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Lalong Directs Securities to Go After Mangu Attackers

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has directed security agencies in the state to go after attackers of Kubat Village in Mangu Local Government Area of the state that claimed the lives of innocent citizens.

He said he was distressed by the news of the overnight attack on Kubat Village in Mangu Local Government where some locals including women and children were reportedly killed.

Lalong in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr.

Makut Simon Macham, yesterday, said he had directed security forces to pursue the attackers and ensure they are arrested.

The Governor described the resurgence of attacks by the gunmen as “yet another attempt by crises merchants and criminals to return the state to the dark days of pain and agony,’’ vowing that government will stop at nothing to ensure that those behind the scheme are dealt with mercilessly.

He commiserated with the victims and assured them that the murderers will not be allowed to go unpunished, stressing that “this is an act that can neither be tolerated nor excused no matter the motivation’’.

The Governor directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Peace Building Agency to visit the area and ascertain the humanitarian needs so as to bring succour to the affected persons.

Kaduna PDP faults Makarfi’s suspension, says it’s has no effect

From Nicholas Dekera, Kaduna

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, yesterday faulted the purported suspension of the party Leader, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and described the action as the handwork of a few misguided elements.

The state party Chairman, Mr. Felix Hassan Hyet, who stated this while briefing newsmen on the development at the PDP Secretariat in Kaduna also dismissed allegations that Senator Makarfi engaged in anti-party activities.

He quoted section 57 of the Party Constitution as saying that only the National Leadership of the Party has powers to suspend a leader of the calibre of Ahmed Makarfi, emphasizing that the purported suspension has no effect and should be discarded.

Hyet argued that Senator Ahmed Makarfi led party members during the PDP campaigns to all the local government councils in the state and therefore cannot be said to be part of any anti-party activities as alleged.

According to him, the party officials at the ward where Makarfi hails from has sat and resolved to take disciplinary action against all those that took part in signing the press statement of the purported suspension.

He accused the people who purportedly suspended Makarfi of openly changing results of the last elections in favor of a different political party in some wards including Makarfi, Kaduna South and Kaduna North Local government areas.

Hyet maintained that when the party officials realized the expressions of dissatisfaction from party members who left the party after the 2019 elections and came back before the this year’s general elections, the party incorporated them into the campaign structure but only for them to come together and congratulated the person announced by INEC as winner of the election.

The chairman said that at their meeting on Monday, the state executives endorsed decision of the Local Government party officials to take disciplinary action against all those who took part in anti-party activities during the last elections at all levels.

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Alia To Constructs 10 Rural Roads In Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency  

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From Attah Ede, Makurdi 

Benue State Governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, on Thursday, declared that he will construct ten(10) solid rural roads in Gboko and Tarka Federal Constituency within the next few months in additional to the ongoing construction of flyover in Gboko, the traditional headquarters of Tiv nation.

 

Alia stated this, when he was addressing the people of Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency at the Gboko township stadium in continuation of his one year thank you tour to the area.

The governor stated that he made no mistake in his decision to construct flyover in Gboko and Makurdi, saying that both the proposed 10 new roads in Gboko and Tarka with the underpasses Gboko and Makurdi, will undergo construction simultaneously and shall be deliver on time.

 

He promised to remain committed to the delivery of projects for Benue people, stressing that the opportunity that Benue people gave him to serve them is a privilege, which he took so seriously and vowed never to disappoint them.

Governor Alia explained that upon assumption of offiice one year ago, he has deliberately embarked on delivery of people oriented policies and programmes aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of Benue citizens.

He said in the last one year, his administration has carried out massive construction of roads, renovation of offices and prompt payment of salary and pension to civil servants and pensioners.

The governor disclosed that he has directed that salary of workers should no longer be paid on 25th of every month but now as from 22nd of every month to enhance their standard of living.

“I have initiated policies that restore peace and public order in the State. I have also initiated programs for youths of the State, to engage them in acts that could make themselves reliant.

Governor however appealed to the people of the area to shun acts that is capable of thwarting development and remain supportive of his administration for more dividends of democracy.

He particularly thanked the people Gboko and Tarka local government areas for the show of love, care and support given to him in the last one year and promised to bring more development to their areas.

Earlier in his remarks, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Chief Barnabas Gemade, said governor Alia has lived up to people’s expectations, hence his developmental strides and good governance. 

The State Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, thanked the people of Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency for chosen Alia as their governor.

He stated that Governor Hyacinth Alia has so far lead Benue people very well as evident in the execution of numerous projects and timing payments of workers and pensioners entitlement.

Mr. Omakolo noted that Governor Alia has never borrow or taking loan from any bank or organisation to execute projects and pay salary of workers, rather, he was prudently using the monies from federation allocations and internally generated revenues to do what he had done so far.

