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Ijesha Land
Prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ijesha land have resolved to champion the course of re-electing Senator Iyiola Omisore as the Senator representing Ife/Ijesa Senatorial District at National Assembly in the forthcoming re-run in the zone.
Towards matching their words with action, Hon. Oluwole Oke representing the same constituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Dosu Fatokun, a chieftain of the party from the state have raised an initial donation of about N5 million in their commitment to mobilize support for Omisore in all nooks and crannies of his senatorial district.
Financial support for Omisore’s re-election moves also came from Ifeland with Chief Mrs Olu Awope donating a total sum of N250,000.
PDP Director of publicity, Prince Adeolu Adeyemo, who made this known to The Tide source in the area stated that the commitment was made at a well attended meeting with the leadership of the party in Osogbo.

Kwara
14 rural communities across three existing 16 in Kwara State had in the last one month been connected to the National Grid.
The development formed part of the state government’s plan to electrify 105 rural communities in the state before the end of this year.
The 14 beneficiary communities are Odone, Budo Oba/Aikojo, Ile Apa, Isokun/Oloyin and Onikoko all in Ilorin East Local Council.
Others are Ayedum, Ilale, Igosi/Igba, and Erinmope, in Oke Ero council.
From Ifelodun local government area are; Omi-Aro, Ita Olomo, Alomi Laya/Amoyo, Sango/Tayo Atada Aja Ali and Okaka/Ajibowo.
The state commissioner for energy, Alhaji Zakari Mohammed Tuesday at a press briefing in Ilorin, said work in 60 other communities had reached to 70 per cent completion.
Besides, 10 others have been completed between 40 and 50 per cent level mile 10 others with poor terrain would be completed by the first week in December.
The state government under a joint project endeavour with the councils, has earmarked a sum of N1.2 billion for the project.
While the state will pay 60 per cent of the total fund, the council swill contribute 40 per cent.
The commissioner said that the government’s plan was aimed at reducing the high rate of rural/urban migration and encourage the establishment of cottage industries across the state.

Ekiti
Following expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to government by leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ekiti State, within which to pay the workers September and October Salaries workers in the state Thursday embarked on a two-day warning strike to press home their demand.
However, there was a twist as the Public Service Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) immediately dissociated itself from the strike.
In its reaction to the development the state government, which denied owning the workers, described the leadership of the labour union as agents of destabilization.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, queried the rationale behind the warning strike, saying that the salaries had been paid up to date.
The Ekiti State chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), Messrs Joseph Arogundade and Raph Kolawole, respectively, in a statement Wednesday, alleged that their demands had not been met by the state government.
Ojo-Lanre described the labour leaders as agents of destabilization, adding that in some states, they are owing seven months, if they go on strike, government may down size, saying that the labour leaders should come and discuss.

Osun
Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello, has officially declared the seat of Osogbo state constituency vacant following the Monday judgement of Appeal Court that ordered the nullification of the election.
The Court of Apeal sitting in Ibadan had in a judgement read by Justice Dauda Bagge, ordered a re-run in state constituency within 60 days.
The court also ordered Akintude Adegboye of AC representing the constituency to vacate the seat immediately.
The Progress Peoples Alliance (PPA) had challenged the validity of the election on the ground that it was excluded from the polls by INEC.
In his comments, Bello charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to, in no distant time, fix a date for a re-run that will afford the Osogbo State Constituency representation in the state parliament.
The speaker said with the current arrangement, the state parliament now has its members reduced to 25 from 26, until there is an election to produce a representative of Osogbo in the Assembly.

Abuja
The first step towards implementating the health sector component of vision 20:20:20 through a Presidential Health Summit is being taken by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).
At a media briefing in Abuja, Minister of Health, Prof Babatunde Osotimehin, announced that the summit scheduled for yesterday and today is entitled, accepting Collective Responsibility for improving our health in Nigeria. It is aimed at engaging the governors towards obtaining their commitment in the on-going efforts to meet the health needs of the people and the achievement of the seven-point Agenda of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
According to Osotimehin, the summit which will be in two parts, will feature a draft agreement on the health agenda and the way forward.
This will undoubtedly position the state and the local councils to achieving participate in the delivery of healthcare at their various levels.
As part of the expected out come, Osotimehin said, a partnership agreement known as National Health partnership declaration and mutual Accounting, for measurable Results which will reflect key and measurable deliverables within the health sector that will benefit the majority of our people in the short, medium and long term, will be developed.”

