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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Nigerian Government Set Aside .6 Billion Naira for Political Parties

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Friday, April 28, 2006

WAR IN CHAD

13/04/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM FIGHTING

Heavy fighting has subsided in Chad’s Capital between Government troops and rebels trying to overthrow the President.

Speaking on the Radio, President Idirs Deby said Government forces had destroyed a small rebel column that attempted to enter the Capital.

He said that Government troops were in complete control of N’Djamena.

Mr. Deby who said he was taking from the Presidential Palace in the Capital, said elections scheduled for early next month would go ahead as planned.

Foreigners have been rushing to Muster Points in the city from where they can be evacuated.

French troops have also taken up positions in the Capital.

BBC: IBRAHIM/ZOAKA JOY 9

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Conflict in Sudan's Darfur Forced Render 50,000 people Homeless

31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM EDUCATION

The nine year Basic Education Curriculum in Nigerian Schools is to take-off in September this year.

Already, arrangements have been concluded for the exercise which is aimed at formulating developmental policies that would move basic education forward.

Under the curriculum of study, primary one to six education would be abolished and in its place would be a three year Lower Basic Education, Middle Basic Education which would also last three years while the Upper Basic Education would replace the current Junior Secondary School year one to three.

Speaking at the fourth high level Committee meeting on the programme, The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Professor Gods-will Obioma said the study of at least one Nigerian language and French will now become compulsory from the lower to upper level.

He explained that the curriculum structure has been completed and would be sent to team of experts for criticism after which it would go the Federal Government.

RE-WRITE ZOAKA JOY 13









31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM BOXING



And Now Sports………………………………..



Nigeria is to host the fifth International Military Boxing Tournament with fourteen West African Countries participating.

A statement, the Acting Director of Defence Information, Defence Headquarters, Group Captain Eniola Akinduro said the event would hold from Monday to Friday next week.

Group Captain Akinduro said the event would hold at the Command Guest House and Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment, both at Asokoro in Abuja.

He described the Boxing Tournament as the second largest Military Sports, adding that it commenced in 1948 to promote unity and peace amongst members of the armed forces of the world through sports.

NAN: ZOAKA JOY 8




31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM DARFUR

Conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has forced fifty thousand people from their homes since the beginning of this year.

The International Organisation for Migration said this was the highest quarterly figure in three years.

It warned the level of violence in Darfur had not lessened since fighting began in 2003, and was putting many areas beyond the reach of aid agencies.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died in the Darfur conflict, with more than one point five million made homeless.

An African Union peace force, which currently comprises seven thousand troops, has been in place for three years.

Earlier this week, Arab Leaders agreed to pay for the AU peacekeeping force in Darfur from October this year, when its current funding runs out.

BBC: ZOAKA JOY 8


31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM T/RULERS

A Traditional Ruler in Kogi State, Malam Mohammed Otaru, has advocated for Constitutional roles for traditional rulers to make them more relevant to the Nation's Governance.

Mallam Otaru, the Adogu of Eganyi in Kogi Central Senatorial District, made the call when officials of the Federal Information Centre and National Orientation Agency visited him.

He stressed that the present situation in which Traditional Rulers had no constitutionally defined roles was not ideal.

According to him, if given the legal backing, Traditional Rulers have the potential to affect the socio-economic and political life of the country positively.

INTET/TRIU: ZOAKA JOY 7



31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM KATSINA

Katsina State Government says it does not owe its workforce any entitlements.

The Head of Service, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdallah announced this at the opening ceremony of the North-West Zonal Meeting of Medical and Health Workers Union in Katsina.

Alhaji Abdallah explained that Government had recently paid twelve point five per cent salary increase to all civil servants.

Alhaji Abdallah who spoke through the Permanent Secretary Establishment, Alhaji Umar Isah Mani told the meeting that Government has introduced welfare packages to its employees.

The Head of Service said Government has also provided motor vehicles loans and grants as refurbishing loans to civil servants.

Earlier speaking, State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Tanimu Lawal had called on the State Government to grant automatic employment to the graduates of the Schools of Health Technology, Kankia and Daura to effectively carter and cope with large number of patients.

INTET/TRIU: ZOAKA JOY 12


31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM COMMANDER

Chad's Senior Army Commander General, Abakar Itno has been killed in fighting with rebels on its border with Sudan.

Army officials say the General, a nephew of Chad's President Idriss Deby died of injuries he sustained in clashes in the South of the border town of Adre.

Aid officials say the fighting involved about one thousand men on each side.

According to sources, the General caught without communications gadget was surprised by the rebels who seriously wounded him.

INTET/BBC: ZOAKA JOY 5






31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM BUDGET

The President of the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Ademola Ajayi has urged the Federal Government to maintain a balanced budget in 2006.

Speaking at a 2006 Federal Budget Workshop in Lagos, Dr. Ajayi said a balanced Budget would save the Nation the huge cost of domestic debt servicing estimated at two hundred and twenty billion naira this year.

He said another area of concern was the effective implementation of the 2006 budget, noting that over the years, the record of budget implementation had not been impressive.

Dr. Ajayi commended the introduction of expenditure tracking and monitoring system, stressing that it would make Government at all levels accountable for the resources at their disposal.

NAN: OKOMA/ZOAKA JOY 9


31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM WORLD BANK

The World Bank has approved a thirty-seven billion dollar debt relief package for poor Countries including Africa.

The President, Mr. Paul Wolfwitz said the debt relief package would help poor Countries meet an International agreed set of development goals.

H explained that the approval brings to an end tough negotiation among the World Bank’s biggest donors over how to fund future loans by the International Development Association.

The President of the World Bank said the cancellation would begin on the first of July and would cover debt service payments of seventeen Countries to the World.

NAN: OKOMA/ZOAKA JOY 7




31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM BIRD-FLU

The Federal Government has concluded the computation of funds to be disbursed as relief to poultry farmers in three States whose birds were culled to prevent the spread of Bird-Flu.

The farmers are from Bauchi, Nasarawa, Katsina and those in Kano who did not benefit from the relief distributed early this month.

About thirty-seven point three million naira would be paid to over five hundred and thirty poultry farmers in the four States.

In the meantime, the National Veterinary Research Institute-VOM, Plateau State is set to offer diagnostic services to neighbouring Countries.

A statement from the Government’s Avian Flu Crisis Management Center, Abuja said Reference Laboratory would open its doors to other African Countries.

INTET/TRIU: ZOAKA JOY 10


31/03/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM FERTILIZER

President Olusegun Obasanjo says African farmers must have access and adequate supply of fertilizer and other farm inputs if the Continent is to achieve self sufficiency in food productions.

The President stated this at a meeting on Africa Fertilizer Summit at Rockefeller Foundation in United States of America.

He described the farming practices in Africa as very serious and almost embarrassing.

President Obasanjo said what the Continent required desperately was a Green Revolution, since more than seventy per cent of Africa’s Population was directly engaged in agriculture.

He however lamented that our farmers have benefited little for their toil with the absence of improve crop varieties that respond to key inputs, especially fertilizer.

President Obasanjo said, although it was incumbent for Africa to redouble efforts towards food production given its population growth rate that should be done in a sustainable way through increased agricultural productivity.

