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Fintiri Swears In 4 High Court Judges, 2 Khadis, 2 Customary Court Judges

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Thursday swore into office 4 high court judges, 2 Khadis of Sharia Court of Appeal and 2 judges of customary court of appeal with a charge to dispense Justice without fear or favour.

The Judges include, Ishaku Yakubu Halliru, Felix Daniel Nzaga, Abbas Adamu Habon, and Maxwell Pukuma for the High Court, Magaji Ciroma, and Ibrahim Barkindo for the Sharia Court of Appeal while Momsisuri Bemare Odo, and Evaristus Paul are for the customary court.

Fintiri at the event that held in the Banquet Hall Government House Yola congratulated the new judges for rising to the pinacle in the temple of justice and hoped that they will work tireless in their new assignments.

On the current judiciary reforms being carried out by his administration, Governor Fintiri expressed the conviction that the new judges with their long sojourn on the lower bench of the bar have all it takes to drive new face in the judicial system.

According to the Governor, having accepted the call of duty, it is expected that transparency, discipline and efficiency should be the watchwords of the new judges and reminded them of the weight of the oath they have collectively subscribed to.

He commended the State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa for carrying out far reaching reforms and complete reorganization of the Judicial Arm to minimize misconduct, corruption, indiscipline and avoidable delays in disposing of cases.

The Governor reaffirmed that the his administration will not tamper with the sanctity of any arm of government, as it has granted unfettered autonomy to the judiciary and the legislature to make them function effectively for good governance.

Responding on behalf of the newly inaugurated judges, Justice Ishaku Yakubu Halliru pledged their loyalty to the system adding that they will do their best to uphold and dispense Justice according to the law and asked for support.

The oath of office and allegiance were administed on the eight newly appointed judges of the High Court, Sharia Court of Appeal and Customary Court of Appeal by the Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Nathan Musa.

The event was attended by deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, federal lawmaker Kwamoti Laori, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Malam Bashiru Ahmad, heads of courts and government functionaries among others.

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NDE Commences Training Of 20 Unemployed Youths In Taraba

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By Sani Yarima 

The Taraba state office of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced the training of twenty unemployed youths on the Environmental Beautification scheme in the state.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Friday at Camp Lavet in Jalingo, the state Coordinator, Mr. Christopher Bamsida, said the participants were recruited under the Special Public Works Department of the NDE, aimed at reducing unemployment in the state.

Mr. Bamsida explained that the scheme was designed to train employed school leavers in plaster of Paris (POP), and hard and soft landscaping, leading to the acquisition of skills in erosion control, environmental beautification protection, and sanitation.

According to him, the environmental beautification training scheme is aimed at showcasing the resilience of youth who are making strides in various fields.

He emphasized that the agency recognized the potential of vibrant youths and was dedicated to providing them with the skills needed to build a prosperous and sustainable future.

Mr. Christopher Bamsida stressed the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills, abilities, understanding, and work habits necessary for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.

He pointed out that the choices of these skill sets were deliberate attempts at making an impact in the global system.

Mr. Bamsida urged the trainees to concentrate and acquire the skills, as this would enable them to become relevant decision-makers in the economy of life.

Additionally, Mr. Christopher Bamsida called on well-meaning individuals, organizations, and government at all levels to support NDE’s efforts to reduce unemployment in the country.

He expressed gratitude to the Taraba state Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas, for creating a conducive environment for the Directorate to thrive in the state.

In his remarks, the Head of the Department of Small Skills Enterprise, Usman Bwala advised participants to take advantage of the training, urging them not to let the Federal government down.

Mr. Solomon Rimamnyang thanked the federal government and NDE for allowing them to receive training in such skills, promising on behalf of the beneficiaries not to fail the federal government in its efforts to add value to the labor market.

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FAAC: FG, States, LGCs Shares N1, 208.081 For April, 2024

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By Sani Yarima 

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), at its May 2024 meeting shared a total sum of N1,208. 081 Trillion to the three tiers of government as Federation Allocation for April 2024 from a gross total of N2,192.007 Trillion.

