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Bauchi

The Bauchi State Government says it spent more than N160 million on implementing its Nomadic Education Programme.

Governor Isa Yuguda said this in Bauchi while giving account of  his stewardship in the last three years.

Yuguda said the amount was spent  to enhance access to quality education for nomadic children.

He said N60 million and N110 million were allocated to nomadic education sector in 2008 and 2009 fiscal years respectively.

 The governor said more than  N30 million was spent on the purchase and distribution of assorted text books.

 “N20 million was spent on the rehabilitation of the Agency for Nomadic Education office complex and to provide two vehicles.

Benue

The Minister of State for Information and Communications, Mr Labaran Maku, has appealed to politicians not to allow political differences to becloud their sense of patriotism.

 He made the call while paying tribute to the late Baver Dzeremo, a member of Benue House of Assembly, during a valedictory session in his honour on Monday in Makurdi.

 The late legislator, who represented Tarka State Constituency, died on May 21in Makurdi, three days after his return from Germany where he had undergone treatment for five months.

According to the Minister, all politicians are supposed to be guided by ideas because “in a society without commitment to ideas, people use platforms of ethnicity and religion to have their way.”

 

FCT

The Minister of  State for Health, Alhaji Suleiman Bello,  says  inadequate access to information on health management is responsible for the high rate of  teenage pregnancy and drug abuse.

Bello said this in Abuja on Tuesday while declaring open the National Consultative Forum for Advancing Young Peoples’ Health and Development in Nigeria.

The minister said poor nutrition, unemployment and increased drug abuse due to lack of information had severe consequences on the health and development of young people.

He said young people between the ages of 10  and  24 were largely affected, adding that efforts  must be made to ensure that health issues of young people were properly addressed.

 

Gombe

The Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) spent N1.6 billion on various projects in 2009, the Chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Elnafaty, said on Tuesday.

Elnafaty told  newsmen in the state capital that the amount was spent on the construction of 200 new classrooms.

He listed the other projects as the renovation of 400 classrooms, provision of furniture and instructional materials as well as teacher training and workshops for all UBE teachers across the state.

According to the SUBEB chairman, the projects, which started last year, are expected to be completed by the end of June.

He appealed to the private sector to assist the state government in  improving educational standards. 

 

Kaduna

The National Population Commission  (NPC) in Kaduna, has called on  local governments to enforce the registration of births and deaths.

  The commissions ’ vital registration Head of Department, Malam Umar Adamu made the call in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.

  Adamu said both registrations were useful for national planning and school enrolment.

He expressed regret that in spite of the N25 million that was released by the Kaduna State Government in 2009 for the training of village scribes on birth and death registration, the response had not been encouraging. 

  According to him, if the government made it mandatory for children to present their birth certificates before school enrolment, it could  have received a more favourable response from  parents.  

Katsina

The Katsina State Government has spent N1.2 billion on the construction of  5.5 kilometres of dual carriage roads in Dutsin-ma town.

The Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Works and Housing, Alhaji Danjuma Alti, said this in an interview with newsmen in Katsina recently.

He said that part of the money was also used in the construction of drains along some major roads and the provision of solar powered security lights.

 ”The road has since been completed and has been put into use,” he said.

He said the completion of the project  brought to five, the number of such roads completed in five of the seven old local government headquarters in the state.

 

Kebbi

The Election Petition Tribunal in Kebbi has dismissed the petition of Alhaji Samba Aliyu (DPP) challenging the election of Alhaji Atiku Bagudu (PDP) in the Kebbi Central Senatorial by-election held in December 2009.

 

The Tide’s source reports that the Kebbi Central senatorial by-election was conducted in December 2009 following the appointment of Alhaji Adamu Aliero as then FCT Minister.

Delivering judgment, Justice Elizabeth Kpojimi, said that the petition was dismissed for want of evidence.

She said that the petitioner failed to convince the tribunal beyond reasonable doubt that the respondent had been indicted by any competent court on allegations of mismanagement of public funds.

 

Lagos

A cleric, Dr Fred Odutola, in Lagos said communicating in mother tongues will promote literacy and help children to imbibe good morals.

Odutola, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN),said in an interview with  newsmen that speaking and writing in vernacular sensitised children to societal values.

“It helps literacy a lot; there are certain things in a language that you cannot translate into English,’’ the cleric said.

 He added that it would also enable children to identify with their origin and its norms.

  “Our languages are rich in culture and morals. There is respect in our language,’’ he said.

The cleric warned that the lack of speaking of mother tongues would force some languages into extinction and make some Nigerians to lose their identities. 

Ogun

Acute shortage of potable water has become a source of serious worry for residents of Ijebu-Ode, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Some residents who spoke with The Tide’s source, appealed to both the state and the local governments to urgently find a lasting solution to the problem.

They said that many people were now buying water or fetching from nearby rivers to meet their daily needs.

They said that if the water problem was not resolved on time, it might lead to the outbreak of water-borne diseases even as water hawking business was booming.

The development, it was learnt, has made many residents to embark on an endless search for potable water.

The residents urged the government to pay adequate attention to the Iyemoji Dam, said to be the major source of water for the town and its environs.

 

Ondo

The Ondo State House of Assembly has acknowledged the receipt of the names of two indigenes of the state, nominated for the post of commissioner by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

 The Majority Leader of the Assembly Mr Ifedayo Akinsoyin,  who the confirmation on Monday in Akure, said the list had been received by the clerk of the House, Alhaji Jaye Dada.

 In a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Rotimi Adelola,on Thursday, Mimiko nominated  Dr Pius Osunyikanmi and Prince Oladiran Iyantan as commissioners.