He said the Africa fertilizer Summit is to build consensus around key issues constraining fertilizer use in Africa and to agree on a strategy to move forward.

NAN: IBRAHIM/ZOAKA JOY 13

29/03/06 Eclipse Hits, Nigeria’s Forest reserve may disappear by 2020

29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM FOREST

Nigeria’s Forest reserve may disappear by the year 2020 unless the deforestation rate is checked.

The Director-General National Space Research and Development Agency, Professor Robert Boroffice, who gave the warning, said though no accurate figures were available, estimates puts the rate of tropical forest destruction at around fifteen point four million hectares per year.

He added that according to the FAO reports, the value of forest loss in Nigeria was now estimated at seven hundred and fifty million dollars annually.

Professor Robert pointed out that from the above report and data, it was obvious that if nothing is done urgently our forest may disappear soon.

According to him, the major problem with forestry management in Nigeria is the lack of geo-spatial database to provide a reliable means for adequate and regular monitoring of forest estate.

INTET/TRU: ZOAKA JOY 10



29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM FORUM

A new forum, Katsina State Elders Forum has been inaugurated with former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari as its interim Chairman.

A one-time Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita was appointed as Deputy Chairman, former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie as Secretary-General, while Alhaji Bala Aliyu Kuki is to serve as Liaison Officer of the Forum.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its first meeting, held in Katsina, members of the Forum which also comprises members of National Assembly from the State unanimously reject and resolved to oppose any Amendment of the 1999 Constitution before the election of 2007.

The communiqué resolved to fight constitutionally and within the rule of law, the right and interest of Katsina State and North in general.

The Forum noted the irregularity, impropriety, immorality and the unconstitutionality associated with the recent public hearing on the Amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

INTET/TRIU: ZOAKA JOY 13



29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM ACCORD

Mali and Burkina Faso have signed a Military Co-operation Agreement aimed at strengthening exchange between their armed forces.

The accord, signed by Malian Defence Minister, Mamadou Clazie Cissouma and his Burkina Faso counterpart, Yero Bolly, in Bamako states that the two sides would co-operate in personnel training and information sharing.

They also agreed to render technical assistance, as well as the formation of joint missions for security purposes.

NAN: ZOAKA JOY 6

29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM ECLIPSE

Thousands of Nigerians, including Foreign Tourists today witnessed the total and partial Solar Eclipse.

Reports from various parts of the Country says a cross section of Nigerians gathered in open fields and spaces to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, using special filter goggles.

Residents, who viewed the partial eclipse of the sun, expressed gratitude to God for giving them the opportunity to experience the natural phenomenon.


Others were seen praying and exchanging views on the eclipse and other Worldly issues, which they said called for prayers and sober reflections.

Reports from the affected States indicated that everything was normal, as people went about their businesses devoid of panic and disturbances.

Solar eclipse occurs when the moon is caught in between the sun and the earth, while each of them moves along their fixed paths.

All States within the Southwest and Northwest zones of the Country experienced total blackout.

The eclipse, started at about nine-thirty in the morning Nigerian time and lasted up to eleven within the Nigerian territory.

NAN: ZOAKA JOY 13



29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM SUMMIT

The eighteenth Arab Summit has ended in the Sudanese Capital of Khartoum adopting the Khartoum declaration.

The declaration reiterated Arab League's adherence to Arab Peace Initiative adopted at its Beirut Summit in 2002, insisting that the Arab-Israeli conflict should be settled on the basis of the initiative.

On Iraqi issue, the declaration called again for the respect of Iraq's Sovereignty, Independence and Freedom.

The Arab Leaders also promised to supply financial aid to the African Union, AU's Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur if the AU decided to prolong its mandate after its expiry on September this year.

NAN: ZOAKA JOY 7


29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM FIRE

At least one life was lost and one hundred and fifty humans burnt following a fire outbreak at Anguwan Bala Maituwon Wake Maskawa in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Several heads of cattle, food items especially grains, bicycles and grinding machines were gutted by the fire.

Confirming the incident, the Ward Head, Alhaji Yunusa Abubakar explained that the fire outbreak has placed considerable hardship to the inhabitants of the village.

Reports from Saminaka says, the Chairman Lere Local Government Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Lawal Nuhu has since paid his sympathy visit and made a personal donation of twenty thousand naira.

In the meantime, the State Emergency Management Agency from Kaduna has paid an assessment visit to the village.

INF/KAD: ZOAKA JOY 8



29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM FULANIS

Reports from Kumana Chiefdom of Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, say Fulani’s in the area were not counted during the just-concluded National Census.

The Makaman Hakimin Kono, Mallam Danlami Makama told our reporter in Kaduna that the Census was a failure in Kono District.

He has therefore called on the Government to take note of this great lapse.

Mallam Danlami Makama also called on the Government to control cattle diseases affecting the area.

COV: ZOAKA JOY 6


29/03/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM MEDIA

The Arewa Media Forum has condemned the undue interference in the management of the New Nigerian Newspapers.

At a meeting summoned to deliberate on the disturbing events unfolding at the Company which led to the suspension of the Editor, Mahmud Jega, the Forum find the flimsy excuses for the disciplinary action as “unacceptable”.

The Media Forum explained that the promotion of Mallam Mahmud Jega as General-Manager (Special Duties) was an attempt to disguise Government’s ill-advised interference with the Newspaper’s Editorial judgment.

In a release signed by the Chairman, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, the Forum reminded those in power that the Company is a news medium funded with tax payers money and therefore must be left to serve public interest.

It called on the Federal Government to make a categorical statement on the Company’s ownership which was supposed to have been transferred to its original owners – the Nineteen Northern States since last year.

The Forum suggested that in finalizing the transfer of ownership, the agreement should ensure that staff pension and other liabilities are transferred to the Federal Government.

RELEASE: ZOAKA JOY 16



29/03/06 HEADLINES AT 3: PM

Thousands of Nigerians, including Foreign Tourists today witnessed the total and partial Solar Eclipse.

The Katsina State Elders Forum has resolved to oppose any Amendment of the 1999 Constitution before 2007 election.

The value of forest loss in Nigeria is estimated at seven hundred and fifty million dollars annually.

The eighteenth Arab Summit has ended in Sudan adopting the Khartoum declaration.


NART HANNATU JOY
29/03/06 TAIL AT 3: PM

To end the news, the major points once again…………….

Thousands of Nigerians, including Foreign Tourists today witnessed the total and partial Solar Eclipse. Reports from various parts of the Country say Nigerians gathered in open fields and spaces to catch a glimpse of the eclipse, using special filter goggles.

The Katsina State Elders Forum has resolved to oppose any Amendment of the 1999 Constitution before 2007 election. In a communiqué issued in Katsina, the Forum also resolved to fight within the rule of law the interest of Katsina State and North in general.

The value of forest loss in Nigeria is estimated at seven hundred and fifty million dollars annually. Similarly, available estimates put the rate of tropical forest destruction at around fifteen point four million hectares per year.

The eighteenth Arab Summit has ended in the Sudanese Capital of Khartoum adopting the Khartoum declaration. The declaration reiterated Arab League's adherence to Arab Peace Initiative adopted at its Beirut Summit in 2002, insisting that the Arab-Israeli conflict should be settled on the basis of the initiative.

