Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa declared on Tuesday in Lafia that the government would not compensate the management of Breeze 99.9 FM over the demolition of the private radio station. “The matter is already concluded; compensation will not be paid over government’s action,” the governor said, while distributing relief materials to 50 communities hit by various crises. He said that government had directed the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) to fine the radio station for violating approved land laws. The NUDB, on May 12, 2017 demolished the station, citing violation of approved laws. According to information commissioner, Abdulhamid Kwarra, the action became necessary to protect people living in the neighbourhood against radioactive materials from the station’s mast. The station has threatened to go to court to challenge the action which it said was a reaction to its insistence on reporting the ongoing workers strike. But Al-Makura, who reacted to the threat, said that the station...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja In recognition of the effort of Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari to improve the lives of women and children across the country, especially victims of insurgency in the North East, the People’s Republic of China has made a financial donation of N60million to her pet project, Future Assured. Representing the wife of the President at the event, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Hajo Sani expressed appreciation for the support and goodwill of the    People’s Republic of China, saying the donation will reach its intended beneficiaries. In a statement by the Director of Informationto the Wife of the President, State House,Suleiman Haruna, Dr. Hajo highlighted the effort being made by wife of the President to raise funds to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria as well as refugees and other victims of insurgency across the West African sub-region, especially among countries of...
BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi The Tor Tiv,  Ocivirigh, Prof. James Ayatse has enlisted the support of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to avert the threats from killer herdsmen to overrun Tivland. Professor Ayatse spoke In Gboko when the former Nigerian leader visited him at his temporary residence. “I appeal to you to speak out to prevent what looks like a carefully planned programme to kill us and take over our land,” the Tor Tiv stated. “The herdsmen have come out to openly challenge the Anti-open Grazing Law of the state and threatened to mobilise and resist the implementation of the law, they have openly declared war on my people.” The paramount ruler described the former President as a respectable voice in Nigeria and beyond. Professor Ayatse also urged him to use his position to solicit for more appointments for Tiv people at the federal level and also create opportunities for them to benefit from his rich...
Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal yesterday said said the current recession in the country had hindered his zeal to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of the state. Tambuwal stated this at the quarterly stakeholders’ meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) Party in the state. “We came with the zeal to work, but the unfortunate situation we found ourselves, has slowed us down. “Yet, we have been promptly paying salaries and other workers’ entitlements, as well as pensions and gratuities. “We have also completed most of the inherited projects; some are ongoing, while we have initiated additional projects. “The present administration will not abandon any projects, which would be evenly spread across the state,” the governor said. Tambuwal commended the existing cordial relationship between the three arms of government in the state, and also lauded the sustained support of members of the party, as well as the generality of the people of the...
. . . Petition DSS, Police, AMAC By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Association of landlords in Lugbe, Zone 8, in the federal capital territory (FCT), have staged a protest against what they called illegal demolition of their properties and threat to life by estate developers in the area. They revealed that estate developers who had been asked by the federal capital development authority (FCTA) to stop work in the area has since flaunted the order and resorted to harassment as they continue to build on the land. In their petition to the Department of State Services (DSS), the Abuja Municipial Area Council (AMAC) and commissioner of police, dated June 7, 2017, they lamented that their lives are no longer safe. The petition was jointly signed by the chairman, Anthony Akwada, His Royal Highness, Eze John Onwe, and Chris Isenijo. It reads in part: “We write to you with utmost dismay in our hearts...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Worried by the continued influx of people into the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it will establish five secondary schools in parts of the territory this year, to cater for the increase in number of students’ enrolment. Speaking during the 2017 FCT midterm press briefing in Abuja yesterday, acting director of administration and finance, education secretariat, Barr (Mrs.) Justina Avong Maimagani listed the new schools to include, GSS, Gwarimpa Estate; GSS, Gosa; GSS Giri; GSS Paikon Kore and GSS, Bukpe, adding that they have been scheduled to take off in September, 2017. Maimagani disclosed that 117 private and public schools were screened for the 2017 accreditation exercise, while the sum of N33.5m was generated from the exercise, just as 60 schools were inspected for commencement of academic activities. She revealed the secretariat is collaborating with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the establishment of a...
By ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration deserves commendation, saying the government has done well in the fight against insurgency and corruption. Kalu gave the commendation while speaking on the state of the nation during an interview with journalists at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. He said Nigerians should rather pray for Mr. President and desist from spreading messages of hate and division about the health of President Buhari, who he said is fast recuperating, when he visit him in London last week. According to Kalu, his visit to London was to have firsthand knowledge of the state of health of Buhari, stressing that “I went to Washington to visit some business partners and from there stopped at London to see Mr. President who is recovering very fast. “I am excited over the state of health of President Buhari despite the hate messages...
By Ejike ejike, Abuja Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano has donated motor bike brigade, made up of 50 equipped motorcycles to the state Command of the Nigeria Police Force. The gesture which  is the first of its kind in Nigeria,will drastically bolster the operations of the officers and men of the command. Speaking shortly after receiving the power bikes from the governor, the Inspector General of Police( IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, said that the gesture  was unprecedented. Idris added that the gesture was worthy of emulation by other governors to fight crime and criminality in every nook and cranny of the country. He said it would enhance the operational capacity of police in the state. “Anambra state has set a pace in the country and the other governors should emulate Obiano. “It is a challenge to them and i am assuring that police will reward the state through communal policing against criminals,” he said. Idris, who received...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Acting director, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Jalo has reiterated that it is only the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello that has the constitutional rights, on behalf the president to issue land titles in Abuja. Speaking during a joint news briefing in his office at the weekend, Jalo stated that there is nothing like area council’s land, customary land or rural in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that the entire territory belongs to the federal government. “In the FCT, there is nothing like AMAC land or area council land, no customary title and no rural land. What we keep in AGIS are statutory titles of land allocated by the FCT minister on behalf of the president. This is because the entire FCT land belongs to the federal government,” he said. He noted that although in the past lands were wrongly issued by the area councils,...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI The ministerial taskforce set up recently by the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to decongest Nyanya-Karu-Jikwoyi-Kurudu-Karshi road said that it is set to commence the markings and eventual removal of illegal structures on that road as it enters the second phase of its assignment. Briefing newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, chairman of the taskforce, Major General Emmanuel T. Nienge (Retd) explained that the taskforce will not touch legal properties on that road, just as he advises those with genuine allocations to bring relevant documents for verifications. “We are about to commence the second phase of our mandate and that is to begin to mark out areas that will ultimately have to be removed, for those that have built into the road.” Nienge, told journalists that having completed sensitization of residents along the road corridors of government plan to open up the road for free flow of traffic, the...