By Chinelo Chikelu, Abuja Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), has appealed to religious houses, churches and mosques, in the FCT to desist from public disturbances, as they are against the law. The organ refers to the mounting of outdoor speakers by religious houses, of which it has received several complaints against from Abuja residents. Acting Head of Environmental Monitoring, Ms. Rebecca Mamven says the outdoor public address systems used in religious houses contribute to noise pollution, and is against the law. Recognizing the sensitivity of the issue, she added that AEPB took preliminary action by delegating its environmental monitoring staff to churches and mosques in the FCT, appealing to religious leaders to advice their members and out-stations to desist from such acts to avoid breaking the law. “Consequences of noise pollution leads to stress, resulting from inadequate sleep, to damaged hearing from long-time exposure to noise, including road-rage, an unconscious reaction to noise...
By Andrew Ojih, Jalingo Taraba State governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has flagged off the construction of a thirty kilometer Wukari- Tsokundi road in Wukari Local Government area of the state. Ishaku, in a statement signed by his deputy chief press secretary, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh yesterday in Jalingo,said the contract would cost  N5.8 billion. He said  “The construction of this road is expected to be completed within one year and is a fulfillment of the governor’s campaign promise to the people of the area.” Governor Ishaku reiterated his administration’s commitment towards delivering the state from its economic backwardness, noting that provision of roads across the state becomes imperative to achieve the set objectives. Governor Ishaku explained that since assumption of office,his administration  has prioritized provision of road network, agriculture and power supply to turn around the fortunes of the state. He assured citizens of the state that his administration was determined to reposition the state...
By Andrew Essien Leaders cutting across various youth groups and ethnic nationalities across Nigeria have renewed their commitment to a united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, they sought a Nigeria where the rights of all citizens to live peacefully in any part of the country were guaranteed. The youth leaders also re echoed the assurance issued by the coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to the Igbos and other ethnic groups resident in the northern part of Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property and the guarantee that they reserved the right to pursue their legitimate businesses and livelihood without fear. In a communiqué signed by N. A. Shariff and 10 others, titled “Towards Social Cohesion and National Unity”, they added that all Nigerians have the moral duty to be their brother’s keeper in all parts and affairs...
BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos The chairman of House of Representatives' Committee on Federal Judiciary, Hon. Aminu Shagari has described the state of the facilities of Federal High Court in Lagos as unacceptable and shameful. Shagari, who led other members of the committee on an oversight visit to the court, however, vowed to ensure that the working environment of all judges and all judicial staffs in the state become conducive. The lawmaker, while addressing journalists after the inspection said their visit will help the committee to understand the needs of the court so that they can provide appropriate funding to tackle them. Shagari said, "What we have seen is unbecoming and it is unacceptable for a judge to be working in a cubicle, there is no wardrobe for them to change, no place for them to keep their books and file. "Our visit here today will help us to understand what is going and enable us...
By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City Despite Statement released by the Edo State that it would no longer tolerate mischief makers instigating pensioners to stage protest, more  aggrieved pensioners dared Governor Godwin Obaseki to arrest them for demanding their pension arrears and gratuities spanning over 42 months. The aged weak pensioners majorly in their 70’s were dressed in red clothes, banners of various inscriptions, mats, mattresses and clothes and other beddings as well as chairs and benches, they also sat at the centre of the road close to Urokpota Hall of the host Oredo local government area in Benin the state capital. They accused the state government of insensitivity to their plight and for peddling lies to members of the public that it had paid of all their entitlements. The protest caused chaotic situation within the city center with several hours of traffic gridlock even as motorists drove in opposite directions for possible escape...
The Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the outbreak of violence in some parts of Abia. After the briefing, Idris told State House Correspondents that the police was adopting a three-pronged approach to resolve the crisis. “The strategy we are using is to ensure that we deploy policemen throughout the country. “Secondly, we are in touch with the government. “We are trying to mobilise the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary in how to reduce the tension that is already taking place in the South East.’’ On allaegation by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers that the police is behind criminal activities in the state, the I-G said that Wike was expressing a personal opinion on the security situation in his state. He, however, said police did not have to deny the governor’s allegation that crimes were perpetrated in the state by its operatives...
By Bernard Tolani Dada In pursuit of his commitment to the sustenance of qualitative education and sound representation, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has disbursed 27.4million Naira as scholarships and bursary grants to 274 students of tertiary institution across the country, from Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. The event, which held at the Independence Hall, Abak, with some critical stakeholders in attendance, featured presentation of one hundred thousand Naira cheques to beneficiaries who emerged successful in a highly competitive examination, as one of the packages in Senator Akpabio's recently held senatorial briefing. The Minority Leader lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for his avowed commitment to promoting education in the state, noting that through various interventions, the state chief executive has shown greater dedication to the  future of the state by investing in education, describing the financial support by the governor to recipients in the bursary category as exemplary. Senator Akpabio announced that people of the...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives has read for second time,  a bill to establish the Nigerian Assets Management Agency to be charged with the responsibility of managing all federal government owned assets including but not limited to assets acquired through court orders, forfeitures and seizures by federal agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The passage of the bill sponsored by Hon. Jones Onyereri follows a heated debate at Wednesday's plenary. In his lead debate, Onyereri explained that the purpose for the establishment of the agency is for proper management of all federal government owned assets whether exists or acquired through seizures, court orders and forfeitures. According to him, the agency will also ensure a proper co-ordination and enforcement of all federal government assets management legal regimes and enforcement powers...
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has decried the nonchalant attitude of many Nigerians at road traffic accident scenes, describing it as `worrisome’. Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Obaseki called for more public enlightenment on the need for members of the public to take action to save lives whenever they witnessed accidents. The governor spoke at the commencement of activities to mark the 2017 African Union Road Safety Day/ World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes. “When road crashes occur, prompt response of various relevant agencies should be required to rescue and evacuate the victims for optimal medical care. “But there is a trend we are observing: I ran into a road crash, very fatal one, a couple of months ago. “Rather than people rushing to aid victims, you had people standing by and using their cell phones to record those crashes. “I found that worrisome and it is something we the agencies...
The Taraba Sheep and Goat Sellers Association, on Wednesday, blamed the high cost of rams in the state, ahead of the Eid-el Kabir, on the increase in the price of animal feeds. Alhaji Umar Usman, the chairman of the association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo that the prices of bags of beans and guinea corn chaffs had risen by 100 per cent. He said that the price of a bag of beans’ chaffs, which was formerly sold for N2,500 a few weeks ago, now costs N5,000. Usman said that a bag of guinea corn chaffs, that was sold for N1,000 earlier in the month, now attracts N2,500. The chairman also attributed the hike in the price of chaffs to the increase in the price of grains in the state. “A bag of either beans or guinea corn now costs between N16,000 and N20,0000 in the market. “Therefore, chaffs will also be...