A Dutse Sharia Court, Jigawa, on Tuesday ordered that 20-year-old Abdullahi Ya’u, be given five strokes of the cane for stealing nine measures (Mudu) of sorghum.
Ya’u, who resides in Bakin Jeji village, in Dutse Local Government Area, was arraigned on two counts of trespass and theft.
The Judge, Muhammad Adamu, convicted Ya’u, following his guilty plea.
Adamu also sentenced the convict to five months imprisonment with an option of N3,000 fine.
The convict paid the N3,000 fine.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. AbdusSalam Baraya, told the court that one Ya’u Alhaji of same address, reported the matter at the Fanisau the Police Station in Dutse on Sept. 8.
Baraya said the convict stole nine measures of sorghum from the complainant’s house.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 183 and 148 of the Sharia Penal Code Laws, 2012.
The prosecutor said that the convict admitted to committing the offence during police investigation and interrogation.
In the same vein, the Court also ordered that 20-year-old Samaila Abdullahi, be given five strokes of the cane for stealing a Nokia cell phone and charger.
Abdullahi, who resides in a Kazuba village, in Birninkudu Local Government Area, was arraigned on two counts of trespass and and theft.
The Judge convicted Abdullahi after he pleaded guilty.
Adamu jailed the accused to six months imprisonment with an option of N4,000 fine.
The convict could not pay the N4,000 fine and was taken to a correctional facility.
The prosecutor told the court that the convict on Aug. 18, trespassed into a yogurt factory at Dutse Ultra Modern Market and stole a Nokia phone and charger.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 183 and 148 of the Sharia Penal Code Laws, 2012.
The prosecutor said that the convict admitted to committing the offence during police investigation and interrogation.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation
As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.
The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.
Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.
Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.
“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”
In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.
He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.
“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.
‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.
Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.
Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.
“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.
“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.
“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.
“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).
“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.
Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.
“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said
According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.
Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.
Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.
International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.
It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N682 bn for August
The Federal Government, states and local government councils have shared N682 billion for the month of August, Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has said.
Mr Hassan Dodo, the Director of Information in the ministry, qouted Isa-Dutse as disclosing this in a statement issued at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) virtual meeting in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, the Federal Government received N272.9 billion, states got N197.65 billion while local government councils had N147.4 billion.
He added that the oil producing states received N30.88 billion as derivation (13 per cent of Mineral Resources) while Cost of Collection/Transfer and Refund was N33.205 billion.
According to the communique issued by the committee, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for August was N150.23 billion.
This was against the N132.61 billion distributed in July, resulting in an increase of N17.611 billion.
“The distribution is as follows: Federal Government got N20.957 billion, states received N69.857 billion, Local Government Councils got N48.900 billion, while Cost of Collection/Transfer and Refund was N10.51 billion.
“The distributed statutory revenue of N531.83 billion received for the month was lower than the N543.788 billion received for the previous month by N11.958 billion,” it said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Mufutau Ojo)
15 states to benefit from COVID-19 education incentive – NEC
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State disclosed this while virtually briefing State House correspondents after the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.
The virtual NEC meeting was anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“I am very pleased to announce that the Federal Government has put in place some financial incentives to assist the states in implementing the education COVID-19 plan.
“The states that have qualified are Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara.
“These are the states that made two of the three criteria for GPE funding; this is the grant from the World Bank and other donors.’’
El-Rufai said that the Ministry of Education approved the closure of schools and tertiary institutions on March 19 before a formal lockdown was announced.
“Some actions taken so far to mitigate the learning loss among children are the education sector COVID-19 strategy and National Education Sector COVID-19 Response Plan in collaboration with parastatals, development partners, public health experts, and the Nigerian education group.
“The Federal Government also constituted a ministerial task force on COVID-19.
“The primary objectives of the COVID-19 education response plan are to ensure that all children continue learning through access to the best remote learning programmes and appropriate for each context to meet the needs of each child, including the most vulnerable.
“ Some may have access to the internet, but the poorest can get their lessons over the radio; some through television.
“So, the whole plethora of platforms was made available so that no one is left behind.’’
He said that the federal and state governments were working towards ensuring a safe opening up of the educational system.
The governor said, first, capacity must be built for teachers for ongoing development and deployment of technology in teaching.
