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Almakura  Laments Neglect Of Mines, Steel Sector’

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Chairman  Senate Committee on Mines and Steel, Senator Tanko Al Makura has lamented the poor funding  the  Mines and Steel sector  as  he said this  has stalled its development of the sector and had adversely affected the nations economic growth.
Senator Tanko Al Makura made this known during presentation of the committee’s report before the appropriations committee in Abuja.
Senator Tanko Al Makura who spoke   passionately about the development of Solid Minerals, bemoaned the poor funding on the sector as a bane to its development.
Senator AlMakura described the Solid Minerals as a sector next to the Agriculture in areas of revenue generation and job creation but  has been abandoned for too long.
He disclosed that  Nigeria is naturally endowed with solid Minerals, saying that every state in the country has one or two solid Minerals  untapped, which could  have turned the fortunes of the country if developed.
The senator expressed his displeasure over  the reckless abandonment of Ajaokuta steel Rolling Mill, but sadly saying that the Mill has fallen into a deep  sleep for too long  that must be revived
Senator Tanko Al Makura noted  that the Ajaokutà Steel rolling mill was one of the projects  President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration promised develop  to full capacity.
He insisted that the company must work, while calling on the Ministry of Mines and Steel to up its game.
Similarly,  Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture,  Senator  Abdulähi during the presentation of his comittee ‘s report to the Approprion Committee also  called for an increased funding for  the sector, saying the present administration has done a lot for the development of Agriculture in the country.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu said much has been done but however a lot still  needs to be done.

 

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Cleric Tasks Pliticians On People-Oriented Programme

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Politicians in Nigeria have been advised to always embark on programmes and policies that would be beneficial to the common people, especially those at the grassroots.
The Arch Bishop of Enugu Ecclesiastes Province, and Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma, made the call in Enugu while delivering a sermon on the occasion of a thanksgiving church service to mark the 60th birthday anniversary of former Deputy Senate President, and Senator representing Enugu west at the National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu.
Bishop Chukwuma regretted that most politicians in Nigeria are well known for their selfishness as they only think of themselves and members of their immediate families, describing their attitudes as very unfortunate.
The clergy man wondered why politicians should treat those who voted them into office in such a wicked manner, urging them to turn a new leaf for peace to reign in the country.
He however, commended senator Ekweremadu who celebrated mainly with the elderly and less privileged, describing him as the best senator in the South East zone.
Bishop Chukwuma however noted with deep regret that for Senator Ekweremadu to rise to his present position, he suffered assassination attempt and various forms of impediments, expressing happiness that he (Ekweremadu) is alive today in spite of all odds.

By: Canice Amadi Enugu

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Kidnappers Demand N10m Ransom From Family Of Abducted Widow

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Suspected kidnappers, who took a middle age widow and mother of four children in Kogi, on Saturday demandef for N10 million ransom from her family.
The widow, Mrs Sefi Jimoh, was allegedly kidnapped on the road while waiting for a commercial motorcycle, popularly called “Okada” to go home after a morning prayer session at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church at Phase II in Lokoja metropolis.
Jimoh, who is an Environmental Officer with the Kogi State Governnent, is the bread winner of the family, having lost her husband some years back.
A family source, who spoke to newsmen yesterday in Lokoja, said “only this morning our sisters’ abductors got to us on phone demanding for N10 million ransom for her freedom.”
“The kidnappers first called her (widow) children and informed them that their mother is with them and that she will only be released after a payment of a N10m ransom.
“We were so shocked but relieved after knowing that she is still alive after her disappearance yesterday that sent jitters into the entire family members, friends and neighbours around.
“The question now is, where and how do we, in our financial position now, raise such money to secure our sister and mother?”
The source pleaded with the kidnappers to show the widow and the poor family mercy and release her “because getting even one million is like trying to squeeze water from a rock”.
Contacted, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP William Ovye-Aya, said he could not confirm nor deny it because he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of “B” Division, where the incident happened.

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3,400 Civil Servants Sit For Promotion Examination In Yobe

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No fewer than 3,400 civil servants  in Yobe State sat for promotion examination in the state, last Saturday.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Garba Bilal, disclosed this while inspecting one of the examination centres in Damaturu, the state capital.
Bilal said the examination took place  simultaneously in three designated  centres across the state.
“There are 1,962 candidates in Damaturu, the state capital, 1007 in Potiskum and 431 in Gashua Local Government Areas”, he said.
Bilal said the results of the promotion would be effected immediately it was out while other processes would follow.
He also said that the civil service in the state would be revived under his watch.
“As I said when I assumed office, we are trying everything humanly possible to revive the civil service in the state.
“First is to ensure that there are trainings and retraining of civil servants. Once you train them, they will be able to give their best”, he said, adding that the training would cut across all cadres of the civil service.
“The training would be carried out in phases. The senior officers would be trained and same will scale down to junior officers.
“So before you know it, all the civil servants will be abreast of the latest development in the civil service.
“We are going to create a good succession plan in the system.
“If someone exited from the service, there would be another person to replace him effectively.
“We do not want to create a vacuum where someone will leave and there will be no other person to take his responsibilities”, he said.

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