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Benue
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue last Monday condemned recent attacks on security operatives in Agatu Local Government Council of the state and called on leaders in the area to produce those that carried out such attacks.
Ortom made the condemnation at the town hall meeting of Benue stakeholders at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi.
The governor said that the attacks undermined the efforts of his administration at ensuring lasting peace between the herdsmen and farmers in the area.
He wondered why security operatives posted to the area to maintain law and order would be attacked by the same people they were sacrificing their comfort to protect.

Borno
The Borno State Government last Tuesday appealed to Ramat Polytechnic workers to end the indefinite strike they embarked upon.
A  Permanent Commissioner in the state’s Civil Service Commission Alhaji Adamu Biu told a news conference in Maiduguri that government was ready to meet the demands of the workers.
On February 13, the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics directed their members to proceed on indefinite strike.
The unions said the strike followed the government’s refusal to meet their demands.
Biu, who is also the chairman of the Technical Committee on Harmonisation of the Disagreement between the Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions and the State Government, described the strike as unnecessary.
According to him, action has already been taken on most of the demands.

Kaduna
The Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, last Tuesday said it would train 3, 000 traditional birth attendants to reduce the maternal mortality rate in the state.
Assistant Director of the Agency, Alhaji Hamza Ikara,  told newsmen in Kaduna that the traditional birth attendants, to be drawn from the 23 councils, would be trained and retrained.
Ikara said the training would take place in the first week of March and would be conducted for three days.
“ We are conducting this training for the traditional birth attendants to enable us reduce our maternal mortality rate in the state.
“We are conducting free training in three different phases where we select nine LGAs at a time, and all the wards will be involved so as to reduce maternal mortality in the state.
“Kaduna is one of the states with increasing rate of maternal mortality and we want to stem the tide,” he said.

Kano
The Federal Government has awarded contract worth over N1.3 billion for the rehabilitation of some roads in Kano and Katsina states.
The Zonal Director of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr Mohammed Sani, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Kano.
Sani said five roads would be rehabilitated in Kano State at the cost of over N720 million, while in Katsina State, three contracts had been awarded at the cost of over N600 million.
He said in Kano State contract had been awarded for the rehabilitation of Kano-Gwarzo-Dayi, Tiga-Doguwa, Karaye-Rogo, Lajawa-Gamarya-Masuba and Kwanar Maroko-Maroko roads.
“In Katsina state we have three awards which include Daura township road and two roads along Kano-Katsina road.

Katsina
Three hundred and twenty (320) rice farmers in Sandamu Local Government Area of Katsina State have benefited from the Anchor Borrower Programme to boost rice production in the area.
The chairman of rice farmers in the area, Alhaji Usman Na-Lado,  disclosed this in an interview with The Tide  in Sandamu yesterday.
He said the farmers were provided with pesticides, seedlings and water pumping machines, adding that each farmer would also be provided with fertiliser and cash.
Na-Lado added that the beneficiaries included female farmers, who were also supplied with the farm inputs.

Kwara
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for the establishment of more adult literacy centres to raise educational standard, especially at the grassroots.
The agency’s Director of Mobilisation in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, Mrs Comfort Ajibade, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Omu-Aran in Kwara.
Ajibade also sought the provision of adequate equipment and personnel for the existing adult literacy centres for optimum performance.
“The establishment of more adult literacy centres will help to reduce the level of illiteracy among the people at the grassroots.

Nasarawa
A health official with the ALGON Primary health Care, Karu, Nasarawa State has appealed to the state government to provide more health workers in health centres to meet its challenges.
the Senior Community head/Extension Workers, Mr. Tema Heman,  made the called in an interview with The Tide on Monday in karu.
“There are some government’s clinics here that have only one government workers. the rest of the members of staff are volunteers.
“That is what is happening, the centire clinic is run by just one government staff.

