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An Adamawa High Court presided over by Justice Bamare Bansi, has ordered the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) to pay Adamawa revenue board N73.71 million as tax.

The sum was tax that accrued to Savanah Sugar Company, Numan, in Adamawa between 2002 and 2008 when BPE bought over the company and later resold it to Dangote Group of Companies.

Under the agreement, BPE was to inherit all liabilities of the sugar company and offset same before re-selling it to Dangote.

Records made available to newsmen at the Sugar Estate in Numan, revealed that BPE  failed to offset the liabilities when it sold the company to Dangote in 2008.



The Benue State House of Assembly has passed 25 out of 36 bills it received in two years, the Speaker,  Mr Terseer Tsumba, has said.

Tsumba made this known while addressing newsmen in Makurdi on Wednesday at the ongoing accountability briefing to mark the three years administration of Gov. Gabriel Suswam.

Out of the 36 bills, 35 were sponsored by the executive and one was sponsored by a lawmaker.

According to him, the sixth assembly which commenced business on June 4, 2007 had within the period lost two members of staff.



 A political group, IBB Democratic Coalition (IDC), has called on Gen. Ibrahim Babangida not to relent on his determination to contest the 2011 presidential election.

The group, rising from its maiden meeting in Bauchi on Friday, therefore, called on Babangida to quickly tour the 36 states of the federation.

A communique signed by the coordinator of the group, Alhaji Bello Arabi and Malam Ibrahim Bello, Secretary, said that this would enable Babangida to unfold his agenda for Nigerians.

The group also said that it was committed to the sustenance of democratic rule.



The Ekiti Government has donated 200 teak and melina seedlings to Irele-Ekiti Community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state to boost its tree planting campaign.

The campaign was organised by an NGO, the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Church of Ekiti Diocese.

Making the donation in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Forestry, Prince Olatunde Olatunji, said the gesture was “in line with the state government’s policy of encouraging communities engaging in tree planting exercises for economic and environmental purposes”.




No fewer than 646,700 expectant women and children below age five are to get free longer lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets from the Gombe Malaria Control  Booster Project (MCBP). 

Dr Abel Arnold, the MCBP Project Manager, said in Gombe on Tuesday that more than one million of such nets would be given out during the forthcoming Nets Distribution Exercise scheduled for June 16 to June 19.

  Arnold said at a one-day workshop organised for journalists in Gombe on the role expected of them in the fight against malaria that the use of the nets was one of the ways of preventing malaria, especially among pregnant women and children.

  He expressed regret that due to ignorance on the part of most people, especially the grassroots, the nets had not been put to proper use “even when they are being provided free of charge.  



The pioneer chairman of the PDP,Chief Solomon Lar, has expressed happiness on the return of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the party.

Lar stated this on Friday in Dutse during the inauguration ceremony of nine housing units built by the Jigawa Government.

The houses were dedicated and named after the then G9 which metamorphosed to G18 and later to the 34 who formed the PDP.

Lar said that Atiku never left PDP, adding that it was PDP that left him.

“I am happy to see Atiku here; he is back to his home, PDP, of which he is one of the founding members and he will remain permanently with PDP’’ Lar noted.



Gov Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State said on Friday that the government would establish three fertiliser blending plants in its three Senatorial districts.

Yakowa said this during the launch of fertiliser sales for the farming season at Awai Village in Soba Local Government Area of the state.

He said that when established, the blending plants would enhance the availability of the commodity at all times and at cheaper rates.

“This is a clear indication of the administration’s drive toward the development of the agricultural sector of the state.


Some towns in Katsina State have been facing acute water shortage since the past two months, although the state government has purchased three drilling rigs.

Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that the capital, Katsina and other towns, including Daura, Malumfashi, Mani, Kankia and Dutsin-ma were worse hit by the problem.

The situation has resulted in borehole owners and water vendors making brisk businesses in major towns in the state.

In the Katsina metropolis, water vendors who purchase the commodity at N100 per truck of 10 jerry cans now sell at N30 per jerry can.



The Kogi State House of Assembly on Wednesday called on the state government to constitute a high-powered disarmament committee to mop-up weapons in the hands of warring youths.

The House made the call at a plenary  following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, representing Okene I constituency, in view of violent clashes involving  youths across the state.

