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Kano Approves Site for Proposed AKK Pipeline Project

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…Ratifies N393m for Challawa Industrial Layout Road reconstruction

TESLIM TESLIMAT (KANO)

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Kano state government has declared Tamburawa in Dawakin Kudu local government area along Zaria Road as planning location for the siting of the proposed gas industrial layout under the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC’s) Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline project.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who announced this while briefing newsmen, said the state Executive Council gave the approval at its weekly meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said the approval was given to the state government NNPC-AKK Pipeline Project Delivery and Gas Industrialization Committee (KNSG-PDIC) to set up its planning location at Tamburawa adjacent to Challawa Water Works where the Kano/AKK Terminal Gas station is proposed to be built.

Malam Garba stated that while a draft of the proposed layout has been produced, the council directed the state Bureau for Land Management to liaise with the committee and come up with final documents for the new industrial layout.

The commissioner also revealed that the council has ratified the award of contract for the reconstruction of Challawa Industrial Layout Road network at the cost of N393, 237, 697.00 million.

He pointed out that the road is of vital economic importance to the economy of the state in view of its proximity to the ongoing construction of Dala Inland Dry Port at Zawachiki that is expected to impact on the development of manufacturing and industrial activities when it commences operation.

The council, he added, has given approval for the release of N23, 883, 464.45 million to the state Radio Corporation for the supply and installation of dehydrator, binary power supply and exciter for its transmitters at Jogana Transmission Station.

Malam Garba noted that the two components, which are essential items for the effective functioning of the transmission, have all gone faulty beyond repairs.

The commissioner also disclosed that approval has also been given by the council for the payment of N80, 000.000.00 million one year allowances from backlog of four years’ bursary allowances to the 59 MBBS, B.sc Masters and Ph.D. Kano state sponsored students at the Near East University, Cyprus.

He said the council also directed government verification team to authenticate the students and their academic performance before the implementation of a recommendation for instalment payment of the cumulative sum of N1, 123, 184, 893.5 billion as at November 26, 2020 to the university in two tranches of 50 per cent.

Malam Garba further revealed that with the setting in of the rainy season, the council has approved the sum of N85, 230, 234.00 million for the conduct of the annual drainage clearance exercise in the metropolis.

The commissioner said the measure is to avert flooding from siltation of drainages as a result of indiscriminate waste disposal by people which affect free flow of water, posing threat to life and property.

He said the council has also approved the substitution of the ministry of environment’s nursery located at Rano town to a new site within the local government.

The commissioner said the decision was informed by the fact that the nursery has been inactive for decades due to lack of reliable source of water supply, persistently being encroached by settlement and request from member representing Rano constituency at the state House of Assembly to construct an ultra-modern Jumu’at Mosque and Islamiyya school at the location.

The council, he said has given approval for the payment N32, 610, 000.00 as bereaved allowances to 664 deceased civil servants of various grades in the state who passed away from 2017 to February, 2021.

He said payment of bereaved family allowance due to their families/heirs for the civil servants who died in active service is in line with extant civil service rule.

Malam Garba announced that as part of efforts to improve health care delivery services, the council has given approval for the provision of uniforms (yards) for 17, 480 staff of various health cadres at the cost of N193, 639, 136.71million.

He listed some of the beneficiaries of the two set of uniforms to be provided to include doctors, nurses, midwives, laboratory scientists, technology/technical assistants, image scanning/radiographers/x-ray technicians, physiotherapist, a technical assistant, dental therapist/technical assistant, dietician/nutritionist, among others.

The commissioner also indicated that the council has approved contract review from N331, 889, 971.51 million to N370, 773, 987.95 million based on new harmonized rate for general renovation works at the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp site, Kusalla Dam in Karaye local government area.

He said the contract was initially awarded in 2016 and as work progresses, prices of materials and labour charges skyrocketed which the contractor lamented.

Malam Garba stated that the council has given approval for the state government to partner with the Sugarcane Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria for the cultivation of sugarcane in commercial quantity in the country.

He said the measure would go a long way in creating young farmers and entrepreneurs which is in line with the state government policy of skills acquisition programme that will uplift thousands of youth out of poverty and increase revenue generation for the state.

The commissioner also announced approval by the council for additional works in the contract for the upgrading of Gidan Shettima to serve as Emirate Council Headquarters for the five Emirs in the state at the cost of N49, 893, 466,00 million.

The additional work, he said, include provision of office of the chairman, construction of additional floor to accommodate office for four Emirs, increase the size of the council chamber and public gallery to adequately accommodate expanded members of the council and construction of mosque and car park.

The commissioner disclosed that the council has ratified the approval for the renovation and upgrading of Dawakin Tofa District Head Palace in Dawakin Tofa local government area.

He said contract for the renovation exercise, which was initially awarded at the cost of N78, 801, 280.82 million, had to be revised to N99, 340, 773.87 million as a result of some additional vital works introduced that included among others, main Fada, gallery, Hakimi wing, VIP guest wing, new wall, Shamaki, Generator house.

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Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards Set To Take The Center Stage.

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Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards Set To Take The Center Stage.

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Countdown begins for the talk of the town Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Award (SRELA) is billed to take place as a presentation in the month of August 2021 and packaged by Society Reporters, a reputable news platform that serves as the watchdog of society; bringing to the fore pertinent issues that are otherwise overlooked for the past ten years of existence.

