters who were reported to have fought openly in Abuja over their booty not arrested for breach of the peace in the Federal Capital Territory?

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‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.

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Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.

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