Kebbi Government has donated N100 million to the state Hisbah Committee, which was set up 20 years ago to promote moral values and tackle social ills in the society.
The donation was announced on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi by Gov. Atiku Bagudu during a fund raising for the committee as part of activities to mark its 20 years anniversary.
The Hisbah committee was hoping to raise N120 million for its services.
Bagudu said that the money was jointly contributed by the state government, House of Assembly and the 21 local government councils in the state.
“We have to acknowledge the immense contribution of Hisbah to instilling moral values into the citizenry.
“The contributions include partaking in social welfare services and fighting societal ills such as alcohol consumption and prostitution, resolving marital disputes, among others.
“The group has been in the forefront of preventing crime and criminality in the society.
“In view of its proactive approach to the prevention of social vices and crime, the incumbent administration has co-opted Hisbah into the security machinery of the state,” he said.
The governor commended previous administrations for establishing and sustaining the Hisbah committee, and praised its leaders and members for their perseverance in the discharge of their duties.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, whose office supervise the Hisbah committee, said that the committee had performed meritoriously in the last 20 years.
“These achievements include closure of beer parlours, abodes of prostitutes, rescuing abandoned children and newly born babies as well as other activities of charity,which are the hallmark of the operations of Hisbah in the state,” he said.
Umar-Yauri thanked the governor for sustaining financial support to the committee and shouldering the cost of organizing the 20th anniversary celebration.
Earlier, the Acting Grand Khadi of the state, Dr Muhammad Argungu, described the celebration of the achievements of hisbah in the 20 years of its existence, as a moment of pride.
“The hisbah has made significant contribution to sanitizing the society and removing things inimical to the health and wellbeing of the people,” he said.
Argungu thanked Bagudu for his fatherly care to orphans in the state.
In his remarks, the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, reaffirmed the commitment of Gwandu Emirate Council to support and cooperate with the Hisbah committee in its societal reformation, in consonance with Islamic values.
The Emir, represented by Walin Gwandu, Sheikh Mukhtar Abdullahi, advised the populace to support the Hisbah committee to effectively discharge its duty of cleansing the society of all vices.
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) acknowledged the performance of the committee, saying it had helped to reduce alcoholism and prostitution in the state.
Malami, who chaired the occasion, advised the committee to focus more attention on tackling the consumption of other intoxicants among the youths.
Represented by a former Commissioner for Works and Transport, Abubakar Chika-Ladan, he warned that the rising consumption of illicit substances must be tackled with despatch to save the future of the youths and its negative consequences to the society.
The minister made a donation of N5 million to the Hisbah committee while the state APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr Nasir Idris, donated N500,000.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara says it is laughable the ignorant comments made by the opposition PDP on the forensic audit report recently received by the state government.
The state APC Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Tajudeen Folaranmi-Aro, said this in a statement in Ilorin.
He described as unfortunate that the PDP could not distinguish between a statutory audit and a forensic audit.
”The fact that the PDP could not distinguish between a statutory audit which the Auditor General carries out, and a forensic audit, on suspicion of any fraud across government agencies, testifies to why the state was in such a big mess under their regime.
“For example, the Federal Government has repeatedly commissioned Forensic and Process audits of many of its agencies, including the NNPC, NPA, NIMASA, etc.
”These audits were not necessarily carried out by the Office of Auditor General.
”We aver that the PDP is suffering from crass ignorance in saying that the forensic audit should have been carried out or commissioned by the Auditor General.
Which law stated that?
None.”It is a claim built on pitiable ignorance by those who often beat their chest about being well-educated,” the APC spokesperson said.
Folaranmi-Aro said the firm contracted to do the job has past and current engagements with the Federal Government, State Governments, private firms and international agencies.
”Certainly these bodies could not have missed out or overlooked the issues of the firm being up to date in what is required of it as a consultancy firm and a registered business.
”Infact, the Federal Bureau of Public Procurement has issued an IRR to this firm for 2022, meaning that they are fully compliant to carry out work even for the Federal Government.
