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Toto Devt. Association (TODA) Held Grand Reception In Honor Of Nasarawa State Retired Chief Judge

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— Awards Others for their Immense Contribution to the Area.

By Joshua Adinoyi, Nasarawa

It was the gathering of who is who in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State as Sons/Daughters of the Area gathered at the Assembly Hall, GSS Toto, in honour of the Retired Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Honourable Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko.

The event, which was put together by Toto Development Association (TODA), was not to honour the meritorious service of the Retired Chief Judge, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko Rtd, as other Sons/Daughters of Toto, both living and those who have gone to the land beyond were also honoured for their positive contributions.

Speaking with Newsmen, the President of TODA and Ciroma of Toto, Alhaji Musa Maikaya, afffirmed that the Grand Reception and TODA Special Excellence Service Award Ceremony was nurtured by the new Executives of the Association to honor the Retired Chief Judge of the State, Honourable Justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd).

He pointed out that some who were Awarded at the event were those that have rendered selfless services and those rendering same, seeing to the progress of the Area, ensuring the development of youth/women and making the Area proud in all spheres of life.

“I thank Almighty Allah for the success of today’s (9th January 2021) event which was put together to honour one of our own, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd.) You can see the happiness in the faces of those that came from both far and near to celebrate with us. The Chief Judge is an illustrious son of Toto, he represented us well while serving as the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, his role in the history of Nasarawa State is written in gold already.

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He has done so well and we are proud of him. There are a lot to learn from him and also emulate, that’s why we are gathered to celebrate him. Yes, we are also using this occasion to honour the families of some persons that are no longer alive but left good legacies before they depart. We are doing this so that their families will know that their late parents didn’t labour in vain and also to serve as an encouragement to them to live a life worthy of emulation. To those who are alive that also received the Award, its meant to say thank you to them and to say do more”

Alhaji Maikaya, who was a former Governorship aspirant in the State, commended the efforts of Members of TODA at ensuring the success of the event, stressing that much will be achieved by the Association in 2021.

The TODA President while speaking on the Security challenges across the Country, commended Nasawara State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, for his efforts at making the security of lives and property of the people of the State a priority.

“I must use this opportunity to commend our Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule for being security conscious. We have seen his efforts clearly, few months ago, we can’t hold this kind of gathering but today we can do that because our Governor has taken the battle to the forefront and today, we are enjoying peace in this State.

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We must also thank the local vigilantes and the traditional rulers for their efforts as well. Security is every man’s business, so we all need to be awake and help security agents with valuable information so that we can continue to enjoy the peace we are enjoying today”

On his part, the Secretary General of TODA, Alhaji Labran Shaibu Magaji, said the event was put together to showcase the peaceful coexistence of the people of the area and as well encourage those who are contributing their quota to the development of the Area to do more.

“Today, we’ve celebrated excellence, hardwork, commitment and dedication to the development of Toto Community. We’ve celebrated one of our own, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd), because of his untiring passion for the progress of the Area and we also used the occasion to honor those that one way or another, are contributing to the growth of and peace of our Area. Not only that, we also used the event to honor the families of our fallen heroes so that they too can be encouraged and know that the efforts of their late parents/family members is highly recognized”

Alhaji Labran Magaji, who is a Lawyer and a Federal Procecutor, expressed joy over the success of the event, stressing that the Association remain committed to meeting its objectives and enjoined members not to relent efforts at ensuring the growth of TODA.

Reacting to the Honour done him, the Retired Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko, expressed joy over the occasion and commended TODA for the honour.

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“I am very happy and I feel so honoured. In fact, today is one of my happiest days on earth. I am so grateful to TODA and to the entire people of Nasarawa State for the privilege to serve and for this exceptional Grand Reception”

Honourable justice Suleiman Umar Dikko (Rtd) enjoined youths, political office holders and leaders at all levels to have the fear of God in their dealings, stressing that there was need for them to leave legacies that will stand the test of time.