And that’s the news as edited by Danladi Zoaka
NART HANNATU JOY

13/02/06 Islam does not dDsapprove of Immunization - Islamic Cleric

13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM IMMUNIZATION

A renowned Kaduna based Islamic Scholar Sheikh Sanusi Gumbi has enjoined parents to disregard the negative impression being created about the National Immunization against polio.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony of the first round of this year’s immunization against polio in Ungwar Sarki, Sheik Sanusi Gumbi stressed that Islam does not disapprove the immunization or any other protective measures.

He therefore charged parents to allow their children to be immunized against the child deadly disease.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Kaduna North Local Government Council, Alhaji Shehu Ahmed who was represented by the Councillor for Health, Alhaji Yusuf Maikudi, expressed concern that despite efforts, six cases of polio victims have been discovered in the area.

He charged Traditional Rulers, Community and Religious Leaders as well as parents to support the effort of the Local and State Governments to eradicate the disease.

Earlier, the Head of Health Department of the Local Government, Alhaji Yusuf Abdulkareem Yakassai, stressed that adequate arrangement has been put in place to ensure the success of the on-going Immunization.

RELEASE: ZOAKA JOY 16


13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM GAMBARI

United Nations under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari say poverty, bad governance and corruption have affected Nigerians negatively.

He made the remark in Kano while delivering a lecture titled “Nigeria: The Challenge of Nation Building and External Relations” at the first Ado Bayero lecture series.

According to him, the International Community considers Nigeria’s myriad of problems to be self-induced, due to high level of corruption in the Country.

Professor Gambari said the Country’s population had ballooned from fifty-five million at independence to nearly one hundred and thirty million stressing that the population explosion had compounded the Country’s problems.

He said in Nigeria today, many children go to bed hungry and most families subsist on less than one dollar a day and appealed to Government policy makers to put more efforts in fighting corruption.

INET/TRIUMPH: ZOAKA JOY 12


13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM QUIT

The All Nigerian People’s Party-ANPP Caucus in the House of Representatives is set to pull out of the Joint National Assembly Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution.

The Caucus alleged dictatorial tendencies by Chairman of the Review Committee, Senator Ibrahim Mantu on how the public hearings would be conducted as the major reason it would pull out of the Committee.

The Caucus also accused the Chairman of the Committee of appointing proponents of third term plan as Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Sub-Committees of the proposed public hearings.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, ANPP Leader in the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Sambuwal announced that the Caucus in the House of Representatives was liaising with its counterpart in the Senate to affect their withdrawal from the Constitutional Amendment Committee at the same time.

According to him, the Mantu Committee at its last meeting could not take any decision that was based on the collective opinion of all of them.

The Caucus proposed that the planned public hearing of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee should visit every State and Local Government.

It stated that the Caucus was not in support of the decision of Senator Mantu that the Committee should conduct the public hearings in zones.

INET/VANG: MARYAM/ZOAKA JOY 18


13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM SILOS

Contract worth two point five billion naira for the drilling of three thousand water silos across the twenty-seven Local Councils of Jigawa State have been awarded by the Government.

The project is aimed at providing sufficient water for domestic animals and irrigation scheme.

Commissioner of Rain Water Harvest, Alhaji Isa Adamu Matara said in Dutse that the construction of the silos would be carried out in the thirty constituencies of the State.

The Commissioner noted that the drilling of the underground base for the water silos would be completed within ten months.

According to Alhaji Matara explained that the water is being preserved for irrigation and drinking for both humans and animals.

INTET/TRIUMPH: MARYAM/ZOAKA JOY 9



13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM HAITIAN

A member of Haiti’s Election Council said results of the Presidential elections were being manipulated.

This echoed complaints by supporters of one of the aspirate who went on the street yesterday protesting.

With seventy-five percent of votes counted, Mr. Rene Preval was falling short of winning Tuesday’s elections outright by less than a percentage point.

The Electoral Member, Mr. Pierre Richard said there was a certain level of manipulation, adding that there was an effort to stop people from asking questions about the counting process.

INTET/MSNBC: ZOAKA JOY 9

13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM MURTALA

Speakers at a lecture organized in memory of late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed have described him as one of the greatest African Leader.

The lecture which was organized by the Centre for Democratic Research and Training Mambaya House Bayero University Kano has in attendance, some dignitaries and elites from diverse walks of life.

Delivering his paper at the lecture, the Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule described General Murtala Ramat Mohammed as God-fearing and the great achiever not only in Nigeria but Africa as whole.

He said General Murtala would forever be remembered as a patriot who live and die for the cause of the nation.

Also speaking on the occasion, Professor Aminu Jubir said although Murtala Mohammed was a Military man but he had laid foundation for the return of power to civilian.

In his contribution Profession Ali Mazrui said Murtala Mohammed was the first Nigerian leader who tackles corruption effectively.

MON/FRCN: DAUDA/ZOAKA JOY 13

13/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM HISBAH

The Kano State Government has filed a suit at the Supreme Court Abuja challenging the legality of the ban of its Hisbah Organization by the Federal Government.

In the suit, the Government wants the Supreme Court to declare that the two laws established the Hisbah Organization by the State House of Assembly are valid and operational.

The Kano State Government also promised the Court to grant an injunction restraining the defendants from arresting or intimidating any Hisbah official in the discharge of his lawful duties.

The suits also want an order directing the Federal Government to stop forthwith any interference in the implementation of the laws setting up the Hisbah and in particularly the arrest and prosecution of any official of Hisbah Organization.

To back the suit, the Kano State Government denied allegation of training Hisbah Members in any Foreign Nation and say it was calculated to being friction between it and the Federal Government.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

MON/FRCN: ZOAKA JOY 12


13/02/06 NAGARTA NWESCOPE 6: PM

This is Nagarta NEWSCOPE, Today Monday Thirteenth January 2006 which is equivalent to Islamic Calendar Muharram Fifteenth 1427
After the Hijrah.

In this edition,

Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed has been described as one of the greatest African Leader.

The proposed public hearings on the review of the 1999 Constitution have been described as a waste of public funds.

United Nations under Secretary-General for Political Affairs say poverty and corruption have affected Nigerians negatively.

A member of Haiti’s Election Council said results of the Presidential elections were being manipulated.

There will be more news and reports……………………….

In one of the report, the proliferation of Hausa Films is said to be an acceptance of the Hausa Culture in Africa.

I am……………………………… with the Programme.
13/02/06 STATION IDENTIFICATION 6: PM


The time now is……………….you are listening to our News Magazine Programme “NEWSCOPE” coming to you on Nagarta Radio--- the Voice of Unity.

Earlier in the Programme you heard that

Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed has been described as one of the greatest African Leader.

The proposed public hearings on the review of the 1999 Constitution have been described as a waste of public funds.

In the second part of the programme

United Nations under Secretary-General for Political Affairs say poverty and corruption have affected Nigerians negatively.

A member of Haiti’s Election Council said results of the Presidential elections were being manipulated.

Nagarta Newscope now continues………………………….
13/02/06 NAGARTA NWESCOPE 6: PM

To end the Programme, the main points again………………………

Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed has been described as one of the greatest African Leader. In a paper at a lecture in his memory, the Dan Masanin Kano, Alhaji Maitama Sule described the late General as God-fearing and great achiever.

