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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week under review met behind closed door with Gov Hope Uzodinma of Imo who was in the State House to update him on socio economic and security developments in the state Uzodinma who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting disclosed that the president would hellip
    Buhari to inaugurate roads, other projects in Imo – Uzodinma
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week under review met behind closed door with Gov Hope Uzodinma of Imo who was in the State House to update him on socio economic and security developments in the state Uzodinma who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting disclosed that the president would hellip
    Buhari to inaugurate roads, other projects in Imo – Uzodinma
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    Buhari to inaugurate roads, other projects in Imo – Uzodinma

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week under review met behind closed door with Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo, who was in the State House to update him on socio-economic and security developments in the state.

    Uzodinma, who briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, disclosed that the president would soon visit Imo to inaugurate some developmental projects, including network of roads executed by the State Government.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had earlier on Sunday addressed the nation as part of activities to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day.

    In the broadcast, Buhari charged Nigerians never to forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy during 1993 electoral process.

    The president reassured Nigerians that he would ensure a free, fair and transparent electoral process in the country.

    He, however, urged political parties candidates to continue running issue-focused campaigns and to treat opponents with dignity, saying politics should never be seen as ”do-or-die” affair.

    On July 15, the president presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

    The council approved N90.8 billion for the rehabilitation of Kashimbila-Takum-Chanchangi road in Taraba and procurement equipment for some airports in the country.

    NAN reports that N66.9 billion of the amount was approved for the construction Kashimbila-Takum-Chanchangi road in Taraba, while the remaining N23.9 billion was approved for the procurement of equipment for the airports.

    It also approved N964 million for the provision of a satellite-based education system equipment in three primary schools in each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

    The president also met behind closed door with Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday in the State House, Abuja.

    The governor, who also addressed State House correspondents after the meeting, appealed to Nigerians to always promote issues that would enhance peace and unity, and not allow primordial sentiments to continue to cause divisions.

    Buhari was also in Wudil, Kano State, for the Passing-Out-Parade of the Regular Course 42016 Cadets of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, on Thursday.

    Speaking at the event, the president maintained that the three priorities of his administration; security, economy and corruption, had received significant attention with measurable results.

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

    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.

    On June 17, the president participated in a virtual meeting, hosted by President Joe Biden of the United States, on Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate Change.

    At the forum, Buhari restated Nigeria’s commitment for a safer and healthier global climate, listing the country’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to include elimination of kerosene lighting by 2030.

    He listed other measures to include increase in use of buses for public transport and reduction in burning of crop residues.

    He said that an updated NDC to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change had been submitted to replace the interim contribution of May 27, 2021.

    The presidential engagements of the week ended with a letter from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who described Buhari as a “true leader, brother and friend”.

    In the letter he personally signed, the presidential candidate remarked that Buhari had demonstrated a “sense of purpose, composure and maturity” in the weeks leading to the Special Convention of the party.Tinubu expressed gratitude for the president’s congratulatory letter to him, adding that while all the contestants expected Buhari to “choose” his successor, he simply allowed a level playing field.

    The letter, titled ”Deep Appreciation”, Tinubu congratulated the president for the successful conclusion of the Convention and assured him of an issue focused campaign leading to the 2023 general elections.

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  •  The District Head of Danja Local Government of Katsina State Alhaji Mohammed Tukur Bature has appointed 78 title holders and 24 palace aides Bature disclosed this to the News Aency of Nigeria during his 30th Anniversary Celebration on throne on Sunday in Danja He stated that the 78 people were awarded traditional titles in view hellip
    Katsina: Danja District Council turbans 78, appoints 24 aides
     The District Head of Danja Local Government of Katsina State Alhaji Mohammed Tukur Bature has appointed 78 title holders and 24 palace aides Bature disclosed this to the News Aency of Nigeria during his 30th Anniversary Celebration on throne on Sunday in Danja He stated that the 78 people were awarded traditional titles in view hellip
    Katsina: Danja District Council turbans 78, appoints 24 aides
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    Katsina: Danja District Council turbans 78, appoints 24 aides

    The District Head of Danja Local Government of Katsina State, Alhaji Mohammed Tukur Bature, has appointed 78 title holders and 24 palace aides.

    Bature disclosed this to the News Aency of Nigeria during his 30th Anniversary Celebration on throne on Sunday in Danja.

    He stated that the 78 people were awarded traditional titles in view of their contributions to the socio-econpmic development of the area and their excellence in their chosen endeavours.

    “Among the 24 persons upgraded, but some freshly appointed as my aides,  will work directly with me in my palace,” he said.

    The traditional ruler thanked his subject for the tremendous support and cooperation they have been giving him all these years.

