Addressing educational needs of victims of conflict in Plateau IDP camps Addressing the educational needs of victims of conflict in Plateau IDP camps By Martha Agas Nigeria is ranked as the third highest African country with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of which 56 per cent of them are less than 18 years.
In a recent report by the Displacement Matrix Index of International Organisation of Migrations , there are 73,891 IDPs in Plateau alone resulting mostly from communal crisis and clashes in some of its local government areas.
One of these local government is Bassa in northern Plateau which has being hit with more than 73 episodes from 2015 till date.
The worse hit in the local government is Miango District of the Irigwe chiefdom, which according to records of the State Emergency Management Agency, more than 3,000 children have been reported displaced in three communities within few months of eruption of crises.
This has caused setbacks in access to education forcing the affected children to lag behind among their peers in academics.
According to the Digest of Basic Education Statistics report, out of the 659,930 children of ages six to 11 enrolled in both public and private schools in Plateau, 335,865 have been estimated to be out of school.
The consequence of these is that towns like Miango and Mistali have continued to experience influx of many IDPs, seeking safety resulting from the aftermath of the conflicts.
For some members of these host communities, the situation has inspired them to think outside the box to seek ways of addressing the education gap of the children.
This is through establishing schools to help them especially as there are few public schools to accommodate their population.
One of such schools is Calvary Arrow Nursery and Primary Academy in Miango town which was established in 2020 to help displaced and less privileged children.
The school located at a temporary site at the premises of St John’s Catholic Church in Miango currently has pupils for nursery to primary four classes.
The school was founded with 23 children comprising of 10 displaced children and three indigents, and two years later it has a population of about 90 pupils of which 46 are displaced children and 10 indigents.
“ The crisis started in 2016 when I resumed my programme but even before I finished school, I saw the challenge and need to help my community most especially displaced children, orphans and the less privileged.
The school started in late 2020 when I finished my degree programme.
We currently have displaced children from Jiri, Jebbu Miango, Zogu, Kwashe, Rewienku, Nche-shwerishi, Ri-Bakwa from Kwall district, La`ake -Ansa. “This is to contribute our quota to the community to become a better place and also to give hope especially to these IDPs who lost their parents.
We believe that through this school, we are contributing our quota to the community, “ he said.
HOW THE SCHOOL GETS FUNDING The school is one of the cheapest in the area with a fee of N3700 and an automatic discount of N500 to those who are able to pay.
This is in consideration of the low socio-economic status of the remote area, and IDPs who have resettled there.
The school has seven staff, five of whom are on its payroll while the other two are volunteers.
“ The school is funded by few parents who pay school fees, the little they pay is what we use to pay those on our payroll and other few things that we need for the school,“ Emmanuel said.
However, in spite of its lean resources it currently has 52 beneficiaries on its scholarship scheme out of its 90 beneficiaries.
In addition to this, the school management often provide uniforms and writing materials to all displaced children following difficulty of some beneficiaries to resume.
The founder said: “We have given 35 additional scholarships to other IDPs who did not resume to school due to challenges and have requested to resume next session which is September.
In 2021, the financial challenges of Emmanuel to help these children was given a leap by Cedar Tree Worship Centre Jos supported by AVC Nehemiah Germany, a religious charity organisation which offer humanitarian services to communities affected by conflict and natural disaster.
The church visited Miango after one of its crises and awarded scholarship to 10 displaced children who are also orphans from among the school’s 52 beneficiaries, for continuous education till high institution.
HOW THE SCHOOL HOPES TO SUSTAIN ITS VISION The founder of the school says operating the school has its challenges especially in resources, which has limited their capacity to award scholarship to many displaced children.
He said sustaining the scholarship scheme depend on the resources available to it through the fees it generates.
“We mix them together because we do not have enough space, like the play class and Nur. 1 are together, Nur. 2 and 3 are together and Pry 3 and 4 are together.
He says finances were required to register the school with the state government.
However, Emmanuel said he remained focused in spite of such challenges and is optimistic that with time and perseverance, the school will grow to become a secondary school.
Even though the school has inadequate amenities such as play materials and furniture, parents and guardians of the displaced children have described the school as a ray of hope to achieve the educational aspirations of their children, as it has enabled them to enroll their children to have a secured future especially as most of them have lost their source of livelihood, homes and spouses.
