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Adamawa

The International Committee for Red Cross and Red Cres
cent said it had established family data base to assist in reuniting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East region.
Alhaji Aliyu Maikano, the officer In- Charge of Red Cross on IDPs, disclosed this in an interviews with the newsmen in Yola.
Maikano said the center was established to reunite victims of insurgent attacks, who fled their communities and settled in camps across the region.
“The Committee has established family data bases in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe for internally displaced persons in the North East region.
“The development is to re-unite families who were separated due to insurgent attacks.” Maikano said.

FCT

The National Chairman, Nigerian Legion, retired Col. Mika
Gayya, has appealed to the people who made pledges to the legion during the 2014 Armed Forces Remembrance Day to redeem them.
Gayya told newsmen  in Abuja that out of the N105 million pledged, only N30 million had been redeemed.
According to him, unsuccessful efforts have been made through the Presidency to ensure that the pledges were redeemed.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has asked that we should contact all those people who made the pledges.
“We followed the right channel to make sure that those people were contacted but up till this moment nobody has paid a single kobo of the remaining outstanding money.
“We have taken steps through the Presidency because those that made pledges were invited by the presidency.
“So, it is only right that we remind them through the presidency that they made some pledges to the Nigerian legion that are yet to be redeemed,” he said.

Gombe

The Gombe State House of Assembly has commended
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo’s efforts on the implementation of the 2014 budget.
Speaker of the House Alhaji Inuwa Garba, gave the commendation during the 2015 budget defence by Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Gombe.
He said that the budget had received a very serious attention and it was translated into action that impacted much on the socio economic development of the state.
According to him, it is now time for the state government to look toward the enhancement of its internally generated revenue base, for the development of the state.
“The oil price seems to be on a downward trend, day-by-day and it is what the entire nation depends on.
“This is a very serious problem, as it affected the economy of every part of our social life.

Kano

The Kano State Government has released N492.9 million
for the payment of scholarship allowances to its 23, 685 students in tertiary institutions across the country.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, said this when he briefed newsmen in Kano recently.
He said the payment, which would be made through the students’ accounts, was for 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions.
“The state government has released the money for the payment of the allowances and the payment has since commenced through their accounts.
“In the next couple of days all the students will receive their allowance through their accounts in various banks,” he said.
Ririwai assured that the state government would ensure that all outstanding students’ allowances were paid before the expiration of the present administration.

Lagos

My wife always demands money from me before allow
ing me to have sex with her, a retired civil servant, Mr Chibuzo Obiedefu, on Thursday told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos.
Obiedefu, 50, told the court that his wife, Philomena, whom he married seven years ago, was denying him sex.
“My wife is always starving me of sex and if she will allow me, she will ask me to pay for it.
“And if I refused to give her money and wanted to sleep with her by force, she would hit me with any dangerous weapons she could lay her hands on,” he said.
The petitioner accused his wife of infidelity and alleged that she was dating a policeman in their area.
“Philomena is cheating on me; she is having an affair with a policeman and whenever I cautioned her, she will flare up,” Obiedefu said.
He pleaded with the court to dissolve his seven-year-old marriage because he was tired of the relationship and he was no longer in love.
Responding, the 40-year-old businesswoman denied all the allegations.

Niger

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has under
scored the need for political direction for the successful maintenance of security in the country.
He said this at the launch of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Appeal Week in Minna.
Aliyu said that this would give the members of the armed forces the moral and psychological impetus to conduct their constitutional duties effectively and efficiently.
“I believe with the right political will the issue of the current security challenges can be tackled within a given time frame.
“But we need to do a correct and honest assessment of the situation.
“We are yet to get a proper perspective of the security situations. New information emerges every day.
“When we get all these variables correctly, we can then be able to say to the armed forces finish the insurgency in six months and it will be done,” he said.

