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A State In Nigeria Has Passed A Bill Banning Gambling, NaijaBet, NairaBet

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Lawmakers pass bill banning NaijaBet, NairaBet in Bauchi

The Bauchi State House of Assembly has passed a bill banning all forms of gambling, ownership and operations of gaming machines including NaijaBet and BetNaija, in the state.

The member representing Lere/Bula constituency, Aminu Tukur, who spoke to journalists after the House sitting in Bauchi on Thursday, said, "The bill seeks to ban all forms of gambling and its operations in the state."

He said the bill, which was co-sponsored by 10 other members, should be cited as Gambling and Gaming Machines Prohibition Law of the state.

Those who sponsored the bill were the Speaker of the House, Kawuwa Damina (Darazo), Maryam Bagel (Dass), Salisu Ajilanga (Gamawa), Ibrahim Hassan (Duguri), Yusuf Dadiye, Yusuf Nuhu (Ganjuwa), Idris Idris (Dambam), Abdullahi Abdulkadir (Bura), Garba Musa (Sakwa) and Markus Makama (Bogoro).


Tukur said, "The bill passed the first, second reading and third readings instantly on the floor of the house because the honourable members of the house look at its importance.

"The bill will ensure that gambling is not only banned but will also sanitise the morality of our youth and children."

According to him, both Islam and Christianity do not encourage or support gambling which is a waste of funds and encourages immorality in the society.

Tukur said, "The law provides that any gaming machine, be it electronic or otherwise, found in a place after three months of the commencement of the law shall be forfeited to the state government."

When contacted on if the outgoing governor, Mohammed Abubakar, would sign the bill into law, the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Ali M. Ali, said, "I am not in the position to speak on that yet. I am not with the governor now, but I will speak with him tomorrow and will get back to you."

Why we demolished Caramelo Nightclub – Minister

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The FCT minister, Muhammad Musa Bello Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, has said that Caramelo, a popular nightclub in Utako District of Abuja, was demolished in a renewed effort to ensure compliance with the city's master plan. Bello, who was speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja yesterday, said the decision to pull down the structure was painful but necessary to restore the master plan.

 He said the government was not in place to destroy but that the violation of rules and regulations won't be tolerated, adding that the business of running a city is a very serious one. The minister said the building was meant for a clinic but was converted to a nightclub. He said it was neighbours of Caramelo that drew the attention of government to what he tagged  "flagrant abuse." 

Bello however assured that government under the present leadership would not stop Abuja residents from enjoying nightlife. 

Football ICON, Didier Drogba Completes A World Class Hospital In Abidjan

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Football ICON, Didier Drogba, has completed a world class hospital with state of the Art facilities for the people of Abidjan. MIKEL OBI,OKOCHA AND CO ARE STILL WAITING FOR THEIR ANCESTORS TO FOLLOW SUIT.

FCTA Inaugurates 600-Capacity Dawaki Modern Market

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has inaugurated the 667-capacity shops Dawaki Modern Market in Bwari Area Council.

The FCT minister, Mr Mohammed Bello, who was represented by Sen. Isah Maina, Mandate Secretary, Area Council Service Secretariat, inaugurated the project on Wednesday.

Bello said the project would not only provide and improve commercial activities but also provide job opportunies to youths in the council.

According to him, the FCT administration has identified with Mr Musa Dikko, Chairman, Bwari Area Council's handwork in just three years of his administration as he has brought about development in the council.

"Politics is about sacrifice, the ability to serve others and not one's self.

"This shows that the chairman has the potential to do more and we have taken note as he would be rewarded accordingly and the people of Bwari are lucky to have had a leader like him who has achieved so much, within this short time."

He advised residents of the council to maximise the availability of the market within the community to carry out genuine and profitable economic activities.

Also speaking, Dikko said that the market was the second Ultra Modern market his administration has inaugurated within three years.

The first was the Maitama Ultra Modern market in Kubwa.

This, Dikko stated, was part of his administration's set goals in the council to impact on the lives of residents through provision of infrastructure.

He also said that it was the councils intention to devise other means of generating Internal Revenue to complement the Federal Government's monthly allocation.

He said: "The recently unveiled bylaw of the council would definitely help us achieve these developments."

Mr Patrick Ojo, the project's developer, while speaking to newsmen said the project recorded success because of the peace, communal harmony of the council and the strong will of the council administration.

He appreciated the support by both the FCT administration and the area council.

"The facility is a one-stop-shop of 667 shops, a banking hall, an ATM gallery, a fire service station as well as a police station, public toilets, and restaurants.

"We have patnered with the council's technical team to maintain and manage the facility, so what you see today, I assure you, is what you will see ten years from now."

Mrs Rita Kure, one of the traders who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the modern market would reduce the stress of visiting markets situated in the city centre.

Kure also urged the administration to ensure provision of other infrastructure necessary in the council that would meet the needs of the people. (NAN)