Police in Enugu State on Sunday appealed to parents or relatives of a girl found wandering on Enugu-Nsukka Road, to show up and claim the child.
Eleven-year-old Chidimma Oforndukwe was found at Ugwogo-Nike within Enugu East Local Government Area axis of the road.
Police spokesman in Enugu State, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, stated that a Samaritan found Chidimma wandering about on July 18 and took her to Unity Police Division, Ibagwa-Nike near Enugu.
“She gave her parent’s name as Mr Anthony Ezeakor and Mrs Nnenna Oforndukwe respectively; and her place of origin as Oha-Ndiagu community in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
“Efforts so far made to trace the parents or relatives to identify and claim the child, have proved abortive.
“The parents and or relatives of the child are enjoined to visit the station or call 07066292386 to identify and claim her,’’ Ndukwe added.
The spokesman also appealed to anyone with useful information to trace the parents or relatives of the child to visit the station or call the number provided.
A drone attack on the Russian fleet in the Crimean port of Sebastopol on Sunday wounded five people, the Russian-annexed city’s mayor Mikhail Razvozhayev said.
“This morning, Ukrainian nationalists decided to spoil the Day of the Russian Fleet” being celebrated on Sunday, he said on Telegram, adding that five people, including employees of the army staff, had been wounded.
All festivities had been “cancelled for security reasons”, he said, asking residents of the city to remain indoors “if possible”.
Huge celebrations are due to take place in Russia, including a naval parade in Saint Petersburg that will be attended by President Vladimir Putin.
Ukrainian forces have in recent weeks retaken territory seized by Russian forces since their February 24 invasion.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian strikes partially destroyed a major bridge in the city of Kherson, occupied by Russian forces.
Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, 2023 governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Kaduna State says he will reinstate traditional rulers sacked by the current government if he wins.
The sitting Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s administration sacked 313 district heads and 4,453 village heads in June 2017 as part of restructuring of traditional chiefdoms in the state.
Part of the restructuring was to reduce the burden of a bloated payroll imposed on local government councils by the continued engagement of the district and village heads.
Addressing a news conference on Saturday in Kaduna, however, Hunkuyi said he would reinstate the village and district heads the moment he got into office.
He said this was because of the critical roles they would play in his government which includes maintaining harmony and ensuring security in communities.
He added that the NNPP would also reverse the recent increase in school fees in state-owned tertiary institutions, stressing that public education institutions were not for profit making.
He expressed concern over the more than N307 billion debt profile of the state, which he said could be higher with the continued devaluation of the naira against the dollar.
He said that if successful at the poll, the NNPP government would reprioritise the state’s budget to address growing insecurity in the state.
“We will engage communities to see how our villages can contribute to existing security architecture in the state to ensure the safety of lives and property.
“We will realign the budget to address insecurity, youth unemployment and increase investments in agriculture to create jobs and ensure food security,’’ he said.
Hunkuyi expressed optimism that the NNPP would take over power in Kaduna State in 2023. He explained that the party was conceived to address existing problems confronting the state and the country.
He said that the party provides a platform for all-inclusive governance that would take residents of Kaduna State to a new horizon where all Nigerians live as one.
The candidate also told newsmen that NNPP’s agenda was based on fair play, inclusive and people-oriented governance without sectionalism on grounds of religion or ethnicity.
“Our party will ensure fair representation, particularly for people of southern Kaduna who have been marginalised over the years in the governance space and in terms of development projects.
“What NNPP stands for is all-inclusive governance that stands for each and every segment of the state,’’ he said.
Hunkuyi added that the party would contest 54 political seats in Kaduna State from House of Assembly seats to House of Representatives, Senate, and the governorship seat.
He identified the seats as 34 state assembly seats, 16 House of Representatives seats, three Senatorial seats, and the governorship and deputy governorship seat.
The candidate said that political space in Kaduna was widely open for NNPP to take over in 2023 because of the humane and all-inclusive leadership style of the party, which resonated with the people.
The contagious nature of success made every Nigerian to associate with Nigerian athlete, Tobi Amusan, after her record breaking performance at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States of America.
