Monday, 11 December 2017

Buhari Heads for Paris, to Participate in ‘One Planet Summit’


President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow join over 50 other world leaders to participate in ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris, France.
The summit, according to the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, is jointly organised by the United Nations, World Bank Group, and French government in collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) seeking the reversal of  negative effects of climate change.

Sokoto State Govt Targets 1m Children For Measles Vaccination


Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says the government has targeted one million children for 2017 measles vaccination campaign in 12 local government areas across the state during the first phase of the programme.
Tambuwal said at the inauguration of the programme in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of the state, Tambuwal said all necessary arrangements had been concluded for a successful exercise.
He said the one million children targeted was realistic, considering the fact that the vaccines would be administered in two phases.

Atiku felicitates with T.Y Danjuma at 80


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described retired General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, as a gift from God at his 80th birthday.
In a press statement by Atiku Media Organisation, the former Vice President said that Danjuma is today celebrating the grand age of 80 years, is a testimonial to the fact that he has divine favour and that the Almighty still has tasks for him to accomplish in making his beloved country Nigeria, a better country.

President Buhari, Governors, Emir Sanusi and Others mourns Emir of Katagun


President Muhammadu Buhari was among  sympathisers  that attended the funeral prayer of the eleventh Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Umar, yesterday .
The funeral prayer which was led by the Chief Imam of Azare, Malam Ayuba Muhammad, was also attended by Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar and his Borno, Yobe and Jigawa counterparts as well as members of the National Assembly, ministers and other top government functionaries from across the country.
Condoling the family of the deceased and the entire people of the state, Governor Abubakar  described the death of the deceased as a great loss not only to the state but the nation at large.
He said the late emir contributed positively towards the development of Katagum, Bauchi State and the nation.
He prayed Allah to grant his soul eternal rest and his family and the people of the state the courage to bear the loss.
The late Emir of Katagum died Saturday at the age of 89 and he is survived by four wives and 49 children. Among his children are Alhaji Baba Umar Faruq, a retired federal permanent secretary who is also the district Head of Shira.
Late Umar has since been buried in the ancient town of Katagum, headquarters of Zaki Local Government Area.




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Saraki and I won’t return to PDP, says Kwara governor


The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Sunday said he and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, would not return to the Peoples Democratic Party despite the recent call on them to do so by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
He said they were committed to using the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress to deliver service to the people.

Kano takes anti-corruption fight to LGs


In its bid to take its fight against corruption to local government, Kano state government has commissioned the first local government anti-corruption office in the state.

It would be recalled that few months ago, the state has awarded contract for the construction of anti-corruption offices in all the 44 local government areas of the state.

Kwara councils to get N2b loan for Nov salary


The 16 council chairmen in Kwara State have decided to obtain a N2.1 billion loan from commercial banks to pay November salary and settle other needs.
According to them, this followed the delay in November allocation from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development Haruna Tanbiri Muhammad spoke in Ilorin after the emergency Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC).

2019: Atiku’s plan shaky as governors seize PDP


Makarfi, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, Lamido, Shekarau on shopping list
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition was hanging in the balance at the weekend, with the governors taking control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
New power brokers have emerged in the party — courtesy of the Saturday national convention where erstwhile leaders’ influence took a big bashing.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Wamakko loses elder sister


Hajiya Hauwa’u Barade, elder sister to Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko is dead. Aged 74, Hawwa’u Barade, popularly called Hajiya Yar’Dubu died Sunday according to a statement issued by the Senator’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani.
The statement said that the late Hajiya Yar’Daudu died at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto after a protracted illness.

500 NYSC members obtain loan in Kano to settle up business-Coordinator


Alhaji Ladan Baba, the Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kano state says 500 corps members in the state were offered loan to establish their own business.
Baba disclosed this on Sunday in Kano while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the graduation of 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream ll corps member’s Skills acquisition training.

Return of fuel queues unacceptable, says NLC


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has berated the Federal Government over the resurgence of fuel queues across the country, stressing that it considers the scarcity an insult to the collective pride of Nigerians.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said in Abuja yesterday that various excuses given by government, as reasons for the pain Nigerians were experiencing, are not acceptable.