 Akinsoyin said the Assembly would do its legislative functions right as it had the interest of the state at heart.

 

Oyo

Authorities of the Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan, have  threatened to expel lecturers and students, engaging in indiscipline.

Prof. Babajide Owoeye, Chairman of the Governing Council of the LCU who made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in  Ibadan said that the institution had created an atmosphere of transparency where the interest of everyone was protected.

“There is zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline. And in many occasions, we have had to ask some students to leave.

“Not just students, even members of staff. Once you cannot adapt to our philosophy here, whether you are staff or student, you have to leave,” he added.

Owoey said: “at LCU no lecturer has power to terrorise any student.

“And we will not say that because you are a student, you think that it confers on you the immunity to misbehave. We don’t allow that,” he said.

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Banditry Displaces 151, 380 People In Two Years In Niger

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At least over 151, 380 people, mostly peasant farmers, were displaced by the activities of bandits in the last two years in Niger State, the state government has said.
The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, who addressed a press conference in Minna said the state’s emergency agency compiled the figure.
However, Mr Matane said the figure could be higher as many displaced persons who took refuge with their relatives could not be captured in the displaced persons register.
He said although the state has two official permanent internally displaced persons camps, most of those registered were at temporary camps opened following incidents of attacks.
Matane said the displaced persons were registered in 13 local government areas of the state, with Rafi council area neighbouring Zamfara and Kaduna topping the chart with 28,987 displaced persons.
In Shiroro Local Government Area, 27,678 persons were displaced in the last two years, while in Munya 19, 712 persons were displaced.
There were 11,678 in Paikoro, 22,754 in Mariga and were displaced 8,913 in Kontagora.
Matane said the state has spent over N300 million on the displaced persons within the period, while individual donors and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs also expended millions of naira in support.

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Subsidy: ‘N5,000 Palliative Huge Disgrace’

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The Archbishop of the Enugu ecclesiastical province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma has asked the Federal Government to jettison the idea of paying N5,000 palliative to 40 million Nigerians.
The Federal Government had said the decision was to cushion the effect of the planned removal of fuel subsidy.
But Archbishop Chukwuma, who rejected the removal of subsidy, described the proposed N5,000 palliative “as a huge disgrace.”
He said this during a press conference on the activities lined up for the 50th Anniversary of the Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion.
While noting that the Enugu Diocese was concerned about the level of governance of Nigeria, he added that “we are also concerned about peace and the unity of Nigeria, as well as infrastructural development.”
He called on the government “to be sensitive about the situation of Nigeria; we frown against the killings, the banditry, the kidnappings, inequality, injustice and all the evils.
“Of late, we can see how ‘Mkpurummiri’ is destroying our youths, it is highly condemnable. We are calling on our youths to please avoid this so that they don’t get their heads out of order. This is not how they will become future leaders.
“Right now, I want to say that the government of Nigeria has not treated the South-East fairly; particularly now that we are getting into the yuletide, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway is a total disaster, Enugu-Port Harcourt they are putting it to use but it is not yet complete.
“We are calling on the minister of works to stop playing pranks and politics with the roads in the South-East. Rail transport should also be extended to the South-East; we see no reason the minister of transport should neglect his own zone.
“It is important for our government to know that most youths are angry; they are angry because they are hungry. I just heard about giving N5,000 to 50 million Nigerians, it is a disgrace. It will not bring any positives on our people. We are also frowning at galloping inflation.
“Our naira is becoming useless and something must be done about it. E-naira or whatever is not the solution at all.”
He also called on the residents of South-East not to toy with the on-going voter’s registration exercise, stressing that “these things count; South-East should stop shortchanging themselves; that’s the only way they will have a say in 2023.”
On the Church’s anniversary, Archbishop Chukwuma disclosed that, “It became a Diocese in August 1970; exactly last year August, Enugu became 50 years of its inauguration with the first Bishop, Rt, Rev. Gideon Nweke Otubelu. By the grace of God, he championed the course of Enugu Diocese for 27 years.
“Last year, when it became 50 years of Enugu’s inauguration as a Diocese, we could not celebrate because of COVID; we had to shift it to this year.

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UNICEF Alerts On 152,243 Stunted Children In Enugu

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said on Friday that 152,243 children below five years of age are stunted in Enugu State, Nigeria’s South-east.
Its Planning and Monitoring Specialist, Enugu Field Office, Maureen Zubie-Okolo, disclosed this at a policy dialogue with Enugu State executive and legislative councils on investment in nutrition.
Zubie-Okolo attributed the situation to poor nutrition arising from poor maternal, infant and young child feeding practices during the first 1,000 days of birth.
“In Enugu State, only 7.8 per cent of children below five years of age receive the minimum acceptable diet, while less than one-fifth of children 0-5 months are exclusively breastfed.
“This is a call for both the executive and legislative arms to come together to ensure that nutrition is placed on the government’s agenda,” she said.
She said malnutrition had become a silent emergency with “too little attention”.
She said that the meeting was in line with the Sustainable Development Goals agenda of ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030.
Zubie-Okolo said the goals also included achieving the internationally-agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children below five years of age by 2025.
UNICEF was committed to working with its partners, including the state government to achieve the agenda, she said.
Nutrition, according to her, gets low attention in Nigeria and in Enugu State and, therefore, contributes to the high global malnutrition rates.
She said that investment in scaling-up nutrition would yield immediate returns, save lives, and enable children and their mothers to have a better future.
In her contribution, a nutrition specialist, Chizoba Steve-Edemba, said the nutrition indices in Enugu State were so low and needed to be addressed.
Steve-Edemba appealed to the state government to extend maternity leave of nursing mothers to six months.

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