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Shoe Polish Donation: Drama As Governor Shettima Queries Commissioner For Embarrassing Govt

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Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, has queried his Commissioner for Higher Education and aspirant for the House of Representatives in 2019, Usman Jaha (Babawo) for distributing shoe polish and other items to youth in Gwoza as part of his welfare programme, The Guardian reports.

Photos of the donation went viral in the social media since Wednesday with most commentators ascribing it to the governor. Shoe polishing is one of the popular menial jobs many unemployed and out-of-school young people, especially in the north, take to.

Shettima, who felt angered by the donation, chided the official for embarrassing not only himself but the administration, a government official familiar with the development told newsmen yesterday.


“The governor reminded the commissioner that his own ministry has so far facilitated the approval of foreign universities scholarships to more than 300 Borno youth amongst them almost 100 ladies studying medicine abroad as part of the governor’s ‘standard’ in human resource development.

“The governor also reminded the commissioner that his ministry is the one building Borno’s first state university after 41 years of the state’s creation and therefore wondered why on earth the commissioner, who is a degree holder and has been visiting Borno students abroad, chose to distribute shoe polish as part of his own understanding of human capacity development for youths in Gwoza,” the official told journalists.

The governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, declined to comment for the story as he was on leave. However, the commissioner issued a clarification explaining that the programme was his personal intervention based on the request from the beneficiaries.

“The programme is my personal effort and it is based on the peculiar needs of the beneficiaries in Gwoza. All communities have their needs and these needs change from time to time. In my years as a politician, who served at the Borno State Assembly before becoming a Commissioner, I have always interacted with constituents before making any welfare intervention.”

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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt

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Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed
Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.

An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.

According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.

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Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.

He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.

He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.

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Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin

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Funke Olakunrin’s killers

The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.

Also Read: BREAKING: Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin Arrested – Police

They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.

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Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order

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The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.

The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.

Also Read: Lagos Hospital Shuts Down As Two Staff Test Positive For COVID-19

In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.

He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.

He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.

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