The Director-General (DG) of Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), Hajiya Dije Bala, says the Agency was not responsible for the removal of campaign posters in Bauchi metropolis.
Bala told newsmen in Bauchi that no staff of the Agency was officially directed to remove campaign posters.
The DG expressed surprise that people had resorted to using her staff to achieve their political ambitions.
“I did not direct any of my staff to remove any poster in the state, it is unfortunate that some politicians are using my staff unofficially to remove the posters of their rivals.
“We are aware that some politicians are using our staff to peel off posters meant for political campaigns in the metroplis, but is not official,” she added.
Mr. Dipo Anisulowo, President of Ekiti State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (EKICCIMA) has called on politicians to invest in the economic development of the state.
Anisulowo said at a press briefing in Ado-Ekiti that the state economic development was still at a very slow pace because the state politicians invest solely on politics.
He noted that if the huge sum of money being spent on politics could be spend on economic development, the state would have developed tremendously.
He wondered why politics had become the only major occupation in the state.
According to Anisulowo, the lack of buoyant members in the state chamber is responsible for the low industries in the state.
Besides, he said businessmen who were willing to invest in the state had been prevented from doing so through petitions by those he described as enemies of progress.
Henceforth, singing of the National Anthem during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting has been ruled out, the Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has directed.
Jonathan gave the directive at the commencement of Tuesday’s NEC meeting, which was attended by 24 governors and eight deputy governors.
The Tide’s source observed that the acting President who presided over the NEC meeting, was initially reminded by some governors on the need to sing the anthem, but he did not yield.
He later explained that the banning of the National Anthem and the National Pledge was informed by the advice he received from his protocol officers.
“I was told by the protocol unit that singing the National Anthem during NEC meeting is wrong,” he said.
The Gombe State Government spent about N200 million on the construction and equipping of four skill acquisition centres for women in the three Senatorial Districts in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Fatima Bello, told newsmen in Gombe that the centres were located in Dukku, Gombe metropolis, Shongom and Akko.
Bello said the centres were established to cater for the teeming number of school drop-outs, casualties of early marriage, hawkers and those who were not opportuned to attend any school.
“We are concerned with these categories of people because we want them to be self-reliant and also to reduce the number of dependents in the society,” she said.
According to her, those enrolled in the centre are being taught kniting, tailoring, hair dressing and cookery.
The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) recovered more than N21 billion as “operating soplus” from 18 corporate organisations in 2009.
The Commissioner for Strategic Communications, Mr Adewunmi Abitoye, made the announcement in Kaduna shortly after officials of the commission paid a courtesy visit to Governor Namadi Sambo.
He said the amount was subsequently remitted to the Federal Government’s consolidated account.
Abitoye said that “operating soplus” was the fund generated by corporate agencies outside the budgeted amount for a particular year.
The commissioner, who represents the West geo-political zone on the commission, said the agencies were expected to remit 80 per cent of such fund to the Federation Account.
He said the funds were recovered after the agencies failed to remit the excess funds to the federation account.
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, has urged governors of the 36 states not to divert funds voted for development projects to other purposes.
The emir made the call in Kano when the Peer Review Team of the Nigeria Governors‘ Forum (NGF) Secretariat paid him a courtesy visit.
Bayero said that the call was necessary based on past experience when monies voted for development projects were diverted into private accounts.
He, however, observed that if top government officials were able to shun corrupt practices, the country would be better for it.
This, he said, was because corruption was common among top government officials, adding that unless they were appropriately punished when caught, the vice would continue to thrive.
On the current electricity problem, the emir advised state governors to establish independent power plants, while the Federal Government should find ways of tackling the challenge.
The DIG “A” Department , Nigeria Police Force, Alhaji Uba Ringim, has expressed the police readiness to provide adequate security during and after the 2011 general elections in the country. Speaking when he visited Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State, Ringim said the police force was well prepared to establish peace and order in the country during the 2011 general polls.
“We are training our personnel so that they would be able to move with the challenges of politics in the country,’’ he added.
He, however, said the political situation in the North-West Zone was “very peaceful, especially in Katsina State”.
“The state is very peaceful and the peace situation is due to the state government’s fairness and from the record we receive from the state police command, the state government is all out to protect the life and property of its citizenry,’’ he noted.
The Kwara Government has inaugurated a task force to facilitate the distribution of potable water in the Ilorin metropolis. Speaking during the ceremony, recently the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Abubakar Kannike, said the committee would be in charge of facilitating the distribution of water to the various parts of the city.
Kannike, who is also the chairman of the task force, said that 172 water points had been established under the Kwara State Water Support Scheme to ease the water supply problem. He restated the determination Governor Bukola Saraki to make water available to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
According to him, the governor has approved the establishment of 30 additional water points under the Water Support Services.
He said the government had also approved the purchase of two water tankers and the repair of three others, to complement the 10 existing tankers for the smooth distribution of water to the people.
Scores of widows, artisans and the aged in Odogbolu Local Government of Ogun received cash and working tools from the wife of the state’s governor, Mrs Olufunke Daniel.
Daniel distributed the cash and tools at Ososa during a forum organised by her pet project, Gateway Front Foundation(GFF).
She appealed to the beneficiaries to use the items and money given to them judiciously.
“It is the intention of my pet project, Gateway Front Foundation, to provide succour for the downtrodden and voiceless citizens of this state,” she added.
Daniel urged indigenes of the state, especially philanthropists, to assist the state government in improving the economic fortunes of citizens.
“We must all work together to move the needy amidst us to the next level, that is how to be our brother’s keeper.
