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  •  FRSC to enforce motorcycle registration in Kwara
    FRSC to enforce motorcycle registration in Kwara
     FRSC to enforce motorcycle registration in Kwara
    FRSC to enforce motorcycle registration in Kwara
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    FRSC to enforce motorcycle registration in Kwara

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kwara says it will begin the enforcement of motorcycle or “okada” registration in the state on Aug. 8. The Kwara Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Fredrick Ogidan, made this known in Ilorin on Wednesday during a meeting with officials of the Okada Riders Association of Nigeria (ORAN).

    Ogidan noted that motorcycles were a major source of movement nationwide, saying there is need to have their information on the database in order to track them in any case of theft or other crimes.

    He said that the enforcement was a directive from the Corps headquarters as a result of the proposed plan on the ban of okada nationwide.

    The sector commander therefore urged them to pass the message to their members, while tasking them on adherence to road safety.

    “I welcome you to this meeting and I appreciate you for your support.

    This meeting I know will further strengthen the collaboration between the corps and your association.

    “We are meeting today to inform and enlighten you on the enforcement of motorcycle registration which will begin on Monday, Aug. 8. “We want you all to ensure your okada is registered properly and with government approved number plates.

    “Motorcycles are being used to commit a lot of crimes these days and we want a society that is free of crime.

    “So we are pleading with you to go back and inform members of your association to ensure their okada is registered,’’ he said.

    Ogidan also advised them to desist from accepting people without registered motorcycles into their association, adding that it can tarnish the image of the association if such motorcycle was stolen and used to commit crimes.

    He advised them to visit the Kwara Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to register their motorcycles in order to boost the state’s internal revenue, which in turn would contribute to infrastructural development.

    Responding, the Vice-Chairman of ORAN, Mr Usman Issa, appreciated the corps for their support and cooperation with the association.

    Issa, however, pleaded that more time should be given to them to inform their members of the development.

    He said that about 95 per cent of their members were registered while promising that the association will call for a meeting to inform members on the enforcement.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that present at the meeting were the Kwara Sector Commander, Fredrick Ogidan; the Deputy Chairman ORAN, Mr Usman Issa; the ORAN General Secretary, Mr Abdulazeez Jimoh, and other top officers of the FRSC.


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  •  French clubside Nice complete signing of Leicester City s Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel
    French clubside Nice complete signing of Leicester City’s Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel
     French clubside Nice complete signing of Leicester City s Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel
    French clubside Nice complete signing of Leicester City’s Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel
    General news2 weeks ago

    French clubside Nice complete signing of Leicester City’s Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel

    Denmark goalkeeper and captain Kasper Schmeichel has ended an 11-year association with English Premier League (EPL) clubside Leicester City after joining Nice for an undisclosed fee.

    The goalkeeper spent more than a decade at Leicester City after arriving from Leeds United.

    He won an EPL title, an FA Cup and a Community Shield during his time at the King Power Stadium.

    Schmeichel made 479 appearances in all for the Foxes, featuring in more Premier League games for Leicester City than any other player (276).

    Barring injury, he will be a part of the Denmark squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.

    Club Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha spoke to Leicester City’s official website on the announcement of Schmeichel’s departure.

    He said: “Throughout his time with us, and particularly as a captain and vice-captain, Kasper has always been a player willing to stand up and take responsibility, leading the team with distinction.

    “His influence and his leadership on and off the pitch speak volumes about him as a professional, as a football player and as a human being.

    “I know Leicester City supporters share the respect we all have for a player of Kasper’s standing after all his accomplishments as a footballer and captain.

    “They will join me in wishing him the very best for the next stage of his career in France with OGC Nice. “It’s clear to everyone who has watched him perform that Kasper has given everything to Leicester City every time he has played.

    ”The experiences shared between him, the club and our supporters over the last 11 years mean he will always remain a part of this family.

    ” Schmeichel sits behind only West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski (284) and Manchester United’s David de Gea (283) in appearances in the Premier League since the start of the 20142015 season.

    Nice also announced the signing of young centre-back Mattia Viti from Empoli earlier on Wednesday.

