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Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has signed the state’s 2012 Appropriation bill of N112 billion.

The governor also signed three other bills namely a bill to amend Local Government Law 2007, a bill to amend Benue Independent Electoral Commission Act and a bill to amend Benue State Electoral Law 2007.

Speaking after appending his signature to the appropriation bill, Suswam said he would ensure that only proposals captured in the budget were funded.

He warned that no ministry, department or agency would be allowed to indulge in extra budgetary spending.

The governor urged commissioners and permanent secretaries to adhere strictly to only provisions captured in the budget.

Earlier, Mr David Iorhemba, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, assured that the legislature would ensure full implementation of the budget through its oversight functions.



The Borno Government said on Tuesday that it would plant two million trees across the state in a bid to check desert encroachment.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Mustapha Hassan,     disclosed this in Maiduguri while speaking with newsmen.

“The state government is working towards planting two million trees as part of efforts to control desert encroachment in the state.

“In planting the trees, we are also hoping to empower rural farmers so that they can generate income from the trees,” Hassan said.

He said that government would soon procure the seedlings, adding that it would assorted economic and non- economic trees.

“Additionally, the government will encourage the establishment of orchards in all parts of the state to further accelerate the programme.”



The Edo State Police Command has deployed the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been deplored to Auchi, to curb the incessant bank robbery in the area.

The deployment was as a result of an agreement between the banks and the authorities for the banks to open for business after a week of closure.

It will be recalled that there has been incessant attack on banks in the area by armed robbers, the latest of which was that of April 9, when robbers attacked bullion vans in the area.

The attack had led to the Edo branch of the Bankers Forum to order banks to close their doors against costumers until the security situation in the area was addressed.

The banks, however, agreed to reopen for business on Monday with strong a condition.



Gov. Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State on Monday urged residents to assist the state government to tackle the current security challenges.

Yakowa, who made the call when he paid sympathy visit to the victims of the Easter day bomb explosion in Kaduna, described the explosion as “unfortunate and unnecessary”.

He said the people must resolve to ensure the security of their environment and to collaborate with security agencies to  safeguard their lives and property.

“Security is the business of everybody, the people in the state should take security seriously, the security agencies can only succeed if we provide information to them.”

He assured the people that the government would continue to partner with traditional and religious leaders to preach peace and unity in the state.

“In the north we have a structure and a system, if properly used, from the chief, the village head to every household, we would be able to resolve the security challenges.”

He commiserated with families of the victims, assuring them that appropriate assistance would be offered to them.



The Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) in Kano State says that it will  construct public conveniences in 12 markets and motor parks in some local government areas of the state.

The decision is part of the renewed effort to check indiscriminate open defecation in public places, especially among villagers in the rural areas.

Alhaji Garba Durbunde, the state Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.

“The toilets to be constructed are modern ones as they will have water and other necessary facilities in them.’’

He also said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had also promised to construct additional public conveniences in some of the local government areas of the state.



The Katsina State Government built 1,172 units of houses for civil servants in  the last four years, Gov. Ibrahim Shema  said.

The governor made the statement in Katsina on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), led by its Executive Director, Alhaji Bello Isah Gachi.

He said the houses were sold at subsidised prices to workers, who were required to deposit 10 per cent of the cost and pay the remainder in instalments for 15 years.

Shema said the 34 local governments in the state had also constructed some houses for workers.

“The gesture is in line with the efforts of government to alleviate the accommodation needs of workers,” he said.

The governor, who described shelter as a ‘’basic necessity in life’’, said the intention of FHA to build more houses in Katsina State was `timely’.

He said the agency’s efforts would complement the effort of the state government to provide more houses for the people.



Residents of Moro, Edu, Patigi and Kaiama Local Government Areas in Kwara have been urged to take proactive measures to minimise damages from heavy rainfall and flood expected due to a forecast.

The Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Hon. Samuel Bamisaiye, gave this charge in an interview in Ilorin.

According to him, the warning becomes necessary in order to minimise damages that may occur as a result of the forecast heavy rainfall and its attendant flood.

He said that after an alert from the Federal Ministry of Environment through its Flood Early Warning System (FEWS), the ministry decided to sensitise residents.

Bamisaiye said there was the need for all buildings and structures along river banks or on streams to be evacuated with immediate effect.



The Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State is organising free holiday lessons for secondary school students, to address the mass failure in O’ Level examinations.

The Chairman of the LCDA, Mr Obafemi Durosimi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the council was worried at the continued mass failure.

Durosimi expressed the hope that the lessons would also divert the attention of students from vices.

“The council has also acquired three buses for the students to facilitate their movement to their various schools.’’