Secondus is PDP chair as Adeniran storms out


Says contest a sham; accuses Wike, Fayose of manipulation
 Dokpesi, Ex-Minister also kick as ‘Unity List’ sparks protests 
How PDP can regain power, by Jonathan, Atiku, Makarfi

PDP 2017 Convention Unity List

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Bode George withdraws from PDP chairmanship race


PDP Chairmanship Aspirant, Chief Olabode George has announced his withdrawal from the race. Briefing Journalists at his campaign hqtrs in Abuja, George based his decision on desecration of the polity with money.

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Copa Lagos: Arsenal beats Kebbi 11-9, wants Nigerian players


Arsenal Beach Soccer Club started their campaign yesterday with an 11-9 victory over Kebbi BSC at the on-going Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament. It was the first match of the competition, which is featuring four clubsides and four national teams at the Eko Atlantic.
The Gunners led in each of the three quarters, winning 4-3 in the first quarter. The Kebbi boys, who were cheered by their governor, Abubakar Atiku Baguda, fought back in the second stanza to tie at 4-4, but a sudden loss of concentration saw them falling 8-6 at the end.

Friday, 8 December 2017

We’re working to secure Sango’s release – Gov. Lalong


Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has said that the Plateau and Kaduna State Governments are working round the clock with security operatives to have the Plateau PDP Chairman, Chief Damishi Sango, released.
Sango, a former Minister of Sports, and four others were abducted by unknown persons on Wednesday evening at Jere-Kaduna on their way to Abuja from Jos.
Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press, Mr Emmanuel Nanle, on Friday said that the state governments were working for their unconditional release without delay.

How Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Inspired Me – Atiku


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has revealed how the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua inspired him with his extraordinary courage and organisational and mobilisation skills.
Atiku made the revelation on Friday in a tribute marking the 20th memorial anniversary of the  soldier, politician and democracy martyr.
In a statement in Abuja on Friday, Atiku Abubakar said he was inspired by the courage of conviction of the late Katsina General.

CBN Inaugurates N6bn World-Class Postgraduate Business School In ABU


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday inaugurated a N6bn World-Class Postgraduate Business School at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony held at ABU main campus, Samaru, Zaria, the CBN Deputy Governor, Alhaji Suleiman Barau, said the gesture was part of the bank’s corporate social responsibilities.
He appreciated the pivotal role education played in driving the economy.

Baru gets Forbes award, woos foreign investors for NNPC mega projects


Baru said the corporation would execute a number of mega projects which would require international collaboration.
“Our programme for 2018 is very aggressive and will require cooperation from the international community in supporting our activities through technical and financial collaboration,’’ he said.

Buhari: looters won’t return to power in 2019


President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged those who want to contest against him in 2019 to an integrity test.
Speaking at an interactive session with community leaders and stakeholders at the Coronation Hall of the Kano Government House to round off his two-day visit to the state, he said Nigerians would not let  treasury looters return to power.
He said: “Those who ruled Nigeria without vision and looted the nation’s treasury are the same people boasting that they will displace the APC government and return to office.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Court refuses pleas, sends Maryam Sanda back to prisons


An FCT High Court, in Jabi, FCT, has refused the oral application for bail made on behalf of Maryam Sanda and ordered her returned to prisons pending her re-arraignment, on Thursday, next week.
The FCT Police Command in a two-count charge accused Maryam, the daughter of a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans, Hajiya Maimuna Aliyu Sanda, of killing her husband, Bilyamin Bello, the son of Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad, a former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Taraba: INEC schedules Jan. 13 for Ardo Kola bye-election


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated January 13, 2018, as date for the bye election into Ardo Kola state constituency, following the declaration of the seat vacant by Speaker of the state Assembly, Mr. Abel Peter Diah.
The member, who was elected during the 2015 general election to reprent the state constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Dame, had died, last month.

Ortom Inaugurates Multi-Million Naira BIPC Plaza



Governor Samuel Ortom on yesterday inaugurated the multi-million Benue Investment and Property Company, BIPC, Shopping Mall in Karu, at the outskirts of Abuja.
Performing the ceremony, he urged indigenes of the State to take advantage of the Shopping Mall to do business.
Governor Ortom also announced that the BIPC Micro Finance Bank intended to provide opportunity for them to access loans and expand their economic ventures will soon take off.
He commended the management of company for prudently utilising funds allocated for the completion of the project, adding that it had proven that it was worth patronising.

