Fire guts Birnin Kebbi Central Market

First, it was the Abubakar Rimi Market in Kano. Later, the Birnin Kebbi Central Market was gutted by fire. Journalists, who visited the scene of the incident today, reported that properties worth millions of naira were destroyed, but no life was lost in the fire, which started in the early hours of the day. The Chairman of the central market management, Abubakar Bandam, told journalists that the fire was noticed at about midnight and that the source of the inferno was yet to be determined. He said the management of the market was working closely with security agencies, to identify the cause, just as he commended the state’s fire service, for its prompt response....

Senate rejects gender equality bill

The Senate has rejected a gender equality bill presented before the house. Sen. Biodun Olujimi (APC-Ekiti), titled the Bill ‘’An Act to Incorporate and enforce certain provisions of the United Nations Convention of all forms of discrimination against women.’’ The tittle was inspired by the controversial abduction and forceful marriage of Ese Oruru and abuse of women in the country. Section 5 of the Bill, states “every person, body, institution, community, authority or private enterprise whether public organ or body, public institution, individuals, communities or authority and private enterprise in Nigeria shall all appropriate measures, including regulatory policy, fiscal and administrative measures, to ensure the full development and advancement of all persons, especially young women and girl children, for the purpose of guaranteeing to them the exercise and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms on a basis of non-discrimination and equality of all persons.” A motion for consideration of the bill was raised...