The Police Command in Sokoto State has arrested 12 suspected criminals and embarked on the evacaution of used tyres obstructing the free flow of traffic, a statement said.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Lawal Abdullahi, in a statement in Sokoto said the exercise would be carried out in all police formations in the state.
The statement also said that it was part of the measure by the police in crime prevention.
“This is to prevent miscreants and other undesirable elements in the society from taking advantage of such tyres to make bonfires, blockage of the roads or causing havoc in the community.” “It is on record that irate youths on a slight issue take advantage of such tyres as an avenue to cause a total breakdown of law and order,” the statement added.
The statement urged the public to assist the police by removing old tyres from their localities.
The Zamfara State House of Assembly in Gusau has approved a budget of N29.8 billion for the 14 local councils in the state. The House Leader, Malam Mani Mummini, who moved the motion, said that the proposals were rich enough, as they contained development projects in those areas.
Mummini added that some of the councils also focused on the completion of ongoing projects that had direct bearing on the people.
The motion was seconded by Alhaji Yusuf Ahmad Dogon-koli, a member representing Gusau II.
Mummini said that the councils had submitted their proposals to the House at the right time.
He urged the House to approve the budget for the councils to be able to execute development projects at the grass roots.
The House, after going through the appropriation, passed the budget for the immediate execution of the projects.
OYO SUBEB Monitors 2nd Term Unified Exams
Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Aderemi, has announced the commencement of the board’s monitoring of the second term unified examination in all public primary schools across Oyo State.
Adeniran made this known while inspecting schools in Ibadan North-East Local Government area of the state, Wednesday.
He said the motive behind the examination exercise was to ensure simultaneous participation of all schools in the examination process.
The chairman appealed to school head teachers to ensure adherence to the time-table given to them by the State Government.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness of schools and students describing it as ‘quite impresive’.
Adeniran, who said the conduct was smooth, added that efforts and arrangements put in place by the State Government in printing unified question-papers for all schools in the state would ensure better performance of pupils.
According to him, the introduction of a unified examination time-table and questions was to give better credence to the exercise.
He further commended the schools and pupils for their adherence to the examination instructions.
The board’s monitoring team visited schools in Ibadan North; Ibarapa; Ibadan North-West, Ibadan South-West and Ibadan South-East Local Government areas.
VC Advocates Grantsmanship As Condition For Promotion
Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin UNILORIN) Professor Wahab Egbewole, has advocated a restructure of the university system in Nigeria where grantsmanship will be recognised in promotion guidelines.
Egbewole made the suggestion when he received a team of facilitators of the Train The Trainers’ (TTT) workshop on ‘Research Proposal Writing and Grant Management’ in Ilorin, midweek.
Egbewole, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)), identified fundable research grants as one of the problems that researchers in Nigeria are battling with.
The Vice Chancellor lamented that some professors in Nigeria did not know how to write research proposals that can attract so much funding.
According to him, this is where the universities have to focus their attention, while expressing optimism that the workshop initiated by TETFund would facilitate the required enablers.
He, therefore, urged the organisers to put up some measurable indices to evaluate the success or otherwise of what has been invested in the training.
He also encouraged researchers to redirect their energy to publications that are impactful to the society and address local challenges instead of publications that are left to decay on the shelf.
The vice chancellor said that UNILORIN would also organise a similar workshop that would accommodate more staff.
Earlier, TETFund TTT team facilitator, Mr Nuhu Ogirima, said the significance of the workshop was to conduct a stepping down of knowledge earlier acquired by the facilitators on fundable research.
Ogirima explained that Nigeria is struggling among the developing nations because most of the policies of the government are not based on research from academia, which makes them unacceptable by the people.
He observed that there is no difference between academic writing, writing for promotion, writing to impact policy and writing to galvanise the economy.
“TETFund has taken a giant stride towards getting cutting edge research sponsored towards advancing the nation”, he said.
FG Begins Registration Of Medical Laboratories
The Federal Government has begun an online registration of medical laboratories in Nigeria to enhance service delivery.
The Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, Dr Tosan Erhabor, made this known in Abuja, recently at a meeting with stakeholders and the agency’s consultants on automation led by Prof. Effiong Akpan of the University of Calabar.
He called on stakeholders to avail themselves of the great opportunities offered by the new framework to enhance service delivery.
Erhabor said the registration would scale up efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, speed of service delivery, and data collation and management.
According to him, the purpose of the meeting was to enable stakeholders to witness firsthand and possibly critique the ongoing digitalisation of the medical laboratory registration process.
“This is the latest in the series of council processes to be moved from the manual to the digital platform.
“In spite of our meagre resources, the council has successfully transformed other processes including Licensure, Examination, Indexing, Accreditation Service, and External Quality Assurance and now the registration of medical laboratories”, he said.
Erhabor urged medical laboratory proprietors to continue working with the council to enhance service delivery.
He said proprietors would henceforth be able to register their laboratories seamlessly and from their preferred locations without the need to visit the council’s headquarters in Abuja.
“I am pleased to note that automation has raised our profile among stakeholders, and we must commend the consultants for a job well done”, he said.
Responding, Akpan lauded the council management for scaling up hitherto manual processes into the digital environment to enhance service delivery despite the prevailing economic challenges.
“My team and I are proud to be associated with the council and we encourage other agencies should emulate you in this respect”, he said.
Akpan expressed confidence that the stakeholders would also be proud of the council’s efforts.
Recall that in September 2022, the Federal Government threatened to shut down unregistered medical laboratories in the country.
The council was warned not to relent or rest on its oars in the discharge of its statutory duties.
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