The Maigatari Local
Government Council of Jigawa State has recruited 60 casual staff as
environmental workers to enhance sanitation services in the area.
The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Isa Zakari, disclosed
this when the state Commissioner for Environment, Hajiya Hassana Adamu, visited
the council, in Maigatari.
Zakari said the workers were engaged to ensure prompt
clearing of drains and the evacuation of solid wastes dumped at various sites
in the area.
He said the council had also concluded arrangements to enact
a by-law to ban indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the area.
Responding, the commissioner urged the people to clear
culverts and drains to control flooding in the area.
The Kano State
Government has ordered the immediate closure of Triumph Publishing Company in
Kano, publishers of the Triumph group of newspapers.
Dr Umar Faruk, the Commissioner for Information, who
announced the closure while speaking to newsmen on Thursday, said the action
was necessary to facilitate some restructuring of the company.
Faruk said that the decision to close down the newspaper was
taken at Wednesday’s state executive council meeting, pointing out that the
government had ordered the payment of outstanding three months salary to the
members of staff of the company.
The commissioner said that freelance journalists, as well as
consultants, were to report to the office of the Head of Service of the state
to facilitate payments of their entitlements.
He said the newspaper staff would be posted to other
agencies and ministries.
The Nigeria Police
College, Kaduna has said that it found a robbery suspect among recruit
constables undergoing training in the college.
The Commandant of the college, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, told
newsmen in Kaduna that the suspect was named by members of his gang after they
were arrested by the police in Abuja.
The commandant said details of the suspect’s identity were
forwarded to the college, which withdrew, arrested and transferred him to the
appropriate police unit for investigation.
Rufai said the suspect was among 25 recruits the college
disqualified for various inadequacies identified during training, pointing out
that some of the students were found to have presented forged school results
and others had criminal records, “while some were withdrawn based on health
Rufai noted that the college would continue to screen “unfit
persons” out to ensure that only those with good knowledge and character were
allowed to train as policemen and women.
Government in Katsina State has begun the distribution of pesticides worth N2
million free of charge to farmers as assistance toward preventing crop damage
in the area.
Alhaji Sama’ila Kira, the Council’s Caretaker Committee
Chairman, said in Musawa, Katsina State, that the initiative was conceived due
to the financial difficulties faced by farmers and to serve as an encouragement
to smallholder farmers.
Represented by his deputy Alhaji Babangida Musa, his deputy,
Kira said the support would also enhance food security, noting that increased
harvest was expected considering the farmers’ huge investments.
He said that a committee had been constituted to ensure that
smallholder farmers who needed such support benefitted from the gesture, adding
that the council, has provided farming support to both rainy season and
irrigation farmers to reduce poverty and facilitate people’s engagement toward
ensuring food security.
The Kogi State Government has warned people displaced by the
recent flood disaster in the state not to go back to their houses for now.
The government gave the warning in a statement signed by the
state’s Director of Information, Mr James Adedoyin, and issued in Lokoja on
The statement said the warning became necessary when
government observed that some victims in various camps had started leaving for
their homes, due to the noticeable decease in water level of the River Niger.
The release said some of the houses that had been under
water for several days might not be habitable as some of them were already
It said that in line with the promise made by the state’s
governor, Capt Idris Wada, government would conduct integrity test on buildings
that were submerged to ensure that they were safe for haibitation.
State Government plans to spend N3.1 billion on
state-of-the-art aviation infrastructure to make the state the hub of aviation
services in West Africa.
Dr Abubakar Kanike, the Commissioner for Works and
Transport, made this known when the National Good Governance Tour team visited
the state-owned aviation college and cargo terminal in Ilorin.
He said the state government had spent N1.2 billion on the
establishment of a world-class aviation college, while N1.9 billion was spent
on the construction of the cargo terminal.
On the aviation college, Kanike said the state government
had provided modern facilities for Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot
Licence training, noting that a lot was also spent on acquiring the
multi-engine qualification for the ICAO certified pilots.
A total of 200 men of
the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
are currently undergoing training in arms bearing and physical drilling, The
Mr Sunday Eromosele, a spokesman of the NSCDC, told NAN in
Lagos on Thursday that the trainees were expected to go through the general
rudiments of arms bearing, physical drilling and mental alertness.