    “In all this period of my reign, I have never taken anyone to court and no one has ever taken me to court,” he said.

    NAN reports that part of activities marking the 30 years celebration of the throne of the district head included Special Prayers in and Goodwill messages from important dignitries and prominent sons and daughters of the area extolling the virtues of the celebrant.

    Bature started his Elementry School at Bokori from 1945 to 1948, after which he procceeded to Katsina Middle School from 1949 to 1952,then to St. Paul Kufena College, present Government College, Zaria.

    He later proceeded to Government College Keffi, Nasarawa State, Kings College Lagos, where he completed his secondary education in 1960.

    The district head of Danja, who is also the Sarkin Kudun Katsina, was was admitted into the prestigious Inn of Court Law School, London, from 1961 to 1963, Holbon College of Law, London, from 1963 to 1966, where he graduated with LLB Hons. Law, before coming back to Nigeria same year.

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  •  Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq wife of Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has enrolled 100 sickle cell patients on the Kwara Health Insurance Scheme The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the enrolment was part of activities to commemorate the 2022 World Sickle Cell Day Mrs AbdulRazaq was represented at the event held on Sunday in Ilorin hellip
    Health Insurance: Wife of Kwara gov. enrolls 100 sickle cell warriors
     Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq wife of Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has enrolled 100 sickle cell patients on the Kwara Health Insurance Scheme The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the enrolment was part of activities to commemorate the 2022 World Sickle Cell Day Mrs AbdulRazaq was represented at the event held on Sunday in Ilorin hellip
    Health Insurance: Wife of Kwara gov. enrolls 100 sickle cell warriors
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    Health Insurance: Wife of Kwara gov. enrolls 100 sickle cell warriors

    Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, wife of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, has enrolled 100 sickle cell patients on the Kwara Health Insurance Scheme.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the enrolment was part of activities to commemorate the 2022 World Sickle Cell Day.

    Mrs AbdulRazaq was represented at the event held on Sunday in Ilorin by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq.

    She said that the aim of the insurance policy was to minimise the pains of sickle cell patients and also educate and raise more awareness about the disease.

    “My office through the Ajike People Support Centre is renewing the health policies for last year’s beneficiaries and also enrolling an additional 100 sickle cell warriors,” she said.

    The Executive Secretary, Kwara Health Insurance Agency, Dr Olubunmi Jetawo, called for support for sickle cell warriors in order to enable them live healthier and purposeful lives.

    Jetawo said that the focus of the world sickle cell day was to celebrate people living with sickle cell and to increase public knowledge on the management of the disease.

    She said that the most common challenge of sickle cell patients was out of pocket payment for healthcare which created huge financial burden for the poor.

    According to her, health insurance seeks to address social health disparity in healthcare services and reduce financial burden while emphasising health education.

    The executive scribe said that according to statistics, Nigeria ranked high in the prevalence of sickle cell disease amongst the committee of nations.

    “Last year the Ajike People Support Centre supported the premium payment for 100 sickle cell warriors.

    “The Kwara health insurance agency supported premiums for three warriors who were under the age of 18.

    “This year the wife of the governor has not only paid for the renewal of the policies of these 100 warriors but also financially supported the new enrolment of additional warriors,” she said.

    Mrs Titilayo Makinde-Bamidele, a sickle cell warrior and Founder, Pearls Sickle Cell Initiative, said most warriors live in physical and spiritual ignorance, adding that the disease can affect any part the body.

    Makinde-Bamidele appreciated the governor’s wife, saying they are grateful that the warriors can now access medical care.

    She encouraged all sickle cell warriors to keep hope alive and live healthy.

    Mr Shittu Kabiruwho, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, appreciated Mrs AbdulRazaq for the initiative and enjoined well-meaning individuals to emulate the kind gesture.

    NAN also reports that the beneficiaries were given certificates of re-enrolment and fresh enrolment.

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  •  Gombe Bulls basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars 67 62 to finish third at the Elite Eight finals of Mark D Ball Men s Basketball Championship The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third place match was a very hard fought encounter between two teams who were former NBBF premier league champions In the match hellip
    Mark ‘D’ Ball Basketball: Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars to finish third
     Gombe Bulls basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars 67 62 to finish third at the Elite Eight finals of Mark D Ball Men s Basketball Championship The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third place match was a very hard fought encounter between two teams who were former NBBF premier league champions In the match hellip
    Mark ‘D’ Ball Basketball: Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars to finish third
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    Mark ‘D’ Ball Basketball: Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars to finish third

    Gombe Bulls basketball team on Sunday in Abuja beat Kano Pillars 67-62 to finish third at the Elite Eight finals of Mark ‘D’ Ball Men’s Basketball Championship.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the third-place match was a very hard-fought encounter between two teams who were former NBBF premier league champions.

