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Aisha Yesufu says till date, no VP is better than Osinbajo

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Nigerian activist and convener of the ”Bring back our girls” movement, Aisha Yesufu on Thursday, praised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to her, since the inception of democracy, no other Vice President has done more than Osinbajo. She claimed that the professor isn’t a stooge and that he fights for Nigerian citizens.

Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Aisha replied to a comment from a Twitter user who likes the Vice President.

”I totally agree with you that till date no VP has done more than Professor Yemi in being a stooge that cannot assert himself talkless of fighting for the citizens of his country” she wrote.


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Gist+: Court picks date to hear suit questioning Funke Akindele’s arrest

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The Federal High Court in Lagos will on July 10 hear the suit asking it to quash the conviction and sentencing of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele; her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello; and 236 others arrested, pursuant to the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had signed the prevention bill in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funke Akindele-Bello was arrested and sentenced by the Lagos state police command over the house party hosted in her house to celebrate her husband’s birthday on Saturday at their Amen Estate residence.

However, the plaintiff in the suit, Olukoya Ogungbeje, wants the court to declare that the law is inconsistent with provisions of Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution relating to fundamental human rights.

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Mr Ogungbeje told the court that he had a duty “to protect and defend the sanctity of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from any contravention or infraction.”

He urged the court to declare that “the purported arrest, arraignment, trial, conviction and sentencing of persons/Nigerian citizens under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 for an alleged offence unknown to law and violation of same, which cannot be grounds for criminal liability is a nullity.”

He also urged the court to hold that by virtue of the Court of Appeal’s pronouncement in the case of Faith Okafor vs Lagos State Govt. and ANOR on November 4, 2016, “a directive issued by a governor is not a law and violation of same cannot result in criminal liability.”

Justice Maureen Onyetenu adjourned to hear the suit on July 10.


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Kano governor to present reviewed budget to Assembly

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has submitted a reviewed budget to the Kano State House of Assembly.

Dr Ganduje’s administration hinted a few days back, that the 2020 budget of over N200billion would be reduced by 30 percent due to the frustrations occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reviewed budget of N138,279,140,661 was first presented at the state Executive Council meeting, Wednesday, by the Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai, before transmitting the document to the State House of Assembly.

The reviewed budget of over N138billion has N78.8billon for recurrent expenditure, which represents 57 percent and N54.9billion for capital expenditure, which represents 43 percent.

Internally general revenue (IGR) stood at N46billion in the original document, but with N7.8billion as actual collection from January to March, the IGR now stands at N24billion in the reviewed budget document.

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The FAAC source for financing the budget was N76 billion in the original document but has now become N52billion, which is lower by N24billion.

In the original document, overhead stood at N18.3 billion as the amount and now reviewed to N16.6billion.

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The priority areas of the reviewed budget are education, health, and infrastructure.

While global behaviour inches towards learning how to live with COVID-19 pandemic at both local and global levels, due to the absence of a clear cut vaccine for the menace, the governor further ordered all contractors handling different government projects in the state to go back to the site.

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Governor Ganduje expressed optimism that, life will pick up steadily for the continued development of the state as he ordered for the opening of all manufacturing companies in the state, to further take care of developmental aspects in the state in Post-COVID-19.

“It is pertinent to note that, people should understand lucidly that there will life after COVID-19. As such we should not sit back and give less concern about that,” he said.

Ganduje commended all members of the State Executive Council for their roles in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also commended the individual and collective commitment of the executive members during this period, stressing that his government philosophy of teamwork is strong and vibrant.


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Wadume’s trial: Malami denies covering 10 soldiers involved in case

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The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has denied shielding from trial, the 10 soldiers who allegedly killed three policemen in Taraba State last year, while rescuing suspected kidnap kingpin, Wadume from the police team.

Malami gave an update on the case on Wednesday at the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari with several other ministers in attendance.

He explained that contrary to the claims, the ministry is trying to ensure proper military processes are consummated where the soldiers are either court-martialed internally or handed over to the courts for trial.