Amusan won the 100m hurdles becoming the first Nigerian to win gold at the world championships.
She as well broke a six-year record following a 12.12s in the semi finals race.
As congratulatory messages were pouring in for the athlete who made Nigeria proud, Nigerian singer, Temitope Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, kicked off the weekly trend after featuring on the soundtrack for Black Panther 2 trailer.
Tems’ manager, Muyiwa Awoniyi, who shared the news on his Twitter page wrote; “Grateful to the amazing people at @MarvelStudios.
BIG LOVE to the legend Ryan Coogler.
“It’s @temsbaby on the official Black Panther 2 trailer.
My father in heaven.
Thank you once again.
Rest in peace @chadwickboseman.
” Black Panther’s trailer which was released on Sunday, July 24, was soundtracked by Tems’ cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tems recently became the first female Nigerian singer to bag the BET International Act award.
Tems has also earned an MTV VMAs nomination for Best Hip Hop Video for her contributions to Future’s “Wait For U” while her song “Vibe Out” also made it to Barack Obama’s 2022 summer playlist.
Nigeria’s most talked about reality TV show, Big Brother Naija also topped the trends on Monday when Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, made a comment about one of the housemates.
DJ Cuppy on her Twitter page shared a picture of Groovy, a housemate, suggesting that she and the housemate might be twins.
In the picture captioned, “Pretty sure Groovy and I are twins #BBNaija”, Groovy shared some similarities with Cuppy especially the pink hair.
The housemate, Groovy, and BBN immediately started trending as viewers continued to insinuate that DJ Cuppy now has a favorite housemate.
On Tuesday, allegations of a blogger accusing some Nollywood actress of sleeping with a popular pastor took another turn as some of the actresses mentioned began to react.
One of the actresses was Queen Nwokoye, whom had quickly debunked the rumours, adding that the popular pastor is a good man and great man of God. In an Instagram post, the actress wrote; “It is a Nigerian thing to always assume that once you know someone, you are sleeping with the person but that one concern una.
“I have met a lot of people, I will still meet more and I do not owe anyone any apologies for people I have met and associated with.
“Pastor Suleman is a good man.
Nothing will make me deny knowing him.
You choose the kind of relationship you want to have with someone and all friendships mustn’t end in bed.
“So if you have a problem with him, settle it with him.
Don’t recruit innocent people into your mess.
I will never allow myself to be used to make Pastor Suleman look bad Perioddddd.
” It was actress Toyin Abraham’s turn on Wednesday to be attacked by toxic social media users after she announced the launch of her YouTube channel for children.
Abraham shared an animated picture titled “Toyin Abraham Kiddies” on her Instagram page and wrote, “Hello fam, I am delighted to present to you my new YouTube CHANNEL created for our beautiful children to learn while having fun.
“It is called “TOYIN ABRAHAM Kiddies” where you will find all contents for your kids.
Please subscribe and spread the word because on Monday we go LIVE!
“Please subscribe to Toyin Abraham Kiddies in YouTube and join me on this ride.
I love you all.
” While fans were congratulating the actress for the feat, one of her followers in the comment section accused her of doing the same thing that had been done by another actress.
Other fans subsequently pounced on the “toxic social media user” while singing praises of Toyin Abraham, who was referred to as “World Best.” NAN recalls that actress Iyabo Ojo had in 2021 accused Funke Akindele of paying a popular movie critic to run down Toyin Abraham’s movie.
Nigerian Flutist, Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli, started trending in the early hours of Thursday, after he made a comment on the fitness of a presidential candidate to rule the country.
TeeMac, as he is popularly called, however reacted to the report, saying that he was misconstrued by a social media user who he described as ardent supporter of the said presidential candidate.
“Sycophants twisting my comments about Bola Tinubu.
His competence not in doubt.
I have high regards for him.
“His transformational leadership in Lagos will be replicated if given opportunity to be president of Nigeria,” Tee Mac said in a statement.
On Friday, the News of the kidnap of Nollywood actors, Clemson Cornel and Cynthia Okereke further heightened Nigerian’s call for a more secured country.
Monalisa Chinda, Director of Communication, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), had revealed in a statement that the actors were reported missing after their family members confirmed they did not come back from a film location at Ozalla Town, Enugu State.