”We urge the PDP to limit its ignorance to its circles of hangers-on, rather than advertise its incompetence and arrogance to the whole world.
“We find it rather shameful that the PDP could in fact hang its infantile claim on a firm purportedly having an ‘inactive’ status on a website whose currency or accuracy the CAC customers do not have power over.
”Any reasonable person ought to know what a firm’s bonafides with CAC and other statutory body entail.
“Finally, we advise the key characters in PDP to prepare themselves for the grave consequences of their sheer abuse of office, instead of fooling around with laughable claims and diversionary tactics.
”Furthermore, in the interest of the good people of Kwara State, we also advise PDP to address the substance of the report which reveals substantial fraud and misapplication of funds, rather than chase shadows,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Kwara Government on Sept. 1, said the Forensic Audit report revealed that N11.9 billion of public funds were carted away from the state treasury between 2011 and 2019, without any lawful tie to any project or programme.
The Second ECWA Church, Agamo, Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, on Sunday held its annual service of songs dedicated to the remembrance of its late Choir Patron, Chief Jide Adebayo.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the church’s 34th Annual Service of Songs has the theme: “Look, He is Coming With the Cloud”.The atmosphere in the church became emotional and guests at the service were moved to tears as the choir members dished out a special and dedicated song in remembrance of Adebayo.Guests at the event included wife of late Adebayo, Alice, and members of the Olomu-In-Council led by the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti.Others are retired Maj.-Gen. Yemi Abidoye, President, Omu-Aran Development Association, and wife of the immediate past Olomu of Omu-Aran, Olori Omowumi Ibitoye.Rev. Joshua Asonibare, the Minister In-charge of the Church, in his sermon, asked the gathering to be well prepared, through their sayings and deeds for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.He said present development in the society today are vivid pointer to the fact that the coming of Jesus Christ is very near and urged the gathering not to be taken unaware.“Let’s behave like a true child of God and return to Him in righteousness so that we can gain the desired salvation.“If we look at our immediate surroundings today and even far distance we will notice that every happening is a pointer to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.“Since death is inevitable, as true Christians let’s be spiritually guided in our utterances, behaviours and deeds so that at the end of the day we will have every cause to glorify His name,” he admonished.Asonibare described Adebayo as a pillar of the church whose selfless contributions to its growth, progress and development could not be over emphasised and forgotten.He commended Adebayo’s family and the people of Omu-Aran community for their dedication and commitment toward upscaling the legacies he left behind.“Late Adebayo is a pillar who devoted his entire life to the service of God and humanity.“He did his best for the church while alive and more importantly seeing to the welfare and wellbeing of the choir members was his priority as their patron.“We pray that God will repose his soul, be with his family and give the community the fortitude to bear his irreparable loss,” Asonibare added.Contributing, Oba Adeoti thanked the church leaders for the honour done to the late Adebayo’s family and the people of Omu-Aran through the service of songs.He noted that the large entourage of members of the Omu-Aran traditional council was a mark of honour for its departed member who was the immediate past Eesa of Omu-Aran. Adeoti, who described the death of Adebayo as a great loss to the people of the community, however, noted that the community was consoled with the impactful legacies he left behind.NAN recalls that Adebayo died Nov. 5, 2021, at the age of 66 during a brief illness.Meanwhile, the wife of late Adebayo announced to the church that Nov. 4, has been chosen for the final burial ceremony for the former NAN Executive Director, Marketing.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Chancellor, Wellspring University, Benin, Mr Ituah Ighodalo, has canvassed for Federal Government support through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) for private universities in Nigeria.
Ighodalo made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sideline of the third combined convocation ceremony of the university.
According to him, the call become very important because these universities and institutions are solving national problems.
Without capacity, education, skilling and up-skilling, the chancellor said, Nigeria could not be great, stressing that the critical problems in the country today bothered on ignorance, lack of education and unskilled people.
