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Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Wednesday acknowledged that the state government has received the second tranche of the Paris Club loan refund to the tune of N4.5 billion. Al-Makura disclosed this during a meeting with leaders of organised labour in the state at the government house in Lafia. He said that out of the amount, N2.9 billion would be for the state government, while N1.6 billion would go to the local governments. According to the governor, the fund will be used for payment of the backlog of two months salaries owed civil servants in the state in line ...
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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Wednesday promised that the state would host the 2018 African Senior Wrestling Championships. Wike made the promise to the United World Wrestling (Africa) while receiving Fouad Meskoit, President of UWW Africa, in Port Harcourt. Meskoit was in the Rivers capital to inspect facilities with regards to the bid to host the 2018 championships. “As a state, we will put everything in place for the hosting of the wrestling competition in Port Harcourt because Niger Delta, particularly Rivers is the centre of wrestling. “Let us know whatever you think that is not in place at the ...
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The U.S., Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations in a letter on Wednesday, demanded that the UN Security Council take action to ensure that aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians as violence diminishes. The letter’s other signatories also include Turkey, Qatar, Japan, Australia, the European Union, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada and Italy. In a rebuke to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran, the letter signed by 14 heads of mission in Geneva raised “serious concerns” about the implementation of seven Security Council resolutions on humanitarian access in Syria. “We remain extremely concerned that ...
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Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the government’s much-anticipated clean air plan, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle. The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health. Ministers believe it poses the largest environmental risk to public ...
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From: Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri The Nigerian Army has sentenced three soldiers to various jail terms for illegal possession of ammunitions. A General Court Marshal of 7 Division of the Army, in Maiduguri, on Wednesday, pronounced Eric Nwokere and Macaulay Fortune both deployed to the counter-insurgency operational area in the northeast, guilty of unlawfully possessing fire arms contrary to Section 27 (1) (a & b) (i & ii) of the Firearms Act. Nwokere and Fortune were arrested with five empty AK-47 rifle magazines and 20,136 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Jumputu Motor Park, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State, while boarding a commercial vehicle to ...
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From: Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, on Wednesday, warned that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has no right to stop election in Anambra state and insisted that the November18 gubernatorial election must hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state. He said that election will hold in the state and urged the people of the state to come out en masse to cast their votes to their choice candidates with out any fear of intimidation and harassment. Igwe Achebe who stated this when the State leadership of ...
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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, inaugurated two ministers into the Federal Executive Council. Here are pictures of the event L-R: Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (middle), newly Appointed Ministers Suleiman Hassan Sarma (left), and Prof. Stephen Ikni Ocheni, after the swearing-in ceremony of the New ministers during the Federal Executive Council meeting , Abuja……. PHOTO BAYO OBISESAN     L-R: Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (middle), Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari (8th left), newly Appointed Ministers Prof. Stephen Ikni Ocheni (7th left), and Suleiman Hassan Sarma (7th right) with others after the swearing-in ceremony of the ...
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The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has called for the transfer of all the country’s oil revenue savings into the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, the Director, Communications of NEITI, made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. Orji said that the position was made known in NEITI’s paper  titled: “The case for a robust oil savings fund for Nigeria’’, adding that position was informed by the transparency rating of the NSIA by the global Sovereign Wealth Institute.’’ He said that NSIA had been scored nine out of 10 on the Sovereign Wealth ...
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President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday accused Israel of inflicting damage on Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”, in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions in a dispute over the Al-Aqsa mosque. The dispute over security at the mosque compound, where Israel installed metal detectors at entry points after two police guards were shot dead this month, has touched off the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years. Hoping to calm days of unrest, Israel removed the metal detectors from the entrances to the compound and is expected to install advanced CCTV cameras instead, but Palestinians have said the modified ...
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 From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa  The Bayelsa State Government has pleaded with striking local government workers to return to work as the government would ensure their salaries arrears are paid. The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) had called out its workers in the eight local government councils including Maritime and the Health workers to proceed on strike due to the inability of the councils to pay local government salaries running into nine months. Acting governor, Rear Admiral John Gboribiogha Jonah, who made the plea, on Tuesday, during the Transparency briefing of funds received by the state government for the ...
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Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka;  the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, have described the death of renowned author, poet, broadcaster and actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti, as a huge loss to the country’s creative sector in particular and to the entire nation in general. They said the deceased should be celebrated and not mourned. Reacting to Faleti’s death, Soyinka said it was unfortunate that the deceased died a few days after another literary icon, Prof. Abiola Irele, died. He said, “So soon ...
