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‘You Have 3 Weeks To Clean Up State’, Bauchi Environment Commissioner Tells Agency

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The Bauchi State Commissioner of Environment and Housing, Honorable Hamisu Muazu Shira has given a 3-week ultimatum to the Management of the State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) to keep the state clean.

The Commissioner gave the ultimatum at a closed door meeting with the Management of the Agency held at its Headquarters in Bauchi.

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Shira said the ultimatum became necessary due to the state of illegal dumping of refuse in major streets in the state.

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He said, during the 3 weeks period, the agency must work hard with the support of critical stakeholders to tackle the situation thereby ensuring improvement in keeping the state clean.

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” My emergency meeting with you today is urgent, we have a lot of complaints from people on refuse collections, with the appointment of new Director-General, I give you a 3-week ultimatum to address the issue and see possible improvement”, he said.

The Commissioner tasked the appointed Director-General of the Environmental Agency to come up with new reforms and and strategies in order to enable the state government free resources for the execution of environmental projects.

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He expressed concern over the attitude of some unpatriotic citizens of the state who engaged in sabotaging the efforts of the state government in ensuring effective environmental management.

Shira stressed the need for all and sundry to join hands in the ongoing campaign in the state against illegal dumping of refuse on streets or other unauthorised areas.

He said, “It is an insult, at any official assignment people always raised questions about refuse collections in Bauchi, it was embarrassment, but we must put stop to it.

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” I am also aware about saboteurs, people were been supported to sabotage our plans for keeping Bauchi clean, they will not succeed. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure we overcome the challenges associated with refuse collections. “

The Commissioner, therefore, tasked people of the state to use the waste dumping designated areas to dump their waste considering the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and as raining season is approaching.

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The newly appointed Director General of BASEPA, Dr Ibrahim Kabir, assured the Commissioner of the total commitment of the agency to work round the clock to achieve the set objectives.

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According to him, the Agency will seek partnership with relevant stakeholders to keep the state clean so as to maintain its image.

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

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Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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