Niger gov unveils State’s plan to hit N1trn in revenue

Governor Umar Bago of Niger State has said that his administration will likely hit N1 trillion in revenue.

According to him, this would come through the Niger Food Security and Logistics Company in the next five years.

Abdullberqy Ebbo, Special Adviser on Digital Media and Strategy to the Governor, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

According to him, the move will employ over 100,000 farmers who will be farming on over 100,000 hectares across the state.

He said that an agreement was signed between the Chairman of Niger Foods, Mr Sammy Adigun, and the Executive Director of TGI Group, Sadik Kassim, a commodity off-takers firm.

Ebbo said the signing was witnessed by the chairman of Union Bank and the Executive Vice Chairman of TGI Group, Malam Faruk Gumel.

(Daily Post)

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Yuletide: Niger govt declares seven days public holiday for civil servants

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago has declared seven days public holiday for State Civil Servants.

The Governor made the declaration at the end of the Year cutting of the cake with all members of the State Executive Council and other top government officials held at the Government House, Minna.

Governor Umaru Bago said the public holiday is for the celebration of Christmas and New Year.

According to him, the holiday will commence from Friday the 22nd of December 2023, to Monday the 1st of January, 2024.

He disclosed that food stuff will be given to government officials for onward distribution to the less privileged in their local government areas and wards.

“Don’t stay in Minna, go and share food with the poor people in your local governments and wards”,  he directed.

(Tribune)

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Niger gov bars civil servants from wearing kaftan, babanriga to office

The Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, has banned workers in the state civil service from wearing native wears like Kaftan, Babanriga and flowing gowns during work hours.

The ban takes immediate effect and applies to both male and female workers.

However, civil servants are allowed to wear traditional attire on Fridays, which is also the Jummat prayer day.

Bago announced the ban on Saturday during the presentation of land development and preparation equipment at the Brains and Hammers Rice City, Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi Farm, Chakwa Community in Wushishi Local Government Area of the state.

Handing down the directive, the governor said civil servants must dress like workers who work to create wealth and not noblemen.

The governor, who spoke in the Hausa language was captured in a video that went viral.

“From Monday to Thursday, there will be no Kaftan, no Babanriga. We came to work; whoever wants to wear Babanriga should leave work; that’s what we will do,” he said.

He explained that his government was committed to changing the narrative and orientation that civil service was all about sitting in offices with flowing gowns and nice clothes, expending public money and doing nothing to create wealth.

He said the youth, civil servants, politicians and traditional officeholders must all go back to the farm.

According to him, there’s wealth in farming, reinstating his earlier position that the state had no reason to be poor with its vast arable land.

He said the state government was on the right track to establish the Niger State Strategic food reserve and protect land from encroachment.

Bago used the forum to encourage youths to engage in agriculture, saying the government would commence the disbursement of N250,000 each to youths and women to facilitate their farming activities.

(Punch)

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Former Niger deputy gov, two others dump PDP for APC

Former Niger state Deputy Governor and former Nigerian ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, and two other top stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have dumped the party and moved to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ibrahim Egbo, a former member of the House of Representatives who represented Lapai Agaie federal constituency and Alhaji Abubakar Azozo, former Niger State Commissioner of Water Resources, were the other two political figures who left PDP for APC.

Ibeto, who presented himself and the other two at the state APC secretariat in Minna, based their decision on the purposeful leadership style of Governor Mohammed Umar Bago.

“APC is my home and I have returned home. There are many other people, including their followers from other political parties, that are on their way to APC,” he disclosed.

When asked if his decision was monetary or political appointment-induced, Ibeto said: “My decision was based on my personal conviction because all the problems that forced me out of APC before are no longer there in the current administration of Mohammed Umar Bago.”

The state chairman of APC, Alh Aminu Musa Bobi, further disclosed that the party has started compiling a database for all political appointees in the state to make them accountable and accessible to their people at the grassroots level.

(Daily Post)

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Surprise as SS 2 student confesses to murder of FUT Minna lecturer

A 14-year-old girl, Joy Afekafe, on Tuesday, narrated how she and her two friends, Walex and Smart, stabbed Dr. Funmilola Adefolalu, a lecturer with the Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology, Minna to death in her apartment in Minna, Niger State.

The lecturer was found dead in a pool of her own blood and the knives used to stab her in her home in Minna on Saturday, October 28.

