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Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the on Media and Publicity, said that the administration would not give up on the safe return of Leah Sharibu, a student of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary , Dapchi, who was abducted by the ISWAP faction of in February 2018.

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Shehu who disclosed this as he spoke to a group of journalists on Saturday in Abuja, said: “Instead of giving up, the government is carrying forward processes that should hopefully yield her release by her captors.”

PM News reports that the spokesman was giving a response to speculations on whether the abducted school girl had come under harm in the hands of her captors.

Speaking to reporters, he was emphatic as he stated that much of what was written about the girl in the press was fake news.

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“Lines of communications remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu.

“Contrary to false reports, she is alive – given assurances from our security agencies-, and the government is committed to her safe return, as well as all other hostages to their families.

“Kidnapping for ransom should never be encouraged. This means not capitulating to the demands of terrorists: refrain from rewarding their heinous crimes with payment.

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“With the abduction of loved family and friends, the government understands how difficult these times are for them, but government is pursuing many options to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu.

“We must commit to law and communication, using the breadth of strategies at our disposal: legal initiatives, stakeholder cooperation, involvement of all relevant parties and the use of the latest hostage negotiation techniques.

“Kidnapping for ransom is rising across the Sahel. We must – collectively – make sure we implement best practice to prevent its exploitation,” he said.

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The Presidential spokesman who assured that the administration is fully conscious on the issue as any mistake on the delicate issue could prove costly appealed that the public should exercise patience as results would soon manifest.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Buhari on 5-day visit to Daura

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Muhammadu has arrived Daura, Katsina State.

He made the trip after attending the 5th Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Buhari arrived the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport at 4.20 pm and was received by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on media, made the announcement Friday night.

He said Buhari, who is on a five-day official visit to the state, will on Monday participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the University of Transportation, Daura and commission the Kwanar Gwante (Shargalle Road), which is off Kano-Daura Road.
“The specialized university, which will be built by CCECC Nigerian Ltd, will focus on research and development of human capital for the transport sector.

“The President will depart Daura on Tuesday for Kaduna”, the statement added.

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Anxiety as FG deducts 2.01bn from Osun’s allocation

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There is obvious anxiety and palpable apprehension in Osun State, as Federal Government deducted the sum of N2.01bn from the last allocation accruing to the state to service external debt and other contractual obligations.

According to a from the Federation Account Allocation Committee, which was prepared by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, the aggregate deductions from all states for the month of September was N35.51bn.

It added that while Lagos State tops the list of states with the highest deductions of N3.23bn, Osun came second with N2.01bn.

It is against this backdrop that the Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum of the Federation Account Allocation Committee, Mr David Olofu, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, called for concerted efforts by all critical stakeholders to work towards boosting the revenue base of the nation.

He specifically implored revenue generating agencies to do more in opening more frontiers for generating revenues into the federation account, as the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba challenged Commissioners of Budget and Economic Planning in all the states to be innovative and proactive.

Agba, who gave the charge recently at the meeting of the forum of Commissioners of Budget and Economic Planning, emphasized the urgent need for them to devise alternatives means of generating revenues for their states to complement allocations from the Federation account and for the purpose of appreciable economic development.

However, all efforts to get reactions from the duo of Commissioner for Finance in Osun , Prince Bola Oyebamiji, as well as his counterpart from the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Professor Olalekan Yinusa, proved abortive, as the two individuals refused to answer several phone calls put through to them by our Correspondent, neither did they respond to text messages.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Gbite Ademikanra through a text message informed our Correspondent of efforts putting in place to jack up Internally generated revenues in the state, saying the administration of Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, through the agency has ”fantastically and creatively worked to boost the state’s IGR without placing unnecessary burden on the people of the state”.

Ademikanra explained that the IGR of the state has tremendously improved by almost 100 percent.

He said: ” As at June 30th, , the state had generated N10.2bn, indicating an average of 1.7bn of IGR monthly, as against N10.4bn for the whole of 2018, with average of N860m per month”.

A civil society organisation, Advocacy for Liberty and Civil Responsibility has carpeted the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the last administration in the state for what it termed ‘reckless spending and lack of fiscal consciousness’.

The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Shola Igbalajobi further berated the incumbent Minister for Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who was the former governor in Osun State of throwing the state into serious debt without a convincing justification.

Igbalajobi argued that there is neither record of logical expenditure, nor the level of infrastructural development in the state to justify ‘heavy debt’ hanging on the neck of the state .

”I think the state is in serious mess by these deductions, it is a clear manifestation of the huge debt incurred by the last administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola, as a of reckless spending and lack of financial savvy.

”I wonder how the state will survive in the face of this reduction, considering the meager allocation accruing to it from the Federation account.

‘It is indeed very unfortunate that the state is having sleeping State House of Assembly with docile and timid leadership that do not even know how to bark let alone going ahead to bite, otherwise, the parliament would have called Aregbesola for questioning, how could he have incurred so much debt with little or nothing to show for it.

‘Also, the incumbent Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola lacks requisite moral standing to initiate any probe, having be a determining factor in the last administration” he resorted.

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