The proposed public hearings on the review of the 1999 Constitution have been described as a waste of public funds.

United Nations under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari say poverty and corruption have affected Nigerians negatively. According to him, the International Country considers Nigerian’s myriad problems to be self-induced.

A member of Haiti’s Election Council said results of the Presidential elections were being manipulated. This echoed complaints by supporters of one of the aspirate who went on the street yesterday protesting.

On behalf of the Production Editor DANALADI ZOAKA and all those who contributed to the Programme, I am ………………saying bye for now.

Bird Flu Hits Northern Nigeria

12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM SCOURGE
Poultry farms in Yobe and Jigawa States have fallen under prey to the rampaging bird flu in the northern parts of the country.

The scourge which presence was earlier confirmed in Sambawa Farms in Kaduna State seems to be spreading from the North Central to North eastern zones having recorded some casualties in Jos, Plateau State during the week.

The Executive Director, Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute, Dr (Mrs.) Lami Lombin said the spread was of great concern given the nature of the virus transfer.

She ex[plained that the Yobe farm had probably employed de-beaking machines used in the infected Kano Poultry without knowledge of the flock health status of the earlier poultry farm.
The de-beaking machine is an equipment used for cutting the sharp, pointed tip of a bird's beak to discourage pecking that wounds the flesh.

Dr. Lombin said that a stake-holders' meeting was held in Jos to educate farmers on what to do to contain the spread where it is already manifest and to prevent occurrence in farms that are still free.

She called on the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure control in the movement of live birds in the country, especially at points such as Jebba, Lokoja and Benue where they cross to the south.
INET/GUARDIAN: HANNATU JOY 18


12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM HISBAH
Members of the Kano Sharia implementing outfit, the Hisbah Guards are said to have returned to the streets of Kano over the weekend.

Their action has been described as a violation of the Federal Government’s recent directive banning the Group from operation.

The Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, was said to have faulted the ban and ordered the Hisba Guards to return to their duty posts.

However, the Group has clashed with commercial motorcyclists when they attempted to implement the no gender-mixing regulation imposed by the State Government.

The Guards, clad in black trousers with green tops and black berets, were seen restraining the motorcyclists from conveying female commuters to various parts of the metropolis.

At Kabara area of the city, the Guards ordered motorcycle transporters to drop their women commuters or risk confiscation, or in the alternative, pay a fine of five thousand naira.

In other parts of Kano Metropolis, there were also clashes and policemen were seen patrolling the streets of Kano, to contain tension, which was building up in the city.

Sermons delivered by clerics called for restraint on the part of Muslims in order to avoid breakdown of law and order.
INET/GAURDIAN: HANNATU JOY 18


12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM DISSOLVE

Governor Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State has announced his administration’s intention to dissolve the present leadership of Local Governments in the state before April 2006.

This is to pave way for fresh elections in that tier of Government.

Governor Egwu, who announced this during the continuation of his performance evaluation tour of the thirty-four Local Government Councils in the State, said that election for new Council Chairmen and Councilors would hold in April this year.

He noted that the planned election is in line with the law under which the present Local Government Administrations came into office.

The Governor expressed dismay at the slow pace of development in the area, pointing out that his administration would pursue rural development with greater vigour to give all parts of the State a sense of belonging.

The Abia State, National Working Committee-NWC of the Peoples Democratic Party-PDP has however stopped the Governor from reducing the tenure of the Council Chairmen.

INET/INDEP: HANNATU JOY 14

12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM FILM

A lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, Mallam Umar Maikudi says the proliferation of Hausa Films in the Country is promoting Hausa Culture in the Continent.

He stated this in Kaduna during a seminar on the Role of Hausa Drama in Promoting Culture.

The lecturer said the Hausa video film is a direct agent of entertaining and improving the Hausa language itself.

Also in his presentation, a Media Practioner, Mr. Bege Layyas described the Nigerian Film Industry as the largest in the World after America and India.

He observed that when harnessed properly, the Film Industry can be used to boost the tourism potentials of the Country and therefore called on Government and the Private Sector to support the industry.

COV: MUSA/IBRAHIM/HANNATU JOY 11














12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM CULTURAL

A pressure group in the House of Representatives known as the Members of Unity has announced plans to set up structures nationwide to sustain the campaign against ethnic and socio-cultural Groups in the Country.

According to the Co-ordinator of the Group, Mr. John Halims Agoda, it would wax stronger in its activities because of its belief in unity of the Country.

Mr. Agoda said the allegation that the Group is out to make money from the third term project was a weapon employed to discourage meaningful projects and development in the Country.

Meanwhile, the Caucus of the All Nigeria peoples Party-ANPP has described the group as having a link to the third term bid, saying it is a deceptive outfit whose aim is to unleash illegality on Nigerians.

INET/GAUD: ALIYU/HANNATU JOY 11













12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM NYSC

Members of the Youth Service Corps-NYSC in Lagos recently passed out have expressed disappointment over the deduction made in their allowances by officials of NYSC in Lagos.

The Members said one of the requirements for the collection of NYSC discharge certificate is a compulsory payment of six hundred naira per Youth Corper to the NYSC Foundation while Local Government Councils in the State also deduct a sum of two hundred naira every month as development levy.

They lamented the situation where they are also required to pay monthly dues in addition to the deductions made by the banks.

They observed that it was unfair to force these payments on them since Lagos State Government has refused to give any allowance to Corps Members serving in the State.

INET/GUARD: UMMA/HANNATU JOY 10















12/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
6: PM SCIENTIST

A Scientist, Dr. Clement Umemedimo has declared that Nigeria’s oil well will never dry up.

Dr. Umemedimo, the inventor of the Anti-Commosive Special Paint meant for offshore drilling said, claims by oil companies that Nigeria will product oil for only ninety-nine years were false and misleading.

He maintained that his research in the deep ocean waters had revealed that the volume of oil below the sea was equal to the amount of water above oil.

The Scientist further explained that his Company has been on a legal battle with Multi-Nationals over attempts to steal his patent.

He gave the assurance that he would use the proceeds accruing from his invention to actualize the yearnings of Nigerians, improve their living standard and generate employment in the society.

INET: HANNATU JOY 11






12/02/06 HEADLINES AT 6: PM

Here is the news read by……………………..
First the major stories………………………….




The Bird Flu is reported to have spread to parts of the North East.






A Media Practioner says the Nigerian Film Industry can boost the nation’s tourism potentials, if properly harnessed.






Hisba Guards in Kano have clashed with commercial motorcyclists in attempts to enforce the no gender-mixing regulation imposed by the State Government.






Ebonyi State Government has announced its intension to dissolve the present leadership of Local Governments in the State before April, this year.

NART HANNATU JOY
12/02/06 TAIL AT 6: PM

To end the news, a recap of the major stories……………………..



The Bird Flu is reported to have spread to parts of the North East.






A Media Practioner says the Nigerian Film Industry can boost the nation’s tourism potentials, if properly harnessed.






Hisba Guards in Kano have clashed with commercial motorcyclists in attempts to enforce the no gender-mixing regulation imposed by the State Government.






Ebonyi State Government has announced its intension to dissolve the present leadership of Local Governments in the State before April, this year.


