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Deadly car accident claims 18 in Jigawa

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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.

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“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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Wealthy individuals urged to support orphans and less privileged

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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.

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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.

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Senate President appeals for help for IDPs

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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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NIMASA donates relief materials to flood victims, IDPs in Kwara

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The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated relief materials for victims of flood and other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kwara state.

Presenting the items at the Governors  Office in Ilorin, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said the donation was part of the agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to amielorate the plight of those affected by banditry and others forms of insecurity.

Represented by the Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office, Hajia Moji Jimoh, the DG said the gesture will go a long way to make life easier for the beneficiaries .

He said the items are in two categorises for the displaced persons and empowerment to boost the SMEs sector.

In a remake, the Secretary to the Kwara State Government (SSG), Professor  Manman Jibril ,said  the effort of NIMASA will complement what the state government has  been doing.

He assured the team that the items will not be diverted, adding that it will  be  made to get to the grassroots for those that are really in need .

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Nigeria and other ECOWAS member countries urged to introduce stiffer penalties and laws

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Nigeria and other ECOWAS member countries have been urged to introduce and implement stiffer penalties and laws concerning, child abandonment, child abuse with maximum sentence enforced for rape related assault, crime for spouse of mental and physical abuse.

This form part of recommendations in a Communique issued at the end of an Event in Abuja tagged “A date with the Street Child” organized by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Young Ambassadors Against Drug Abuse Initiative, YAADAI, in collaboration with the ECOWAS Parliament and Street Children Crew of Radio Nigeria.

Other recommendation reached was to create a funding system, jointly contributed by government and Civil Society Organizations that will see to the establishment of Referral Centers, Foster Homes and other viable platforms that will accommodate street children and serve as a measure to take them off the street and make it easy for individuals and organizations follow due process for adoption.

The Communique also recommended that the ECOWAS Parliament should support and assign the newly created Street children parliament its full responsibilities as this would guide them against avoidable shortcomings.

The gathering also arrived on the recommendation for a Special program to be instituted for street girls who are vulnerable and most adversely affected and this should be championed by the ECOWAS female parliamentarian, ECOFEPA.

The event which was attended by Street Children, ECOWAS Parliamentarians, legislatures from the 9th assembly, Director General of Radio Nigeria, the representative of the ministry of women affair, special advicer to first lady on Africa first ladies peace mission and relevant stakeholders was targeted at showcasing the plight of children living on the streets in Nigeria and ECOWAS sub region also feature the Inauguration of the street children’s parliament in a bid to provoke a rethink of collective action.

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Health professionals in Nasarawa State embark on indefinite strike

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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.

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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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