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APC, INEC to address Kaduna governorship tribunal August 4

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Kaduna State Governorship Election Tribunal on Thursday adjourned sitting till August 4, for counsel to the respondents to file their written addresses and responses in line with the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

The petitioners are challenging the reelection of Gov Nasiru El-Rufai, who is the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the gubernatorial poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared El-Rufai winner of the gubernatorial election having scored 1,045,427 votes to defeat the PDP candidate, Alhaji Isah Ashiru, who polled 814,168 votes.

Not satisfied with the outcome of the poll, PDP and its candidate filed a petition before the governorship tribunal with El-Rufai, INEC and APC as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.

The petitioners had called 135 witnesses to testify on how the election was allegedly marred by violence, ballot stuffing and other irregularities.

The 1st and 2nd respondents had called two witnesses each and closed their defence.

According to the schedule, the tribunal had given 10 days for the respondents to file their written addresses, starting from Thursday, July 25.

Bako also gave the petitioners seven days to respond, adding that they also have five days to reply on matters of law.

Afterwards, counsel will adopt their written addresses, Bako further ruled.

“By this ruling, the respondents have been given up to August 4 to file their written addresses while the petitioners have up to August 11 to respond.

“In addition, the petitioners have up to August 16 to reply on points of law. On August 19, counsel will adopt their written addresses.”

Earlier, Bawa in his motion, prayed the tribunal to grant counsel dates for final written addresses on the petition.

According to him, his team had reviewed their earlier stand of calling 15 witnesses.

Bawa saïd the 3rd respondent had resolved to close its case by not calling more witnesses.

The APC counsel said that he was guided by the provision of paragraph 46 of the 1st schedule of the Electoral Act, sub paragraph 11 to 13.

Kwari, who testified on Thursday, said that he was the state collation agent of APC, and that he didn’t visit all the polling units in Kaduna state.

Under cross examination, Kwari told the tribunal that he knew all the results through APC ward agents and that he did not notice any anomaly in the results.

However, counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Elisha Kurah (SAN) said that the results on Forms EC8A and EC8B in Madami ward in Zaria local government were not the same.

According to Kurah, APC and PDP scored 243 votes and 53 votes respectively on Form EC8A, while APC got 608 votes as against PDP’s 23 votes on Form EC8B.

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Niger govt. says N1.4bn for 5-star hotel project intact

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The Niger state government says the N1.4 billion for the five star hotel project in Minna, the state capital is intact.

Mrs Mary Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Minna.

She said that the money was still in the Zenith Bank account, adding that it was not given to any contractor to commence work.

The ruling All Progressive Congress and main opposition People Democratic Party in Niger have disagreed recently over the N1.4 billion meant for the abandoned project.

The opposition party alleged that it left the money in an account for the continuation of the project.

The immediate past governor of the state, Dr Babangida Aliyu made this known during his 65th birthday celebration in Minna when he accused the APC government of misappropriating the fund.

Aliyu told friends, associates and party stakeholders in Minna that he left the money in an Escro account at the Minna branch of Zenith Bank.

According to him: “To my surprise, the contractor was invited by the government and given the whole amount. After two months he disappeared from site and has not returned to finish the job.”

Berje described the allegation as misleading and an attempt to win the sympathy of his “dying PDP” ahead of the forthcoming local government elections.

She said: “The present administration has not released any money to any contractor as alleged by the former governor.”

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police urges Zamfara Govt. to close down markets trading in rustled cattle

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The Zamfara Police Command says it will advise the state government to close down some identified markets in the state where rustled cows are being sold.

The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Alhaji Usman Nagogo, disclosed this on Tuesday in Gusau while meeting with the leaders of Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and other stakeholders in the state.

Nagogo noted that the measure became necessary considering the increase in cattle rustling activities in the state.

“We learnt there are some identified markets where rustled animals, especially cows, are being sold; we consider this as a big threat to security activities in the state,” he said.

The state, he said, had recorded various successes in tackling insecurity through peaceful dialogue.

“Despite the measures taken by the state government, it is still facing serious increase in cattle rustling activities.

“We consider these markets as major factors fueling cattle rustling activities in the state; hence we have invited stakeholders for this meeting to discuss the problem and find solutions.

“We are going to brief  the state government about this meeting, then we will advise for the closure  of those identified markets,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting was attended by the leaders of MACBAN, Butchers Association and Cattle Dealers Association among others.

Chairman, Miyetti-Allah in Zamfara, Umar Aliyu, commended the CP for inviting them for the meeting.

Aliyu, who lamented  the increase of cattle rustling in the state, called on the stakeholders to support and cooperate with government on the peace initiatives.

In his remark, the Sarkin-Fawa of Gusau, Alhaji Malami Sarkin Fawa, assured the continued support and cooperation of all butchers in ensuring peace and stability in the state.

He urged the police command to investigate the leadership crisis in the Cattle Dealers Association in the state.

Edited by Moses Solanke/Maharazu Ahmed

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Ondo govt. promotes 9,704 public servants

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The Ondo State government has announced the promotion of 9,704 public servants in the recently-concluded 2019 promotion exercise.

The Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Mr Afolabi Adewakun, who stated this on Tuesday, in Akure, added that three civil engineers at the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructure were given special promotion for their outstanding performance.

