Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has tasked the state Ministry of Information and Culture to designed programmes to promote culture of the people of the state.
Zulum gave the charge during the second-day of the Menwara Annual Cultural Festival yesterday in Shani, Borno.
He said the resumption of the cultural festival after years of suspension due to insecurity was historic, adding that proactive measures were necessary to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the people of the state.
The governor who lauded the people of Shani for unrelenting efforts in promoting thier culture, said the state Ministry of Education would also to initiate programmes to make youths appreaciate the rich culture of the diverse people of the state.
According to him, the state government will continue to accord priority to security, education, agriculture, health and empowerment programmes.
In his remarks, the Emir of Shani, Alhaji Nasiru Mailafiya said the festival was to create awareness, promote unity and peaceful coexistence in the area.
While commending the federal and state governments for execution of viable projects in the area, Mailafiya called for more interventions in agriculture and road development.
He admonished his subjects to enroll their wards in schools and participate fully in dry season activities.
The royal father further cautioned the people against bush burning, indiscriminate dumping of waste, open defecation, drug abuse and other social vices.
Also speaking, Alhaji Adamu Gasi, Chairman, Shani Local Government Council, said the council had excuted viable projects aimed at improving the social and economic wellbeing of the people.
Gasi listed the projects to include renovation of healthcare facilities; construction of access roads, stalls, provision of 100 canoes for riverine communities and payment of SSCE/NECO examination fees for 100 indigent students.
The Tide source reports that Menwara is a three-day pre-harvest festival organised to promote unity and settle disputes.
Cleric Tasks Pliticians On People-Oriented Programme
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
Kidnappers Demand N10m Ransom From Family Of Abducted Widow
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.
3,400 Civil Servants Sit For Promotion Examination In Yobe
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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