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4 Mar 2017:News


The Goemai people of Plateau state today officially installed a new traditional ruler, the Long Goemai His Majesty,Miskom Martins Shaldas lll. Martins Shaldas is the younger brother of the late Long-Goemai, Miskoom Hubert Shaldas II who died last year. Until his selection as the Long-Goemai, Martins Shaldas was a senior civil servant with the Plateau State Government.

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has pledged the state government’s readiness to partner with corporate organisations to boost its sports and tourism sectors. Lalong said this on Sunday in Jos at the closing ceremony of the maiden golf tournament of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC). The governor said the two sectors had the potential to engage many youths and generate income for both the individual and the state. Advertisement

He however pointed out that government alone would find it difficult to effectively develop sports and tourism.

JEDC has set the pace for other companies to follow. We cannot continue to patronise companies without them (the companies) giving back to the society.

“I think the company studied my psychology and started with golf because they know that with golf I will be available. “I urge them to go into areas like education and others and I want other companies to emulate them,” Lalong urged.

The governor who was one of the players in the tournament expressed satisfaction with the calibre of golfers who turned out to participate. He said the state government would continue to provide the enabling environment for companies to invest in the state. Lalong promised to make Rayfield Golf Course the centre of attraction for all golfers in the country and called on companies and individuals to assist him to make the course green.

Jirbo Verr, JEDC Executive Director Marketing, said the two-day tournament was one of the ways the company gives back to the society. Verr said the company, apart from distributing electricity, also tries to boost socio-economic activities in their area of operations. “We do more of these socio-economic activities which will have direct impact on the lives of the customers and the public in general.” The executive director said the company would continue to do its best to ensure that customers enjoy the services of the company. He, however, said the issue of poor power supply was a national problem which was beyond the powers of the company. Verr said golfers who participated in the tournament were from the four states of the company’s coverage, such as Plateau, Benue, Bauchi and Gombe states.

Danjuma Auta, Captain of Rayfield Golf Course 1913, appreciated JEDC for staging the tournament at the oldest golf course in Nigeria. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Raphael Rwang emerged overall winner, after scoring 142 gross over 36 holes for a level par finish. NAN also reports that the winner went home with a 42-inch plasma television, a trophy and prepaid meter.

05/3/2017 8:00 am

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The Emir of Bukkuyum in Zamfara, Alhaji Muhammadu Usman, has said that over 300 children died as a result of lead poisoning at Yar-Galma village of Bukkuyum Local Government Area of the state.

The emir made the disclosure on Friday at Yar-Galma during the inauguration of a solar-powered borehole, drilled by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF).Usman commended the foundation for initiating the project.

The traditional ruler lamented that lead poisoning had adversely affected several communities in the area appealed to government and other NGOs to emulate the foundation.

The Chairman of the foundation, retired Justice Mamman Nasir, said the project was provided through the foundation’s Health Intervention Programme.

Nasir further said it was designed to provide safe and potable water free from lead poison and other dissolved metallic contaminants in the community.

Malam Umar Shuaibu after the ceremony said that he lost his five-year-old daughter to lead poison two years ago.

Shuaibu said the project would go a long way in saving many lives in the community.

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust and has some beneficial uses but can also be toxic to humans and animals, thus causing health effects.

Lead can be found in all parts of the environment such as through the air, soil, water and homes while exposure to lead comes from human activities such as the use of fossil fuels, industrial facilities, lead-based paint in homes among others.

04/3/2017 12:00 am


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OMG this is like the most touching piece I have read in a while. In a short interview with Punch, Skales spoke about how being poor made him deny his mother and the ‘hell’ they went through shortly after his father abandoned them.

In fact here is how the news medium reports. Btw, it’s all smiles now as Skales already built a house for his mom back home.

“My father left us when I was really young; I do not even know how he looks like. My mother and I used to sleep in a shopping complex at a time. I am talking about during my primary and secondary school days in Kaduna. Then, the only hope for me was music.

At some point, I told my mother I wanted to work and support her. I was chased out of school because I did not pay school fees. I had to steal school uniform because mine was bad and I would tell my mother I saved money for it.
“Also, my mother would go to my friends’ houses to do their laundry, which was embarrassing to me. I had to deny my mother. I also did not let my friends know where I lived because most of them were children of politicians. When I told my mother I was moving to Lagos, she asked me to finish my university education in Kaduna.

But I convinced her I could cope. From Kaduna to Lagos, I got a free ride and the first place I stayed was Orile (Lagos). I lied to the person that gave me free ride that I would stay with him for a couple of days and it turned to months. He later started a label with some friends; they knew some people but it was not easy.”

Meanwhile, the singer who was rumoured to have fathered a child out of wedlock used the opportunity to deny the claims. In his words, he said that he does not have a baby mama and does not plan on having a child till he is married.

He hinted that he plans to get married in the next ten years.

He said, “No, I do not have any baby mama. I do not live a reckless life. I am a lover boy, I stick to a woman. But now, I am more focused on how to take my career to the next level. Everybody knows I am a very cool person.

I just wake up and see stories I do not know about. There was a time I woke up and heard that a lady was pregnant for me. But the person did not show herself even when we sent out messages to the source.

4/3/2017 2:43 PM

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