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Defection: Osinbajo Meet Akpabio at Villa

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DEFECTION: OSINBAJO MEET AKPABIO AT VILLA

By Haruna Yusuf Abuja  3/8/2018

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met with the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, reportedly to perfect the lawmaker’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State arrived the State House Villa by 3.06pm with the Presidential Aide on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

The duo went straight into the Vice President’s wing at the State House Villa. The two Akwa Ibom politicians came an hour after President Muhammadu Buhari departed for Bauchi State on an official engagement.

The meeting, which lasted till around 5.20pm, came on the heels of Akpabio’s defection plot. Akpabio is said to be mulling defection over his rift with the current governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel.
Our correspondent reports that while Akpabio was with the vice president, the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of his party, the PDP, was also going on, with Senate President Bukola Saraki and other defectors from the APC in attendance.

A ranking senator told Daily Hint Reporter that Akpabio had since perfected his plans to dump the PDP.
“If not for the impunity of Saraki, he (Akpabio) would have announced his defection penultimate Tuesday when we proceeded on recess.

He was to announce it that day but Saraki stopped him,” the senator, who did not want be named, said.
Our correspondent reports that if Akpabio decamps, he would be the second senator from the oil rich Akwa Ibom to join the APC. In January last year, Senator Nelson Effiong (PDP, Akwa-Ibom South) joined the APC.

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Qatar Government Pledges Support For Yobe State

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Qatar Government pledges support For Yobe state

By Daily Hint, Abuja

The state of Qatar has pledged to support Yobe state government in building infrastructure across the state.

The Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Abdulaziz Mubarak Al-Muhamadi, stated this on Friday when Governor Mai Mala Buni paid him a courtesy visit.

Al-Muhamadi said Qatar would construct schools, clinics and water facilities among others to complement government efforts to improve the lives of the people.

“The state of Qatar will support your government to improve the lives of your people with befitting facilities” he assured.

The Ambassador said the State of Qatar would also consider direct flight from Qatar to Yobe state through the Damaturu International cargo airport when completed to support direct investment into the state.

Governor Buni said Yobe state government would provide the necessary support for the partnership to succeed.

“This opportunity will support our programme and focus on infrastructural and economic development in the state” Buni said.

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Borno Federal Lawmaker, Hon. Satomi Empowers 250 Youths, Women Women With N25 Million Cash, As 1000 Others Gets Food Items

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BORNO FEDERAL LAWMAKER, HON. SATOMI  EMPOWERS 250 YOUTHS, WOMEN WITH N25 MILLION CASH, AS 1000 OTHERS GETS FOOD ITEMS

BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI 

Member House of Representatives, Jere federal constituency in Borno state, Hon. Ahmed Satomi has on Wednesday shared a total of N25 million to 250 beneficiaries, even as about 1000 vulnerable groups got food items.

Just yesterday Satomi distributed food items to over 700 widows, mostly whose husbands were killed by Boko Haram sect in the constituency.

Recalled that the Lawmaker had recently doled out N47 million to better the lives of his people and make them economically self -reliant in this period of Ramadan fasting.

Speaking while distributing the monies and relief items to his electorate in Maiduguri, the lawmaker said apart from this gesture, he will ensure that dividends of democracy and inclusive representation achieved across all the political wards in the constituency.

He said, the beneficiaries of the cash which is in categories would get N250,000, N100,000, and 50,000 each, depending on their scale of businesses and farming capabilities.

While the other 1000 households got a bag of rice, sugar, cartons of spaghetti, milk and other condiments.

According to Satomi, the idea of assisting people, especially the vulnerable ones in the society was to reduce the rate of economic hardship and joblessness among youths and women groups, encourage the spirit of self- reliance and wealth creation in the society.

“All I need from the beneficiaries is to put into proper us the donations received and see that they empower themselves and other people through their businesses. This is the aim of the gesture and I urge them to be prudent,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Executive Chairman of Jere Council, Hon Gujja Tom thanked Satomi for always giving out assistance and supports to members of his constituency, especially at this critical time of needs.

He promised that the monies and items donated would reach all beneficiaries judiciously and timely.

 He therefore called on all and sundry to pray for good health and protection of Hon Satomi at all times, even as he said, the people of Jere are highly proud and satisfied with Satomi as their representative at the Lower Chamber.

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Development: Gov. Buni Meets Qatari Consultant on partnership

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Development: Gov. Buni meets Qatari Consultant on partnership

By Daily Hint, Abuja

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, and APC National Chairman, yesterday, met with a Qatari based consultant Mr. Izid bih El Jouneid and discussed extensively on areas of partnership to improve education and economy of the state.

Izid was accompanied by the state commissioner for Basic Education Dr. Mohammed Sani Idris.

The discussion also considered areas where Non Governmental Organizations could assist the state government to support education in the state.

The governor welcomed the development saying it will complete government efforts in moving education in the state.

He commended the consultant for considering the state for the intervention.



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