Niger
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger State, Alhaji Muazu Bawa, last Tuesday said Nigerians must support the measures put in place by the Federal Government to end recession and set Nigeria on the path of growth.
Bawa told The Tide correspondent in Minna that the measures would take time to mature, as such Nigerians must be patient and help the administration succeed in its endeavour.
He said that the government had invested heavilly in revamping infrastructure, promoting agriculture and saving the national currency, so as to reposition the country for greatness.
Bawa particularly noted that the investment in agriculture was bearing fruits, as more Nigerians have ventured into agriculture and the government was providing inputs and financial support to boost production.

Ogun
A lotto player, Nurudeen Olalakan, was last Tuesday arraigned in an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for alleged breachof peace and playing lotto of N25,000 without payment.
Olalakan, 37, is facing a two- count charge of causing breach of peace and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that the accused committed the offences on February 9, 2017 at Iporo Ake junction, Isale-Ake in Abeokuta.
Shonibare said the accused person conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by playing a BET9JA game of N25,000, from one Mr Adeniji Moses, the manager of Grand Harvard Integrated and failed to pay.

Osun
The Osun State Police Command,  in conjunction with the judiciary, has set up mobile courts to try motorists arrested for violating traffic laws.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye, made this known at a media briefing in Osogbo.
Adeoye said that the move was to enforce sanity and discourage lawlessness on the highways.
According to him, any motorist who broke the traffic laws will be arrested and tried by the courts.
He said that emphasis would be on offences like covering of vehicle number plates, driving without valid documents and a driver licence.
Adeoye said police had the statutory duty of enforcing the law, adding that there would not be duplication of roles with the sister agencies. .

Oyo
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan last Tuesday declared the proxy service on the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, by the claimant to the throne as invalid.
Chief Adebayo Oyediji of Seriki Chieftaincy line is challenging the installation of Adetunji as the Olubadan of Ibadanland by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.
Justice Moshood Abass made the declaration when the claimant’s counsel, Mr Abideen Adeniran, informed the court that Adetunji was not served court summon personally but through Ajao Iliasu, Secretary to Olubadan-in-Council.
Abass said that an order of substituted service must first of all be obtained from the court before the court summon could be served on any other person aside from Olubadan.
The judge said that the court summon served on Olubadan through the Secretary to Olubadan-In-Council was invalid.

Plateau
A Jos Magistrates Court last Tuesday sentenced an applicant, Felix Moses, to six months imprisonment for impersonation.
The Magistrate, Mrs Helen Danboyi, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty and begged the court for mercy.
Danboyi sentenced the convict to four months imprisonment for impersonation or a fine of N3, 000, and two months imprisonment with an option of N2, 000 for possession of wig and gown.
Prosecutor Karimu Bashiru had told the court that Yakusak Aduak of Rayfied Jos reported the case to Anglo Jos Police Station.

Sokoto
The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) says corps members serving in Sokoto State will plant one million trees before the end of 2017.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Sokoto last  Tuesday.
Abubakar said: “All the corps members in the 23 local governments areas will be made to plant these trees and nurse them.
“The trees will be planted by the corps members as part of their community development projects.
“This is the modest contribution of the scheme to the afforestation and reforestation efforts of the state and Federal Governments.

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Senate Urges NDDC To Complete Okitipupa Power Sub-Station

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The Senate yesterday in Abuja urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to complete the installation of a transmission power sub-station in Okitipupa council  of Ondo State.
According to the Senate, completing the installation of the transmission power sub-station is  urgent in order to restore electricity to Ondo South Senatorial District comprising Okitipupa, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Irele and Odigbo Local Government Areas (LGAs).
This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, the media aide of Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South at the senate.
He said that the senate acted on the motion filed by Tofowomo on, the urgent need to restore power back to the affected area before the end of the year.
The  Senator, who is of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lamented that the Southern Senatorial District was hosting the Omotosho Power Plant in Okitipupa LGA with a capacity of 512.8MW and 451MW Net since 2005 without residents benefitting from power supply.
“The situation is embarrassing  because I continue to wonder if Ondo South is part of Nigeria because suffering from electricity blackout for about 14 years has grounded many economic activities.
“Almost 90 per cent of my people have been deprived of electricity since 2007 and since put them uninterrupted darkness.
“The district is hosting the Omotosho Power Plant in Okitipupa LGA with a capacity of 512.8MW and 451MW Net  since 2005 without the people benefiting from the distribution of electricity.
“The intervention came in 2012 by NDDC in a contract; 132KV transmission and 132KV/33KV sub-station and line were  awarded in Okitipupa LGA.
“As at today, 85 per cent of the job has been completed and all the 145 Transmission Line Towers from Omotosho Power Station to the Sub Station has been completed.
“The sub-station’s outstanding works remain 15 per cent of which can be accomplished without delay if all the necessary machinery are put in place.
“The substation can be ready for transmission to the federal feeders in Irele, Odigbo, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Okitipupa LGA within the shortest possible time,” Tofowomo told the senate.