2 Jigawa cops, 1 NSCDC officer arrested over abduction


Two police and one officer of the Nigerian Security and  Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are presently being interrogated over alleged involvement of the abduction of one Malam Ahmad Muhammad, popularly known as “Akrami”.
Th‎e officers were arrested after they were said to have reportedly abducted the victim whom they allegedly tortured vehemently so that he would ‘manufacture’ money for them.

Shun excessive night parties: NYSC DG


Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has warned corps members against holding night parties which, he said, could jeopardise their lives.

Governor Dankwambo declares support for scrapping of SARS


The governor of Gombe state, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo, has declared his support for call to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). According to Governor Dankwabo, it is lamentable that those charged with the responsibility of protecting Nigerians have suddenly become a danger to the people. “I wholeheartedly support Nigerians in the call for #EndSARS. 
 “Those charged with the protection of Nigerian lives and property have now become the danger to those they are supposed to protect. “However, I believe that we need more reforms in the Nigeria police,” he said in a tweet. NAIJ.com however reports that the inspector general of police Idris Kpotun Ibrahim on Monday, December 4, ordered the immediate re-organization of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country. 

Adamawa lawmaker welcomes triplets after 24 years of marriage


A lawmaker in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Lumsambani Dilli, has been delivered of a triplets. Hon. Dilli Demsa Local Government Area‎ in the Assembly. The babies are coming after 24 years of marriage to his wife.
Speaking on the development, Dilli says, “Both the mother and the babies are all hale and hearty. “We found out we were having triplets; I am proud and grateful that after nearly 24 years of marriage, my wife delivered three healthy, beautiful babies. “I can’t express the pure happiness of having a baby,” the excited lawmaker,  said.

NDLEA seizes 1,293.424kg hard drugs in Gombe


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Gombe State, said it has seized 1,283.424 kg of hard drugs during the outgoing year, while also intercepting 831.78 kg of psychotropic substances.
State Commandant of the agency, Aliyu Dole, disclosed this, on Thursday, while briefing journalists on the activities of the NDLEA in the state.

Smuggling : Customs Seizes Elephant Tusks In Adamawa


The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), has confirmed the seizure of about 55 calibre of elephant tusks along the Nigeria-Cameroon boarder.
Mr Francis Adetoye, the Area Controller in charge of Adamawa and Taraba Commands made the disclosure at a press briefing in Yola on Wednesday.
Adetoye said that the success was recorded following a joint anti-smuggling and drugs patrol in collaboration with sister agencies in the state.

Buhari Signs Dental Technology, Air Force Institute, National Intelligence Pensions Bills Into Law


President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to three bills, including the Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy (Establishment) Bill, and the Air Force Institute of Technology of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill 2017.
The president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, said the president also assented to the National Intelligence Agency Pensions (Establishment) Bill, 2017, on Dec. 5.

Taraba Speaker empowers 250 youths with working tools


Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Peter Abel Diah has tasked government and political office holders to come up with actions and policies that would ameliorate the sufferings of the masses who entrusted them with their mandates.
According to him it is only by this that they can hope to remain relevant.
These are the 250 youths trained in various skills acquisition under Afronet, the pet project of the speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly.

Gombe launches UN Resolution 1325 to alleviate plight of women


The Gombe State Government has launched its action plan on United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325, tagged ‘HeforShe Campaign and Peace Architecture,’ aimed at minimising the hardship, difficulties and atrocities women go through during conflicts and disasters.

INEC laments over 49,000 unclaimed PVCs in Taraba

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Taraba on Wednesday said 49,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have not been claimed by their owners.
The Administrative Secretary of the Commission, Alhaji Muhammed Umar, disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting in Jalingo.
According to him, over 26,000 of the PVCs have not been collected by their owners in Jalingo town alone.

God ‘ll judge looters of our economy, says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has invoked the wrath of God on those who looted the nation’s economy.
He expressed regrets that some people squandered the nation’s enormous wealth without providing basic facilities, such as water, electricity and good roads.
President Buhari spoke yesterday at the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi 11’s palace during his two-day visit to Kano. The trip will be rounded off today.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

8th House’ passed record number of bills – Dogara


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has given his colleagues a pass mark, saying, the eight  House has passed a record number of bills and motions.
According to the Speaker, the achievement of the House was made possible through the contributions and cooperation of all members.
He, therefore, thanked his colleagues for what he described as’ their unwavering support for his leadership’.

