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Governor Ortom Confirms Receipt Of N14.9Bn Paris Club Refunds

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Governor Ortom Confirms Receipt Of N14.9Bn Paris Club Refunds

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has confirmed the receipt of N14.9 billion, being the last tranche of the Paris Club Refunds from the Federal Government.

Mr Terver Akase, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), stated this in a statement on Thursday in Makurdi.

Akase said that 80 per cent of the funds would be committed to payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.

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According to him, Ortom has set up a committee, headed by Deputy Governor Benson Abounu, to work out modalities for immediate disbursement of the funds.

He said the other members of the committee were; the Head of Service, Commissioner for Finance, Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Adviser on Labour Matters.

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Others are Chairmen of Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Nigerian Union of Pensioners Benue State chapters.

He explained that the decision to involve other stakeholders in the disbursement of the funds was to ensure transparency and accountability.

He explained that Ortom had also made public the other refunds from the club that were received by the state.

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“It will be recalled that the Governor similarly made public the receipt and disbursement of the N12.7 billion first tranche and N6.4 billion second tranche of the Paris Club refunds respectively.”

Workers in the state are being owed between 6 and 12 months salaries.

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Leah Sharibu’s Father Reacts To Report Of Daughter’s Alleged Child Birth

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Leah Sharibu’s Father Reacts To News Of Daughter’s Alleged Child Birth In Boko Haram Captivity

There are reports that Leah Sharibu, the abducted Daptchi school girl has given birth to a child after being converted to Islam and married off to a Boko Haram commander.

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Reacting to the report, Nathan Sharibu, Leah’s father, said his main interest was in his daughter’s return to him alive.

Sharibu said in a television interview, he would rather not comment on the report about his daughter, so he would not give credence to rumors.

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Leah Sharibu was abducted by Boko Haram from the government girls’ science and technical college, Daptchi in Yobe State in February 2018.

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FRSC Cautions Motorists Against Giving Bribes To Its Personnel

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Oyo State Command, is cautioning motorists against giving bribes to its personnel.

Sector commander, Uche Chukwura says people should follow bribe-demanding corps officials to the FRSC office.

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Chukwura warned corps officers and others to refrain from taking bribes from motorists.  She said offending corps personnel risk losing their jobs.

The FRSC boss gave the warning on Sunday during a thanksgiving service organized by the corps at a church in Ibadan.

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Buhari Orders Airstrikes On Bandits, Kidnappers

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Buhari Orders Airstrikes On Bandits, Kidnappers

Nigerian Air Force officials have assured president Muhammadu Buhari of increasing the offensive against bandits, kidnappers and cattle herdsmen, who have been wreaking havoc, in remote communities around Dogin Gona forest in Niger State.

The president says the repeated attacks are a disaster for the country.  In a statement on Sunday, the president said he had authorized the deployment of air power, to back up troops and policemen that are in what he called “the difficult terrain.”

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He said this will help them in engaging the attackers, operating in the forest area, that borders Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara states.

The statement says the Nigerian Air Force is setting up refueling facilities in Minna, Niger State, to ensure proper support for the aircraft operations.

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The air force says improved harmattan weather will enhance visibility and enable it to launch attacks soon.

President Buhari has assured the communities, who have been experiencing constant attacks, that the country will not abandon them.

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