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Boko Haram kills 42 Kebbi farmers, says Gov Bagudu – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

•16 die in motor park attack, 82 injured injured

From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi and Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

Forty-two farmers from Aliero town, Aliero Local Government Area of Kebbi State have reportedly been slaughtered by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu who confirmed this, yesterday, when he received World Health Organization (WHO) delegates at Government House on courtesy visit,  said the victims went to Borno State for farming before they met their untimely death.
In a separate incident, 16 persons were killed in a suicide bomb attacks in Konduga, about 35 kilometers east of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Bagudu, who also narrated his administration’s challenges in battling epidemic diseases along Benin and Niger Republic that were brought in by the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) said all the farmers except one were killed last week.
“Just last week, I was informed by one of my Commissioner that 42 farmers who are from Aliero were slaughtered by Boko Haram in Borno. They allowed  one of them to come home to say what happened to them,” he said.
The governor added that over 7,000 displaced Nigerians who crossed over to Niger Republic were recently re-deported to Kebbi State thereby compounding challenges faced by the state.
While he admitted low  immunisation of children against diseases in the state, Bagudu said the influx of children from Benin and Niger Republics including IDPs camps in the state posed threat to success of the exercise.
He noted that inability of his government to fully migrate 700 staff of Primary Health Care to local government councils posed threat to health delivery as only 50 of them have been fully integrated.
The governor told the team that his administration had set up committee to combat malaria and invited health outreaches from foreign countries to render free medical treatment and appealed to International agencies to increase their donations to underdeveloped countries.
Earlier, WHO representative in Nigeria, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alenu informed the governor that they had discovered that there was low immunisation  in the state and urged government to embark on routine immunisation of children against diseases.
Alenu, who commended the government for prompt releases of its counterpart funds noted that both governments and international donors must work hard to eradicate polio in the country. A suicide bomb attacks on a mini motor park in Konduga, about 35 kilometers east of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital killed 16 people and injured 82.
Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu confirmed to journalists in Maiduguri that a male and two female bombers approached the motor park on Tuesday evening at about 5.30pm and blew up themselves.
“They all  detonated IEDs strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and 16 others while about eighty-two 82 persons were injured,” the CP disclosed.
He said victims have been evacuated to the state General Hospital while the police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) have been deployed in the area to render the scene and the vicinity safe.
However, hospital and emergency sources said the casualties may have risen as some corpses were discovered early yesterday morning, just as a source at the state Specialists Hospital said some of the injured were responding to treatment.

 

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ASUU: FG seeks end to strike, continues negotiation — Minister – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday, said that government would continue its negotiations with ASUU to fulfil their demands except that of exemption from Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Adamu, who disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, admitted that government had not fulfilled its own part of the agreements with the university lecturers.

He acknowledged that ASUU had late last year issued a one-week strike notice leading to a meeting where agreements were reached but noted that the Association did not follow due process for the current strike.

Adamu stated that he expected that government and the striking lecturers would reach trusted agreements on the demands.

Explaining further on the TSA, he said that because the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not give interest on it that was why endowments were exempted but other payments could be made into it.

He said that ASUU had been paid N30 billion of the allowances requested but because they were unable to render an account of its disbursement the was stopped.

“The figures that I know, they have been paid N30 billion and the problem actually arose because they were not able to account for this N30 billion.

“And we said we will only give them the balance if they are able to account and the balance is N23 billion,’’ he said

The minister noted that the total demand was N53 billion, adding that government had the money to pay.

The minister reaffirmed his belief that ASUU “is composed of patriotic people, very responsible’’, noting that it was one of the fruits of their struggle that led to the creation of the TETFUND.

He noted that without TETFUND today the university system could have collapsed, adding that he was not supporting ASUU but what was good.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed who also briefed on the memoranda submitted by the minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said that council approved the contract for the rehabilitation of Ajaokuta-Itakpe rail line.

He said that it involved track laying, permanent way works and ancillary facilities area and completion of 12 railway stations in favour of Messr CCECC Nig Ltd in the sum of $122.62 million.

He said the amount was inclusive of all taxes at the prevailing CBN exchange rate of one dollar to N305 with a completion period of 15 months.

According to him, Ajaokuta to Warri track is in good condition and when the new contract is completed access to the seaport is achieved for the evacuation of goods.

