Police Threaten To Impound Vehicles With Concealed Number Plates In Niger

The Niger State Police Command has said that it will soon commence impounding vehicles with concealed number plates, adding that the drivers of such vehicles will be arrested and prosecuted.

The police, in a statement, said the illegal concealment of vehicle number plates had been traced to increasing cases of kidnapping and other criminal acts in the state.

The statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammad Abubakar, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), added that: “The police command will not hesitate to arrest any person or group of persons seen to be driving vehicles with concealed plate numbers and whoever is arrested will be charged to court in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act.”

He expressed dismay that members of the public including top government officials drove their vehicles with covered number plates in the state.

Abubakar said that the command had directed all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to enforce the provisions of the Act.

Bello Swears In 14 New Commissioners

Governor of Niger State, Mallam Sani Bello has sworn in 14 new commissioners, warning them against all forms of corrupt practices.

Speaking at the occasion in Minna on Wednesday, Bello also urged them to work hard to uphold the confidence reposed on them.

“It will interest you to know that we have put in place a mechanism to monitor, evaluate and assess your performance.

“I congratulate you and urge you to take this call to service as a golden privilege to contribute your quota towards the development of our dear state.

“I have no doubt that your appointment will further boost our resolve to transform the state to one of the most socio-economically developed in Nigeria,” he said.

The governor urged them to be proactive, exhibit high sense of patriotism and work hard to enable his administration to consolidate on its achievements in office.

He said the state government would not tolerate laxity and disrespect to established rules and regulations.

Bello had in November last year submitted names of 18 nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation as commissioners following the dissolution of the cabinet in October, 2017.

The commissioners include Alhaji Idris Jibrin, Alhaji Zakari Bawa, Alhaji Ibrahim Panti, Alhaji Zakari Abubakar, Hajiya Rahamtu Yaradu and Alhaji Mohammed Mundi.

Others are Dr Mustapha Jibrin, Alhaji Mamman Musa, Hajiya Amina Musa, Alhaji Ibrahim Shiroro, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, Hajiya Fatima Madugu, Alhaji Haliru Jikantoro and Mr Nasara Dan-Malam. (NAN)

NAFDAC: N11.5m Expired Drugs Destroyed In Niger

Ministry of Health and Hospital Services in Niger State say it has, in collaboration with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, destroyed expired drugs worth N11.5m.

Dr. Mohammed Makunsidi, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, who disclosed this to journalists, explained that some of the destroyed drugs had been in the stores of various health facilities in the state for over 10 years.

According to him, the destroyed drugs included expired HIV and Tuberculosis drugs as well as hand sanitizers among others.

Makunsidi, who was represented by the Director of Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Muhammad Ndagi, said the drugs and consumables with short expiry dates were brought to the state by partners for national programmes.

He said, “As a responsible government, the expired drugs and consumables were being destroyed to safeguard public health by preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.”

The permanent secretary explained that the National Drugs Policy and the National Drug Distribution Guideline both prescribed that every state must have a drug distribution centre as a solution to the problems in the health commodities and supply chain management.

He noted that since the establishment of the Niger State Drugs and Hospital Consumables Management Agency, the activities at the central medical store had tremendously increased.

While commending the state government for its commitment to the provision of necessary funds for the smooth running of the agency, he gave the assurance that the agency would ensure the orderly and systematic supply of genuine drugs and consumables to all the health facilities across the 25 local government areas of the state.

Makunsidi also disclosed that the coming of the Logistics Management Coordination Unit which is domiciled at the Central Medical Store would enhance data collection and information sharing among various health facilities and agencies.

The state zonal coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Anikoh Ibrahim, admonished the management staff of the ministry and its agencies to be proactive in the discharge of their duties.

Ibrahim, who expressed dissatisfaction that the drugs were kept for a long time, queried why they were not distributed to health care facilities for the people to use.

He advised the ministry to always reject drugs and consumables with short expiry date

Gov. Bello Denies Plan To Sack Teachers

The Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello on Wednesday has denied plans by his administration to sack primary school teachers in the state.

Governor Bello gave this assurance while inspecting the newly established Niger State Professional Teachers Development Institute at Maraban Dandaudu, in the Muyan Local Government Area of the state.

The institute was established to produce primary school teachers for public schools, especially in the rural areas.

The governor had said that some primary school teachers with fake certificates in public schools were being investigated, accusing them of being responsible for the poor foundation of pupils and falling standard of education in the state. The statement was interpreted by many to mean that the governor was planning to sack to teachers.

But allaying the fears, the governor said, “I learnt of a rumour making the rounds that we intend to sack primary school teachers following the misconception of what I said about the falling standard of education occasioned by inadequate qualified and competent teachers in our primary schools.

“I received calls that people are afraid we may retrench primary school teachers, especially those with faulty certificates. The truth is that there is no such plan. We don’t have enough teachers, so we are not sacking rather we are going to train and retrain our teachers and those with the bad case will be sent back to school.”

