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Kebbi Governor Releases N950m Loan to Traders

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  • From Haruna Aliyu Usman, Birnin Kebbi 

    The kebbi state governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, has disbursed the sum of N950m as soft loans to organised labour unions in the state. 

    The ocassion was held at Haliru Abdu stadium in Birnin kebbi,it has in attendance the governor himself and other top government officials, also in attendance were leaders of national union of roads transport workers (NURTW),chairman and members of national association of roads transport owners (NARTO),leadership of fish sellers association, fish farmers association, market traders association and handset dealers association also attended as beneficiaries.
     

    Bagudu who spoke at the symbolic cheque presentation ceremony said the intent of the loan was to improve the capital base of all the unions existing in the state adding that, the state too would benefit from it through massive apprenticeship of thousands of able bodied youths that would in future become self employed through the various trades they learnt.
     

    The Governor warned the beneficiaries not use the funds for non profitable ventures, just as he stated that the loan was to be repaid in four years to enable others to also benefit from the fund.

    Responding on behalf of fish sellers association, the state chairman, Alhaji Yau Mai kifi, described the gesture as humane and timely adding his his members were greatly indebted to the governor. Yau urged his members to see the loan as a challenge to improve their chosen trade not to satisfy other personal desires, He warned his members not to divert the facility as repayment was sacrosanct.



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NSCDC Begins Psychological Assessment of Personnel in Osun

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun Command, has begun psychological assessment for its arms-bearing personnel and new recruits.
The command’s spokesperson Atanda Olabisi made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Osogbo.
Olabisi said that the assessment, which started on Tuesday, was to ascertain the mental, emotional and psychological status of the personnel.


The spokesperson said that the evaluation was being conducted in batches to give a greater  opportunity for one-on-one interactions between the personnel and healthcare experts.
The spokesperson said that the command had cautioned its personnel on handling of weapons, saying that it would not accept any excuse of accidental discharge.


“There is nothing called accidental discharge, as the process of firing a bullet entails certain fundamental principles.
“The exercise is to forestall any unprofessional act of misuse of firearms that may emanate from any uncontrolled emotional outburst.


“This assessment will also be used to determine where our new recruits will be placed professionally,” she said.
Olabisi said that the state Commandant, Emmanuel Ocheja urged the personnel to commit themselves to the exercise, adding that Ocheja lauded the NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Audi, for  repositioning the corps for excellence.
According to Olabisi,  Dr Stephen Oyebode, Head of Forensic and Psychological Services Unit, NSCDC, Osun Command, had given the assurance that the unit would offer psychotherapy and psycho-social interventions to personnel who might need assistance after the evaluation. (NAN) 

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NECO Commences 2022 SSCE Internal June 27th

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja 

The 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school based candidates conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) will commence on Monday, 27th June, 2022.

In a press statement by the head information and public relations division of NECO, Azeez Sani, the Council enjoined ministries of Education, Principals, Commandants and all stakeholders to disregard any speculation on the alleged postponement of the examination.

He said thw Council has put all necessary measures in place to ensure a seamless conduct of the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination.

“The 2022 NECO Senior School Certificate Examination will end on Friday, 12th August, 2022.

Candidates are to be examined in 76 Subjects during the examination.”

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Police Confirms Kidnap of Seven Persons in Kogi

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of seven travelers along Itobe-Ajaokuta road in the State.

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers had abducted seven people, including a Doctor and Lawyer at about 2pm on Tuesday and carried them to the bush.

The State Police command confirmed the incident on Wednesday evening in Lokoja.

According to an eye witness, the gunmen laid siege on the said road for hours, shooting sporadically and in the process many passengers were abducted, with many also receiving various degrees of injuries from the smoking fire power of the Kidnappers.

This source posited further that among those abducted to unknown destination were Mr Joe Abba, his wife and Barrister Abba Aduojo who were returning from a burial in a village near Alloma in Ofu local government Area of the state.

Also abducted is a yet to be identified Doctor said to be on his way back to Lokoja from an official assignment to the Prince Abubakar Audu University Teaching Hospital,

Anyigba.

“They were kidnapped on gun point around 2pm, my friend’s wife was shot in the leg and is presently recuperating at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja”, said a Relative of one of the victims.

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According to the State Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, William Ovye Aya, the command got winds of the attack of the hoodlums and drafted the men of the Rapid Response Squad operating in the area to their rescue.

“Seven persons were abducted to the bush; six people were rescued with bullets wounds and six vehicles were recovered at the scene of the incident”, he said.

He added that a combined manhunt against the hoodlums, including the sister security agencies and vigilante have been mobilised to comb the areas in order to rescue the seven abducted persons in their custody.

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