The Police Command in Enugu State had immediately commenced investigation and a vehicle belonging to Okereke was recovered at Four-Corners on Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway, where it was abandoned.
Emeka Rollas, President of AGN, also said the abductors of the Nollywood actors have made a demand of 100,000 dollars to set them free.
Rollas also implored actors to avoid filming in outskirts of cities without security.
As at 9.00pm on Saturday, the kidnap of the Nollywood actors remained the most searched topic by Nigerians with over 10,000 searches after foreign sports.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it is mandatory for traveling agents to obtain clearance certificate before embarking on any journey.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said this in Abuja on Saturday at a novelty match between the agency football club, and All Stars Football Club, Abuja, to create awareness on trafficking.
She said that the mission of travelling for any agent would be specified in the clearance certificate.
Waziri- Azi added that the clearance certificate would help to reduce trafficking and migration of persons from Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the novelty match was part of the awareness to commemorate the 2022 Day Against Human Trafficking usually celebrated every July 30.Waziri-Azi said said the nexus between sport and the fight against human trafficking was clear, as current trends in human trafficking had been traced to a relationship with sporting activities.
According to her, sports is also an avenue young people are being recruited, they are promised opportunities to other countries, European countries, traffickers know that young people are very open to any sport opportunity.
She said that traffickers capitalised on sporting activities to deceive the young Nigerians, by telling them that they could get them contract in other countries and take them to where they wanted them to go.
“There is a strong nexus between trafficking and sports and we know that young people are involved in sporting activities, this was why we thought it was important to dwell on sports to create this awareness.
“We are collaborating with other partners, agencies to carry out this sports sensitisation, not just to sensitise the young people but also sensitise their parents for them to be able to recognise the red flag.
The Director-General therefore cautioned young Nigerians about sports agents, and told them that when they were offered sports opportunity abroad, they must first ask for clearance certificate from NAPTIP from the agent.
She said that the agency had a trafficking in persons control activities, Organisations Regulations 2019, which empowered the agency to regulate, control and issue certificates to tour operators, travel agents.
According to her, the regulations also empowers NAPTIP to regulate and control individual who are also preparing to travel out for educational excursion, sporting and cultural activities.
She said that the agency was collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that the manance of trafficking was nipped in the bud.
Mrs Daju Kailallom, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, disclosed that the ministry was doing everything within its ambit to ensure that employment opportunities were made public to Nigerians wherever such was available.
According to her, a national steering committee from the ministry and personalities from other ministries, including Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning as the Coordinator handling employment issues for Nigerians.
She said that the idea was all meant to discourage young Nigerians from migrating out of the country.
“This committee is to ensure that Nigerians find succour and also bring to the public anything that would bring about employment, to ensure that everything was in place for them, including social security.
“This idea is tied to International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other social partners like UNICEF; it is to ensure that migration and human trafficking is stopped in Nigeria.
She disclosed that the Ministry of Labour and Employment have different kind of skills for people to come and learn.
According to her, part of the ministry’s mandate is to ensure employment opportunities in line with Federal Government’s Policy.
Nigerians within the South-West region, Nigeria, have expressed divergent views on the values of Mausoleums to family members of the departed ones and the society in general.
The respondents across Osogbo, Abeokuta, Ibadan and Ado-Ekiti, in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, also expressed their views on the socioeconomic importance of Mausoleums.
NAN reports that Mausoleums are special buildings, built in style to accommodate graves of the beloved ones.
And such buildings, which could be made public or private, are managed for religious, social, historical and economic purposes.
In Osogbo, the Osun Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Adebisi Obawale, said though, the state did not have any Mausoleum, it has graves of the traditional warriors, who fought the Kiriji War from 1877 to 1893. Obawale said that the state government was working with the cultural and traditional rulers with historical monuments and artifacts to preserve and turn them into attractions for tourists.
“Currently, we are working on the Ogedengbe Palace, where an Ijesa Warrior, Ogedengbe, was buried.
“We intend to give it a befitting look and to affiliate it with the Kiriji War site.
“There will be a tour arrangement where tourists end their tour of the Kiriji War site at the Ogedengbe Palace.
