The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thunderstorms and rains from Monday to Wednesday across the nation.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja, predicted morning thunderstorms over the northern parts, especially over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Taraba, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno and Adamawa states.
According to the agency, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto and Kebbi states will experience thunderstorms in the mornings.
Other states likely to experience thunderstorms are Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba and Jigawa.
“Rains are expected over the North Central region in the morning hours.
In the afternoon and evening hours, thunderstorms are expected over Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Kogi and the FCT.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over inland and coastal cities of the South.
“There are chances of rains over Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Delta, and Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states in the morning hours.
“Moderate rains are expected over the inland and coastal cities in the afternoon and evening periods, “ it said.
According to NiMet, cloudy atmosphere is envisaged over the northern region on Tuesday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa states in the morning hours.
NiMet anticipated isolated thunderstorms over parts of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Yobe, Borno, Taraba and Adamawa state later in the day.
It further anticipated rains over parts of the FCT, Plateau and Kwara state in the morning hours.
“The inland and coastal cities of the South are expected to be cloudy with prospects of rains over parts of Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa and Lagos state in the morning hours.
“Moderate rains are expected over parts of Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Lagos states in the afternoon and evening period, “ it added.
The agency envisaged cloudy atmosphere over the northern region on Wednesday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Kebbi, Adamawa and Taraba states in the morning hours.
It anticipated isolated thunderstorms over parts of Katsina, Kano, Borno, Jigawa, Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe and Bauchi state in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Cloudy atmosphere is expected over the North Central region with prospects of rains over parts of the FCT, Kwara and Niger states in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The Inland and coastal cities of the south are expected to be cloudy with chances of rains over parts of Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa and Cross River states in the morning hours.
“Moderate rains are expected over the inland cities of the South and the coastal belt in the afternoon and evening hours,“ it added.
According to the agency, the northern and North Central parts of the country are still at high risk of floods.
NiMet urged emergency agencies to be at alert and airline operators to get updated about weather reports from the agency for effective planning in their operations.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Department of Development Control, on Sunday removed illegal structures on major road corridors and inside cashew plantations within Apo Resettlement in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCTA city management officials, accompanied by security personnel stormed the area with bulldozers for the operation.
They dislodged hundreds of artisans, food vendors and petty traders for allegedly operating in structures that encroached on road corridors thereby constituting public nuisance.
NAN observed that most of the affected structures built on road corridors and cashew plantations near Urban Shelter and Angwan Tiv were marked for demolition since 2021. Addressing newsmen at the scene of the demolition, the Director of the department, Alhaji Murktar Galadima, explained that the operation that targeted shanties and other structures constituting infractions in the city followed due process.
Galadima described as ”greatly disturbing and major infractions”, the conversion of cashew plantations into trading and residences, as they served as safe heavens for criminals.
” As part of our process for demolition, we have to issue notices, which could be by way of marking and written notices.
“So, we are on our weekly clean up exercise to clear shanties and other illegal structures in the city.
“The cashew planation in Apo resettlement is overtaken by activities of some persons offering catering services.
”But from credible intelligence, what was happening was beyond eatery, as after sometimes it goes into criminality,”he said.
According to him, ”the general warning is that we will go about removing the cashew plantations, because they are now giving those into criminality a safe heaven to operate.
” The director said that the department had concluded arrangements to start removing the cashew plantations in the area and other places.
” We are having new strategies now to make sure that any person trying to go contrary to our regulations will be prosecuted accordingly.
”This is unlike before that we will just demolish and go.
“Residents should see us as partners, so they should always notice and report some of these infractions to us, to enable us act swiftly.
”This will also help to save the city from security challenges, ”he said.
The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) says it has engaged residents of Agboyi and areas of the state on the benefits of obtaining planning permit before embarking on construction.
A statement on Sunday by Mrs Abimbola Emdin-Umeh, Director Public Affairs, LASPPPA, said the sensitisation was in line with the agency’s mandate to ensure orderly planning of physical structures in every part of the state.
Emdin-Umeh said that the stakeholders forum for members of the Community Development Associations and Community Development Councils of the areas and other residents was held in Ketu.She quoted General Manager of LASPPPA, Mr Kehinde Osinaike, as informing participants at the gathering that proper physical planning remained a tool for functional communities.
Osinaike said that obtaining necessary permits before any construction work and adherence to building rules and regulations would bring about serene environment that is safe for work and play for the residents.
According to him, it is LASPPPA’s responsibility to ensure that individuals or organisations erecting any structure get planning permit and follow the rules guiding building construction.
Osinaike warned that “anyone who fails to get the approval of relevant government agencies in charge of physical development will face the wrath of the law”.
He said that the state government had “further simplified the processes of obtaining physical planning approval within a short time without any bureaucracy”.
“The process has been simplified and made seamless.
LASPPPA ensures that the processing and obtaining building approval is ready within 10 working days without delay,” he said.
He urged the residents and the leadership of the community development associations to support government’s mission on sustainable environment.
