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The Adamawa State Government has announced the release of over 3,000 of its workers for in-service training in various institutions of learning in the country.

The Head of  Service of the state, Mr Musa Kaibo, said this at the opening of a five-day workshop on “Plan And Budget Management At the State Level.”

The event was organised by the North-Eastern State Governments in conjunction with National Centre for Management Development, in Yola last Wednesday.

Kaibo said that providing quality knowledge and skills to civil servants to improve their capacity and efficiency was among the top priorities of the government.

The head of service also said that 6,962 staff were engaged in different training by the State’s University, Mubi in 2012.

Earlier, the Director-General of the centre, Dr Kabir Kabo, said the workshop was to bring together planning and budget officers at the sub-national levels of government in the country.



Following the recurring crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Benue State, a legislator has appealed to the Federal Government to deploy more soldiers to Makurdi, Guma and Gwer West Local Government Areas.

A former Speaker of the Benue House of Assembly, Mr Emmanuel Jime, who made the appeal on Wednesday in Makurdi, said the deployment would quell the crisis between farmers and herdsmen in good time.

Jime, who is a  member of the House of Representatives, representing Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency, said at a news conference that the measure would enable farmers to return to their homes to commence farming activities in earnest.

He expressed regrets that the crisis was happening when the rains have just begun for farming activities to take off in the affected areas, and commended Gov. Gabriel Suswam for restoring relative peace to the crisis torn areas.

In their remarks, the Chairmen of the three LGAs, Godwin Donko, Usar Adi and Eunice Mbajuwa stressed that the soldiers deployed to their local governments should ensure the safety of lives and property.



The Director of Education Quality Assurance Board in Kaduna State, Mrs Elizabeth Garba, says the state has recorded 44 per cent improvement in the 2012 WAEC examination.

She said the board was established by the state government to raise literacy level of students, which had been very low in spite of huge investment in the sector.

According to her, since the establishment of the board, the state has constituted compulsory self evaluation practises in all schools below tertiary level.

She said the schools were being evaluated and screened before getting full accreditation that would qualify them to present candidates for external examination.

The director said that the board was also responsible for the evaluation and re-accreditation of schools at least once in every three years.



Kano State Scholarship Board said it would begin e-payment of scholarship allowances to students in various institutions of higher learning this year.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, said last Wednesday in Kano that the measure would check fraud among students and staff of the board and ensure transparency and accountability.

The executive secretary said the board had selected School for Rural and Community Studies Rano, for the pilot scheme, stating. “As soon as the pilot programme is completed, we shall commence the e-payment in all the institutions, where we have students.”

According to him, each student will be required to open an account with one of the commercial banks for the implementation of the programme.

Ririwai said the board had begun screening of fresh students to ensure speedy payment of their allowances, and added that the board would ensure prompt payment of the allowances to the students, to enable them to concentrate on their studies.



Top officials of Kebbi State Ministry of Education are invigilating students in the ongoing Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) to prevent examination malpractice.

The Birnin Kebbi Zonal Inspector of Education, Alhaji Shehu Wali, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday. Wali said that students from the public schools preferred to write the examination in private schools because they stood better chances of passing the examinations in the schools.

He said that such practice would be checked to forestall decay in the public schools and collection of examination fees.

The zonal inspectorate department, he said, would invigilate examination in all the schools within the zone to ensure that they comply with the rules of the examination.



Six councillorship aspirants last Wednesday dragged the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) to court, seeking an order to stop the May 4 Local Government elections.

The PDP chairmanship aspirant for Omala Local Government, Labaran Oyigebe, and the Attorney-General of the state, were joined as co-defendants.

The plaintiffs, Akpa Salisu, Amodu Omada, Josiah Achimugu, Zackari Abubakar, Karim Paul and Onuh Abraham, contested in the March 15 PDP council primary elections in Omala council.

They prayed the court to determine whether KOSIEC could validly conduct local government election in Omala Local Government as well as the entire 21 Local Government Areas.



Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has urged the newly appointed commissioners and Head of Service to see their appointment as a call to ‘selfless service and public trust’.

Al-Makura, who made this known when he inaugurated the commissioners in Lafia last Wednesday, said their appointment was in tandem with his administration’s vision, mission and programme of action.

According to him, it is aimed at providing good governance, enduring peace and development. “You should realise that your appointments are a call to selfless service. Indeed, the oath you have just taken is a litmus test to your public service career,” he said.