Afekafe was paraded as one of the suspects responsible for the murder of Dr Adefolalu, at the Bosso Police Station in Minna, Niger state on Tuesday.

While confessing to the crime, Afekafe said she had previously lived with the lecturers for about two weeks on the pretext that she would take over the sponsorship of her education.

But the SS 2 Student of Day Secondary School, Gidan Kuka, said the lecturer decided to send her away after two weeks because she could not stomach her behaviours.

She said she and the two other suspects who were also students in her school had gone to Dr. Adefolalu’s residence to confront and beat her up for sending her away.

Afekafe said they decided to stab the lecturer to death over fears that she would recognise and report them to the authorities after beating her.

To actualise their plan, he said her accomplices, Smart and Walex first hit the deceased with a stool before they began to stab her repeatedly with knives and eventually left her in a pool of her own blood.

She stated: “It was Walex who said that she would recognize us if we left her alive, so they started stabbing her with the knife we brought, I then struggled with the knife with them which made Smart enter her kitchen and take a knife there and they continued stabbing her.

“They stabbed her in her stomach, her hands, her legs and she was just shouting Jesus, Jesus. After all that, they took her phone and laptop and her car battery before we left the house in the motorcycle we came in.”

Abiodun Wasiu, the spokesperson for Niger Police Command said efforts are ongoing to arrest Afekafe’s accomplices, Walex and Smart.

He also revealed that the investigation had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation and prosecution.

It was gathered that the deceased lecturer was also a pastor at Voice of Mercy Ministry. The Church in a statement had asked police to ensure speedy investigation of the murder of the lecturer in a statement by its Head of Media and Communications, Pastor Bolaji Olanipekun.

The statement read: “The Voice of Mercy Ministry is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic and senseless murder of our beloved Pastor, Dr Mrs Fumilola Adefolalu. This heinous act has left a profound impact on our congregation, and we are united in our resolve to seek justice for our dear pastor.

We call upon the security operatives and every law enforcement agency involved in this case to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of justice. We urge them to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation, ensuring that all evidence is diligently examined and all leads are followed.

“As a church, we stand on the path for truth and justice and declare that everyone involved in the murder of our Pastor faces the full wrath of the law. We are seeking justice for her untimely and unjust demise. We trust that the law will ensure that those responsible for this horrific crime are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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NUC approves new university for Niger State

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the revalidation of the recognition of Niger State College of Education, Minna, to a university of education.

Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, Chris Maiyaki, made this known during a visit of Niger State governor, Mohammed Umar Bago to the headquarters of the Commission on Thursday in Abuja.

Maiyaki, who a read a letter conveying the approval, said the institution initially secured conditional recognition as university of education in 2013, but some of the conditions were never met by the succecive administrations in Niger State, until the coming on board of Governor Bago.

He said with the new development, Niger State University of Education is now fully recognized as the 63rd state-owned university in Nigeria.

“It will be recalled that Niger State University of Education, Minna, was recognized as duly established university in the Nigerian University System by the National Universities Commission….

” But that recognition was contingent to a formal concurrent in writing by the incoming administration as of at that time and its willingness to retain the university, but the process was never consummated by the successive Niger state administrations, until this government requested the activation of the NUC earlier recognition of Niger State University of Education, Minna,” Maiyaki said.

The acting NUC boss said the new university was approved following the presentation of relevant documents, including the gazetted University’s law, academic brief and masterplan.

While saying that the new recognition of the university takes effect from Thursday 28 September, 2023, Maiyaki said other relevant government agencies like the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would be informed of the new status of the institution.

He, however, urged the governor to uplift the facilities in the new university , adding that the NUC is fully ready to provide the necessary guidance to ensure the institution lives up to expectations.

Earlier, the Niger governor said the visit was to congratulate Maiyaki on his new position as acting Executive Secretary of NUC as well as shared his passion for the massive development of the education sector in the state.

He said : “In 2013, my predecessor had come here to convert Niger State College of Education, Minna to university of Education, somewhere along the line, it became a mirage, but with the guidance of Professor Yahaya Kuta, we have come to rekindle that ambition.

” Secondly, the IBB University Lapai is desirous and has applied for Medicine, we want to appeal to you (acting NUC Executive Secretary) to expedite the approvals necessary so we can have the full curriculum for medical studies.

” Thirdly, the Federal College of Education in Kontogora is supposed to be a university of education too, we want to see that become a fruition.

