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  •  Insecurity Yahaya Bello orders suspension of traditional ruler queries LG Chairman
    Insecurity: Yahaya Bello orders suspension of traditional ruler, queries LG Chairman
     Insecurity Yahaya Bello orders suspension of traditional ruler queries LG Chairman
    Insecurity: Yahaya Bello orders suspension of traditional ruler, queries LG Chairman
    General news3 weeks ago

    Insecurity: Yahaya Bello orders suspension of traditional ruler, queries LG Chairman

    Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has ordered the  immediate suspension of the  Ohi of Eganyi and Chairman, Ajaokuta Traditional Area Council, Alhaji Musa Achuja.

    Bello’s directives followed an investigation that led to the traditional ruler’s arrest and detention by security agencies.

    This is contained in a statement by Bello’s Chief  Press Secretary,  Mr Onogwu Mohammed on Sunday.

    Bello’s directive is contained  in a letter to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

    Bello in the letter,  also directed that the Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state, Mr Mustapha Aka’aba be queried over the breach and should reply within 24 hours.

    The governor’s directive against the affected persons was  in connection with the recent security breach in the area,  which led to the untimely deaths of some security personnel on their legitimate engagements of maintaining law and orders.

    The governor strongly warned other traditional rulers across the state who might  have connection in one way or the other with criminal elements in their domains to desist forthwith.

    Bello reiterated that his administration would deal ruthlessly with anybody who romanced with criminal elements no matter how highly placed they were.

    The governor  also directed that all unofficial movements of the local government council chairmen out of their territory and other journeys without due process were hereby restricted The governor warned that no amount of connivance with criminals would  deter him from his fundamental responsibility of protecting lives and property of residents of the state.

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  •  Oyetola s administration reference point of good governance Artisans
    Oyetola’s administration, reference point of  good governance- Artisans
     Oyetola s administration reference point of good governance Artisans
    Oyetola’s administration, reference point of  good governance- Artisans
    General news3 weeks ago

    Oyetola’s administration, reference point of  good governance- Artisans

    Members of different artisans groups in Osun, have described the administration of Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, as a reference point of good governance and positive development.

    They made the remarks at an engagement programme organised by the State’s Civic Engagement Centre on Sunday in Osogbo.

    According to them, Oyetola has laid legacy of probity and focussed leadership in the state, notwithstanding the outcomes of the July 16 governorship election.

    In his remarks, Mr Obafemi Sunday, the Chairman of Osun Chapter of Barber Association of Nigeria, said that the governor’s good work since inception of his administration had became a pacesetter and reference point.

    Sunday said that members of the association would continue to pray for the governor to emerge victorious at the election petition tribunal.

    “We will not stop praying for the governor, as we encourage him to approach the court to reclaim his mandate.

    “He has done well and his legacies will remain with us forever for setting high standard level of good governance.

    “We are behind him and we will continue to support him,” he said.

    Also, Mrs Funmilayo Taiwo, the President of Hairdressers Association of Nigeria, Osun Chapter, said the outcome of the election would not in anyway prevent them from supporting the governor.

    Taiwo said there was no doubt that people of the state massively voted for the governor.

    She said nothing would change their love, support and loyalty to the governor.

    Responding, the governor commended members of the associations for their unflinching support toward him and his administration.

    Oyetola, represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged the people of the state to continue to pray for him for the will of God to be done.

    The governor also said that his administration would not in anyway relent in the good work he had started since inception.

    “We will continuity our good work, because we are committed to the progress of the state.

    “We will continue to champion the cause of the masses of our people in line with the mandate.

    “We must, among other things, accord priority to their welfare and security,” the governor
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  •  NYSC D G reiterates commitment to corps members safety security
    NYSC D-G reiterates commitment to corps members’ safety, security
     NYSC D G reiterates commitment to corps members safety security
    NYSC D-G reiterates commitment to corps members’ safety, security
    General news3 weeks ago

    NYSC D-G reiterates commitment to corps members’ safety, security

    Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, has reiterated the corps’ commitment to safety of all corps members nationwide.

    Fadah gave the commitment in a statement issued by the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa, on Sunday in Abuja.

    The statement quoted Fadah stating this while addressing corps members at the NYSC orientation camp in Katsina State.

    He said that adequate security measures had been put in place toward ensuring the protection of corps members during orientation, at their lodges and in other NYSC formations.

    The director-general, however, appealed to the corps members not to endanger their personal safety, but be security conscious at all times.

    “We have put everything in place to ensure the safety of all corps members nationwide.

    We are still working round the clock to ensure that you are more secured during and after the orientation periods.

    “Please, avoid night movements and other dangerous expeditions,” he said.

    Fadah also urged the corps members to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the scheme and acquire vocational skills that would make them self-employed.

