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Health professionals in Nasarawa State embark on indefinite strike



The Coalition of Nasarawa State health professionals Association has embarked on an indefinite industrial action to press home their demands for better welfare.

Spokesperson of the Coalition who is the Chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Mr. Kyari Caleb disclosed while briefing newsmen in Lafia the State Capital.

According to him, the decision to commence the strike was agreed by members during the meeting by the Association.

Mr. Kyari Caleb noted that some of their demands include, lack of promotions among members since twenty eleven, failure to implement thirty thousand naira minimum wage for its members, and lack of annual increment among others.

The spokesperson said the coalition had exercised patience in its demands, Saying in June last year, the union had embarked on a strike over the same issues, but it suspend the strike after persuasion by the government.

The Chairman stressed that after signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the government promised to begin implementation of their demands immediately, but up till now the government had reneged in its promise.

He added that members of the association in all tertiary health facilities in the state had withdrawn their services with effect from today, till further notice.

The Head of Service of Nasarawa state, Mr. Nicholas Aboki had in a media briefing on Friday, last week, appealed to the unions to suspend their planned strike action, adding that government was working hard to improve their welfare.

COV/Aliyu Muraki/Lafia.

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Gombe Agric Commissioner visits Wawa-Zange Grazing Reserve, assures transformation



As Emir of Dukku Hails Governor Inuwa for Keying into FG’s Livestock Transformation Scheme

Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has been commended for working in synergy with the federal government and other relevant agencies to ensure the smooth implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme which seeks to boost the production of livestock and its value chain in the country.

The Emir of Dukku, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Haruna Abdulkadir Rashid II gave the commendation when the Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Gettado called on him at his palace in Dukku shortly after undertaking a tour of Wawa-Zange grazing reserve in a string of visits to inspect completed and ongoing projects at the colony to make it habitable for herders and their animals.

The monarch said his emirate council is in full support of the initiative because of the fact that if fully implemented, the programme will not only help herders from risky distant travels by foot, but will also curtail the perennial farmers/herders clashes.

He particularly praised Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s passion and determination towards ensuring the revival of Wawa-Zange grazing reserve and for his wonderful policies targeted at revamping agricultural activities and livestock production in the state.

The Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Gettado assured of the determination of Gombe state Government to transform the Wawa Zange grazing reserve as way of keying into the vision of the National Livestock Transformation Programme of the Federal Government.

Sites inspected by the Commissioner include the completed 20-bed capacity hospital, the ongoing construction of a veterinary clinic and large expanse of ware hay currently being nurtured to maturity. Other areas visited by the Commissioner and members of his entourage included the already dredged dams located at the grazing reserve settlements centre and the one in Galumji recently awarded by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to harvest more rain water for the benefit of the livestock.

The Commissioner who expressed satisfaction with the level of work at the grazing reserve, however challenged the contractor handling the veterinary clinic to speed up work so that herders can begin to enjoy services to be provided there.

He said when eventually completed, the grazing reserve will house 6 hospitals, 6 veterinary clinics, a milk collection centre, 16 boreholes and a modern abattoir to add up to the existing schools for nomadic education.

“Gombe State Government will leave nothing to chance. We will employ health workers and veterinary staff to man each facilities when completed and ready for use and we are going to equip these facilities with state of the art equipment”.

He said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is committed to the successful completion of the project hence the award of contract for the dredging of two earth dams which were left unattended to since it was dug some 40 years ago.

It will be recalled that Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had while featuring in a special NTA’s current affairs programme Tuesday Live last week, said his administration is working assiduously to explore various value chain opportunities in the livestock sector through the planned dedication of about 250 hectares in the proposed Gombe industrial park for agricultural industrial cluster.

He equally maintained that Gombe was among the first states to key into the Federal Government’s Livestock Transformation Project, which identified the Wawa-Zange grazing reserve as the pilot site, saying the state is taking maximum advantage of the grazing reserve, which is a gazetted reserve with over 140, 000 hectares and carrying capacity of about 2 million heads of cattle and other small ruminants.

