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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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Nasarawa council elections: APC sweeps all chairmanship, councillorship seats

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, (NASIEC) has declared the All Progressive Congress APC as winner of all the 13 local government chairmanship seats and the 147 counsellorship seats.

The state chairman of NASIEC, Barr. Ayuba Wandei while declaring the result at the NASIEC office in Lafia on Thursday, said that the council election was free, fair and credible.

“From the collated results across all the 13 local government areas, the APC candidates from Akwanga, Awe, Doma, Karu, Keana, Keffi, Kokona, Lafia, Nasarawa, Nasarawa Eggon, Obi, Toto and Wamba are returned elected”.

” For the councillorship of the 147 electoral wards, the APC are hereby returned elected”, the chairman said.

Barr. Ayuba however noted that though there was delay in the distribution of election materials in some parts of the state the stback can be traced to logistics problems.

Governor Abdullahi Sule had earlier apologized for the delay in distribution of election materials that caused the delay in voting in virtually all the polling centers across the state.

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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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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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