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Fayemi celebrates one year in office, lays foundations for Obas’ chambers, Justice Ministry

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, laid the foundation for the Ministry of Justice office complex and the Traditional Council Chambers as part of activities marking his one year in office.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor assured the state civil servants of his administration’s commitment to enhancing their productivity by providing a conducive working environment for them.

He also promised to complete all abandoned the buildings in the state secretariat complex, just as he expressed appreciation to all the civil servants for their contributions and dedication to duties.

According to him, such support and cooperation have aided the socio-economic growth of the state in the last one year.

Fayemi, while performing the turning of the sod for the two buildings, stated that the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) office complex and that of the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) were part of his administration’s priorities.

He commended the state Ministry of Justice for its drive to ensure that cases were dispensed without delay and by ensuring that it was ever active and prompt in providing rapid and systematic interpretation of government policies.

The governor said that his administration had embarked on what he called legacy project to ensure a befitting edifice for the ministry to enhance its performance.

He added that the ministry, which had once been neglected and relegated, had now become a bride being sought after nationally.

Fayemi added: “As a government, we understand and appreciate the importance of good, conducive and comfortable working environment as a prerequisite for enhancing performance and bringing the best out of every worker.

“We are committed to the welfare of all civil servants in Ekiti State, and I reassure you all that your welfare will continue to be our paramount interest.

“We appreciate your contributions and dedication to duties, and we will continue to do our best to inspire you to perform better.

“Any responsible government that wants efficiency and effectiveness from its workforce must provide a conducive working atmosphere for them.

“This is just one of the several other steps being mapped out to strengthen our workforce. One after the other, we shall meet and cater for the needs of all our ministries, departments and agencies.

“During the next fiscal year, we will embark on projects aimed at providing new accommodation to SUBEB, LGSC and complete two structures in the secretariat

“I enjoin you all to be patient with the government as we continue to manage our limited resources in the best interest of all.

The governor also urged the traditional rulers in the state to reciprocate government’s gesture by ensuring that they maintained peace and security in their respective domains.

He said government was moved to constructing a befitting traditional council chamber that would provide an enabling environment for the official activities of the royal fathers.

Fayemi said that the new chamber would replace the old one which had been in use since the creation of the state in 1996 and had since become inadequate.

He explained that his administration placed high premium on the welfare of the traditional rulers and assured them that he would do everything within the available resources to ensure that they were comfortable.

“It is important to restate that the traditional institution of kingship in our society, regardless of the advent of modernisation, remains a rallying point for the generality of our people,” he said. (NAN)

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Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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NSE: Market capitalisation sustains

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The nation’s bourse on Thursday sustained upward trend for the third consecutive trading session with the market capitalisation improving by N46 billion.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the market capitalisation which opened at N12.923 trillion inched N46 billion or 0.36 per cent to close at N12.969 trillion.

Also, the All-Share Index rose by 95.94 points or 0.36 per cent to 26,872.09 in contrast with 26,776.15 achieved on Wednesday.

The upturn was impacted by gains recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, among which are; Flour Mills of Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, MTN Nigeria, Dangote Cement and Dangote Sugar Refinery.

Capital market analysts were of the view that the equities market would sustain gains in the near term although sentiment still remains weak

Analysts at United Capital Plc said “Looking ahead, we still expect investors to position in value and dividend paying stocks in expectation of making solid gains.”

Market breadth closed positive with 21 gainers and 12 laggards.

An analysis of the price movement table shows that Cornerstone Insurance topped the gainers’ table  to close at 77k per share.

Oando followed with a gain of 9.89 per cent to close at N3.89, while Flour Mills was up by 9.85 per cent to close at N17.85 per share.

Ikeja Hotels garnered 9.62 per cent to close at N1.14, while FCMB Group appreciated by 7.39 per cent to close at N2.18 per share.

Conversely, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, dropping by 10 per cent to close at N18 per share.

Jaiz Bank followed with a decline of eight per cent to close at 69k, while Lasaco Assurance dropped 7.41 per cent to close at 25k per share.