“Those that are handy, for the purpose of prosecution, cannot just be held in custody for undue longer periods of time on account of the absence of the military.

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television  June 30, 2020.

“So, that is how the idea of severing the charge to allow those that are handy to stand their trial, arises.

“But that does not by any means, mean to say that the military are shielded, the military cannot be prosecuted. But then, if they have to be prosecuted, they have to be prosecuted within the context of the law,” Malami said.


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Gist+: Toke Makinwa says she is allergic to brokenness

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Popular media girl, Toke Makinwa has revealed that she is allergic to being broke as her skin can’t survive it.

The Yoruba born social media sensation and vlogger took to micro blogging platform, Twitter to make this revelation.

“I work as hard as I do cos I like expensive shit, my tastebuds bougie AF and I’m allergic to being broke.” She tweeted.

A follower then replied: “I love that “am allergic to being poor”.

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Toke echoed; “I am oooo, my skin can’t survive it”.

Reacting to her post, Nigerians took to social media and wrote;

“No woman should be comfortable in being broke. There’s no nobility in poverty. Women Hustle oooo”

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“Truth is, everyone is allergic to being broke.. nobody wey no like better thing.. We all trying to make ends meet.. until then, no pressure”

“A bleached skin can’t truly survive poverty..”

“We’re all allergic to poverty but Nigeria just wants to keep choking poverty on us”

“I wish I can say I’m allergic to being broke because the brokenness keeps coming “


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3 Nollywood Actress that cannot kiss in movie

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Although the Nollywood industry is a make believe craft, there are some Yoruba actresses who have vowed never to kiss in movies. They include, Jaiye Kuti, Seyi Edun and Dupe Jaiyesimi

Seyi Edun is a fast rising actress and a movie producer. She features majorly in Yoruba movies. Seyi joined the movie industry in the year 2009 through her younger sister who is also a scriptwriter.

Seyi graduated from house of Wisdom cancus in 2009, same year she produced her first movie.

She has once revealed in an interview that she can never share a wet kiss in the movie. She also vowed never to appear naked in any movie. Seyi Edun is currently married to another nollywood actor Adeniyi Johnson.

Durojayeola Oluwakemi Kuti, popularly known as Jaiye Kuti is the second on this list. Jaiye is a prominent Yoruba actress who is known for her energetic roles in movies.

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She hails from Yewa Ayetoro Egbado in Ogun state.

According to her, she started acting because it has been her passion right from her childhood.

In an interview in 2014 she stated that it is impossible for her to have a wet kiss on the screen.

Veteran actress, Modupe Jaiyesimi who started acting professionally in 1990 revealed in an interview that she cannot kiss on set but she can only peck and she said she cannot kiss any other than her husband.


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Why Lateef Adedimeji is next biggest Yoruba actor after Odunlade Adekola & Femi Adebayo

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Why Lateef Adedimeji will be the biggest Yoruba movie star after Femi Adebayo and Odunlade Adekola

For a keen observer of developments in the Yoruba movie section of Nollywood, it should be known that there is a certain way star actors come on the scene, reign for their God appointed period of time, and then step aside for another star to take the centre stage. Yes, that has been the norm for years and it still continues.

For instance, time was when Saheed Balogun was on the centre stage and it seemed no one else could surpass him, but it happened. And same applied to others like Babatunde Omidina better known as Baba Suwe, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Funsho Adeolu, Muyiwa Ademola, and few others. They all came, saw and conquered at their God appointed time by taking the centre stage like a collosus in the industry.

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Currently, and arguably so, the two major stars in the Yoruba movie industry that have been sharing the centre stage have been Femi Adebayo and Odunlade Adekola. For the two of them, the world has been their oyster for a couple of years now and they don’t seem to be ready to yield the centre stage for anyone else. In fact, their dominance on the stage is so pronounced that two competitive beer brands have the two of them as their separate Ambassador. And interestingly too, they have been winning the award for best Yoruba actor alternatively, for years. That is, if it is not Odunlade Adekola winning it, it would definitely be Femi Adebayo.