Nasarawa State Government said on Tuesday that it had concluded arrangements to re-equip all public  secondary schools with science laboratories and library facilities to boost education.

Alhaj iHussaini Abubakar, the Commissioner for Education, announced the plan in Lafia at a three-day capacity building workshop for principals and deans of studies of secondary schools.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Hajiya Zainab Abdulmuminin, said the government was worried about the decay of infrastructure in public secondary schools.

He said the development prompted the ministry to evolve a blueprint to boost the study of science and technical education to enable the state to grow technologically.



Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau says his administration will make the state self-sustaining by making agriculture the mainstay of its economy and relying less on the federal revenue allocation.

Jang, who stated this on Monday in Jos when he received participants of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Senior Executive Course 34, said that Plateau was blessed with abundant natural resources.

He expressed regret that the state used to rely on the meagre monthly federal revenue allocation, but assured that it could no longer continue to rely on the federation account and was now developing its huge agriculture potential.



The Sokoto State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to equip the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to enable it to train the teeming youth on new farming techniques.

Kilgore  said in Sokoto that the provision of job opportunities among the youth  would enhance peace and political growth of the country.

He said the directorate should engage the unemployed youth in various methods of modern farming, including dry and rainy season cropping, to ensure massive food production.

The Commissioner said the measure would eradicate poverty in the society, adding that the country was blessed with abundant vast land suitable for various crops production.

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MFN President Lauds IFMA Over Tournament Sponsorship



President of Muaythai Federation of Nigeria MFN, Comrade Paul Egonu has lauded International Federation of Muaythai Association (IFMA) over the sponsorship of about 600 Khru Muaythai, trainers and foreign Muaythai boxers to perform the Wai Khru Muaythai ceremony.

The event was held at the Ancient Olympia Stadium in Greece, the birth place of Olympics Games. It was witnessed by a huge crowd including notable Muauythai athletes all over the world.

Comrade Egonu made the commendation in an exclusive Interview with Tidesports yesterday, shortly he arrived Port Harcourt from MFN meeting in Lagos, saying that the commendation was also borne out of the fact that IFMA made it possible for Muaythai to feature in Tokyo Japan 2020 Olympics as a scoring sport.

He further commended IFMA leaders, Dr. Sakchai Tapsuwan, President Stefan Fox, Secretary-General Janice Linn, Sports Director Dr. Supranee Kuptasara, former manager of the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)Associate Professor Dr. Anan Meksawan, Dr. Chao Watayotha, International Khru Muaythai and other leaders to organise ” Muauythai IFMA Senior World Championship 2024″ in Patras, Greece, May 31 through June 9, 2024.

According to him, over 1,200 Muaythai athletes from 79 countries from five continents participated in the World Muaythai Championship and Muaythai boxers were divided into different categories.

“We commend our Internatiomal body to have successfully hosted Muauythai IFMA Senior World Championship 2024″ in Patras, Greece, between May 31 – June 9, 2024 and sponsor over 600 Khru Muaythai, trainers and foreign Muaythai boxers to perform the Wai Khru Muaythai ceremony in Ancient Olympia Stadium in Greece, the birth place of Olympics Games and prepared to showcase talents at the forthcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

” Apart from that we are also happy that our parent body is making sure that the sport is acceptable in every part of the world including in Nigeria”, Comrade Egonu said.

He use the forum to urge Muaythai athletes in Nigeria to keep faith and their moral high as the Federation awaits Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports to do the needful by recognising Muauythai as a scoring sports in NSF, as they have met the statutory requirements.

” As Federation we have met statutory requirements to be a scoring sports in NSF because we have appeared in three National demonstrations and have two-third of Muaythai athletes in the States which we have achieved since 2006 at the NSF Gateway Ogun State and unofficial demonstration at the 20th National sports Festival tagged Edo2020 NSF held in Edo state”, he stated.

The MFN President also assured Muaythai athletes in Nigeria that they will participate at the forthcoming NSF scheduled to hold in Ogun State next year January.


Tonye Orabere

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Winners-Take-All Approach Detrimental To Political Justice And Unity – Jonathan



Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned that the prevailing “winners-take-all” approach to politics in Nigeria is detrimental to political justice and unity.
Speaking yesterday as the chairman of the national symposium to mark this year’s Democracy Day at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Jonathan emphasised the need for a more inclusive system where parties that perform well at the polls are given a role in governance.
The symposium, which marked this year’s Democracy Day, brought together prominent figures from across the country to discuss the state of democracy in Nigeria and the need for reforms.
Jonathan highlighted the negative impact of the current zero-sum practice, which he said fosters a culture of do-or-die politics. He urged the National Assembly to work out a formula that would ensure parties that score a certain percentage of votes in an election are included in governance, thereby promoting political justice and unity.
“The powers of the presidents are defined by different constitutions and so on and so forth.
“So our National Assembly can also look at models that will suit us. The zero-sum approach, where a party that even sometimes gets 40% of votes, especially at the state levels will have nothing, gives rise to this do-or-die politics.
“That zero-sum approach, I think, is inimical to consolidating and strengthening our democracy.
“Let me conclude by saying that together, we can forge a Nigeria where every citizen has a voice, where opportunities abound, where the promise of a better tomorrow is not just a dream but a tangible reality.
“Let us therefore celebrate this milestone with pride and renewed determination.”
President Jonathan also advised President Bola Tinubu’s administration to ensure that the politics of the next 25 years are transformative and inclusive, saying that there must be a determined effort to dilute the politics of region and religion.
“And I know you and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was a key actor in the June 12 crisis, will have the capacity to navigate through that process.
“I believe this programme and others commemorating this landmark will point the way to that glorious vision and prepare the nation for golden time centenary celebrations of enduring democracy.”
Noting that the path towards democratic consolidation has been a difficult one, he said the return of democracy in 1999, after many years of military reign, signalled a new phase in the national journey and shared vision of unity, peace and progress.
The former president added: “In the last 25 years, we have made modest progress in this regard amid some challenges. As a nation, we built an economy that was once the biggest on the African continent, experienced significant infrastructural growth, made strides in the arts and sports, and recorded many peaceful political transitions at the national and sub-national levels.
“Democracy has also brought about improved access to governance, amplified silent voices and reinforced the idea of sovereignty.
“Whenever I tune in to Nigerian TV stations, especially in the morning and see young men and women discussing and interrogating contemporary political issues and holding leaders to account, I thank God for democracy and appreciate the gains we have made over the years.
“In these 25 years, through four power transitions from one president to another, including the death of a sitting president, we have seen the gradual strengthening of our democratic institutions, the expansion of civil liberties, and the active participation of our citizenry in the political process. This progress, while commendable, also reminds us that our work is far from done.
“It is, therefore, time to make this journey seamless, through good citizenship, patriotic service as well as sacrificial and exemplary stewardship.
“We must continue to build upon the foundations laid, deepen our democratic roots, and ensure that the dividends of democracy are felt by all Nigerians, regardless of their social, economic or geographic status.”
Jonathan also called on the political class and elites to lead by example and work with unity of purpose to guarantee peace, social justice, and effective governance for Nigerian citizens.
He emphasised the need for elected representatives to reflect their roles through their lifestyles and actions.
He said: “For democracy to yield its desired dividend, we the political class and elites must lead by example and work with unity of purpose to guarantee peace and social justice for the citizens. And our lifestyle must reflect that we are elected people.

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Ibom Developers Drive Sustainable Growth Through Skill Acquisition Workshop In Amazaba Community, Akwa Ibom



Skill acquisition is a principal factor for building a successful career, significantly enhancing one’s employability and opening doors to various career opportunities. It serves as a cornerstone for driving holistic development within communities, fostering economic empowerment, and promoting sustainable growth.
Recognising the transformative impact of its ongoing skill acquisition initiatives, Ibom Developers has extended its programme to the Amazaba community in Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa Ibom State, from 3rd to 14th June 2024.
This initiative aims to foster economic empowerment and community development by equipping participants with practical skills essential for economic independence.
During the event, 160 women received intensive training in catering, food hygiene, packaging, hairdressing, wig making, ventilation, and styling over a period of two weeks.
Distinguished guests, including Chief Gogonte Luke Nglass, Chairman of the Amazaba Council of Chiefs, Chief Alexander Ikowa, Village Head of Okorobilom, Chief J.J Job, Village Head of Bethlehem, Mrs. Gloria Gogonte, Vice President of the Amazaba Women Association, and Victoria Solomon Bibama, Assistant Secretary of the Amazaba Women Association, were present.
Grateful for the initiative and its impact on the community, especially in advancing women’s skills, Chief Gogonte Luke Nglass expressed optimism for transformative change, stating, “We are grateful, and we eagerly anticipate witnessing the profound effects of this initiative on our community.”
Skill acquisition empowers individuals to navigate the modern job market, achieve personal and professional growth, and contribute to economic and social development.
Emphasising the role of skill acquisition in empowering women and youth, Victoria Solomon Bibama expressed, “This is highly commendable, and initiatives like these bring us closer to a future where every woman can thrive, and no community is left behind.”
Equipping women with relevant skills, especially in rural areas, expands opportunities for meaningful employment. Ibom Developers’ efforts contribute to building a stronger society, facilitating economic growth and social progress.
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