Bayelsa Detects 5,000 Ghost Workers From Payroll

Bayelsa Government on Saturday said it had fished out 5,000 ghost workers from its payroll.

Dr David Ala-Peter, Chief Accountant, office of the Special Adviser, Bayelsa Treasury, Account and Revenue, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

He said the ghost workers were identified in the recent staff verification exercise, where more than 50,000 workers participated.

Ala-Peter said the exercise was aimed at identifying fake names to reduce the state’s wage bill.

“The panel has done well during the exercise. We use software of international standard; we use oracle software.

“The method used was very effective. We have established staff database; we captured both their fingerprints, dates of birth and their credentials.

“During the exercise, we verified more than 50,000 staff. Right now, we are operating with little above 45,000 workers.

“Right now in the state, names in the payroll cannot be duplicated as your fingerprint is only identical to you.”

He said the exercise had reduced the state’s wage bill, adding, “but I may not be able to ascertain the correct figure.”


Borno govt to employ 5,000 teachers – Commissioner

The Borno Government on Tuesday said it would employ 5,000 teachers to improve the quality of education in the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Inuwa Kubau, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Mr. Kubau said the effort would boost quality of education and resuscitate the lost glory of the education sector in the state

He said the teachers would be employed to teach Mathematics, Physics, history, English, Hausa, Arabic language.

“Newly introduced subjects such as civic education, computer studies and trade also need specialized teachers.

“Gov.Kashim Shettima has accorded priority to the education sector since the beginning of this administration.

“While the sector has suffered great setback following attack on schools by Boko Haram insurgency across the state, the government has remained resilient and determined to revolutionise it.

“In line with this determination, the government has introduced free feedings to boost enrollment of students.

“The government has also introduced 120 shuttle buses to be transporting pupils to school. Already, 20 buses are operating in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Local Government Area.

“The remaining 100 buses will be deployed to other 25 local government areas as soon as normalcy returned in the state,” Mr. Kubau said.

The Commissioner urged parents to senf their children to school, and appealed to humanitarian agencies to sensitise parents on the need to send their children to school.

“We also urge them to assist our teachers, especially those in difficult areas,” he said.

5,000 IDPs living with HIV/AIDS in Borno – official

No fewer than 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 27 camps in Borno are currently living with HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Hassan Mustapha, the Coordinator on HIV/AIDS in Borno, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Thursday.

He said that most of the patients were women who were rescued from captivity in Boko Haram camps.

The coordinator, however, said that some of those affected were not effectively accessing antiretroviral therapy because of stigmatization.

He lamented that many of them had died of the scourge because they were not properly counselled and sensitized on the need to enroll under the HIV/AIDS control programme.

“We have more than 1,000 patients in Bama camp and 3,000 in Gwoza camp while over 1,000 others are taking refuge in the host communities.

“We have heard of many supporting NGOs in Borno but none of them has approached us to offer assistance to the IDPs living with the virus.

“The IDPs living with such ailment are constantly challenged; they do not go out to access drugs.

“Most of them are shy while some are afraid to be identified by others as carriers.

“They sometimes complain to us that they are not allowed to go out of the camp to access drugs in other centers.

“The honest truth is that government is not paying priority attention to the plight of such persons,” said Mustapha.

LASU to admit over 5,000 students for 2016/2017 academic session

The Lagos State University, LASU, on Wednesday said it would admit between 4,800 and 5,200 candidates for the 2016/2017 academic session.

Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos. ?
Mr. Fagbohun said the difference in the figure was to give room for other developments during the exercise.

According to him, some of the students offered provisional admissions may not be able to register, and others may have gained admission elsewhere, among other reasons.
He said the carrying capacity quota for the university from the National Universities Commission (NUC) was actually over 7,000.

But, the university’s authorities do not want to stretch the available faculties because of greed, he said.

“As a responsible institution that had conducted an audit of the available facilities, we have decided not to go beyond admitting 5,200 candidates until we expand our facilities.
“ We will continue to improve on our facilities to meet up with the NUC quota and give room for more applicants to choose the university as their preferred first choice, “he said.
According to him, the current population of students in the university is over 13,000 and the management is adhering to the NUC’s guidelines regarding teacher: students ratio.?
Mr. Fagbohun also said 32 of its programmes would be undergoing NUC’s accreditation from November end ?and the university was prepared for it.