In a statement released to SAHEL REPORTERS on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 by Mohammed Manga *FCIA*, Director of Information and Public Relations in the Ministry said the meeting was chaired by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, 

From the stated amount inclusive of Gross Statutory Revenue, Value Added Tax (VAT), Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL), and Exchange Difference (ED), the Federal Government received N390.412 Billion.

The States received N403.403 Billion, and the Local Government Councils got N293.816 Billion, while the Oil Producing States received N120.450 Billion as Derivation, (13% of Mineral Revenue).

The sum of N80.517 Billion was given for the cost of collection, while N903.479 Billion was allocated for Transfers Intervention, and Refunds.

The Communique issued by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the end of the meeting indicated that the Gross Revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for April 2024, was N500.920 Billion as against N549.698 Billion distributed in the preceding month, resulting in a decrease of  N48.778 Billion.

From that amount, the sum of N20.037 Billion was allocated for the cost of collection and the sum of N14.426 Billion was given for Transfers, Intervention, and Refunds. 

The remaining sum of N466.457 Billion was distributed to the three tiers of government, of which the Federal Government got N69.969 Billion, the States received N233.229 Billion, and Local Government Councils got N163.260 Billion.

Accordingly, the Gross Statutory Revenue of N1,233.498 Trillion received for the month was higher than the sum of N1,017.216 Trillion received in the previous month of March 2024 by N216.282 Billion. 

From the stated amount, the sum of N59.729 Billion was allocated for the cost of collection and a total sum of N889.053 Billion for Transfers, Intervention, and Refunds.

The remaining balance of  N284.716 Billion was distributed as follows to the three tiers of government: the Federal Government got the sum of N112.148 Billion, States received N56.883 Billion, the sum of N43.855 Billion was allocated to LGCs, and N71.830 Billion was given to Derivation Revenue (13% Mineral producing States).

Also, the sum of N18.775 Billion from the Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) was distributed to the three (3) tiers of government as follows: the Federal Government received N2.704 Billion, States got N9.012 Billion, Local Government Councils received N6.308 Billion, while N0.751 Billion was allocated for Cost of Collection.

The Communique also disclosed the sum of N438.884 Billion from Exchange Difference, which was shared as follows: Federal Government received N205.591 Billion, States got N104.279 Billion, the sum of N80.394 Billion was allocated to Local Government Councils, while N48.620 Billion was given for Derivation (13% of Mineral Revenue).

Oil and Gas Royalties, Companies Income Tax (CIT), Excise Duty,  Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Customs External Tariff levies (CET) and 
Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) increased significantly, while Import Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) recorded considerable decreases.

According to the Communique, the total revenue distributable for the current month of April 2024, was drawn from Statutory Revenue of N284.716 Billion, Value Added Tax (VAT) of N466.457 Billion, N18.024 Billion from Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL), and  N438.884 Billion from Exchange Difference, bringing the total distributable amount for the month to N1,208.081 Trillion.

The balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) as of May 2024 stands at $473,754.57.

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Speaker Of HoR, Tajuddeen Approves The Appointment Of Hon. Chede As Liaison Officer 

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Abbas Tajuddeen, has approved the appointment of former member of the house, Hon. Garba Chede, as the house liaison officer at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat in Abuja.

In a statement by the Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Prof. Jake Dan-Azumi, it was announced that the appointee will be responsible for all communications between the House of Representatives and the APC National Secretariat.

The speaker expressed confidence in the newly appointed liaison officer and urged the APC National Secretariat to provide him with the necessary support to effectively carry out his duties.

Hon. Garba Chede, while fielding questions from the National Assembly correspondents, thanked the Speaker for the opportunity to serve in that capacity.

He also pledged to use his new position to promote a harmonious working relationship between the House and the APC National Secretariat for the success of the current administration under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the National Assembly as a whole.

Before his appointment, Hon. Garba Chede served as a member of the House of Representatives from Balli-Gassol Constituency in Taraba State during the Eighth and Ninth Assembly.

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