“Similarly, in Ika (Ejigbo), there is a special place where ancient kings in the community were buried; we are doing a restoration of the place (grave site).
“We have plans to link the grave to a museum, so as to showcase the rich culture of people of the area,” he said.
According to Obawale, the state government launched a tourism master plan in 2020, and is working to turn graves and houses of prominent people in the state to tourist centres and museums.
Also, the Yegbata of Oodua, Chief Saka Awojoodu, said that more than 5,000 tourists had visited historical sites in Ile-Ife, from January till date.
Awojoodu said that historical graves of the late four royal fathers were within the premises of the Ooni’s Palace in Ile-Ife. According to him, the graves of Oba Adelekan Olubuse I (1894 -1910); Oba Ajagun Ademiluyi, (1910-1930); Sir Adesoji Aderemi (1930-1980) and Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, (1980-2015) are preserved in the Ooni’s Palace.
“Things like these should be kept for generations to come, for remembrance and for them to know the history of the past heroes,” Awojoodu said.
Commenting, a Human Capital Developer, Mr Charles Adeyemi, who is the Executive Director, Charleston Foundation and Associates, commended the Federal Government on its efforts at renovating abandoned Mausoleums in the country.
Adeyemi said he was glad that Nnamdi Azikwe’s Mausoleums was completed under the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, in spite of being abandoned for decades by past administrations.
“The present administration has done creditably well in giving the resting place of the first Nigerian President, Nnamdi Azikwe, a befitting site,” he said.
Adeyemi, however, decried the worrisome state of some private mausoleums due to total neglect by the government.
In his views, Mr Olaoluwa Akinleye, the Chief Security Officer of the Obafemi Awolowo Mausoleum in Ikenne, Ogun, said the monument had been shut since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Akinleye said other public activities and events, which often took place in the Awolowo’s Family Compound, had also been put on hold.
“The Awolowo’s Family residence used to be a Mecca of a sort, as people from all walks of life often visit the place for different activities.
“Before now, we used to have visitors thronging the Mausoleum, including students, tourists, the political class and business people.
“But, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been closed to the public and no mater the protocol, we have not opened it to the public.
“Although, at a time, we still allowed two or three persons to peep through to see the mausoleum, they were not allowed to freely walk around the compound as they would have wanted,” he said.
Akinleye, who expressed hope that the mausoleum would soon be reopened to the public, said, “it is being properly maintained from time to time”.
In Ilorin, Kwara, Malam Mustapha Abubakar, the Zonal Coordinator, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), said that religious mausoleums attract pilgrims during the yearly Maulud Nabbiyy (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday).
According to Abubakar, the Mausoleum of the late Islamic Scholar, popularly called Sheikh Mohammed Auwal Opolorin, buried in Omupo, Ifelodun Local Government area of Kwara, are attracting many religious tourists to the town.
He said that during the Maulud Nabbiyy, tourists across the country and overseas used to visit Omupo Community.
The mausoleum, he said, is being housed within a complex, comprising of an Islamic Primary School and worship centre.
“People pay homage to the Mausoleum and engage in a two-day prayer to mark the Maulud Nabbiyy,” he said.
Abubakar added that there were other prominent Mausoleums in Ilorin that attract tourists on religious basis.
These, he said, include the Mausoleums of the late Sheikh Oniwasi Agbaji and the late Sheikh Kamaldeen Al-Adabbiyy.
An Ilorin-based cleric, Malam Yusuf Al-Fulani, however, said that caution should be taken in visiting mausoleums.
According to Al-Fulani, Allah’s curse is upon those, especially women who light candles on the graves, taking the graves as their place of prostration or as the Mosque.
There is, however, no public mausoleums in Oyo State.
A top government official in the state Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, who pleaded to be anonymous, said he could not, however, rule out the existence of private mausoleums in the state.
Nevertheless, the official called for public-owned Mausoleums of well-meaning personalities, whose lifetimes had impacted positively on the society.
The official suggested that people like the immediate past Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III and former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala should be considered for such honour.
He explained that public mausoleums, if well managed, could be additional sources of revenue generation, saying that visitors to such places would pay for their visits.
There are two private Mausoleums for two former Governors of Oyo State, one for the late Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan and another one in Ogbomoso for the late Chief Christopher Alao-Akala.