But there has surely come another actor who will be giving them a run for their money. And in the nearest future, he should be taking over the centre stage. He is no other than Lateef Adedimeji. This is an actor that is not just talented but very intelligent and dynamic. Anyone who has seen his acting would know he is made for the topmost level in his chosen career. Just give the lanky actor any role and you can be sure of getting the best interpretation of the script. You can even ask him to leave the regular Yoruba role and give you an Ibo character, and you would marvel at his delivery. Not many actors can do that switching effortlessly.

Without doubt, it is only a matter of time for a complete actor in the mould of Lateef Adedimeji to dominate his industry like an emperor ruling over his empire. Yes, Femi Adebayo, Odunlade Adekola and others would still be doing their thing, but Lateef Adedimeji promises to be the next biggest Yoruba movie star to take over the main stage. Just watch out for him.


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Facts on Justice Nasiru Ajanah’s death | Details

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Fresh facts have emerged on the agonising last days of the Chief Justice of Kogi State, the late Justice Nasiru Ajanah.

Justice Ajanah had reportedly died of COVID-19 on Sunday 28th June, 2020.

According to credible family sources, the man walked into an avoidable death as there was no credible evidence that he contracted the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic.

A very bitter family member told this medium that what the judge complained of was malaria fever, over which he had even been treated with the local herbs.

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“What gave us the confidence that all was well with him was that all the people close to him were tested along with him. His wife, driver and orderly were tested and they all came out negative.

“Inspite of this, he went to the isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja expecting to be given a clean bill of health and to be back home this past Monday only for the family and the members of the public to be told that he passed on exactly two weeks after he got to the centre,” said a source.

Sources revealed that it wasn’t as if his condition was bad, and that a family member even volunteered to pay for the services of a nurse and that a sum of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naria) was agreed but that the CJ insisted on following the laid down rules.
” He went to the isolation himself not that he was taken there, even the text messages he sent to the family never indicated any cause for concern” said a source.

The family source told us that the amiable judge died a broken and sad man as he complained of severe neglect and abandonment even when he requested to see his family or be discharged from the centre.

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The source said that he was never a man given to unnecessary complaints or undue preferential treatment as a result of his office.

The family disclosed that the oxygen level of the jurist was 97 percent which to them was still okay, with a sources saying that “we were confident he was going to be discharged.”

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, who had been at loggerheads with the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) over issues relating to COVID-19 in Kogi State seriously faulted the claims of the parastatal that the late Chief Justice of the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah died of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Governor maintained his opinion that the “disease was forced on the people for no just cause.”

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Bello insisted that Justice Nasir Ajanah died of natural cause rather than the deadly virus, while disagreeing with the NCDC on the cause of the death of Ajanah.

Sources said that the Governor, who was once in a bitter confrontation with the amiable judge and made up with him before the last election in the state was particularly pained by this loss thus necessitating his recent outburst against the disease control agency.

Ajanah was however, buried in Abuja on Sunday June 28th according to Islamic rites.

In his sermon during the burial, Justice Nurudeen Khalifa urged Nigerians to live a life of emulation, pointing out that every man has a reward after death. He also advised Nigerians on good living while alive.

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In his remarks, the son of the deceased thanked the state government for its support, describing his father’s death as painful.

The acclaimed “accomplished judge”, who died at the age of 64, was first appointed a high court judge by the Kwara State Government in 1990 and later transferred to Kogi when the state was created in 1991.

As a high court judge, Ajanah served in several jurisdictions across the state, including Ankpa (1991 to 1993), Isanlu (1994 to 1996) and Okene (1996 to 1999) before moving to Lokoja in 1999 where he served until his death.

Kogi Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Mouktar Atimah, condoled with the state government and the entire Ajanah family over the incident.

