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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO),
Traffina Foundation Community Health, said it had distributed over 4,000 delivery kits to women in 2014 to improve their reproductive health.
The Founder of the group, Mrs Chinomnso Peters, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen.
Peters tagged the initiative as “One Kit Saves 2’’ project.
Our correspondent  reports that the contents of the kits include: cord clamp, a piece of white cloth, pampers, mentholated spirit, pad for mothers, and chlorxy-G Gel for prevention of infection in newborn.
She said the contents of the kits would assist pregnant women who could not afford the required materials at the point of delivery.
She said that through the efforts, they had been able to save more than 10,000 lives.

Katsina

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
(NDLEA) in Katsina State has decried the high rate of abuse of psychotropic substances among teenage girls and women in the state. The substances are: cough syrup with codeine, nail polish cleaner, lizard faeces and rubber solution.
The NDLEA Commandant in the state, Hajiya Maryam Sani, made the remark while speaking with newsmen in Katsina.
We are worried about the involvement of teenage girls and women in the abuse of psychotropic substances. This is disheartening. All stakeholders should join hands with the agency to bring an end to the menace,’’ Sani said.

Kebbi

The Birnin Kebbi Local Government Council in Kebbi
State has procured 2,500 additional water pumping machines worth N7.5 million for distribution to farmers in the area.
The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Musa Dan-Illela, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen  in Birnin Kebbi.
Dan-Illela explained that the machines would be distributed to registered farmers in electoral wards in the area.
According to him, the Agriculture Department had been mandated to ensure equitable distribution to beneficiaries. He said the machines would be distributed to farmers on soft loan to be repaid in two years; the measure would encourage commercial production of wheat, rice and vegetables.
The chairman said each machine was purchased at a cost of N30,000.

Lagos

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Oluseyi Will
iams, has charged civil servants to renew their commitment to service in the New Year and work assiduously to move the state forward.
Williams gave the charge at the Inter-religious Thanksgiving Service organised by the state government in Ikeja to usher in the First Working Day of the year.
According to her, the workers can only justify the confidence reposed in them through more efficient service delivery and greater impact on the state and its people.
“In the New Year, you should work together more as a team. You should shun envy and other things that do not promote harmonious working relationship.
If anyone is doing well in your office, do not envy him, rather learn from him and let him be an inspiration to work harder. Envy is not good, it causes problems in the workplace,’’ she said.
Williams said the state government was committed to the welfare of workers and would continue to take steps to improve the lot of civil servants.

Nassarawa

The Association of Plateau Indigenes in the Diaspora
(PIDA) has  urged for support to Sen. Gyang Pwajok’s gubernatorial ambition to enable him win the 2015 governorship election in the state.
The National President of the association, Mr. Golu Moses, made the call while addressing newsmen after the National Executive meeting of the body in Lafia.
He stressed that the position was arrived at after wide consultations devoid of primordial sentiments to zoning, religion, ethnicity or partisanship.
He said: “The aim of our meeting was to discuss on ways forward and on how to achieve our association’s objectives for the overall development of the country.

Niger

Rev. Musa Dada, the Chairman, Niger Christian
Association of Nigeria(CAN), has called for one week universal prayers and fasting for peace in Nigeria.
Dada made the call in an interview with  newsmen  in Minna recently. He said “normally, CAN organises prayers and fasting every first week of the year to prepare Christians for the New Year and to seek God’s intervention for the country.  This year’s one week prayer and fasting will run from January 5 to January 11.
“We do this every first or second week of a new year to prepare people for the year and to ask for God’s guidance and protection.
“Christians across the state will be praying for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

Ogun

Hon. Joseph Adegbesan, a member of the Ogun
State House of Assembly, has defected to the Labour Party.
The lawmaker told newsmen in Abeokuta that he had picked the Labour Party’s ticket to contest the House of Representatives election for Ijebu North, East and Ogun Waterside Constituency.
Adegbesan said he left the PDP after consultations with his supporters, adding that the move to the new party would enable him achieve his political dream.
“I left the PDP after consulting with my people and they gave me the go ahead.
“ I also want to let you know that more PDP lawmakers whose interests were not protected by the party will defect to other parties. As a politician, we need to do everything possible to bring the dividends of democracy to the door steps of our people.,” he said.

Oyo

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, has  ap
proved the appointment of 17 permanent secretaries, state Accountant-General, Auditor-General and that of the Auditor General of Local Government.
Ajimobi revealed the new appointment during the annual Inter- religious Service held at the Oyo State Goverment House, Agodi, Ibadan.
He said some retired senior directors were also considered in the new appointments.
He added that “the appointment is in line with the restoration agenda of the present administration to give adequate reward to dedicated civil servants in the state,” he said.
He said the aim of the present administration was to reposition the state civil service with a view to making it one of the best in the south west region in terms of renumeration and welfare package.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State Zakat Committee  said it had
spent about N927. 6 m on 7,000 physically challenged persons and other indigent persons across the state.
The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki told newsmen in Sokoto that the money was released to the committee by the Sokoto State Government in 2014.
According to him, N549.6 million out of the amount was spent on the payment of monthly allowances to physically challenged persons in the 23 local governments of the state.
“There are nearly 7,000 physically challenged persons benefiting from the state government’s gesture, and they are each being given N6,500 monthly.

Taraba

The nationwide strike embarked upon by Judicial
Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has  halted court activities in Taraba. The judicial workers were demanding for financial autonomy and JUSUN had earlier gone on warning strike in July last year.
Mr Hamza Yahaya, the state Chairman of JUSUN, told journalists that the state chapter was simply complying with the directives from its national body.
Mr Boniface Iorkumbur, a lawyer, described the strike as unfortunate.
He said “it is unfortunate that this strike is happening.

