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Benue

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in
Benue State has alerted the public of the existence of employment racket within the command.
The NSCDC Commandant, Mr Shuaibu Jibrin, told newsmen in Makurdi that the racket had been collecting money from applicants in the guise of offering them employment into the organisation.
Jibrin, however, assured that its searchlights had already been beamed on the perpetrators while explaining that all recruitment exercises by the organisation “are properly advertised through the mass media”.
“Currently, the NSCDC is not carrying out any recruitment, the NSCDC recruits based on certain criteria and merit which is always advertised through the mass media.”

Borno

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has inaugurated
the distribution of relief materials, including drugs, to families and malnourished children in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The relief materials are targeted at meeting the immediate needs of the families and children suffering from malnutrition occasioned by the activities of insurgents in the State.
The relief materials were part of the items donated during the inauguration of the “Get Involved’’ initiative, which was a component of the wife of the president’s pet project, ‘The Future Assured’ Programme.
The disturbing rate of malnutrition among children in the IDPs’ camps, necessitated the distribution of the relief materials by the wife of the president.

Ekiti

Teachers and students in Ekiti State have been urged to
build on their 2016 National Examination Council (NECO) performance in future public examinations.
A retired school headmistress, Mrs Ruth Olugbamila, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Ikole, Ekiti State.
It would be recalled that the state emerged as the best performing state in 2016 National Examination Council (NECO) result
Olugbemila noted that the current feat by the state should be sustained and also improved upon in the 2017  West African Examination Council result “so that every Nigerian will know that Ekiti is truly Fountain of Knowledge.”

Gombe
The Gombe State Government has established 313 health
facilities providing Family Planning (FP) services.
The state Family Planning Coordinator, Mrs Rejoice Bala, said the policy was part of efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in the state.
Bala spoke during a one-day workshop organised by Pathfinder International for journalists and faith based organisations in Gombe.
She said the state currently has about 556,109 women within reproductive age, yet a huge number of them die as a result of preventable complications.
The Programme Facilitator, Pathfinder International, Dr Sakina Bello, said the effort was out of concern on the threatening rate of maternal mortality and its devastating effects to the family and societal well being.

Jigawa

The Chairman of Jigawa State Revenue Board, Alhaji Ibrahim
Sani, has said that the board was set to increase the state internally generated revenue in view of dwindling federal allocations.
Sani told newsmen in Dutse that the state government was looking inward to raise revenue to meet its socio-economic responsibilities to the people.
He said that the board had blocked all channels of revenue leakages.
The chairman said that since his appointment a year ago, there had been significant improvement in revenue collection in the state.

Kaduna

A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Chediya G.R.A. Zaria,
Kaduna State, has remanded 4 among 14 youth from Unguwan Kaura, Zaria-city, for alleged attempted homicide.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Abubakar Ibrahim, told the court that the police received a complaint on July 6 that the accused conspired and attacked one Abdurrahman Tanimu of No. 127 Anguwar Kaura, Zaria-city.
Ibrahim added that the police arrested four of the 14 accused persons found with dangerous weapons in their possession.
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Kano

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kano State chapter,
has raised concern over the casualisation of workers and refusal by some employers in the private sector to allow unions in their establishment.
The Chairman of the NLC in the state, Alhaji Kabiru Minjibir, who disclosed this to newsmen in Kano, said that the congress would soon take action on these issues.
He said that the union had received series of complaints from workers in some private organisations in the state on this trend.
“We have come to the realisation that some of the private organisations in the state do not engage permanent staff. And such action denies the workers some of their rights and benefits after working for many years. Not having Unions also denies workers the avenue to express their grievances.”

Kebbi

A 35-member medical team from the United States of
America is providing free surgery and treatment of patients suffering from cancer and diabetes in Kebbi State.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that the surgical operations were part of government’s efforts to provide effective service delivery to the people.
He called on the people to turn out in order to avail themselves the opportunity to be treated by the visiting doctors and nurses.
Yombe said the APC-led government would continue to redeem its campaign promises as it had started boosting the agricultural activities in the state.

