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Borno

No fewer than 30 pregnant women currently taking ref
uge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Maiduguri have given birth.
The Chairman, Committee on the IDPs camp in Government Girls Secondary School Maiduguri Alhaji Babagana Mahmoud told the newsmen in Maiduguri.
Mahmoud said more than 4,200 women and children had been displaced by insurgents in Bama and its environ.
Mahmoud said that 20 other pregnant women in IDP camps in the areas were also expected to deliver as confirmed by medical doctors in the camp.
He explained that the state government had set up committee on safe motherhood in the various camps to assist women with complications.

FCT

A non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Dr Radcliff
Save Lives Foundation, has called for support from government and well-meaning Nigerians to alleviate the suffering of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja camp. The Country Director of the NGO, Dr Alexander Nnadozie made the call in Abuja during a medical outreach and distribution of relief materials to displaced persons in the camp.He said the event was organised by the NGO and sponsored by , the National Coordinator, House to House Network Prince Chidi  Ibe.
Nnadozie said the call became necessary due to the unhealthy environment in the camp.
“The spread of airborne and communicable diseases from one family to another can strive very well here because of the kind of houses the inhabitants are living in.
“Apart from the fact that the environment is bushy, all kinds of diseases can spread in the camp and the people are still exposed to serious insecurity”, he said.

Kano

A Kano-based non-govermental organisation, Network for Empowerment and Development Initiative (NEDIN), has called on government at all levels to be sincere on the fight against corruption in the country.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day seminar on: “Youth against Corruption, Panacea to a Just and Peaceful Society,’’ organised by the non-governmental organisation.
The programme was organised for students of Federal Government College, Kano.
The communiqué was signed by the coordinator of NEDIN, Mr Peter Tijjani and made available to newsmen in Kano.
According to the communiqué, government must have the political will to ensure that perpetrators of illegal acts were punished to serve as deterrent to others.

Kogi

The Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law En
forcement Agency (NDLEA) has paraded five suspects, including two women in connection with trafficking of 102.5kg of Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp).
The Commander, Alhaji Idris Bello, told newsmen in Lokoja that the substance was concealed in several big bags being transported to Abuja.
Bello said that NDLEA operatives at Jamata Bridge intercepted a Volkswagen Sharon mini-bus over-loaded with vegetable leaves.
He said that the operatives became curious and searched the vehicle only to find 10 bags of cannabis concealed in two big bags in the bus.
The commander said the three other suspects in the mini-bus claimed ignorance of the cannabis
“The suspects claimed they are business people engaged in sale of moi-moi leaves and vegetables to customers in Abuja.”

Ogun

The Ogun State Teaching Service Commission
(TESCOM) said it would recruit additional 1000 teachers and 200 non-teaching staff in 2015 fiscal year.
The commission’s Full-Time Commissioner 1, Mr Timothy Adebowale, made this known when he defended the 2015 budget proposal before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Adebowale said that the recruitment was part of measures to sustain qualitative teaching and learning in public secondary schools across the state.
The commissioner, who defended a budget estimate of N19.18 billion, said that the commission would also ensure even distribution of teachers across the four divisions of the state.

Ondo

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has de
scribed the late Sen. Ayo Lawrence as a quintessential Nigerian who had contributed immensely to the development of his community and country.
Dame Jonathan made the remark in a message to the burial of Lawrence in Iyere-Owo, Owo local government area of Ondo State.
She was represented by  Ondo State Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development Dr Yemi Mahmud-Fasominu,.
The first lady said Lawrence had dependable children as  the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on House Keeping Mrs Morenike Waterton,.
She added that the Special Assistant always worked hard and exhibited discipline at her duty post in Aso Villa.

Nasarawa

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in
Nasarawa State, has advised unemployed graduates to embrace Federal Government’s Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) to become self-reliant.
, the Head of NDE Vocational Skills Acquisition Programme in the state, Alhaji Idris Wase gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lafia, recently.
Wase said NDE was saddled with the responsibility of training people, especially the youths and women in different skills to make them self-reliant and to contribute their quota to national development.
“There is high rate of unemployment which has degenerated to anti-social activities such as violent crimes, insecurity, armed robbery, drug and human trafficking, among others.

Lagos

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbeje, has urged Independent National Electorial Commission INEC to review and if possible, repeat the Permanent Voter’s Card/Registration (PCV) in Lagos.
Our correspondent reports that Agbaje made the appeal at an endorsement rally organised by the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Support Groups, NGOs, Marketers and Traders for President Jonathan and Agbaje’s 2015 bid.
Complaints had continued to trail the PVC distribution and registration of fresh voters by INEC in Lagos.
INEC had earlier said that no Nigerian of voting age would be left out of the process of obtaining the PVC for 2015.
Agbaje said that INEC must act swiftly to ensure that those who were still complaining were attended to.

Sokoto

Governor  Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State said All
Progressives Congress ( APC) in the state would set up reconciliation and campaign committees across the state soon.
Wamakko, at the monthly APC stakeholders meeting in Sokoto, said that the committees would reconcile all aggrieved members and aspirants who lost at the primaries.
According to him, the measures were being taken to further strengthen the party in the state.
“The reconciliation committees will pacify all aggrieved aspirants of the party at all levels, with a view to wooing them,’’ he said.
He added that  “the campaign committees will be set up to show that the party is not complacent’’, stressing that it was determined to emerge victorious at 2015 general polls.