Oyo

A dietician and Head, Department of Dietetics, Univer
sity College Hospital(UCH) Ibadan, Mr Tunde Ajobo, said that headache, yellow urine and constipation were bold signs of dehydration.
Ajobo told newsmen in Ibadan that having persistent and constant headache might be a sign of losing body fluid or dehydration.
“Every human body constantly loses fluid and these means you are also losing essential salts like sodium and potassium that are in the fluids you are losing.
“The salt loss actually changes the chemical makeup of the blood and the brain in turn is super sensitive to that change, and that sensitivity triggers a headache.
“The headaches get worse depending on how much water one loses. The more water you lose, the more your blood volume drops, which cause less oxygen flow to the brain.
Plateau

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Catholic Archdio
cese of Jos, Plateau, has urged Nigerian leaders to be sincere and honest in tackling the insurgency affecting some northern states.
Kaigama, who is also the President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), made the statement in Jos in an interview with newsmen.
He described terrorism as `a negative manifestation of the ills of the Nigerian state,’ adding that terrorism would always rear its ugly face due to “some underlining but multidimensional factors.”
“Nigerians are too aesthetic in everything they do. We concentrate so much on doing the outward things, but seemingly forget to dig deeper to find lasting solutions to our problems.
“Leaders in this country — political, religious, and traditional must be sincere and honest in their dealings to bring an end to insurgency,” he said.

Taraba

The Taraba State Police Command has advised mosques
and churches in the state to acquire hand metal detectors in order to beef up security around them.
ASP Joseph Kwaji, spokesman of the command, gave the advice during an interview with the newsmen in Jalingo.
Kwaji said the devise would enable officials of the worship centres to thoroughly search worshipers before allowing them entry.
He said the advice became necessary in view of the security situation in the North-East.
He also advised individuals who were planning to organise social gatherings to acquire the facility and use same to prevent possible attack by terrorists.

Zamfara

The Zamfara State Zakat and Endowment Board, has
shared N4.08 million to more than 500 less-privileged people as Zakat in the state, the Board’s Chairman, Alhaji Liman Dan’Alhaji, said.
Dan’Alhaji made the disclosure during the distribution of the cash in Gusau, saying the Zakat distribution was an annual event.
He said “the money collected this year is more than the amount collected in previous years and we decided to share it to the beneficiaries.
“The beneficiaries include the deaf, the blind, the crippled and some Islamic scholars.
“They all received between N10,000 and N20,000, which is higher than the N5,000 shared in 2014.”
The Executive Secretary of the board, Malam Bashir Surajo, commended the individuals who contributed to the fund.

Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal (left) Speaker, House of Representative flanked by  Ogun State Governor, Senator Amosun Ibikunle and Alhaji Fashola of Lagos State at the APC Presidential rally held  in Port Harcourt recently.  					    Photo: Ibioye Diama

Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal (left) Speaker, House of Representative flanked by Ogun State Governor, Senator Amosun Ibikunle and Alhaji Fashola of Lagos State at the APC Presidential rally held in Port Harcourt recently. Photo: Ibioye Diama

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EFCC Re-Arrests Fani-Kayode

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A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has been re-invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following investigations into alleged document falsification
Fani-Kayode alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenandi Usman, is standing trial on alleged N4.6billion money laundering, before Justice Mohammed Aikawa.
Other defendants are Yusuf Danjuma, a former chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Ltd.
They are facing a 17-count charge of money laundering preferred against them by the anti-graft agency.
They had each pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bails.
The trial had begun before Justice Aikawa and witnesses were still being led in evidence until Aikawa was transferred out of the Lagos division.
The charge was consequently, re-assigned to a new judge, Justice Daniel Osaigor, and the defendants were scheduled for re-arraignment on October 27.
Meanwhile, at the last adjourned date, FaniKayode was absent from court and the defence counsel who appeared on his behalf, Mr Fred Ajudua informed the court that he was on admission at Kubwa General Hospital in Abuja.
He had prayed for an adjournment on that ground on behalf of the second defendant
But, the EFCC prosecutor, Mrs BilikisuBuhari, informed the court that the same tactics had always been adopted by the defendant whenever he does not want to attend court.
After going through the court’s records, Justice Osiagor noted that it was clear that the defendant had issued a similar letter of excuse five times.