5,000 APC Members Defect To PDP In Delta

No fewer than 5, 000 All Progressive Congress Party (APC) members in Sapele community, Delta State, at the weekend dumped the party for People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

But a chieftain of the APC in the state, Prophet Jones, described their exit as a blessing to the party, adding that the defectors were political harlots.

Receiving the defectors, the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Kingsley Esiso, assured Deltans that the state under the leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will execute more development projects in the three senatorial districts of the state in line with his electioneering campaign promises.

“I wish to urge all Deltans to rally round Okowa because that will help him in so many ways to deliver more democracy dividends to all Deltans,” Esisio said.

Leader of the defectors, Mr. John Erukwho, said they dumped APC for irreconcilable difference that had bedeviled the party over the years in the state, adding that it is only in PDP they can achieve their political dreams.

Also speaking, the council boss, Barr. Ejaife Odebala, expressed joy over the decision of the APC members and assured that their coming into PDP would be a blessing for them.


UN to screen 5,000 persons for HIV/AIDS daily at 2016 Calabar Carnival.

The United Nations Population Fund says it plans to screen 5,000 persons for HIV/AIDS daily during the December Calabar Carnival in Cross River State.


The Programme Officer of UNFPA in Nigeria, Araoyimbo Idowu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Sunday.


Idowu said that UNFPAw would conduct the tests in collaboration with an NGO, Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme.


He said the fund would organise an awareness campaign tagged “Wise Up Cross River” on a daily basis throughout the one month carnival.


Idowu said: “There is going to be some demonstration by youths and various stakeholders during the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.


“In the course of the campaign, there will be various activities including one-on-one counseling, music, graphic designs, tattoo inscription and games.


“Also, many young volunteers and other stakeholders will be on stage to entertain people each day at the condom zone.”


The programme officer said that the campaign was aimed at sensitising the youths on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and the need for safe sex.


Idowu said that the programme would also bring together commercial sex workers, students’ organisations and those already living with the virus, to share knowledge on the disease.


He said that the organisation would mobilise youths from the 18 local government areas in the state to participate in the programme.


Idowu also said that condoms would be distributed free during the month-long campaign.


According to him, the UNPF decided to bring the campaign to the carnival because of its popularity and mass participation.

5000 Fresh Ghost Workers Uncovered In Fed. Civil Service- FG

Vice President Yemi Osibajo has disclosed that an additional 5,000 ghost workers have been uncovered in the on-going daily audit of workers in the Federal civil service.

This is apart from the about 35,000 ghost workers earlier unearthed following the full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy by the federal government.

Osibajo who disclosed this at the 80th Tabieorar festival of the Church of the Lord Prayer Fellowship worldwide held at Mount Tabieorar Ground , Ogere Remo along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway lamented that salaries collected by ghost workers on a monthly basis ran into billions of Naira that could have been profitably used for the public good.The Vice President who was represented at the event by Aso Rock Chaplain, Seyi Malomo said despite inheriting a badly damaged economy, the present administration has begun moves to tackle the challenges and return the country to a glorious path.

Osibajo said what the presidency has done is re-laying the foundation to take Nigeria back to glory.

Besides, he disclosed that government has diversified the economy focusing more on agriculture.

This initiative according to the Vice President would address the unemployment situation among the teeming youths.

He said, “we are gradually diversifying the economy by exploring alternative revenue options particularly in the solid and natural mineral sector of the economy . Recently, we untied the legal knot that had kept a major economic sector comatose for years. As a result, we should see results from resuscitation of Nigerian Iron Mining Company , Itakpe, and the Ajaokuta Steel , Kogi “, he said.

He further appealed to Nigerians to endure the current challenges assuring that there would be full restoration soon.