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has recovered a total of N328.9 billion from nine major oil marketers in one year. Spokesman of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. Uwujaren identified the marketers as Conoil Plc, Total Plc, OVH Energy Plc, Oando Plc, Forte Oil and Gas Plc, Mobil Plc, MRS Oil Plc, and NIPCO Oil Plc. He said the recovery was made by the Kano office of the commission between July 2016 and July 2017. According to him, the recovery followed a petition against the management of the ...
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Usher is now facing a $20 million lawsuit from the woman he reportedly infected with Herpes. The woman whose identity remains unknown initially sued the veteran R&B singer for $10 million but up the amount after she tested positive to the STD. TMZ reports that new legal docs filed by Jane Doe, says she was devastated when she got the results on Saturday, July 22. According to the reports, the woman said she carried out the tests as soon as she heard that Usher had admitted that he has herpes simplex 2. She first sued the singer after she claimed ...
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Popular American singer, Rihanna showed off her eye-popping cleavage in a voluminous gown as she hit the red carpet in London. The 29-year-old Bajan beauty, who plays Bubble in the movie was joined by super-glamorous Cara, 24, was dolled up to the nines in a pricey ensemble – despite insisting just days before she ‘doesn’t give a s**t’ what she looks like. Although, this is not the first time she has worn such to red carpet event, Rihanna outdid her previous sartorial displays with this one as she arrived at the European premiere of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand ...
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The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), on Wednesday, said that it was yet to release the provisional admission list and screening date for candidates that chose the institution in their JAMB forms. Deputy Director of the Corporate Affairs Department of the University, Mr. Kunle Akogun, disclosed this to journalists. He said : “The attention of the management of the University of Ilorin has been drawn to a statement currently trending on some social media platforms. “It is to the effect that the university had announced the date and procedure for the screening of candidates for admission for the 2017/2018 academic session ...
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From: Paul Osuyi, Asaba A section of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State has given Governor Ifeanyi Okowa conditions that must be met if they must fully return to the party under the leadership of Ahmed Makarfi as the national chairman of the party. They said the only way for enduring peace to prevail was for the governor to address the challenges of impunity and imposition of candidates for elections by selfish elders and leaders of the party across various localities. The conditions were issued after Governor Okowa addressed an enlarged meeting ...
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Transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the US military “in any capacity,” President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on Twitter. The decision would reverse a policy announced in 2016 under former president Barack Obama. “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in ...
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From: Agaju Madugba, Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State  has approved the reconstitution of the 18-member  state Pilgrims Welfare Board. A press statement, on Wednesday, by the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, said the appointment of the Chairman and members of the board  was based on merit as well as on recognition for their selfless service to the state. The new board has Alhaji Salisu Ado Shinkafi as Chairman, while some other members are, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Idris Daura, Malam Harith Isa Dukke, Malam Aminu Yaqub, Malam MUkhtar Usman, Malam Muhammad Alti, Alhaji Ishaq Nuhu and Salihu ...
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Fourteen members of a Pakistani village council have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl as punishment for a rape committed by her brother, police said, on Wednesday. The incident occurred earlier this month in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad, a suburb of the central city of Multan, investigators told AFP. “A jirga (village council) had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old,” said Allah Baksh, a local police official. He said the village council was approached by a man who complained that his 12-year-old sister ...
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From: Molly Kilete, Abuja Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has attributed the high rate of kidnapping in the country to the non-availability of stiffer penalties for offenders. He said criminals were taking advantage of this lapses to engage in the illegal act which they consider a booming business. This not withstanding, the IGP has charged state commissioners of police to identify all black spots in their states with a view to embarking on constant raiding of such spots to flush out kidnappers and other criminal groups terrorising the country. Idris made this known at a meeting with commissioners ...
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From: Aloysius Attah, Onitsha Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Chief Norbert Obi, has predicted victory for Governor Willie Obiano in the November gubernatorial polls in the state. Obi, while making a presentation, on Wednesday, during the face-to-face interaction with members of a group, the Anambra Consensus Project, said that Governor Obiano has done well in service delivery and will be returned into office for a second tenure by the Anambra electorates. He said that though APGA has no anointed candidate for the coming polls, the party is set for its primaries and also knows ...