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Delta Assembly Passes Anti-Grazing Bill

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The Delta State House of Assembly yesterday passed a Bill for a Law Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing and Marketing of Livestock in Delta also known as “Anti Grazing Bill”.
The passage of the bill followed a motion for the third reading moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr  Ferguson Onwo, during the plenary of the Assembly in Asaba.
The motion which was unanimously adopted by the house, was seconded by the Minority Leader of the Assembly, Mr Innocent Anidi.
Earlier, the Chairman of House Committee on Special Bills,  Mrs Pat Ajudua, had presented the report on the bill on the floor of the House, which was received and adopted.
Ajudua, while presenting the bill,  said that inputs of stakeholders formed part of the proposed law.
She noted that the bill when signed into law would  prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by residents or individuals in the state,  just as it seeks to address the arbitrary rearing and movement of livestock.
In his reaction, the Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, expressed happiness over the development, saying that the people and residents of the state would be very happy that the bill was passed.
“Dear colleagues, I congratulate all of us on the passage of this very important bill.
“Today, the house has fulfilled the commitment of our dear state to the agreement reached at the South-South Governors’ meeting held here in our state capital, Asaba.
“By virtue of this bill, this house has demonstrated its resolve to protect the people of the state from the menace of clashes between herders and farmers.
“I must therefore, commend all the sponsors of this bill, for recognising that the security of lives and property of the people of the state as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) are sacrosanct,” Oborevwori said.
Oborevwori said that with the passage of the bill, well-meaning persons who seek to carry on the business of breeding, rearing and marketing of livestock should do so within the boundaries of the law.
“Also, farmers can now go about their businesses without fear of anyone grazing on their crops.
“This for sure will boost food production in the state; dear colleagues, this Bill is a right step in the right direction as our women can now go to their farmlands without fear of molestation.
“Once again, I thank you all for your untiring support as always and for your resolute commitment in the passage of people oriented bills, such as this.”

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FG Tasks Media On Fight Against Fake News, Misinformation

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The Federal Government has urged the media to complement the government’s efforts in the fight against fake news and misinformation in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha gave the advice yesterday at a training of “Communication Managers on Fake News and Hate Speech’’ in Abuja.
The training was organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms.
Mustapha, represented by Mrs Veronica Agugu, the Director, Public Affairs Department in the office of SGF, described fake news as false and misleading information presented as news.
He urged media practitioners and managers to assist in bridging the divide between governments and citizens in terms of implementation of government reform policies and programmes.
“Strengthening transparency in governance will require public sector to public communication as a tool to systematically raise citizens awareness which in turn would reduce the potency of hate speech in the country,’’ Mustapha said.
Dr Bala Muhammad, a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano State, described media managers as media literates.
He urged them to unite against fake news and misinformation to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
Muhammad said that most of the users of social media were not media literate, hence they easily fall for fake news and misinformation in the country.
Mr Yushau Shuaib, one of the resource persons, expressed concern over the huge number of social media users who were not media literate.
Shuaib stressed the need for relevant stakeholders to redouble their efforts in regulating the activities of social media in the country.
Mr Dasuki Arabi, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, said the training was to tackle the growing incidences of fake news, and hate speech occasioned by internet technology in the country.

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