Osinaike urged them to strictly comply with regulations and report anyone found building without permit.
Responding, the Chairman, Community Development Association, Magodo Phase I, Prince Tangbaju Benson, thanked the government for the enlightenment session.
He thanked the government for putting in place a regulatory agency to standardise construction works.
Benson urged the state government to do more enlightenment programmes to keep the public informed of the necessary steps to take before embarking on building projects.
“If people know the benefits of getting the planning permit, they will all be eager to apply for it, considering the fact that it helps to checkmate and regulate the activities of greedy developers who try to cut corners in the execution of their work,” he said.
He urged residents of his area to give government full support to actualise the dream of delivering a functional and safe environment for the benefit of all.
President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to promote peace and harmony in West Africa.
The president expressed the commitment again after former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan briefed him on the face-off between Mali and Cote D’Ivoire, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.
The face-off emanated from the detention of 49 Ivorien soldiers by Mali for “unlawful entry’’.
Three of them, females, have been released, leaving 46 others still in detention in Mali.Cote D’Ivoire has condemned the act as “hostage taking’’, threatening to take action.
The development led to the intervention by ECOWAS leaders as advocated by the ECOWAS Special Envoy on the situation in Mali, ex-President Jonathan.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina quoted Buhari as pledging an initiative by Nigeria to immediately resolve the impasse The president also presided over the virtual meeting of Federal Executive Council (FEC) where it approved the signing of a Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and Kuwait.
The agreement, according to Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, will open up airline services between the two countries in accordance with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Sirika also frowned at foreign airlines selling tickets in dollars, warning that government would not take it kindly with those caught engaging in such violation of Nigerian laws.
The council also approved the sum of N829.8million as revised estimated cost for the rehabilitation of a road linking Anambra and Enugu States.
Contract for the rehabilitation of the road was originally awarded in 2018 because it is a strategic inter-state road that had heavy traffic.
Minister of State for Works and Housing, Malam Umar El-Yakub, gave the revised contract figure when he spoke with newsmen at the end of the council’s weekly meeting.
The president had earlier on Tuesday hosted President Andrzej Duda of Poland at the State House, Abuja.
Nigeria and Poland also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Agriculture, while pledging their willingness to enlarge the fields of economic cooperation in the energy and manufacturing sectors.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the signing took place during the State Visit of Duda , the first by a Polish leader to Nigeria since the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries in 1961.Buhari said Nigeria was gratified by the existing fruitful cooperation with Poland in the fields of maritime, education and defence.
On agriculture, the president said cooperation in this area would be a win-win for the two countries, especially in the context of global food insecurity occasioned by the conflict in Ukraine.
Agriculture is one of the priority areas of the Nigerian government.
On Friday, Buhari said he received with immense sadness news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth ll of the United Kingdom.
He said: ”My family and I, and the more than 200 million Nigerians have learned with immense sadness of the passing of the Queen and the end of her unique and wonderful 70 year reign.
”Her late Majesty was the only British Sovereign known to 90 per cent of our population.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and the entire Commonwealth as we join the entire world in mourning her loss.
”The story of modern Nigeria will never be complete without a chapter on Queen Elizabeth ll, a towering global personality and an outstanding leader.
”She dedicated her life to making her nation, the Commonwealth and the entire world a better place.
” The president inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the National Economy, noting that in spite of the disruptions in global economy and internal troubles, the Nigerian economy has continued to be resilient and maintain an upward trajectory.
He also hosted Gov. Muhammadu Yahaya of Gombe State and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday in the State House, Abuja.
Yahaya commended Buhari for approving Federal Government’s take over of Gombe State Airport.
He expressed optimism that the move would ensure the availability of funds to maintain the airport throughout the lifespan of its operation.
On his part, Umahi said he was in the Presidential Villa to invite the president to inaugurate new Ebonyi Governor’s Lodge recently completed by his administration.
According to him, the president has accepted the invitation and the project will be inaugurated in October.
Operatives of the Nigeria Police attached to the Inspector-General of Police Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (I-G-STFPIB) have raided illegal petroleum refining site in Edo. The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the raid was carried out in the late hours of Sept. 7 following the interception of intelligence on activities of an alleged illicit petroleum products refining syndicate operating in the area.
Adejobi said the intelligence was received via a whistle blower through the recently created Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s (NNPC) Command and Control Centre Portal.
He said three empty DAF Trucks, 31 immobile surface tanks – 7, loaded with unspecified quantity of petroleum products were discovered during the raid.
Adejobi said two suspects were arrested, adding that preliminary investigations had revealed that the site was also used as a dump site for petroleum products.
He said the I-G, Mr Usman Baba had ordered the Special Enforcement Units on prevention of activities of economic saboteurs to ensure deployment of necessary manpower and other operational assets.
Baba said the idea was to ensure a total clampdown on criminal activities detriment to the economic growth of the nation.