    He added that the era of paid jobs was gradually fading away, while self-employment remained the only antidote to financial independence.

    The NYSC Coordinator in Borno, Mr Nura Umar, said that the 802 corps members registered in the camp comprised 410 males and 392 females.

    He also said that they had been participating in all camp activities, in line with NYSC directives.

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  •  Give more roles to traditional institution Ondo Oba urges FG
    Give more roles to traditional institution, Ondo Oba urges FG
     Give more roles to traditional institution Ondo Oba urges FG
    Give more roles to traditional institution, Ondo Oba urges FG
    General news3 weeks ago

    Give more roles to traditional institution, Ondo Oba urges FG

    A traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Pius Akande, has urged the Federal Government to give more roles to the traditional institution to enhance rapid development of communities across the country.  

    The traditional ruler, who is the Asin of Oka-Odo, Iwaro-Oka in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Oka-Odo on Sunday.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akande spoke during his second coronation anniversary.  

    According to him, the traditional institution needs more roles to ensure that the tide of insecurity in the country is stemmed, “because, as traditional rulers, we know our people and the strangers in respective our domains.

    ” The royal father, who appreciated Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu’s efforts in addressing security issues in the state, listed among others, the recent donation of 50 vehicles to security agencies.  

    He called for establishment of state police, even as he promised to revive many traditional things that had been abandoned in the past.  

    Akande also said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, would perform well, if elected as the president in 2023.   “We are happy.

    I have to fasten my belt to bring development to my people.

    The Federal Government is not performing to expectation as regards traditional rulers.  

    “We just had the throne which had been taken from us since 1904. Most of the things we were doing before had been abandoned.  

    “We are trying to bring them back.

    I have nothing against the masquerades, Christianity or Islam.

    All religions will be allowed in my community,” he said.  

    Also speaking, Chairman of Oka-Odo community, Mr Jerome Orole, said that the presentation of staff of office and instrument of appointment to the traditional rulers two years ago ended the 118-year agitation for the chieftaincy to be recognised by government.  

    “The state government’s recognition of the Asin of Oka-Odo has now made Oka land in Akoko to be having two traditional rulers: the Olubaka of Oka and the Asin of Oka-Odo, Iwaro-Oka,” he said.  

    Similarly, Chairman of the Coronation Central Committee, Elder Tolorunlogo Jerome, thanked the traditional rulers in attendance for keeping the tempo of peace and unity in their respective domains.  

    He, however, advised residents of the community to eschew dissolute and degrading lifestyles and embrace hard work and honesty.


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  •  CVR Kuje residents beg INEC to extend exercise
    CVR: Kuje residents beg INEC to extend exercise 
     CVR Kuje residents beg INEC to extend exercise
    CVR: Kuje residents beg INEC to extend exercise 
    General news3 weeks ago

    CVR: Kuje residents beg INEC to extend exercise 

    Some residents in Kuje Area Council of FCT have appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to enable eligible voters get registered before the 2023 general elections.

    The residents made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kuje.They said that those willing to register had been coming out in large numbers in vain.

    NAN reports that the exercise, which had been generally peaceful, orderly and hitch-free at the Kuje INEC office and some registration centres, experienced crowd of registrants on the day of the deadline.

    The registrants included people who want to register for new Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), people whose cards had been defaced and those that wanted to effect transfer to another polling unit.

    Mr Abraham Gado, a registrant, said the success of the 2023 general election depended a lot on public perception of INEC as neutral and fair to all.

    Gado insisted that large number of people in the six area councils were yet to register and collect their PVCs.However, he acknowledged that the deadline for registration had been previously extended but appealed that INEC should consider extension so as not to disenfranchise anyone.

    “If this deadline is not extended, millions of Nigerians will be disenfranchised and this may enhance the narrative of not choosing good leaders, which is not good for democracy in Nigeria.

    “The extension is very important as it will build public trust towards peaceful electoral outcomes in the 2023 general election,” he said.

    Mr Luka Ayuba, another registrant, reminded the electoral umpire of the provisions in the amended Electoral Act, which allowed for the extension of the voter registration.

    Ayuba described the exercise as tedious and cumbersome, marred by delay in capturing, slow process and other technical hitches.

    He, therefore, appealed for extension and deployment of more machines to different electoral wards in the area to fast track their registration and enable large number of people to be captured.

    “This would result in the disenfranchisement of millions of Nigerians willing and eager to perform their civic responsibilities in the 2023 polls.

    “Given the foregoing, we call on INEC to extend the Continuous Voters Registration till at least the end of August 2022.“If the registration is extended it will help compensate for the identified technical difficulties faced and assure Nigerians that INEC is seen to be fair to all,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Mr Yakubu Allawa, the Kuje INEC Electoral Officer (EO), said the office had only four functional machines for the entire area council, thereby making the exercise cumbersome.

