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13 die in boat mishap, tanker fire in Niger

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Seven people died in a boat mishap on River Gbako in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger State on Friday, an official of the state emergency agency said.
Similarly, six people also died when fuel-laden tankers collided in Mokwa.
Ahmed Inga, Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, told journalists in Minna on Saturday that four women and three children drowned when the boat they were travelling in capsized.
He said the boat was conveying 10 female farmers from Balsa community to a rice farm across the river.
Inga said three women were rescued by local divers after the accident, which occurred at about 11 a.m.
“Yabagi Ibrahim, the owner of the farm lost a wife, a daughter and granddaughter in the unfortunate incident,” he said.
Gbako river is located on the border between Katcha and Lavun local government area of the state.
Similarly, six people also died when fuel tankers caused multiple accidents in Mokwa, the headquarters of Mokwa Local Government area of the state.
The director general said the two petrol tankers were involved in the accident which occurred on Friday due to break failure.
“It was said to have hit the one in front, which veered off the road and rammed against the wall of a guest house in the town,” he said.
He said that the tanker with the failed break also hit another one parked with the product by the side of the road, causing an explosion and fire.
Inga said many people sustained injuries, with two in critical condition and receiving treatment at Mokwa General Hospital.

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War: China, India, Tajikistan, others to send troops to Russia

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China’s People’s Liberation Army will send troops to Russia to participate in the “East-2022” drills.

The East-2022 is also called the Vostok-2022 and this was disclosed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, according to CNN.

“China’s participation in the exercise is aimed at deepening practical and friendly cooperation with the armies of the participating countries,” the ministry added.

It further explained that the Asian giants’ participation would enhance the level of strategic cooperation among countries involved.

The exercise would further strengthen the ability to respond to various security threats, according to the defense ministry.

It, however, added that the exercise is unrelated to the current international and regional situation.

Other nations to join in the exercise are India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries.

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Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three additional orthopedic hospitals.

Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Primary Health Care(PHC) Leadership Challenge at the State House.

The event was organised by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in collaboration with development partners.

Ehanire disclosed that the President approved siting of the orthopedic hospital in three regions.

“North-East has one; the North-Central has one and the South-South has one; in Benin, Jos and Jalingo respectively”, NAN quoted him saying.

Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said N471.9 billion had been disbursed to states under the $1.5billion World Bank-Assisted States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

She added that all the 36 states had fully domesticated the fiscal reforms in their public financial management system.

Buhari approves three orthopedic hospitals in Edo, Plateau, Taraba

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BREAKING: Electricity workers call off strike

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National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called off its nationwide strike.

The decision followed an emergency meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.

The minister’s spokesman Olajide Oshundun, announced that Ngige intervened in the industrial action.

NUEE Secretary General, Joe Ajaero, assured that electricity would be restored across the country tonight.

The workers shut down all Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) offices earlier today.

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