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Nigeria: Lawmakers pledges commitment to fight drug abuse in Katsina state.

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Katsina State House of Assembly says it is committed to enacting and amending the relevant laws that will curtail drug trafficking, abuse and consumption in the state.

Abubakar Kusada, the Speaker of the Assembly, made this known in Daura on Monday when he addressed hundreds of people at the naming ceremony in the residence of Mal. Nasir Yahaya,



The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that Yahaya is a member representing Daura constituency in the Assembly.

He described the rampant instances of drug abuse as unfortunate, saddening and pathetic, stressing that the Assembly was determined to collaborate with NDLEA, Police and other stakeholders in checking the menace.

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Kusada further assured that the Assembly would not relent in enacting laws that would propel the socio-economic development of the state.

He urged parents and stakeholders to support to the collective efforts to rid the state of the activities of drug barons and consumers.

On governance, the speaker described the working relationship between the executive and legislature in the state as exceptionally cordial, adding that the development had enhanced the rapid socio-economic progress of the state.

”We all benefit from the wisdom and tenacious support of one another,” he said.

In a related development, the speaker has commended the peaceful nature of the recent All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward and Local Government Congresses in the state.

The state has the 360 electoral wards and in the 34 local government areas.

He expressed optimism that APC would sweep elections in all the future elections without rancour, intimidation or suppression of voters.

Kusada advised the electorate to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), to enable them vote for the candidates of their choice.

He said without PVCs, a voter would deny himself or herself the voting right during elections.

NAN reports that Katsina State Government is in partnership with an Abuja-based NGO,Peace Builders Security Concepts, on how to address the menace of drug abuse and addiction.

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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