Taraba

The TY Danjuma Foundation has donated relief materi
als to over 2000 victims of insurgency in the North-East who are staying at various camps in Jalingo, Taraba.
The relief materials include: blankets, soap, instant noodles, bags of rice, and tubers of yam.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Dr Etta Akin-Aina, said while distributing the materials to the victims that the gesture was to alleviate their suffering.
“The UNHCR estimates that since 2013, Boko Haram attacks have displaced 470,000 people from north eastern Nigeria. “This foundation believes that every displaced person, especially those living in camps, has the right to dignity, protection, security and reestablishment of his means of livelihood.

Gov Aliyu Wamakko of  Sokoto State (Right), presenting rice and cash to the needy in Sokoto.

Gov Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State (Right), presenting rice and cash to the needy in Sokoto.

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SEAMATA Condemns Inport Duty Increment On Cargo

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Members of the the South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) have strongly criticised and rejected the recent astronomical and indiscriminate increment in the import duty on cargoes charged by Nigerian Customs.
SEAMATA is the umbrella union of traders in all the markets in the South-East Geo-political Zone and traders of South-East extraction doing business across the states in the Federation and in Diaspora.
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by SEAMATA’s President General, Chief Gozie Akudolu and its Secretary General, Mr Alex Okwudiri, in Enugu yesterday.
According to them, the Nigerian Customs introduced a method of working out import duty payment on goods and set out a particular minimum amount payable for each 40ft container.
The statement noted that items with the least percentage tariff of five per cent are not even spared.
The  current import duties, the statement further regretted, are no longer calculated based on invoice value of consignments.
”Between 2020 and now, the amount charged on cargoes as import duties have risen in geometric proportion from N750,000 to N2 million, again to N3 million and presently, to N3.3 million for 40ft containers; while 20ft containers jumped to N1.8 million.
”The Nigerian Customs on their own, work out payable import duty now based on “estimated” invoice value of consignment as against the actual invoice value of goods from the country of origin.
”This development is not only bringing untold hardships to importers but is also compounding the pains of the citizens as it dovetailed to astronomical increase in prices of imported goods as the Nigerian Customs estimated invoice value is always far above the actual cost of the imports.
”The indiscriminate estimate of value of goods by Nigerian Customs is adversely affecting the prices of goods in the markets today both imported and locally produced as it triggered a chain reaction.
”Even agricultural products are not spared in the chain effect of the price increase.
”In the general meeting held in Onitsha on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, the traders resolved to very strongly condemn and reject the increment.
”We are appealing to the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to prevail on the Nigerian Customs to, as a matter of urgency, suspend the exercise.
”This is to save the Nigerian citizens from further economic hardships as further economic pains that follow such situations could lead to social unrest which our nation doesn’t need now”.
The statement also prayed and expected that the appeal of the traders would be favourably considered in the overall interest of the masses across the country. 7Ends.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Kaduna SUBEB To Sack 233 Teachers Over Fake Certificates

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Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB), Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi, on Thursday, hinted that 233 primary school teachers have been pencilled down for dismissal for gaining employment with fake certificates.
Abdullahi, who spoke at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, further noted that for the Board to be sure that the newly-employed teachers have the requisite qualifications, it went into secret verification of their credentials from various institutions attended.
According to him, the board has already verified 451 institutions they claimed to have attended, but only nine of them have responded so far.
He further added that the responses from the institutions showed that 233 teachers presented fake certificates.
He added that one of the institutions disowned 212 of the 233 fake certificates, adding that, the board would forward their files to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery.
A visibly shaken Abdullahi noted that the Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that the teaching profession is not devalued by impostors.

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How I Delivered 125 Children After Govt Hospitals Rejected Us -Woman Leader

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Women leader of the Internally Displaced Persons, Durumi camp, Garki Abuja, Mrs Liyatu Ayuba, has narrated how she became a midwife in the camp following rejection of their pregnant members in government hospitals.
The women leader, who was displaced from Borno State after the Boko Haram insurgents killed her husband in 2015, revealed that she has successfully assisted in delivering about 125 children in the camp.
Speaking with The Tide source in the camp, Mrs Liyatu alleged that the National Hospital, Abuja, and other government medical facilities had denied their pregnant members access to medical care following their inability to pay bills.
According to her, a lady in the camp who needed a cesarean section died in the National Hospital after they were unable to pay for the operation.
“Few years ago, a lady came to this camp and she was 7 months pregnant. She came barefoot with only a wrapper and she didn’t have a bacha (hut) so she was squatting on another person’s own.
“The next three days, she was in labour and we took her to the National Hospital in Abuja here and we were told to bring 100,000 but we told them that we do not have such money that they should please try and save her life.
“They said they can’t do anything, that we IDPs are disturbing them. That was how the woman and her baby died in the hospital. They even refused to release the corps for us because we could not pay,” they disclosed.
According to her, she was angered by the incident which prompted her into midwifery to save the lives of other women in the camp.
“I learnt how to be a midwife from my grandmother. I started delivering babies on January 2, 2015, so from that year till date, I have delivered a total of 125 babies in this camp,” she stated.
Liyatu told our source that she has been sensitizing households in the camp to embrace family planning due to lack of funds to train the children.
“I have been telling them that people who have four to five children should do family planning because we are facing a lot in this camp, we are not collecting salary.
“And these children are not going to school and women keep getting pregnant. God will hold us responsible for the children that we are bringing to this world without training them,” she noted.

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