“We really want the government through Tetfund and all its other agencies committed to education to also put private universities in their budget for support.
“It is very important because these universities and institutions are solving national problems.
Without capacity, without education, skilling and up-skilling, we cannot have a great country.
“One of the big problems in Nigeria today is ignorance, lack of education, unskilled people; that is causing terrorism, banditry, herdsmen and so on and so forth.
“If our people can be educated and people are willing to invest their money in education, the least they can do, apart from being licensed, is to get all the supports that come from government,” he said.
Ighodalo said that government should put in place a process where private institutions should be able to apply for funding.
”So whatever criteria they want to use; whatever process they want to use and whatever thing they want to fund, they should be willing to give funds to those universities.
“So, the government may say I will build for you your department of capacity building; I will build for you your capacity of skilling or technical knowledge; I will build for you your department of ICT or whatever it is that government wants to emphasis.
“Every year, we will do one project for each of these private universities.
They put it in their budget and they can say maximum N50 million; maximum N100 million or N200 million, whatever they want to do.
“But each one of those things would provide some kind of encouragement and support for the universities.
”It can even be the way of government directing the universities in the areas they want them to specialise in and they can have different universities in different parts of Nigeria specialising in different things,” he said.
The chancellor also urged the federal government to make available research grant for the lecturers in those private institutions in order to help solve the national problem and nation building.
“The other thing they can do is to also make available for them grants for research.
”Grants for teachers; grants for education so that if government wants research in certain area, any university that qualifies will be given grant to do the research in animal husbandry, in agriculture and even weapon building.
“That way, they will be able to encourage universities; that way, they will be able to direct universities in their own area of emphasis; they will be able to ensure universities are well run and competitive; and they will be able help solve the problem of education and nation building,” he said.
The Jigawa Police Command on Sunday confirmed the death of two persons in a canoe mishap that occurred in Ringim Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident in a statement in Dutse.
Shiisu said the canoe, conveying 13 passengers on their way for a condolence visit, capsized after hitting an object.
“Today, at about 12:40 p.
m., information at our disposal revealed that a particular canoe with 13 occupants who were on transit from Dabi village toward Siyangu village, all in Ringim LGA reportedly capsized.
“The occupants were on their way to pay a condolence visit,” Shiisu said.
He explained that upon receipt of the report, a team of policemen launched a search and rescue mission at the scene with the assistance of local divers in the area.
The PPRO added that the mission led to the recovery of seven persons on the spot who were all rushed to General Hospital, Ringim for medical attention.
According to him, two out of the seven recovered occupants, Bara’atu Garba, 30, and Mahmud Surajo, 3, were certified dead by a medical doctor on duty.
Shiisu said the remains of the deceased were later released to their families for burial.
He added that the remaining five persons were receiving treatment at the hospital, while the other six victims were still missing According to him, efforts to recover the six drowned passengers were being intensified.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation ( SGF), says the Keffi Unity Polo Tournament will go a long way in creating harmony among Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the tournament on Sunday in Keffi, Nasarawa state Mustapha said: “We need to lower the heat in the political atmosphere.
”Platforms like this will create harmony and for people to be at ease, watch a game of polo and reflect on the issues of Nigeria is a welcome development ” On the coming elections, the only responsible thing for the people to do is to make sure that they register to vote so that their voices may be heard.
” The SGF urged Nigerians to avoid acts that will further aggravate the already tensed situation in the country.
“We should take a cue from what just happened in Kenya where a declaration was made at the end of an election and instead of resorting to self help the loser went to Court.
”And the Court had the opportunity to give its verdict and the loser accepted the verdict in the interest of the nation.
”I think that is a very good lesson that we should imbibe as a nation.
“At the end of the exercise in 2023, there will obviously be a winner, so the loser must either accept the loss in good faith or approach the Court to be heard.
” He said the off-season election in Osun was a testament to the Federal Government’s readiness to be neutral come 2023. ” As a government, we have demonstrated that we will never interfere with the electoral process.