Reciepients of TODA Posthumous Award include:

1. Alhaji Jibrin Baba Agwari
2. Alhaji Danladi Ganuwa
3. Alhaji Usman Sarki
4. Alhaji Abubakar Danjuma CRDP
5. Alhaji Labaran Ahege
6. Alhaji Mohammadu Shaba (National)
7. Alhaji Shuaibu Bature
8. Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu ASAT
9. Alhaji Musa Adamu AMAT
10. Alhaji Labaran Maikarfi Toto
11.Alhaji Usman Dantsoho Toto
12. Alhaji Idris Baba Mohammed
13. Alhaji Umar Azaki

Reciepients of TODA EXCELLENCE SERVICE AWARD include:

1. Alhaji Gambo Mohammed Garkuwan Toto
2. Alhaji Hussaini Ahmed GBO
3. Alhaji Mohammadu Omas
4. Alhaji Mohammadu Maikayan Mota
5. Alhaji Usman Agahu
6. Alhaji Musa Dangara
7. Alhaji Idris Hassan Dikko
8. Sani Oseze
9. Prof Yusuf Yerima

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule was represented at the event by the State Commissioner for Health, Hon. Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya as the lawmaker representing Toto/Gadabuke constituency and other eminent personalities graced the occasion.

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Kogi Mega Bus Terminal: Govt. Orders Closure Of All Motor Parks Within Lokoja Metropolis.

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Chairman committee for the movement to the Mega Terminal and beautification of Nataco -- Felele highway, Commander Jerry Omodara
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Kogi Mega Bus Terminal: Govt. Orders Closure Of All Motor Parks Within Lokoja Metropolis.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all motor parks in Lokoja metropolis and all passenger vehicles have been directed to relocate to the new Lokoja Mega Terminal.

Chairman committee for the movement to the Mega Terminal and beautification of Nataco -- Felele highway, Commander Jerry Omodara

Chairman committee for the movement to the Mega Terminal and beautification of Nataco — Felele highway, Commander Jerry Omodara

Chairman committee for the movement to the Mega Terminal and beautification of Nataco — Felele highway, Commander Jerry Omodara, disclosed at a press briefing in Government House Lokoja, that all parks and Mini parks within Lokoja metropolis have been served quit notice.

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Commander Omodara who is the state Security Adviser to the Governor, said the state government has also ordered the revocation of certificates of all lands currently used as motor parks in Lokoja, and all land tittles have been re-designated .

He added that no vehicle will be allowed to carry passengers in any part of the metropolis except at the Mega Terminal, while all vehicles traversing Lokoja metropolis must drop-off passengers only inside the Mega Terminal.

Chairman committee for the movement to the Mega Terminal and beautification of Nataco -- Felele highway, Commander Jerry Omodara

Chairman committee for the movement to the Mega Terminal and beautification of Nataco — Felele highway, Commander Jerry Omodara.

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The Security Adviser who disclosed that security agencies along with Kogi Transport Management Agency (KOTRAMA), have been directed to impound any vehicle that violates the order, also tasked the Ministry of Transportation and other Committees to ensure strict compliance.

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Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, (m) addresses some executives of the union shortly after a closed doors meeting with the chairman of Bwari Area council, John Gabaya over non payment of teachers annual increment and arrears promotion.
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Bwari Chair Approves Teachers Annual Increment, Arrears Promotion.

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, (m) addresses some executives of the union shortly after a closed doors meeting with the chairman of Bwari Area council, John Gabaya over non payment of teachers annual increment and arrears promotion.

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, (m) addresses some executives of the union shortly after a closed doors meeting with the chairman of Bwari Area council, John Gabaya over non payment of teachers annual increment and arrears promotion.

By Abubakar Sadiq Isah.

The Chairman of Bwari Area Council, John Gabaya, has approved annual increment/ implementation of arrears for 2021 and arrears promotion for 2018 for primary school teachers of the council.

Gabaya, disclosed this when he received the standing committee of the FCT wing Executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) led by its state chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, in his office on Friday.

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He said it was not deliberately hurt by his administration to delay the payment/implementation of teachers arrears promotion despite he inherited liabilities across board from his predecessors.

