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  •  Oyo APC inaugurates new executives for UK chapter
    Oyo APC inaugurates new executives for UK chapter
     Oyo APC inaugurates new executives for UK chapter
    Oyo APC inaugurates new executives for UK chapter
    General news2 weeks ago

    Oyo APC inaugurates new executives for UK chapter

    The All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State Chapter, has inaugurated new set of executives for its UK branch with Mr Bayo Gbenla, as its Chairman.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the newly inaugurated Secretary, Olamide Olasupo, which was made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.

    Among the newly inaugurated members of the executives were Mr Sunday Owolabi, Vice-Chairman; Ronke Dairo; Yomi Oke; Ajibola Ogunremi; Titilayo Oladigbolu; Folawiyo Bello and Ahmad Olansile.

    The inauguration ceremony held in UK, was attended by Dr Yunus Akintunde, Oyo Central APC senatorial candidate, who represented Sen. Teslim Folarin, the Oyo APC governorship candidate.

    It was also attended by acting APC National Chairman in UK, Mr Tunde Dorothy; the Chairman, South-West Caucus, Mr Muyiwa Adesua; Ogun APC Chairman UK, Mr Andrew Taiwo and outgoing Oyo APC Chairman UK, Mr Kolawole Saidu.

    Gbenla, a mental health practitioner, has worked at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for over a decade before relocating to the UK.

    The UK branch chairman, a businessman, philanthropist and socialite from Ibadan North-East Local Government area, was a member of the reconciliation committee set up by APC UK, aftermath of the fall out of 2019 general election.

    The efforts had brought many progressive politicians, notable among whom was the late Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala; Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin and many others back to APC.


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  •  Kuje Jail attack Police rearrest inmate in Minna
    Kuje Jail attack: Police rearrest inmate in Minna
     Kuje Jail attack Police rearrest inmate in Minna
    Kuje Jail attack: Police rearrest inmate in Minna
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Kuje Jail attack: Police rearrest inmate in Minna

    The Police Command in Niger has rearrested one of the Kuje Prison inmates who escaped during the July 5 jailbreak in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that scores of terrorists had launched a daring attack on the facility and bombed their way in, releasing 879 inmates including 64 with terror-related charges.

    On July 11, the Niger Command rearrested one of the inmates in Suleja.

    A statement issued in Minna on Monday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said its Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) arrested  the inmate  in his residence in Minna.

    ” Police operatives attached to Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) of the Command  on July 31 at about 0700 hours arrested one John Ijamu  of Apa LGA, Benue State but residing along Mandela road, Minna.

    “He confessed that he escaped from the custodial facility during the attack along with other inmates.

    ”He explained that he proceeded to Lapai area where he stayed in a Mosque for about two weeks before he arrived in Minna on July 28.He claimed that he was arrested in Abuja in 2020 for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and receiving stolen property and he was remanded in the facility for the offence.

    The Commissioner of Police, Mr Monday Bala Kuryas, commended the efforts of the patrol team.

    The statement said Kuryas directed that the inmate should be handed back to the custodial centre, which had been complied with.

    The CP equally appreciated members of the public for giving useful intelligence to the Police that facilitated the quick arrest of the fleeing fugitive.

    The command urged residents to continue to support with reliable information that could aid in apprehending other suspected criminals and to combat crime and criminality in the state.

    ( NAN)
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  •  65 yr old visually impaired begs Ugwuanyi for accommodation
    65-yr-old visually impaired begs Ugwuanyi for accommodation
     65 yr old visually impaired begs Ugwuanyi for accommodation
    65-yr-old visually impaired begs Ugwuanyi for accommodation
    General news2 weeks ago

    65-yr-old visually impaired begs Ugwuanyi for accommodation

    A visually-impaired man, Mr Anibueze Nnadi, whose building was demolished in September 2021, has again appealed to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to come to his aid.

    Nnadi’s house still under construction was allegedly demolished by Eze Christopher Okwor, the Traditional Ruler of Ihekwuenu-Aku Autonomous Community in Igboetiti Local Government Areas of the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that Okwor was laying claim to the land, where the two-bedroom apartment was being constructed for Nnadi by a philanthropist, Mr Okechukwu Ezemagu.