    Allawa said another major challenge the commission was facing was issue of poor network, which had been slowing down the process during capturing.

    He added that adequate priority was being given to Persons with Disability (PWDs), the elderly and pregnant women in the area.

    “We have been asking people to come out and register for a long time, this mentality of coming out at the last minute have to be discouraged.

    “For long people refused to come out to register and now that the closure for the exercise is drawing nearer, people are trooping out in large numbers,” he said.


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  •  Radio press release Soundbite A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Radio press release (Soundbite): A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
     Radio press release Soundbite A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Radio press release (Soundbite): A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Radio press release (Soundbite): A new leader of the Catholic Church in Africa has been elected

    The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (www.SECAM.org), the association of Catholic bishops of Africa, Madagascar and the Islands, has elected His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Ghana as its new president.

    His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr is now the highest ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in Africa.

    The B-roll video, photos, sound clips and interviews in English, French and Portuguese are available to the media free of charge and can be used without restriction and permission: https://bit.ly/SECAM- PDT See the interview with His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, new president of SECAM: https://bit.ly/3zJDFPd See the B-roll: https://bit.ly/3BLFay7

  •  2023 Many Nigerians may be defranchised IPAC
    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC
     2023 Many Nigerians may be defranchised IPAC
    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC
    General news3 weeks ago

    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC

    The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State, says many Nigerians may  not have  been  captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) that ends nationwide on Sunday.

    IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise which started on June 28, 2021, was initially billed to end on June 30,  before it was extended to July 31. NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640, 560 but many of them had not completed their  registration, while  those who completed the registration exercise were 451, 156. INEC Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24,  that  current statistics of July 28,  showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters.

    The  REC disclosed that  the number was derived from  the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR,  added to those in the old register of voters in the state.

    IPAC Chairman in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, however,  said that  INEC should reconsider ending the registration.

    Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN  on Sunday, was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR.

    He said that for elections to be free, fair and credible, every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted.

    “Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards, and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire, for the purpose of democracy, INEC should be fair in all areas, especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so.

    “I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want,” he said.

    He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started, the commission should.

    not discontinue the exercise.

    “Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021, if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the  election to get registered and obtain a voter card, INEC should not stop registration,” he said.

    He said that continuation of voter enrollment would  not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections.

    According to him, they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again, we will all know that they have done their best.

    “I think voter registration can go  simultaneously with every other plan INEC has.

    “There should be a way round this,  such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote.

    We still have months to the election.

    ” Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the  registration.

    “INEC may  have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy.

    “Nigerians  want to be part of the decision making process.

    They want to elect good leaders.

    All  eligible citizens want to be part of it,” he stated.

    According to him, the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023. He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough.


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  •  Insurgency Cleric canvasses right knowledge to make youths resilient
    Insurgency: Cleric canvasses right knowledge to make youths resilient
     Insurgency Cleric canvasses right knowledge to make youths resilient
    Insurgency: Cleric canvasses right knowledge to make youths resilient
    General news3 weeks ago

    Insurgency: Cleric canvasses right knowledge to make youths resilient

    An Islamic Scholar, Sheik Muhammad Nasir has attributed the rising insurgency in the country to wrong acquisition of knowledge by the youth.

    Nasir said this at the 11th Annual Walimatul Qur’an of Al-Yaqeen Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Glisten International Academy in Abuja on Sunday.

    He advised youths to seek after knowledge from the Quran so as to straighten their path on doing justice, saying that the increasing insurgency rate in the country was due to wrongful infiltrated knowledge they were exposed to.

    ” Everyone knows the importance and essence of knowledge, however, when we are talking about knowing, I used to say that not all knowledge are important.

    ” If we are talking about the rightful knowledge, everybody goes to the universities and schools and even the internet to assess wisdom.

    ” But the problem we have is having the right knowledge and that is why we are getting it wrong.

    ” When you have the right knowledge from the correct source, then the knowledge will be passed and it will lead you right,” he said.

    Nasir also said that lack of the right knowledge had led to a lot of abnormalities in the world, especially the springing up of insurgency.

    ” The insurgents claimed they get their knowledge from scholars, which scholars and where do they acquire the knowledge from.

    ” We need to get the correct knowledge and if this is not done, we will continue to get it wrong,” he added.

    He, therefore, urged youths in the country to seek for the right knowledge to enable them to be creative to do the right thing in the right way.

    Nasir commended the graduating students of the Islamiyah school to continue to brace up to acquiring Islamic knowledge, saying this would get them closer to Allah thereby helping them to do the right thing.