Meanwhile, from the angle of the Christian faith, Very Rev. Oluyinka Akande of the Methodist Cathedral Agbeni, Ibadan, says “it is not a sin to build mausoleums for the departed loved ones”.
Akande added that visiting their graves was to show respect and love for them.
“Visiting the mausoleum of the dead loved one is a helpful part of mourning.
“It provides a bit of comfort and consolation, especially when you are feeling lonely and empty.
“In John 20, Mary Magdalene visited the graveyard of Jesus Christ to grieve and to have deep reminiscence of Jesus’ way of life.
“Likewise, there is no where in the Bible where it was commanded, warned or taught that graves should not be visited.
“In Genesis 35:19-20, Jacob made a pillar as a mark or decoration to identify Rachael’s tomb,” the cleric said.
He, however, warned against exhibiting the character of talking or praying to the dead when visiting the graves of loved ones.
Akande said that such an act, according to Deuteronomy 18:10-11, is sinful.
“From the Old Testament, the punishment for speaking with the dead person is death by stoning, because it was indicated as a serious offence,” he said.
In his views, Pastor Francis Oghuma of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Jesus Place, Oluyole, Ibadan, said it had become necessary for governments, individuals or families to invest in building Mausoleums.
Oghuma said that these Mausoleums could be built in very modest ways, as the world revolves to a global village.
According to him, mausoleums can create employment opportunities, generate revenues, be a reservation area for tourism, enable historical place of value preservation for generations, among other benefits.
“Visiting the grave sites is done with respect and honour, conveying a sober and peaceful spirit.
It is appropriate to bring flowers or wreaths to adorn the grave site.
“However, those who mourn must not do so as they that have no hope, for as believers in Christ, there is hope of rising again and wherein we shall meet and mourn no more.
“It is appropriate for family and friends to visit on the birthday of the deceased or on a wedding anniversary.
“Many will want to visit on religious holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, or on political holidays like Memorial Day. “Some families pick a special day of the year to have everyone gathered together and visit several grave sites on the same day, bearing in mind that death is a reminder,” he said.
The cleric, however, called for caution on the size of the investment committed to building such sites.
“No matter the value, it remains a place of the dead,” he said.
However, Prince Tunde Odunlade, the Curator of Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connexions, Ibadan, welcome building of mausoleums for historical landmark purposes and for learning about our heroes’ past.
Odunlade said that tourists, depending on their interests, would look out for anything that would satisfy their curiosity.
According to him, people go all the way to Egypt or to the Middle East to visit the tombstones of their heroes, of whom they had read about.
“The famous Nigerian top Juju Musician, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye (Sunny Ade), fixed his 112-year-old mother’s tomb to the delight of visitors, who find it fulfilling to visit the place in his Ondo Town. “The Queen of Sheba (Bilikisu) in Ijebu, Ogun, is a tourist destination as well.
“In a country where teaching of History in schools may have ceased, government can look at it for monumental reasons, just like some individuals who have fancied such thing can go to immortalise their people.
“But, it should be done in a way that it will be more accessible and educating, not political.
“We should give honour to whom honour is due; dead or alive, which then becomes an incentive for others to be encouraged to do the right thing while still alive.
“If people are more celebrated while alive, it’s most gracious and fulfilling.
“It is like how a former American President, Cleveland, once said, ‘Give me my now that I can smell it,” he said.
In Ado-Ekiti, there are currently two known Mausoleums; one for the former Military Governor of the Western Region, late Col. Adekunle Fajuyi and the other of Joseph Ayo Babalola, Founder, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide.
While Fajuyi’s Mausoleum is erected in the heart of Ado-Ekiti, and named, Adekunle Fajuyi Memorial Park, that of Babalola is located in Efon-Alaaye, Headquarters of Efon Local Government area of Ekiti.
The state government is manages the Fajuyi’s as a sort of recreation centre for tourists, thereby generating revenue from it.
On the other hand, that of Babalola, is not a revenue generating source, as it is purely a religious and pilgrimage centre, under the management of the CAC Missions.
Reports have it that sick people claim to get healed while on pilgrimage to Babalola’s Mausoleum in Efon-Alaaye.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Art and Culture, Prof. Ojo Bakare, said a lot had been invested in taking tourism, arts and culture to acceptable standards.