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He described CJ’s death as shocking, coming when his services were most needed.

According to him, the late CJ will be remembered for his calmness, forthrightness and selfless service to the state and his community.

He prayed to God to grant the soul of the late CJ eternal rest and the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Ajanah’s death came barely one week after that of the former President of Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, Shaibu Atadoga.

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The late CJ started his education at the Local Authority (Central) Primary School Okene between 1962 and 1968. He proceeded to the Federal Government College, Keffi, in 1969 and was admitted by the same college for his Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1974.

He studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School. He was called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

His working career started with Kwara State Ministry of Justice where he served as State Counsel between 1982 and 1984. He later set up Nasiru Ajanah & Co. in Okene between 1985 and 1989 before he was appointed as a Judge of Kwara State High Court in 1990.

Ajanah served as Chairman, Kabba Disturbance Tribunal in Kogi State (1994); Chairman, Election Petition Tribunal in Adamawa State (1998); member of Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1999 to 2006); Chairman, Panel on Murtala Muhammed International Airport Fire Incident (2000); Chairman, Election Petition Tribunal in Akwa Ibom State (2007); and Chairman, Election Tribunal Petition in Rivers State (2008).


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Fine Face, beards, Six Packs and you’re broke – then you’re stupid – Bobrisky says

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Controversial Nigerian cross dresser, Idris Okuneye Olorunwaje, popularly known as Bobrisky has taken to his official Instagram page to drag the life out of poor people who are cute.

According to the Yoruba born bleaching expert, a guy is stupid if he has 6 packs and a handsome face but has no money.

The alleged UNILAG graduate made this assertion on his Instagram page.

He wrote:

Fine face, 6 packs,, 6 feet, beards gang etc and you are broke, you are just stupid. I will rather go for some pot belly with some billionaires cash


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Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know (July 2)

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These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Thursday morning.

  1. COVID-19: Nigeria records 790 fresh cases with 603 total deaths

Nigeria on Wednesday night recorded 790 fresh COVID-19 cases. In Disaster Rumour

  1. Benue govt approves partial re-opening of schools

The Benue State government on Wednesday approved partial re-opening of schools in compliance with recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. In Edu-NATION

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  1. Introduce Castration – Afe Babalola suggest over increased rape cases

The Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, on Wednesday charged government at all levels to amend laws on rape to include outright castration of offenders. In Crimes Story

  1. Lagos Assembly wants govt to rename monuments named after colonial masters

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday urged the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to issue an order for the renaming of all sites and monuments named after colonial masters in the state. In In The News

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  1. NASS suspends FG’s Special Public Works scheme targeting 774,000 jobs

The National Assembly on Wednesday suspended the Special Public Works programme conceived by the Federal Government for the engagement of 774, 000 Nigerians. In Economic Today

  1. Nigerian govt shun reports of Taraba abduction kingpin

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday dismissed the bail applications filed by suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala aka Wadume, and six other persons currently standing trial for alleged kidnapping and other related crimes. In Crimes Story

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  1. ASUU accuses Nigerian govt of experimenting with lives of poor Nigerians by reopening schools

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday accused the Federal Government of experimenting with the lives of poor Nigerians after it approved the reopening of schools across the country. In Edu-NATION

  1. Retired Anambra civil servants demand new minimum wage

Retired civil servants in Anambra State on Wednesday asked the state government to adjust their pensions to reflect the new minimum wage approved by the Federal Government last year. In Business Updates

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  1. My govt is determined to support the poor in Nigeria —Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday the Economic Sustainability Plan put together by the Federal Government to stimulate the economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic would extend protection to poor Nigerians and other vulnerable groups. In Politics Today

  1. Abuja, Lagos airports to resume domestic flights July 8, others July 11 and 15 respectively

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said on Wednesday domestic flight operations would resume at the various airports across the country on July 8. In Economic Today


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COVID-19: Nigeria records 790 fresh cases with 603 total deaths

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Nigeria Centre For Diseases Control record 790 new cases of COVID-19 with total number 26,484, deaths 603 , and 10,152 discharged.