According to the NSCDC spokesman, the training, taking place
at the NSCDC Camp in Badagry, became necessary in view of the security
challenges currently facing the country.
“The NSCDC Act of 2007 empowers the Corps to have Arms
Squads in all the state commands throughout the federation.
“The Lagos State Command has begun the first in the series
of such trainings, and it is being administered by the Nigerian Army,”
The Ogun State Bureau
of Local Government Pensions on Thursday said it had disbursed N1.6 billion as
monthly pensions to retired local government and primary school workers.
Alhaji Ade Momodu, Permanent Secretary of the bureau,
announced this during an oversight visit by members of the Ogun State House of
Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Momodu said that the money was paid between January and
He said that pension was paid from the monthly allocation
the bureau received from the Joint Allocation Account Committee (JAAC).
“The bureau has also paid N643.3 million as gratuities to
retired local government staff, as well as primary school teaching and non
teaching staff between January and September 2012.
In an effort to
further prevent flooding in Ondo State, the state government has approved the
purchase of additional Amphibious Excavator for dredging of rivers and other
The Director, Ecology, Ministry of Environment and Mineral
Resources, Mr Olumide Kinga told The Tide on Thursday in Akure that the
ministry was taking every precautionary step to tackle the challenge.
Kinga said that the ministry had in the past three years
undertaken enlightenment campaigns to educate the people on how to properly
dispose their refuse.
“We made them to know the danger in dumping refuse into
gutters, streams, rivers and other waterways, we told them such action will
block the free flow of water, causing flood and damages to lives and
The Director, Centre
for Distance Learning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Bode
Asubiojo, says the university would
close its study centres in compliance with the National University Commission’s
Asubiojo told The Tide on Thursday in Ile-Ife, that the
commission directed that such centres outside the main campus of the university
should be shut.
The professor of chemistry said: “ There is not going to be
study centres run by the university any more outside the main campus, what we
are presently doing is a mop up to pave way for e-learning programme.
“We are planning a programme whereby lectures will be
recorded and then super-imposed on key-points; we want to be doing distance
learning in a proper way that meet international standard.
The Yakubu Gowon
Foundation (YGF) is organising a national essay competition for serving
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, Mr. Dan Tenshak, the Chief
Executive Officer of the foundation, has said.
Tenshak told our correspondent in Jos that the essay
competition was part of the activities to commemorate the 78th birthday of the
former Head of State, Dr Yakubu Gowon.
He said that the 2012 YGF essay competition, with the topic,
“Harnessing Our Diversity and Strength for National Development’’, would be
organised in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and NYSC
He stated that the competition was aimed at keeping the
mandate of upholding worthy values and legacies of leadership in the nation.
Taraba State House of
Assembly on Thursday in Jalingo removed the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sani
Abubakar, from office.
The action followed the assembly’s adoption of the
recommendation of the seven-member Judicial Commission of inquiry set up by
Justice Josephine Tuktur, the acting Chief Judge of the state.
The commission, with Mr Usman Dangiri as Chairman, was set
up to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor.
Dangiri, submitted the findings of the panel to the plenary
sitting of the assembly on Thursday, saying that the deputy governor was found
guilty of the three allegations against him.
The report said Abubakar used his office to divert MDG
projects to Yagai Academy, a private school, which belonged to him.
Similarly, the report stated that the deputy governor was
guilty of using his office to influence the posting of an officer and
interfering in the affairs of his Karim-Lamido Local Government .
The Zamfara State
Government is to plant 1.5 million mango seedlings under a special irrigation
farming programme aimed at facilitating rural economic development.
The Consultant for the programme, Alhaji Abdulkadir Nasir,
told our correspondent in Gusau on Thursday that 14 local government councils
would partner with the state government on the programme.
“The idea of involving the local government councils is to
ensure that the pilot programme is replicated in all the councils for maximum
impact across the state.“
He said the programme was designed by the state government
to build the productive capacity of the rural farmers, train them in planting
and rearing of economic trees.
According to him, the goal is to address extreme poverty
among the rural adding that the mango seedlings had been raised at various
nurseries in the state and would soon be distributed for planting.