    In the match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Gombe Bulls were clearly the better side from the first quarter to the fourth quarter.

    Gombe Bulls won the first quarter 17-16, and they kept the lead with a four-point difference in the second quarter for a 39-35 scoreline.

    Kano Pillars did fight back, but failed and Gombe Bulls went on with their lead without relenting in the third quarter which they won 50-45.

    Eli Abraham had the highest points of 14 for Kano Pillars, followed by both Abolaji Emilagba with 11 points and Chinedu Chimbou who had nine points.

    Kanyinsola Odufuwa had the highest points of 25 for Gombe Bulls, followed by Wisdom Anyaoha with 17 points and Michael Okiki with eight points.

    NAN reports that Gombe Bulls and Kano pillars were in Group B of the final elite eight stage of the competition, and their first encountered was on day two of the event on Thursday.

    Then, Gombe Bulls beat Kano Pillars 80-75 to top the group with six points after winning all three games, while Kano Pillars had four points to finish as runners-up after winning one and losing two games.

    Speaking after the match, the coach of Gombe Bulls, Samson John, said: “I appreciate my players. We all worked together to achieve this third-place finishing, rather than going back with nothing.

    “I also appreciate our Gombe state government for their support. On behalf of the team, we say ‘thank you’,” he said.

    On his part, John Idu, the captain of Gombe Bulls, said that his team did not really plan on finishing in third-place at the tournament rather than the first position.

    “When the table turned around and there was no choice for us, we had to go for what we can get. But we thank God for the games played .

    “But our goal right from the onset of this championship was to make it to the final. I am happy we were able to achieve something from the tournament,” he said.

    NAN reports that the championship which resumed with the “Elite Eight” stage on Wednesday saw eight teams divided into two groups, with the two best teams from each group.

    They are Mo’ Heat of Abuja, Gombe Bulls, Hot Coal Ballers of Abuja, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin, Delta Force of Asaba, Kano Pillars, FCT HardRockers and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

    NAN reports that the competition which started on Wednesday ended on Sunday.

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  •  The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has more work to do for ordinary Nigerians and to ensure an ideal society The declaration was made in Lagos on Sunday by Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi the APC Chairman in Lagos State He was welcoming the party s presidential election standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who returned to Lagos hellip
    APC has more work to do for Nigerians– Lagos Chairman
     The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has more work to do for ordinary Nigerians and to ensure an ideal society The declaration was made in Lagos on Sunday by Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi the APC Chairman in Lagos State He was welcoming the party s presidential election standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who returned to Lagos hellip
    APC has more work to do for Nigerians– Lagos Chairman
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    APC has more work to do for Nigerians– Lagos Chairman

    The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has more work to do for ordinary Nigerians and to ensure an ideal society.

    The declaration was made in Lagos on Sunday by Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, the APC Chairman in Lagos State.

    He was welcoming the party’s presidential election standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who returned to Lagos after its presidential primary election, held in Abuja from June 6 to June 8

    Ojelabi described Tinubu as a leader, mentor and benefactor, who embodies the best the country had to offer at this time for every Nigerian to lead a decent live.

    “On behalf of the great people and particularly all members of our great party in Lagos State, socio-economic heartbeat of the nation, let me expressly welcome you to your home, your state, and the midst of your brethren.

    “Fellow progressives and well-meaning Lagos residents, I say to you today that we have more work to do.

    “More work to do for the ordinary Nigerian who is having challenge of insecurity and loss of our social and core values.

    “People do not expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in Nigeria has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all.

    “They know we can do better and they want that choice,’’ the APC chairman said.

    He said that the party’s mission was to fight for the most vulnerable communities, protect working families and ensure that the party lived up to the promises of the Lagos dream.

    “In this election, we offer that choice. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer, and that man is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

    “He understands the ideals of community, faith, and service because they have defined his life.

    “From his heroic service for enthronement of democracy to his years as governor, he has devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we’ve seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available.

    “Asiwaju believes in a Nigeria where hard work is rewarded; he believes in the Constitutional freedoms that will make Nigeria the envy of the Black world. Indeed, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties, nor use faith as a wedge to divide us,’’ he said.

    According to him, with Tinubu as president and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos, residents are assured of APC’s commitment to building a state that provides every person with fair access to improve their lives.

    “Let us do what we must do, and our country will reclaim its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come,’’ Ojelabi stressed.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, is returning to his home state for the first time, after he clinched the APC’s presidential ticket.

    Thousands of APC supporters and leaders stormed the Presidential Wing of the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, to welcome Sen. Bola Tinubu.

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