Adewakun said that the promotion exercise was part of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s commitment to the welfare of civil servants in the state.

He said that a total of 2,261 deserving civil servants were promoted, based on the briefs forwarded to the commission by the service matters department, office of establishment and training, various ministries and extra-ministerial departments.

Adewakun said that same exercise also took place in all self-accounting government agencies, boards and parastatals, where 7,443 officers were promoted.

He further stated that 190 officers across various the civil service cadres had been given approval to retire either mandatorily or voluntarily after serving the state.

The chairman said that promotion was never automatic, as being insinuated in some quarters, adding that only deserving officers benefitted from the exercise.

“I wish to remark that the welfare of workers has continued to be on the front burner since the inception of this administration in Feb. 2017.

“And that training and retraining programmes have engendered higher productivity, leading to better service delivery for the people of the state.

“In the light of his worker-friendly disposition, Gov. Akeredolu graciously approved the special promotion of one grade level credit for three (3) deserving civil engineers at the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for carrying out extensive cost-saving road rehabilitation works across the state.

“This is an indication that any outstanding performance will not go unnoticed and unrewarded by government.

“In line with other statutory functions of the commission, five prospective applicants were recruited into areas of special needs, as approved by the governor; they have since resumed duties,” he said.

Adewakun added that some officers were not considered for promotion due to issues bordering on discipline, like financial embarrassment, prolonged absence from duty without official permission and general misconducts.

“Sanctions such as reprimand, written warning and downgrading have been meted on erring officers. Some officers have also been placed on suspension, pending the final determination of their cases,” he said.

Adewakun urged the newly-promoted officers to reciprocate the gesture by being more productive, dedicated, diligent and absolutely loyal to the service.

Edited by Ariwodola Idowu and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Akeredolu appoints 4 aides

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Tuesday approved the appointments of Ebenezer Adekusibe, Lulu Fawehinmi, Clement Dada, as senior special assistants and Peace Odili as special assistant to the governor.

Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Akure.

Ajiboye said the appointments were with immediate effect.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Adekusibe was made Senior Special Assistant on Finance while Fawehinmi was appointed as Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Strategy/Communication.

Similarly, Dada was enlisted as Senior Special Assistant on Mobilisation and Odili made Special Assistant on Public Procurement.

The new appointees were charged to see their appointments as a challenge to contribute their quota to the development of the state.

“The governor wishes them success in their respective assignments,” Ajiboye said.

Edited by Martins Odeh/Donald Ugwu

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NEPC urges companies to certify their products before export

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NEPC urges companies to certify their products before export

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Kano,Nov. 19, 2019 The Nigerian Export Promotion council (NEPC) has urged Kano based manufacturing companies to certify their products before processing them for export.

NEPC Executive Director, Mr Olusegun Awolowo disclosed this in Kano on Tuesday during awareness training with the theme: Go Global, Go for Certification Initiative to enhance global market access for Nigerian exportable products.

Awolowo, represented by Director, Product Development, Mr William Ezeago said the certification was a framework for quality assurance in production.

“Penetrating international market for processed and value added products, particularly food items requires additional voluntary certification to enable the product access competitive overseas market.

“The global market is highly competitive, therefore exportable food products must strive to acquire additional non mandatory certification to enable them compete favourably in the International Market.

”In an effort to ensure the success of this initiative, the council engaged a reputable certification expert, Topcertifier, based in Bangalore, India to provide certification awareness to our manufactures and producers,” he said.

Awolowo said that the training will enable them embrace fully the basic rudiments of products and process certification through a conformity assessment body, as well as ease global market entry for their products, thereby boosting Nigeria’s non- oil export portfolio.

In his remarks, Mr Vinay Kumar the CEO of Topcertifier said the training will help manufacturers to produce quality goods for the International Market.

One of the participant, Hajiya Aisha Mustapha, expressed appreciation for the training and promised to put what she learned to practice.

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Edited by Saidu Adamu/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Chinese company donates to Orphanage in Bauchi

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Bauchi, Nov. 19, 2019 A Chinese company, KEDI Healthcare, on Tuesday donated learning and feeding materials worth millions of naira to Bauchi state Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA) to alleviate the sufferings of children in the orphanage.

Mr Anthony Yongo, Manger, KEDI Healthcare in Bauchi, said that the donation was part of an outreach by the healthcare and a deliberate effort to contribute towards providing basic education to children in the state.

According to him, the gesture is part of the annual social responsibility programmes of the organisation for children in the state.

“This year we selected the orphanage home to provide orphans with incentives such as learning and feeding items.

Mrs Hassana Arkila, Chairperson, BASOVCA, commended the organisation for the gesture, describing it as a great move to bring succour to the orphanage.

She said that the learning materials would compliment government’s efforts in providing basic education for the children.

The officer commended KEDI Healthcare for identifying with them by bringing donations and describing it as a great service not only to the children but to the immediate society and humanity in general.

Arkila said that the present administration was focused on giving adequate education and care to the orphanage to ensure that the children were well placed in the society.

She said Bauchi State Government had launched a Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) activities in the state to ensure a better future for them.

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Edited by Hawa lawal/Donald Ugwu

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