In fact, when I assumed office, there are about five garnishing orders from court as a result of litigation by some contractors that being owed by the previous administration. But I want to assure the union that the council will ensure that the implementation /promotion arrears for 2021 and 2018 for teachers are implemented without delay,” he said.

He said his administration was continue to intensify efforts towards gradual paying N6 million monthly in order to offset the 2016 and 2017 teachers promotion arrears.

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The chairman, while expressing delight with members of the standing committee of the union for their peaceful approach towards their members demand, said his administration will continue to make welfare of teachers as a priority since teachers made him to attain the position of local government chairman.

He, therefore, directed the Local Education Authority (LEA) secretary of the council, Solomon Ayuba Dagami, to compile a comprehensive figures of the amount being owed the teachers in order for the council to offset them.

Chaiman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi (m) Acting Secretary of the union, Comrade Margerete N. Jethro, Bwari Branch chairman of the Union, Comrade Arron Abbah, shortly after the state executives of the union meeting with the chairman of Bwari Area council, John Gabaya in his office on Friday.

Earlier, the chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of (Teachers NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, said the union record has shown that the council has paid 2017 teachers promotion arrears, which he said was quite commendable.

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He said though, the union was seriously bothered that the council has been delaying the payment and implementation of annual increment and arrears for teachers, which he said are outstanding.

“We are very much aware that the two NUT branches has made efforts discuss theses things with you with the aim of having these monies paid, but their efforts has not yielded any results,” he said.

Knabayi, said the activities of the union was not about boxing with the leaders, but rather, engaged in dialogue, intervene and discuss issues that has to do with education and the welfare of the teachers.

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, (m) addresses some executives of the union shortly after a closed doors meeting with the chairman of Bwari Area council, John Gabaya over non payment of teachers annual increment and arreas promotion.

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi, (m) addresses some executives of the union shortly after a closed doors meeting with the chairman of Bwari Area council, John Gabaya over non payment of teachers annual increment and arrears promotion.

Global Times Nigeria report that the standing committee of the FCT NUT executives has resolved to meet with the council chairman next week Monday, where an undertaking will be written by the council chairman for payment of the arrears promotion and implementation of annul increment for the teachers.

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S’West PDP: Fayose Group Meets In Abeokuta, Says; “PDP, Nigerians Common Enemy Is APC”

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S’West PDP: Fayose Group Meets In Abeokuta, Says; “PDP, Nigerians Common Enemy Is APC”

The group in the South-West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has met stakeholders in Ogun State, reiterating commitment to peace, unity and progress of the party in the zone.

The group, which met in Abeokuta, Ogun State, further affirmed that non of its candidates will go to court to challenge outcome of the congress, saying “Our common enemy as PDP members and as Nigerians is the APC, we will rather join hands and work together to rescue our people from mis-governance of the APC instead of bickering over zonal congress.”

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The group however condemned the use of violence before and during the congress, urging that use of thugs should be discouraged in the party’s future engagements.

The Ogun State stakeholders were led by Hon Ladi Adebutu and the State Chairman, Dr Sikirulai Ogundele.

A statement by its spokes person,Lere Olayinka, read; “After meeting with stakeholders in Ogun State today, it was further resolved that the Fayose group has accepted the outcome of the South-West congress.

“That non of our candidates will go to court as we will stand by what we said during and after the congress.

“The group thanks all delegates to the congress and appreciates Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and in particular former Governor Ayo Fayose, for his rare demonstration of leadership.

“It congratulates Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja and promised to work with him in the interest of the party in the zone.

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“It expresses commitment to working for the victory of the party in 2022 and 2023 elections.

“The group condemns the use of violence before and during the congress and urge that use of thugs should be discouraged in our future engagements.

” That the group admonishes Governor Makinde to rise above ‘yesterday’ and reciprocate its good gesture and show of sportsmanship by providing the required leadership with maturity, sincerity and honesty of purpose in the overall good of the party.

“Lastly, the group reiterates that the common enemy as PDP members and Nigerians is the APC, we must join hands and work together to rescue of people from its mis-governance.”

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