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Some primary school teachers in Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa have been made to forfeit part of their salaries for being perpetually absent in school.The Education Secretary, Malam Danrimi Ahmed, told the newsmen in Mubi on Friday that the teachers were found wanting by a disciplinary committee.Ahmed said the committee, which found seven of the teachers guilty of absenteeism, made them forfeit certain percentage of their salaries based on the number of days each of them was not in class.He added that the amount deducted from the affected teachers salaries was used to purchase exercise books to be distributed free to pupils as compensation.“We have purchased exercise books to be distributed free to pupils as compensation for the lessons they missed because of the teachers absence,” he added.The education secretary noted that the state government and universal basic education board had provided teaching facilities and effected teachers promotion.





The Head of Agriculture, Bwari Area Council of the FCT, Dr Godwin Abah, says the council plans to boost cassava production in the area.

Abah said in an interview with newsmen in Bwari  recently that the council had received improved cassava stems from the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture toward realising the goal.

“The samples of the improved stems were planted in our farm, it was harvested and what we got has been very good which encouraged us to look for more for our farmers,” he said.

According to him, the improved stems reduce cultivation time.

“When old stock took about three to four years before harvesting, the improved one was only for six months to one year to ripe for harvest.’’

He called on the farmers to visit the agriculture department of the council to get improved stem for trial and to increased cassava production.

Abah said that extension workers of the council were always on hand to advise farmers on ways of improving their productivity.




The Kebbi House of Assembly has closed deliberations for one week to enable members to verify and solve difficulties faced by civil servants over the e-payment system.

The Chairman, Committee on Information and Culture, Alhaji Rabiu Sallah, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi last Thursday that the e-payment consultants would be invited to explain difficulties in the payment of workers’ salary.

He explained that committees of the House had been mandated to embark on fact-finding visits to ministries and parastatal agencies on the e-payment and proffer solutions.

He urged civil servants to be patient while efforts were made to resolve the problem.





 Stakeholders in the oil and gas industry on Friday called on the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently find a lasting solution to the problem

in the power sector.

They told newsmen on Friday in separate interviews in Lagos, that the acting president should find lasting solution to the epileptic power to boost the nation’s socio-economic growth.

Mr Tokunbo Korodo, the Chairman of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas NUPENG , Lagos Zone, said there was the need to enforce total and radical changes in the sector to meet the vision 20-2020.

Korodo said the only way to address the problem of gas supply to the power sector is for the acting president to give a standing warning and instruction to all those concerned in the sector.

He said the epileptic power supply had damaged the growth of the nation’s economy.

Mr lssac Arowolo, the President, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), said the only way to effectively address the issue of gas supply was for everybody to be committed to the set target.

He said apart from gas, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) should also develop another source of power generation and called for proper utilisation of the gas supply.

Arowolo urged the government to urgently work toward the reform to save the sector from total collapse.



Mrs Oluremi Oyo, on Thursday in Akure urged women journalists to embrace capacity building to enable them to cope with the challenges of the profession.

She said that training and re-training were the only way to ensure continuous self-improvement and that “without training, no media woman can meet the challenges of professional demands.”

Oyo spoke at a lecture entitled, “The Media Woman: Challenges, Pains and Gains,” at the 2010 Week of the Nigeria Association of Women journalists (NAWOJ), Ondo State.

“I wish to advise that as a body, you should take the issue of training your members seriously by exploring and exploiting every available opportunity to build their capacity.

“The Internet offers unlimited opportunity for aspiring journalists to develop themselves in various necessary skills for the advancement of their profession.

“I see no reason why journalists should not acquire skills in photography and usage of computer,” she said.

The NAN managing director, who said that the media world would soon experience drastic changes, held that only hard work and tenacity of purpose would see the media woman through.





Mr Sunday Akere, the Director of Publicity and Strategy of the Action Congress (AC) in Osun, on Thursday commended Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on his choice of ministers.

Akere made the commendation in a telephone interview with newsmen in Osogbo.

“Although, I am still watching the trend of events and I am waiting for the screening of the nominees by the Senate but the ministerial list is okay,” he said.

Akere lauded Jonathan for selecting those who were “versatile and competent in politics’’ as members of the Federal Executive Council.