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790 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Delta-166
Lagos-120
Enugu-66
FCT-65
Edo-60
Ogun-43
Kano-41
Kaduna-39
Ondo-33
Rivers-32
Bayelsa-29
Katsina-21
Imo-20
Kwara-18
Oyo-11
Abia-10
Benue-6
Gombe-4
Yobe-2
Bauchi-2
Kebbi-2

26,484 confirmed
10,152 discharged
603 deaths


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PMS: FG increase pump price of petrol to N143.80

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The Federal Government through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced a new price band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre for Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol.

The PPPRA, in a circular dated July 1, 2020 to marketers, said, “After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80-N143.80 per litre for the month of July 2020.

“All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA.”

The agency had on May 31, 2020 announced a price band of N121.50 to N123.50 per litre for the product.

Sources at the Abuja headquarters of the agency said the rise in petrol price for July was primarily due to the increase in global crude oil prices, as PMS had been deregulated.


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Yobe gov sends condolence to Borno gov over death of CoS

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, on Wednesday commiserated with the government and people of Borno, over the death of Dr Babagana Wakil, Chief of Staff to Gov. Babagana Zulum.

In a statement through his Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, and made available to Media in Damaturu, the governor described the death of the late COS as a painful loss to Zulum, the government and people of both Borno and Yobe.

According to him, Borno and Yobe remain one, saying, “every misfortune that affects one, affects the other”.

He said the deceased was a complete gentleman who lived a life of service to humanity.

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“Dr Babagana Wakil was a complete gentleman, a thorough breed, dedicated public officer and an accomplished administrator,” Buni said.

The governor prayed Almighty God to forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal rest.

He also prayed that God grants his family, government and the people of Borno, the fortitude to bear the pains of his demise.


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OndoDecide’20: Dogara head PDP screening committee

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, as the chairman of its screening committee, for the Ondo State governorship primaries.

The appointment is contained in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Akobundu said that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approved the nomination of Dogara and four others to serve on the screening gubernatorial committee.

Other members of the committee, according to Akobundu, include Sen. Zainab Kure, Fred Agbedi and Ndubuisi Agwuama while Rev. Bunmi Jenyo will serve as Secretary.

The committee is mandated to screen all aspirants for the upcoming 2020 governorship election in Ondo state.

“The exercise is scheduled for Thursday at the NWC hall, Wadata Plaza at 10.00 a.m.,’’ Akobundu stated.


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COVID-19: PDP empathize with Delta Governor

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Chapter, has empathised with Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Edith and family following the news that they tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, on Wednesday expressed its solid support for the governor and his family at this trying time.

The party urged him to be firm in faith and strong in the conviction that this is a situation that would soon pass.

“Your Excellency, the Delta PDP family wish you, your dear wife and members of your family presently inconvenienced by this unwanted situation, a speedy recovery.

“COVID-19, like you have told Deltans, is not in any way a death sentence and your inspirational leadership, as well as proactive management of this pandemic, has further strengthened our belief that you and your family will all come out stronger and healthier.

“We commended your Excellency for the sincerity, honesty and the transparency you have continually exhibited, especially as it concerns your family since the outbreak of this pandemic.

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“We join our prayers with those of your well-wishers all over the world, that the good Lord will touch you and your family with His Divine healing at this time,’’ the party prayed.

It called on Deltans to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 preventive measures put in place by the NCDC, the Federal and Delta Ministries of Health amid rising positive cases of the pandemic in the state.

“It is now obvious to all that COVID-19 is real.’’

The party wished the governor and his wife, speedy recovery and prayed that God blesses and keeps them safe.


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ICPC urges communities to own, monitor projects. | Details

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in collaboration with the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors have urged communities to own up projects executed in their areas.

The Head Constituency and Executive Project Tracking Group (CEPTG), Mr Tanko Abdullahi, made the call during project tracking of rural road at Amuro in Afikpo-North Local Government Area of the state.

