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Monday Ogoh, a 27-year-old driver, who resides be
hind AP Filling Station, Aliade, Benue, was on Monday arraigned before a Makurdi Magistrates’ Court for allegedly robbing two of his passengers of N735,000.
Ogoh was charged with criminal conspiracy and robbery, punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Law of Benue and section 1 (1)(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004.
According to the Police Prosecutor, Insp. James Zungwe, the case was transferred from Aliade Divisional Police Headquarters to the State CID Makurdi through a letter dated December  31, 2015 zungwe said that the letter stated that Moses Adoh of Abulu-Ulu LGA of Delta reported the matter at Aliade Police Station in December 2015.


The Borno State Government said that it had inaugu
rated a 12-man committee to capture biometric data of its workforce.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Jidda Shuwa, who stated this in a statement in Maiduguri, said that the committee was inaugurated by Gov. Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri.
He quoted the governor as saying during the inauguration that the objective of the exercise was to remove loopholes or infractions that might impede implementation of government policies and programmes.
“The biometric of the state workforce will also ensure effective and qualitative workforce and create employment opportunities as confirmed vacancies will be filled up,” the governor was further quoted as saying.


The residents of Karu Local Government Area of the
FCT has called on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to provide them with a general hospital.
Alhaji Suleiman Musa, the Sarkin Hausawa of Karu, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Musa explained that a tertiary medical facility was initiated by former FCT minister Nasir El-Rufai for the community, but suffered neglect by his successors.
According to him, the structure put in place by El-Rufai was eventually handed over to an Indian firm under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
“However, the exorbitant services being offered by the Indians are beyond our means and as such most residents do not patronise the hospital.
“If this project is actually designed for the benefit of poor Karu community, the APC change government should urgently address the situation,’’ said the traditional ruler.


The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Ni
geria (MACBAN) has urged the Federal Government on the provision of welfare services to nomads in the country.
The National President of the association, Alhaji Muhammad Kirowa, made the plea while speaking with newsmen in Dutse.
Kirowa particularly urged the government to provide adequate grazing lands, watering points, cattle routes and dams for Fulani herdsmen across the country.
He recalled that President Muhammad Buhari had while heading the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), planned to address some major issues affecting the welfare of nomads including problems of grazing lands, watering points and cattle routes.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Moro’a
chiefdom, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, is to hold a-10-day consecration prayers for peace and unity in the chiefdom.
The chiefdom’s secretary of the association, Rev. Mapunu Yohanna, made this disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
Yohanna explained that the prayers, which would be held in the 10 districts of the chiefdom, were organised in collaboration with the Moro’a traditional council.
According to him, the prayer is to consecrate the people and rededicate them to God as well as strengthen the prevailing peace and unity in the land.
“This prayer has become necessary in view of the current atmosphere of insecurity, mistrust and suspicion among the people along ethnic, religious and political divide”.

The Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, has
given 11 students, who graduated with First Class degrees, automatic employment.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. James Ayatse, made the disclosure in Dutsin-ma at the maiden convocation of the institution.
Ayatse said that the students graduated from 11 departments in the Arts, Management/Social Sciences and Education faculties.
‘’I am glad to inform you that the university’s Governing Council has approved that appointment letters of the First Class graduands be issued to them during this ceremony,’’ he said. Division.


The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)
has constituted a committee to enlighten people in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara on the signs, symptoms and prevention of Lassa fever.
Mrs Moradeyo Abidoye, Chairperson of the society in the area, said this during an interview with newsmen in Omu-Aran.
She said that the assignment would take members of the committee to markets, churches and mosques, where they would also sensitise the grassroots on other similar ailments.
The chairperson called for adequate public awareness on how to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever, especially at the grassroots.


The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Com
mittee on Finance, Mr Yinka Ogundimu,  has said that the legislature would ensure the full implementation of 2016 budget by the executive arm of government.
Ogundimu told newsmen in Lagos that the legislature had the constitutional responsibility through its oversight functions to ensure that the executive arm implemented the budget to its letter. .
According to him, the House through its standing committees would ensure strict compliance to the Appropriation Bill as passed by the Assembly on December 31, 2015. The lawmaker said that the legislative arm would ensure that the executive arm stressing that the assembly would fulfill its statutory responsibilities to the citizens of the state without any hindrance. “If, we members of the legislative arm perform our oversight functions dutifully, there is no way the executive arm will be smarter than us.’’