”The off season election in Osun was a clear demonstration of our commitment to a clean and fair electoral process,” Mustapha added.
He also commended Mr Ahmed Wadada for his initiative, adding, ”it was capable of creating harmony across political divides.
” Also speaking, Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, praised the objective of the tournament, which according to him attracted several dignitaries and politicians from different political parties.
Dare pledged to ensure that his ministry supports any sporting activity that promotes unity among Nigerians.
“Using polo as a tool to promote unity of our country is very encouraging and we pray that more people will play Polo. ”The ministry will always support every sport that engages Nigerians and promotes unity, whether it’s polo, golf, football or athletics ” The idea of hosting a national polo game came up and Wadada discussed it with us and we supported it.
”I am happy to see the dignitaries here and polo has truly been used to promote harmony, so, Wadada had done a great job, ” he said.
PDP Presidential candidate, ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, represented by Babangida Aliyu, former Niger governor described the tournament as apt and critical in bringing people together.
”This provides an opportunity to have open conversations in a friendly atmosphere on issues causing divisions in the country.
“Coming here is very important, because we need these kinds of activities bring people of all kinds together to understand that politics is not a physical war.
”Instead, it should be more a war of wits, a war of ideas.
A war of getting people to appreciate who to vote for,” he added.
APC Presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, was represented by Yusuf Husseini, Director-General, Tinubu Presidential Ambassadors of Nigeria and Diaspora (TPAND).
He said that bringing all the political stakeholders together indicated that the 2023 General Elections would be devoid of rancour.
”Hence the call on more Nigerians to emulate Keffi Polo ranch by coming up with initiatives to promote unity.
“This tournament is a very good platform for all individuals, irrespective of party affiliations to come and express their oneness and one love.
”We are together and will work together for the success of the electoral processes,” he said.
Ogianme Atuwatse III, Olu of Warri and the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa, extolled the objective of the tournament.
The duo pledged to support any initiative geared towards fostering peace and unity in their domains and in Nigeria in general.
Ahmed Wadada, Founder and Promoter of Keffi Polo Ranch said that organizing the tournament with the objective of promoting unity was as a mark of responsibility and responsiveness.
He said: “As a mark of responsiveness in the sense that we all know what obtains today in our political dealings.
”The tension is so much.
So, being responsive to it made me to be responsible to have conceptualized this tournament.
“We have been able to convey the message of the objective of the tournament.
”This is to create a platform that will bolster peaceful coexistence of the political gladiators and players who will also in the long run ensure a hitch-free general elections in 2023. “We have demonstrated that it is not everything that must be viewed through the realm of politics.
” Wadada stated there were people from all the political divides, adding, ”this is the message we try to preach.
”The tournament is centred around unity and the representation here has shown.
“The spirit of sportsmanship obtainable in sports in general and the game of Polo in particular must be seen to prevail in the forthcoming elections.
We must know that not all will be winners in the coming election.
So, as we prepare to win, we must prepare to accept defeat if it comes.
NAN reports that at the final of the tournament, Team Malco Mines defeated Team Keffi Ponys 8-7 via penalty shootout to win the tournament’s champion trophy.
The Federal Government says it will meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication on Monday over prolong strike.
Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said this on Sunday in Abuja in a letter addressed to the Registrar of NICN, dated Sept. 8. Ngige said this in a statement signed by Olajide Oshundun, Head, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry and made available to newsmen.
He said the referral instrument had become necessary following the failure of dialogue between the union and the Federal Ministry of Education.
He added that the matter is billed for mention by 9 a.
m on Sept. 12. ”The Federal Government has asked the NICN to inquire into the legality or otherwise of the ongoing prolonged strike by ASUU leadership and members that had continued even after apprehension.
“It asked the court to interpret in its entirety the provisions of Section 18 LFN 2004, especially as it applies to the cessation of strike once a trade dispute is apprehended by the Minister of Labour and Employment and conciliation is ongoing,” he said.