Abdullahi said it was important for people to monitor projects situated in their areas to encourage competence, development and prevent substandard ventures.

According to him, the Commission created various enlightement activities to inform the public on its fight against corruption, acts that amount to wrong doing and to get them to be part of the crusade.

He called on town unions, traditional rulers, women, youth leaders and individuals, among other groups to show interest in taking responsibilities of the project.

The head further gave complaints platforms of the ICPC, if suspicious fraudulent act in the execution was discovered.

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Abdullahi urged them to make use of the ICPC dissatisfaction toll-free telephone lines on 08031230280-2, 07056990190-1, email [email protected] and social media platforms, icpcnigeria1, icpc_pe.

“Once a project is awarded, communities should own the project by monitoring its execution to ensure quality work is done and not abandoned.

“They should help protect the projects from thieves and vandals so that money spent is not wasted, thus would pose the community to suffer the need.

“The projects is for the benefit of your community, therefore, do everything you can to ensure your community is not deprived of its use or benefit,” Abdullahi said.

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The Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Ebonyi Chapter, Mr Ogbonna Ndubuisi, maintained that bill of quantity was key in tracking projects execution.

Ndubuisi said its application during an exercise would help to track worths, specifications and standards of project to be executed.

He described the bill as a document that encompassed work to be done and cost attached.

“It is used during tracking and also for evaluation,” Ndubuisi said.

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Dr Kelechukwu Okezie, the Director, Neighborhood Environmental Watch Foundation and member of the tracking team, said that more enlightement programme would enable the general public to understand activities of the team.

He said that such responsibility by communities was key in fighting corruption through constituency and execution projects tracking.

“When projects are sited in a community, it is expected that they own up the project by monitoring,” Okezie said.

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the team embarked on tracking construction of a supposed 700 meters rural access road in the community but 600 meters was executed.


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Nigerian govt shun reports of Taraba abduction kingpin

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The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that soldiers implicated in the killing of police officers on duty by a kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, are deliberately being shielded from prosecution.

Malami, who made the statement when he fielded questions from State House correspondents at the end of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), said the government was only giving time to allow the established processes to be consummated.

The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister, who presented the score-card of the ministry at the meeting, said that the affected soldiers were currently being charged before a court-martial in accordance with established laws in the country.

The kidnap kingpin, popularly known as Wadume, is facing a 16-count charge, bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and gun-running along with Tijjani Balarabe, an army captain and 18 others.

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Also on the list of defendants are Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Cpl. Bartholomew Obanye; Pte. Mohammed Nura and Lance Cpl. Okorozie Gideon.

Others are Cpl. Markus Michael; Lance Cpl. Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu; Pte. Ebele Emmanuel; ASP. Aondona Iorbee and Insp. Aliyu Dadje and Auwalu Bala, aka Omo Razor.

The minister stated, however, that before the military could release their personnel for prosecution, they must also go through their in-house processes.

He said: “Now, coming to the issue of the soldiers, it is important for you to note that within the context of the Nigerian law, there are certain provisions that are exclusive to the military within the context of law on court martial and then, the internal discipline associated with the military.

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“The soldiers can now be charged before court martial, and then for the military to release their personnel for prosecution, ordinarily, there are in-house processes and procedures that are to be consummated.

“So those that are handy for the purpose of prosecution cannot be held in custody for unduly longer period of time on the account of the absence of the military.

“So that is how the idea of severing the charge to allow those that are handy to stand their trail arose.

“That does not mean that by any means that the military are shielded and cannot be prosecuted.

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“But if they have to be prosecuted, they have to be prosecuted within the context of the law. What is the law here? They are military personnel, first they are to go through the in-house processes.

“There are two options, either to charge them before the court martial which is a special court established by law for the trial of soldiers or in the alternative for the military after consummation of the in-house processes should consider handing them over for trail.”

