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Embrace Agriculture, reduce violent extremism, ActionAid Nigeria urges youths



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By Friday Idachaba

ActionAid Nigeria, an international NGO has charged youths in the country to embrace Agriculture to check the growing unemployment rate and reduce spate of violent extremism in the country.

Project Officer with ActionAid Nigeria, Mr Friday Ogezi, made the call on Saturday at the 2021 Youth Summit on Preventing Violent Extremism in Kogi State at Abache and Emekutu in Ankpa Local Government.

Ogezi said the summit was in commemoration of the 2021 International Youth Day themed: Transforming Food System: Youth Innovation in Peace Building Through Climate Change Mitigation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit was organised by by ActionAid in collaboration with Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change In Development (PIBCID) with funding from Global Community Engament Resikience Fund (GCERF).

The Project Officer said the way forward for the country and the world today remained Agriculture and charged youths to play prominent roles in the evolving practice of Agriculture as Business through their involvement.

The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Idris Musa (alias Oando),charged Nigerian youths to take their destinies in their hands and work patiently towards achieving them through legitimate and lawful means.

He urged youths reduce their reliance on government for provision of employment as over dependence in the prevailing circumstances in the country would only result in frustrations.

He opined that for youths to excel, they must have the fear of God and utmost respect for their parents adding that they must be creative, learn skills and embark on fruitful ventures including farming activities.

Vice-Chairman, Ankpa Local Government Council Mrs Martha Moses, in her remarks charged youths to build and prepare themselves for leadership positions.

She charged them to be focused, firm, diligent and committed in their endeavours rather than making yourselves willing tools in the hands of dubious persons to perpetrate electoral violence and other forms of fraudulent practices.

She particularly urged female youths to strive to acquire skills and pursue education to have sustainable livelihood and advised them against illicit and unholy affairs saying, “If you rubbish yourself, you will be rubbished.”

Coordinator of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Ankpa Local Government Mallam Suleiman Yakubu,
urged youths to key into the IYD theme for 2021 and embrace agriculture especially tree planting and afforestation for their economic benefits.

He decried the deforestation and abandonment of agricultural activities by the youths and enjoined them to embrace agriculture saying that the practice had transcended the subsistence level to lucrative agribusiness platforms.

NAN reports that the summit also featured a presentation by Mr Emmanuel Ocheje, an Agricultural Economist on Youth Involvement in Ecosystem Protection and Involvement in Food System and Market Development.

NAN further reports that the Youth Summit simultaneously took in all the 12 System and Structure Strengthening Approach to Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE) II ActionAid project communities in six Local Government Areas of the State

The communities include Ujagba, Ugbedomagwu, Tajimi, Ette, Koton-Karfe, Osisi, Osaragada/Aku, Inata, Ukowa, Emekutu and Abache, in Igalamela-Odolu, Lokoja, Adavi, Okehi, Kogi-Koto and Ankpa LGAs.

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How Ghost workers swindle Dutse LG N2.5m monthly, by Chairman Verification Panel




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From: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The Chairman house committee on education in the Jigawa state house of Assembly, Honourable Suraja Kantoga has disclosed that Dutse local government council loses N2.5 million to ghost workers  on monthly bases.

The law maker made the disclosure while submitting a committee report on its findings from a  verification exercise for primary and junior secondary school teachers in Dutse local government area.

He indicated that during the sitting over the matter, they discovered that about 84 teachers were accused of different offences.

According to him the committee ordered stoppage of payment of monthly salary of 16 teachers for lack of competence and absence of approved paper qualifications fir teaching.

“The committee also directed two teachers to refund two months salary having been indicted by the committee.”

He added that 13 teachers were without minimum paper qualification for teaching, adding that the committee recommended retirement for three teachers.

“So also 14 teachers without teachers registration council.

“The committee discovered that 29 teachers were promoted illegally just as one teacher was recently employed illegally”.

Receiving the report, the Dutse Council Chairman, Hon. Bala Usman Chamo commended the Committee for a  good job done, assuring that the implementation of the committee report will go a long way in injecting sanity, transparency, and social justice in the local government administration.

Chamo who is also the ALGON Chairman, in the state reiterated the resolve of the present administration to reposition local government administration in the state, assuring that the report would be implemented.

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3 children die after Building collapse in Jigawa




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From Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

A heavy downpour Monday night has left three children of one family at Yakasawa village in Ringm local government area of Jigawa state dead

Police Public Relations Office (PPRO), ASP Lawan Shisu of the Jigawa State command in a statement issued in Dutse said the deceased died as a result of building collapse

According to the statement it was the father of the deceased that noticed the building where the children were sleeping had caved when he raised alarm.
“He immediately rushed to check on the⁷the 7868p8m only to find all of them buried beneath the debris.
With the aid of police operatives and local community volunteers, the debris were removed while the bodies of the victims wereļ evacuated and rushed to Ringim General Hospital”.

ASP Shisu disclosed that all the children were confirmed dead by a medical doctor at the Hospital

He listed the deceased to include one girl and two boys identified as Naima Garba 14, Umar Garba 12 and Sale Garba 8 all of same family.

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Bello boosts the morale of combined security operatives in Niger




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**as he pays solidarity visit to parents of kidnapped  Islamiyyah School children

Combined security agencies, comprising of the Military, Police, Civil Defense, and Vigilante Corps have been mandated to comb the forests to rescue the abducted Tegina Islamiyyah School children.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello gave the charge when he visited the team of the combined security force to boost their morale in Kagara, the headquarters of Rafi local government.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mary Noel-Berje, quoted her principal as saying that it was time for government to take decisive action towards ending the bandits activities that is forcefully changing the lives of the people especially in the rural areas.

“We have to try our best not to make the bandits succeed in forcing us to change our normal lives, they started by displacing farmers from their farmlands, next moved to burning farms, then kidnappings and forcing us to close our schools, now they have started attacking Islamic schools, only God knows what is next”, he said.

He told the special the squad that logistic materials have been provided for them, promising that their allowances and other financial benefits will always be provided as at when due.

The Governor, who commended the security personnel for their efforts in fighting the bandits in the last few weeks, however, lamented over the killing of 20 Vigilante Corps Members by the bandits in Magama Local Government.

He enjoined the Federal government to intensify efforts at ensuring that adequate measures are taken through border synergy with neigbouring countries, noting that from all indications, the bandits are foreigners.

Earlier, the Governor had met with parents of the abducted school children at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Alh Ahmed Gunna, where he urged them to exercise patience as government is exploring all avenues to ensure their children rescued

Expressing their gratitude, the Emir of Kagara, HRH, Alh. Ahmad Garba, Attahiru I thanked the Governor for all the support, especially in the area of security to the emirate and the support given to the families of the kidnapped school children.

On his own part, the Headmaster of Salihu Tanko Islamiyyah School Tegina, Mallam Abubakar Alhassan said the action of the government to go into full combat is a welcome development provided that their children will be brought back safely.

Alh. Alhassan disclosed that 15 of the teachers have escaped from the hands of their abductors in Zamfara state and are in military facility in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State where they will be handed over to the Niger State Government soon.

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