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Victims Of Funakaye Flood Disaster In Gombe to get Succour- Gov Yahaya



…As State Govt. Delegation Visits Affected Areas

A Gombe State government delegation, led by the Commissioner overseeing the Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources, Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Madugu, yesterday visited some communities affected by the recent flood disaster in Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government area.

Recall that a three-year-old child died while his two-year-old sibling was critically injured following an early morning downpour that wreaked havoc in some areas of Bajoga town, including Shara- Mansur and Bodoriyel.

The sympathy and assessment visit by the state government team, followed Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s directive to the Ministry of Environment, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA and relevant agencies to immediately move in and carry out on the spot assessment of the damage as well as provide succour to ease the suffering of the victims.

Other members of the State’s delegation included Commissioner of internal Security, Hon Adamu Dishi Kupto, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment, Ibrahim Sule Bage, representative of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) among others.

The delegation upon arrival was received and conducted round the affected areas by the Chairman of Funakaye local government council, Alh Ibrahim Cheldu and other stakeholders.

In his remarks during the visit, Hon Madugu conveyed Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s condolences and sympathies over the lives lost and the damages caused by flood in the affected Local Government.

“The essence of our visit today is to primarily condole with you over this natural disaster that engulfed your communities as well as assess the level of damages caused with a view to developing an interventional recommendation to government so as to bring succour to the victims”.

He said, “His Excellency, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya would have personally visited you but directed us to be here on his behalf because he travelled outside the State for an official engagement”, Hon Madugu stressed.

He urged the flood prone communities to heed and abide by the flash flood predictions and warnings by the Nigeria metrorological agency (NIMET).

In his response, Chairman, Funakaye local government council, Alh Ibrahim Adamu Cheldu lauded Governor Inuwa Yahaya for his prompt response in identifying with the affected communities and assured of his counci’s readiness to support his administration at all times.

The delegation also visited the Emir of Funakaye, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muazu Mohammed Kwairanga and also condoled with the monarch over the natural disaster that struck his community.

Communities visited include Shara Mansur, Jillahi among others.

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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