    Also, the Islamiyah Coordinator, Mr Adam Abubakar, urged the students not to relent, saying that knowledge had no limits and hence must be pursued.

    Abubakar also admonished them to continue to motivate themselves and instill the zeal towards high objectives and mastery of the Quran.

    ” With mastery comes knowledge and with knowledge comes perfection.

    The prophet said ‘seek for knowledge from cradle to the grave’.

    ” Knowledge is light and knowledge is said to be power.

    It’s however not the ultimate but a means to an end.

    “So seeking for knowledge did not just end with Walimah.

    You are just moving to the next chapter,” he said.

    The Chief Executive, Glisten International Academy, Hajiya Samira Jibir, called on the graduating students to channel their zeal into positive actions that would better their lives and the society they belonged.

    Jibir commended the teachers for the role played in instilling knowledge to the students as well as parents for releasing their children to follow the way of Allah.

    She, therefore, charged parents on the need to continue to guide their children and also be in their space for proper monitoring of what they did and the type of friends they kept.

    ” As we all know, knowledge is light, we need more of the knowledge to illuminate your life and for us parents, let us continue to provide for the needs of the children and not their want.

    ” For us parents, we need to be role models, even for the children that are grown up, you must be role model and you must be their influencer by influencing them positively,” she said.

    One of the students, Abubakar Kaigama, a JSS 3 student, said that the knowledge acquired would reposition him for a better future.

    “The Islamiyah will make me a better person and a better Muslim, after this Quranic school, it will help me also to assist humanity,” he saidIn the same vein, an SS2 student, Jameela Umaru, called for inculcating of adequate knowledge into the students to avert future insurgency in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the event “Quranic Knowledge: Rewards for here and the hereafter”, highlights Quranic recitation by the graduating students and presentations by the primary pupils of the school.


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  •  Don t yield to traffickers NAPTIP implores youths
    Don’t yield to traffickers, NAPTIP implores youths
     Don t yield to traffickers NAPTIP implores youths
    Don’t yield to traffickers, NAPTIP implores youths
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Don’t yield to traffickers, NAPTIP implores youths

    The Zonal Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Lagos Zone, Mrs Comfort Agboko, has implored Nigerian youths not to succumb to the deceit of human traffickers.

    Agboko disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos.

    She charged the youth to develop themselves with the resources inherent in the country.

    Agboko pleaded with the youth not succumb to the deceit of the traffickers, noting that they pose as helpers which they were not.

    “There is no country that is not facing depression now.

    “No country is exempted from what Nigeria is facing at the moment.

    “However, I plead with the youth to do the little they can, pray and refuse to be prey to human trafficking,” she said.

    Agboko said NAPTIP was winning the war against human trafficking in the country through several initiatives.

    She noted that human trafficking had been in existence from the creation of the world.

    “However, with the awareness NAPTIP is creating with its stakeholders, the war is gradually being won,” she said.


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  •  Nigeria through to semi finals in Table Tennis to face India at Commonwealth Games
    Nigeria through to semi-finals in Table Tennis, to face India at Commonwealth Games
     Nigeria through to semi finals in Table Tennis to face India at Commonwealth Games
    Nigeria through to semi-finals in Table Tennis, to face India at Commonwealth Games
    General news3 weeks ago

    Nigeria through to semi-finals in Table Tennis, to face India at Commonwealth Games

    Nigeria  has secured qualification to the semi-finals of men’s Table Tennis Team event at the on-going Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

    After a sluggish start at NEC Hall 3 on Sunday, an inspired Nigerian side, led by Quadri Aruna, bounced back to defeat Malaysia 3-2, booking a semi-final spot against India on Monday.

    In the Doubles event, the duo of Javen Choong and Qi Shen beat Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo 3-1  (6-11, 12-10, 12-10,11-7).

    The singles event saw Malaysia’s Chee Feng Leong lose1-3 to Quadri Aruna (9 -11, 11-6, 5 -11 and 5-11) while Abiodun lost 0-3 to Qi Shen Wong. (10-12, 12 -14, 5-11) In the third singles game, Leong lost 1-3  (8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11) to Omotayo while the last game also saw Jave Choong succumb to Aruna 1-3 (11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 9-11).

    Meanwhile, Edidiong Umoafia clinched a bronze medal for Nigeria in the men’s 67kg Weightlifting event earlier in the day.

    Umoafia lifted a combined 290kg in “Snatch’’ as well as “Clean and Jerk’’ categories to get on the podium.

    In the boxing event, Nigeria’s Adeyinka Benson defeated his Ghanaian opponent Abubakari Kwesi Quartey 3-2 in Round 16 of the men’s over 71kg-75kg Middleweight category.

    Benson has progressed to the quarterfinals.


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