According to him, the government is not resting on its oars, as more efforts are ongoing to achieve more.
The target, he said, was to make the state become one of the best tourism destinations in the country.
Brazil wins a prestigious title in front of passionate fans at the Bella Arena; Most of the $400,000 prize pool awarded to the best nation in the world; FIFAe (www.FIFA.com) Finals 2022 comes to a spectacular end after three weeks.
The FIFAe Nations Cup 2022™ presented by EA SPORTS™ thrilled fans inside the arena and around the world, as Brazil has been immortalized in history as the 2022 FIFAe Nations Champion after four days of intense competition.
The team of Phzin, Crepaldi and Klinger follow inaugural winners France to become the best FIFAe nation in the world and the first to lift the new trophy.
The first day of fan events since 2019 brings to a close the spectacular three-week FIFAe 2022 Finals in Copenhagen, with Umut Gültekin crowned FIFAe World Champion, Riders as FIFAe Club World Champion and Brazil claiming the title of Champion of FIFAe Nations.
winning the pride and heart of his country.
“The last three weeks have showcased the biggest stages of the community and the global potential of FIFAe with an excellent stage and fantastic performances put on by all the participants,” said Romy Gai, FIFA Commercial Director.
"Congratulations to the three champions for claiming their respective FIFAe trophies, beating the world's best at the world's premier event and inspiring the next generation of esports talent."
“I am proud to represent Brazil, I am happy and I love it,” said newly crowned champion Crepaldi.
His teammate Phzin was also ecstatic and said: "Thank you for all the support and the crowd here, this is the biggest achievement of my career."
A goalless game left it all for the second leg, where Poland took an early lead in the game, but a quick response followed by a 90th-minute winner meant it was Brazil who prevailed to become Nations Champions.
FIFAe 2022 and lift the new measure.
trophy for the first time in Copenhagen, writing their names in FIFAe folklore forever.
Brazil outclassed the top European nations on their way to the final, including Spain, Italy and previous FIFAe Nations champions France.
The FIFAe 2022 Finals have come to an end as the following three competitions were played in July: FIFAe World Cup 2022™ Presented by EA SPORTS™ FIFAe Club World Cup 2022™ Presented by EA SPORTS™ FIFAe Nations Cup 2022™ Presented by EA SPORTS™ Find all media assets, images and a video press release, coming soon, here (https://fifa.fans/3BqClSD).
All results are available at https://bit.ly/3PPtTkf. Looking ahead, the new season will kick off later this year with the best players, clubs and nations once again vying for the ultimate in fame and glory for several months.
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Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, the Chief Missioner Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih (NASFAT), has urged Nigerians to keep faith alive in spite of the gloomy and overwhelming security challenges bedevelling the nation.
Onike gave the ray of hope on Sunday in his message to Nigerians on the celebration of the new Hijrah, Islamic Calendar Year 1444. According to him, as Muslims, we are expected to be optimistic that all will be well.
“According to the Holy Qur’an, .
’Certainly, no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.
“I congratulate Muslims worldwide, witnessing a new year is an opportunity to retrace once steps from bad conducts and habits and consolidating on good conducts and behaviours,” Onike said.
According to him, it was narrated from Talhah bin ‘Ubaidullah that two men from Bali came to the Messenger of Allah .
They had become Muslim together, but one of them used to strive harder than the other.
“The one who used to strive harder went out to fight and was martyred.
The other one stayed for a year longer, then he passed away.
Talhah said: “I saw in a dream that I was at the gate of Paradise and I saw them (those two men).
Someone came out of Paradise and admitted the one who had died last, then, he came out and admitted the one who had been martyred.
“The essence of having a long life is to busy oneself with activities that can make someone get the pleasures of Allah, and ultimately enter paradise, by God’s Grace.
” Onike, therefore, urged Muslims to use the opportunity of the new year 1444 to be better in religious activities and nation building.
The cleric prayed for the return peace and tranquility in the country.
He also urged the government to seek further assistance from others including, community leaders, civil society organisations and neighboring countries.
“For the revitalisation, refitting, retooling, intelligence gathering and effective prosecution of the war against terrorism and