Premium On Life Of Chibok Girls Not Necessary – Yomi Dare

boko haram, abducted chibok girls, sunrise daily, A former Director Army Legal Services, Yomi Dare, says government does not necessarily have to place a premium on the abducted girls as every citizen’s life matters.

I don’t know what premium you expect government to put on the lives of the Chibok girls. Those who are using them as baits, really know what they are after.

“I believe that the life of every citizen is really high, so what premium should one put on the life of the Chibok girls. I think it’s very important and the government has said it time and time again that efforts are on-going.”

Mr Dare said this during an interview on the Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily.

He added that the German, US, British, and French governments were working assiduously alongside the military to put an end to the insurgency and rescuing the girls.

In response to the recent release of a video in which one of the girls was seen making an appeal, the former Army Legal Director said the fact that they were alive and a mother had identified one of the girls as her daughter, was hope rekindled.

He further mentioned that the army could not tell specifically when they were truly on the trail of the Boko Haram.

“To be very honest with you, I do not think we should put a time frame on this because it might just amount to an adventure in the wilderness. Like I said, it could take years. It’s unfortunate.”

However, apart from the same old military strategies being used, he said, General enlightenment and awareness of the public could help speed up the rescue of the abducted girls.

Market Relocation: Food Traders Resist Relocation

anambra state, market relocation, food traders

Despite efforts of the Anambra State Government in providing a standard market at a permanent site in Ogbaru, traders in the Fruit and Vegetable market at Silas Works Road, Onitsha, have resisted the relocation directive given by the state government.

The Superintendent General of Operation “Clean and Healthy Anambra”, OCHA Brigade, Mr. Kenneth Okonkwo, who is having a running battle with the relocation of the traders, maded it clear that the exercise is not to victimize anybody rather, but the government is trying to control the pace of market proliferation in the state, especially those located along the highways.

It is also aimed at trying to attack environmental pollution aggressively as well as target uniform and legal revenue collection to checkmate activities of fraudulent revenue collectors.

Onitsha, no doubt, is the commercial nerve center of the Southeast. The Human and market population growth have become massive and with businesses growing from every corner, streets and major roads have been converted to markets.

Government Displeased With Activities Of Traders

The growing trend has become worrisome to the state government as several challenges have risen as a result of that, especially in the area of environmental sanitation and collection of Internally Generated Revenue.

The level of pollution in the market leaves nothing to be desired and it is one of the fears of the Superintendent General of the “Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra” who says the traders’ preference to doing business in unauthorized areas where they subject themselves to accidents and high market levies is unacceptable.

At the Permanent site of the perishable goods market, Atani, in Ogbaru Local Government Area, some traders however express happiness for the kind gesture from the government in remembering to give them a permanent market after years of migrating from one area to another.

Aside the gigantic stalls built to accommodate over a thousand traders, more stalls as well as conveniences and boreholes are also provided to maintain adequate hygiene in the market.

Traders in the market have appealed to the government to move all the perishable goods market within the area to the permanent market, to save the lives of other sellers trading on the expressway as well as give the market its deserved glory.


NDLEA Destroys 21 Hectares Of Cannabis In Osun

NDLEAThe Osun state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it destroyed about 21.4 Hectares of cannabis sativa farm located at Onikete farm settlement in Isokan Local Government area of the state. 

The State Commandant Mrs Sylvia Egwunwoke who spoke to Channels Television at her office in Oshogbo the state capital, shortly after the destruction, says the command was alerted about the farm settlement by residents in a nearby village near Onikete Farm settlement.

Although she confirmed that no arrest was made, but stated that land owners who lease out their farm lands, to people for the purpose of planting cannabis sativa will be made to face the wrath of the law.

She further stated that the process of nabbing all cannabis sativa farmers is a continuous one as other farm lands have also been identified in the state and the command is set to destroy all of them at this early stage.

The Osun State NDLEA Commandant therefore warned farm owners ‎to desist from being accomplices in this illicit trade, as much as she sought for the cooperation of the state government and other stake holders to rid the state off the trade.

Kano Govt. To Invest Two Billion Naira In Youth Empowerment

kano, Ganduje, Youth empowerment, The Kano State Government plans to invest two billion Naira in the establishment of youth empowerment centers across the 44 local government areas of the state.