On the activities of the ministry in the past 10 months, Malami disclosed that the ministry had succeeded in the recovery of millions of dollars of looted assets while efforts had been intensified to recover more of such funds abroad.

According to him, legislative bills aimed at checking frauds and unhealthy practices as well as to enhance the economic fortune of the country are being pursued at the National Assembly.

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The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who also spoke to the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, disclosed that the council approved N634.2 million for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lankang Irrigation Project in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau.

He said the ministry was working to increase the nation’s irrigation capacity from 130,000 to 500,000 under a scheme meant to run from 2016 to 2030.

He said: “The Ministry presented a memo to council today on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lankang Irrigation Project in Plateau State.

“This contract was approved in the sum of N634, 184,783.93, inclusive of 7.5% VAT, with the completion period of 18 months.

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“It comprises the rehabilitation of 100 hectares of an existing pilot irrigation scheme and the expansion of that irrigation scheme by additional 500 hectares.

“It also includes the reconstruction of existing damage water control and conveying structure, preparation of fields and fishponds and provision of adequate water for irrigation.

“It was approved in line with government’s policy to boost food production and security and in the coming months.

“We’ll be seeing quite a number of projects, related to irrigation that we’ll be presenting, in line with our irrigation and drainage project, in what we call the National Irrigation and Drainage Programme, 2016 to 2030.

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“We hope to increase total acreage for irrigation in the country from the existing 130,000 hectares to 500,000 hectares.

“From the period that we started to date, our target was to have 100,000 hectares by 2020. As at January, we had about 85,000 hectares, which is already completed.

The minister announced that the country was on target towards attaining the 100,000 hectares by 2020, under the National Irrigation and Drainage Programme.

Similarly, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed that the council approved N10.6 billion for project cost revision of two projects.

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“Today, what we had were two memoranda for revision of project cost and all of this is in aid of completion of the projects involved.

“The first project is the Koton-Karfe-Lokoja section of the Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja highway. That cost was revised upwards by N3.076 billion.

“The second road is the Cham-Numan section of the Gombe–Yola highway.

“The revision of the cost is by N7.607 billion. This is to cover the cost of replacing about 11 kilometres of what we called, black cotton soil,’’ he said.


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Storyline: Zamfara passes SDG bills

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The Zamfara State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill for the establishment and management of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)in the state.

N.Rs reports that the bill was passed after scaling through the third reading at the assembly’s plenary in Gusau.

This followed a report on the bill submitted by Alhaji Musa Bawa Musa, the Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman House Committee on Special Duties.

Musa urged the lawmakers to allow the bill to scale through its third reading and passed for proper take off of the SDG in the state.

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The motion was seconded by Zaharadeen Sada (PDP Kaura-Namoda North)who urged the members to support the motion.

After deliberations and contributions by members, the legislators unanimously endorsed the bill through voice votes.

Speaker, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, while announcing the passage of the bill, said the bill was vital for the development of the state.

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He directed the Clerk of the House, Alhaji Saidu Anka, to send the bill to the state governor for assent.

Meanwhile, two executive Bills also passed its second readings at plenary following a request by the Deputy Majority Leader Nasiru Bello-Lawal (PDP Bungudu West)p>

They were a bill to enact law for Directorate of Accelerated Cotton Development Board and a law for the establishment and management of State Directorate for Higher Education.

The two bills were referred to the committees of the assembly for scrutiny and report to the house in two weeks.


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News+: Stakeholders urge kogi to meet with benchmark

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Stakeholders at a one-day Consultative Meeting on Public Financing of Agriculture have called on Kogi government to ensure its annual budget for the Agriculture sector met Maputo Declaration benchmark of 10 per cent minimum.

The stakeholders made the call in a communique issued at the end of the meeting, organised by the Public Financing of Agriculture (PFA) Committee of ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) on Wednesday in Lokoja.

The communique was signed by Mathias Okpanachi, chairman of PFA; Hajiya Safiya Yahaya, State Coordinator, SWOFON and Halima Sadiq, Executive Director, PIBCID.