From Left: Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi State; Executive Secretary, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (nphcda), Dr Ado Mohammed and Chairman, Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area, Alhaji Ibrahim Dan-illelah, at the presentation of the Unicef and Eu Medical Support Materials for Maternal and Child Health Care in Birnin Kebbi recently.

From Left: Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi State; Executive Secretary, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (nphcda), Dr Ado Mohammed and Chairman, Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area, Alhaji Ibrahim Dan-illelah, at the presentation of the Unicef and Eu Medical Support Materials for Maternal and Child Health Care in Birnin Kebbi recently.

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NDLEA Arrests 72-Year-Old Man, Five Others Over 5,721.92kg Of Hard Drugs

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A 72-year-old man and five undergraduate students are some of the suspects the NDLEA arrested in a week-long operation to seize hard drugs and arrest offenders.
The raids, across nine states and at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, yielded 5,721.92 kilogrammes of Indian hemp and other drugs.
The 72-year-old man, Emmanuel Akanbi was arrested at Odofin Camp, Uso, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State with 2,050kg of Indian hemp.
The varsity students belong to the American University of Nigeria, (AUN) Yola, and the University of Maiduguri.
NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi said in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja that one Okorie Onyeribe was arrested at the MMIA on December 3.
He was attempting to export 21.85kg of Indian hemp concealed in foodstuffs to London.
Babafemi stated that two students, Emmanuel Thlama and Jonah Joshua were arrested with 16.750kg of Indian hemp on Nov. 30 when NDLEA operatives raided a settlement opposite Gate 4 of the University of Maiduguri.
He added that the three other students, Ekene Asher, Daniel Alkali and Emmanuel Smooth are undergraduates of AUN. They were arrested on Dec. 2.
Babafemi explained that their arrest followed their receipt of “Loud’’ a very strong variant of Indian hemp ordered by Asher.
“Equally, ThankGod Danladi who completed a jail term in October was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 1 with 67 kilograms of Indian hemp in a raid in Taraba.
Also on Dec. 2, NDLEA operatives intercepted a motorised concrete mixer truck used to conceal 2000.6kg of Indian hemp loaded at Ogbese, Ondo State.

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Enugu Rehabilitates Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Wednesday, inspected the ongoing comprehensive overhaul of the pitch of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu,  to bring the stadium at par with international standard.
It would be recalled that the Gov. Ugwuanyi administration recently awarded contract for the upgrade of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium pitch with the installation of state-of-the-art turf in line with the requirements of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Licensing Regulation on sports infrastructure and facilities.
Speaking during the inspection, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Manfred Nzekwe, who led Gov. Ugwuanyi to the site, disclosed that the discarded turf was installed 12 years ago, precisely in 2009 and has not been changed since then until the current intervention by the present administration in Enugu State.
Hon. Nzekwe pointed out that, although the state government had been maintaining the pitch and other infrastructure at the Stadium, prior to commencement of the upgrade, Gov. Ugwuanyi administration decided to install a new pitch as part of its concerted efforts at upgrading the stadium to international standard.
The Sports Commissioner added that there had been a yearly routine maintenance of the turf and other sports facilities in the stadium since the inception of the present administration, commending Gov. Ugwuanyi for his commitment to youth empowerment and sports development in the state.
Reacting, a cross section of jubilant sports enthusiasts who witnessed the governor’s inspection tour of the ongoing works at the stadium applauded him for the remarkable intervention and other efforts of his administration in repositioning the sports sector in the state.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Firm Inaugurates 100-Tonne LPG Plant In Katsina

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A 100-tonne Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant constructed by the Buterny Energy Company was inaugurated on Saturday in Katsina.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylvia, during the launch said the plant was coming at the time several projects that would address gas availability, accessibility and affordability in the country were being put in place.
Sylvia, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Sani Gwarzo, added that the pricing of gas was currently a major threat to the availability and affordability of the fuel in Nigeria.
“The Federal Government was leveraging the gas pricing framework and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) gas development fund to create an appropriate funding model to support off-take of the gas, especially among vulnerable groups.
“I cannot complete this speech without touching on pricing which is a major threat to gas affordability and gas penetration.
“It is, therefore, expected that the economy of Katsina State and indeed the North-West and the whole of Nigeria will benefit from socio-economic spin ups associated with the gas value chain,” he said.
The minister added that smaller countries with less gas reserves than Nigeria such as Kuwait have higher per capita consumption of gas due to their investment in gas infrastructure.
He urged Butane Energy to make their plant a role model of LPG depots by deploying technology to drive market penetration, creation of financial instruments to incentivize off-take of its bottled gas.
“And also investment in human capital development to attract and retain a resilient workforce and operation in a globally acceptable and responsible manner,” he said.
Butane Energy Chair, Alhaji Isah Inuwa, said the aspiration of the company under the first phase of investment programme was to have five plants in the Northern Nigeria.
“Kano will have 180 metric tons, in Bauchi, 120 metric tons, in Abuja, 180 metric tons and in Kaduna, 180 metric tons.
“Today, we have finished the designs of Kaduna and Bauchi plants and by God’s grace, we are going through the contracting processes between December and January, and it is our hope that before the end of January, construction work will start.
“By April, we will start Kano and Bauchi plants with a combined tonnage of 360.
“Our expectation is that by September 2022, we will have completed five plants with a total capacity of 820 metric tons and we will have the capacity to process 9,200 12.5kg cylinders per eight hour shift per day.
“We would have invested nearly N3 billion by the end of the first phase of our development programme. We expect annual gross revenue of these five plants to be more than N20 billion.”

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