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Governor Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi State (left), presenting a souvenir to DHLVisa-Sports Leader, Sharon Abott, during the courier team's inspection of sports facilities in Bauchi, yesterday.

Governor Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi State (left), presenting a souvenir to DHLVisa-Sports Leader, Sharon Abott, during the courier team’s inspection of sports facilities in Bauchi, yesterday.

Adamawa
Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Taraba State,
the Adamawa State Government has commenced mobilisation of rural communities in the five local government areas sharing boundaries with Taraba State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Atiku, made this known in Yola while briefing journalists.
“ His Excellency has directed that we fully mobilise the public on precautionary measures and early detection.
“The disease is caused by virus from rats; our people should imbibe the culture of hygiene by covering their food and foodstuff,” Atiku said.
Atiku said all the disease control officers in the local government areas bordering Taraba had been placed on alert to check for any outbreak.

Bauchi
The Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of
Health, Dr Saidu Gital, said that no case of Lassa fever had been confirmed in the state.
Gital stated this while briefing newsmen in Bauchi on the outbreak of the disease.
He said that although the state had four suspected cases, three were diagnosed to be negative while laboratory result on one was pending.
“The fourth person accidentally came from Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau, but the result is being awaited,” he said.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Health had supplied health personnel, protective equipment and Ribavirin tablets as well as injectable drugs for use when any case was confirmed.

FCT
The Federal Fire Service has said that it will sanction
any person who failes to comply to the National Fire Safety Code in putting up public structures in the country.
The Controller-General of the service, Mr Joseph Anebi, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja.
He urged Nigerians to always seek the advice of the service by sending their building plans for vetting and review before embarking on the project.
Anebi, who decried the incessant fire outbreaks in the country, attributed most of the incidents to carelessness of some Nigerians.
He said that the service had fined some filling stations in Kubwa in FCT and Mararaba in Nasarawa State for failing to adhere to the safety code.

EKiti
Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, the wife of Ekiti State Gover
nor, has reiterated her resolve to always celebrate her birthday with the less privileged.
Fayose made this known in Ado –Ekiti, during a short prayer session to commemorate her 52nd birthday anniversary.
The governor’s wife said rather than throwing party or spending on frivolity, she prefers to reach out to people who are incapacitated in taking care of themselves.
She gave succour to about 31 families by paying off their medical bills to celebrate her birthday.
The governor’s wife said the bills were paid in order to encourage the beneficiaries to always make use of government owned facilities whenever the need arose.

Kaduna
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Dr
Shehu Adamu-Danfulani, has said that the free education programme of the Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i’s administration has increased pupil’s enrolment by 64 per cent.
Adamu-Danfulani made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Zaria recently.
He said that some parents could not send their children to school because of the school fees of N200.
According to him, the policy decision of the El-Rufai administration to cancel the N200 school fees has increased enrolment in schools by about 64 per cent.
“Until I was appointed a commissioner and until the declaration by Governor El-Rufa’i, I never thought that some pupils could not go to school because some parents could not pay N200.”
Kano
The Kano State Government has confirmed fresh outbreak
of bird flu in the state.
The Director, Veterinary Services in the state Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Shehu Bawa, confirmed the incident in an interview with newsmen in Kano.
Bawa said that the outbreak, which resurfaced this week, had so far hit three poultry farms in the state.
“I can confirm to you that the disease has already affected three farms and we have taken samples from other farms.
“So far, we have three poultry farms that have been affected by the disease,” he said.
According to him, the department has already sent the samples to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom in Plateau for confirmation.

Kebbi
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kebbi State has
commended the state government for releasing one billion naira for payment of outstanding pension of retired civil servants.
NLC Chairman Murtala Usman made the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.
Usman said the efforts of the state government deserved commrnedation for taking the bold step of settling part of the outstanding pension of the workers.
He said the backlog of pension was more than one billion naira though the pension liability was part of the debt inherited from the administration of Gov. Saidu Dakingari.
He said a committee that would conduct and monitor the payment had since been inaugurated, and they were expected to swing into action by next week.

