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Bauchi Assembly demands urgent repair of roads affected by flood

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By Konyinsola Dawodu

Bauchi State House of Assembly, under the leadership of the Speaker, Danlami Ahmed Kawule has called on the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed to act urgently in the repair of roads that were washed away by flood.

Speaking in Bauchi on Wednesday, immediately after the House’s sitting, Abdul Ahmad Burra, the Spokesperson to the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly told DAILY POST that under matters of urgent public importance, the member representing Disina Constituency Hon Saleh Hodi Jibir requested for the emergency maintenance of a road that links Adamami, Disina Jama’are and Itas/Gadau which was affected by flooding.

“According to him, the road is very important to the communities in the area due its economic and social advantages, thus it needs emergency maintenance as it is currently unmotorable,” he said.

He requested that the Honourable House should ask the State Government to act urgently so as to repair the road and put it back to use.

In his contribution, Majority Leader, Hon. Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu (Azare/Madangala Constituency) said that the road needed very urgent and serious consideration.

The Majority Leader added that as representative of the people it’s incumbent on them to raise the matter since it affects their constituents.

He urged the executive arm that since the House had passed the Bauchi State Infrastructural Maintenance Agency Bill into law, the government should inaugurate it and provide funds to enable the agency swing into action.

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Unite against plastic pollution: HOMEF’s World Earth Day message

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In observance of the 2024 World Earth Day, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a non-governmental organization, has rallied for a unified effort to combat the pervasive issue of plastic pollution plaguing the planet.

HOMEF’s media officer, Kome Odhomor, issued a statement in Yenagoa emphasizing the necessity of concerted action to eliminate the scourge of plastics and preserve the well-being of all life forms. Dr. Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director of HOMEF, echoed this sentiment, urging individuals worldwide to actively safeguard the environment within their local communities.

“Today presents a critical juncture where we must choose between the sustenance of our planet and the proliferation of plastics,” remarked Dr. Bassey. “While the allure of convenience may tempt us towards plastic usage, we must prioritize the health of our planet, which sustains all life forms. Failure to do so could lead us down a path of plastic dependency, resulting in dire consequences for our health, climate, and the overall ecological balance.”

HOMEF emphasized the imperative to recognize World Earth Day as a poignant reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the Earth. This year’s theme, “Planet Vs Plastic,” underscores the urgent need to forge a sustainable future for humanity, wildlife, and natural ecosystems.

“Our addiction to single-use plastics is suffocating the planet,” stated HOMEF. “These non-biodegradable materials persist indefinitely, clogging our environment and posing grave threats due to their chemical composition. The rampant production of plastic, coupled with dismal recycling rates, underscores the magnitude of the challenge we face.”

Acknowledging global efforts to reduce plastic consumption, HOMEF commended initiatives advocating for a 60 percent reduction in plastic usage by 2040. Additionally, the organization stressed the importance of embracing sustainable alternatives to mitigate the adverse effects of plastic pollution.

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IGP wants NSCDC, FRSC merged with police

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, has advised the Federal Government to merge the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) with the police for effectiveness.

Egbetokun said this at the National Dialogue on State Policing, organised by the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja with the theme “Pathways to Peace: Reimagining Policing in Nigeria”.

The I-G, represented by the Assistant Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Mr Ben Okoro, said that the NSCDC and the FRSC were a duplication of the police.

Egbetokun also said that Nigeria was not ripe enough for state police urging those calling for state police to work toward merging the NCDSC and the FRSC with the police for effectiveness.

He said the police were battling with inadequate training as well as lack of adequate manpower.

He said that most police barracks had dilapidated due to lack of maintenance and renovation.

“This has have a negative impact on the performance of the policemen,” he said.

Egbetokun also faulted calls for state police saying that Nigeria was not matured enough for state police.

He added that state police would create avenues for state governor to use it to suppress the opposition in their states.

He said creating state police would also lead to the problem of jurisdiction, which would bring about conflicts of interest.

He added that the state police would not be able to combat terrorism, kidnapping, and banditry, because they required enormous resources to combat.

He also said that there was a need to improve the training of personnel to enable modern policing, adding that funding was necessary to also help maintain internal security.

The Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, said that there was need for comprehensive and effective security framework to tackle rising security challenge in the country.

Musa, represented by Maj. Gen. Kunle Ariyibi, said that the security and safety of the country was paramount.

“I is imperative that we come together to find sustainable solutions.

” It is through collaboration and a shared commitment to the common good that we can develop policies and strategies that will enhance the security infrastructure of our dear nation,” he said.

Musa said it was imperative to create a security framework that would be inclusive, responsive, and capable of safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all Nigerians.

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Tinubu appoints Agama as SEC DG

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Mariga Aliyu Katuka as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The SEC is the main regulatory institution of the Nigerian capital market and supervised by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, said in a statement on Friday in Abuja his principal also appointed Mr. Emomotimi Agama as the Director-General of the commission.

Also appointed into the board of SEC are Frana Chukwuogor, Executive Commissioner (Legal and Enforcement), Mr. Bola Ajomale, Executive Commissioner (Operations), Mrs. Samiya Hassan Usman, Executive Commissioner (Corporate Services), Mr. Lekan Belo, Non-Executive Commissioner and Mr. Kasimu Garba Kurfi, Non-Executive Commissioner.

“The President anticipates that all members of the Board of this critical commission will bring to bear their wealth of experience and competence in advancing the commission’s core mandate of developing and regulating a capital market that is dynamic, fair, transparent, and efficient, to bolster investor confidence and contribute immeasurably to the nation’s economic development,” the statement added.

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