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FCTA demolishes over 349 illegal structures in Lugbe

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By Muhammad Tanimu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has demolished over 349 illegal structures in Lugbe along Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja road.

The operation tagged ‘2021 mother of clean ups’ was led by the chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Mr Ikharo Attah, accompanied by security personnel and Fire Service officials.

He said the operation was part of the regular exercise on the Airport road corridor considering the need to keep the gateway into the nation’s capital, Abuja clean.

Attah explained that the minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello visited the area recently with the commissioner of Police and some strategic army officers including other security heads in the territory, and they were displeased with the level of infringement.

The chairman stated that the Chief of Garki, Usman Nga-Kupi who was also among the entourage lamented that most of the areas that the residents ought to park their cars along the fence line were all converted into shops.

According to him, the FCT Administration had fenced the organic settlement for the residents waiting for resettlement but regretted that the plan had been contravened by those within the area, which violates the Abuja master plan.

“The people have turn the fence line to motor park, where car owners park and pay N1,000 on a daily basis”

He said, “In line with town planning rules and to keep the city clean and safe, we are not going to be detered, this comprehensive clean up shows that FCT Administration is committed to keeping the city clean.

“One of the key issues is to keep to the acceptable standards, if you are driving in through the Airport Road what you see is not befitting.Abuja Environmental Protection Board is doing well by evacuating the heavy waste, there are dumpsites at the back of the villages but some still come to the front to dump waste”

Attah explained that the exercise was to ensure that Abuja especially along the Airport Road is maintained in line with the best practices of orderliness and sanitation.


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Oregon dog’s 12-inch ears earn Guinness World Record

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Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).
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An Oregon woman’s black and tan coonhound earned a Guinness World Record when each of her ears was measured at 12.38 inches long.

Guinness said Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).

Olsen said she always knew Lou’s ears were “extravagantly long,” but she only decided to measure them while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All black and tan coonhounds have beautiful long ears, some are just longer than others,” Olsen, a veterinary technician, told Guinness.

Olsen said Lou’s especially long ears have not led to any medical complications for the canine.

“Of course everyone wants to touch the ears, they’re very easy to fall in love with with just one sighting,” she said.

Olsen said Lou is also a competitor at dog shows and has earned titles from the American Kennel Club and Rally Obedience.

Source: (UPI)


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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