GOVERNOR Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State on Friday swore in new High Court judges and Sharia Court khadis following recommendations by the National Judicial Council.
At Government House, Damaturu, venue of the ceremony, Gaidam stressed that the state’s administration will continue to support the judiciary through the provision of welfare packages.
The new officers include Lawu Lawan and Abubakar Alhaji Mohammed (High Court) and Babagana Mahdi, Abba Mammadi and Hafiz Tahir (Sharia Court).
Admonishing them, the governor said: “You need not be reminded that the appointments are sensitive and full of challenges. I enjoin you to rededicate ourselves and be more committed to the discharge of your responsibilities.”
In another development, Gaidam also inaugurated the state’s Boundary Committee, a body responsible for promoting and sustaining mutual relationships among border communities within the state and neighbouring Borno, Jigawa and Gombe States.
Diamond Bank Disburses N34b To Entrepreneurs
From Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
THE Management of Diamond Bank Plc has disbursed the sum of 34b to entrepreneurs in the North West geo-political zone in a bid to encouraging Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSEs).
Regional Manager, Alhaji Mohammed Tsaibu, who disclosed this during an interaction with customers in Kaduna, said the sum was provided to small-scale businesses in the last four years with a view to encouraging operators develop the sector.
Tsaibu disclosed the bank’s willingness to disburse more funds to entrepreneurs in the sector as an ongoing exercise.
He, however, expressed disappointment at the low contribution of the sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) saying: “The contribution of the SMS to the GDP is 30 per cent, which is below average and what is expected of the sector.”
NYSC To Partner State On Skill Acquisition
From Charles Coffie Gyamfi, Abeokuta
THE National Youth Service Corps in Ogun State has begun efforts to develop a blueprint for empowering corps members with vocational skills during and after their service year.
The State Coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Isioma, who spoke in Abeokuta during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi, at the weekend, explained that her establishment intends to achieve the feat in collaboration with the Ministry.
Isioma, who had just been redeployed to the state, stated that her visit is to kick start the “collaboration process”, pointing out that she intends to exchange ideas with the Ministry, particularly on the newly created Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development unit of the scheme in the state.
Ekiti Declares June 12 Public Holiday
THE government of Ekiti State has declared Tuesday, June 12 a public holiday to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola.
According to a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, the holiday is in line with the decision of the Kayode Fayemi-led administration to accord the June 12 election a right place in the political development history of the country.
The statement noted that the seed that germinated into the current democratic dispensation in the country was sown and watered by the annulledJune 12 presidential election.
The statement urged citizens to continue to work towards the socio, economic and political advancement of the country in general and Ekiti State in particular.
Activities to mark the day include a public lecture, media chat and Democracy Walk to be led by the governor.
DANA Air To Assist Deceased’s Families
THE management of DANA Air has issued a statement expressing “deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased” and promising to do “everything” it can “to assist them.”
Chief Executive Officer, Jacky Hathiramani, said: “The Dana Air family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the passengers and crew of Flight 9J-922 of Sunday, June 3, 2012. The aircraft, with Registration Number 5N-RAM, departed Abuja for Lagos with 146 passengers onboard. One Dana Air Flight Engineer, two pilots and four cabin crew were also aboard the flight.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time.
“A 24-hour Call Centre service has been initiated and we have also set up an information center at MMA2 to look after their needs and keep them as quickly informed as possible. Contact Numbers: 01-2809888 and 07003593262. .
“An investigation into the cause of the accident got under way immediately, under the guidance of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who are being assisted by investigators from the U.S. National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB).
“Dana Air is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
“In accordance with international protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all information about the investigation will come from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
“Dana Air will however provide information relating to the flight itself and updates on steps being taken.
“Once again, we at Dana Air extend our profoundest condolences.”
Edo Polls: Students Plan Rally Against Electoral Fraud
From Eno-Abasi Sunday, Benin
THE National Association of Niger Delta Students (NANDS) says it has perfected plans to stage a rally to sensitise indigenes on the need to shun violence and electoral malpractice during the state’s July 14 gubernatorial election.
This was disclosed hours after aggrieved Ijaw youths from Gelegele, Ovia North East council area, threatened to boycott the election and block all access routes to the riverine community following a Friday ultimatum on the alleged extra-judicial killing of one of their members, Aghadi Donyegha. .
According to the students, the objective of the workshop/rally slated for June 22, is to sensitise Edo State on the need to eradicate all forms of electoral malpractices during the forthcoming governorship election.
A press release endorsed by the National President of NANDS, Comrade Annie Anthony, added that the event would mobilise young people to form a vanguard against fraud, create awareness on adverse effects of political violence and redirect the focus of Nigerian students to real issues and challenges facing electioneering in the country.