” The Federal Polytechnic in Bida is also desirous to be a degree awarding institution, and a lot of private initiatives have been coming too.”

On funding for the new university, Governor Bago said with the coming into force of education trust fund law in the state, such issue would not pose a problem.

“Niger state just passed a law on education trust fund, every contract of government, every transaction within the state is charged one percent for education fund,” he said.

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Money ritual: Five arrested with human skull in Niger

The Niger State Police Command has apprehended five suspects allegedly involved in the possession of a human skull for a money ritual along the Minna-Bida road in the state.

Initially, it was reported that two of the suspects, Isah Mohammed (26 years old) and Idris Mohammed (28 years old), both from Sakpe village in Edati Local Government Area, were caught with the skull wrapped in a bag by a sister security agency during a routine patrol.

The two suspects were later handed over to the state Police Area Command in Bida for further investigation. During this process, they revealed the names of three others who assisted them in exhuming a corpse and removing the head.

Confirming the incident in Minna, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, stated that the suspects were intercepted in a Mitsubishi Lancer vehicle by a sister security agency at the toll gate along Bida-Minna while searching the passengers on September 11, 2023, in the afternoon.

According to him, “During police interrogation, the suspects claimed that they obtained the human skull from their village and were aided by three other individuals to the grave where the skull was exhumed.”

The additional suspects include Ibrahim Jiya (18 years old), Suleiman Usman (22 years old), and Abdullahi Usman (24 years old), all hailing from the same address.

The police spokesman further stated that the three suspects were also apprehended and confessed that the skull was dug out from the burial ground in Sakpe village, belonging to Ndako Daniyan, who passed away three years ago in the same village.

He added, “Two of the suspects, Isah and Abdullahi, claimed to have met an individual named Alfa Suleiman from Kwara State in Bida three weeks ago. He instructed them to obtain a human skull for a money ritual and advised them to take it to someone in Minna, providing N30,000 for the purpose. The unknown recipient instructed them to call him when they reached Kpakungu, and he would meet them.”

The five suspects have been transferred to SCID Minna for a thorough investigation and diligent prosecution of the case.

(Daily Post)

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Niger gov declares three-day public holiday to distribute palliatives

The Governor of Niger State, Muhammad Umar Bago, has declared a three-day public holiday for the distribution of palliatives to the various wards, units across the 25 local government areas of the state.

The three days declared are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, NEWS FLASH has learnt.

The governor made this disclosure at a median press briefing in Minna on the modality adoption for the distribution of the palliatives.

He explained that for this reason, civil servants in Niger State will shut down governance for three days in the state.

He also directed all political appointees, including permanent secretaries and local government council chairmen who are members of standing committees set up by the state government, to return to their wards and units for the distribution of palliatives.

Bago, however, warned that anyone caught diverting palliatives meant for the people would be jailed to serve as a deterrent to others.

He further announced that so far, the sum of N2bn with five trucks of rice have already been received from the federal government, while 40 bags of maize and additional N2b are being awaited.

According to him, “The sum of N3.2bn will be disbursed to the 25 LGs as palliatives next Monday, adding that N5.2bn will be injected into local markets next week to boast economic activities in the state.”

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Mob sets man ablaze for ‘stealing baby’ in Niger state

A mob on Friday set a man ablaze for allegedly stealing a baby in Lapai LGA of Niger state.

Confirming the incident in a statement, Wasiu Abiodun, police spokesperson in the state, said the man’s identity was yet to be confirmed.

Abiodun said the man had allegedly stolen the baby near a cemetery in the area, adding that the angry mob beat him to a coma before setting him ablaze.

“On 18/08/2023 at about 113Ohrs, based on information received that an unidentified person was accused of stealing a baby around the burial ground area of Lapai,” the statement reads.

“On the receipt of the information, DPO Lapai mobilised and led a patrol team to the scene, but before the police arrived at the scene, irate mob armed with cutlasses and other dangerous weapons had beaten the suspect to a coma and set him ablaze.

“Efforts were made to put off the fire and rescue him, unfortunately, he was burnt beyond recognition, while the body was later evacuated to general hospital Lapai.”

The spokesperson said Ogundele Ayodeji, commissioner of police in the state, has directed a thorough investigation into the incident to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

He said the commissioner of police warned citizens against taking laws into their hands and urged them always to report such incidences to the police for legal intervention.

(Cable)

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