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Two Ex–Bauchi Govs To Refund 1Trillion Naira To State Coffers

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From Adamu Shehu, Bauchi

An Assets Recovery Committee set up by the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has disclosed that two former governors of the sori, Mallam Isa Yuguda, and immediate past governor M. A. Abubakar and their associates are to refund over one trillion naira allegedly looted during their administration in the state.

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The Committee, while disclosing this in a statement made available to journalists as it winds up its activities, claimed discovery of more items allegedly belonging to the State Government from the House of the former governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

A member the Committee, Barrister Lawal Husseini stated this on Saturday in Bauchi while answering question from journalists on the investigation of the Committee so far.

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Lawal confirmed that, as the Committee rap up its activities, it received from a whistle blower that items were being carted away and transferred outside the state by the family of former governor Abubakar.

He added that the Committee visited the House of the former governor at Fadaman Mada and was able to recover only few items like 105 Pasta making machines, 10 sewing machines, carton of surgical hand gloves and several office furniture’s belonging to the Bauchi Government.

Further more Barrister Lawal said the committee had earlier recovered four tractors, a luxury Bus and a House belonging to the state government which the former governor, Abubakar sold to himself.

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He added that the Committee traced over 16 different land parcels, building and property at different locations in Kaduna State with certificate of occupancy belonging to the Bauchi government.

He said the Committee investigated various contracts awarded by the two previous administrations like purchase of 500 tractors of which 40 weee delivered, how ecological funds, Paris club refunds and various loans were taken and details of their finding will be made available when they submit their report to the state government, he said.

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He continued that the Committee traced a lot of state government property and resources frittered away by the two former governors and their associates and the committee may submit its report any moment.

Lawal expressed optimism that if the recommendations of the committee are implemented, the two former governors and their associates will refund over one trillion naira to the state government.

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When asked about the suit filed by the two former governors challenging the activities of the Committee, Lawal said, “ Yes the former two governors Abubakar and Yuguda took the Committee before the Federal High Courts in Abuja and Bauchi State High Court, but the committee is responding adequately to the suits and will submit its report without hitches by the grace of Allah.”

Effort to Speak to the two former commissioners of Information during Mallam Isa Yuguda Salisu Ahmad Barau and Umar Sade during M A Abubakar government proved abortive as Barau number was not reachable while Sade didn’t pick calls and he didn’t reply text message sent to him at the time of filing this report.

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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