    The building was nearing completion, when it was viciously pulled down by hired thugs.

    The State Government immediately waded in and announced the suspension of the traditional ruler.

    The government’s action came on the heels of fierce protests by angry youths of the communty against the demolition.

    When NAN correspondent visited Nnadi on Monday in Aku Village, he was seen squatting in a portion of the demolished structure.

    Speaking in an interview with NAN, the 65-year-old said: “I will continue to appeal to the governor to come to my rescue.

    “I have no alternative so I have continued to be here but it pains more anytime it rained.

    ” Nnadi further expressed dismay that “somebody could contemplate hiring thugs to destroy a house being constructed for me by a philanthropist.

    “I am thanking the governor for his quick intervention.

    “But I am still begging him to get me an accommodation to alleviate my sufferings, especially this rainy season.

    “I am always upset whenever it threatens to rain because I have no better place to run to for shelter.

    “I will continue to cry for help from the governor and other well-meaning citizens of Enugu State.

    “I want the world to know that I was rendered homeless by my fellow man, simply because I am blind.

    “I have firm belief that the governor will come to my aid because he is a good man.

    “I am also looking onto God for justice and with God, nobody will take away my ancestral land from me,” Nnadi said.


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  •  MSSN to host 79th National Islamic Vacation Course
    MSSN to host 79th National Islamic Vacation Course
     MSSN to host 79th National Islamic Vacation Course
    MSSN to host 79th National Islamic Vacation Course
    General news2 weeks ago

    MSSN to host 79th National Islamic Vacation Course

    The Muslims Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Kwara Area Unit, says it will host the 79th National Islamic Vacation Course (NIVC) in Ilorin on Dec. 22nd.

    Prof. Badmas Yusuf, the former Dean of Postgraduate Studies, University of Ilorin, announced this on Monday in Ilorin while inaugurating the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the event.

    Yusuf said that the MSSN “A” Zone, comprising the 19 Northern States and FCT, decided to stage the weeklong programme, tagged “Kwara 2022”, in Kwara from Aug. 22 to Aug. 28. He explained that the NIVC would hold at two desognated venues within Ilorin metropolis.

    “The total number of expected participants is 4,000 in this year’s IVC and the programme is aimed at training and inculcating the Islamic values in the Muslim students, which draws its participants from the 19 Northern States and FCT,” he said.

    Badmas also explained that MSSN is synonymous to a platform where Muslim youths are trained.

    “In order to continue to fulfill one of the several aims and the objectives of its establishment, hence there is what is called Islamic Vacation Course IVC.

    “It is a week-long programme usually in the month of December of every year.

    The programme attracts students from primary up to university levels.

    “The main activities in the camps, among others, include lectures, ta’alimat, classroom instructions, Da’awah outreach, interactive fora, skills acquisitions as well as the issuance of communique,” he stressed.

    According to him, this timeframe is aimed at improving the Muslim skill, creating interaction between Muslims, providing platform wherein Muslim youths will have access to participate in Da’wah activities and receive classroom instructions from different Muslim scholars all over the country.

    “The National IVC is to be held in the two zones of the society; namely the ‘’A’’ zone and the ‘’B’’ zone.

    “It is on this note, that we are putting in place this Local Organising Committee, which comprises of the men and women of calibre and who have been carefully selected to serve in different capacities.

    “LOC is always the engine room to serve and coordinate all the sub-committees in the realisation of the IVC objectives,” he said.

    Mallam Abdurrahman Abdulmumin, the Amir of the State MSSN, hadcearlier said this would be first national activity to be hosted by the Area Unit. He described the event as special because LOC is the brain box, engine room and the nucleus of the National IVC, a programme which is fondly regarded as Muslim Students’ Hajj. “The event is also special because it is indeed a prelude for the birth of several positive developments in the history of the MSSN, Kwara State Area Unit,” he stated.

    Abdulmumin explained further that the event was special because it serves as a bridge between losing long lost connections of the constituent members of the big MSSN family.

    Responding, Dr Abubakar Ayinla, the LOC Chairman, pledged to put in their best to have successful camping, by Allah’s grace.