Kogi

The Kogi State Immunisation Officer, Mr Amaje John, says
the state has been polio-free since 2009.
John told newsmen in Lokoja that the last wild polio case in the state was in Dekina Local Government Area in 2009, stressing that the state had not recorded any other case since then.
The immunisation officer said that the state had enough vaccines for various immunisation cases, especially the polio vaccine.
“Right now, the state is doing what we called ‘Intensifying Routenisation Activities’ in all our health facilities to strengthen immunisation of children below the age of one.

Kwara

The Kwara State Government says it will commence a
task shifting policy on health to reduce maternal mortality in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Atolagbe Alege, announced this in Ilorin during the National Task Shifting Policy Dissemination meeting with stakeholders.
Alege explained that the policy would help specialised health workers take on some responsibilities of more specialised workers.
He said multiple efficiencies might arise from task shifting, given that the cadre to which tasks were shifted often required shorter training periods and lower educational qualifications.

Nasarawa
The Commissioner for Education in Nasarawa State, Mrs
Ramatu Ajuji-Abubakar, says the state government is contemplating education for prison inmates in the 2017 budget.
Ajuji-Abubakar made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Lafia.
According to the commissioner, the move will ensure that inmates in all federal prisons in the state are properly reformed, in line with global best practices.
She said that even though the prison is a federal government establishment, the state government is a stakeholder, hence, the desire to provide for the education of inmates.
The commissioner said the modern prison yard is supposed to be a place where inmates are reformed morally, and learn one skill or the other, and be educated.

Niger

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP),  Bida
chapter, has expressed delight with the Federal Ministry of Education for the release of N48 million for the  payment of allowances for its members.
The ASUP Chairman, Dr Umar Saganuwan, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Bida.
He said the allowances paid was from January to May and that they were still awaiting allowances of June , July, August and September.
He commended the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, for the gesture.
Saganuwaný expressed  displeasure with the management for reducing the allowances .

Ogun

Some students in public primary and secondary schools in
Ogun State have called on Governor Ibikunle Amosun to attend to the demands of striking workers in the state.
The students, who spoke separately in interviews with newsmen in Abeokuta, described the strike as very “unfortunate.’’
They said that the strike was already affecting their academic calendar.
An SSS 2 student of African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta, Samson Asade, called for early resolution of the crisis.
He said that their colleagues in private schools were already ahead of them, and urged the state government to cooperate with the workers to end the strike.

Ondo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, says
it has no plans to change its governorship candidate in the November 26 election.
A press statement issued in Akure by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Banji Okunomo, said nothing will happen to the candidacy of Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).
Okunomo urged party supporters to disregard what he called ”rampaging distortion of facts and misrepresentations” on the matter by a section of the party.
“We are also in the know of the syndicated report/newsflash which aim to misinform the public as regards the status of the true PDP candidate in the fast approaching gubernatorial election in the state.”
The publicity secretary assured that the party at state and national level, is working to ensure that Jegede’s candidacy remain.

Osun
The Osun Police Command said it had arrested a member of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Imran Olalekan, 24, for alleged rape.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Folasade Odoro, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Osogbo.
Odoro said that the suspect committed the offense at St. Charles High School, Osogbo.
She said that the 17-year-old victim (names withheld), is an SSS III student of the school.
She said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had intercourse with the victim.
The PPRO said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the crime was concluded.

Oyo
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Oyo State chapter,  says the National Health Act, if implemented, will benefit the citizenry and solve the problems militating against the health sector.
The Chairman of the association, Dr Omolola Oladele, said this when he led a delegation to submit a letter on the issue to the Gov. Abimbola Ajimobi.
The National Health Act, which took 10 years and several readings at the National Assembly was eventually passed and signed into law in 2014.
Oladele said that the objective of the visit was to awaken the consciousness of the government to the implementation of the act and for the states to key in.
“According to her, the Act protects the right of healthcare users to receive treatment and not to be rejected in the case of accident.
Oladele said that the nation had all it takes to be great.

