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COVID19: Jos fish grillers lament low patronage

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COVID19: Jos fish grillers lament low patronage

The Chairperson of Fish grillers West of Mines, Jos ,  Mrs Judith Aba, on Friday said that the COVID-19 pandemic had  affected the sales of grilled fish in the  city.


Aba said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Jos.

She said that there was reduction in sales as a result of the pandemic stressing that the situation has affected members of the association.

She said so many people were being careful about eating outside their homes for fear of contracting the virus.

“This is what we do for a living and our families depend on us and we have other responsibilities as well, we don’t know what else to do,” she said.

Aba also lamanted the high cost of fish saying  that a carton of tilapia had risen to N21, 000 with 17 to 20 pieces in each carton.

” Before the pandemic, after selling a carton one could make as much as N10,000 toN15000 profit daily but now we make between N5000 to N1000 daily, ” she said.

The chairperson, however, said that she was hopeful that as soon as the health  situation improved,  sales  would get better.

Other grillers who also spoke with NAN also lamented that sales had dropped since the pandemic started.

Miss Beatrice Donatus  said that before the pandemic  she sold about two to three cartons of fish daily.

“Our current daily sales is half of a carton and some times we don’t even sell at all, ” Danatus said.

Mrs Judith Godfrey said that  she usually got orders from  banks and social gatherings  and could sell three cartons a day, but all that had stopped with the pandemic .

Mrs Plangnan Famu,  said that even though there was low patronage she still had to go out to make the little money she could to feed her children.

” I have not been able to sell half a cartoon in three days but we are hopeful because if you stay at home nobody would give you  money for food, ” Famu said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

 

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Judiciary

Court sentences driver to 2 years in prison for stealing car

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An Upper Area Court, sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Tuesday, sentenced a 30-year-old driver, Victor Jonah, to two years imprisonment for stealing a car.


The Judge, Lawal Suleiman, sentenced Jonah after he pleaded guilty to stealing the car.

Suleiman, however, gave the convict option to pay N50, 000 or to spend two years in prison.

He said the judgment would serve as deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such criminal act of stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Monday Dabit, told the court that the case was reported at the A Division Police station on July 14 by one Victor Kadu of Jenta Adamu, the complainant.

Dabit said that the convict stole the car from where the owner had parked it.

According to the prosecutor, during police investigation, the car was found in the accused possession, an offense the prosecutor said is contrary to sections 272 of the Penal Code of Plateau.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Court sentences 2 labourers to 4 years imprisonment each for stealing

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An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos on Tuesday sentenced two labourers to four years each imprisonment for stealing a cell phone.


The police charged Usman Abdullahi,20, and Suleiman Yahaya,22, with conspiracy and theft.

The Judge, Lawal Suleiman sentenced Usman and Yahaya after they pleaded guilty to the offense.

Suleiman, however, gave the convicts  option to pay N40, 000 each or to spend two years in prison for theft, N10, 000 each or a year for conspiracy and N15, 000 each as compensation or another one year in prison.

He said the judgment would serve as deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such criminal act of stealing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported at the Laranto Police station on July 5 by one Phoebe Zakka of Farin Gada Jos, who was the complainant.

Gokwat said that the convicts conspired and attacked the complainant on her way to the bank and collected her phones valued at N35, 500.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 57 and 272 of the Penal Code of Plateau.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Dollar slips after political wrangling slows rally

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A dollar rebound faltered on Tuesday as political wrangling over a United States relief plan and the gloomy outlook weighed on the currency.


After its worst month in a decade in July, the greenback started August on a firm note as some investors trimmed their short positions.

That only carried it so far, and the dollar edged down 0.2 per cent on Tuesday against a basket of currencies.

The euro – which gained five per cent at the dollar’s expense in July – inched up on the day, last up 0.2 per cent at $1.17875.

“I think the eurozone recovery will be a lot faster than the United States recovery and that growth differential will continue to drive higher,’’ Marshall Gittler, FX analyst at BDSwiss, said in a note.

The Aussie dollar edged ahead nearly 0.3 per cent after the central bank delivered no surprises by holding policy steady.

Australia’s central bank predicted the economic recovery will be uneven as the country’s second biggest state Victoria locks down to fight a resurgence of the virus.

Despite a slowdown in new United States virus cases and encouraging factory data, investors are reserving judgment on whether a United States economy with 30 million people out of work can really lead the world’s recovery.

Talks on a potential further economic relief package are ongoing, though top Democrats in the United States Congress and White House negotiators on Monday said they had made progress.

“We’re still in a situation where the market wants to believe the recovery is on track but is still worried about the COVID situation,’’ said Bank of Singapore FX analyst, Moh Siong Sim.

“The fiscal wrangling in the United States is the next key test for risk sentiment and if they manage to get a deal – which seems likely – that could be supportive of risk sentiment.’’

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Gov Tambuwal frees 17 inmates in Sokoto

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has granted pardon to 17 inmates in the Sokoto Central Custodial centre.


Malam Muhammad Bello, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media And Public Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Bello said the gesture was part of government’s thrust as encapsulated in its committee on prerogative of mercy protocols.

He said three inmates out of the 17 were serving terms for federal offences while the remaining were held for state offences.

He added that the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Suleiman Usman, SAN, facilitated the processes.

“The pardon takes cognisance of the executive powers vested in the governor to offer mercy to inmates by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

” The gesture is also aimed at enabling the ex-prisoners to reunite with their family members and become decent citizens.

” It was also intended to decongest the prison and protect the inmates from being affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. ” Bello said.

He called on the  pardoned inmates to shun vices and engage in viable ventures that would uplift their living standards.

He said: “This exercise is carried out on a routine basis to deserving inmates in order to offer mercy to them.”

He said the Attorney General also presented N50,000 cash assistance to each of the pardoned inmates from the state government during the exercise.

Bello noted that the cash is to enable them set up useful ventures as they start new life out of prison.

The governor’s spokesman explained that the state Controller of Correctional Service, Mr Sama Tsafe, who was represented by the Deputy Controller in charge of the Prison, Mallam Idris Muhammad, thanked the state government for its continued support and encouragement to the prison.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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