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The death has been reported of Emir of Tsafe, Yan’ doton Tsafe, Alhaji Habibu Aliyu of Zamfara State. The news of the emir’s demised was contained in a statement signed by the Zamfara State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Muttaka Rini. According to the statement, the monarch passed away at the Usman Danfodio University Teaching hospital Sokoto after a protracted illness. He is survived by four wives 25 children and 62 grand children. The late Emir succeeded his father, late Alhaji Aliyu Yan doto in 1991. He will be buried in the palace at his hometown of ...
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From: Aloysius Attah, Onitsha  An aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2017 gubernatorial elections in Anambra State, Sen. Andy Uba, has urged the delegates of the party to ignore the lies peddled against his candidature. In a statement issued by his media office, Uba urged the delegates to pay no attention to the everyday fabrication of lies against his desire to serve the good people of Anambra State. “We have been inundated on a daily basis by a number of false stories peddled against Senator Uba by several other aspirants who we will not mention here. Naturally, ...
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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Tuesday, said that the N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF) set up by his administration has successfully empowered over 4000 small and medium scale businesses in the last two years as a means to boost the economy of the State. Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received a delegation from Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said deliberate efforts have been made by his administration to aid businesses and encourage budding entrepreneurs in the State. Alluding to the fact ...
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The United Nations, UN, has pledged a continued support for the execution of Ogoniland cleanup, Great Green Wall, desertification, among other projects, which the federal government has tagged as priority. Deputy secretary general of United Nations (UN), Amina Mohammed, who is Nigeria’s erstwhile environment minister, made the promise while addressing the directors general and staffers of the Ministry of Environment in Abuja as part of her visit to Nigeria. According to The Guardian, Mohammed, who expressed happiness for homecoming, said the projects are scheduled for 2030 agenda, adding, “We’ll continue to make requests for international bodies to come to help ...
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The chief magistrate’s court in Sango, in Ogun State on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, dismissed charges filed against Joachim Iroko, a man who named his dog ‘Buhari’, Signal reports. The suit was dismissed following serial failure by the prosecution to present witnesses and the continued absence of the nominal complainant, who claimed that Mr. Iroko named his dog ‘Buhari’, after his father. The dismissal was sequel to an application by the defendant’s lawyers that the case is struck out for want of diligent prosecution. Joachim Iroko (left) pictured with one of his lawyers, Iniebehe Effiong | Facebook Mr. O. O ...
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A Chief Magistrate’s Court in Sango, on Wednesday, dismissed charges filed against a man who named his dog ‘Buhari’ in a community in Ogun State. Magistrate O. O. Adebo said the prosecutor failed to substantiate his case against Joachim Iroko and consequently struck out all charges preferred against him. Iroko, 41, was arrested in August 2016 for causing a breach of peace after he was reported by his neighbour, for alleged insensitivity in Mr. Iroko’s action of naming his dog after the President. The neighbour, identified as Haliru Umar from Sokoto State, said Mr. Iroko harboured sinister motives when he named ...
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Two major bills sponsored by Sen. Solomon Adeola (APC Lagos West) were among the constitutional amendment bill passed by the 8th Senate through electronic voting. Sen. Adeola has sponsored 12 constitutional amendment bills that passed first reading and was referred to the Senate Constitutional Amendment Committee for further legislative process. At the end of the Senate Constitutional Amendment Committee deliberation, two of the bills were listed among the 32 constitutional amendment bills that was considered and both of them were passed by majority of the 97 senators that electronically voted for the bills  Sen. Adeola’s bills that were passed in this ...
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Yemi Osinbajo, the acting president of Nigeria, has sworn in two new ministers into the Federal Executive Council. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State were screened and confirmed by the Senate in May, 2017 and have been waiting to be brought into the federal cabinet. The new ministers took the oath of office administered by the Professor Osinbajo on Wednesday [July 26, 2017] morning at the council chamber of the Presidential Villa before the commencement of the weekly federal cabinet meeting. According to news reports, Osinbajo said the portfolios of the two new ministers ”will ...
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From: Clement Adeyi,  Osogbo The rising spate of the fallen standard of education at all levels in the country has been blamed on misuse of social media and decline in culture and moral values among school children. Two dons who made the attributions, on Wednesday, in Iwo,  Osun State, lamented that pupils and students at primary,  post-primary and tertiary levels had relegated  cultural and moral values to the background and addicted themselves to negative aspects of civilisation and technology at the expense of hunger and thirst for quality education. Prof. of Sociology, University of Lagos, Lai Olurode and  Professor  of ...