According to him, teaching with digital technology is new and requires a lot of training as well as providing technical assistance in selection and delivery of online digital content and offline learning resources among others.
“Some of the measures to arrest the potential growth in the number of out of school children, arising from the situation we had before the pandemic and during the pandemic are as follows:
“Disbursement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, UBE intervention funds to states on equality basis to states.
“This is to enable them to implement tangible state based priority projects, including the building of schools or additional classrooms, renovations, rehabilitations, procurement of furniture and equipment etc with focus on enrolling more pupils or having more flexibility to do shifts.
“The Almajiri integrated Quaranic teaching school programmes to mainstream the Almajiri boys into basic education and eradicate the out-of-school children syndrome in northern Nigeria.
“Open schooling, which is principally aimed at reducing the number of out-of-school children in the country, among others, ‘’ he said.
El-Rufai said that, going forward, there should be a national training programme to equip all university lecturers in delivering blended learning.
The governor said that NEC also recommended accelerating and strengthening the management of an electronic digital identity management system for all Nigerians.
El-Rufai explained that such digital identity would aid easy enrolment, retention and completion of learners at all levels as well as curb fraud, forgery and alteration of certificates.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
SUNREF launches $81m fund for renewable energy projects in Nigeria
The Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Energy Finance (SUNREF) has launched 81 million dollars technical assistance facility for the development of green energy projects in Nigeria, an official said on Thursday.
SUNREF is a green financing line for businesses developed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and instituted with a €70 million grant funded by the AFD and the European Union Infrastructure Trust Fund (EU-ITF).
MS Ogechi Adiukwu, SUNREF Nigeria Programme Officer, who made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja, said the project had an investment grant for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
According to her, SUNREF Nigeria programme which is composed of a 70 million dollars low-cost debt financing and an 11 million dollars grant facility, seeks to improve access to energy through improved access to affordable finance for renewable energy technologies.
“It seeks to ensure energy efficient initiatives that will improve lives, increase economic opportunities and support various sectors such as industry and agriculture.
“Through this grant, SUNREF Nigeria programme will provide technical assistance and support to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN),” she said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .
“It partners with banks like Access Bank and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) and companies in Nigeria toward the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
“In Nigeria, where access to energy is far from universal, limited energy security and rising energy prices will likely continue to challenge the growth of Nigerian businesses in the near future.
“As a result, increasing the development of green energy is a key condition to a sustainable economic growth by ensuring reliable access to energy as well as enabling businesses and households to seize opportunities of the ecological transition.”
She quoted Ms Inga-Elisabeth Hawley, the Senior Director, Environment and Energy at WINROCK International, as saying that they were delighted to be appointed to implement the technical component of the SUNREF programme.
Adiukwu also quoted the Team Leader, SUNREF Nigeria Programme, Javier Betancour, as saying that SUNREF Nigeria programme brought the global SUNREF experience of providing financing and technical assistance for renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects to assist businesses become more efficient and transit to green energy.
She noted that Dr Mansur Ahmed, President of MAN, had said the programme would be critical in increasing the competitiveness of Nigerian manufacturers, as they transit to renewable energy sources and implement energy efficiency measures in their operations.
Adiukwu also disclosed that the SUNREF initiative had been deployed in over 30 countries and successfully supported over 42 projects in partnership with about 70 banks to the tune of about 2.5 billion euros from the AFD of which 1.2 billion euros had been paid.
According to her, the benefits of SUNREF programme targets entrepreneurs AFD cannot finance directly such as Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and individuals, using financial intermediaries as channels for disseminating projects through reliable local counterparts with technical skills.
She added that it would disseminate technical know-how and good practices through the technical assistance.
Mr Faruk Yabo, Director of Renewable Energy and Rural Access, Federal Ministry of Power, said that the SUNREF programme would help Nigeria toward achieving its 30:30:30 goal of generating 30 per cent of 30 Giga Watts (GW) from renewable energy by 2030.
For Dr Gregory Jobome, Chief Risk Officer, Access Bank, the bank had been on this journey of financing green energy projects for a long time.
“We hope that through this programme shall be a stimulus for other banks to start financing such projects that will benefit many generations to come,” he said.
Mrs Ayodele Adeniyi of UBA said they believed renewable energy would go a long way to reducing the power deficit in Nigeria and that the bank was willing to go all the way to support it.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Ejiofor)