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FG Sets Up To Recover Illegally Refined Crude Oil

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In a bid to block revenue leakages, the Federal Government, yesterday, inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Committee to tackle illegal refining of crude oil in the Niger Delta region of the country.
Members of the committee, who took their oath at the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, were drawn from the Ministry of Defence, the Nigerian Army, the Navy, Defence Headquarters, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Environment, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).
The Solicitor-General of the Federation (SGF), and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Umar Mohammed, who represented the AGF at the event, said the major mandate of the committee, was “the recovery of illegally refined petroleum products (crude oil) in the dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
According to the SGF, “In line with the policy of the current administration on security and economy, as well as the preservation of the environment from negative hazards.
“The office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in collaboration with all stakeholders, have put in place a mechanism for effective and efficient management of illegally refined products recovered from dug-up pits found around the creeks of the Niger Delta.
“This mechanism was agreed by the relevant stakeholders and submitted to the Attorney-General of the Federation, who considered and approved the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the purpose of implementing the Mechanism known as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) For the Recovery of Illegally Refined Petroleum Products (Crude Oil) in the Dug-Up Pit found around the creeks of the Niger Delta”.
The SGF said the Federal Ministry of Justice would coordinate the process and the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
“The responsibility of the Inter-Ministerial Committee is to detect, report, evacuate, assess and ensure transparent disposal of the product with due consideration to the environment.
“The Inter-Ministerial Committee shall be guided by the SOP, developed for the project.
“The content of the SOP is drawn from the provision of the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations 2019.
“It is my hope that the proceeds from this exercise will be a source of additional revenue for the country”, the SGF added.

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FRSC Threatens Sanction Against Fleet Operators Over Speed Limit

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will sanction any fleet operator found sabotaging the implementation of the Speed Limit Device.
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the 2021 annual safety managers retreat yesterday in Abuja.
The retreat aimed at sensitising safety managers on the implementation of the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme to attain best practices in fleet operations.
The theme of the retreat is: “Assessment of Speed Limit Device Implementation in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”.
Oyeyemi, represented by Deputy Corps Marshal, Motor Vehicle operations, Mr Hyginus Foumsuk, said that the corps would also sanction Speed Limit Device vendors identified for complicity.
The corps marshal expressed concern on the spate of road accidents and needless loss of lives, especially involving fleet operators.
“These, according to many experts investigations, could have been avoided if the concerned safety managers had been responsive in their duties,” he said.
Oyeyemi said that recent findings by the corps have also revealed a low level of compliance on the installation of Speed Limit Device and associated sharp practices among some fleet operators.
He noted that these practices included tampering with Speed Limit Device and connivance with vendors to deceive enforcement operatives.
This, he said, was with compliance certificates without actual installation of the device, calibration above the approved speed limits and others.
According to him, these shall no longer be tolerated as the corps will not hesitate to sanction violators henceforth.
Oyeyemi urged relevant stakeholders to address the decline on the proper vehicle maintenance as well as implementation of the passenger manifest by fleet operators and the drivers’ recruitment policy.
“We all know the essence of the passenger manifest and the significance of its proper implementation. You are therefore urged to take these issues seriously in the interest of safety.
“Passenger manifest is considered pivotal, thus its enforcement should continue along other traffic offences to compel the needed compliance. It is therefore pertinent that strict adherence to the existing policies be sustained,” he said.
“There is need for fleet operators to introduce improved practices to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers in compliance with traffic regulations.
The Director-General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Mr Babatunde Irukera, commended the efforts of the corps on road safety.
Irukera noted that injury and fatality on the road were caused by speed, describing speed as a catalyst, aggravator and mitigator.
He urged motorists to take cognisance look into installing Speed Limit Device to avoid road traffic crashes and save lives and property.
He, however, assured FRSC of the commission’s support to punish violators, saying that excessive speed attracts a penalty.

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Sokoto Assembly Approves 2021 Virement Request Of N155m

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The  Sokoto State House of Assembly yesterday approved Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s  request of N155 million virement warrant on some capital projects  in 2021 approved budget.
This approval  followed the consideration of a letter by the state governor presented at the plenary by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida.
Alhaji Bello Ambarura, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader in  the assembly, had  moved a motion asking  the lawmakers to consider the request at its plenary session.
Ambarura said that the request was necessitated by the present administration’s commitment to addressing  a number of developmental projects.

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