The I-G had also ordered the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Unit to embark on strict supervision.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has partnered with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to tackle criminal activities bedeviling the telecoms industry in the country.
NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Reuben Muoka, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Muoka said that senior management staff of NSCDC in the South West Zone had at an exclusive workshop organised by the commission hailed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), sealed between the two government agencies.
Muoka said criminal activities such as telecom equipment vandalism and fraudulent registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, among others, were going to be looked into.
He said topical issues discussed at the workshop covered the activities of NCC as presented by the relevant departments in the context of laws, other regulations and in relation to the roles of NSCDC.
He said the Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the commission had over the years worked with relevant law enforcement agencies towards protecting telecoms sector from all kinds of criminality.
“Through despicable activities that are criminal and totally at variance with national security concerns of government.
“The deviant elements in our midst have been acting to undermine efforts put in place to consolidate the gains of the sector.
“These criminal activities include theft and vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure, the illegal use of fraudulently-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, operating without license, illegal call masking and so on,” he said.
Danbatta said that the workshop was organiised as part of efforts to constantly engage and update them on new trends and existing regulations.
He said this required concerted efforts for their implementation towards enhancing sanity in the telecoms sector.
Danbatta commended NSCDC and other agencies for carrying out raids and mopping up fraudulently-registered SIM cards found in circulation.
The EVC also lauded the agencies for raising the banner of awareness on the need to protect critical national telecoms infrastructure.
Danbatta, represented by Mr Ephraim Nwokonneya, Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC, said the gathering was to explore deployment of enabling laws, subsidiary legislations and extant guidelines to arrest criminality in the sector.
The Nigeria Under 19 Boys Volleyball Team, on Sunday defeated their counterpart Egypt 3-0 to retain their title as defending champions in the 2022 Under 19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship in Morocco.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the final match played in El Jadida, Morocco, saw Nigeria pummeled Egypt 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 31-29).
Nigeria dictated the pace in the beginning of the first set as they led Egypt by 8-3 points before the Egyptians closed the gap.
The Eaglets finally got their winning by 25-20. Nigeria resumed the second set on a high note beating Egypt by 25-18. The Egyptians began the third set on a high spirit, taking points alongside the Nigerian team.
Both teams took points from 25 to 25 before Nigeria eventually won by 31 to 29 points.
Adekalu Adeniyi, the head coach of the team said the players played according to instructions from the first to the third set,.
“We dedicate the trophy to God and the Nigeria Volleyball community.
Today is my happiest day in 2022 , because Nigeria retained the trophy won in 2020. “The players played according to the game plan from the blast of the whistle and never complained whenever they lost points.
“The players showed greatness from the first day of the championship and exhibited a high level of discipline during the course of play.
“I want to thank God Almighty for the opportunity given to me as the Head Coach to win the U19 African Nations Volleyball Championship again,” he said.
The coach said : Coach Sani Mohammed and myself won the 2018 African Youth Games title, we emerged Champions of the 2020 Under 19 Boys Championship held in Nigeria (as assistant coach); now I am lifting the trophy as the Head Coach.
“I want to also appreciate the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) led by Musa Nimrod for the tremendous support for the success of the team as well as every Nigerian.
“The players still have a long way to go inspite of their superb performance.
“All the players have special qualities in them and I strongly believe that they will become National Assets in future,” he said.
NAN reports that Nigeria won all their games in the championship.
They won the last edition of the championship held in Abuja,Nigeria, in 2021 The 2022 Under 19 Men’s African Nations Volleyball Championship, which started on Sept. 1 ended on Sunday, Sept. 11, in El Jadida, Morocco.
Prof. Wahab Egbewole, the Vice Chancellor-designate, University of Ilorin has pledged that his in-coming administration would be fair and just to all staffers and students.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Kunle Akogun, the university’s Director of Corporate Affairs on Sunday in Ilorin.
Egbewole said: “The University of Ilorin is greater than all of us and we want to extend our ‘hand of fellowship’ to all our colleagues who also applied for this post.
“We appeal that they should join hands with us to do this work collectively and in an all inclusive manner”.
The vice chancellor designate commended the University’s Governing Council for conducting a thorough and painstaking exercise that culminated in his appointment.
He assured the council and the university community that the appointment was for everyone and the administration would continue to put the institution first in all it does.
He, therefore, appealed to staffers and students for support, to enable him discharge the task ahead.
“Our students are our pride and we will continue to run a student-friendly regime, with emphasis on improved work ethics and zero tolerance for corruption in all its ramification.
“We give kudos to the workers of this great institution for their untiring efforts in ensuring that our system continues to run in spite of the challenges.
“We will continue to give premium to the training and re-training of the workforce, while the welfare of the workers will be given priority,” he said.
Egbewole called for more efforts at improving the quality of research, which would lead to innovation.
He implored the concerned members of staff to see the new administration as partners in progress with a view to ensuring enhanced capacity and improved delivery.
He commended the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, and prayed for a peaceful transition to move the university to the next level.