The Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of South-west Nigeria (MUSWEN), Prof. Daud Noibi, has urged the three tiers of government to create jobs and reduce poverty among the youths as solution to national insecurity. Noibi, who spoke with journalists at the venue of the 2012 Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Zone B; said when government created jobs for the youths, wealth would be created and insecurity would be reduced. “You cannot have peace when people are inconvenient, when people are under the pressure of hunger and poverty. That is why government has the responsibility to ensure that people have access to a living that is honest. A living that will contribute to peace,” he said.
Minister Seeks Media Support
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Muhammed, has appealed to journalists to be objective in their reports as partners in development and effective service delivery. Speaking to journalists yesterday through his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Ya’u Gital, in Bauchi, the minister opined that journalists as partners in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence should strive to keep the green and white flag flying as a respect for the fallen heroes and as watch dogs in the society .“Journalists are equal stakeholders in democracy and should be seen to be supporting the efforts of government in alleviating the sufferings of the people rather than succumbing to the wish of baseless critics,” the minister said.
Fire Guts Akure FRCN Station
The Engineering Department of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Positive FM, Akure in Ondo State, yesterday went up in flames causing pandemonium at the radio station. According to the General Manager of the station, Olusegun Ayankoso, who said the fire would have gutted the whole station if not for the vigilance of the officers on duty, “the fire started at about 6,45a.m. destroying all the engineering facilities.” He explained that the fire was caused by power surge from one of the sockets in the department causing damages, which affected Automatic Voltage Regulator, air conditioners, electrical cables, audio cables from the studio and the station’s internet facilities. “We were able to put off the fire with the assistance of members of staff on duty before the arrival of the fire service men,” he added.
Kwara to Rehabilitate Ajase-Ipo Road
Kwara State Government yesterday said it would commence the rehabilitation of Ajase-Ipo-Offa-Erinle federal road next year. The state government said the development would go a long way in reducing suffering commuters and residents of the affected road face. The state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this in Offa, during the inauguration of Offa Descendants Union Town Hall. He said: “Preliminary assessment and engineering have been completed on the road by the state government. We are just awaiting Federal Government’s approval on mode of the award and execution.”
Uba Tasks PDP Members on Unity
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chris Uba, has charged the leadership and members of the party in Anambra State to remain united and focused in order to recapture the governorship seat of the state in 2014. Uba, who spoke at an end of year party he organised for members of the state PDP yesterday, lamented that disunity and crisis within the party had taken toll on the party, resulting to the loss of its strongholds to its opponents at elections. He pleaded with members to eschew rancour and bitterness, and work with one mind towards regaining the state seat of power which it lost to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2006.
Ahmed Warns Residents, Okada Riders
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, yesterday warned residents of the state not to patronise any commercial motorcycle operator, popularly known as Okada, who does not put on approved uniforms meant for the operation. The development, according to THISDAY checks, might not be unconnected with the reported cases of criminal activities within Ilorin metropolis. Ahmed gave the warning in Ilorin, at an event to inaugurate single uniform in the state, saying any motorcyclist who operates without the approved uniform would face the wrath of the law from January 1, 2013.
Kano Earmarks N3.5 bn for New Varsity
Kano State Government has earmarked N3.5 billion in its 2013 budget for the provision of infrastructure at its newly established North-West University in Kano. The state Commissioner for Planning and Budget, Alhaji Bello Danbatta, made the announcement while briefing journalists on the 2013 Budget in Kano yesterday. He explained that the money would be used for the construction of a senate building, access roads and provision of other infrastructure at the permanent site of the institution. “A total of 1,000 students have so far been admitted in the new university which is currently operating at it temporary site at Ado Bayero House,’’ he said.
NSDC Arrests Three, Impounds Fuel Tanker
Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC), Ondo State Command have impounded an articulated truck laden with 33,000 litres of adulterated diesel and two cars conveying about 4,000 litres of the product. The NSDC also disclosed that three suspects whose names were given as Bashiru Koko, Mohammed Danliti and Useni Mohammed, were also arrested during a routine patrol of the security agency while the drivers of the two cars took to their heels. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Balogun Kayode said the suspects were arrested with the vehicles at a spot near the old toll gate on the Ore-Lagos expressway.