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Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema has called for the establishment of many cottage industries for the country’s development.

He said this while receiving the Director-General of Development Association of Nigeria Small and Medium Enterprises SMEDAN, Alhaji Nadade Umar in his office in Katisna recently.

Governor Shema said the state has some progress because it harnessed its mineral resources properly in the past two years of administration.

He said the state can boast of 28 mineral resources on its soil and two of such natural resources had been utilised to set up cottage industries in all the local government council’s areas of the state.

He cited the chalk and paint cottage industries in some local councils of the state while claiming that youths engaged in the venture had realised over N26 million.

The governor told SMEDAN officials that there was need to eradicate poverty in the country.

He said to discourage the importation of fertiliser for farming in the state, four fertiliser plants were set up by his administration, noting that 25 youths were employed in the plant.

He called on SMEDAN to devise means whereby members of the public would know their existence.

Responding the SMEDAN boss, Alhaji Umar Nadade said his organisation has a policy whereby each of the geopolitical zones would be self accounting and be able to grant loan to the people to establish their own small scale industries in their areas.



Tragedy struck at the weekend in the sleepy boarder town of Bukuro, Baruten local council, Kwara State, where 50 people, including school pupils, were feared killed when two canoes capsized on Nano River.

The victims were heading home at Bukuro after the day’s business and schooling in neighbouring Yarawodo village, Benin Pepublic. Eighty passanegers were reportedly on board the two canoes, which capsized midstream.

A visibly disturbed Emir of Gwanara in the Garaten Local Council, Alhaji Sabi Idris, described the incident as the worst in the history of Gwanara District.

The royal father, who sympathised with the victims’ families, made a passionate appeal to the federal government to provide infrastructure at border towns like those in Buruten council, which he said had been neglected.

He noted that the incident would have been averted if the federal government had provided Bukuro with a good road network and electricity to boost economic activities in the area as this would have discouraged the people from crossing over to Benin Republic to do business or school there.

Village head of Bukuro, Mallam Isa Aliyu, lamented that this village with a population of about 20,000 could only boast of three teachers in its only primary school.

He said the situation forced parents and guardians to enroll their children and wards in schools across the border in Benin Republic.

Education secretary, Barutun local council, Umaru Zango, disclosed that about 55 school pupils were on board the ill-fated canoes.

Zango asked the Kwara state government to provide more teachers for the Bukuro primary school to reduce the number of the state’s pupils attending primary schools in Benin Republic.

About 30 bodies have been recovered while 35 passengers survived the mishap. The people of Baruten and Yaworodo share many things in common with children and adults from both settlements crossing over on a daily basis for schooling as well as business activities.



Justice Salisa Garba of the FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday, adjourned till December 15, for the taking of plea in the 229 amended charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), against the suspended chairman of the Nigeria Electrity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr Ransome Owan and six commissioners of the agency.

The commissioners are Mallam Abdulrahman Ado, Professor Onwuamaeze Uoeje, Dr Abdurazaq Alimi, Engr Mohammed Bunu, Engr Abinbola Odubiyi and Dr Grace Eyoma.

Counsel to EFCC, Godwin Obla, said the amended charges were as a result of fresh evidence available to the commission. When the matter came up, council to the fourth acused person, Barrister O. Owa, argued that his client could not take his plea because he was only served the amended charge this morning, and when there is a dispute as to issue of service, it cannot be resolved by conflicting words of counsel, it must be resolved by production of proof of service,” Owa told the court.

After listening to the submission of the prosecuting and defence counsel, Garba adjourned the case to enable the 5th accused person study the amended charge before taking his plea. Owan and the six commissioners were first arraigned by the EFCC on April 22, before the FCT High Court, Abuja on a 196 count charge.



Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has disclosed that the Tactial Air Command (TAC), Makurdi will soon come alive after close to two decades of lull because the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has acquired 15 fighter-jets to domicile at the military facility.

Suswam, who spoke in Makurdi at the weekend while playing host to the Commandant of the AirForce Institute of Technology, said he received the cheering news from the Air Officer commanding the Tactical air command, Makurdi.

He announced that the Airforce had approached him to assist in re-surfacing the runway of the Markurdi military Airport, which he agreed to carryout because there was every need to return the military facility to its days of glory.



In response to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) earlier warnings on possible drought and rising food prices in 11 Northern states the Yobe state government weekend approved the release to N195 million for the procurement and distribution of 1,500 metric tones of grains.

The intervention was to cushion the effects of drought in the state, as farmers in the northern part of the state may experience crop failures, due to lack of rain. Approving the fund, Governor Ibrahim Gaidan at the recent council meeting in Damaturu, said that to avert famine and other devastating effects of drought, the state government would procure 1,500 metric tones of assorted grains with N195 million.



Lagos State Ministry in collaboration with Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will on today and Friday hold an awareness workshop, entitled, “Safety of Highway Cleaners, Responsibilities For All,” at Adeyemi Bero Audiotorium, Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos by 10.00am.