Kebbi NACA spends N6m to settle owners of stolen vehicle parts, shelves strike


The Nigeria Automobile and Technicians Association (NACA), Kebbi State chapter, says it has spent over N6 million in settling owners of stolen vehicles parts from various members’ workshops across the state.
The Association, which expressed displeasure over its inability to secure a permanent land for mechanic village, also noted that they had lost many opportunities at the national level due to lack of befitting central workshop for its members.

FG approves six new private universities


The Federal Government has approved the establishment of six new private universities in the country.
The decision was reached at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Gov. Gaidam Opens Social Media Training Workshop for Information Officers



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H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam has declared open a training workshop on the effective use of social media for public information dissemination organized for information officers in government ministries, departments and agencies and local government councils.
In a speech at the opening ceremony, the governor described social media as a welcome development as tools of information dissemination.
"Social media which are the sum total of online communication channels that promote community interaction, content sharing, and collaboration...are new innovations brought about by information

Biu Suicide Attack: Governor Kashim Shettima Visits Biu

Governor Kashim Shettima was in Biu to condole the people of the Local Government over the sad incident of Saturday 2nd September, 2017 when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs at two locations in Biu main market.
Eighteen people lost their lives while fifty seven were injured out of which about twenty people are still in the hospital receiving treatment.

The reception I got in Kano overwhelming, Buhari says


President Muhammadu Buhari has described the reception he was given by Kano people as “overwhelming.”
The President is making his first visit to Kano State since his election in 2015.

Boko Haram war: Army replaces Commander Op. LAFIYA DOLE


The military has removed the Theatre Commander of the counter-insurgency operation, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and replaced him with a new commander, Maj.-Gen. Nicholas Rogers .

Demands Of Striking University Staff Fully Met — FG


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has fulfilled its part of an agreement reached with the striking non-academic staff of federal universities on Sept. 20.
In a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry on Tuesday, Ngige said the government had also fully complied with the implementation timelines of the agreement.

Zamfara Assembly Moves To Empower State’s Hisbah Commission

The Zamfara state House of Assembly plans to ammend the law guiding the operations of the state Hisba Commission in order to enhance its operations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assembly in its plenary session on Tuesday directed its committee on Religious Affairs, Judiciary and Special Duties to review the law with a view to making the necessary ammendement.

More Nigerians Return From Libya


Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Tuesday joined officials of some government agencies as they received a fresh set of Nigerians flown home from Libya.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned home aboard a chartered Buraq Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG.
The aircraft landed at about 6.45pm at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Soldiers kill 7 terrorists, recover arms, IED in Borno


The Nigerian Army said its soldiers on counter insurgency operations in the north east killed seven members of the Boko Haram terrorists group in two separate operations in some parts of Borno State.
Director, Army Public Relations Brigadier-General Sani Usman, who made this known in a statement said the soldiers who were on patrol of the area also recovered weapons, machetes, knives and N5, 500 cash from the terrorists during the encounter which took place on Monday. Usman in the statement said

Atiku urges other defectors to return


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday called on other politicians that dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return to the PDP.
Atiku was received at the party’s Abuja secretariat by the chairman of the Caretaker Committee Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
The former Vice President said it is only by their returning to the PDP that he and other defectors could build a stronger and more united PDP that can regain power in 2019.

Shi’ites sue El-Rufai for ‘harassment, molestation’


The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shi’ites, has sued Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the Federal High Court in Kaduna for ‘incessant harassments, molestation and open violent physical attacks’ on its members.
The suit was filed by Engr. Yahaya Gilima Karofi, Muktar Abdullahi Muhammed and Aliyu Umar, against the government of Kaduna State; Governor of Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner of Police; Director, State Security Service; Director-General, Department of State Security Abuja, Inspector-General of Police and Chief of Army Staff.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Less than 10 % Young People Know Their HIV Status In Kaduna –UNICEF


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that less than 10 per cent of young people in Kaduna State knew their HIV status.
The HIV and AIDS Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna, Dr Idris Baba, made this known in Kaduna at the 2017 World AIDS Day, organised by the Kaduna State Agency for the Control of AIDS (KADSACA).