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Kogi donates 104vans,1000 motorcycles to security

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Kogi donates 104vans,1000 motorcycles to security

In its effort to tackle insecurity especially kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminalities, the Kogi State Government will donate 104 utility vans and 1000 motorcycles to Law Enforcement Agencies
The agencies to benefit include the Nigeria Army,Police Force, Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps,NCDSC, the Vigilantes and State Security Service, SSS.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Mallam Abdulmalik Abdulkareem who gave the indication at a press conference to herald 25th Anniversary of the creation of the state said the government would soon distribute the vehicles to the security agents and vigilantes group to hunt down criminals in the state.

Abdulkarim said political appointee would have to wait for civil servants to take their salaries and allowances before they can get theirs saying that government was desirous of attending to the welfare of civil servants whom according to him have suffered non payment of salaries before the coming of this present administration.
He described the 25th anniversary celebration as unique as it was coming at the time of the much-needed positive change in the state.
He noted that the emergence of Alhaji Yahaya Bello was divinely arranged to change the fortune of the state for better.
According to him “This silver jubilee celebration is spectacular in a way. It is spectacular in the sense that it coincides with the time that the much-needed change in the state has just come to being under the leadership of governor Yahaya Bello.
He said “The New Direction Agenda of the state is anchored on equity, justice and fairness. Since, the inception of this administration, there is no doubt that the governor has been doing everything humanly possible to ensure that every part of the state is adequately been taken care of in his government, that underlines his principles of fairness and equity”
Abdulkarim pointed out that, there is a sharp departure from the former administration where some key positions are exclusive rights of some sections of the state,  saying  the governor in his detribalised philosophy, picked his appointees across all the sections in order to foster sense of belonging and unity in the affairs of the state.
He pointed out that the era of wastage in governance is over, saying that commissioners and other appointees who desire to own a property would have to do that through private property developers which according to him would pay from their salaries.

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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