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They observed that budgetary allocation to the Agriculture sector had not met the Maputo Declaration benchmark since its ratification and adoption by Nigeria in 2003.

“There is need for budget developers to ensure that Kogi State Public Sector Agriculture Budget meets the Maputo Declaration benchmark of 10 per cent minimum

“There is also need for the Ministry of Agriculture to adopt innovative revenue generation strategies and block resource leakages in its bureaucratic processes, and as well, improve capacity and attitudes of public service workers on quality service delivery”, they suggested.

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The stakeholders insisted that there must be an agreed participatory public sector policy on agriculture value chain development, while emphasising the need for government to off-take Agriculture produce from farmers.

They also urged increased partnership and collaboration between government and citizens on improving public sector funding for Agriculture, just as they advocated increased transparency and accountability in the sector to engender confidence.

They noted that the top-bottom approach to Public Sector Agriculture budget development was still a major challenge in ensuring participatory development in the sector.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Civil Society, Media, Kogi House of Assembly, Smallholder Women Farmers, Agriculture Financial Institutions, the state Agriculture Development Project (ADP) and Ministry of Agriculture representatives.


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Anambra’21: Zoning for Governor over! – Youths flare

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A youth organisation called Anambra Ekunie has flayed what it termed imposition of governors in the state over the years and said the era was over as the state prepares for the 2021 governorship election.

The group also warned politicians using a purported zoning gimmicks to fan the embers of disunity in the state to desist henceforth.

President of the organisation, Dr. Ifeanyi Achusi made the disclosures in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu.

Achusi said that the popular position among the various sections of the state was that zoning of the governorship seat ended with the emergence of Gov. Willie Obiano.

He said that the insistence that the successor of the incumbent governor must come from a particular zone was against democratic tenets and hence unacceptable.

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Achusi said that the group after its recent meeting in Enugu resolved to encourage qualified candidates to vie for the governorship position in 2021 irrespective of the zone they come from.

He noted that the governorship position had successfully rotated among the three zones of the state since 1999, adding that it was morally wrong for a particular zone to appropriate the 2021 contest to itself.

“Anambra Ekunie is insisting that it is now the turn of Anambra people to elect their governor. We are done with the imposition of a governor on us.

“Our people must now rise to demand that their votes count and it must count for the most credible and most competent,” he said.

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According to Achusi, Anambra remains one and cannot be balkanised by political merchants who see zoning as an avenue to impose a governor who will be subservient to them.

“We are disturbed by the outcome of a recent meeting of political and traditional rulers from Anambra South Zone wherein they insisted that their zone must produce the next governor in 2021.

“Anambra belongs to all of us and the governorship of the state is open to every Anambra son and daughter who wants to contest.

“Therefore, let all who are interested, male and female, young and old from all the zones enter the ring and let the people make their choice. That is our stand,” he said.

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Achusi said that politicians from Anambra South Zone had in every election year contested for the position of governor alongside others.

“There is no doubt that Anambra rotates the governorship among the three senatorial zones but as it is now, all the zones have taken their turns.

“So, the logical thing to do is to begin the rotation afresh from the zone that wins the 2021 governorship election and not to ask others to stay away for you alone to present candidates.

“That has never been done in Anambra and will not begin now,” he said.


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Kogi FMC Attack: Police launch Manhunt

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The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Ede Ayuba, has ordered detectives to go after armed hoodlums that launched a violent attack on facilities at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Ayuba, who gave the order on Wednesday during a visit to the centre to assess the extent of damage, said that the perpetrators believed to be sponsored political thugs would not go unpunished.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, DSP Aya Williams, said the commissioner had directed his deputy in charge of the Criminal Investigation Depratment to head the team of investigators.

He assured the staff of the hospital of the police to guarantee the safety of their lives and property.

Ayuba enjoined members of the public to go about their lawful activities and supply any information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.


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