The Niger  State Government says it will continue to accord priority to the education sector through provision of basic learning and teaching materials.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Saidu Idris,  said this last Wednesday when members of the Amalgamated Union of Niger State-owned Tertiary Institutions paid him a courtesy call in his office in Minna, that education had remained the greatest source of empowerment in the world, adding that government would ensure that the sector received the desired attention.

The SSG, who observed that most of the infrastructure in the tertiary institutions in the state were in serious decay, assured that government would rectify the problem.

In his remarks, the Acting Chairman of the union, Alhaji Abdullahi Hassan, commended the State Government for re-shaping the education sector and improving the welfare of staff of tertiary institutions in the state.



Violators of the National Environmental (Protection of Endangered Species) Regulations risk seven years jail term or N20 million fine, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has said.

A Regulation Officer with the agency, Mr Hena Emmanuel, while addressing facility managers at a forum in Osogbo tagged: “ Environmental Compliance and Enforcement,’’ last Wednesday, stressed the need to protect and preserve wild life in the environment so that the country could have something to show to the incoming generation.

Emmanuel also warned against the violation of the National Environmental (Control of Bush/Forest Fire and Open Burning) Regulations and advised the public against bush burning in order to protect the ecosystem.



More than 50 illegal structures built on major roads in Sabo area of Ibadan have been demolished under the on-going urban renewal initiative of the state government.

Owners of the demolished structures were sighted last Wednesday removing valuables from the ruins of the structures while motorists experienced difficulties passing through the area.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Lowo Obisesan, said that the government’s decision to demolish the structures was to boost sanitation in the area, and described the sanitary condition of the area as worrisome.

“ Before we started implementing the decision, we decided to carry the leaders and youths of the area along so that they will not start to have a wrong impression that we wanted to chase them away from the area,’ he said.’

Obisesan said that government had given owners of the demolished shops three different sites in Ibadan, adding that the sites are located at TCTC motor-park, Eleyele Water Works and the old airport acquired by government.



Governor  Jonah Jang of Plateau State would complete all ongoing projects in the state before the end of his second term in 2015.

The state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Solomon Maren, who stated this on Wednesday during an inspection tour of some projects in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state said the pace with which the indigenous contractors were working had convinced him that the vision of the governor was realisable.

He said, “Our redemption Governor is determined to complete these projects before the expiration of his tenure in 2015, and I think the contractors are toeing the line.’’”I am highly impressed with the pace at which the indigenous contractors are handling these projects within the central zone, just within the last one month they mobilised to their various sites. “What we have seen here today is totally different from what we saw earlier in the southern zone, where some of the contractors have not even mobilised to site.



The Yobe State Government has approved the release of N192.5 million to the State Independent Electoral Commission to ensure timely preparation for the June council elections.

The Special Adviser to State Governor on Political Affairs, Alhaji Maimala Buni,  made this known in an interview in Damaturu on Wednesday.

“Government approved the funds to ensure timely procurement of ballot papers and all other necessary materials needed for the success of the election. “The commission on its part has commenced preparations, according to the time-table, for a successful and credible exercise,’’ he said.

Buni commended political parties in the state for their commitments to the election time-table and process, and disclosed that the stakeholders forum “has given politicians a true sense of belonging in the forthcoming election’’.

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NEDC Distributes Palliatives To People With Disabilities In Borno



The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced distribution of palliatives to people living with disability in Borno State.
During the exercise on Saturday in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, the Managing Director of the Commission, Mr Mohammed Alkali, said the gesture was in line with the commission’s mandate.
Alkali, who was represented by the NEDC Coordinator for Borno, Mr Mohammed Umaru, said the exercise started with the people with disability in Maiduguri metropolitant and would be extended to their members in the 26 LGAs of the state.
“What we are doing here today will also be done in remaining 26 LGAs of Borno.
“It has also commenced or has been done in other north east states as part of measures to ensure that everyone is given a sense of belonging in line with the NEDC mandate”, he said.
Responding, the Chairman of people living with disability in Borno, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, thanked the commission for the gesture and assured of the leadership’s commitment to ensure fairness in sharing the 50 bags of rice and 50 cartons of spaghetti to its members in the metropolis.
Abubakar urged other organisations to emulate the gesture by the commission in reaching out to vulnerable groups in their support to victims of insurgency at this critical period.