And that’s the news as edited by Hannatu Tukur
NART HANNATU JOY

Federal High Court Defreezez Plateau State Government's Bank Accounts

10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM DEFREEZE

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday ordered the defreezing of all the bank accounts for the Plateau State Government, reversing its December twentieth, 2005 ruling on the matter.

The order came as a surprise considering that the court had earlier justified its position on the matter and upheld steps taken by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission-EFCC to prevent further alleged tampering with the State’s funds while investigations were still on.

The Judge, Justice Shu’aibu, however, said that the reversal of the interim order of December twentieth, 2005 is as a result of the completion of the investigations by the EFCC into the accounts in question.

NEWS: HANNATU JOY 10


10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
12: NOON ACCUSED

The Federal Government has accused Abia and Kano State Governments of breaching the Constitution by owning and managing illegal police forces.

It said the actions of the two States posed a great risk to the generality of Nigerians and the Nation.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Frank Nweke Junior who was speaking in Abuja warned that the Federal Government would not tolerate any illegality by any tier of Government, individuals or groups.

On the Kano Hisba Corps, Mr. Nweke said their foreign connections posed a threat to national unity, adding that Government will not condone illegal acts that would jeopardize the peace in any part of the Country.

He also accused the Abia State House of Assembly of acting at the request of the Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, to exceed its powers by establishing an illegal security outfit.

Meanwhile, the police in Kano have arrested the Head of Hisba Guards, Sheik Farouk Yahaya, a group formed by the Kano State Government for the implementation of the Sharia legal code.

Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero had on Wednesday directed the Abia and Kano State Governments to disband their security outfits.

INTERNET/GUARDIAN: OKOMA/HANNATU JOY 15

10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM SUMMIT

Zambian former President, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda has begun plans to initiate a continental conference on safety, security and finance in the aviation industry.

The conference which is slated for the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth of July in Abuja has the theme “Four Key to a Safer Sky” and is being organized by the Key to Africa Group.

Speaking in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer of Key to Africa, Mr. Jeffery Bayman said the Summit is also expected to define and establish political policies that will effectively manage the African Aviation Industry with a view to reducing fraud and embezzlement.

He attributed some air disasters in Africa to negligence and fraud as well as poor funding, management and weak implementation of aviation policies.

The Chief Executive Officer added that the Summit is also aimed at developing policies that will ensure the safety, security and standard of Africa’s aviation via new finance strategies.

President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to declare the conference open.

INTERNET/GUARDIAN: OKOMA/HANNATU JOY 17


10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM KURE

Governor Abdulkadir Kure of Niger State has warned that a third-term bid for President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governors could lead to a Military coup in the Country.

He gave the warning while declaring open the Ninth Northern Speakers Forum held at Gidan Matasa in Minna.

Governor Kure also warned National and State Legislators against amending the Constitution, noting that they would be held responsible by their Constituencies if they failed to stop the third term bid.

He pointed out that it was ridiculous for some Governors to peg the single tenure for Local Government Council Chairmen from four to two and three years respectively, only to support the elongation of those of the President and Governors.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum-ACF, Chief Sunday Awoniyi called on the lawmakers to appose any amendment of the Constitution, adding that the document was perfect.

Chief Awoniyi emphasised that the problem of the Country was not with the Constitution but with President Obasanjo whom he argued has turned it into a document of terrorism.

NEWS: OKOMA/HANNATU JOY 16


10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM CENSUS

The Chairman of the National Population Commission-NPC, Mr. Samu’ila Makama has explained why religious and ethnic variables were not included in the National Population and Housing Census Questionnaire.

Speaking at a one-day workshop on the roles of Civil Society Organizations-CSO in conducting the National Headcount held in Maiduguri, Mr. Makama said this was to prevent the various religious and ethnic groups in the Country from rejecting the final results of the Census figures.

He added that the decision was a deliberate policy jointly taken by the National Council of States and Stakeholders in the National Head count Project.

The Chairman assured the people and Government of Borno that the exclusion of religion and ethnicity from the forthcoming Head count will not affect the reliability and acceptability of the figures.

Responding, Governor Ali Modu Sheriff said the Census has become inevitable in the planning and development process of the State and the Nation at large.

He therefore pledged Borno State Government’s support by providing all necessary logistics and materials that would ensure the success of the project.

NEWS: HANNATU JOY 16


10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM BUOYANT

Governor Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi of Kaduna State has stressed the need for a buoyant mortgage institution in the Country.

The Governor stated this while addressing the National Executive Members of the Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria-REDAN when they called on him.

He said a cash and carry approach would not achieve the desired objectives of ensuring that people owned their houses.

Governor Makarfi however, commended the Committee set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo to develop mechanisms, policies and programmes aimed at encouraging a viable mortgage industry in the Country.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Lateef Jakande commended the State Government’s achievements and called for a proper housing development policy in the State.

NEWS: HANNATU JOY 13

10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
12: NOON DARFUR

United States Government has been called upon to contribute troops and equipment to the planned new United Nations Force designed to stop the killings and rape in Sudan.

United Nation’s Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan who made the call said, he would press President George Bush on the issue when they meet on Monday in Washington.

Mr. Annan expressed the hope that the UN Force in Darfur would be different from the current Africa Union mission.

He said the force would have to be highly mobile on the ground as well as possess air assets to enable it respond quickly to attacks.

INTERENT: RUKAYYA/HANNATU JOY 8



10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM CORRUPTION

A Former lecturer of Sociology at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Dr. Patrick Wilmot says the nation’s fight against corruption was inevitable.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, Dr. Wilmot said though the crusade was a welcome development, President Olusegun Obasanjo lacked the political skills to succeed at it.

Dr. Wilmot who commended the President for initiating the fight however observed that Government was not doing enough.

He posited that the only way to succeed in the crusade is to be a populist leader by reaching out to the masses,s which he said is not the case.

Dr. Wilmot emphasised that the challenge before Nigerians is to vote in honest and patriotic leaders irrespective of religion or ethnicity.

NEWS: HANNATU JOY 10


10/02/06 HEADLINES AT 3: PM

President Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of turning the nation’s Constitution into a document of terrorism.

Journalists in the Country have advocated speedy passage into law of the Journalism Enhancement Bill before the National Assembly.

Over one hundred and eighty million naira is being disbursed by Jigawa State Government as loans under the micro-credit for women’s co-operatives.

Africa is set to organize a conference on Safety, Security and Finance in the Aviation Sector.


Now the news in full……………….
NART HANNATU JOY
10/02/06 TAIL AT 3: PM

To end the news, a recap of the major stories………………….

President Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of turning the nation’s Constitution into a document of terrorism.

Journalists in the Country have advocated speedy passage into law of the Journalism Enhancement Bill before the National Assembly. NUJ President, Mr. Smart Adeyemi who made the call, said the Bill will enable journalists perform their duties in accordance with the ethics of the profession.

Over one hundred and eighty million naira is being disbursed by Jigawa State Government as loans under the micro-credit for women’s co-operatives. The loans which are being targeted at over ten thousand beneficiaries are meant to alleviate poverty among women and children.

Africa is set to organize a conference on Safety, Security and Finance in the Aviation Sector.