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has
appealed to the three tiers of government to make teaching of both Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge to be compulsory subjects in the school curriculum.
Abubakar made the call during the closing ceremony of the 30th National Qur’anic Competition in Lafia on Saturday. “


The Chairman, Ogun State House of Assembly Commit
tee on Health, Mr Akinpelu Aina, has urged the federal and state governments to take awareness campaign against Lassa fever to rural areas.
Aina, representing Ado Odo Ota I constituency, made the call in Abeokuta in an interview with newsmen.
The lawmaker said this had become necessary following the increasing number of casualties of the disease.
He said that people living in rural areas were more prone to the disease because of their environments
Aina urged the Federal Government to pay more attention to the health of the citizens.
He, however, commended the Minister of Health, Dr Isaac Adewolu, on steps taken so far to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Ogun State Government has also taken a bold step by setting up three isolation centres in its bid to contain any case of an outbreak of the dreaded Lassa fever”.


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has charged clubs
and associations in the state to support government policies aimed at developing the state.
He made the call at the investiture of Prof. Ezekiel Idowu as the 18th President of the Omo Aj’orosun Club, Ibadan.
Ajimobi said that the contribution of everyone in developing the state was obligatory, urging them to “ stop playing the ostrich.’’
“You all should be at the fore front of Ibadan progress. Irrespective of our status in the society, we are all responsible to the society, “he said.
He urged the people to shun character assassination, politics of bitterness while rallying for unity and peace among the citizenry.
In his remarks, Alhaji Sharafadeen Alli, former president of the club and one time Secretary to the Oyo State Government, stated that the club was non-political as stipulated in its constitution.
Alli said that the club had contributed immensely to the development of Ibadan and the state at large, promising that it would continue to do more.


Sokoto State Government will assist the victims of the
fire that razed the tubers, vegetables and fruits market in Sokoto, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, has said.
Our correspondent reports that the market popularly called ‘’ kasuwar daji’’ was razed by fire recently.
The fire destroyed no fewer than one hundred shops, an articulated vehicle loaded with yam tubers, among others; but no life was lost and nobody sustained injury.
The State deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, who visited the market on behalf of the governor, commiserated with the affected traders.
He expressed shock at the extent of damage caused by the fire and prayed Allah to compensate and reward those who lost their shops and goods.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right), presenting an Award of the Icon of Democracy’ to former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, at the 2016 Annual National Political Summit in Abuja on Monday

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right), presenting an Award of the Icon of Democracy’ to former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, at the 2016 Annual National Political Summit in Abuja on Monday

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Get Involved In Politics, NYCN Urges Youths



The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Solomon Adodo, has urged youths to get actively involved in politics and governance, in order to chart a better future for the country.
Adodo said at an award ceremony organised by the NYCN in Abuja that it was important for the youths to lead the change they desire in the country.
The award was to recognise the contributions of some Nigerians to youths development as part of activities to mark the International Youths Day themed, “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a world for all Ages.”
The NYCN President urged youths to focus on building partnerships for innovative leadership, economic growth and efficient security in Nigeria.
He noted that the youths were the centre of the various crises in Nigeria and across the world.
“As such, they should strive to lead in finding solutions to the security, political and economic crises.
“It is therefore critical that greater attention is paid to youth development to help them uphold the social rhythms.
“Let me salute the gallant Nigerian youths who have continued to soldier into glory not withstanding the excruciating political and socio economic conditions,” Adodo said.
He challenged the youths not to bow to the current challenges, “but work through it in partnership with Nigerians of all ages in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The NYCN President decried what he called the “systematic exclusion of young people in the critical sectors,” saying it was unacceptable.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for carrying the youths along in his administration, but said “more needed to be done to get things right.”
The Patron of NYCN, Dr Ibrahim Dauda said the day was to re-evaluate and renew approaches on leadership, governance and developmental strategies that will guarantee a better society.He said that youth occupy the largest demography of the global population and advised them to join political parties as well as be active players.
“Youths must seek leadership positions and serve with dignity and honour.
“The system must create friendly policies and level playing ground for youths to compete with people of all ages.
“Going by the theme of the day, it is pertinent to note that no demography can survive on its own,” Dauda said.
“There must be inter-dependence on each age bracket to build  sustainable growth and maintain a progressive index.

“The place of knowledge and experience is not negotiable, the Nigerian youths must subject themselves to learning and mentorship,’’ Dauda added.

A member of the House of Representatives, Saidu Abdullahi, said that the revolution in technology had availed youths the opportunity to advance interaction and learning.