He also said that the NICN are to interpret the provisions of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T8. LFN 2004, titled “Special Provision with Respect to payment of wages during strikes and lock-outs”.
Ngige said this ”specifically dealing with the rights of during the period of any strike or lock-out.
”Can ASUU or any other union that embarked on strike be asking to be paid salaries even with clear provisions of the law.
“Determine whether ASUU members are entitled to emoluments or ‘strike pay’ during their period of strike, which commenced on Feb. 14. ”Moreso, in view of our national law as provided in Section 43 of the TDA and the International Labour Principles on the right to strike as well as the decisions of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association on the subject,” he said.
He added that NICN should determine whether ASUU had the right to embark on strike over disputes as is the case in this instance by compelling the Federal Government to employ its own University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the payment of the wages of its members as against the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
According to him, as this is universally used by the Federal Government in the nation for payment of wages of all her employees in the Federal Government Public Service of which university workers, including ASUU members, are part of.
”Or even where the government via NITDA subjected ASUU and their counterpart, Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll Systems (UPPPS) software to integrity test (vulnerability and stress test) and they failed,” he said.
Ngigi also said the federal government further asked the court to determine the extent of fulfillment of ASUU’s demands since the 2020 Memorandum of Action (MOA) that the union signed with government.
The minister said their demands include the funding for revitalisation of public universities as per 2009 agreement, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) payments, state universities proliferation and constitution of visitation panels, and release of white paper on the report of the visitation panels.
He noted that others are the reconstitution of the government renegotiation team for renegotiation of 2009 agreement, which was renegotiated 20132014, due for renegotiation 20182019, and the migration of ASUU members from IPPIS to its own UTAS, which is currently on test at NITDA.
”Consequently, the Federal Government requested for an order of the Court for ASUU members to resume work in their various universities while the issues in dispute are being addressed by the NICN in consonance with the provisions of Section 18 (I) (b) of the TDA Cap T8. LFN 2004,” he said.
Two goal hero in Kwara United FC’s 20222023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup First leg, First Round match against ÀS Douanes of Niger Republic, Wasiu Jimoh, has hailed the total display of his team, hoping that the team will build on the victory in Niamey next week.
Jimoh told newsmen after the match that his target was to score an hat-trick in the game because he was full of confidence going into the match.
“My target was to score hat-trick, but I eventually scored two.
To me, it was a good performance from the team, but we would need to work more harder and take our chances in Niger.
“I have no preferred position on the pitch.
The most important thing is, if I am on the pitch, I always put in my best.
“In Niger Republic, people should not expect much from me, but from the team collectively.
“The most important thing is to utilise our chances.
They should expect positive result.
The target was to qualify to play in the Group stage of the competition,” Jimoh said.
Another added advantage for Kwara United FC was keeping a clean slate in the match watched by large number of Kwara fans, including Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and his wife, Amb. Olufolake AbdulRazaq.
Meanwhile, club Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye, has described the match as fantastic, expressing delight that as much as three goals were scored, with no goal conceded.
Titiloye said: “We are going to Niger to win.
We would not defend but attack, and we are prepared for whatever hostility they may want to put up on and off the pitch.
“We had only three weeks to prepare for this game, and with time, we will keep getting better.
“I will want to thank Kwara and Lagos States governors for their support, the Sports Commissions of the two states, the FAs of the two states, our fans and supporters, stakeholders and lovers of the club nationwide, for their support.
Mr Adewole Adebayo, the Presidential candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), says funding of tertiary education in Nigeria should be put under the Tertiary Education Fund (Tetfund) and not government.
Adebayo made the assertions on Sunday shortly after the inauguration of the party’s South-West Zonal Office in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SDP presidential candidate, accompanied by other candidates of the party, had earlier visited the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun in his palace.
He decried the lingering crisis in the nation’s tertiary education, saying funding of the sector should be taken away from the government.
According to him, my government, if elected will take funding of tertiary education away from the government and place it under Tertiary Education Fund (Tetfund).
