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Gombe police prosecute 44 over alleged rape, unnatural offences

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Gombe police prosecute 44 over alleged rape, unnatural offences

No fewer than 44 suspects have been prosecuted for alleged rape and other unnatural offences since January, the Gombe State Police Command has said.


The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of CID in Gombe, Malam Adamu Isa, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Friday.

He said 46 cases of rape and other unnatural offences were reported across the state within the period while 44 were in court.

Isa said the command was concerned about the incessant cases of rape in the state, adding that the police would not leave any stone unturned to ensure that perpetrators were brought to book.

He advised religious leaders in the state to embark on sensitisation campaigns to educate parents on how to keep their children and wards safe.

Isa said that the culture of silence and failure of parents to report cases of rape because of the fear of stigma had emboldened perpetrators and had led to increase in the number of cases recorded.

He called for stringent laws on rape to serve as deterrent to perpetrators.

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Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Gombe govt. moves to address dearth of agric extension workers

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The Gombe State government says it has taken steps to address the inadequate agricultural extension workers to serve the farming population in the state.


Mr Maina Binus, Programme Manager, Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (GADP), made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Tuesday.

Binus said that extension services were key to the development of agricultural sector and government’s efforts towards boosting food security in the state and in the country.

According to him, it is in recognition of this that Gov. Inuwa Yahaya has initiated the move to overhaul the whole system of extension services in the state.

“The governor is engaging some consultants with a view to overhauling the whole ADP system through engagement of more hands and renovation of offices.

“He has said that he wants to build 114 farm service centres across all the 114 wards in the state. We believe he has good plans to turn around the face of agriculture.

“Those farmers, who are complaining that they do not see extension officers in the state, will soon have cause to smile, because we will soon be reaching out to them,’’ he said.

According to him, the world has changed, with agriculture being the centre of focus now, adding “whether we like it or not, a lot of investments has to go into the agric sector.’’

The programme manager said that the state government was also doing a lot to leverage on technology in rendering extension services and other innovations to attract the youth into farming.

He assured that with the 114 farm service centres, agro-allied industries would spring up to add value to farming to ensure that wealth was created for farmers in rural areas.

Binus decried the dwindling number of extension workers in the state, which he put at about 100, as against the 1,000 as at 1997.

He explained that a lot of the extension workers had retired while others had left the service in view of the low remuneration which they were being paid.

He added that the remuneration disparity between core extension workers in the state and their counterparts, who were fishery and livestock officers, had resulted in the former leaving the service in droves.

Binus commended the governor for his support in paying counterpart funds to develop the sector and the ADP, stressing that the state would become an agricultural hub, if the efforts were sustained.

Earlier, a NAN correspondent, who visited Garin Bako-Awak, Kalarin, Lapan and Boh communities in Kaltungo and Shongom local government areas of the state, had received complaints from farmers on the dearth of extension workers.

They said that the development had affected their yields and discouraged many farmers in their communities.

The farmer said that they had no one to introduce modern farming techniques to them, adding that they had consequently been forced to continue recycling old seedlings, instead of using the improved ones, with early maturing period.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Gombe State Govt. approves 230 hectares of land for Air Force operational base

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Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, has approved 230 hectares of land for the establishment of Air Force operational base in the state.


Yahaya made this disclosure in Gombe on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Air Force on a courtesy call.

“The establishment of Air Force operational base is a welcome development. We have offered 230 hectares of land close to the airport for the project.

“The establishment of the base will boost security and solidify the relationship between the state and other security agencies,” he said.

“We hope you will utilise the land, come with all the benefits others got from the Air Force.

He said that the Air Force decision to establish operational base was laudable in view of the centrality of the state, sharing boundaries with states in the North East sub region.

According to him, the geographical location of Gombe gave it a security advantage in strategising for other states in the zone.

He said that the state had suffered some disadvantages in the fight against insurgency in North East, as it had to host displaced people, and this had stretched infrastructures and resources.

Mr Dauda Batari, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, also said that the citing of the operational base in Gombe would help to improve security.