“This must be embraced to better the society other than using it in promoting crime and criminality.

“While appreciating the energies that come with youthfulness, youths must embrace leadership and must demonstrate to be worthy leaders,’’ he said.

Abdullahi, who represents Bida/Katcha/Gbako Federal Constituency in Niger urged the government should continue to create sustainable platforms.

This, he said, was to encourage infusion of the knowledge and experiences of senior citizens to help youths build carriers and exposure.

He said that this would help in bridging the gap created by age and front a renewed partnership to advance the course of humanity.

The lawmaker also urged youths in the country to ensure their votes count and good leaders were chosen in 2023.In his speech, King Hope Dan-Opunsingi, the Amayanabi of Opu Kula/Singi Ama in Rivers pledged his support to the youths at all times.

He assured them of his royal blessings, spiritual advice, financial and moral support to ensure they succeed in all endeavors.

The traditional ruler urged the youths to shun social vices, but “set goals aimed at developing themselves and moving the nation forward.”

In his remarks, National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Dayo Israel, urged youths to get involved in grassroots activities to fast track national development.

“Our level of involvement in governance should go beyond social media activities and organizing protests.

“To get involved or be carried along for leadership, you need to be patriotic, smart, determined and show your self worth,” he added.

Those honoured were Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Dr Ramatu Aliyu of the FCT, among others.

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Bureau  Poised To Improve Digital Literacy In Public Service



The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR), Dasuki Arabi, has reiterated Federal Government’s support in strengthening digital services to providing timely and effective public service to Nigerians.
Arabi said this during a-one day training on National Digital Transformation and Data Protection Awareness, organised by the Institute for Information Management, in Abuja, Friday.
He said that the sensitisation training would help to improve digital literacy in the country.
“The awareness campaign organised by the Institute of Information Management (IIM) Africa, is to upscale and improve the digital literacy of the Nigerian public service.
“This gesture will no doubt improve transparency and accountability in the service and assist government with right quality and calibre of public service workforce relevant in this age,’’ he said.
According to him, digital literary is critical to the growth and development of economies in developed and developing countries.
“It is also one of the most critical factors for enhancing good governance and service delivery.
“The national data transformation aims to improve the transparency, flexibility reliability and sustainability of digital services and to reduce digital service time and cost in line with the e-Govemment Master Plan,” concluded.

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Customs Generates N538m As FoB 



The Nigeria Customs Area Command (CAC), Katsina State, says it generated N538.4 million as Free on Board (FoB) value for the exportation of 10,827.40 metric tones of items such as cement, hibiscus flower, chilli pepper, animal feeds, tamarind, and beverages.
The Command also said that N99.7 million was generated as revenue from July to August 11, 2022.
The Controller, Katsina Area Command, Dalha Wada Chedi, who revealed this at a press conference in Katsina said the N99.7 million generated by the Command within the period under review was a decline from what it realised in June.
Chedi attributed the decline in revenue to the incessant banditry attacks experienced along Jibia axis in recent times.
Chedi, however,  said there was no cause for alarm revealing that the Command in conjunction with other sister security agents have adapted new strategies to curb the twin evil of banditry and smuggling experienced in the Jibia/Niger Republic border for legitimate businesses to thrive along the border corridor.
According to Chedi, smuggled items seized by the command within the period under review was to the tune of N73.6 million.
The seized items includes: food items, motorcycles, and reconstructed vehicles used as a means of conveyance for smuggled items.
Giving the breakdown, Chedi said: “During the period under review, we were also able to intercept different vehicles, including truck and grader caterpillar worth more than N45.5 million.
“We also succeeded in seizing one used motorcycle with the duty value of N60,000 and also 447 bags of foreign rice worth more than N13.2 million.
“We seized 337 cartons of Spaghetti worth more than N2 million, 32 cartons of Macaroni worth N192,000, 115 kegs of petrol and 89 kegs of diesel amounting to more than N1.7 million.
“Other items seized were 126 bags of 50kg and 25kg bags of foreign flour worth more than over N1.9 million, and seven cartons of milky creamer milk worth N141,750.’’
Others, he continued, included eight bags of foreign milky creamer, 450 bags of potash, 13 bags of tiger nuts and 1,000 pieces of hides and skin.
Chedi said the Command would not relent in ensuring that the environment was made  uncomfortable for smugglers, resulting in huge loss for the offenders.
“And what they are thinking of gaining, I am sorry for them, instead of gaining it, they will lose because the country must definitely win this fight,” Chedi said.

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