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  •  In a bid to increase awareness and improve interaction with readers the International Psychometrics Centre IPC on Thursday launched an educational magazine Genius Magazine The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Genius Magazine was published by IPC in association with Books and Sports Limited aimed at disseminating information on psychometrics and educational system Chief Abimbola hellip
    Centre launches Magazine to increase awareness, improve interaction
     In a bid to increase awareness and improve interaction with readers the International Psychometrics Centre IPC on Thursday launched an educational magazine Genius Magazine The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Genius Magazine was published by IPC in association with Books and Sports Limited aimed at disseminating information on psychometrics and educational system Chief Abimbola hellip
    Centre launches Magazine to increase awareness, improve interaction
    Education3 weeks ago

    Centre launches Magazine to increase awareness, improve interaction

    In a bid to increase awareness and improve interaction with readers, the International Psychometrics Centre (IPC), on Thursday launched an educational magazine, Genius Magazine.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Genius Magazine was published by IPC, in association with Books and Sports Limited, aimed at disseminating information on
    psychometrics and educational system.

    Chief Abimbola Davis, the Chairman, IPC Governing Council, said at launch that the specialised magazine would serve as a medium to keep people aware of what psychometrics was all about.

    A psychometric is a psychological measurement. It’s obtained by performing a range of psychometric tests. These tests seek to measure one’s knowledge, abilities, skills, educational achievement and personality traits.

    Davis said that the Magazine would be distributed free to various institutions in the country and readers across the world.

    “The first edition of the magazine was an online edition; the second edition was first to go into print, while the third edition is already out.

    “As a serious magazine, copies of the production are distributed free of charge to the academia, presidency, corporate entities, donor agencies, diplomatic circle, government ministries and academic regulatory bodies,” he said.

    “As of today, there are only five psychometricians in Nigeria. Psychometrics has been approved for tertiary institutions in the country, while effort was ongoing to introduce psychometrics in secondary schools,” he said.

    Davis said every student undertaking psychometrics in the country is entitled to a scholarship and other incentives, adding graduating students could access support from its Students’ Enterprise Fund.

    He announced the organisation’s readiness to partner with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Oyo State in training its members on psychometrics.

    Davis said that a portal known as Ripsnorters, aimed at bringing people from different spheres of life together, would be launched in September.

    He said that the Ripsnorters platform would have 16 communities, ranging from health, Genius Magazine, Scholars Digest, Give Away, Employment and Sportsvantage, to mention a few.

    According to him, one of the most important platforms of Ripsnorters would be the employment platform where graduates can submit their curriculum vitae (CVs) and get connected to employers.

    Davis said the service would be free, and that they intend to collaborate with some media houses on that aspect.

    Also, Mr Jacob Igo, the IPC Deputy Director, said that the centre was a strategic research organisation dedicated to research, teaching and product development, in both pure as well as applied psychological assessment.

    Igo said that IPC was the only centre in Nigeria facilitating the study of psychometrics in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

    He said that the centre currently have no fewer than 100 schools and over 100,000 students studying the course.

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  •  The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN Kwara Chapter has appealed to Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to host victorious para athletes who represented the state at the National Para Games in Abuja between April 9 and April 16 SWAN noted that the para athletes have always made the state proud at every championship and unanimously agreed that the special hellip
    Athletes: Kwara SWAN urges AbdulRazaq to host para-athletes
     The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN Kwara Chapter has appealed to Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to host victorious para athletes who represented the state at the National Para Games in Abuja between April 9 and April 16 SWAN noted that the para athletes have always made the state proud at every championship and unanimously agreed that the special hellip
    Athletes: Kwara SWAN urges AbdulRazaq to host para-athletes
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    Athletes: Kwara SWAN urges AbdulRazaq to host para-athletes

    The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kwara Chapter, has appealed to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to host victorious para-athletes who represented the state at the National Para-Games in Abuja between April 9 and April 16.