Gov Sani Bello Seeks Global Investment In Agric, Trade, Infrastructure, Solid Minerals, Tourism

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has called on investors in the United States and other part of the world to explore opportunities available in the state in the areas of agriculture, solid mineral infrastructure, sports and tourism.

Governor Sani Bello stated this at Niger State Business Roundtable organized by African Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ACDBC) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United State.

Governor Sani Bello said that his desire and determination was to make Niger state a hub for both local and international investors in the areas of agricultural value-chain, infrastructure, solid minerals tourism and sports through linkages and establishment of enabling environment, instituting credible, transparent and proactive governance structure.

“Niger state is a bundle of opportunities and fertile ground for any investor. We are strategically located close to the capital city, Abuja. We have largest land mass in Nigeria – fertile, uncultivated and ready for use for large mechanized farming. We have solid minerals. We have a youthful population and peaceful environment. We have an international airport. We are linked by railway to the seaport.

“Above all, we are building a governance structure that engenders good governance, transparency, accountability and investor-friendly environment.”

The Governor who said that he was determined to make Niger state an international player in the export of Shea butter revealed that the state was working towards establishing export produce- conditioning centre to meet international standards.

”We are here to have firm discussion with Pennsylvania in the area of trade, agriculture, solid minerals , sports and tourism. We need technical support on how we can develop our economy. It is very comforting to know that Pennsylvania is the 6th largest economy in United States and 18th largest economy in the world. I believe a strong partnership between Niger state, Nigeria and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will go a long way towards improving the economy of the two states.

“ We want the partnership to cover the entire value-chain: Production, processing, storage and marketing. We want improved yield and new technological that would increase yield per acre; we want mills for processing ; we want storage facilities; we want ready market for the finished produce. ”

Earlier in his remarks, Lt Governor Micheal Stack 111 described the state of Pennsylvania as an agrarian state and indicated willingness to collaborate with Niger state towards boosting commercial agriculture. He promised to facilitate investment in mechanized farming that would revolutionize Niger state agriculture through low-interest bank loan .

On Governor Sani Bello’s delegation were Niger State House of Assembly, Member Representing Bida 11 and Chairman House Committee on Works, Hon. Mohammed Alhaji Haruna, Chief of Staff, Hon Mikhail Al-Amin Bmitosahi, Commissioner for Investment , Hajiya Ramatu Yar’adua, Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe and Commissioner for Justice, Bar Nasara Danmallam.

Blood Bath In Niger As Herdsmen Attack

The Imam of Etogi village in Gbara ward of Mokwa Local Government Area in Niger State was among the 21 persons reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen on Saturday morning.

The imam was said to be leading 20 other faithful in an early morning prayer, when the herdsmen attacked them with dangerous weapons and embarked on a killing spree.

Eight other members of the community who were not inside the mosque were equally attacked and wounded.

An eyewitness said those injured had been taken to the Mokwa General Hospital for treatment.

He told newsmen that the attack by the herdsmen was a reprisal for killing of a herdsman by the villagers during a disagreement.

He said the disagreement occurred between some Fulani youths and members of the community.

The herdsmen were said to have maintained a settlement near the community on the understanding that a percentage of the proceeds from their harvest would go to the village head.

However a disagreement was said to have ensued when the herdsmen failed to remit the agreed fee to the village head at the end of the last cropping season.

The herdsmen, it was learnt, later claimed that the parcel of land belonged to them.

But the community was said to have demanded for the agreed amount, a development that led to a free for all fight, resulting in the death of one of the herdsmen.

This was said to have infuriated the herdsmen who reportedly mobilised support and unleashed mayhem on the villagers on Saturday morning, leading to the death of the 21 persons.

“The attackers killed everybody in the mosque, including the Imam,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

The disturbance, it was learnt, caused commotion in the village, forcing women and children who were woken by the disturbance to flee.

Police public relations officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, when contacted, confirmed the incident, but said “20 people were killed during the early morning attack”.

Elkana described the attack as “a reprisal’ for an earlier killing of a herdsman by the villagers.

“The killing of a herdsman was managed but it appears they were not satisfied and decided to retaliate,” Elkana stated, adding that eight people sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.

The police spokesman said mobile policemen, operatives of the Department of the State Services (DSS), and other security agencies had been deployed to the troubled community to restore law and order.

Source: This Day

BOA Disburses N2.4bn Loan to Farmers

Bank of Agriculture (BOA) Managing Director, Dr Kabiru Adamu, has revealed during a visit to Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello that the BOA had disbursed N2.4 billion loan to farmers participating in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) in Niger.

Adamu noted that this was part of the federal government’s determination to to revive the nation’s agriculture sector and other Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that would benefit from the loans. He siad “The BOA has disbursed a total of N2.4 billion loan in Niger through its operations in Minna, Kontagora and New-Bussa.

“We are honoured to notify you of the bank’s interest to strengthen the relationship existing between our two organisations.

“Beyond the ABP, we want to collaborate with your government to cover more grounds of mutual benefit.

“We want to lend our support by partnering with your government in ways that will help modernise agricultural practices…

“If you can make available your areas of intervention within few weeks, we will partner with you in developing our agricultural sector,’’ he said.