BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina A part of the corporate social responsibility of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Katsina State Council, select members of the union under the aegis of Journalists Against Polio (JAP) are to facilitate town hall meeting with several communities across various high risk local government areas in the state. The state chairman of the union, Buhari Mamman Daura, who gave this commitment during the media practioners’ and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) focused group meeting facilitated by UNICEF in Katsina, Daura said the engaged journalists will feature in resolving non-compliance cases, educating and mobilizing the communities, policy makers and partners’ involvement in Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and Polio Eradication Initiatives. He further explained that the journalists would also undertake joint monitoring of Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) with local government area teams and community leaders and also provide media coverage. The NUJ chief also assured the commitment...
BY MIDAT JOSEPH,  Kaduna The Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority (KASTELEA) has fired the of 124 employees (Marshals) as a result of various misconduct that never conform to the ideals and the policies of the State Government. A statement by the General Manager of the Authority, Col. Abdulkadir Z. Ahmed (Rrd) said the sacked employees were found wanting for extortion whiles others absconded from their duty posts. Out of the 124 Marshals, one(1) was outrightly dismissed from service for extortion, another one for gross misconduct ,while 122 Marshals were relieved of their appointment for absconding from their duty posts. According to the agency, the termination of the appointment followed all the laid down procedure as prescribed in the Terms and Condition of Service (TACOS) of the Authority. "The board said the move is part of its continuous improvement effort geared towards the repositioning the Authority for better and efficient service delivery," added. To this...
By Chuwang Dung, Gombe  As part of effort to discourage defacing and littering of public structures and edifice, Gombe State Government has warned that henceforth, anyone caught pasting political posters would be arrested and sent to prison. This warning was issued yesterday by the state Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo during a Sallah lunch with his appointees and political associates. He warns, "I have directed the Commissioner of Police to henceforth arrest and prosecute anyone caught pasting political posters in and around Gombe within or around any government or public edifice." The warning, according to the Governor, became necessary considering the manner some politicians decided to take advantage of the Sallah celebration to announce their political ambition with posters littering the streets. "This is a period of celebration and not time for politicking, those nursing any ambition should wait for the right moment." Although the Governor did not mention any name, major streets of Gombe were...
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina In a bid to complement Katsina State Government’s efforts at bringing succor to the less-privileged, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Daughters of Katsina Foundation, has put smiles on the faces of 200 women to kick start its operations in the state. The foundation initiated by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Aminu Bello Masari on Donor Agencies and Inter-Governmental Relations, Fatima Usman Katsina, flagged off its philanthropic mission by distributing vegetable oil, medium sized bag of rice and several kilogrammes of meat to each of the 200 less privileged women. Speaking during the inauguration of the foundation at Maryam Babangida Park in Katsina at the weekend, Fatima said the gesture is a fulfillment of her dream to give back to the society and support President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Masari’s determination to bridge the gap in empowerment of women and youths to be self reliant. She further noted that the foundation...
By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City An eighteen year old Nigerian, Uwade Helen Akhere, has made history to becoming  the cynosure of all eyes in faraway United State of America, as she won 11 Scholarships  to American Universities to study after emerging tops in her academic pursuit at the Charlotte Catholic High School. Young Uwade, who hails from Edo State, was the President of the Student Council  the prestigious Charlotte Catholic  High School Charlotte NC, USA. The  2017 Signet II , Volume XXII, graduating compendium of the school shows her coming tops in debate, speech  and Theology,  among others. Other awards include, National merit Scholarship commendation, the achievement awards for Charlotte Civitan Citizen and Charlotte post top senior  in the class of 2017. Universities wooing Uwade are Cornell University Tanner Dean’s Scholarship, Hampton University Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, Howard University Freshman Scholarship, Northwestern University Northwestern Scholarship, Northwestern University The 1851 Scholarship and Rice University Trustee Distinguish...
By Aliyu Yusuf, Zaria  The Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris has urged Nigerians to avoid hate speeches to promote national integration amongst the people. The emir, who is also the Kaduna State Chairman, Council of Emirs and Chiefs stated this while addressing his subjects at his palace in Zaria during Eid-el-Fitr celebration. He said such speeches was detrimental to oneness of Nigeria, observing that each part of the country needs one another to succeed. The Royal Father stressed the need for dialogue in issues relating ethnicity, sectionalism and religious affiliation for Nigeria to remain an indomitable nation. While identifying peace as a critical element for the development of any society, the monarch tasked people on the need to embrace each other for national growth. He also pleaded with government to urgently take measures to curtail the spread of pest ravaging cultivated farms by supplying genuine pesticide to farmers. He charged farmers and pastoralists to shield...
All is now set for this year’s FIFA Member Association (MA) Elite Programme for Nigerian referees, assessors and physical fitness trainers taking place in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja between 3rdand 8thJuly 2017. Last year, more than 230 Nigerian referees, instructors and assessors were involved in the elite programme, which took place 16th– 20thMay 2016, also in Abuja.  Head of the NFF Referees Unit and Secretary of the NFF Referees Committee, Mallam Sani Zubair told thenff.comat the weekend that all arrangements have been concluded for the international program that will this year, involve Nigeria’s 29 men and women FIFA referees, 15 elite National referees, all National referee assessors, all National physical fitness instructors and non –FIFA women referees. Zubair also disclosed that the team of three FIFA instructors would be led by the Regional Development Officer, Carlos Manuel Neves Henrique, and will include Felix Onias Tangawarima from Zimbabwe (referee instructor) and Tracy Sophia...
The call for the adoption of independent candidacy by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began to gather momentum again when Senator Ken Nnammani-led Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee recommended the inclusion of independent candidacy. KINGSLEY OPURUM examines its implication and workability, ahead of 2019 general elections. As the 2019 general elections are fast approaching, a lot of Nigerians have started taking their cue from Senator Ken Nnammani-led Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee report to clamour for the creation of independent candidacy with a view to improving standard of elections in the country. In adducing their reason, they are of the opinion that such provision will go a long way to address the bureaucratic processes involved in political parties, where an aspirant will register to be a staunch and financial member of a particular political party; go through the party primary elections before becoming the party’s standard bearer. Some political commentators...
The clamour for restructuring of the country continues to get traction in the face of an explosion of hate speeches, CHIBUZO UKAIBE writes The narratives that may define the 2019 general elections are evolving rather fast. The discuss around ethnicity and religion which had over the years increasingly shaped the outcome of elections, appears to be assuming unprecedented dimension as the drum for next general elections beat. The core political narratives are centered around the debate for restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 National Confab report, a situation that has sparked off a concern with regards to the torrent of hate speeches. While ethnic groups are locked in a sparing match over secession, the political elite, cut across party lines, are engaged in the debate over what manner of restructuring the country should adopt. Some clamour for a return to regionalism, others advocate fiscal federalism. For many who share this...
The House of Representatives last week passed the Petroleum Industry Bill through second reading. KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL reviews the bill and controversies that trails the long awaited bill. For the umpteenth time, the House of Representatives last week passed through second reading the new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). It is a fact that the PIB had been passed at this stage severally by previous Assemblies of the 4th Republic, but has unfortunately never seen the light of day. The journey of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry Bill to the National Assembly began in the early days of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration with the inauguration of the Oil and Gas Reform Committee (OGRC) in 2000 given the mandate to review and streamline all existing petroleum laws and establishing a regulatory framework for the sector to reflect and serve the interests of consumers, the environment and operators. Subsequently, the Oil and Gas Implementation...