And that’s the news as edited by Hannatu Tukur
NART HANNATU JOY


10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM JOURNALISTS

Former Head of State, Chief Ernest Shoneken has called on Media proprietors to promptly pay journalists their entitlements to enable them discharge their duties in line with the ethics of the profession.

Chief Shoneken was addressing participants at the launching of a Magazine organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists-NUJ in Abuja.

He said the media can only play its role as the watch-dog of the society if economically empowered.

Chief Shoneken commended the media for its steadfastness in the fight to eliminate social vices and promote democratic values.

He then urged Government to provide an enabling environment for fair and objective journalism in the country, while charging journalists to place national interest above other considerations.

In his address, the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr. Smart Adeyeno called on the National Assembly to urgently pass the Journalism Enhancement Bill before it, into law to enable journalists perform according to standard.

DT: MUSA/HANNATU JOY 14



10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM LOANS

Over one hundred and eighty million naira loans is being disbursed by Jigawa State Government to women for goat rearing.

The loans which is targeted at over ten thousand beneficiaries is known as micro-credit for women co-operatives.

It is to be headed by the Emir of Ringim, Dr. Sayyadi Mahmud who is currently the Chairman of the World Co-operative Societies-WCS.

The Special Adviser to Governor Saminu Turaki on Millennium Village Commission, Alhaji Mahmud Da’u Aliyu told newsmen in Dutse that the initiative was in continuation of the already existing poverty alleviation programme of the State Government.

He said modalities for the disbursement include giving out two hundred and fifty thousand naira to each society, which will in turn be given beneficiaries two she-goats, one he-goat, two bags of offal, about seven thousand naira as transport.

He said an additional five thousand naira would also be given to each beneficiary to operate mini-business to further support the rearing activities.

The Special Adviser explained that the aim was to touch the lives of about seventy-five thousand households by reducing unemployment and improves meat and milk production as well as the general earning of the women folk.

DT: MUSA/HANNATU JOY 19

10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM NIPOST

The Courier Regulatory Department of the Nigerian Postal Services-NIPOST has revoked the licenses of seven registered courier companies in Lagos.

The affected companies are Afrolink, Crown Courier, EMP Worldwide, M&E Express, Royal Merit, Summit Parcel Service and Transcap.

The Head of the department, Mr. Simon Emeje announced that the revocation exercise was informed by the companies’ unethical practices and indebtedness to the regulatory body.

Mr. Emeje noted that each of the companies is indebted to the tune of over five hundred thousand naira, adding that the situation amounts to the loss of revenue on the part of Government.

Speaking on what constitutes unethical practices, Mr. Emeje said the seven courier companies have been involved in contracts of mails delivery with multi-national companies but ended up not delivering the mails.

INTERNET: OKOMA/HANNATU JOY 11


10/02/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM FLU

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the Federal Government to urgently put in place measures to check the spread of Bird Flu confirmed to be in Nigeria.

Raising the issue under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, Mr. IOlorutele Folami said there was the need for the Federal Government to take the right steps in curbing the spread of the epidemic and urged Nigerians to reduce the consumption of chicken.

Mr. Folami said the disease kills instantly and advised that it should not be trivialized.

In her contribution, Mrs. Bola Olujobu-Badmus opined that they should liaise with international bodies to combat the disease.

INTERNET/D/T: OKOMA/HANNATU JOY 9

23/01/06 Central Bank of Nigeria-CBN Sets Maximum for Bank Directors

23/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria-CBN has set a maximum of three of four years each (12 years) for bank directors just and the banks which survived the twenty-five billion naira capitalization are beginning to settle sown.

It has also set a limit of ten per cent stake-holding for State Governments in banks and said any individual stake-holding above five pre cent must be approved by the CBN.

The Central Bank also insisted that no two members of an extended family would be allowed to seat on the Board of any of the consolidated banks and that the Chairman of the Board should not head any of the standing Committees.

Besides, at least two Non-executive Board members should be independent directors who though appointed by the bank, should be accountable to the shareholders and the CBN.

In a draft code of conduct for port consolidation banks, the CBN said the tenure for Directors should be defined to ensure continuity/injection of fresh ideas.

INTERNET: OKOMA/ZOAKA OYO 13

23/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM KURE

The Niger State Governor, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure has urged Nigerians to pray for divine intervention over the affairs of the Country to minimize tension generated by the political development.

Speaking in Minna while hosting members of the State Traditional Rulers Council, Engineer Kure said both the leaders and the led need to rededicate themselves and pray for the actualization of sustainable peace, if the Country must move forward.

The Governor said it was only in a peaceful environment that development can thrive, hence the need to pray for divine intervention and counseled that everyone has a role to play to ensure peace and development.

He told them that as Royal Fathers, they have more important role in ensuring the progress of the Nation, appealing to them not to relent in educating their subjects on the need to continue to support the policies and programmes of the present administration.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Traditional Rulers Council and the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar commended the State Governor over the way he handled the last hajj operations.

He then called on the Federal Government to ensure that capable hands are made to handle future airlifting of intending pilgrims to the Holy land.

INTERNET: MARYAM/ZOAKA JOY 17


23/01/06
NART/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM OBASANJO

The outgoing Chairman of the African Union President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for sustainable peace and security in the continent to accelerate development.

In a validation speech at the opening session of the All Summit in Khartoum, Sudan today President Obasanjo called on parties involved in Darfur crisis to give peace a chance to reign.

He noted that the uncompromising stand of the party is a matter of concern to the union and the need for the continental organisation to come out with immediate resolution to the lingering crisis.

President Obasanjo warned external forces to retrace their steps and commended the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Anan for his commitment to global peace ensuring that Africa was proud of his leadership.

The Nigerian President also expressed his appreciation to other Africa Leaders and developing partners for their efforts in repositioning Africa towards the path of peace and security.

NEWS: ZOAKA JOY 13

23/01/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM NIGER-DELTA

Federal Government is intensifying efforts to strengthen security in Niger-Delta.

Already, two Naval ships and a helicopter have been deployed to the region.

The action coincided with a meeting of officials of Federal, Bayelsa and the Delta State Governments and leaders of oil Communities that discussed how the kidnapped of four foreign oil workers could be released.

The deployment aims at forestalling the re-occurrence of attacks on workers and oil installations.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Jonathan has explained that no headway has been made yet in the efforts to secure the release of the hostages.

He however, told journalists in Yenagoa that the crisis would soon be resolved.

Also contributing, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Boderick Bozimo said the activists would be rounded up and made to face the law adding that Niger-Delta Oil belongs to Nigeria and all Nigerians are stakeholders.

NEWS: ZOAKA JOY 18


23/01/06 NAGARTA NWESCOPE 6: PM


This is Nagarta NEWSCOPE, Today Monday twenty-third January 2006 which is equivalent to Islamic Calendar THUL HAJJ twenty-third 1426 After the Hijrah.

In this edition,


Governor Abdulkadir Kure of Niger State has urged Nigerians to pray for divine intervention over the affairs of the Country.

Agricultural Institutions in the Country are being repositioned by the Federal Government.

Efforts are being intensified to strengthen security in Niger-Delta.

There has been a call for sustainable peace and security in the Continent to accelerate development.

There will be more news and reports……………………….

In one of the report, Nigerian Civil Service is being repositioned to enhance productivity.

I am……………………………… with the Programme.

