Following last Friday’s attack in Ganye in Adamawa, State which led to the death of 25 persons, the police in the state have tightened security in Yola, the state capital.
Investigations in Yola revealed that various check points have emerged on major streets of the state capital leading to traffic gridlock.
When contacted on the development, the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Ibrahim, said the measure was a proactive one.
Ibrahim said, “You saw what happened in Ganye; we don’t want to take any chances. “We need the public support and understanding to ensure security of lives and properties.” He appealed for understanding from the public. fewer than nine out of the 21 local government areas of the state had been attacked within the past one year.
The Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA) has pledged to tackle road accidents and congestion in the state.
The General Manager of the agency, Mr Charles Fasubaa, said in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that his organisation would restore sanity to the roads.
Fasubaa urged reckless motorists and owners of rickety vehicles to stay away from roads in the state.
He said 300 officers of the agency had been provided with kits by the state government during the inauguration of the agency.
“We are determined to curb cases of avoidable accidents on roads within the state and one can only urge drivers to comply with traffic rules and have regard for human lives,” he said.
The general manager warned residents against bribing staff of the agency, saying any officer caught would be arrested and prosecuted.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “for serving the course of justice in the ‘APC’ controversy’’.
CNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Osita Okechukwu, gave the commendation last Tuesday in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja.
“The CNPP salutes the INEC for defending the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by rejecting the registration of the African People’s Congress for irregularities in their application.
“We have always known that African People’s Congress was born out of mischief to sustain the one party state foisted on the people. “As of February 28 when their lawyer, Legal World Chamber, wrote to INEC, the sponsors of the legal team and the protem Chairman of African People’s Congress were bona fide members of PDP,” he said.
Okechukwu said that it could have been a paradox for INEC after de-registering more grounded political parties to go ahead to register “mischief makers and opportunists”.
It would be recalled that three political associations, All Progressives Congress, African People’s Congress and All Patriotic Citizens are claiming the acronym ‘APC‘.
The Birniwa Local Government Council in Jigawa State last Monday, distributed clothing materials worth N700,000 to watchmen and messengers to enhance their operations.
The Director of Personnel Management of the council, Alhaji Zubairu Danfaruwa, said in Birniwa that other items given to the guards include rain boots, umbrella, torchlights and caps.
Danfaruwa said 240 bundles of the materials were shared to 38 watchmen and 25 messengers
The director urged them to reciprocate the council’s effort through hard work and dedication to their responsibilities.
The Head of the Guards, Malam Kura Kadai, thanked the council for the gesture and assured that the affected workers would discharge their duties according to the laid down rules of the council.
The Kaduna State Government is to embark on land administration reform to improve its internally generated revenue, an official said last Tuesday.
The Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Country Planning, Alhaji Sani Aminu said in Kaduna that the reform would help in reinvigorating economic activities in the state.
Aminu said under the reform, land in the 23 local government areas would be fully utilised.
“A greater part of the land mass was under utilised due to ineffective policies. “Only three per cent of land in Nigeria is fully utilised. A lot of people do not have access to land, which is one of the major bottlenecks to land value and utilisation,” he said. He said that the absence of planning in the utilisation of land resources in the country had resulted to low economic value for land.
Operatives of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) last Monday, conducted a house-to-house search in some areas of Kano metropolis. The areas included the Yankaba and Eastern bye-pass roads.
Residents of the areas said that the search started very early in the morning.
A resident, Malam Yuhuza Rabiu, said “the military people moved in very early in the morning. They caught us unawares and we could not move out to our places of work”.
Most travellers coming into the city from the Jigawa, Bauchi and Maiduguri axis were affected by the early morning search as the road was blocked, disallowing movement in and out of the affected areas.
The JTF Spokesman, Cpt. Ikedichi Iweha, could not be reached on the situation as his telephone failed to connect when our correspondent placed several calls to the line.
The Chairman, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Mrs Basirat Babalola, has commended principals of secondary schools in the area over the academic achievements of their students.
Babalola gave the commendation while presenting gifts to students who excelled in the 2013 LEAH Reading competition. LEAH Reading Competition is the pet project of the wife of the state’s governor, Mrs Omolewa Hamed.