Bello said that the phenomenon had constituted serious security threat and outright breakdown of law and order “on virtually every nook and cranny of the state for the past four years.”



The Emir of Yauri in Kebbi State, Prof. Muhammad Zayyanu, has called on Gov. Saidu Dakingari to provide social amenities for the people of his emirate.

Zayyanu, who led a delegation of title holders and top functionaries from the emirate on a visit to Dakingari on Friday in Birnin Kebbi, said the emirate lacked good roads and a water supply scheme.

He called for the rehabilitation of the only dam in the area, considering the relevance of water to human beings and animals, adding that such amenities would facilitate rapid development.

The emir expressed regret that in spite of the presence of River Niger in the area, potable water had not been adequately provided for the people.

Dakingari assured the emirate that some amenities would be provided, stressing that he would personally monitor and ensure that bureaucratic matters did not prevent the area from getting the facilities.



The Kwara Government has again assured the people of the state of its determination to provide sustainable and affordable houses.

The state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Adebayo Ishola, renewed the pledge on Friday in Ilorin.

Ishola spoke at a meeting in his office with Chief Bode Afolayan, the chairman of the firm handling the construction of the estates in the state, and the General Manager of the state housing corporation Architect Salihu Sulieman.

Ishola said that the administration of  Governor  Bukola Saraki was committed to effective delivery of sustainable and affordable housing scheme in the state.



The New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to fully implement the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Uwais-led Electoral Reform Committee.

The party also called for the reconstitution of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the appointment of credible persons into the commission.

The NNPP, in a message to commemorate “Democracy Day” said: “ The voice of the people on electoral reforms must be respected if the nation’s democracy is to survive.”

Dr Boniface Aniebonam, the party’s National Chairman, signed the statement and made available to newsmen in Lagos.



The Ondo State House of Assembly in Akure on Wednesday advised the state government to employ 200 guards to check encroachment in government forest reserves.

 The Assembly upheld the recommendation of the House Committee on Agriculture, which had been mandated to come up with solutions into the problem of encroachment in forest reserves. 



Mrs Omotolani Ogundipe, National President, Prisons Officers Wives Association (PROWA), on Friday attributed the difficulty in sourcing funds for its projects to stigmatisation of ex-convicts.

Ogundipe said this while speaking to newsmen in Ibadan on the sidelines of the inauguration of Oyo State chapter of Prisons Inspectors Wives Association (PIWA).

She said members of the association found it difficult to solicit for funds from philanthropists because the stigma attached to ex-convicts was extended to prison officers and their wives.



Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun on Saturday urged the opposition to cooperate with his administration to move the state forward.

Oyinlola made the plea while addressing the people of the state in a broadcast to mark the seventh anniversary of his administration in Osogbo.

The Osun Governorship Retrial Tribunal on Friday declared Oyinlola of PDP the validly elected governor of the state in the 2007 poll.


The declaration was based on a petition filed by

Mr Rauf Aregbesola, the AC candidate in the election.

The governor expressed his readiness to work with the opposition if it was prepared to contribute to the development of the state.

He urged all political parties to close ranks to achieve a common goal of developing the state.




Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau said his administration would not leave any project uncompleted at the end of its tenure in May, next year.

Jang made the promise in his Democracy Day message to the people in Jos on Saturday, saying: “The era of abandoned projects has come to an end in Plateau.

“Let me assure the people that our administration will complete every project that we started all over the state before the end of my first tenure.

“Some projects were not commissioned this month because Democracy Day is low-keyed but they will be commissioned in October as part of the activities marking Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee.’’

Jang commended Nigerians for imbibing the culture of democracy, which had led to 11 years of uninterrupted civil governance in spite of enormous challenges.