23/01/06 STATION IDENTIFICATION 6: PM

The time now is……………….you are listening to our News Magazine Programme “NEWSCOPE” coming to you on Nagarta Radio--- the Voice of Unity.

Earlier in the Programme you heard that

Governor Abdulkadir Kure of Niger State has urged Nigerians to pray for divine intervention over the affairs of the Country.

Agricultural Institutions in the Country are being repositioned by the Federal Government.

Efforts are being intensified to strengthen security in Niger-Delta.
There has been a call for sustainable peace and security in the Continent to accelerate development.

Nagarta Newscope now continues………………………….

23/01/06 NAGARTA NWESCOPE 6: PM

To end the Programme, the main points again………………………

Governor Abdulkadir Kure of Niger State has urged Nigerians to pray for divine intervention over the affairs of the Country to minimize tension generated by the political development.

Agricultural Institutions in the Country are being repositioned by the Federal Government. Chairman, Senate Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammed Salami who stated this explained that the move is to boost the abundant agricultural resources for the Nation’s economic development.

Efforts are being intensified to strengthen security in Niger-Delta. Already, two Naval ships and a helicopter have been deployed to the region.

There has been a call for sustainable peace and security in the Continent to accelerate development. Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo who made the call also appealed on parties involved in Darfur crisis to give peace a chance to reign.

On behalf of the Production Editor DANALADI ZOAKA and all those who contributed to the Programme, I am ………………saying bye for now.

23/01/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM CLEARED

Governor Ahmed Makarfi has given approval for the absorption of all the Local Government employees who were not cleared during the recent staff auditing.

The approval was conveyed to Local Government Councils in the State through the State Ministry for Local Government.

The State President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees-NULGE, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar who disclosed this said over one thousand, six hundred staff was affected.

He said with this approval, the staff would return to their duty post, while the arrears of their salaries would also be paid with immediate effect.

The NULGE President described the gesture as highly laudable and commanded Governor Ahmed Makarfi for his high sense of responsibility and good leadership.

Also reacting to the development, the Vice president of the Union, Mr. Jonathan Danladi Kolbi expressed gratitude to the Governor for his sensitivity to the plight of the affected workers.

Mr. Jonathan charged the Local Government workers to reciprocate the gesture by rededicating themselves to duty.

RELEASE: ZOAKA JOY 15


23/01/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM CONGO

Eight Guatemalan social forces soldiers deployed as United Nations peacekeepers in Eastern Congo were killed and five more ere injured today during an operation against Ugandan rebels.

The United Nations peacekeepers force in Congo said for the past ten days, eighty Guatemalan soldiers had been carrying out operations in Congo’s Nations Park on the border with Sudan looking for members of neighboring Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.

Officials said at least fifteen of the Lord’s Resistance Army fighters were killed.

The losses were among the worst suffered by the UN force in Congo.

CNN: MARYAM/ZOAKA JOY 10


23/01/06
NGTR/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
6: PM NIGERIANS

Senate Isaiah Balat has called on Nigerians to reconsider their attitude towards fire-fighting to minimize damage suffered in fire-outbreak.

He made the call in Zaria while on a condolence visit to victims of last week’s fire outbreak which destroyed parts of the Sabon Gari Market.

Senator Balat explained that in other society, fire fighting instruments are part of the conceptual designed of markets as opposed to our own ways of pretending that fire-incidents will not occur.

The Senator who gave a token contribution of one hundred thousand to ease the suffering of the victims prayed to Allah to replace their loss.

In his remarks, the District Head of Basawa who represented the Iyan Zazzau thanked Senator Balat for taking time to condole the victims.

Also speaking, the Leader of the Sabon Gari market expressed gratitude to Senator Balat for the visit and the donation, promising that the money will be used for the purposed for which it was donated.

RELEASE: ZOAKA JOY 13

One killed 22 wounded at Ethiopian Christian Festival

21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
12: NOON FESTIVAL

At least one person has been killed and twenty-two others wounded after violence broke out at an Ethiopian Christian festival.

The Timkat festival is marked with tens of thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians marching through the streets, carrying replicas of the Ark of the Covenant, which they believe is kept safe in Northern Ethiopia.

However, some members of the crowd began chanting opposition slogans and throwing stones.

The police responded with live bullets thereby killing one person and wounding many others.

Reports say there have been several violent opposition protests in the Capital, Adis Ababa since last May’s disputed elections.

The elections were reported to be most closely contested in Ethiopian history, and resulted in the opposition winning more than one hundred seats in parliament.

But the opposition believed they had been cheated of victory, and took to the streets in violent clashes which left many dead.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mele Zenawi accused the opposition of attempting to overthrow his Government and ordered the arrest of one hundred opposition leaders, journalists and aid workers on charges of treason and genocide.

INTERNET: HANNATU JOY 18


21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM POLICE

An appeal has been made to police authorities to give police lawyers their pride of place to enable them discharge their responsibilities with a high sense of commitment.

In a statement signed by Inspector John Ugonudiosha on behalf of his colleagues, the Police lawyers said they were disappointed by the recent promotion which did not favour them, despite the Inspector-General’s promise to promote them en-mass.

They said it was disheartening that the Inspector-General who is a reputable member of the Nigerian Bar Association-NBA to renege on his promise.

The aggrieved police lawyers have therefore threatened to leave the force enmasse if their request is not granted.

NNN: MARYAM/HANNATU JOY 10


21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM ULTIMATUM

The Federal Ministry of Power and Steel has been given a fourteen-day ultimatum by its two Unions to sack the Director of National Steel Raw Materials and Exploration Agency Kaduna, Engineer Douglas Nkem Nsofor from office.

The ultimatum was contained in a letter signed by the General Secretaries of the Unions, Messrs Didi Adodo of the Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and Kadiri of the Steel and Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria, respectively.

They expressed dissatisfaction with the style of Nsofor’s administration and urged the Minister of Power and steel, Mr. Lyel Imoke to take necessary action in the interest of industrial peace in the Agency.

NNN: HARUNA/HANNATU JOY 9



21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM FEMALE

Former Presidential Adviser on Women Affairs, Chief Titilayo Ajanaku has expressed strong conviction that a female President would rule the nation during her life time.

Mrs. Ajanaku made the assertion while fielding questions from newsmen at her office in Abeokuta.

Reacting to the emergence of Africa’s First Female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, she said it was a pointer to what will soon happed in Nigeria.

The Presidential Adviser said the wind of women presidency has started blowing with the elections of Ellen Sirleaf and that of Chile, stressing that it will soon reach Nigeria.

Mrs. Ajanaku who was the first female Local Government Chairman in the Country charged the men-folk to be ready to vacate the seat of power to women.

She enjoined the womenfolk to participate actively in politics now that another electioneering period is around the corner.

INTERNET/CHAP: UMMMA/HANNATU JOY 11




21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM STRIKE

Despite the Inspector-General of Police’s appeal to junior policemen not to proceed on the proposed strike action, they still went ahead to do so.

Mr. Ehindero had made the appeal after a meeting with the Deputy Inspectors-general of the various formations embarking on the strike.

Reports indicate that the appeal fell on deaf ears as most of the officers were bitter with their welfare package.