    Sidelines of the event included the inauguration of the 26 LOC members to coordinate and ensure the successful hosting of the event in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the members of the LOC included Dr Abubakar Ayinla as Chairman, Prof. Abdullateef Oladimeji as the Secretary and Prof. Mahfouz Adedimeji, Vice Chancellor, Ahman Patigi University, member.


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  •  Highlights from the daily noon briefing Sudan Myanmar
    Highlights from the daily noon briefing: Sudan, Myanmar
     Highlights from the daily noon briefing Sudan Myanmar
    Highlights from the daily noon briefing: Sudan, Myanmar
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Highlights from the daily noon briefing: Sudan, Myanmar

    Sudan In Sudan, our humanitarian colleagues say that more than 31,000 people have been displaced following inter-communal violence in the town of Ganis in the Ar Rusayris area of ​​Blue Nile state, according to preliminary reports from local authorities and partners.

    The situation in the city of Ed Damazine and other parts of Blue Nile State is currently calm but remains unpredictable.

    Humanitarian organizations continue to provide assistance to the displaced and other affected people.

    Health partners have sent supplies to help 30,000 people for three months.

    Nutrition partners continue to screen children for malnutrition and support nutrition centers by providing therapeutic foods.

    During January to June of this year, the conflict displaced more than 117,000 people across Sudan.

    Sudan's 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which requested $1.9 billion to help 10.9 million vulnerable people, is only 21% funded.

    Myanmar From Myanmar, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that more than 1.2 million people are now displaced across the country.

    This includes more than 866,000 people displaced by conflict and insecurity since the military coup in February last year and more than 346,000 people who remain displaced by previous conflict, most of whom are in Rakhine state.

    Inflation in commodity prices since May 2022, including food and fuel, is deepening people's socioeconomic stress.

    Together with our local partners, we are trying to reach 6.2 million people with life-saving assistance this year in accordance with our Humanitarian Response Plan. We have reached about half of our target with at least one form of humanitarian assistance by mid-year despite limited access and funding shortfalls.

    We are trying to scale up support to affected people, particularly in northwestern Myanmar, which is home to the majority of the country's newly displaced people: more than 583,000 as of July 25, 2022.

    To reach the remaining vulnerable communities, we need better access and additional funding.

    especially in light of inflation.

    As of August 1, this year's Humanitarian Response Plan is only 13 percent funded, leaving a shortfall of $719 million.

    All clusters are severely underfunded, threatening their ability to respond to growing needs.

    This funding shortfall is forcing humanitarian partners to make difficult decisions about prioritizing aid for the second half of the year.

  •  NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation development
    NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation, development
     NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation development
    NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation, development
    General news2 weeks ago

    NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation, development

    The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) says it has placed focus on four cardinal areas for sustainable gas development and utilisation in the country.

    The commission said that the four cardinal areas were gas reserves growth, optimised gas production, domestic gas utilisation and gas flare elimination.

    Mr Gbenga Komolafe, Commission’s Chief Executive, NUPRC, made this known at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) on Monday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria that the conference had as its theme: “Global Transition to Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa.

    ” Komolafe, represented by Mr Abel Nsa, Head, National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), urged other African countries to adopt suitable anchor points and roadmaps similar to what had been outlined by the commission.

    According to him, this will enable them to achieve the right energy mix while decarbonising their oil and gas development.

    He noted that Nigeria had huge abundant gas resources which had been adopted by the country as its energy transition fuel.

    Komolafe said the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 was aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in the oil and gas sector to attract more investments.

    He said: “We are positioning gas as our transition fuel while adopting phased down approach in our energy transition quest geared toward paying greater attention to the development of untapped gas resources.

    “This energy source with low carbon footprint would serve as the transition fuel in meeting our energy security as a nation.

    “Fortunately, several African countries including Nigeria, Algeria, Mozambique, Egypt and Libya, among others are blessed with huge gas reserves.

    “With a total of over 620 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil, the future of upstream oil and gas in Africa is promising.

    ” Komolafe, however, noted that it required the right legislative framework and a change in policy direction for maximum economic recovery and energy sustenance.