The managing director, LAWMA, Mr Ola Oresanya, said the workshop was “aimed at enlightening the streets sweepers on safety health in waste management, how to avoid accidents, understanding the environment and to also educate and sensitise the public, particularly motorists, on their responsibilities towards the sweepers.”



Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has approved the release of N5 million for the establishment of a Basic Health Centre at Igbokoda in Ilaje Local Council to immortalise the late Dr (Mrs) Agbeke Adebisi Ehinlanwo.

Mrs Ehinlanwo (63) who died on August 1, 2009 was buried at the weekend at Igbokoda, the country home of her husband, Senator Hosea Ehinlanwo. Mimiko who was accompanied by is wife, Olukemi and top government functionaries commiserated with the families of the deceased, saying that establishment of the health centre is part of the state government’s intention to immortalise the deceased.

The governor who spoke at the reception held for the late Mrs Ehinlanow at Igbokoda prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and that God may give her family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

He enjoined all residents of the state to intensify their prayers to God for peace, tranquility and prosperity.

Mimiko, however, reiterated his determination to make the state the best administered in Nigeria where equity, justice and fairness shall be the driving forces of government’s action.

He said the present administration would mobilise the citizenry to harness God-given resources and create wealth for collective fulfillment with peaceful cohabitation in an environment of transparent and honest leadership.



The stepping aside slogan of former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, on Saturday in Minna came under a severe attack by the Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, saying that those who talk about stepping aside, nurse the ambition of coming back to power.

He called on writers in the country to use their skills to install good leadership in Nigeria. It will be recalled that Gen. Babangida had, shortly after the annulment of June 12 presidential elections in 1996, told Nigerians that he was stepping aside after eight years in power as a military head of state.

But Governor Aliyu, while declaring open the 28th annual International Convention of Nigerian Authors at the UK Bello Art Theatre in Minna at the weekend insisted tha it is only those who nurse the ambition of having a second shot power that talk about stepping aside.”

The governor was reacting to a remark by the master of ceremony (MC) at the convention that the out-going president of ANA was stepping aside after four years in office, and the governor while declaring the convention open, said Niger State will not entertain “stepping aside” leaders.

He urged Nigerians not to allow those he described as charlatans to occupy the position of leadership, stressing that writers should strive towards using their creative writing to mobilise the people to reject bad leadership in the country.

The governor told Nigerian authors that as men and women of wisdom, they should not abandon the politics of sycophants and charlatans, saying that “you must join the fold now in order to give direction to the serious endeavour of the politics.”

We should not give leadership to those who desperately want it. Many of these selfish politicians have noting to offer and should, therefore, not be considered.” Governor Aliyu said.

He argued that Africa and indeed Nigeria have suffered the brunt of bad leadership, which is responsible for the current high level of under-development and backwardness.

He, therefore, advocated value re-orientation as an imperative if the country must get out of the trap of poverty and indeed catch up with the rest of the world.

He challenged the authors not just to write about the failures of leadership in Nigeria alone, pointing out that “they cannot continue to write to condemn the system and refuse to participate in correcting the ills. Writers must leave their comfort zones and act now, by participating more actively in partisan politics.

Earlier, in a speech, the out-joining President of ANA, Dr Wale Adediran, took stock of the association’s achievements under him in the past four years, saying that ANA has made government more responsive to the needs of the writers in the country.

Adediran pointed out that contrary to the claims of those who think that a synergy between government and writers is detrimental to their course, the association has been able to, through its relationship with the government, erased that long and wrongly held belief that writers and government are enemies.



Action Congress Senatorial candidate in the forthcoming Osun East elections re-run, Hon Babajide Omoworare last weekend called on the Nigeria Police to arrest and prosecute persons identified as election fraudsters and riggers during proceedings of the court of appeal, Ibadan.

He said that allowing such persons to roam freely would enable them to perpetrate the malpractices once again and nullify the honest intentions of the court of appeal for free and fair polls.

In a statement entitled, “You, The Voters Are The Winners”, Hon. Omoworare said, the court of appeal ruled that the election malpractices invalidated the polls based on the facts and figures presented in the petitioner’s case and these include names of persons who criminally subverted the will of the people.

He said, “At this juncture in our electoral history when we clamour for electoral reforms that would ensure one man one vote and that each vote counts, I want to support the proposition that we establish an electoral offences court to bring to trial and justice, individuals, security operatives, staffers of the electoral commission etc, who perpetrate electoral malpractices. It is a matter of historic record that we identified such persons in our petition. Now that the malpractices committed by them have been established, the logical consequence is for the Nigeria Police to initiate their prosecution without further delay.

Our struggle for violence-free polls would record a progressive advance if the court, relying on evidence admitted in the course of this case, can try them and if found culpable, convict and put them where they truly belong.”

Omoworare, whose petition led to last week’s removal of Otunba Iyiola Omisore from the Senate also urged the government to ask Omisore to return the public funds he acquired as a fake Senator since the Appeal Court had shown that he was never elected to the position he fraudulently occupied.