Kogi
Stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to
absorb personnel of National Blood Transfusion Service Centres across the country laid off following donor agencies withdrawal of their sponsorship.
The stakeholders, who made the appeal in separate interviews with newsmen in Lokoja, said that the government should absorb the personnel laid off across the country.
They said that due to the withdrawal of the sponsorship of the centres by donor agencies, core medical and health personnel were relieved of their jobs across the country.
Mr Friday Ogungbemi, the 2015 Highest Blood Donor at the Lokoja Service Centre said the Federal Government should absorb the personnel into the Federal Civil Service.

Kwara
An Okuta Area Court in Kwara State has dissolved a 13-
year-old marriage between Bilikis Idris and Abdullahi Idris over claim of frequent fighting.
The court presided by Mr Ahmed Yahaya, ordered the couple to go their separate ways without disturbing the peace of the society.
The wife, Bilikis, had approached the court in 2015, seeking the dissolution of the marriage which had produced three children, over allegation that she had no rest of mind in the union.
She pleaded with the court to grant her wish so that she would marry another man that would care for her.
The man, Abdullahi, who was absent in court but sent a letter, consented to the relief sought by his wife.
Lagos
The Lagos State Government has reaffirmed its com
mitment to end violence against children and ensure safe and secure future for the Nigerian child.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the state, Mrs Lola Akande, announced this while inaugurating the sub-committee on the launch of “Year of Action to End Violence against Children (VAC)’’ in Lagos.
The Tide reports that the programme would be inaugurated in February.
Akande said that VAC was crucial to the state government in view of cases of violence being perpetuated against children in the state.
She said that children were the bedrock of any nation, hence the need to safeguard their future by putting an end to any form of violence against them.

Ogun
The Vice-Chancellor, Bells University, Sango-Ota, Ogun
State, Prof. Isaac Adebayo, has advised all new students to be focused and desist from spending much times on social media devices like chatting.
Adebayo gave the advice at the 11th Matriculation of the institution in Sango Ota, Ogun.
The don urged the new students to be serious in order to face the rigors of academic life, adding that life in the university was different from life outside the world.
“Students should desist from spending much times on social media devices like chatting, and concentrate more on their studies in order to meet competitive global market,” he warned.
He implored matriculating students and under-graduates to empower themselves by acquiring additional skills and professional certificates to boost their future careers.

Yobe
The Yobe State Government says it has taken addi
tional measures to coordinate donors’ assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state to guard against insurgents disguising as donors to infiltrate the camps.
The state Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu disclosed this in Damaturu in an interview with newsmen.
Abubakar, who is also the Chairman, Committee on Rehabilitation and Relocation of IDPs, said it had become necessary to adopt additional security measures for the safety of the IDPs.
“We urge all donors ranging from government organisations to Non- Governmental Organisations (NGO) and philanthropists to liaise with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) while providing assistance to the IDPs,’’ he said.
He said the state government had been providing food, shelter, water, health and sanitation needs of the IDPs in both government and self- established camps.

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Anglican Bishop Urges Politicians To Lead With Integrity

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The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta, Dr Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, has called on Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority to uphold moral standard and integrity.
Oko-Jaja said this at a thanksgiving service to mark the 90th birthday of Prof. Sylvanus Cookey at Saint Paul Anglican Church in Opobo Town, Rivers yesterday.
The Tide’s source reports that Cookey was the second Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in 1982.
Oko-Jaja advised political leaders to always be self-aware and avoid actions that could damage their reputation.
“In today’s Nigeria, hardship has changed how the people behave, as lies have become more popular than the truth.
“We now live in a country where injustice is now celebrated and lowering moral and social standard have become the new normal.
“Leaders must follow the exemplary legacies set by our forebears by becoming upright and live a life that would not bring shame to their family and community,” he said.
He attributed the country’s current economic challenges and declining living standards to leaders failing to prioritise the well-being of citizens.
“The younger generation should emulate the virtues of our predecessors like Prof. Cookey, who prioritised integrity over material gain.
“Good reputation was the norm back then, and I hope that God will restore it to Nigeria, where leaders’ goal will be to have good names.
“If anyone wants to commit evil, they should remember that their actions can bring a bad name to their family and community,” he cautioned.
Addressing the celebrant, the King of Opobo Kingdom, HRM Dandason Jaja, praised Cookey for his impact on society and described him as a mentor and philanthropist.
He said that the celebrant was a distinguished academic, who had impacted numerous youths through vocational training, leading to their successful employment in different sectors.
Speaking earlier, Cookey expressed gratitude to God for attaining 90 years and acknowledged the support of his family and friends.
Reflecting on his contributions to the country, he encouraged leaders to leave behind positive legacies for future generations to celebrate.