    SWAN noted that the para-athletes have always made the state proud at every championship and unanimously agreed that the special athletes should be treated like champions.

    A statement issued by Mr Olayinka Owolewa, the Secretary of Kwara SWAN, said most of the para-athletes depend on inadequate stipends or funding not enough to cater for their daily needs.

    The statement added that some of the para-athletes needed to be empowered with tricycles, motorcycles and other equipment that can make them self sufficient.

    The statement also called on all members of Kwara para-athletes to shelve plans of shutting down the state Stadium Complex, saying plans are underway to put an end to the dispute between the para-athletes and the Kwara Sports Commission.

    Editted by AbdulFatai Suleiman Tola

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  •  The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has inaugurated a Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29 billion owed the administration by property owners in Abuja The Director Information and Communication FCTA Mr Muhammad Sule in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said the Permanent Secretary FCT Mr Olusade Adesola inaugurated the hellip
    FCTA inaugurates committee to recover N29bn ground rent debts
     The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has inaugurated a Coordinating Committee on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29 billion owed the administration by property owners in Abuja The Director Information and Communication FCTA Mr Muhammad Sule in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said the Permanent Secretary FCT Mr Olusade Adesola inaugurated the hellip
    FCTA inaugurates committee to recover N29bn ground rent debts
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    FCTA inaugurates committee to recover N29bn ground rent debts

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has inaugurated a Coordinating Committee, on the Recovery of Outstanding Ground Rents of N29 billion owed the administration by property owners in Abuja.

    The Director, Information and Communication, FCTA, Mr Muhammad Sule, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the Permanent Secretary, FCT,  Mr Olusade Adesola, inaugurated the committee at the administration secretariat.

    Adesola explained that the inauguration of the committee was part of efforts to improve revenue generation accruing into the coffers of the FCT Administration.

    He said since the inception of the administration, improvement in revenue generation had been an issue of utmost importance.

    He reiterated that funding was key in the running of government, provision of infrastructure, as well as delivery of quality services to the residents of the territory.

    Adesola said that funding of FCTA activities was being hampered due to paucity of funds, which was necessary for the running of a modern capital city such as Abuja.

    “The decision to embark on recovery of ground rents has, therefore, become a matter of necessity.

    ”We are serious about this. All those owing should come forward to settle their debts.”

    The permanent secretary recalled that the FCT Administration had earlier migrated all revenue collections to Treasury Single Account (TSA), via REMITA Platform.

    He said this was in the bid to boost revenue generation in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive.

    ” Despite all these efforts, the rate of revenue generation has not met the realities on ground, hence the need to exploit other frontiers.”

    The nine-member Coordinating Committee is headed by the FCT General Counsel and Secretary of Legal Services Secretariat, Muhammed Umar. (

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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says three priorities of his administration security economy and corruption have received significant attention with measurable results He said this followed his administration s vision of making Nigeria more peaceful prosperous and reliable among nations Malam Garba Shehu the president s media aide in a statement said the president said th8s at the Passing hellip
    We’ve made impact on security, economy, corruption – Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari says three priorities of his administration security economy and corruption have received significant attention with measurable results He said this followed his administration s vision of making Nigeria more peaceful prosperous and reliable among nations Malam Garba Shehu the president s media aide in a statement said the president said th8s at the Passing hellip
    We’ve made impact on security, economy, corruption – Buhari
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    We’ve made impact on security, economy, corruption – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says three priorities of his administration; security, economy and corruption, have received significant attention with measurable results.

    He said this followed his administration’s vision of making Nigeria more peaceful, prosperous and reliable, among nations.

    Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s media aide, in a statement, said the president said th8s at the Passing Out Parade of the Regular Course 42016 Cadets of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, on Thursday.

    Buhari noted that policies and actions of the government made impact on the tripod vision, in spite of challenges, assuring that more would still be done to safeguard lives and property, enhance livelihood and ensure probity.

