By Abba Kabara, Gusau Zamfara State government has last weekend awarded contracts worth over N590 million for the renovation and reconstruction of two units of Day Secondary Schools in the state. The schools are Government Day Secondary School, Danbaza and Government Girls Day Secondary School Bungudu in Maradun. The state acting governor,Malam Ibrahim Wakkala,who issued the contract notification letters to 24 Indigenous contractors, said the contracts comprised total renovation ,construction of new structures of classrooms, staff quarters and supply of furnitures, teaching and learning materials. Giving the breakdown of the contract sum, the acting governor,  said Government Girls Day Secondary School Bungudu would gulp about N414 million while the project for Government Day Secondary School Dambaza is costing over N177 million. Wakkala said the state government has resolved  to give the contract to indigenous contractors in order to motivate and boost the economy of the state.  
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt At least, one person was killed in Port Harcourt, yesterday, following flooding that ravaged parts of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and other communities in the state, as a result of more then 24 hours downpour. This is as Governor Nyesom Wike has assured residents of Port Harcourt and other flooded communities that his administration will tackle  the environmental challenge headlong. LEADERSHIP gathered that the victim, identified as Elijah, was electrocuted following the flooding of his apartment at Uyo Street in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt. Some of the community affected by the flood include Old Port Harcourt Township, Rumuokoro, Diobu, Ohiamini, Rumukalagbor, as well as the zonal and state command building of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), all located in Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor local government areas of the state.
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah decried on Tuesday that, Nigeria is still living under a divided society in the name religion or region. Bishop Kukah, who sues for genuine unity from all stakeholders, warned that continuing under the banner of religion or region remained one of the major cause of the tensions and crisis bedeveling us as a nation. Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP after United States Agency for International Development (USIAD) Mission Director, Mr. Stephen Haykin paid him a courtesy visit at St. Bakhita Catholic Secretariat, Sokoto, Bishop Kukah said, until every Nigerian is fully integrated in the scheme of things not minding where you come from, then, we would be heading towards getting it right. "And this is the kind of society we want to point out. Because we cannot continue this way of living in a divided society under the name of...
The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative ( PCNI), has donated valuable relief materials to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa. Retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, the chairman of the committee, on Wednesday, presented the items to Gov. Muhammadu Bindow in Yola. Danjuma, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, said that the gesture was part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan for national strategic framework guiding all interventions in the region. He said the donation was not the first of its kind and would not be the last, adding that the effort was meant to cushion the suffering being experienced by the affected returnees. “The donation is part of the PCNI intervention sponsored by the presidency to bring succour to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state. “It is also to support the communities that are still hosting Internally Displaced Persons...
by Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has called on countries to reap benefits of food trade by engaging in standard setting. In a joint publication issued by the FAO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 12, it stated that participation in the development of international food standards for trade is essential if countries are to reap the benefits of booming global trade and prepare for imminent technological changes. FAO director general, José Graziano da Silva said “Food safety and food standards are crucial to unlock the potential of an important tool to fight hunger, which is trade.” He added that public and private sectors, operators from all parts of the food value chain, civil society organizations, academic and research organizations - all have essential roles in developing sound and credible systems of food safety management. Developing countries, in particular, should invest in the capacity and...
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has paid N6billion liabilities on road projects initiated by the previous administration in the state. The state deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, represented by the state commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Tasi’u Dahiru Dandagoro, who disclosed this at formal opening of zonal office of Masari Restoration Awareness Forum office in Katsina, said the governor paid 70 per cent of the liabilities to the projects’ contractors to complete their works. According to him, the projects which included Sandamu –Baure–Babbanmutum Road; Eka–Kuraye–Yargamji Road and Dandume –Kadisu – Sheme Road had all been completed. He further noted the present administration also spent over N8 billion on various road projects at different stages of completion in the three senatorial zones of the state. In his remarks, the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, represented by Commissioner for Religious Affairs,  Alhaji Tanimu Audi Bindawa, urged members of...
BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Abuja The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB) has said that intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj are to undergo a compulsory medical screening from Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The public relations officer of the board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday said all intending pilgrims must be screened at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa near the Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja before embarking on the spiritual journey. Aliyu said the exercise was in line with the directives of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to screen intending pilgrims and assess their medical record before the journey. He disclosed that intending pilgrims from Abaji and Kwali Area Councils are scheduled to be screened on Tuesday 18th July 2017, while those from Kuje and Abuja Municipal (AMAC) Area Councils would be screened on Wednesday 19th July 2017. Muhammad Lawal Aliyu also explained that intending...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Determined to illuminate major streets of the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital territory administration (FCTA) said that it would spend over N1 billion on 22 generator sets to power the streets lights in Abuja. Speaking when she met with streets light contractors in her office, coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Hajiya Safiya Umar explained that the cost for the supply of the 22 generator sets stands at over N500m, while the procurement process and installation of the sets will gulp another N500m. Umar added that, at the moment, the administration has taken the delivery of five of the generator sets, while the installation is ongoing in parts of the city, just as efforts are being made to conclude the procurement process for the remaining 17 generator sets. “We are to supply 22 generator sets for the supply of streets lights in parts of Abuja city and the contract for...
By GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos Lagos State commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Akintola Oke has said the current administration in the state is targeting to make public servants in the state globally competitive hence the need for their training and retraining. The commissioner, who spoke at a two-day training session for different categories of the state workers, with the theme “integrating contemporary business leadership into the corporate governance model of the Lagos State civil service’ held in Lagos, said the public was increasingly craving for satisfaction, which should not be taken for granted. According to Oke, this is the only way by which the state government can build capacity for efficient service delivery, noting that the days were gone when the public would accept anything from the government. “We must be challenged to aspire to the high standards of governance that the citizens expect from the government,” Oke said, adding that as the...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja As the October 1, 2017 ultimatum issued to Igbo’s residing in the north draws nearer, the chief security officer to the former Head of State, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha has called for peace and unity, saying that the quit notice would not be implemented. This is even as the former chief security officer averred that the country remains one indivisible nation, adding that a national summit will be convened before October 1st to resolve the crisis. Speaking when the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Youth Council, Worldwide, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja at the weekend, Al-Mustapha assured that no life would be lost or property destroyed on or before the deadline and that the federal government is not in support of the ultimatum. Describing the summit as a child of necessity, he acknowledged that the meeting had become very necessary. He noted that efforts by well-meaning Nigerians is also...