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Gov. Zulum approves N28.12m salary arrears of 2 agencies



Borno Government has approved N28.198 bail out to settle salary arrears of workers of the state-owned hotels and the State Investment Company.

Alhaji Babasheikh Haruna, the Special Assistant on Media to Gov. Babagana Zulum, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Haruna disclosed that the approval was to settle backlog of five months of salary arrears owed workers of the Borno State Hotels and Maiduguri International Hotel.

He added that workers of the Borno State Investment Company would receive seven months’ salary, owed them from January to July.

Haruna explained that N17.91 million was for payment of salary arrears to workers of the hotels while N11 million was to settle salary arrears of workers of the investment company.

Haruna said: ‘The organisations, hitherto, supposed to be self-sustaining but due to poor revenue generations, the state government offered a bailout to pay the backlog salaries of these companies.

“Those to benefit from the governor’s magnanimity include casual staff of the State Hotels Maiduguri and Biu”.

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Repair on Kwara waterworks near completion – Engineers



Engineers handling the repair of some waterworks in Kwara said on Friday that the facilities were at between 90 and 95 per cent completion stage.

A statement issued in Ilorin by the Press Secretary in the state Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Olalekan Onilu, quoted the engineers as saying that the impact of the repair work would be felt soon across the state.

It also said Olatunde Mike, Isiaka Ibraheem, Taiye Salami, and Sunday Bamidele, the engineers handling Igbaja, Kaiama, Lafiagi Asa-Dam and Pategi waterworks respectively had given an assurance that the facilities in their respective areas would boost access to potable water in the areas.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had released funds to the Ministry of Water Resources to fix some abandoned waterworks in the state.

The waterworks include Asa-Dam Waterworks, Igbaja Waterworks, Kaiama Waterworks, Pategi Waterworks and Lafiagi Waterworks among others.

According to the statement, the engineer handling Igbaja Waterworks, Bamidele, specifically said that no fewer than 14 villages would benefit from the ongoing reconstruction of Igbaja Dam after completion.

Bamidele said that work was almost completed on the civil work of the treated building in the dam.

According to him, test running of the facility will begin on Saturday to determine whether there are still leakages in the installed pipes.


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Zamfara Gov’s wife bags Fulani traditional title



The Sarkin Fulani of Zamfara, Alhaji Muhammadu Chede has conferred the fulani traditional title of “Beza’’ to wife of the state governor, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle.

The Fulani leader announced the conferment of the title in Gusau on Friday, when the Fulani Women Association in the state paid courtesy visit on the governor’s wife.

Chede explained that “Beza’’ means mother of fulani women in Zamfara.

“We confer this important fulani title to her excellency, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle in recognition of her various programmes to empower fulani women.

“We are also happy with the commitments of the state government led by Alhaji Bello Matawallen-Maradun towards the improvement of the wellbeing of fulani people in the state.”

Responding, Mrs Bello-Matawalle, commended the fulani leader for the gesture and promised to continuously work with them to strengthen existing relationship.

“As we are all aware, the state government is making plans to establish Ruga settlements for fulani herders in the state where schools, hospitals and other infrastructural facilities would be provided for them.

“I am planning to come up with an empowerment scheme for fulani women and education programme for their children to complement the state government efforts in this regard,’’ she said.

Earlier, the Chairperson of the fulani women association in the state, Hajiya Aisha Chede, said the visit was to seek partnership with the governor’s wife on activities of fulani women in the state.

She assured that fulani women in the 14 local government areas of the state were solidly behind the peace dialogue mission initiated by the state government.

Nigeria News Agency reports that over 300 fulani women from the 14 local government areas of the state attended the occasion.

During the occasion, the association presented a gift of a cow, large quantity of fresh milk and other fulani traditional items to the governor’s wife

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Zamfara APC tells members not to comment on Yari’s corruption investigation



The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday told its members not to comment on the ongoing investigation of ex-governor Abdul’Aziz Yari by the EFCC and ICPC.

The state party Chairman, Lawal Liman, said the decision was to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to conclude their investigations without interference.

Liman who received APC executives from the 14 local government areas of the state at the party secretariat in Gusau, said nobody has the right to interfere with the investigation as both EFCC and ICPC were carrying out their lawful duties.

“You know, one of the manifestos of our great party, the APC and major area given priority by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is fight against corruption.

“The former governor, Yari is a law abiding citizen, he is not above the law, therefore he can be investigated as any Nigerian.

“Nobody has the right to say anything over the investigation until it is over by the relevant authorities.

“I am therefore appealing to our members to remain calm and always be law abiding”, Liman stressed.

Nigeria News Agency reports that during the visit, the APC executives from 14 local government areas of the state reiterated their solidarity and loyalty to the party.

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Nigeria will surmount its current security challenges–Gov. Abdulrazaq



Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara on Friday expressed the hope that the current security challenges facing the nation would soon be a thing of the past.

Abdulrazaq, who stated this in Ilorin while declaring open a three-day regional convention of the Full Gospel Business men’s Fellowship International holding in Ilorin, said the Federal and state governments were fully committed to tackling the challenges.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, said, “I wish to assure you all that government is engaging the situation with all the resources at its disposal.”

Abdulrazaq,  who called on religious bodies to play a crucial role in drawing men back to God, prayed for government at all levels to succeed in all their endeavours.

He also called on religious bodies to encourage their members to join politics to play greater role in the development and progress of the nation.

Speaking earlier, the National Vice President of the group, Isaac Okparachi, explained that members were in the state for the three-day conference of the fellowship.

He congratulated Abdulrazaq and his deputy on their victory in the recent elections and prayed God to give them the wherewithal to record meaningful achievements during their tenure.

According to Okpanachi, the Fellowship is the largest body of Christian business men and professionals in the world, with Nigeria having 3,300 chapters spread across the six geo-political regions.

The vice president added that theme for the convention, “ Manifesting His Power,” was to be deployed to pray for the state and the nation.

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Repair your vehicles, adhere to traffic rules, regulations instead of bribing- FRSC



The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday advised motorists to repair their vehicles and adhere to traffic rules and regulations, instead of bribing FRSC officials.

Mr Clement Oladele, the state Sector Commander, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Ota.

“Motorists are admonished to use the money they intend to bribe for traffic infractions to repair their mechanically deficient vehicles.

“You are also advised to comply with traffic regulations to prevent any reason that may encourage the offering or receiving of bribes during patrol,” the commander said.

He advised the motoring public to desist from obstructing or blocking the highways to express their grievances, but report to leadership of appropriate agencies who have appropriate mechanism to resolve such grievances.

“Members of the public are enjoined to report bribe-related misdemeanour by FRSC officials to the command headquarters in Abeokuta or through the telephone number or email address

“FRSC wishes to inform motorists that, as part of its core value of transparency, the corps abhors any form of patrol misconduct by its operatives while on patrol.

The corps also discourages soliciting and collection of bribes by his men while on patrol.

Oladele sought the cooperation of motorists at ensuring that patrol men do not collect bribes while on patrol.

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