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Today’s Headlines: You lied about Benue’s debts, revenue –Ortom tells Alia, Fire Guts Kwara Market

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You lied about Benue’s debts, revenue – Ortom tells Alia

Former Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has asked his successor, Hyacinth Alia, to prove his claims about the finances of the state including incomes, the wage bill and debts.

Ortom, who was reacting to Alia’s recent interview, accused the governor of embarking on embellishments and shocking fabrications.

A statement issued by Terver Akase, Ortom’s media aide, said: “We read an interview granted by the Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia which was published in Vanguard newspaper titled ‘Father Alia’s shocking revelations: In Benue, we had more ghost schools, workers than real ones’.

“In the said interview, the Governor was quoted to have stated that the government of his predecessor, Chief Samuel Ortom left arrears of salaries running into hundreds of billions of naira; “I have not been able to offset the arrears. It is in hundreds of billions of naira, I can not take care of that now…”

“Governor Alia was also quoted to have claimed that he inherited “more ghost schools than the existing functional schools”.

Fire Guts Kwara Market

A fire broke out at Owode Market in Offa, Kwara State, damaging several shops. Video footage showed shop owners mourning as their properties were engulfed by the flames. Personnel from the Federal Fire Service and Kwara State Fire Service managed to extinguish the fire, but at least five shops were affected. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

1,665 Fake A'Level Results Uncovered During Registration- JAMB

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About 1,665 fake A’level results were uncovered during the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said. 

The agency said the A’level results verification regime was occasioned by the endemic corruption associated with the system and was intended to restore the integrity of this component of the admission process. 

Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said this during a visit by the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Colleges of Education Students (NANCES) at JAMB’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja.

FCT Female Residents To Get Pads To Tackle Period Poverty 

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The Women Unite 4 WASH, a group of six women-led NGOs under the auspices of the Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) and the Connected Development (CODE) has launched a project against ‘period poverty’.

The project is to provide sanitary pads for about 1000 women, especially young females to ease the challenges of their monthly menstrual periods in FCT as the pilot scheme before extension to other parts of the country.

The Chief Executive of CODE, Mallam Hamzat Lawal, and the women group led by Dr Priscilla Achakpa, Funmilayo Olorunmola, Adefunke Adeniran, Bibian Ama and Gloria Agema, told reporters in Abuja that the ‘Buy Me a Pad’ initiative is a project that is not just about providing menstrual hygiene products, but about empowering women and girls across Nigeria.

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