“I am talking of persons like Prof. Dora Akunyili, the immediate-past Minister of Information and Communications,” he added.

Akere said that although he never supported the idea of recycling ministers, the need for experience could not be compromised in a fledging democracy.

He commended Jonathan for being objective and for not playing politics with issues of national interest.

“This is not a matter of pro- or anti-Yar’Adua; it is a matter of those who can effectively manage the country’s affairs. Therefore, there is no room for sentiments,” he said.





Nigeria Customs officials in Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States now use camels to chase smugglers, according to Mr Bitrus Kuyli.

Kuyli, the Comptroller of Customs for the three states, told newsmen on Friday in Sokoto that the animals had made it easier to penetrate the bush parts.

He said that donkeys were also being used as a means of transport in the remotest areas of Kebbi.

“The borders are very long and generally in the bushes hence the need to use the animals.

“The borders are porous and smugglers use all kinds of routes, but the customs officials can penetrate all corners with the use of the animals,” Kuyli said.

The customs chief said that the command was working with traditional rulers in the border communities to check smuggling activities.

“The traditional rulers are expected to assist with information needed to check the activities of smugglers,” he said.





 Governor  Danbaba Suntai of Taraba has said that the peer review initiative of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) will aid national development.

The governor said this on Thursday in Jalingo when he received the peer review team of the NGF.

Our correspondent reports that the team was in Taraba to inspect development projects undertaken by the state government and assess their impact on the people.

‘‘The project monitoring exercise, being carried out by the team, will speed up development in the country and it should be encouraged by all,’’ Suntai said.

The governor expressed optimism that the outcome of the exercise would help in shaping government policies and the governors’ desire to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

NGF Director-General Asishana Okauru, who is the leader of the team, told Suntai that the focus of the exercise was on health, education, agriculture, water and other development issues that would enhance the people’s wellbeing.

He said that the peer review exercise was an initiative which the 36 states governors adopted in 2009 to review themselves with a view of encouraging healthy competition in development programming.





 The Zamfara Government has expressed concern over the activities of land speculators using fake documents to defraud the public in some parts of the state.

Alhaji Bashir Madaro, the Commissioner of Land and Survey, expressed the worry in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday Gusau.

It quoted Madaro as advising the public to desist from land speculation and developing reserved areas meant for public use or face the wrath of the law.

The statement quoted him as urging the public to always transact land businesses with government to avoid being involved in shady deals.

“Appropriate documents relating to land transactions must be obtained from the ministry directly without any mediation, because the ministry will no longer entertain complaints on such issues,’’ it warned.

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Reps Move To Transfer Police To Concurrent Legislative List



The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, and 14 other lawmakers have proposed to transfer the term “police” in the 1999 Constitution from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.
The bill, which comprises 18 clauses, seeks to amend sections 34, 35, 39, 42, 84, 89, 129, 153, 197, 214, 215 and 216 of the constitution.
On February 15, the Federal Government set up a committee to explore the creation of state police given the worsening spate of insecurity across the country.
The Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Francis Waive, said given the fact that the bill was a constitutional matter, the onus was now on the Constitution Review Committee, which rolled out a two-year work plan to deliberate on state police, local government autonomy, fiscal federalism and other items listed for deliberations in the constitutional amendment process.
”The State Police Bill is a constitutional amendment. After the second reading, it was referred to the Constitution Review Committee like all other constitutional amendments. The committee has rolled out its two-year work plan,” Waive said.
The retreat, which will be held in Abuja later this month, will witness collaborative efforts between the Clerk to the Committee on Constitution Review and the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.
In May, the committee will engage with stakeholders, including civil society organisations, to collate inputs after which the committee will call for a public hearing.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Yemi Adaramodu, said both chambers of the National Assembly were ready to amend the constitution to accommodate state police if the decentralisation of the security architecture would end kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, and other crimes being experienced in Nigeria.