Mohammed added that Amaechi also submitted a memo for the interim phase arrangement for the concession of the Nigeria’s narrow gauge railway system which was approved.

He said that the approval was to issue a letter of comfort to General Electric so that by October 2017 there would be full utilization of Lagos–Kano and Port Harcourt-Calabar–Maiduguri line.

He said it was part of the efforts to rehabilitate the 30,000 km narrow guage line and make it ready for haulage of goods and services.

According to him, from October there will be new 17 wagons to move at least a million tonnes of goods from the roads.

Mohammed added that council also approved the variation cost for the construction of one 150 MVA 330/133 KVA transformer at Birnin Kebbi and the reinforcement of a sub-station in Kumbutso, Kano for the transmission company of Nigeria.

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I want to export Kebbi rice, goats to New York, Japan – Gov. Bagudu – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has said that one of his missions in the state was to ensure rice, goats and other agriculture produce from indigenous farmers reach New York City and Japan.
To accomplish this dream, Governor Bagudu said his administration welcomed international observers and research organisations to make critical assessments of the agricultural policy of the state government to enable it fully develop agriculture.

  The governor said this, on Wednesday, while hosting experts and professionals on Agriculture from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture Ibadan at the Government House, Birnin-Kebbi.

  According to him, “The aims of this administration is to make rice produced in Kebbi State to serve in restaurant in New York City, United States of America and Livestock reared in the state to be on the menu list in restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.”
The Governor expressed the delight about the success so far recorded by his administration in Agriculture reform and production which he said could not have been possible without the support of members of the State House of Assembly and other government functionaries.
Governor Bagudu informed the Agriculture specialists that Kebbi State has recorded 300 per cent increased in rice and wheat production in Nigeria  addition that the State was second to Yobe State in livestock production in the country with rich potential in fisheries.
He appealed to the IITA to establish it outlets in Kebbi State stressed that varieties of crops growing in the state including Groundnuts,soya- beans,cowpeas, Seasan-seeds, Banana, Cocoyam, Yam, Millet, Banbora-nut, Sugarcane, Guinea-corn, Cassava, Ginger and so forth.
Team leader of the experts from the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture Ibadan, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, in his remarks, informed Governor Bagudu that the institute which celebrated its ,50 years anniversary last July has been recognised worldwide as centre of excellence on Agricultural resources .

Dashiell explained that, the team was on a research mission to the State to learn about Agricultural potential of the area adding that,as a specialist on soya-beans, it would be opportune for them to examine the soya-beans production in the State which has reached commercial proportion.

In his remark, Acting  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Lawal, told the visitors that Kebbi State had the fertile land for agricultural production in the wet season as well as irrigation farming stressed that major rivers such as River Niger, River Rima Zamfara, River Ka and River Shallah have crisscross many local government areas of the state which make to crops and fishing farming comfortable for farmers.

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Unregistered drugs confiscated at cross border settlement in Kebbi – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confiscated 40 cartons of unregistered drugs at Kamba, Dandi Local Government Area border settlement with Niger Republic. The NDLEA Commandant in Kebbi State, Mr Jalo Suleiman, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday that 40 cartons of 500 milligrams of analgin were confiscated during the operation, noting …

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Minister lauds agency for improving people’s livelihood – Nigeria Latest News Headlines

Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister of State for Environment

MINISTER of State for Environment, Honourable Ibrahim Jibrin, has commended the efforts of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, for improving the livelihood of the people, as well as promoting alternative and renewable sources of energy.

He noted that the variety of trees planted in some frontline states were doing well even in an environment where the land was degraded and had lost its fertility, saying that it was because of the dedication and commitment of the NAGGW towards ensuring that the programme succeeded.

The minister insisted that the programme should be driven fully by the state governments with active support from the Federal Government, urging that the partnership should continue so as to counter the menace of desert encroachment.

Jibrin called on other states apart from the 11 frontline states that were likely to encounter desertification to embark on series of environmental activities to avoid environmental hazards.

He said the Federal Executive Council had approved the policy on gas along with petroleum to lay a solid gas provision, including piping to convey gas for domestic use which would go a long way to reducing the use of fuel wood, in the near future

The minister said the FEC had also approved a new initiative of Afforestation programme and to come up with a law to prohibit exportation of wood.

Nigerian Tribune, gathered that the Minister was in some states of the Federation including Sokoto and Kebbi to inspect some of the projects embarked on by the agency.

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