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We will Support Dangote Refinery- Nasarawa Speaker

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Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has assured that the House would give Dangote Sugar Refinery in the state all the necessary legislative backing and support to succeed.

This, the speaker said, was to enhance the economic and security status of the state considering the benefit of the refinery in the overall development of the state and the country at large.

Abdullahi gave the assurance on Saturday when he led other Principal Officers of the House on an on-the- spot assessment to Dangote Sugar Refinery, Tunga, Awe Local Government Area of the State.

The speaker said that the visit was to see things for themselves and appreciated Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group for establishing the refinery in the state.

” We appreciate Alhaji Aliko Dangote for this project in our state as this project is a pride to Tunga, Nasarawa State, Nigeria and indeed Africa as a whole.

” The project will tackle unemployment thereby putting our unemployed youths and other people off the street.

” As it will also improve on the standard of living of the people of the state and Nigeria at large.

” Apart from the economic benefits, the project will also boost the security of the state as before now this place is a thick forest and hidden place where criminals will go out and perpetrate their criminal act, comes back and hide,” he said.

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Abdullahi commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for ensuring that the project was established in the state when he was the Managing Director of the Sugar refinery of Dangote Group.

“I also want to commend the host community, Tunga, Awe Local government for supporting the establishment of the refinery in their communities and I call for their continued support to enable the project succeed.”

Responding, Alhaji Bello Dan-Musa, the General Manager, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Ltd, who briefed the speaker on the company’s journey so far in the state appreciated the speaker and his entourage for the visit.

Danmusa said that the visit would further boost the relationship between the House and Dangote refinery.

The general manager expressed the determination of Dangote  to continue to invest in Nigeria in order to tackle unemployment and uplift the standard of living of Nigerians.

The e speaker and his entourage inspected equipment, centre pivot machine, pump station among other facilities at the site. ( NAN)

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CBN Disburses N30b Revitalisation Fund to Varsities Next Week

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By Martin Paul, Abuja

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said will from next week, begin the disbursement of the N30 billion revitalisation fund set aside for universities across the country by the Federal Government.

Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, who announced this in Abuja yesterday, said the Federal Government deposited the N30 billion with the CBN in January.

He explained why the fund was not immediately disbursed, saying that the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC)  committee needed to evaluate the audit reports of the universities

The revitalisation fund is one of the seven key issues evaluated yesterday at a Federal Government’s meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, the two parties   expressed satisfaction with the implementation stages of what Ngige called “work in progress”.

The minister said some of the items in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) were nearly done hundred per cent within the timeline.

He added that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was directed to expedite action on the integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) which, if successful, would eliminate the challenges posed by the peculiarities of the university system to the current payment platform.

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“The report has been turned in, deliberated upon and the Education Ministry and the NUC have promised to write to the Accountant General of the Federation next week for the release of the money to the NEEDS Special Account for onward disbursement to universities shortly,” Ngige said.

He explained that apart from the N40 billion Earned Allowance, which the Federal Government has already paid, the Budget Office had shown evidence that N22 billion Earned Allowances for 2021 was already captured in the 2021 supplementary budget.

On the proliferation of state universities, the minister said: “A Bill has been sent to the National Assembly by the NUC to strengthen its arms in terms of delisting universities where funding and other parameters are inadequate.”

ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting and promised that the union would reach out to its members.

Ngige expressed shock that the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD)  embarked on strike after holding a similar successful evaluation meeting with him last week.

Those at yesterday’s meeting were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Peter Tarfa and the immediate past Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Rasheed Abubakar.

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NAPTIP Vows to Stamp out Human Trafficking in Nigeria

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From Tayese Mike, Yenagoa

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has promised that the agency will do everything within its power to kick trafficking out of the country.

Bayelsa State Commander, Mrs Abieyuwa Ikhidero, made the pledge in Yenagoa last weekend after a roadwork to commemorate the 2021 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, annually marked on July 30.

DAILY ASSET recalls that NAPTIP is a federal government agency established to the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Acts 2003 as re-enacted in 2015.

She said it would no longer be business as usual for human traffickers in Bayelsa and Nigeria in general.

The Bayelsa Commander urged young people and those molested in one form or the other, to as a matter of urgent to come out and speak without being silence.

Ikhidero commended all those that partners against human trafficking at the roadwork and urged them to continue with the good job of campaign to drive the scourge out of the country.

In her remarks, the wife of the Governor, Mrs Gloria Diri commended NAPTIP for marking the day against trafficking.

Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Gender Development, in Bayelsa Mrs Faith Opuene, said human being are not for sale as they are not slaves, they are created by God.

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Mrs Diri urges all to stand against all manner of child labour and trafficking of human being.

“You see many people dying as they want to travel abroad by all means, when you go to the Sahara desert you will marvel of what some people are passing through.

“If they come that they want to help you resist and ask them to go help their children and their relatives.

“Let’s protest our girls children, and the young boys too. Nobody should move our children for illegal jobs abroad.

“All children are special before God and man, so, let’s say no to child trafficking, which has eaten deep in our country Nigeria,” she said.

A teacher from Saint Mathias Primary School Amarata, Mrs. Happiness Avalon commended NAPTIP for the sentitisation, which she said will change the narrative of young people.

She encouraged students and young people to always speak up never to hide anything from their parents and teachers at school.

DAILY ASSET reports that the roadwork which kicked off from Ekeki Motor Park Yenagoa, through Government House, ended at Peace Park, Yenagoa all in Bayelsa State.

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DSS Operatives Obey Court Order, Produce 12 Detained Igboho’s Aides in Court

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 The Department of State Services (DSS), on Wednesday, produced the 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, before a Federal High Court, Abuja in compliance with its earlier order.

   Reports said that Justice Obiora Egwuatu had, on July 23, ordered the security agency to bring the detainees in court following an ex-parte motion moved by counsel to the 12 applicants, Pelumi Olahengbesi, to seek for their fundamental rights enforcement. Although the DSS had, on two occasions, failed to produce them  in court, the security outfit today, Aug.
4, brought the 12 detainees before the court to show cause why they should not e released on bail. Reports said that in the last adjourned date, only eight out of the 12 suspects were brought to the court.(NAN)

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