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Man Nabbed For Allegedly Keeping Housewife As Sex Slave



A 35-year-old man, Abayomi Babalola, has been arrested by operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Osun State over allegations that he kept a housewife as a sex slave for three weeks.
Disclosing the arrest in a press statement obtained in Osogbo recently, the spokesperson for Osun Amotekun Corps, Yusuf Idowu, alleged that the suspect, living in Modakeke, had used a magic ring made for him by a cleric to commandeer the victim, identified simply as Sofiyat, out of her husband’s house and moved her to Modakeke, where she was kept as a sex slave.
According to the Amotekun spokesperson, luck ran out on the suspect last Friday when he took the victim to Campus Area in Ile-Ife and abandoned her by the roadside.
After Babalola had left the vicinity, the woman suddenly regained her senses and raised an alarm, attracting some Amotekun operatives.
After listening to her ordeal at the hands of Babalola, the Amotekun operatives trailed the suspect to his hideout in Sekona where he was eventually arrested.
The statement further reads, “The suspect confessed that in September, 2023, the victim, Sofiyat, approached him to help her sell her palm oil because that is the business he does.
Along the line, he asked her out, but she refused him, saying she was married. Babalola later approached a herbalist in Sekona who gave him some charms. Since using the charm on her, he claimed that the woman had been listening and following his command.

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Bizman, Chief Task Nigerians On Prayers



Chairman of Bullion Records, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo and the Chief Tofseer of Ilorin Emirate Al- Adaby, Alfa Usman Sannu Shehu have called on Nigerians to continue praying for the country, her progress and for those in government.
They said Nigerians need to constantly pray for their  leaders in government as their actions and inactions will definitely affect the people of the country.
They made the admonition last Saturday while speaking at the Ramadan Lecture (Season 2) organised by Bullion Records in Ibafo, Ogun State.
Ajadi, who was the Ogun state governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the 2023 general elections equally advised the leaders to focus more on the masses.
If we have the mindset of praying for our leaders, I am very sure God will touch their hearts and they will begin to know what the masses are clamouring for.
“So, I will urge the masses to keep praying purposely because of this season of Ramadan and I know God will answer our prayers.
“They have a lot of things to do for the masses because the masses are currently going through excruciating suffering”, Ajadi said.
He called on the Federal Government to create Vocational Centres across the 774 local government areas in the country for the youths to be engaged.
“On the 1st of January this year, you know I advised Nigerian leadership to go and make sure that they open Vocational Centres so that the citizens especially the youths will be empowered.
“This will really help because those that are jobless will have something doing. If the government can do this in all the 774 local government areas in the country, it will help the government to secure a lot of jobs for the youths.
“With this in place, the youths will not be engaged in bad things. They will be engaged and be doing something to keep themselves busy instead of lazy around and becoming the willing tools in the hands of the devil.
“If governments fail to provide jobs for the youths, they should not forget that 2027 is around the corner and everyone’s eye is open now.
“The purpose of government is to provide jobs for the people. Government must therefore empower the youths”, Ajadi said.
Also speaking, the Guest Speaker at the Lecture, the Chief Tofseer of Ilorin Emirate Al- Adaby, Alfa Usman Sannu Sheu said the Country’s leaders needed to do four things to succeed.
“One is that they should return to God. Invite God to guide their decisions. Secondly, is that the subsidy removed from the petroleum products should be used to assist the masses. Thirdly, they should continually think of the welfares of the governed. Giving huge money to the governors to supply palliatives to the citizens is not the solution.
“They should increase the pay of the civil servants, once the people working with governments are well paid, the country will be better. Fourthly, they should always seek the prayers of Nigerians.
“We should be praying for the people in government. Nobody should curse our leaders and the country. If we curse the people in government, it will come back to us. We should just be praying for our leaders and it shall be well for our country”, Alfa Sheu said.
Speaking while delivering his lecture titled, “Submit Yourself To Who God Has Shown Mercy To”, Alfa Sheu said God put people in position of leadership and the best thing is for everyone to accept God’s decision.
“Leadership is through God. It has nothing to do with age, place of birth or the position in the family.
God chooses the leader and we don’t have choice but to accept whoever God has put in position of leadership”, Alfa Sheu said.
The lecture which was spiced with music saw musicians like Alhaji Kehinde Oriyomi, Alhaja Ashabi Modinat Barrytide, Femo Lancaster and Tope Indomie entertained the crowd.
Guests at the lecture include, Ogun NNPP Public Relations Officer, Kehinde Olowu, South West Publicity Secretary of the NNPP, Hon Kilamuwaye Badmus, Hon. Modaowoni.

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