During the 2016 International Youth Day celebrations in the state on Friday, Governor Umar Ganduje said eradicating poverty and job creation were among the priority areas of his administration.

The celebration was geared towards identifying relevant challenges of unemployment and poverty among the youth, with the theme: ‘Road to 2030: eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption”.

Hundreds of youths drawn from the 44 Local Government areas of the northwest Nigerian state, stormed the Sani Abacha Stadium to conduct a march past in celebration of the day.

Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

Governor Ganduje while addressing the youths, said that his government had planned various entrepreneurship development programs that would train and empower youths to reduce idleness.

Governor Ganduje, who was particularly concerned about the future of Nigerian Youths, said very soon his government would embark on a massive establishment of youth training centers across the state, of which the main focus would be to train youths via various skills acquisition programmes.

Kano State Commissioner of Information, Youth and Sports, Muhammad Garba, asked youths in the state to remain patient with the Government while the administration tries to solve the poverty and unemployment problems facing youths in Kano.

Mr Garba also said that his ministry would soon embark on some recruitment exercises via various entrepreneurship platforms.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria passed a vote of confidence on the Governor and declared Mr Ganduje ‘The Grand Commander Of Youth Empowerment And Economic Development’.

There was also a presentation of certificates which was one of the highlights of the day.


Ambode Commissions Helipad At LASUTH, Says To Be Used As Life Saving Asset

Cancer, Akinwunmi AmbodeLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned a Helipad at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),

While commissioning the facility, Governor Ambode, who said it will be a life saving asset, maintained that the need for a helipad had become necessary to complement other emergency services within the state.

He further stated that the facility would be operated by specially trained personnel, who will offer a 24-hour service.

The governor also mentioned that the Helipad would be located in LASUTH, Given her reputation as the State Tertiary Health Institution, offering referrals to other state and private medical institutions.

He said the usual movement by road is not the best option and has guaranteed the public that there would be expert medical care during emergency transfer and also safe landing at all times.

Governor Ambode also inspected abandoned as well as on-going projects, including the upgrading of 247-bed and five theatre suits for pregnant women to be ready for use by the first quarter of 2017.

Flood Predictions Trigger Residents Relocation In Anambra

flood, residents of Anambra, NEMA, Predictions by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), have forced the government and people of Anambra State in flood prone areas to commence preparations to relocate.

According to the nation’s meteorologists, 11 states, including Anambra will be affected.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has embarked on a sensitisation tour of the 10 Local Government areas of Anambra State that are flood prone.

Relevant stakeholders and organisations that will assist in disseminating the flood alert information to the grassroots are also involved.

River Size Increase

Life in Otuocha, a community in Anambra East local Government area of the state still appears to be flourishing and there is yet to be any signs of flooding, as the river is not surging towards the land.

Residents, who stay close to the riverine areas, say business and transportation activities are fully on-going at the marine market despite noticeable increase in the size of the river.

They said that  in spite of the August break, which signals that the prediction, as against that of 2014, may be true, they were prepared for the eventuality, should it come.

During the 5th general seminar of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Paul Odenigbo, urged traditional institutions, especially those in the flood prone areas, to help sensitise the community members to begin gathering their valuables ahead of time.

In an interview, the Executive Secretary of SEMA told reporters that the government was fumigating and preparing the 21 IDP camps across the state and urged the people to heed the flood warning.

The people, however, appealed to the government to provide speed boats which would facilitate easy and quick evacuation of their belongings when the time comes.

Swept Away

Meanwhile, few days after the flood alert was issued, one of the states mentioned – Kano – experienced flood that swept away at least 5,300 houses.

It occurred in  six local government areas of Kano State.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mr Aliyu Bashir, the affected local government areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

On Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it believed the Federal and State governments were better prepared to avert a humanitarian crisis after recent flood alerts.

The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, expressed hopes of government’s readiness, stressing that early warning provided must be matched with early action.

We Will Provide Air Power To Weaken Insurgents, Nigerian Air Force Says

airforce, nigeria, insurgence, securityThe Nigerian Air Force says it will provide needed air power to weaken operational bases of insurgents and provide needed support for surface forces to operate.