    “As you are all aware, this administration came to office determined to make impact in three main areas: security, building a sustainable economy and fight against corruption.

    ”We can say that recent positive developments in these areas have shown that despite the challenges on ground, we can see general improvement in all three areas.

    “In the area of corruption, as you are all aware, I am determined to ensure that we do not have a repeat of what has gone on in previous administrations and we have taken a strong stand against pervasive corruption.

    “This administration has also focused on security by repositioning our national security to perform their duties effectively.

    ”We have equally embarked on some crucial changes in their funding, structure, and modes of operation.

    ”With the of the Police Trust Fund, this administration swung into action after taking the assessment of needs for possible interventions in the provision of logistics and infrastructural needs of the Force,’’ he said.

    The Nigerian leader further noted that, in a fast changing world, driven by digital technology, the Nigeria Police must continually evolve on its structure and operations to make greater impact in checking crime, particularly in the virtual space.

    He said: ”In a world where insecurity is constantly evolving; law enforcement responses have to equally evolve not just to keep up but to stay ahead.

    ”Also, as part of efforts to modernise the Nigeria Police Force, this Administration has intensified both international and local training and retraining of our officers and men in addition to providing new platforms and other resources.

    “These approaches have yielded positive results as it is glaring that Nigeria’s ranking has improved on the world Counter-Terrorism global index from 4th to 6th position on the list of the most terrorised nations.

    “This administration has signed into law the new Police Act to ensure an improvement in the welfare of service delivery to meet best international practices.

    ”As I said earlier, with the take-off of The Police Trust Fund, there has been an upgrade of infrastructure such as the construction of new barracks across the country, renovation of existing ones, construction of medical facilities, as well as procurement of modern operational vehicles.”

    According to Buhari, the Boko Haram insurgency, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network and banditry in some parts of the country over time, which posed a potent threat to the country, had been significantly degraded and relative normalcy had returned to most towns and villages.

    He said more efforts would go into ensuring that normalcy returns to all the areas suffering banditry.

    “I must specially commend the efforts and resilience of members of the Nigeria Police Force and sister agencies for the giant strides recorded so far in the fight against the prevailing security challenges.

    “Across the North Central and North West of the country, we have made progress with regards to stemming the tide of communal violence, farmer-herdsmen clashes, cattle rustling, and kidnapping.

    “We will continue to demonstrate zero tolerance for crime and criminality. Those who take laws into their hands, who bear arms illegally and who seek to profit from a climate of fear and insecurity will be decisively dealt with.

    “That remains our promise to the people of Nigeria, who elected us to keep them safe and secured.

    ”The peace and stability of our dear country will continue to be of utmost importance. You, the Police are our points men and you must rise to the occasion,” the president told the graduating cadets.

    Buhari also noted that security transcends law enforcement to include building the right relationships that underpin the development of secured societies.

    “This is why the present administration has been fully committed from the start to strengthening existing relations between Nigeria and her neighbouring countries.

    ”It has always been clear to us that there is no way we can achieve the security we seek without the cooperation and support of our neighbours.

    ”And we have implemented at home the most far reaching social support programme ever in the country to tackle poverty at the roots: one of the drivers of insecurity.

    “The graduating cadets will be taking their place in Nigeria Police Force that is destined and determined to take its place amongst the most efficient security organizations in the world.

    ”This is apparent in the excellent and fruitful contributions of the Nigeria Police force in foreign peacekeeping missions,” he said.

    According to the president, today’s landscape extends well beyond the land, sea, and air, into the vast territories of cyberspace, noting that the internet and new digital technologies have provided a platform for the emerging offences to reach unprecedented levels.

    “Many of the enemies you will confront will be permanently faceless or concealed, leveraging technology to wage warfare that has the potential to be even more destructive than anything the world has ever known.