Unilever dipped 5.68 per cent to close at N17.45, while Unity Bank for Africa shed 1.94 per cent to close at N7.60 per share.

However, the total volume traded dropped by 10.5 per cent to 239.22 million shares, worth N2.28 billion, and traded in 3,585 deals.

In spite of the growth recorded by market indices, the volume of shares traded closed lower with an exchange of 239.22 million shares worth N2.28 billion in 3,585 deals.

This was against a turnover of 267.31 million shares valued at N3.05 billion achieved in 4,074 deals on Wednesday.

Transactions in the shares of FBN Holdings topped the activity chart with 74.03 million shares valued at N558.42 million.

Transcorp followed with 19.19 million shares worth N19.57 million, while Zenith Bank traded 18.31 million shares valued at N342.45 million.

Guaranty Trust Bank sold 17.23 million shares worth N506.18 million, while UBA transacted 14.16 million shares valued at N107.57 million.

Edited by Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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Nsukka LGA appoints 1000 political office holders to reduce poverty

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The chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Chief Patrick Omeje, said that the council under his administration had appointed no fewer than 1000 political office holders to reduce poverty in the council.

The chairman who was represented by his deputy, Mr Cosmas Agbo, made the statement in Enugu on Thursday in a good governance tour of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state.

The chairman said that his administration came on board on Dec. 4, 2017 adding that it was up to date in terms of workers’ salaries and other allowances.

He said that the council had 106 government primary schools and added that it had three categories of workers which included the civil servants, the statutory political office holders and non statutory political office holder.

He equally explained that it employed some retired but not tired teachers to assist the existing teachers for effective reading and learning in the council.

As an effort to complement the efforts of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi the council constituted environmental marshals to help the Enugu state Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) to ensure neatness in the council.

“In the area of security, this administration has formed the anti-cult team to assist the anti-cult police activities in the council.

“The anti-cult becomes important because of the presence of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), which is located in the council area and the idea is to reduce crime and criminality in the council.

“The council has also embarked on construction of legislative building, construction of two development centre secretariat, construction of six health centres and health post.

“We also inaugurated the local government management agency that will be working with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and we have provided a lot of relief materials to those displaced by flood in the council.

“We have equally purchased transformers for some communities in the council,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress Enugu State, Mr Virginus Nwobodo, said that the organisations came as a team to know how the council was fairing in the area of development.

Nwobodo said that they were away that LGAs had autonomy they were enjoying, noting that they wanted to know the positive impact the autonomy had created in the council.

He equally demanded to know about the workers’ welfare, the security situation, the challenges and the counterpart funding projects they were doing in the council.

The labour leader said that they did not come to witch hunt anybody but to ascertain the level of development in the council as the watch dog of the society.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the tripatite committee had toured seven out of 17 council area of the state.

Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Society advocates laws for petrochemical waste disposal

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The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) has called on the Federal Government to enact laws that would compel petrochemical companies to properly dispose the waste product of their refining process.

President of NTS, Prof. Etete Peters, made the call on Thursday in Calabar during the Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference of the society.

Peters, a former Chief Medical Director, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, explained that the negative impact of environmental air pollution in Nigeria had caused adverse effects to citizens.

According to him, reports of black sooths covering the city of Portharcourt still posed a serious danger to the lives of the people in that city.

He called on relevant stakeholders to take drastic action to ameliorate the effects of the sooths on the innocent residents of the affected communities.

“We are calling on the Federal Government to enact laws that will compel petrochemical companies to properly dispose the waste products of their refining process.

“Secondly, the household air pollution has assumed a frightening dimension in Nigeria, with most households resorting to the use of cheaper sources such as biomass and fossil fuels for cooking with the attendant indoor pollution.

“The Federal Government is hereby urged to revisit the issue of clean stove initiative launched by the previous administration, whereby households will be provided with gas cooking stoves at a cheaper and affordable rate,” he said.

The President called on all members of the NTS in the country to be in the front burner of championing the fight against respiratory disease burden in the country.

Chairman of the event, Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba, said that the environment was important to the growth and survival of all living beings.