The junior officers had insisted that they would proceed on the strike if measures were not taken to adjust their package in addition to payment of other allowances.

Meanwhile, a Police Reform Committee has been set up by the Government to look into the issue and come up with a satisfactory proposal that will move the Country forward.

INTERNET: UMMA/HANNATU JOY 11



21/01/06 HEADLINES AT 3: PM


The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation-NNPC has been accused of withholding crude oil revenue from the Federation Account

High level legislative scheming by the National Assembly is said to be responsible for the delay in passing the Revenue Allocation Bill.

Police lawyers have threatened to leave the force enmasse if not promoted soon.

On the International scene, Japan is to submit a Bill to parliament that seeks to allow women ascend the Imperial Throne.


NART HANNATU JOY

21/01/06 TAIL AT 3: PM

To end the news, the major items once again………………………….

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation-NNPC has been accused of withholding crude oil revenue from the Federation Account.

High level legislative scheming by the National Assembly is said to be responsible for the delay in passing the Revenue Allocation Bill.

Police lawyers have threatened to leave the force enmasse if not promoted soon.

On the International scene, you also heard that Japan is to submit a Bill to parliament that seeks to allow women ascend the Imperial Throne. Under existing rules, only men are allowed to become Emperors, but since no boys have been born to the Imperial family in forty years, women should be drafted in to ensure continuity.

And that’s the news as edited by Hannatu Tukur
NART HANNATU JOY


21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM NNPC

A Committee spearheaded by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission is to be set up to investigate the crude oil revenue collections and remittances to the Federation Account.

The Committee comprises the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of State for Finance, Mrs. Nnadi Usman and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Edmund Daukoru.

It is expected to hold an emergency meeting next Tuesday.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Alhaji Hamman Tukur said the move follows the non-remittance of two hundred and ninety point one five-eight billion naira by the NNPC to the Federation Account between January and December last year and another twenty-seven billion naira in January this year.

The Chairman also decried the non-remittance of the total revenue from crude oil sales, adding that the Commission would ensure that NNPC complied with the rule of law as regards collection and remittance of revenue into the Federation Account.

Alhaji Tukur further stated that the oil revenue belonged to the three tiers of Government as such NNPC must remit it to the appropriate account.

PUNCH/INTERNET: DAUDA/HANNATU JOY 18


21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM THRONE

Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi has pledged to submit a bill to parliament allowing women to ascend the Imperial Throne.

Speaking at the opening of the Japanese Parliament’s Annual Address, Mr. Koizumi said Government would submit a bill to reform the Imperial Household Law.s

He said the move would ensure that the imperial throne is continued in a stable manner.

Under existing rules, only men are allowed to become Emperors, but no boys have been born into the imperial family for forty-years.

Mr. Koizumi in addition promised to improve relations with China and South Korea.

He opined that though there may be differences in opinion or disputes in certain areas, China and South Korea are neigbhours who have much in common in other areas.

INTERNET: UMMA/HANNATU JOY 10


21/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/HANNATU
3: PM BILL

The delay in the passage of the Revenue Allocation Bill by the National Assembly has been attributed to legislative scheming.

President Olusegun Obasanjo was said to have submitted the Bill to the National Assembly in December 2004 following the conclusion of the revised work done in the document by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

However, its passage was delayed due to interference by some interested parties who want the Allocation to be adjusted in their favour.

Reports say while the State Governors were intervening through the Senators and members of the House of Representatives representing their States, the Councils were also seeking to influence the Legislators through officials of the Association of Local Governments.

The States and Local Governments are claiming that since they are closer to the people, they had more responsibilities to the people.

Highlights of the bill, include the Allocation of fifty-three point six nine percent to the Federal Government, thirty-one point one zero percent to the State Government and fifteen point two one percent to the Local Government Councils.

INTERNET: MARYAM/HANNATU JOY 15

Muslims throughout the World are today celebrating Eid-el-Kabir.

10/01/06 HEADLINES AT 12: NOON

Muslims throughout the World are today celebrating Eid-el-Kabir.

Nigerian Leaders have been sending goodwill messages marking the Sallah celebrations.

The National Assembly is working on a bill to establish a national Hajj Commission.

Governments in the Country have been told to alleviate the sufferings of the masses.


NART ZOAKA JOY


10/01/06 TAIL AT 12: NOON


Muslims throughout the World are today celebrating Eid-el-Kabir. The festival is usually marked on the tenth of Zhul Hajj which is a day after the Arafat.

Nigerian Leaders have been sending goodwill messages marking the Sallah celebrations. In their separate messages, the Leaders urged Nigerians to make sacrifices for the development of the Country.

The National Assembly is working on a bill to establish a national Hajj Commission to address problems associated with Hajj Operations. Senate Deputy President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu told newsmen in Jeddah Saudi Arabia that the bill would be ready in February.

Governments in the Country have been told to alleviate the sufferings of the masses. Making the call, the National Council of Muslims Youth organization, Lagos Chapter urged political Leaders to redouble their efforts on ways to reduce poverty in the Country.

And that’s the news ad edited by Danladi Zoaka
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10/01/06
NGRT/ZOAKA
3: PM OBASANJO

President Olusegun Obasanjo has pledged his administration’s total commitment to upholding and protecting the Constitution.

He has also vowed to nurture and fully entrench democratic institutions in the Country.

In his message to Nigerians on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eld-el-Kabir, Chief Obasanjo dismissed what he called recent claims by some misguided critics.

He said his administration’s belief in and commitment to respecting the National Constitution and the rule of law remained firm.

INTERNET: ZOAKA JOY 8


10/01/06
NGRT/NEWS
EDITOR/ZOAKA
3: PM KADUNA

Nigeria can earn over twenty billion dollars annually from export of Gum-Arabic and other cash crops like oranges, mangoes, sesame and melon seeds.

The United Nations Environmental Programme in collaboration with the Kaduna based Admiral Environmental Care stated that from research and findings, farmers in Nigeria could realize so much from their cultivation of these crops.

Speaking on behalf of the organizations, the Executive Director of Admiral, Mr. Shedrack Madlion, said Nigeria had the capacity to cultivate multiple agricultural products, especially those that have high export demand overseas.

Mr. Madlion said the Country would solve about ninety percent of the problem of monocultural economic if it could harness its agricultural advantages.

VANG: BULUS/ZOAKA JOY 10

Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Korea Agree On Technical Co-operation

10/01/06
NGRT/ZOAKA
3: PM

Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Korea have agreed to engage in a technical co-operation in the development of the Water Sector in Nigeria.

Water Resources Minister, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari announced this in Abuja when the Korean Ambassador, Mr. Kim Pyong Gi paid him a courtesy visit.

He said the co-operation would cover three major areas of the Water Sector namely, irrigation, hydropower and water supply, adding that the North Korean Government has also agreed to participate in the construction of small and medium dams in Nigeria.

Already, a proposal had been sent to the National Planning Commission on other additional areas of the co-operation for ratification.

Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari explained that Korean support in Nigerian Water Sector would help us to fully utilize our one billion cubic of water abundant in our Country.

Earlier, the Korean Ambassador, Mr. Kim Gi had told the Minister that he was in the Ministry to examine the possible areas of Korean investment in the Nigerian Water Sector.

NEWS: ZOAKA JOY 14

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