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Borno HoS pledges to entrench discipline in civil service



Gov. Babagana Zulum

(Photo: Gov. Babagana Zulum)

The new Borno Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Mallam Fannami, on Friday said he would inculcate and entrench discipline in the state civil service.

Fannami said this in Maiduguri shortly after he was sworn-in as the state substantive Head of Service.

He said that this would be achieved through re-orientation awareness campaign, reward and punishment system in the civil service.

According to him, this can be achieved by rewarding outstanding performances to motivate others and punishing erring members of staff to serve as deterrence to others.

Fannami, who thanked Gov. Babagana Zulum over his appointment, also pledged that he would invigorate the service.

“Your Excellency, I humbly wish to state here that I fully recognise the daunting challenges ahead, especially the depletion in the number of employees on daily basis due to massive compulsory retirements on grounds of age and service year.

“Also, the complete absent of some critical class and generation of civil servants due to retirements confounded by the long break in recruitment of civil servants in the state.

“We shall pay greater attention to training and retraining of all categories of civil servants including computer training to improve on our human capital for quality service delivery.

“We shall identify genuine vacancies especially in the administrative and some technical areas and refer same to the Civil Service Commission and the government for possible recruitment,” Fannami said.

Also sworn-in at the ceremony by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kashim Zannah, were Malam Isa Gusau and Retired Brig. Gen. Abdullahi Ishaq as the Special Adviser to Gov. Zulum on Media/Strategy and Security respectively.

Others are Mr Haruna Hassan as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Governor of Borno and the newly appointed Caretaker Committee chairmen for the 27 LGAs of Borno.

The governor, who was represented by Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, tasked all the new appointees to reciprocate the gesture by living up to expectations.


Stakeholders appeal for justice in Ogoniland



Stakeholders in the environment sector on Sunday in Abuja appealed for justice in Ogoniland to alleviate the plight of the people of the area.

Mr Michael David, the Executive Secretary of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), an NGO said this at a workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Afrika Vuka Volunteers in Nigeria.

This is a build up to power up global day of action #PowerUpOgoni.

The Power up for Climate Solutions action would take place by Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.

“We are to promote the injustices happening in Ogoniland. I have been there, I can feel what the people of Ogoniland are passing through.

“Their water and farmlands are covered with oil, it is very sad. This should not be happening.

“I’m not sure we can proclaim the land in Ogoni, the level of pollution is indescribable,” David said.

He assured that the actions revealing the injustices in Ogoniland would be carried out in Ogoni and Abuja.

“We want to call the world’s attention to what is happening in Ogoniland.
They can’t farm, fish or drink clean and safe water,” David said.

He said that Karen community in Ogoniland never knew what electricity is like since existence.

“We shall carry out the action in Karen community in Ogoniland where we shall provide street lights for the market women only.

“We want to do a massive photo exhibition in Abuja of all the injustices in Ogoniland from 2018 till Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) came into inception.

“Vuka is a Zulu word from South Africa and it means rise up or in Swahili it means awaken so the came up with this campaign to say Africa wake up. We also intend to have a group tagged Nigeria wake up,” David said.

He appealed to stakeholders that are into climate advocacy to partner to fight against climate injustices in the country and also appealed for increased budgetary provisions for key agencies in the fight against climate injustices.

NAN reports that is a group campaigning against fossil fuels, and the promotion of renewable energy and has also been in partnership with GIFSEP to build up global day of action #PowerUpOgoni.

Rukiya Khamis, a representative from said that the group is a platform for climate advocacy and justice and urged stakeholders to take the message #PowerUpOgoni across the world.

Khamis said that the group uses grassroots organising to run locally-driven campaigns in every corner of the globe.

“The climate crisis is about power — but not just the kind of power that keeps the lights on.

“We believe that the only way we’ll see meaningful action on climate change is if we can counter the power of the fossil fuel industry with the power of people taking collective action.

“We use online tools to connect that power, help those people see themselves as one movement, and to facilitate public actions,” she said.
(NAN) (

Edited by Razak Owolabi

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LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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