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Tribunal Upholds Gov Alia’s Election 



The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Saturday upheld the victory of Governor Hyacinth Alia of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 18 Governorship Election.
Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Karaye, held that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain pre election issues raised by the petitioners, Titus Uba and PDP.
Karaye, who read the unanimous judgment, stated that only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain issues bordering on pre-election matters.
He further said the petitioners’ case was also an abuse of court processes because the same case was filed by the petitioners before the Federal High Court Abuja Division and its judgment was not challenged by the petitioners.
He said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of the 2nd and 3rd respondents by the 4th respondent since they were not members of the 4th respondent.
Justice Karaye further said that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of forgery against the 3rd respondent before the tribunal.
He said the 2nd and 3rd respondents were qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election and therefore, dismissed the case.
The petitioners, Titus Uba and the PDP, had dragged the respondents, INEC, Hyacinth Alia, Dr Sam Ode, and the APC before the tribunal, challenging their declaration by the INEC.
The petitioners argued that the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Gov Alia and Dr Ode, were at the time of contesting the election, not qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election.
They averred that the 4th respondent – the APC – did not follow the provisions of the law in the nomination of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates.
They also alleged that the 3rd respondent had presented a forged certificate to the 1st respondent, INEC, therefore, should be disqualified.
They therefore, prayed among other things, for the nullification of their election and declare the petitioners as winners of the election, having scored second highest lawful votes.
They also contended that having not qualified to contest the election, their votes should be declared invalid and certificates earlier issued to them by INEC be withdrawn.
The Tide’s source reports that the petitioners in the suit did not challenge the result of the March 18 Benue Governorship Election but qualifications of the candidates.
However, the respondents in their counter arguments, urged the tribunal to dismiss the suit in its entirety as it was an abuse of court processes.
The respondents stated that the Federal High Court Abuja Division, had before the election, delivered judgment on the same matter which was filed by the petitioners but they did not appeal the judgment till date.
They also said the issues raised were all pre election matter and only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain same.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents clearly stated that since the prayers sought by the petitioners were all pre-election matters, the petitioners case was status bar and should be struck out.

They said the petitioners lacked locus standing to challenge the nomination of candidates of other political parties as they were mere meddlesome interlopers.

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PDP Chieftain Makes Case For Culture, Tradition Maintenance 



A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Prince Dotun Babayemi, has called on traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders not to allow culture and traditions to go into extinction.
Babayemi gave the advice in Osogbo on Saturday to commemorate the  Olojo festival celebration slated to hold between Septwmber 29 and October 2 in Ile-Ife.
The Tide’s source reports that Olojo festival is an ancient festival aimed at celebrating the remembrance of “Ogun”, god of iron, who is believed  to be the first son of Oduduwa, progenitor of the Yoruba people.
Babayemi said relevant stakeholders in Yoruba land should rise up to rescue the culture and traditions as well as the language of the race from going into extinction.
“We have to go back to the days of yore because our known valued ethos and mores are fast ebbing.
“Sadly, these are already taking tolls on our value system as reflected in the moral decadence pervading our society today.
“It is sad that gradually our culture is being submerged by modernity/ civilisation and this portends a great danger for the future of the culture and traditions of Yoruba race.
“Unless everyone rises up to rescue this avoidable cultural eclipse, the future of our culture and traditions will be in jeopardy”, he said.
Babayemi, who is also a former PDP governorship aspirant in the state, congratulated the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja ll, sons and daughters of Ile-Ife across the world on the celebration of the Olojo festival.
He said the constant celebration of  the festival would not make the coming generations to lose touch with the history of the race, thereby rekindling cultural renaissance.
“I want to sincerely congratulate our highly revered traditional ruler of Ile-Ife, Ooni Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja ll, and the good people of the ancient town home and abroad on the celebration of Olojo Festival.
“Sincerely speaking, unless we sustain the tempo of celebrating our culture in Yoruba land in the challenging face of modernity/civilisation, coming generations will lose touch with our history.
“Moreso, we are blessed with relics, artefacts and other cultural events worth celebrating”, he said.
The party stalwart urged  custodians of Yoruba cultures and traditions to ensure cultural engagements that would continually ingrain the needed values in the subconscious of the younger generations.

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