    “We must develop a policy on cyber warfare that has as its strategic focus on the prevention of cyber-attacks against critical national infrastructure, minimizing national vulnerability to cyber-attacks and minimizing damage and recovery time from cyber-attacks.”

    He assured that the government would do everything possible to address the challenges facing the Academy by calling on the interventions of the relevant to facilitate the developmental plans.

    “Adequate budgetary provision will be made to accommodate capital and recurrent expenditure as the welfare of staff and cadets remains among my government’s priorities.

    “The successful completion of a rigorous and demanding course of this nature, no doubt, imbues today’s graduating cadets, with a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment,” he added.

    While congratulating the cadets for successful completion of their training, Buhari directed them to   maintain the spirit of accomplishment, as they prepare to face the tasks ahead.

    “We are doomed if the reverse is the case. It is by your courage, loyalty and integrity that you can truly deserve the trust and confidence of the nation.

    “I am delighted to be here today on this occasion of the Passing Out Parade of the Cadets of the fourth Regular Course of the Nigeria Police Academy.

    ”I was here in September 2018 and 2019, respectively, for the passing out parades of the first and second regular courses and was represented during the passing out of the third regular course by the Minister of Police Affairs.

    “May I congratulate the cadets of the 4th Regular Course on this historic occasion of your passing out.

    ”This day marks your commendable success after a period of rigorous and intensive academic and professional training in the Police Academy that has tested your intellect, stamina and resilience. Congratulations to you all,” he said.

    Buhari commended the Commandant and the entire Academy community, for the excellent work, raising new generations of Police officers who will tirelessly secure the nation 247.

    The Commandant of Nigeria Police Academy, Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Ahmad AbdurRahaman, thanked the president for honouring the invitation, explaining that the institution was upgraded from professional training to degree awarding in 2012.

    The commandant said the institution had graduated 1,748 cadets, Assistant Superintendent of Police, over the years, including the 205 who just graduated.

    AbdurRahaman said all the Assistant Superintendents of Police would be immediately deployed as “pervasive actors in securing the country, most especially as the country is confronted with multifarious challenges.”

    Buhari presented awards to the best graduating cadet, Rachel Oluwatosin Babarinde, and the second best, Isa Abdulateef.

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  •  The Borno Emergency Management Agency BOSEMA has donated food and non food items worth millions of Naira to Internally Displaced Persons IDPs at the Gubio camp in Maiduguri While handing over the items to the camp leaders the BOSEMA Director General Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said that the relief items were designed to provide livelihood support for hellip
    SEMA distributes food, non-food items to Borno IDPs
     The Borno Emergency Management Agency BOSEMA has donated food and non food items worth millions of Naira to Internally Displaced Persons IDPs at the Gubio camp in Maiduguri While handing over the items to the camp leaders the BOSEMA Director General Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said that the relief items were designed to provide livelihood support for hellip
    SEMA distributes food, non-food items to Borno IDPs
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    SEMA distributes food, non-food items to Borno IDPs

    The Borno Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) has donated food and non-food items worth millions of Naira to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Gubio camp in Maiduguri.

    While handing over the items to the camp leaders, the BOSEMA Director General, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, said that the relief items were designed to provide livelihood support for the displaced families.

    Kolo said that the items included 400 bags of maize, 50 bags of beans, 50 bags of cooking oil and 30 cartons of Maggi.

    She explained that the gesture was to improve food availability during the lean season where there was a likelihood of food insecurity.

    The director-general said that the supply of condiment was the major role of the agency, while the provision of grains was normally the responsibility of the World Food Programme and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

    She noted that due to the shortfalls of funding and other reasons, the agency had not supplied the food items for almost six months.

    “So, we decided to add grains in our supply to ease their hardship.

    “The camp is housing IDPs from nine local government areas in the state. The food distribution would be done by their supervisors,” he said.

    Kolo said that due to huge demands, the agency was giving priority to female households, vulnerable, widows and physically challenged.

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