“We will expand Tetfund and ensure it is managed by independent trustees who are not partisan politicians,” he said.
Adebayo said that the country was currently battling so much challenges ranging from insecurity, economic sabotage, budget mismanagement, disunity, high unemployment and high inflation.
He said that the SDP-led administration would bring down inflation to a single digit, stop crude oil theft, increase foreign reserve, ensure stable currency and build confidence of investors.
The presidential candidate said that the nation’s Constitution needed to be respected and improved upon for structural improvement.
Adebayo said the party was parading credible candidates who were ready to take the country to greater heights like that of 1993 under Chief MKO Abiola.
He promised to implement the blueprint of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo as contained in the SDP manifesto for the betterment of the people.
The SDP said that the party would ensure united, productive and economically buoyant country, if elected.
Adebayo said that the SDP administration would set-up “a proper government that knows how to render services by putting the right peg in the right holes”.
He said that the SDP-led government would bid farewell to poverty and ensure economic buoyancy, massive infrastructure, quality education and improved security.
Commenting, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, the SDP Senatorial candidate for Oyo North, said the party was parading credible candidates who have interest of the masses at heart.
Akande-Adeola, a former Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, assured the people of Oyo State of the party’s commitment to positively turn things around in the country.
Also, Chief Michael Lana, the Governorship candidate of SDP in the state, told newsmen that inauguration of the party Secretariat was to show that the party was organised and ready for governance.
Lana said the people would soon know that “SDP is a party to beat as soon as campaign commenced officially”.
NAN reports that the event was attended by a former Senator of Anambra South, Ugochukwu Uba, the State SDP Chairman, Mr Michael Okunlade, among other party chieftains.
Dangote Group on Sunday said the company’s drivers’ patrol team has made several arrests of its errant drivers that engaged in illegal activities and handed them over to relevant authorities for prosecution.
The company made the disclosure in a statement signed by its Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer, Mr Anthony Chiejina, in Lagos.
Chiejina also urged the general public to assist with relevant information to help curb the trend of unscrupulous drivers who also constituted themselves into menace to other road users.
He recalled that the company had in an effort to carry the public along in addressing the activities of these drivers, announced monetary rewards for persons that would plead to the arrest of erring drivers by the law enforcement agents.
Chiejina revealed that among several others, the team, recently in the North Central Zone of the country arrested both a driver and his truck carrying fully loaded illegal haulage of timber and handed them over to the police.
According to Chiejina, the driver was subsequently charged to a Magistrate Court in Akwanga, Nasarawa, for criminal breach of trust.
He said that the driver was sentenced to four months jail term after he pleaded guilty.
Chiejina said that the presiding magistrate on the case ordered that the truck and load be released to the company and owner respectivel.
He advised the company to file a civil case against the owner of the goods.
“Also, in the South-West region, the patrol team noticed a third party truck, with Dangote logo on it, parked inside a private company yard in Ode Remo, Ogun recently, while offloading granite stone.
“The team reported the case at Ode Remo police station and got both the driver and the truck were arrested and driver had also been charged to court.
“The Dangote drivers’ patrol team has made several more arrests and handed the offending drivers to police and other relevant authorities for prosecution.
“Dangote management, has therefore, renewed the warnings to those who illegally transport materials on Dangote trucks.
”Such unauthorised goods shall be confiscated while such drivers and owners would face the full extent of the law,” he said.
Chiejina added that to clarify its position, the management has gone on to list its products and goods which its over 10,000 trucks operating across the country and the neighbouring West African countries could convey.
He stated that Dangote trucks were permitted to transport only the following materials: Dangote Cement Plc – Dangote Cement, Limestone, High Grade Gypsum and Coal. Others include Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc- Dangote Sugar; NASCON Allied Industries Plc – Dangote Salt and DanQ Seasoning; and Dangote Packaging Limited – Bags. “We hereby alert the public to report any suspected Dangote truck driver involved in illegal haulage supported with credible evidence of such act,” he said.