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Abiodun Presents N350.74bn 2022 Budget To Ogun Assembly

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Governor Dapo Abiodun has presented the 2022 appropriation bill of N350.74 billion to the Ogun State House of Assembly.
Abiodun, yesterday, presented the bill, tagged ‘Budget of Restoration’ to the lawmakers at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Addressing the assembly members at a ceremony presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, Abiodun reiterated his determination to give priority attention to the completion of existing projects, projects with revenue potential and projects that can enhance employment generation.
According to the governor, the total state funding is estimated at N350.74 billion in 2022.
This, Abiodun said, “includes Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS) estimates of N56.30 billion and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) estimated at N96.87 billion totaling N153.17 billion. Statutory allocation (i.e. FAAC and VAT) is expected to be N73.01 billion while the capital receipt is estimated at N124.56 billion (i.e. Internal and External loans including Grants and Aids etc).”
On planned expenditure, Abiodun explained that “the aggregate expenditure of N350.74 billion is proposed for the State Government in 2022.”
Under recurrent expenditure, a total of N75B is to be expended in paying salaries and allowances in MDAs; N28b on debt service obligations and N51b on total overhead costs of MDAs and government-owned enterprises.
For capital expenditure, Abiodun said N170 billion is budgeted, being an increase of N10 billion over the 2021 approval of N160 billion.
He added that a total sum of N7.7billion is provided for transfers to the Stabilization Fund to insulate and position the State towards unprecedented activities or economic shocks.
Of the entire budget, Education gulps N56,071.21b, representing 16 percent; while Health takes N35,073.51b, being 10 percent.
Infrastructure takes the largest share of N77,775.77, which is 22 percent of the budget.
The Assembly is expected to legislate on the appropriation bill and return a clean copy to the governor for his assent.
The Speaker assured Abiodun of a speedy and thorough legislative process on the proposed budget with a view to sustaining the tradition of its passage on record time to comply with the January to December cycle in line with the international financial standards.

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ICPC Uncovers N20bn Project Duplication, Personnel Budget Fraud In MDAs

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) says it has uncovered gross abuse of personnel budget as well as duplication of projects by some federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) amounting to over N20.138 billion.
The duplication and padding occurred in the implementation of the 2021 budget and involved about 257 projects, the anti-corruption agency said its review shows.
The anti-graft agency said it is investigating the Ministry of Labour and the University College Hospital Ibadan as well as corrupt staff members in other MDAs suspected of massive illegal recruitment.
ICPC chairperson, Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure in his welcome address at the 3rd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Service and Presentation of Public Service Integrity Award on Tuesday.
Themed, ‘Corruption and the Cost of Governance: New Imperatives for Fiscal Transparency’, the event was held at the State House Conference Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Many dignitaries including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, were in attendance.
In his address, Owasanoye said ICPC, through its projects tracking, found out that skyrocketing personnel in many MDAs was attributable to massive budgetary scam, including illegal recruitment, unilateral increase in wages, indiscriminate travels, among others.
“The high cost of governance and rising personnel budget in Nigeria is as a result of illegal recruitment, illegal and unilateral increase in wages and remuneration by some MDAs, indiscriminate local and international travels, unreasonable demands by some political appointee board members of MDAs without regard for extant circulars on cost management; procurement fraud, budget padding, etc,” he said.
“This has continued to reflect in the huge wage bill on personnel and operational cost standing at about 70 per cent of annual budget”.
According to Mr Owasanoye, the “malfeasance” the anti-graft agency uncovered in the recruitment process by some MDAs including the labour ministry is perpetrated with the connivance of some staff members of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). He noted the cases and officials involved were under investigation.
“At another level, a syndicate of corrupt individuals within the service corruptly employ unsuspecting Nigerians, issue them fake letters of employment, fraudulently enrolling them on IPPIS and post them to equally unsuspecting MDAs to commence work”.

 

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