1/21/2022

[GIST] Many Injured, Cars Vandalised As Peoples Democratic Party Members Clash In Bayelsa

[GIST] Many Injured, Cars Vandalised As Peoples Democratic Party Members Clash In Bayelsa

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There was chaos in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, on Thursday, as some supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party clashed over the choice of candidates to run for House of Representatives positions during the 2023 election.

Many sustained injuries in the clash, which threw the people of Kpansia community into panic.

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Several cars were also set ablaze during the violence.

A car belonging to one Ada Morris, an aide to the state governor, was also burnt.

It was gathered that supporters involved in the clash allegedly belonged to two rival camps.

One camp sides with Commissioner for Health in the state, Newton Aguele, while another is led by a member of the state's House of Assembly, Oforji Oboku.

Some of the burnt vehicles were towed to the state police headquarters.

Key actors in the clash have been summoned by Commissioner of Police in the state for an emergency meeting. 

The outcome of the meeting is not yet known as of the time of filing this report.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Asinim Butswat, confirmed that two suspected groups of thugs clashed but that the police was investigating the motive behind the violence.

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[GIST] Reps Consider Bill Seeking Establishment Of National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund

[GIST] Reps Consider Bill Seeking Establishment Of National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund

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A bill seeking the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund passed second reading in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Sponsored by Akinfolarin Mayowa, lawmaker representing Ileoluji Okeigbo/Odigbo Federal Constituency in Ondo State, the bill if passed into law will among other things provide sustainable source of funds for NYSC, skill acquisition training and provision of startup capital to corps members as well as train and retrain the personnel of the scheme.

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Akinfolarin said the fund will also support the development of camps and NYSC formations and facilities and for related matters, adding that the House will have an enduring impact on job creation and empowerment of thousands of Nigerian youth.

He said, “Corps members and supporting staff would be trained and introduced to various skills which would make them establish a self-sustained business after the mandatory service year.

“My colleagues and I have sincerely considered the significant role this Bill would play if passed by this honourable house and assented to by Mr President.

“It will reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 in our economy and provide job creation for our youth; in view of the effort currently being made by the Federal Government of Nigeria to diversify the Nigerian economy, and considering the passion and willingness of the House in reducing-poverty, I, therefore, urge you Mr Speaker and respected colleagues to support that the Bill be read for the second time, and refer to the relevant committee of the house for further legislative actions.”

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[GIST] Lack Of Quality Education Affecting Northern Nigeria –Borno Governor, Zulum

[GIST] Lack Of Quality Education Affecting Northern Nigeria –Borno Governor, Zulum

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State said on Thursday that lack of functional education was adversely contributing to the menace of insecurity in the North. 

He decried the activities of insurgents in the North-East, attributing their evil campaign to lack of adequate quality and functional education in the land.

Zulum stated this in Abuja at the 19th edition of the Daily Trust dialogue.

According to him, investment in education remains a vital tool in addressing most of the nation’s socio-economic challenges.

The Northern part of Nigeria is facing security challenges, which have defied all possible solution of the military personnel. 

The North-West is faced with banditry, while the assailants also operate in the North-Central to attack villages, and terrorism by Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters rages in the North-East, especially in Borno State.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who campaigned in 2015 to defeat insurgency if voted as the nation's leader, has been clueless in solving the menace. 

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[GIST] Two NITEL Workers Die, Five Injured As Telecom Mast Collapses In Benue

[GIST] Two NITEL Workers Die, Five Injured As Telecom Mast Collapses In Benue

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Two workers of the Nigeria Telecommunication Limited have died in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

It was learnt that the victim's died after the mast collapsed in the process of dismantling it.

Five others were critically injured in the accident.

SaharaReporters gathered that the workers were seven in number on top of the mast working around the NITEL premises near Takum Junction in Kastina-Ala when it suddenly collapsed.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson for the police in the state, Sewuese Anene, affirmed that two people died in the accident.

Chairman of Kastina-Ala LGA, Alfred Atera, while lamenting the tragedy, said, “They had loosed one side of the mast when the other part collapsed. Two of them died instantly while five others were taken to the hospital.”

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[GIST] Pensioners Accuse South-West Governors Of Deliberately Withholding Entitlements

[GIST] Pensioners Accuse South-West Governors Of Deliberately Withholding Entitlements

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The Nigeria Union of Pensioners has accused governors in the South-West of contravening agreements and flouting the constitution on the payment of consequential adjustment of pensions.

The pensioners said it was a deliberate attempt by the governors to punish them. 

The retirees asserted that they may be compelled not to vote for those governors that have refused to attend to their suffering and plight.

Speaking with journalists in Osogbo, Osun State, on Thursday, spokesperson for the group in the South-West, Olusegun Abatan, alleged that governors in the zone had refused to pay the consequential adjustment of pensions and some of them were still holding on to the checkup dues of the union.

Abatan said, “In the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is stated that anytime salaries of workers are paid, pensions should also be paid concomitantly or every five years. There was an increase in salaries and wages in 2019 where many state governments entered into an agreement with the NLC in their respective states and the adjustment to salaries and wages were put in place.

“In some other states, there was an agreement that when there was a circular from Abuja in respect of consequential adjustment to pension, the state government should also pay the consequential adjustment.

“The Federal Government has not only adhered to the adjustment, but they have also paid it. The problem we always have is with our state governments.

“It is like the state governors are having a meeting that pensioners should die in penury. They flout the constitutional provision with reckless abandonment. No state in the southwest has addressed the consequential adjustment.

“The way things are going, we may be forced to instruct our members to look and verify those that will be of importance to their lights as we approach the 2023 election. Whoever does not take the plight of pensioners with relish may not be voted for. We did it before and it worked.

“It is not fair for somebody who served the nation for 35 years to die in penury while a governor who served one or two terms continue to receive salary for the rest of his life.”

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