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20 Women Traders Injured As 5,000 Protest Over Ejection

At least 5,000 ejected traders, mostly women who deal in perishables, yesterday, protested their ejection along St. Jude/Silas Works Axis Fegge, Onitsha, and in the process, about  20 of them sustained injuries.
The protesting women alleged ejection from their market places by agents of the Anambra State government.
They said that they would not continue to be pushed around  and threatened to relocate to Delta state.
Reacting, the patron of the traders, Chief Linus Odiogbu expressed surprise that security operatives could eject them from the market at Fegge after being ejected earlier from Coca-Cola axis along the Onitsha/Asaba Expressway.
He said; “In the early morning of today (yesterday) at about 3.00am, the police, Ocha Brigade and other security outfits stormed our market and when we came, they started shooting guns at us and we started running away; and, on the process, about 20 of the women sustained injuries”
“We are protesting the attack on us and, as it is, we have relocated now to Oko, Delta State, since Anambra State does not want us. Delta State people want us and we say bye to Anambra State,” he stated.
Mrs. Ifeoma Ochonma, woman leader in the market, said; “I was injured by the security operatives  who were shooting sporadically. The agents of the state government have continued to eject us from Coca Cola axis to St. Jude/Silas, telling us that, this time, we have to relocate to Power Mike axis along Atani road.
“Since they do not want us in Anambra State, we have relocated to Delta State to sell our perishables that include; onions, plantain, cucumber, water melon, oranges, corns amongst others”.

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5,000 Rice Farmers To Benefit From CBN Anchor Borrower Programme In Kogi

No fewer than 5, 000 registered rice farmers in Kogi will benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) anchor borrower programme.

The state’s Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Mrs Rabi Emaiku, made this known in a town hall meeting of Rice Value Chain Farmers and stakeholders on Friday in Lokoja.

Emaiku said that over 5,000 farmers in the state had registered and completed the necessary documentations required by the CBN to qualify them to access the rice fund.

Emaiku urged stakeholders involved in rice production to harmonise ways to boost and ensure adequate rice production in the state.

She advised farmers in the state to make good use of the opportunity provided them by the Federal Government through the CBN to boost production.

“Our associations are ready to give our trust and support to the CBN, Federal and State governments, and all other stakeholders to ensure the success of the programme in Kogi,” she said.

The chairman also commended the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for his efforts and total support to farmers in making the programme a reality in Kogi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state governor was represented at the meeting by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Tim Dichie.

The governor restated the strong commitment of the state government in making sure that food security is given priority attention in the state.

The CBN representative, Mr Idris Usman, who is the Head of Development Finance Office of CBN, Lokoja, said he was there to witness the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would be signed by all stakeholders for onward transmission to the CBN for implementation.

Usman noted that 50 per cent guarantee of any amount agreed on in the meeting would be taken over by the CBN, while 40 per cent by State Government and 5 to 10 per cent by individual participants.

The stakeholders present at the meeting includes; CBN, ADP, UNDP, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, RIFAN, Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture, Off takers from Kano, Edo and Anambra States.

Others are Seed Suppliers, Tractorization Company, Sterling Bank, AFAN, SWOFON, KSARPFUL and various farmers’ associations in the state.

Credit: NAN


5,000 NSCDC Men Deployed To IDPs Camps In North-East

The Ministry of Interior has approved the deployment of 5, 000 personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to secure the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the North East and to also carry out other national assignment as may be required. The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, lauded the gesture, affirming that the 5000 corps personnel had been trained and mobilised to protect the IDP camps and the areas liberated by the military from insurgents .

According to him, the corps personnel were trained in Kachia by the military on counter terrorism, while 35,000 personnel were also trained on arms handling to position them to carry out security functions appropriately. The CG said the Command and Control Centre of the NSCDC had approved activities in the areas where there are petroleum facilities in the South South region. According to him, the facilities are given full monitoring which had enabled the centre to relay emergencies to field officers.

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Boko Haram: NEMA Evacuates 5,000 From Dikwa

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said it had evacuated 5,000 starved persons from liberated interland communities in Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA), Borno.

NEMA North East Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, disclosed this to newsmen in Maiduguri.

Kanar said those evacuated were mainly children, women and elderly, who were freed in the recent military operation in the area.

“The people evacuated were virtually imprisoned in their communities as the routes were blocked by members of the insurgents, who captured major towns of Dikwa and Ngala local government areas.

“They were living on small rations as they were compelled to depend on their livestock and farm produce without freedom to trading and commerce with the rest of the world during the occupation,” he said.

He said those evacuated were camped at Sanda Kyarimi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Maiduguri, for proper care.

“Some of affected persons, who spoke to officials of NEMA, said they had not eaten for about three days and had to trek long distances to get to Dikwa, Headquarters of Dikwa LGA,” Kanar said.

Credit: NAN