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Bauchi Emir tasks youths on farming



The Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwan Suleiman Adamu has called on the youth in the state to participate fully in farming activities to compliment federal government food security programme.

Alhaji Rilwan Suleiman Adamu was speaking when National Executives of Agricultural loan organization SIEFAC paid him a courtesy visit in his palace.

He said Agriculture remained the only source of creating wealth in the country, hence the need for youth in the state to embrace farming to improve their economic status.

Earlier the National Coordinator of SIEFAC Mr. Patric Agbour said they were at the palace to seek fatherly advice and sought for cooperation from the traditional title holders in the state.


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Wealthy individuals urged to support orphans and less privileged



Wealthy individuals have been called upon to support orphans and the less privileged for the betterment of the society.

This called was made by the founder family trust and care Foundation, Dr. Zainab jameel Gwamna shortly after receiving a merit award from Sardaunan Gombe Social media Team, in Gombe.

According to Dr. Zainab Gwamna, community development is a responsibility for all, she therefore said all hands must be on deck to address the challenges facing the society.

Dr Zainab Gwamna, thanked Sardaunan Gombe Social media team for giving her such recognition, adding that she will continue to support the team to succeed on its desired objectives.

While presenting the merit award, the Chairman Sardaunan Gombe social media team, Sunusi Inuwa said they found Dr. Zainab Gwamna worthy of the award because of her philanthropic and humanitarian activities which touches the lives of many people not only in Gombe state but in the country at large.

While expressing his hope that the award on Dr. Zainab Gwamna will go along way in encouraging her to do more, the chairman sardaunan gombe social media team, called on people to emulate her.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion were Hajiya Aisha Yaya Bauchi, wife of the member representing Gombe- Kwami- Funakaye Federal constituency, Mrs Abigail Albashi, wife of former Deputy Governor, Hajiya Zainab Dikko, Hajiya Fatima Babayo Dan iya and Alhaji Saidu Muhammed Anatare among others.

Highlights of the event were drama presentation, citation and award presentation.

Cov/ Abdul’aziz IH.

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Senate President appeals for help for IDPs



President of the Nigerian Senate Dr. Ahmad Lawan has appealed to Nigerians in leadership positions to always show empathy to the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in the country by ensuring that their lives and dignity are protected.

Senator Lawan, who made the appeal on Thursday when he led a delegation of senators to the IDP camp in Wasa district of southern Abuja, to commemorate the 2nd year anniversary of the Ninth Assembly, said the planned visit was a conscious and collective decision of the senate.

The Senate delegation during the visit donated food items and other materials worth =N=10 million to the IDPs.

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Deadly car accident claims 18 in Jigawa



No fewer than 18 persons have been killed in an auto crash that occurred on Wednesday along Birninkudu-Kano road in Birninkudu Local Government Area of Jigawa.

ASP Lawan Shisu, the acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state Police Command, has confirmed.

Shisu told newsmen that the incident occurred at about 6:30 a.m., close to Alu Farms.

According to him, the two vehicles that were involved in the mishap had a head-on collision which resulted in a fire outbreak.

He said that 12 of the passengers were burnt beyond recognition while six of them died on the spot.

The PPRO however added that only one of the drivers of the vehicles survived the accident, saying he is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birninkudu.

He also said that the remains of the deceased were deposited at the FMC mortuary.

“Today, being June 9, 2021, at about 0630HRS close to Alu Farms Birninkudu LGA, two hummer buses had a head-on collision which resulted in the outbreak of fire.

“Twelve persons were burnt to death and their remains couldn’t be identified. A mass burial has been conducted for their remains.

“Six others died instantly while their remains were taken to FMC mortuary. But a driver survived the accident with a fracture on his leg,’’ Shisu said.

The police spokesman said that investigation into the accident was ongoing.

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