The chairman, who was represented by the council’s vice-chairman, Mr Abdulazeez Yakub, commended the award-winning students and their principals for the feat.
“Without mincing words, we are indeed happy for doing the council proud and being good ambassadors of the community. “With these achievements, there is an assurance that the future of our children is bright and we are bold to say that their academic performance has improved tremendously, “he said.
The Local Government Education Secretary, Mr Lanre Balogun, said the students were a pride to their schools, their parents and the entire Kwara South District.
The Police Command in Nasarawa State last Monday in Lafia, paraded two suspects for alleged kidnapping of a minor at Mararaba in the Karu Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abayomi Akeremale, who paraded the suspects, said that the abductors were part of a five-man gang who robbed one Mr Nkereuwem Thompson, a civil servant.
Akeremale explained that apart from kidnapping, the suspects also robbed their victim and his family of their belonging, including cars, laptop, mobile phones and N150,000, at gun point.
The police commissioner said that the suspects demanded N10 million as ransom for the release of the kidnapped minor, adding that the mother of the minor pleaded with the suspects to spare her child for all their property but that they ignored her overture and took the boy to an unknown destination.
Akeremale said the police swung into action by setting up a search party immediately the case was reported at the Mararaba Police Station.
The Ogun Police Command last Monday said it arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly initiating the rape of his two sisters in Ijebu-Ososa area of the state.
The command’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, told newsmen in Abeokuta that the suspect was arrested with two other persons.
“The two other persons arrested with the 40-year-old man are those who eventually raped and robbed the two sisters aged 16 and 18. “He gave the two suspects N80,000 to harass, molest and threaten his two younger sisters who had disagreed with him over the sharing formula of their late parents’ inheritance. “You can speak with him as he had already confessed to the crime; so it’s a very straight forward case and we are charging three of them to court tomorrow,’’ he said.
Speaking with newsmen, the victims’ brother said it was true that he hired two persons to threaten his two sisters over their parents’ inheritance.
“I just asked them (the two other suspects) to threaten my sisters so that they can leave the properties to me; I never paid them to rape my sisters as they had done, ‘’ he said.
The Osun State government has announced the appointment of Prof. Adekunle Okesina, as the new Vice Chancellor of the state-owned University of Osun.
The appointment was contained in a statement signed by Mr Sunday Akere, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, Monday.
The statement said the appointment of Okesina, who was the pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor of the university, took immediate effect, as Prof. Sola Akinrinde, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the university, vacated the seat in July 20I2.
No fewer than 13 professors had applied to succeed Akinrinde. Among them were Prof. Siyan Oyeweso, the former Provost of the College of Humanities of the university.
External candidates who also showed interest, included Prof. Mojeed Alabi, Political Science Department, University of Ilorin, and Prof. Olu Odeyemi, Department of Microbiology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.
A group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has appealed to the Boko Haram sect to release its French hostage and her four children in the light of Islamic teachings.
MURIC Director, Prof. Is-haq Akintola, made the appeal on Monday in Ibadan.
The group referred the sect and others connected with the kidnap to Islam’s prescribed treatment of women and children at peace and war.
A French family of seven- Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, his wife, four children and brother- was seized by the Boko Haram on February 19. The family members were seized while holidaying in a region around Cameroun’s Waza National Park.
Meanwhile, a Muslim group in Oyo State, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation, has condemned the reported infiltration of the Boko Haram sect into a part of Lagos.
The National President of the group, Mr Abdulquadir AbdulRafi, told newsmen in Ibadan that the reported discovery of the sect’s hideout in Lagos called for concerted efforts by all Nigerians to check the trend.
NDIC Assures Depositors Of Prompt Payment
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has assured depositors of banks in-liquidation of speedy and prompt payment of their insured sums in the event of banks’ failure.
Deputy Director, Bank Examination Department of the Corporation, Mr Daniel Udechukwu, gave the assurance at the NDIC-Financial Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) workshop in Owerri on Wednesday.
Udechukwu said the corporation had exhibited this speed in the payment of depositors of some micro-finance banks currently in-liquidation.
According to him, recent development have demanded for more tactical approaches for distress resolution and the corporation is working to meet international standards.
“When some of these micro-finance banks went into liquidation, NDIC swung into action.