Ondo
The rank of Labour Party (LP) members in Ondo state swelled at the weekend in Ofon, headquarters of Ose Local Council, when hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithfuls defected to the ruling party.
Led by former Chairman of the Board for Technical and Vocational Education during the last PDP administration of Dr Olusegun Agagu, Elder Samuel Aborowa, the decampees, at an impressive rally, said they decided to join the LP because of the leadership style of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The Aborowa group in the PDP, which claimed to have thousands of supporters at the grassroots, said its movement out of the party has sounded its death knell in Ose, reputed to be one of the councils with high voter population.
Justifying the movement at the rally which was attended by a colorful array of LP chieftains led by Deputy Governor, Alhaji Alli Olamusi, Aborowa said, “The Labour Party is made up of progressives, peace-loving and caring people. With the few months they have governed the state under the leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, they have embarked on many projects that are people-oriented.”

Taraba
Both the Taraba State radio and television have not been functioning for over a month due to use of obsolete equipment.
Unlike the television which still manages to transmit for about three hours daily, the radio station has totally been out of transmission.
The reasons according to the General Manager, Sani Sule Sale, are connected with lack of equipment which include power generating sets, transmitters, etc.
“There are other problems which we have been reporting. Personally, I know that a radio station needs additional back up. You cannot have a station where only one transmitter will be working daily without a back up,” he said.
Saleh, who spoke Tuesday with pressmen at the station’s premise, described the transmitter as “the heath of the radio that can fail at anytime.”

Oyo
Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Muruf Atilola has declared the seat for Akinyele Constituency One, hitherto occupied by his deputy, Jelili Adeleke, vacant following the nullification of his election by the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal, by unanimous decision on October 29, 2009, nullified Adeleke’s election, owing to unlawful exclusion of the Labour Party (LP) Logo from the ballot paper, and ordered a re-run within 60 days.
LP’s candidate in the election, Mukaila Akinrinade, had petitioned the tribunal on the unlawful exclusion whose decision the appellate court upheld.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed November 14, as the re-run day in the constituency, as well as the Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal Constituency where the election of Folake Olunloyo-Osinowo, had also been nullified by the same appellate court.
However, as the speaker declared the seat vacant, attempt for and election into the vacant deputy speaker seat in the Assembly was resisted by Atilola Ajekiigbe, of the action congress (AC).

Middle Belt
In response to the on-going clamour for constitutional reform, the middle belt forum has demanded for the implementation of true federalism in the country, insisting that every state in Nigeria should take total control of their resources and pay 75 per cent tax to the federal government while developing and controlling the resources.
The forum also called on the federal government to create a special savings fund through which the effects of the proposed deregulation could be cushioned.
In a statement signed Wednesday by the National Chairman of the Forum, Mr Williams Juta, and National Publicity Secretary. George Ohemu, the forum said the proposed 10 per cent stake in the oil industry for the oil producing states will become unnecessary once this fundamental issue is addressed through constitutional amendments.

Kaduna
Legal practitioners from all over the federation have converged in Kaduna for the third yearly conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs Farida Waziri, are expected to speak at the event.
In a statement issued yesterday, NBA National Publicity Secretary, Murtala Abdulrasheed and Chris Nnoli, secretary publicity sub-committee of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), said the theme of the two-day conference, “legal practice” changing times, changing strategies,” will feature Bernard Sullivan as the keynote speaker.
The Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola will be the session chairman with the topic, “when financial transactions become financial crime the powers of regulatory bodies and judicial institutions.”
Other lead speakers include Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Prof. Joe Goldface-Orokalibe, former president of the association, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Alhaji Ganiyu Ogunlaye.

Niger
Crisis of confidence rocking Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn for the worse Wednesday, as the former National Vice Chairman, North Central, Alahji Abubakar Magaji, resigned his membership from the party in a letter addressed to his ward chairman, dated October 22, 2009.
“I here tender my resignation as a member of the PDP. Consequently, I am also withdrawing my membership of the party. Also I no longer wish to belong,” he said.
Magaji was one of the three founding fathers of the PDP in the state. “I pray to God to give our leaders the fear of God and conscience to do right,” he said.
Another party stalwart who is equally a founding father of the party in the state and also served as the chief political adviser of the immediate past administration, Alhaji Mokwa has also resigned his membership from PDP.
In is letter dated November 3, 2009, he said “I have the singular honour to inform you that I wish to tender my resignation from the PDP. “It is worthy to note that this is without prejudice to any ulterior motive or bad feelings against anybody or other members of the PDP family in general,” he said.
“I still remain a good friend and brother to you and other good people of Niger State in general,” he concluded.

