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The police last Thursday in Abuja arraigned a hair stylist, Mr Martin Asayande of Mpape, before a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court for allegedly cheating his employer.

The police prosecutor, Francis Tanko told the court that Asayande cheated Charles Daniel, who runs the Sleek Salon in Wuse 2 on March 28.

Tanko said that sometime in Dec. 2012, Asayande collected a loan of N50, 000 from Daniel on an agreement that N10, 000 would be deducted monthly from his salary.

He said Asayande paid N10, 000 for the month of December and absconded with the balance of N40, 000 until March 29 when he was arrested.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.



Ashaka Cement Company in Gombe State said it had trained and resettled 70 youths on various skills acquisition as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative in host communities.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the trainees in Ashaka on Thursday the Managing Director, Mr Neeraj Akhoury, said the idea was conceived two years ago when he assumed office.

Learning and Development Manager of the company, Malam Tukur Lawal, who also oversees the training, commended the participants for conducting themselves in a good manner.

He said the 70 started well, while one of the participants died after a brief illness and that the participants would be issued two certificates, one from the company and one by the Federal Ministry of labour.



The Jigawa State government said last Thursday in Dutse that it vaccinated more than 600,000 cattle, sheep and goats in the last four months under a comprehensive animal vaccination exercise.

Miko said that 430,050 cattle were vaccinated against contagious pneumonia, while 212,123 sheep and goats were immunised against ruminants’ diseases.

He explained that other animals such as dogs were also vaccinated against rabies across the 27 local government areas of the state in the ongoing exercise.

Miko said the vaccination was designed to control outbreak of contagious animal diseases and encourage livestock production.



Eminent persons, including the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, last Thursday attended a special prayer for sustainable peace and stability in Kano state and Nigeria.

The prayer, which was organised by the Kano State government in collaboration with the Kano Emirate Council, was also attended by the state Deputy Gov., Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and members of the state executive council.

The session witnessed the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, after which the chief Imam prayed for peace, stability and the security of lives and property nationwide.



The Kebbi Urban Development Authority (KUDA) has embarked on evacuation of drainages in the metropolis to prevent flood in the coming rainy season.

General Manager of KUDA, Alhaji Aliyu Galadima ssaid in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, that the measure was to avoid the devastation by flood this year as predicted by NIMET.

Galadima said that drainages in flood prone areas at Rafin Atiku and Sabuwar kasuwa had been cleared while the clearance would be sustained in other urban centers.

He said the authority was against construction of structures along areas prone to flood and lamented that farmlands had been transformed into buildings without authorisation.



The Third Eye Group, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), last Thursday said it raised N6 million for the rehabilitation of some primary schools in IIorin Emirate.

The Chairman of the NGO, Dr Yusuf Lawal, said in an interview in IIorin, the fund, which was contributed by members of the group, would be used to rehabilitate some public primary schools in the IIorin emirate.

He said the money would be used to provide infrastructure, teaching aids and other education materials for the selected schools in five local government areas of the emirate.



The Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Dikko, last Thursday promised to decongest prisons in the state.

Addressing inmates during a visit to Keffi Prison, Dikko said,“Decongestion of prisons cannot be handled by the judiciary alone. It needs the collaboration of the Police, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and other stakeholders.’’

He called on magistrates and area courts judges to apply the necessary sections of the law before remanding accused persons in prison custody.

“Some of the inmates are unjustly and unconstitutionally remanded,” he said.



The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) last Thursday said availability of ICT facilities at the grassroots was key to the attainment of Vision 20:2020.

The Director-General of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, made the remark at the inauguration of eight ICT centres facilitated by Abiodun Akinlade, a member representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency.

Angaye said that the NITDA would continue to focus on provision of ICT in rural areas to enhance internet penetration and deployment of ICT services in the rural areas of the country.



An Akure Magistrates’ Court last Thursday remanded a 32-year-old policeman, Alonge Abdul, in prison custody for allegedly killing one Mrs Segi Olajiga.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Charity Adeyanju, ordered that the accused be remanded in Olokuta Prison, pending an advice from the office of the Ondo State Director of Public Prosecutions.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP. Ayodele Atandeyi, told the court thatthe accused person unlawful killed Olajiga, noting that the accused committed the offence on April 2, at about 6:30 p.m. at Plaza Hotel Junction in Akure.



The late Publisher  of  the Nigerian Tribune, Chief  Oluwole Awolowo, approved the payment of  the National Minimum Wage for staff of the media house on his sick bed.

The Managing Director of   Nigerian Tribune,  Mr Edward Dickson, disclosed this on Thursday in Ibadan when a three-man delegation of  the Nigerian  Guild of  Editors (NGE)  visited the media house on a condolence visit.

The team, which was led by NGE  president, Mr Femi Adesina, had as members Mr Isaac Ighure, the Secretary of the guild,  and Mrs Funke Egbemode, the Social/Publicity Secretary.

He said  the late scion of the Awolowo family was committed to staff welfare in the 27 years that he was in charge of the Tribune titles.



The Plateau State Government has banned brothels operation and directed operators to immediately close them.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Abraham Yiljap, said in Jos on Thursday after the weekly State Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Jonah Jang, that government had never endorsed the operations of the brothels.

He stressed that revenue officers had always been cautioned against visiting such areas to source revenue and described brothels as “detrimental’’ to the spiritual well being of the Plateau people.



The Federal Government says it will register 25, 000 farmers in Taraba under the 2013 National Farmer’s Registration exercise.

The North East Zonal Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Samuel Adaji, made this known in an interview in Jalingo on Thursday.

Adaji said the ministry had released at least 12, 000 forms to each of the 16 Local Governments  since the commencement of the exercise on March 20.

He said the registration, which would be conducted at ward levels, was in line with the Federal Government’s transformation agenda and he assured of gender balance in the enumeration exercise, saying women interest was captured.



The Fadama III programme Coordinating Department in Zamfara, has disbursed N4.2 million to 1,000 Fadama User Groups to undertake community development projects.

The state Coordinator, Alhaji Aliyu Altine, disclosed this on Thursday while inaugurating some of the projects in Shinkafi. The projects inaugurated includes eight blocks of market stalls, eight VIP toilets and a modern slaughter room.

He said the programme had provided 550 tube wells and wash bores, 2,250 water pumps, as well as 825 sets of work bulls to various fadama groups in the state.

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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.

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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”.

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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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