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From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is expected in Kebbi State on August 1 to commission the N10 billion WACOT Rice Mills located at Argungu Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu confirmed this, on Wednesday, during WACOT management team visited him at Government House, Birnin-Kebbi.
The governor notified the visitors that Acting President has agreed to come to the state on to commission the factory.    Speaking on the WACOT investment, Governor Bagudu said ” When President Muhammadu Buhari visit Kebbi State in November 15, 2015, to launch Anchored borrower scheme, many people were skeptical  whether farmers ...
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Sperm counts of men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are plunging, according to a new analysis published Tuesday. Among these men there has been a 52% decline in sperm concentration and a 59% decline in total sperm count over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2011, the analysis, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, said. Scientists determine sperm count by looking at a sample of ejaculate under a microscope. For sperm concentration, they measure how many millions of sperm there are in each milliliter of fluid. Sperm count, then, is sperm concentration multiplied by the total volume of an ejaculate ...
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Total Nigeria Plc has signed a Solar Home Solution distribution agreement with Blackbit Limited. This solar product distribution partnership is aimed at facilitating seamless nationwide access to solar energy products to bridge the energy gap in homes and optimally ensure customer satisfaction. This partnership will enable Blackbit distribute Solar Home Solutions from the TOTAL Energy Solutions brand in outlets in Abuja and Lagos. TOTAL Solar Home Solutions is a solar inverter kit that comprises of our high quality panels from SUNPOWER, one of the world renowned manufacturers of the most efficient Solar Panels. These panels come with a 25 year ...
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Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has sworn in two new ministers earlier confirmed by the Senate. The new ministers are Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Alhaji Suleiman Hassan (Gombe). Speaking after swearing them in, Osinbajo said  they “ will not have time to celebrate much this morning. You will have full meeting today.” He reminded them […] The post At Last, Osinbajo Swears In Two New Ministers appeared first on Newsdiaryonline ...
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday sealed the multi-billion naira Enugu Mall occupied by SPAR, a multinational retail outlet. EFCC officers stormed the building in the early hours of the day and dispersed all the workers. Mr Chris Oluka, the Head of Public Affairs of EFCC, confirmed the incident, saying that the managers of the building flouted the directive of EFCC on the construction of the building. Oluka said that the officers from Abuja raided the mall and dispersed workers who were recently recruited preparatory to official opening of business on Friday. “Yes, our men went there ...
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Researchers say monthly vaginal ring and daily oral tablet, both containing anti-HIV drugs, are safe and acceptable in adolescent girls. The results of the study were presented on Wednesday at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris, France. The study reveals that the use of dapivirine vaginal ring by adolescent girls, most or all of the time, reduces the risk of HIV infection in women by no less than 56 per cent. Dr Sharon Hillier, the Principal Investigator, NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), said the researchers were encouraged by the result of the dapivirine ring in 15 to ...
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The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, barred a former president, Goodluck Jonathan from running for a second term in office. This was done during voting in series of new bills being passed by the upper legislative chamber. The Bill sought that any vice president who had completed a tenure of a sitting president and contested a fresh four years mandate shall not be eligible to run for a second term of office. Details later… ...
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From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja  Eleven weeks after they were confirmed by the Senate, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo administered oath of office to Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State as ministers of the Federal Republic. They both took their oath of office at exactly 11:18a.m. after members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had recited the National Anthem and opening prayers were said the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah. The Acting President charged them to key into the administration’s economic reforms programme ...
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From: Noah Ebije, Kaduna. The authorities of Depot Nigerian Army, Nigerian Military School, Zaria, has warned citizens who not successful during the just concluded 76 Regular recruits intake exercise to beware of fraudsters. According to a statement issued by Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain Haruna Mohammed Sani, Depot Nigerian Army, some criminally-minded Nigerians were parading themselves as relatives to the Commandant to defraud unsuccessful persons by promising them recruitment opportunity. “Recruitment into the Nigerian Army is free. No candidate is expected to pay money to any individual whatsoever,”. the statement stressed. It also added that other dubious characters who ...
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From: FRED ITUA, Abuja The Senate at about 12.35p.m, on Wednesday, voted against devolution of powers to states. Forty eight members voted against it, while 46 voted in favour. It, however, voted ‎in favour of financial autonomy for states’ Houses of Assembly. It also gave its nod to financial autonomy for local governments. Details later… ...
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