He described Father Alia as a committed and dedicated servant whose passion for development and wellbeing of people made him to leave his priestly assignment to come and develop Benue State.

He announced that over 4,000 members of various political parties in Gboko and Tarka Federal Constituency defected into the APC and that he had received them with thanks.

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Gov Alia Promises To Renovate General Hospitals, Public Schools Across 23 LGAs

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From Attah Ede, Makurdi 

Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State, Thursday, promised to carry out comprehensive renovation and equipping of all the general hospitals in the 23 local government areas of the State so as to meet the health needs of Benue people.

He further reinstated his government’s determination to rehabilitate all public primary and secondary schools, and to equip them with modern facilities to enhance educational development in the State.

Governor Alia who made this promise at Buruku while speaking in continuation of his thank you tour to the area, also promised to construct three roads across three communities in Buruku local government area in appreciation of their support for his administration.

He further announced that he has made three additional slots available for Buruku people to be appointed into his administration and thanked the people for standing by him during the 2023 governorship election in the State which saw his victory at the polls.

Earlier in his remark,, the acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue State, Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, disclosed that, Governor Hyacinth Alia inherited rotten and decay State which was almost in comatose from the previous administration.

He stated that the era where only one elder would sit down and consumed the resources meant for the development of the State has gone forever, saying that Alia has come to develop the state where every individual in the State will feel the impact and dividends of democracy being practice in Nigeria.

Mr. Omakolo noted that Governor Alia is gaining unprecedented supports and acceptance day by day since the thank you tour began few days ago and thanked Buruku people for voting Alia into power one year ago.

“At Sankara, Kwande, Jerchira federal constituencies axis, the crowds were overwhelming and acceptance of our governor due to his performance is unprecedented. The people’s love for him has continued to grow high and higher as a result of his achievements.

“Governor Alia has been able to proved to Benue State that he has leadership qualities even before he became governor right from where he was serving as a priest”, Omakolo stated.

He maintained that Benue APC under the leadership of governor Alia remain the original and authentic one with him as Chairman, saying there no other ruling party in the State and called on people to keep faith with the ruling APC and the administration of Hyacinth Alia.

The Acting Chairman used the opportunity to received about 2700 members of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the area who decamped to APC.

On his part, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the State, Chief Barnabas Gemade, remarked that governor Alia has succeeded in eliminating thuggery in Benue politics.

” Unlike before, nobody dare talked about someone in power or freely speak to address issues of concern because you don’t know when thugs will come after you. But today, thuggery has been eliminated completely in Benúe State.

“In the past, some political leaders in the state were using youths in a negative way and the present regime has stop such behaviours through engagement of the youths on positive ventures. The governor is out to restore peace and order for the wellbeing of the masses particularly the elderly in the state”, Gemade stated.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Mr Imoji Tiza, acknowledged the efforts of the governor towards empowering Benue youths through their appointments into sensitive positions in his administration and engaging others in useful ventures.

He stated that Alia is the only governor that had considered Benue youths for appointments without the influence and recommendations from elders and godfather.

The commissioner thanked governor Alia for passing the litmus test in governance within the last one year and assured that Buruku people will continue to demonstrate their unalloyed support for him until the eight years tenure is completed.

Also speaking, special Adviser to the Governor on Labour and Union, Mr. Ayough Igbondu, noted that the Alia administration has reduced poverty in the state, and assured to mobilize support for him to succeed in office.

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Cholera: Agege LG Suspends School Food Vendors

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The Agege Local Government in Lagos State has suspended food vendors in schools in the area as a way of preventing the outbreak of cholera.

The council has also embarked on rigorous sensitisations to prevent outbreak of the disease in its communities.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Executive Chairman of the council, gave the disclosure in an interview on Friday.

According to the chairman, efforts have been put in place to sensitise market stakeholders and schools on radio to prevent the outbreak within the community.

“We have suspended all school food vendors to ensure safety of the pupils and students.

“We have informed both the pupils and students on radio stations to come with their foods to ensure their safety from the cholera disease.

“This development will allow us to detect and prevent the outbreaks in our community,” he said.

Egunjobi added that schools were visited and inspected to ensure the children are in good health and environmental condition.

According to him, market traders in various communities were also enlightened and sensitised to adopt environmental hygiene in their places to prevent the outbreak.

“We are working tirelessly to prevent the menace of cholera outbreak in our community.

“We are using various means to talk to our people, through landlord associations and others,  to caution them on ensuring hygiene in preparing  foods and drinks.

“We urge residents to acquaint themselves with precautionary measures against the deadly cholera disease outbreak.”

The killer disease has spread to over 30 states with Lagos recording 15 deaths from 350 cases. (NAN)

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