Batari lauded the Chief of Air Staff, AM Sadique Abubakar for considering the state as a suitable location for operational base.

AVM Idi Lubo, the leader of the delegation as well as the representative of Abubakar acknowledged that Gombe was strategic, hence the location of the operational base there.

He said that he knew the role Gombe State played in the stability of the region, therefore, the Chief of Staff sought the governor’ s approval to establish the operational base.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

 

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Gombe Govt approves 230 hectares of land for establishment of Air Force Operational Base

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Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has approved 230 hectares of land for the establishment of Nigeria Air Force (NAF) operational base in the state.


Yahaya stated this in Gombe on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Air Force Headquarters on a courtesy visit.

He said the decision of NAF to establish operational base in Gombe was a welcome development consodering the centrality of the state, sharing boundaries with all the states in the North East sub-region.

According to him, the geographical location of Gombe provides advantage, especially in strategizing in the course of ensuring security in the geo-political zone.

“Establishment of Air Force operational base is a welcome development, we have offered 230 hectares of land close to the Airport.

“We hope you will utilize the land, and also come with all the benefits others got from the Air Force.

“The establishment of the base will boost security in the state, and solidify the relationship between the state and security Agencies,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, leader of the delegation, AVM Idi Lubo, said the location of Gombe was strategic, hence the decision to site one of the operational bases in the state.

He said he knew the role Gombe played in terms of stabilising the region, and therefore thanked the government and people of the state.

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COVID-19: FG to develop innovative interventions to improve survival chances

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says efforts are ongoing to develop innovative interventions to reduce  COVID-19 case fatalities to below one per cent.


 Ehanire said this at the Presidential Tasks Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily briefing on Monday in Abuja.

According to him,  fatalities at present is at two per cent, especially for the elderly and those with co-morbidities.

Ehanire said that PTF members were aligned in non-pharmaceutical key role interventions in controlling new infections, as the measures of wearing of masks and avoiding crowds were easy, cheap and proven to be effective.

He added that “we would work with state governments to prepare necessary space and human resources at general hospitals or Primary Healthcare Centres to train and set up at least one sample collection site in every local government area in due course, with efficient sample retrieval logistics to convey samples to laboratories.

“As the cause of the disease becomes clearer, the Director-General of WHO warns that COVID-19 may be with us for a long time.

“This means that we should consider adjusting to what has been described as the ‘new normal,’ a way of life that is intended to reduce risk of infection, while allowing meaningful economic life to resume and citizens to restore their livelihoods,” he said.

The minister said there was need to sustain the efforts as the increase in testing capacity recorded  40,000 in one month, while the number of positive cases dropped by over 2,000.

“The total number of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in July was 17,457, out of a total of 154,454 samples tested, with a positivity rate of 11.3 per cent, as against that of June of 19,149 positive cases from a total of 111,052 samples tested with a positivity rate of 17.2 per cent.

“By Aug. 3, we recorded 43,841 confirmed cases out of of 286,091 samples tested, while 20,308 persons were treated and discharged with 888 persons dead,” he said.

Ehanire also announced that plans were ongoing to designate holding rooms at general hospitals, with facilities for oxygen administration, such as oxygen concentrators or oxygen cylinders.

“Some investment in this strategy, known in Lagos State as oxygen kiosks, will be required, but the benefit in lives saved will be significant,” he said.

Ehanire said that the task force responded to the request of São Tomé for commodities for COVID-19 response, as directed directive by the President.

He assured that there was continued increase and optimisation laboratory diagnostic capacity most recently in Zamfara, Kebbi, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe and Bayelsa states.

The minister said there should be no anxiety among health workers about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as the equipment had been reasonably well-stocked with materials and commodities and supplied to all sections of the country.

He said government was grateful to the United Nations and European Union for the donation of another consignment of valuable supplies, which he received on July 31.

“This additional delivery will boost our stockpile of wherewithal to fight the pandemic and it includes face masks and shields goggles, airways tubes, bio-hazard bags and safety boxes, test kites,” he said.

 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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