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Insecurity: Northern govs, leaders must be proactive –Buhari AUGUSTINE MADU-WEST KANO
ormer Head of State, General Mohammed Buhari, has reiterated his call on northern governors and leaders to adopt a more practical measure in their efforts to end insecurity destabilising the region. The presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the 2011 general elections made
the call yesterday in Kano when he visited the state as part of ongoing reconciliation of party leaders and members. He also paid a courtesy visit to the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Buhari told his host that the situation in the North was disturbing and must be addressed with all available resources to restore the glory of the region.
The former Head of State was particularly worried about the impact of violence on Kano and Maiduguri, while recalling the economic significance of the two cities prior to the insecurity brought about by the activities of the Boko Haram sect. He said: “Kano is known beyond the shores of the country, due largely to its economic status, it is a centre of commerce. Today, it is a shadow of itself. The industries
are dead and we did not predict this situation until the security crisis in Borno got out of control and this has vastly affected the state of commerce in this traditional city. “When I was a governor, I know the level of influx of foreigners transacting business through the Borno/ Chad border down to Kano, from the Maiduguri end. You get traders from Cameroun, from Chad and Niger; all that for now is gone and you
try to imagine how many Nigerians, particularly from this part of the country have been pushed into abject poverty. “His Excellency, given the strategic position of Kano as the centre of commerce in the region, I have the belief that you will do your best in ensuring that the situation is addressed as soon as possible.” Buhari told the governor that he was in the state
to commission the secretariat of his party and also to look into the conflict between members and leaders, resulting from power tussle. Responding, Kwankwaso thanked the former Head of State for the visit, which he said signified love, indicating that being members of opposition parties did not mean party men should regard one another as enemies.
Contract saga: Okupe threatens to sue Benue for N5bn
Kwara Poly expels 45 students over exam fraud
he Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has threatened to sue the Benue State Government for N5bn, over its inability to meet the contractual agreement with his company, Value Trust Investment Limited. Okupe, who explained his role in the Benue State contract saga yesterday, said contrary to the accusation that he collected money and abandoned the project, the Benue State Government was owning him N358m. He also said his company had completed 40 per cent of the job worth N2.3bn. Okupe, who was summoned by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to state his position on the controversial contract, presented various documents to newsmen to prove that his company did not abandon any contract. Addressing journalists in Abuja, Okupe said: “The contract was 230 kilometres of road at the cost of N10m per kilometre when the contemporary price elsewhere and everywhere in the country was between N30m and N35m. The price was reduced because we came in with chemical from South Africa that could reduce the cost of construction in the rural roads.” One of the documents presented by Okupe, signed by Charles-Mary N. Avul, the Commissioner for Works in Benue State dated January 23 2007, said “the above contract was awarded to Value Trust Investment Limited on April 29, 2004. The contract was initially for a period of 24 months and is being currently extended to April 30, 2007.
Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda (left) receiving a souvenir from the Deputy Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Babayo Shehu, during the latter’s visit to Bauchi, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
I’ll reintegrate Plateau citizens –PDP candidate JAMES ABRAHAM JOS
ormer Chief of Staff to Governor Jonah David Jang and Plateau North Senatorial hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Gyang Pwajok, has promised to do everything possible to reintegrate all segments of the people in the state if elected.
INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI
he Joint Task Force, JTF, otherwise called “Operation Restore Order,” has called on the residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, not to succumb to the intimidation of the terrorist group, which warned them not to divulge information about its activities to security agents. The JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, made the call in a statement issued in Maiduguri yesterday. He said the attention of the JTF had been drawn to
He also promised to initiate a policy of reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation among all stakeholders in his quest to move the state forward. Pwajok, who visited the NUJ Press Centre in Jos yesterday as part of his “Meet the people tour,’’ ahead of the election, said peace could only be achieved through dialogue, negotiation and understanding among
the people which he said his election would strive to achieve. The contestant said Plateau State had gone through a series of socioeconomic challenges in its history and as such the Plateau North Senatorial District needed someone who could argue, persuade, convince, influence and make case for the people at the national level. He said: “I was doing
my job dutifully as chief of staff before the call to serve from my people and I have to bow to pressure because the zone was in dire need of quality representation in view of the security challenges.” The former chief of staff also pledged to focus on developing, supporting and overseeing the implementation of policies which would promote peace and security if given the mandate.
Ignore terrorists’ warning, JTF appeals to Maiduguri residents leaflets and posters printed by suspected terrorists threatening and warning people not to pass information to the task force on their hideouts, modus operandi and any other information about members’ activities. The JTF spokesman urged the residents to disregard such publication and consider it as part of the terrorists’ propaganda and strategy to keep them in captivity and perpetual fear. Musa pointed to the incidents at the popular Mon-
day Market and Gamboru Market. According to him, when the JTF conducted a search at the Monday Market and recovered some arms and ammunition, the following day, some members of the terror group went to the market and made the traders to pay compensation for the weapons. The same thing, he said, occurred at Gamboru Market. Musa, therefore, warned individuals or group of people to desist from such unpatri-
otic acts as both the giver and the receiver of such money would be treated as terrorists and be seriously dealt with. He reiterated the determination of the task force to maintain law and order and protect lives and property of law-abiding citizens. Musa, however, reminded the public that the emergency hotlines - 08064174066, 080-85464012 and 080-54429346 - were still active and information could be passed to security agencies through them.
he management of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, has expelled 45 students for alleged examination malpractices. The management also withdrew a Higher National Diploma, HND, student of the Department of Estate Management from the school for allegedly making a false claim in respect of her National Diploma, ND, certificate. A statement issued by the Assistant Registrar (Academic), A. O. Yahaya, on behalf of the Registrar, said the students were expelled after the Governing Council approved the report of the Academic Board on the alleged examination malpractices. According to the statement, 30 of the affected students are from the Institute of Finance and Management Studies, IFMS, 10 from the Institute of Basic and Applied Sciences, IBAS, three from the Institute of Technology, IOT, while the remaining two are from the Institute of Environmental Studies, IES. It added that the affected students had ceased to be students of the polytechnic and asked them to stay away from the institution. The student withdrawn on account of allegedly making false claim about her ND certificate was also accused of unruly behaviour. A statement jointly signed by the Deputy Registrar (General Administration), I. B. Abdullahi, and Yahaya said the decision to withdraw her was taken after the management considered the report of the Students Disciplinary Com-
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