The debut of SRELA as special recognition excellence and the leadership award is to add value to the carefully selected awardees and recipients for the year, enhance their credibility, and reinforce the leadership stance of recipients in their field of endeavors.

The information available revealed that the organizers have made name for themselves by breaking many top society stories over the years and staging Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards (SRELA) now is another win for the online platform that stands out amongst its contemporaries.

Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Award (SRELA) is positioned to be an epoch-making event in the society like no other to celebrate and honor those that deserve the crest and creating unity in various industries across the board” disclosed an associate.

Checks also revealed that Society Reporters is a reputable platform that shines the light on elite society members, and the organizers have concluded plans to use this opportunity to stage an excellent award and throw even more of the spotlight on those who have made a difference in society regardless of the sector.

No doubt, Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards (SRELA) is an exclusive annual event to honor excellence and leadership with limitless imagination and bold execution to foster unity among the top players in various sectors at large, said the Publisher, Mr. Sunday Adebayo.

More so, the Awards aim to celebrate the commendable feats that define the personality of awardees/recipients; feats that have secured their position as high flyers with excellent perception and outstanding ratings in their respective categories.

The industry watchers also squealed that Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards is a good platform for the Recognition for Your Achievements, Exposure for You And Your Organization, and Access to Industry Leaders. And they wish to advise any prospective recipients not to miss this golden opportunity from Society Reporters.

The Governing Board of the Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards (SRELA)  headed by the Publisher Sunday Adebayo, and the Selection Panel for the SRELA 2021 edition has jointly ratified the selection of reputable recipients for the maiden edition that would be unveiled officially soon.

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Kano Rebuts Trending Story on Women Driving Ban

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Kano Rebuts Trending Story on Women Driving Ban

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TESLIM TESLIM (KANO)

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Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Malam Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

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PUBLIC HEARING: LAGOS ASSEMBLY OBTAINS STAKEHOLDERS OPINION ON DNA, FORENSIC CENTER BILL

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PUBLIC HEARING: LAGOS ASSEMBLY OBTAINS STAKEHOLDERS OPINION ON DNA, FORENSIC CENTER BILL

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM  SPONSORED BY: H&H

Lagos Assembly on Wednesday organised a-day public hearing on “A Bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of the Lagos State Deoxyribo-Nucleic Acid (DNA) and Forensic Center, to support criminal investigation, Law enforcement and the preservation of evidences for the judicial system and for other connected purposes” to obtain stakeholders and the Publics opinion on the Bill.

In his Welcome Address, the Chairman Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC and Health Services, Hon. Victor Akande stated that the Bill is a corroboration of the House’s responsiveness and responsible to any matter affecting the citizenry especially as it relates to criminal investigation and dispensation of justice in Lagos State.

He further urged for vibrant contributions in order for a judicious and practicable legislation for the benefit of Lagosians.

Giving his Keynote Address, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasi Eshinlokun-Sanni, representing the Speaker Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa stated that the bill seeks to enable the forensic center in providing a suitable data bank that will encompass information of Lagos residents to better solve and prevent criminal activities in the State.

“If we want our desired developments to become reality, we need accurate robust information with these population and immigration realities. There is the need for a suitable databank that will have an across the board information of Lagos residents”.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, giving the extensive Overview of the Bill assured the Stakeholders that the bill had enjoyed robust debate on the floor of the House and having survived on merit is being committed to the joint Committee on judiciary and Health Services for more input by stakeholders and the publics.

Enjoining the Stakeholders that, “As professionals, we want you to assist us to give Lagosians a clear, unambiguous Law that will be beneficial to all and other States to use as specimen for their own Law”. He Said.

In his analysis, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Lagos State Attorney General /Commissioner for Justice adjudged that the bill is another display of the dynamism that Lagos Assembly is working in collaboration with the other arms of government.

Adding that the Bill serves as a tool in the creation of the Forensic and DNA center and it will assist Lagosians in sleeping easier. “Science has progressed so much that we cannot go back to analog method therefore we must deploy the use of forensic services to fight crimes.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health while following the line of the Commissioner for Justice, spine in the pioneering spirit of Lagos by using Law as an opportunity to make the State a safer place as the commissioning of crime can be adjudicated and criminals can be brought to book.

“The power of bio-technology allows for the placement of old crimes and to shed more light on previous circumstances leading to the crime. It is a step in the right direction to utilise the science of bio-technology which is an exact and advance science of cataloguing circumstantial materials and data associated with matter under investigation”.

Following the contributions of the Stakeholders, Dr. Salawu Tajudeen, Vice Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association while commending the House noted that Forensic is multifaceted and the functionality of the center must reside with the professionals of the medical sector.

Deputy Chief Registrar of the High Court, Mr. Fadeyi on the part of the judiciary highlighted that there should be a definition which should include the High Court and Magistrate as they are the principal coroners of the judiciary system.

He added that the establishment of the Center will assist in extraditing and resolving issues such as ballistic and forensic test challenges.

In his contribution, Dr. Babafemi Thomas, Director Pathology Services advocated that many sub-division branches of forensic science should be captured in the bill as well as the body that will be responsible for the funding as it will guide and reduce instruments of conflict.

Dr. Jibola Keshiro, Managing Director, Apapa General Hospital is of the opinion that the role of the Director of the Center goes beyond legal services as it is more technical and involves medical professionalism, therefore a medical professional and specialist be recommended for the position.

In response to the concerns raised on some clauses in the Bill, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasi Eshinlokun-Sanni assured the stakeholders and the publics that the Bill will include their aggregate.

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