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NDLEA Arrests 72-Year-Old Man, Five Others Over 5,721.92kg Of Hard Drugs

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A 72-year-old man and five undergraduate students are some of the suspects the NDLEA arrested in a week-long operation to seize hard drugs and arrest offenders.
The raids, across nine states and at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, yielded 5,721.92 kilogrammes of Indian hemp and other drugs.
The 72-year-old man, Emmanuel Akanbi was arrested at Odofin Camp, Uso, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State with 2,050kg of Indian hemp.
The varsity students belong to the American University of Nigeria, (AUN) Yola, and the University of Maiduguri.
NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi said in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja that one Okorie Onyeribe was arrested at the MMIA on December 3.
He was attempting to export 21.85kg of Indian hemp concealed in foodstuffs to London.
Babafemi stated that two students, Emmanuel Thlama and Jonah Joshua were arrested with 16.750kg of Indian hemp on Nov. 30 when NDLEA operatives raided a settlement opposite Gate 4 of the University of Maiduguri.
He added that the three other students, Ekene Asher, Daniel Alkali and Emmanuel Smooth are undergraduates of AUN. They were arrested on Dec. 2.
Babafemi explained that their arrest followed their receipt of “Loud’’ a very strong variant of Indian hemp ordered by Asher.
“Equally, ThankGod Danladi who completed a jail term in October was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 1 with 67 kilograms of Indian hemp in a raid in Taraba.
Also on Dec. 2, NDLEA operatives intercepted a motorised concrete mixer truck used to conceal 2000.6kg of Indian hemp loaded at Ogbese, Ondo State.

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Enugu Rehabilitates Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, inspected the ongoing comprehensive overhaul of the pitch of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu,  to bring the stadium at par with international standard.
It would be recalled that the Gov. Ugwuanyi administration recently awarded contract for the upgrade of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium pitch with the installation of state-of-the-art turf in line with the requirements of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Licensing Regulation on sports infrastructure and facilities.
Speaking during the inspection, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Manfred Nzekwe, who led Gov. Ugwuanyi to the site, disclosed that the discarded turf was installed 12 years ago, precisely in 2009 and has not been changed since then until the current intervention by the present administration in Enugu State.
Hon. Nzekwe pointed out that, although the state government had been maintaining the pitch and other infrastructure at the Stadium, prior to commencement of the upgrade, Gov. Ugwuanyi administration decided to install a new pitch as part of its concerted efforts at upgrading the stadium to international standard.
The Sports Commissioner added that there had been a yearly routine maintenance of the turf and other sports facilities in the stadium since the inception of the present administration, commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for his commitment to youth empowerment and sports development in the state.
Reacting, a cross section of jubilant sports enthusiasts who witnessed the governor’s inspection tour of the ongoing works at the stadium applauded him for the remarkable intervention and other efforts of his administration in repositioning the sports sector in the state.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Firm Inaugurates 100-Tonne LPG Plant In Katsina

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A 100-tonne Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant constructed by the Buterny Energy Company was inaugurated on Saturday in Katsina.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylvia, during the launch said the plant was coming at the time several projects that would address gas availability, accessibility and affordability in the country were being put in place.
Sylvia, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, added that the pricing of gas was currently a major threat to the availability and affordability of the fuel in Nigeria.
“The Federal Government was leveraging the gas pricing framework and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) gas development fund to create an appropriate funding model to support off-take of the gas, especially among vulnerable groups.
“I cannot complete this speech without touching on pricing which is a major threat to gas affordability and gas penetration.
“It is, therefore, expected that the economy of Katsina State and indeed the North-West and the whole of Nigeria will benefit from socio-economic spin ups associated with the gas value chain,” he said.
The minister added that smaller countries with less gas reserves than Nigeria such as Kuwait have higher per capita consumption of gas due to their investment in gas infrastructure.
He urged Butane Energy to make their plant a role model of LPG depots by deploying technology to drive market penetration, creation of financial instruments to incentivize off-take of its bottled gas.
“And also investment in human capital development to attract and retain a resilient workforce and operation in a globally acceptable and responsible manner,” he said.
Butane Energy Chair, Alhaji Isah Inuwa, said the aspiration of the company under the first phase of investment programme was to have five plants in the Northern Nigeria.
“Kano will have 180 metric tons, in Bauchi, 120 metric tons, in Abuja, 180 metric tons and in Kaduna, 180 metric tons.
“Today, we have finished the designs of Kaduna and Bauchi plants and by God’s grace, we are going through the contracting processes between December and January, and it is our hope that before the end of January, construction work will start.
“By April, we will start Kano and Bauchi plants with a combined tonnage of 360.
“Our expectation is that by September 2022, we will have completed five plants with a total capacity of 820 metric tons and we will have the capacity to process 9,200 12.5kg cylinders per eight hour shift per day.
“We would have invested nearly N3 billion by the end of the first phase of our development programme. We expect annual gross revenue of these five plants to be more than N20 billion.”

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