“It is unfortunate that my party will be contesting the election again with those we identified as election riggers; free to roam the constituency on election day. The financial resources of the people once again will be spend against their wishes on electoral day by those that they did not initially vote for who have acquired illegitimate wealth in government by being in government fraudulently. The re-run elections in Ekiti state are still fresh in our memory” he said.

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Lagos Orders Closure Of Ladipo Spareparts Market



The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, has ordered immediate closure of Ladipo Market, Mushin, for several environmental offenc­es ranging from reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises, and non-payment of waste bills, among others.
Wahab said that the market would remain closed until the mandatory conditions of redress were met by traders and market stakeholders, adding that it was part of ongoing efforts at instilling compliance in markets around the state.
Wahab, while speaking on the development, underscored the critical importance of environmental hygiene in markets.
He said: “It is imperative that markets in the state adhere strict­ly to environmental laws and regulations put in place for the well-being of residents.
“The closure of Ladipo Market serves as a stern reminder that no entity, regardless of its size or influence, is above the law.”
He stated that the state government was fully committed to collaborating with market stake­holders, to facilitate necessary adjustments and improvements, to enable them meet required environmental standards, add­ing that the market would not be reopened for business until set standards were met.
The commissioner said, “Lad­ipo Market, a prominent hub for automotive spare parts and related services, has been a focal point for environmental concerns due to various activities that con­travene established regulations. LAWMA’s intervention is a signif­icant step towards rectifying these issues and bringing the market to compliance.”
In his reaction, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr. MuyiwaGbadegesin, said that the closure was expected to allow for a thorough assessment of the envi­ronmental impact of the market’s activities and the implementation of necessary remedial measures, serving as a clear signal that LAW­MA would not hesitate to take de­cisive actions, where and when environmental laws were flouted.
“As Lagos State continues to grow and develop, it is impera­tive that economic activities are conducted in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally responsible.”
“LAWMA’s recent actions demonstrate the authority’s commitment to this cause. The offensive against environmen­tal infractions will continue till sanity is restored in our markets, while the next stop will be illegal markets,” he stressed.
The closure of Ladipo Market follows a similar action taken against Oyingbo, Alayabiagba, Oke-odo markets, and some sec­tions of Tejuosho Market, for se­rial infractions.
The decision to shut down those markets underscored the state government’s unwavering commitment to the restoration of environmental sanity in the state.

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Tinubu, Sultan Beg NLC, TUC To Shelve Strike



President Bola Tinubu and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, have appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to shelve their planned strike over the removal of fuel subsidy.
The organised labour had fixed Tuesday, October 3, for the commencement of an indefinite strike over fuel subsidy removal.
However, speaking during the public lecture and special Juma’at prayer to mark the 63rd independence anniversary of the country at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Friday, Tinubu appealed to the workers not to embark on the strike.
Represented by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Jibrin Barau, the President reiterated the commitment of his administration to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
This was contained in a statement by the media aide to the Deputy Senate President, Ismail Mudashir.
The statement said, “The Sultan has talked about the issue of strike by the NLC. I also call, on behalf of His Excellency, the President, and the entire government, on the labour leaders to shelve the strike.
“Let’s dialogue, let’s sit together, let’s understand ourselves, and let’s look at the prevailing situation in the country. How do we meet this country, the challenges ahead and the current challenges? It is through dialogue that we can solve our problems collectively.”
While stating that the government was new and working hard to bring succour to Nigerians,” Tinubu added, “It (Federal Government) has set aside N500bn and other packages are being unveiled to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal. Therefore, we need to support and pray for the government.”
Earlier, the Sultan had appealed to organised labour to give the Federal Government another chance.
He said, “For God’s sake, for Allah’s sake, anybody planning to go on strike should please give the government another chance. Please, rethink and give the government another chance.”
The Sultan, who said he had been involved in the negotiation of the labour leaders and the government since 2007, said if the NLC and TUC embarked on the strike, it would do more harm than good.

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Police Conniving With Land Grabbers, Ogun Assembly Alleges



The Ogun State House of Assembly has accused the police of alleged connivance with land grabbers in the state.
The assembly called on the Inspector General of Police, KayodeEgbetokun, to look into the alleged illegal arrest and detention of innocent Ogun residents on trumped-up charges by the police in connivance with some suspected land grabbers in the State.
The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, made the appeal at Tuesday’s plenary when other lawmakers took turns reporting rampant cases of land-grabbing in their constituencies.
The discussion took place when members were contributing to a debate on the second reading of the State Anti-land Grabbing (amendment) bill.
According to the Speaker, hundreds of innocent residents of Ogun are languishing in the various police cells, both at Alagbon in Lagos and the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
This, the Speaker said, was “due to the connivance of land grabbers with some security agents against innocent members of the public.”
Oluomo pleaded with IGP Egbetokun to wade into the matter so as to ensure that innocent Ogun residents are not made to suffer on account of trumped-up charges.
Oluomo advised that any land-related matters should be charged to court, while promising that the new amendment would ensure the constitution of a task force by the state government to handle land matters.
In their various submissions, the lawmakers stressed that the activities of the land grabbers had been affecting the peace, progress, and development of the state, hence the need to take a holistic approach towards addressing the menace.

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