“For some of the areas, I monitored, I told the depositors that NDIC will pay them their insured sums soon but they did not believe.
“Within one to two weeks after our visit, they started receiving credit alert of their money. They inturn started calling us to thank the NDIC.
“The media have a role to play in telling these depositors that NDIC has changed. Our word is our bond. NDIC is no longer the old one, things have really changed”, he said.
Udechukwu listed some bank resolution options used by regulatory authorities to include purchase and assumption, liquidation, deposit transfer, bridge bank, merger and acquisition, among others.
Experts Recommend Multidisciplinary Approach To End Bullying, Burnout
Prof. Alfred Makanjuola of Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has advocated multidisciplinary approach in management of bullying and burnout among medical practitioners.
Makanjuola made the recommendation in Ilorin during his paper presentation at the 40th Annual General Meeting/Sir Aderibigbe Scientific Conference of the the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD-UITH).
His presentation was entitled: “Multidimensional Implications of Bullying and Burnout among Medical Practitioners in Nigeria”.
He stated that workplace bullying and burnout are two conditions commonly faced, most especially by medical students and medical practitioners undergoing their residency.
The expert described bullying as the ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationship through repeated verbal, physical and social behaviour that can cause social and psychological harm.
“It is repeatedly done overtime to humiliate or undermine a group of workers”, he said.
According to him, those who face bullying are systematically exposed to humiliation, hostile and aggressive behaviour for at least once a week or six months.
Noting that doctors who are bullied perceive to see themselves at the receiving end, Makanjuola said bullying include belittling, insults, threat, physical abuse, gossips and spreading rumours.
He observed that bullying is so negative that it can precipitate burnout and stress among medical practitioners.
He also said it can lead to feeling of energy depletion, low personal accomplishment and increased mental distancing.
The Consultant Psychiatrist stated that consequences of bullying and burnout can pose psychological stress, low performance and low confidence, among others.
He, therefore, advised government and relevant stakeholders to evolve comprehensive mental healthcare system.
“There is need for training support and welfare for staff and need for institutionalisation of mentoring system”, he said.
Makanjuola, therefore, called for conflict de-escalation/resolution skills ajd mechanism and early identification of work bullying and burnout.
Similarly in her presentation, Prof. Aishat Bolakale, a Consultant Paediatrician of the Department of Paediatrics, University of Ilorin, decried the increase in the rate of assault on healthcare workers in Nigeria.
Bolakale spoke on the sub-theme: “The Looming Increase in the Rate of Assault on the Health Workers; The Role of Government”.
Mrs Nwifuru Urges GBV Survivors To Speak Up
Wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs MaryMaudline Nwifuru, says she will provide justice to survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and other harmful practices against women.
She gave the assurance on Wednesday during an event to commemorate the 2023 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, held in Abakaliki.
The programme, with the theme, “Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls”, was organised by USAID Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) in collaboration with the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
The governor’s wife, who led a sensitisation road work to various areas in the state capital, said the current administration, led by her husband, Francis, had declared war and zero tolerance on GBV.
She added that the development called for collective action to address the root cause of the menace and proffer a sustainable solution to the menace.
She explained that her pet project, “Better Health for Rural Women, Children and Internally Displaced Persons Foundation (BERWO)”, would address challenging harmful gender norms, promote healthy relationship, constant education, strengthen laws and policies that would protect Women’s rights.
“As we unite to end violence against the vulnerable groups, the theme shows the urgent need to invest, prevent and combat the deeply rooted issues of the trend”, Nwifuru said.
In her advocacy visit to the State House of Assembly, she explained the need to review the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) to effect positive change in the society.
Mr Moses Odunwa, Speaker of the House, expressed readiness to amend and implement the law to ensure proper eradication of the practice in the state.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Dr Robinson Onoh, assured support in providing personnel at GBV and administrative centres in the fight to stop the trend.
Onoh commended Nwifuru for commissioning the centres, which would empower the facilities to join her and other partners in the fight against the menace.
The State Public Relations Officer, GBV Taskforce, Mrs Goodness Mbaja, stated that the commemoration of the 2023 edition of 16 days, was a global awareness to end violence against vulnerable persons and promised not to relent in the continuous sensitisation and eradication of GBV in the state.
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