    He added that the PIA had generous fiscal provisions aimed toward attracting investment not just for oil development but for harnessing of the rich gas potential of the nation which was among the highest in the world.

    Also, Prof. Olalekan Olafuyi, the Chairman, SPE Nigeria Council, said the world was facing the challenges of balancing the urgency of transition to cleaner energy with the obvious energy deficit and economic challenges experienced in recent times.

    Olafuyi said: “It is expected that the adaptive strategies for energy transition should be adopted in Africa.

    “The status quo in the African energy supply is very obvious.

    Africa and Nigeria in particular, are still struggling with endemic energy poverty as compared to the developed regions of the world.

    ” He said this was further worsened by the divestment by major international operators and funding challenges for oil and gas businesses.

    “This leaves the indigenous stakeholder in a situation of choosing to continue with the oil and gas business or channeling the attention to renewable energy sources.

    “This question is in the mindset of stakeholders in the energy business and policy space are the main reason we are here at this conference,” Olafuyi said.


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  •  Tipper crushes father of 30 children in Kogi FRSC
    Tipper crushes father of 30 children in Kogi – FRSC
     Tipper crushes father of 30 children in Kogi FRSC
    Tipper crushes father of 30 children in Kogi – FRSC
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Tipper crushes father of 30 children in Kogi – FRSC

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said a father of 30 children was killed on Monday when a tipper rammed his motorcycle in Kogi. Corps Commander Stephen Dawulung, Kogi FRSC Sector Commander, made this known in Lokoja.

    “The man, Abdulsalam Ibrahim, a 60-year old commercial motorcyclist and his passenger were killed by the tipper truck at Ganaja Junction in Lokoja.

    “The incident was tragic and very unfortunate,” he said.

    He regretted that the accident cut short the life of the bread-winner of 30 children.

    “The accident was a case of hit and run because by the time we responded to the distress call to the area immediately it happened, the driver and the tipper were no where to be found.

    “Eye witnesses told us that immediately the accident happened, the tipper driver zoomed off leaving the victims’ mangled bodies on the road for sympathisers, ” he said.

    He said that officers deposited the corpse of man at the Morgue of Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, while that of the passenger was at Ankuri hospital morgue, Lokoja.

    Dawulung urged motorists to always observe safety measures including speed limits.

    He also advised motorcyclists to always put on their helmets to avoid head injuries.

    Also speaking on the accident, Malam Musa Baba-Aliyu, Chairman, Kogi Motorcycle Riders’ Association, said that the deceased rider was an indigene of Katsina and a bonifide member of the union.

    Baba-Aliyu said that Ibrahim was trying to avoid hitting a commercial tricycle (Keke-NAPEP) heading towards him from the opposite direction, when the sad incident happened.


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  •  United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS monitoring patrol in Twic County assesses security situation and finds safe but precarious conditions
    United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) monitoring patrol in Twic County assesses security situation and finds safe but precarious conditions
     United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS monitoring patrol in Twic County assesses security situation and finds safe but precarious conditions
    United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) monitoring patrol in Twic County assesses security situation and finds safe but precarious conditions
    Africa2 weeks ago

    United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) monitoring patrol in Twic County assesses security situation and finds safe but precarious conditions

    A joint patrol team from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently revisited communities in Twic County following outbreaks of insecurity in the area earlier this year.

    “Since June, the security situation has remained stable, but internally displaced persons, particularly women, children and the elderly, continue to face serious humanitarian challenges, with limited supplies of food and medicine.

    It looks like the rainy season will make their situation worse,” said Chier All Madut Chier Rehan, coordinator of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) based in Twic. Conflicts between the Twic communities and the Abyei Administrative Area erupted in February over a land survey to determine ownership of the Aneet market land.

    Numerous skirmishes followed, leading to a significant increase in the number of internally displaced persons, currently over 800,000.

    Since then, the peacekeeping mission has systematically deployed civilian and uniformed personnel to the region to carry out its mandates and monitor the security situation.

    The objective of these activities is to foster an environment conducive to dialogue and peaceful consultations, resulting in long-term coexistence between the two parties.

    "We are prepared for dialogue with our neighbors."

    Twic County Chief Executive Malek Ring said, adding that chiefs and citizens alike have been urged to abide by a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in April.