Lawmaker Charges Politicians On Electoral Promises
A Lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland, Federal House of Representatives, Mr Olanrewaju Oshun, on Saturday charged politicians to fulfil their electoral promises to the masses, to continually gain their trust.
Oshun said this in an interview with The Tide’s source after casting his vote at PU 03, Ward 008, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, for the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in Lagos.
According to him, Nigeria’s politics has changed to an era where electorate expect that only politicians who deliver on their mandate should be voted for.
“At this era, politicians must understand the fact that they need to fulfil their electoral promises and be close to the people.
“The masses are more conscious that it is only politicians who perform well that should earn their vote”, he said.
Oshun expressed optimism that the will of the people would prevail in the elections, having voted for their choices.
On his assessment of the election, he lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for improving on the conduct of the election, compared to the performance of the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
According to him, the INEC officials arrived early at most polling units across the state, the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) functioned effectively, while the overall process of the election was seamless.
“There is a great improvement in the conduct of the election, compared to the hitches we had at the last election.
“People have voted and made their opinion known, so it should be counted and let the best candidate win”. he said.
The lawmaker noted that the turnout for the election was impressive.
Oshun said, “one cannot say there is voter apathy as such, as reported in some quarters because people cast their votes in few minutes and left almost immediately.
The source reports that Oshun was re-elected during the Feb. 25 National Assembly Election to represent his constituency.
ICPC Arrests Four Vote-Buyers In Sokoto, Katsina
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) arrested four vote-buyers in Sokoto and Katsina states during the just-concluded Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections last Saturday.
In its election monitoring operations across the states of the federation, officers of the anti-corruption agency encountered some vote-buyers at Kauran Miyo Primary School in Bodingo Town of Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The Spokesperson, ICPC, Azuka Ogugua, revealed this on Saturday night in a statement obtained by The Tide source.
She noted that the Sokoto State monitoring team of the commission arrested three male vote-buyers; Mahe Bello, Musa Adamu and Mustapha Mohammed, all of Kauran Miyo Bodinga.
Ogugua said, “Mahe Bello was caught in possession of a cash sum of N38,000, two PVCs, one ATM card and an Infinix phone, while Musa Adamu had CFA228,000 in his possession which was being offered to voters. The third suspect, Mustapha Mohammed, was arrested with some PVCs in his possession”.
According to her, the ICPC monitoring team, however, came under attack while carrying out the arrest of the three vote-buyers.
This was as she noted that an officer of the commission, Rabiu Ibrahim, suffered a head injury from being hit by stones, and has been admitted into a hospital and he is in a stable condition.
She added that the three alleged vote-buyers were kept in the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps before being conveyed to ICPC’s detention facility in Sokoto.
In a related development, the ICPC election monitoring team in Katsina State arrested one Tanimu Tabale for vote-buying at Tashar Yamma Polling Unit in Zango Local Government Area of the State.
Tabale, a 35-year-old man, claimed he was an observer in Makama Polling Unit but was arrested at Tashar Yamma Polling Unit with the sum of N20,000 in different denominations attempting to buy the votes and was apprehended.
Elections: LG Chairman Lauds Officials … Says No Security Breach In Keffi
Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area (LGA), Nasarawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Baba-Shehu, has lauded concerned officials for ensuring the absence of security breach during Saturday’s elections in the area.
Baba-Shehu gave the commendation while speaking with Newsmen shortly after the State’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Keffi.
Baba-shehu noted that the success recorded was as a result of the zeal and commitment of security agencies in the area.
According to him, officers of the concerned security agencies worked hard to ensure no one carried out any act that would destabilise the peace being enjoyed in the area.
“So far, as the Chief Security Officer of the area, I have not received any report of any breach in security and that is because our security personnel are up and doing.
“All the security agencies in Keffi LG did what they know best and what was expected of them. They were in every corner of the community”, he said.
Baba-Shehu who stated that the peaceful conduct of the elections in the area was commendable, and lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for ensuring the process met Nigerians’ expectations.
“I also have to commend INEC officials because the electoral materials reached polling units in good time and the election process also started early. So, there was no complaint of delay of accreditation or voting in Keffi”, he said.
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