Ndoma-Egba, a former Chief Medical Director, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, said the government should be very proactive in waste collection and disposal to avoid outbreaks of dangerous organisms.

“If some of these refuse gets into water supply; we will have various forms of water borne diseases that can affect us negatively,” he said.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Chibueze Njoku, said that the focus of the conference was to bring the society in line with the current happenings in the ecosystem.

Njoku said that the conference would harness ideas on how to create a healthy environment for people to live in and also to enhance the role of doctors in the system.

The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) is a non-profit professional and scientific society for respiratory medicine.

It is committed to the prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases through research, education, patient care and advocacy.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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IMT Enugu begins award of degrees, says Rector

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The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu says it has commenced the award of degrees in some disciplines, in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), beginning from the current academic session.

The Rector of the institute, Prof. Augustine Nweze, said this in Enugu on Thursday, when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education visited the place as part of its oversight.

Nweze said that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had given approval for the award of the degrees by the institute.

He said that the NUC approval followed the ratification of the affiliation by the UNN Senate and Council of the institute.

He said: “It is the desire of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to give IMT a university status in the shortest possible time.

“To give life to that dream, we have on our own gone into affiliation with one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, the UNN, to award degrees in many disciplines.

“I sincerely hope that the new students will be some of the earliest beneficiaries of this partnership.”

The rector said that IMT was established in 1973 and modeled after the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts, U.S.A. and currently had nine schools and 40 departments.

“Management is working assiduously to improve lecture halls, laboratories and studios to make them fit for learning.

“We are immensely thankful to the governor for giving us the opportunity to serve our people in our different capacities in IMT,” he said.

In a remark, the Chairman of the committee, Mr James Akadu, pledged that the state government would do its best to ensure that IMT regained its past glory.

Akadu said that the plan to award degrees by the institute was due, pointing out that the school had churned out prominent Nigerians in different professions.

He commended the management, staff and students of the institute for their efforts in taking the school to greater height.

(Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Sam Oditah) (NAN)

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Decentralise national grid to address inadequate power supply, Ex-minister urges FG

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Former Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, has called on the Federal Government to decentralise the  national grid in order to address the frequent collapse of the national grid and improve electricity supply in Nigeria.

Nnaji, who is the Chairman of Geometric Power Limited, stated this on Thursday, during the Second Distinguish Guest Lecture of Dominican University, Ibadan.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the lecture was entitled “Let there be Light: Solving Nigeria’s Electricity Puzzle for Sustainability’.

The former minister said that the national grid should be made into smaller chops for regional supply of electricity.

“Each one must be autonomous for better control and invested in by different groups and not one national grid, although there will still be national control that aggregates power and gets power supply from one end of the country to another.

“With this, each grid will be able to control itself and there will not be system collapse as we always have it now,” he said.

Nnaji said that operating the national grid from the centre could limit the ability of the country to address the problem of power supply.

According to him, gas supply and transmission infrastructure challenges are also hindering adequate supply of electricity in Nigeria.

The former minister said that government was doing its best, but needed to do more in order to have adequate supply of electricity in the country.

He said that there was prospect in power investment in Nigeria, if the country rigorously followed the power roadmap.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Anthony Adewale, said that the annual lecture was to remember the contributions of some people to the institution.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Oshiohmole presents re-elected Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello, to Buhari at Aso Rock

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Abuja, Nov. 21, 2019 The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday formally presented the Kogi Gov.-elect, Yahaya Bello, to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the re-elected Governor had earlier received a Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, today.

NAN observed that the meeting between the president and the re-elected governor alongside the APC national chairman was held behind closed doors.

NAN reports that the Returning Officer of the Nov. 16 Kogi governorship election, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, had on Monday declared Yahaya Bello as winner of the election after polling 406,222 votes.

Bello defeated 24 other contestants, including Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 189,704 votes.

President Buhari had on Monday met behind closed doors with Bayelsa Governor-elect, Mr David Lyon, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Bayelsa State governor-elect was also accompanied on the visit by National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiohmole, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, Gov. Badaru Abubakar Jigawa as well as Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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