NATIONAL NEWS JULY 21, 2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • MINISTER OF POWER VOWS IMPROVEMENT OF NIGERIA ELECTRICITY.
  • RESIDENTS LAMENT ABANDONMENT OF AKURE/ADO-EKITI HIGHWAY.
  • OYO CIVIL SERVICE FISHES OUT 41 GHOST WORKERS, 341 IRREGULAR RECORDS.
  • KANO GOVERNOR PARDONS 136 INMATES IN STATE CORRECTIONAL CENTERS.

Oyo/ghost workers

The oyo state government has uncovered 41 ghost workers in the state and 341 workers with irregular records.

The implementation committee of the 2019/2020 civil/public servants audit and payroll re-engineering/validation exercise made the declaration in a statement issued to newsmen, saying all the 41 ghost workers would be removed from its payroll.

The 13-member implementation committee, headed by permanent secretary, civil service commission, d.o olatunde, recommended that an administrative investigation be undertaken by the government to determine where the salaries of the ghost officers had been going.

Meanwhile, there had been indication that 602 officers had been recommended for removal from the payrolls but the implementation committee affirmed 41 ghost workers, cleared 40 others of any infraction, uncovered 10 deaths and 170 systematic retirements.

Niger delta/ex-militants

A group of urhobo/isoko ex-militants in the niger delta have decried their exclusion from appointment into the inaugurated committee on strategic communications of the presidential amnesty programme, pap.

In a statement jointly signed by the group’s chairman, general figbele joseph and his vice, general adu solo, the ex-agitators described their exclusion from the committee as an injustice.

They accused the interim administrator of the pap, col. Milland dikio, and retired of sidelining them but urged him to appoint one of the ex-militants into the 10-member committee, saying having one of their own in the committee will ensure fairness.

While they claimed they were subjects to the col. Dikio, the ex-militants therefore called on relevant authorities to help call the administrator to with urgency appoint an urhobo/isoko ex-agitator into the novel committee to enable them have a sense of belonging.

Fg/power supply

The minister of power, saleh mammam has vowed that his ministry will improve electricity supply to nigerians.

Mamman made the pledge while addressing reporters during the eid-el-kabir celebration in jalingo, the taraba state capital, promising that  communities that were underserved with electricity supply will soon begin to enjoy regular service.

He further assured communities that had not been connected to the national grid that alternative sources of power generation would be provided for them while he enjoined nigerians to embrace peace, saying only peaceful coexistence would bring development to the country.

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That was the minister of power, saleh mammam calling on nigerians to join hands in eradicating insurgency in the country.

Abubakar/insecurity

The former head of state, general abdulsalami abubakar has beseeched god to touch the hearts of bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminals in order to denounce their evil businesses.

Abubakar, who sought god’s intervention to end insecurity in nigeria after observing the two-rakaat prayers for eid-el-kabir at minna, niger state capital’s prayer ground advised nigerians to remain peaceful and orderly as well report acts of insecurity to security agencies. 

He also urged bandits and kidnappers to embrace peace so that nigeria could enjoy political and economic stability again.

Also, niger state governor, abubakar bello called for prayers for security agencies in the country, noting that prayers would enable them to apply divine wisdom to deal with the challenges bedeviling the country.

Kano/inmates freedom

Kano state governor, abdullahi ganduje has pardoned 136 inmates as part of measures to decongest the correctional centres in the state.

Governor ganduje took the decision when he visited goron-dutse medium correctional centre earlier today, saying some of the inmates were pardoned due to ill-health, those who were unable to pay the fines slapped on them, among others.

During the visit, the governor also presented 5,000 naira to each pardoned inmate as transport fare to their destination but charged them not to go back to their previous nefarious acts.

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In his remarks, the controller, kano correctional centres, sulaiman sulaiman, commended the governor for being humane by relating with inmates.

Ondo-ekiti/protest

Following the deplorable condition of the akure/ado-ekiti road, residents of ondo and ekiti states have protested the abandonment of the highway after it was awarded for dualization last year.

The residents with placards of various inscriptions such as too much of kidnapping, raping on akure-ado-ekiti road, fix our roads, save our souls, alleged that contractors who were given the contract refused to commence work 15 months after receiving mobilization for the 22 billion naira dualization of the road.

One of the protesters, niyi majofodu lamented that state of the road has continued to aid activities of criminals engaging in kidnappings and killings.

Addressing the angry protesters, former chairman of akure north local government, rotimi adeleye and the senior special assistant to ekiti state governor, kayode fayemi on citizen engagement and grassroot, josemaria adeusi admitted that it is quite highly embarrassing and disgusting that nothing has been done on the road, therefore calling on the government to do the needful.

Imo/lawmakers

The member representing ideato-north state constituency in the imo house of assembly, duru iheonukara, has stated that the suspended lawmakers of the peoples democratic party, pdp deserve to be recalled by their constituents.

In a statement released to newsmen, iheonukara alleged that the suspended members have misled the public with falsehood and unwholesome utterances.

The lawmaker, also the immediate past house committee chairman on information therefore said the suspension which included four members from the all progressive congress, apc was legal, constitutional and necessary in order to preserve peace, stability and ensure progress of legislative arm in the state.

Police/igboho

Policemen have dispersed supporters of sunday adeyemo, popularly known as sunday igboho who staged a protest in ibadan against the arrest of the yoruba nation agitator by authorities in cotonou, benin republic.

The protesters who were said to have marched to soka bus stop along the lagos-ibadan expressway where they sang and demanded the release of adeyemo, called on yoruba leaders and the international community to fight for the release of the agitator.

It was gathered that the protest grounded traffic in the area and some motorists who were conversant had to take alternative routes to avoid the area as the policemen came in about four patrol vans, shotting sporadically  in the air to chase away the protesters.

Fani-kayode/igboho

Meanwhile,

Former aviation minister, femi fani-kayode has called on authorities in benin republic to accord sunday adeyemo, also known as sunday igboho the respect he deserves.

Fani-kayode, in a tweet, called on the authorities in cotonou to respect the civil liberties and rights of the secessionist agitator, adding that he should not be denied access to a lawyer and a doctor and he must not be tortured, brutalized or humiliated.

The former minister who described adeyemo as a freedom fighter therefore noted that the benin government must be fair in their actions.

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