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Senators, Reps To Resume Plenary In Remodelled Main Chambers

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Nineteen months after federal lawmakers movement to  temporary chambers,  the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives would finally resume sittings in  their  newly remodelled main hallowed chambers tomorrow
Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon. Akin Rotimi Jnr, and the Clerk to the Senate, Barrister Chinedu Akubueze confirmed the planned movement to the main chambers in separate written announcements made penultimate week on the change in resumption date by lawmakers from their ongoing recess.
Hon. Rotimi, who is the chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, in the official announcement dated April 4, 2024 to the honourable members, cited the need to resume plenary at the renovated and reconfigured main chamber, as reason for the postponement in line with the general wish of the lawmakers.
“The House of Representatives wishes to inform the public and stakeholders of the rescheduling of the resumption date from the ongoing recess, originally slated for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, to  Tuesday, April 23, 2024.
“This adjustment is necessary to accommodate the completion of renovations to the main chamber of the House of Representatives to ensure its readiness for plenary sessions, henceforth,” he stated.
Two days after, the Clerk to the Senate also issued a statement, postponing resumption of plenary by the Senate from April 16 to 23, 2024.
Akubueze ‘s statement reads in part: “Distinguished Senators are hereby invited to note that the resumption of the plenary sitting of the Senate, which was scheduled for Tuesday, 16th April, 2024, has been postponed to Tuesday 23rd April, 2024”
It would be recalled that ahead of the projects delivery, the Site Engineer of Visible Construction, Tajudeen Olanipekun, had early last month informed journalists covering the Senate, that the two main chambers, would be ready for use by both the Senate and the House of Representatives in April this year.
Olanipekun’s assurance on delivery of the fully transformed and reconfigured hallowed chambers to management of the National Assembly, coincided with call by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, to the Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Alhaji Sani Magaji Tambawal that both the Senate and the House of Representatives, want to move to their main chambers as soon as possible after close to two years of using temporary ones.
In carrying out the subtle marching order, the construction firm in the last five weeks has carried out the required finishings on
the upgraded and reconfigured hallowed chambers fixed with state-of-the-art chairs, parliamentary equipments,  appliances and extended sitting terraces.
Physically, the entire ambience of the space in and around the hallowed chambers have been transformed, just as barricades used to restrict movements at the foyer have been removed.
The  Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, had in March 2021 awarded a N30billion renovation contract to Visible Construction Limited to rehabilitate critical segments of the National Assembly complex.
The law makers had in September  2022 vacated the main chambers to enable the Contractors;   handle the renovation work of both chambers
Some of the critical segments are the office buildings housing the office accommodation for the senators and honourable members, watertightness of the roof of the complex, the cooling system, replacement of lifts that are inoperable in the White House as well as in the House of Representatives and in the new Senate Wing among others.

By: Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi, Abuja

 

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Police Commence Recruitment Process In Anambra, Enugu

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The Zone 13 of the Nige- rian Police Force, comprising Anambra and Enugu States, has announced the venue and time for both General Duty and Specialist Constable recruitment medical screening in the two States.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Ihunwo, yesterday in Enugu.
Ihunwo said that prospective candidates from Zone 13 should note that the exercise would take place at Police Hospital, Awka.
She said that the medical screening would commence simultaneously nationwide on Tuesday, April 16, and end on April 30, 2024.
“Candidates are advised to visit the recruitment portal: https://apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng to know their status, specific time, date and other mandatory requirements.
“So also, qualified applicants are to appear in clean white T-shirt and short with the following requirements;
“National Identity Card/Slip; Print Out of Medical Examination Slip and all necessary documents.
“The Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 13 Command, AIG Godwin Aghaulor, wishes all prospective candidates success as they embark on this exercise,” he said.

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