In addition to the promised air power to face the security challenges especially in the nation’s northeast, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, also expressed the belief that provision of adequate welfare facilities for officers and men would enhance effectiveness in carrying out their duties.

The 330 Nigerian Air Force Station in Jos, north central Nigeria, played host to the Chief of Air Staff on wednesday during a working visit to inspect some on-going construction works for the accommodation of airmen.

With the various on-going security challenges in the northeast, the Air Chief in response to the capability of the Air Force to prosecute the war successfully, expressed confidence that the air power of the Air Force was always complimenting efforts of the ground forces.

The Air Chief took time to inspect the projects which include six blocks of three bedrooms flat for married officers as well as 12 blocks of two bedrooms flat for senior non-commission officers which are to enhance the effectiveness of the officers in carrying out their professional duties.

Contractors handling the projects were admonished to adhere strictly to specifications and provide necessary facility that would make the officers comfortable when they move in.



Abia State Hospital Staff Protest Over Unpaid Salaries

Abia, Protest, Hospital managementStaff of the Abia State Hospital Management Board are bitter over non-payment of their salaries within the last six months.

In a protest in front of their office, the workers dressed in black, numbering about two-hundred, lamented over the hardship they are experiencing and appealed to the government to do the needful.

The State’s Commissioner of Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku, however, said the protest has a political undertone.

He said a recent verification exercise conducted, revealed a lot of irregularities that brought down the wage bill from N100 to N64 million and considered the protest to be unnecessary, as they had received a month’s salary.

The protesters were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions such as: “Stop The Removal/Slashing Of Our Allowances”, “Our Children Are Thrown Out Of School For School Fees” “Landlords On Our Necks”, amongst others, while the gate and entrance to the offices were kept under lock and key.

Mr. Oriaku stated further that the government would not be distracted or intimidated as it is doing everything possible to clear the arrears.

He also insisted that the protest is politically motivated because as a parastatal, they ought to generate their salaries and raise revenue for the government, which they have not been doing.

The workers have insisted that their protests will continue until the government listens to them and takes positive action as every worker is worthy of their wage.



Nasarawa Police Parades Crime Suspects

Nasarawa, Police, Abubakar Bello The Nasarawa State Police Command has on Wednesday paraded seven suspects for various offences, including cattle rustling at different locations across the state.

The suspects were paraded at the Police headquarters in Lafia, the state capital.

Items recovered from the suspects include a Toyota Prado Jeep, cash, phones, a cow and live ammunition.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Bello, said he is soliciting the support of citizens to enable them perform their duties effectively.

Niger Govt. Spends Over 3bn Naira On Roads

Sani Bello, Niger State SSGThe Niger State government says it has spent over three billion Naira on road construction and rehabilitation in the last one year of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Bello.

The Commissioner for Works, Mr Abdulmalik Cheche, gave the figure in an interview with Channels Television in Minna on the one year stewardship of the ministry.

Mr Cheche, who was optimistic of the government’s performance, gave the assurance that good roads would be provided for the people of the state, considering the importance of road to the economy of any society.

He explained that the amount was for both State and Federal roads.

“The township roads will also have solar street lights to assist in providing security in the towns,” the Commissioner stated.

Mr Cheche also listed some of the Federal road projects which the state had embarked on and completed to include Minna- Tegina road, Minna- Suleja road and Kagara- Kaduna road.

According to him, the Federal Government gave the go-ahead and promised to reimburse states that embarked on such projects.

The Permanent Secretary of the the state’s Ministry of Works, Mr Umar Bawa, made remarks that addressed the usage of the roads.

He stressed the need for registration of motorcycles and urged all commercial motorcycle users and motorists to strictly adhere to the the rules and regulations.

Mr Bawa stated that some of the state and township roads were completed while others were still under construction.

Meanwhile, the General Manager Niger State Transport Authority, Haruna Abubakar, reiterated his commitment to restructuring the transport sector, as part of the Ministry of Works.

He assured the state’s residents of the government’s commitment to purchasing more buses, repairing of those in deplorable state while others that could no longer serve would be sold.

“The idea is to ease transportation in the state,” he added.