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Foundation Wants Intensified Fight Against HIV Infections



A Non-Governmental Oroganization (NGO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has called on world leaders and stakeholders to redouble efforts towards HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to slow the rising new infection rates.
This is contained in a statement signed in Abuja by the Advocacy and Marketing Manager, AHF, Nigeria, Mr Steve Aborisade, ahead of the World AIDS Day (WAD) yesterday.
The WAD, which has its theme as “It’s Not Over”, seeks to remind world leaders, global public health institutions and civil society that much work needs to be done to end the AIDS epidemic.
Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy AHF, Terri Ford, said the world has come too far in the fight against HIV and AIDS to let the decades of progress slip away.
He, however, urged the world leaders to relight the fire in the HIV and AIDS fight by putting an increased focus on test and treat, as well as also addressing late HIV presentation.
Ford said; ‘We were glad to see the resilience of HIV programmmes worldwide during and after the pandemic.
“However, the latest UNAIDS data shows that the global HIV/AIDS response needs reinvigorating, making the theme even more relevant for this year’s World AIDS Day.
“UNAIDS reported 1.5 million new HIV infections in 2021, which were 1 million more than the global target of 500,000 and an estimated 650,000 deaths from AIDS-related illnesses.
AHF Africa Bureau Chief, Dr Penninah Lutung, said the most recent UNAIDS statistics shows that more than 38 million people were living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.
He added that more than 40 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the HIV epidemic.
He also said millions of people were accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, while more still desperately needed it.
“HIV response in parts of Africa has held strong through the adversity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘`Also new HIV infections are rising in others, and young women and girls remain disproportionately affected, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa”, Lutung said.

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Young Women Need Information, Knowledge On Menstruation -MWAN



The Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Oyo State, says young females need valid information and right knowledge to understand the concept of menstruation.
President of MWAN, Dr Oyindamola Adeyemi, made the assertions in Ibadan, while distributing a book entitled: “What Our Adolescents Are Asking About Menstruation ?” to selected public schools.
The Tide’s source reports that the Association donated the book to four public schools in Bashorun area of Ibadan at an event held at Oba Akinleye Memorial High School, Ibadan.
Adeyemi said the book would empower young girls, parents and teachers with valid information about menstruation, sexual and reproductive health, which she said, had been well researched by a team of experts.
She said that culturally, limited discussions on menstrual and sexual-related matters encourages widespread dissemination of false information.
According to her, this is worsened by our girls seeking answers to their concerns from their peers and social media where they also encounter false information.
Adeyemi said the wrong information, therefore, made them vulnerable for unscrupulous elements in the society to prey on their innocence.
“Therefore, it is important that our young girls have access to valid information, which addresses their concerns and ensures that they are well equipped with the right knowledge they need to understand the concept of menstruation, feel comfortable with it, make the right decisions and ultimately safeguard their reproductive health,” she said.
Also, the State Commissioner for Education, Mr Rahman Abduraheem, represented by Deputy Director Schools in the ministry,Mrs Felicia Oyerinde, charged the girls on some valuable tips to maintaining hygiene.
“Changing your pad every four hours, cleaning your reusable pads properly, keeping your Vaginal area clean and wearing comfortable clean underwear, among many more hygienic ways, which can be cultivated by you all to ensure your wellbeing,” he said.

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Safe Transport, Security, Key To Nation’s Growth, Development – Stakeholders



The Nigerian Army,  alongside other stakeholders have reiterated the importance of safety and security in developing the transportation sector and engendering growth of the nation.
They spoke at the 4th National Transportation Summit of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) in Abuja with the theme “Transport Safety and Security Administration in Nigeria”.
According to the CIOTA President, Dr Bashir Jamoh, the theme is carefully chosen to proffer solution to the challenge of insecurity affecting the various modes of transportation in the country.
Jamoh, who was represented by Prof. Samuel Odewumi of Lagos State University (LASU), said, “this particular summit was on safety and that is the big elephant in the room. All the modes are under threats.
“The air, though regulated by the international agency, has safety as always their first line of consideration in everything.
“The railway that we thought is the safest and easiest, has come under threat and we don’t need to remind ourselves what the situations are now with the rail.
“Water transport is the same thing. The road is not in any way better. It carries about 90 per cent of our mobility but it is heavily challenged.
“So, CIOTA feels safety should be the focus. Transport is at the neck of mobility and economy. So, we must do all we can to secure it.”
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, represented by Mr Cajetan Agu, NSC’s Director of Consumer Affairs, said without security and safety, transport could not develop.
“And transport itself happens to be the catalyst for the development of the economy.
“When you look at the transportation system generally, you will discover that what we have as a system needs a surgical review.
“You can see the sanity on the road when you travel outside Nigeria; so in our capacity as the port economic regulator, what we are charging this summit is to ensure they assist in coming up with standard.
“There must be standard for road, rail, maritime; it is only when we have standard that even the issue of safety and security comes in.

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