    The possibility of holding a peace conference between the Twic and Abyei communities has been discussed, but Mr. Ring, referring to the fact that these are border issues, informed the visiting patrol team that the root causes must be addressed at the national.

    Getting together to discuss our problems and disputes openly at the same table is, however, always a good idea,” he said.

    Edwin Njonguo, Civil Affairs Officer of the UN peacekeeping mission, applauded the government and local authorities for their efforts to bring peace to the local level and stressed that these results must be maintained to achieve genuine harmony.

    “Please continue your successful initiatives and collaborate with neighboring communities.

    We are always available to help the government and the people to achieve a lasting peace”, he emphasized.

    In constant engagement with the government and local communities, UNMISS continues to work to create the conditions for humanitarian aid to be delivered to internally displaced persons in the area, with the long-term goal of enabling everyone to return to their homes.

  •  Hajj 2022 Pilgrims good conduct in holy land excites Gov Sule
    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims good conduct in holy land excites Gov. Sule
     Hajj 2022 Pilgrims good conduct in holy land excites Gov Sule
    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims good conduct in holy land excites Gov. Sule
    General news2 weeks ago

    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims good conduct in holy land excites Gov. Sule

    Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has lauded the 2022 Muslim pilgrims from the state for their peaceful conduct at the holy land.

    Gov. Sule made the commendation while receiving the report of the Hajj from the Speaker of the state legislature, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who was the leader of the Hajj delegation.

    The governor expressed happiness over the good conduct of the pilgrims while in the holy land.

    ” We are happy for your good conduct while in the holy land,” he said.

    The governor also appreciated the National Hajj Commission and the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for catering for pilgrims from the state.

    He appreciated the prayers of the pilgrims for him, the state and the country at large.

    The governor restated his administration’s  readiness to support religion institutions at all times.

    While presenting the report, the Amirul Hajj described the exercise as successful.

    He explained that all the flights that conveyed pilgrims from Nasarawa State took off and arrived in good time.

    The Amirul Hajj attributed it to Gov. Sule’s  support for the pilgrims welfare board.

    The Amirul Hajj said aside the death of one of the pilgrims in Makkah, the entire exercise was characterised by the patriotic zeal among other pilgrims who devoted time in praying for the state and the country.

    The speaker urged the governor to sustain the sponsorship of Muslim pilgrims and their Christian Counterparts.

    The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) recalls that on June 9, Gov. Sule tasked the 684 prospective pilgrims from the state to Saudi Arabia to be good ambassadors.

    Sule gave the task in Lafia when he bade farewell to the pilgrims at an occasion held at the State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board.

    ( NAN) (
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  •  SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos
    SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos
     SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos
    SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos
    Economy2 weeks ago

    SMEDAN begins empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos

    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has commenced empowerment of 150 farmers in Lagos on dynamic ways to attract customers to shore up profitability across the agricultural value chain.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five-day sensitisation programme by the agency was themed: Agric-Business Development and Empowerment Programme (ADEP).

    Lagos State Manager, SMEDAN, Mr Bunmi Kole-Dawodu, charged the participants to evolve and embrace modern techniques to achieve more within a little time frame.

    He said that SMEDAN had collaborated with the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative and Ministry of Agriculture which gave them 18 groups of cooperatives.

    He added that the agency was working to provide equipment based on their requirements to improve their operations.

    “This training was fashioned out by the agency and it aims to build capacity, after which participants would be equipped.

    “There are four components of ADEP such as selection, sensitisation, capacity building and distribution of equipments.

    “The ADEP programme is to provide functional knowledge, skills on how to operate and start an existing agricultural value chain cooperative.

    “We are coming back to engage them on business service development to find out how impactful the sensitisation was,” he said.

    The Head of Business Development, Zetamind Consulting Limited, Mr Okechukwu Anidebe, stressed the need for famers to embrace innovation and technology to better manage their operations.

    Anidebe said that there was a need for farmers to adopt the use of Microsoft software services tailored to add value to the various agricultural value chain.

    He added that finance was the backbone of any business and urged them to keep proper records of their operations to enable them qualify during future evaluation of their performance.


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