    This added to other new arrivals in the transfer window, such as Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Beka Beka, Rares Ilie and Badredine OLAL(
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  •  Unilorin V C tasks workers on commitment hardwork
    Unilorin V-C tasks workers on commitment, hardwork
     Unilorin V C tasks workers on commitment hardwork
    Unilorin V-C tasks workers on commitment, hardwork
    Education2 weeks ago

    Unilorin V-C tasks workers on commitment, hardwork

    Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has enjoined workers of the institution to continue putting their best through hard work and commitment.

    Abdulkareem made the call at a send-forth get-together organised by members of staff of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Sylvia Malomo, on Wednesday in Ilorin.

    Malomo has just completed her tour of duty as DVC (Academic) after two-terms in office.

    The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Registrar, Dr Fola Olowoleni, commended Malomo’s firm and painstaking commitment to her onerous task as DVC.

    He said her hard work and commitment contributed in no small measure to the stability of his administration in particular and the Unilorin system in general.

    “The work of DVC Academic is very enormous, as dealing with the lecturers is no mean task so also is dealing with the students.

    “It takes a fair and firm administrator and a woman of timber and calibre to make a success of the task like Prof. Malomo had done,” adding that “if she is not firm, the whole system would have collapsed”.

    The vice-chancellor also pointed out that the University’s Governing Council respected Malomo a lot, stressing that “her contributions are always meticulous and painstaking and they are often adopted”.

    Abdulkareem commended the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for putting together the event in appreciation of their benevolent boss.

    In his own tribute, Mr Hakeem Sonde, the Bursar, described Malomo as “a woman of integrity, full of wisdom and very hard working”.

    He described her as very humble and always ready to take advice.

    On his part, Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, described the outgoing DVC as “a woman of many parts”.

    He asserted that she is a renowned Bio-Chemist, a consummate administrator, a diligent problem-solver, a very affable boss and a very dutiful Igbomina wife”.

    Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of gifts by the staff of the DVC’s Office and a private photographer, popularly known as ‘Everyday’, who came with a large painting of the outgoing deputy vice-chancellor.


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  •  Sokoto Teaching Hospital begins operation Jan 2023 Commissioner
    Sokoto Teaching Hospital begins operation Jan. 2023 – Commissioner
     Sokoto Teaching Hospital begins operation Jan 2023 Commissioner
    Sokoto Teaching Hospital begins operation Jan. 2023 – Commissioner
    General news2 weeks ago

    Sokoto Teaching Hospital begins operation Jan. 2023 – Commissioner

    The Sokoto State Government has said that the newly-equipped University Teaching Hospital is expected to start full operation from January 2023. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname, made this known in Sokoto on Wednesday during an inspection of the facility.

    Inname said that the state government had concluded plan to equip the newly-established facility.

    He said that the gesture was part of government’s commitment to begin full activities in the hospital.

    “As you are aware, the state government some months ago approved about N12 billion for the teaching hospital equipment.

    “Now as you can see, the equipment contracts are on ground to begin the work with immediate effect.

    “That is why we are here.

    As you know, the facility is very large so we cannot commence the full installation but select some structures to start,” he said.

    The commissioner said that part of the inspection was to harmonise with the contractor to fast track the work.

    Inname listed some of the areas to include mother-child clinic, maternity clinic, women and children clinic and Very Important Personality wards.

    In his remarks, the Chairman, Samir Hani Group, Mr Samir Hani, assured that the equipment installation would start immediately.

    Hani appreciated the state for choosing the company for the project, saying that the contract was in line with activities of the government since 1981. Earlier, the Construction Company Manager, Alhaji Kabiru Mahmud, said that the project had reached 70 per cent completion stage.

    Mahmud gave assurance that all the structure needed for equipment installation would be completed as soon as possible.


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  •  Niger Republic honours six Nigerians with highest civilian awards
    Niger Republic honours six Nigerians with highest civilian awards
     Niger Republic honours six Nigerians with highest civilian awards
    Niger Republic honours six Nigerians with highest civilian awards
    General news2 weeks ago

    Niger Republic honours six Nigerians with highest civilian awards

    Niger Republic honoured six Nigerians with national honours on Wednesday as part of activities to mark the country’s Independence Day on Aug. 3. They are two presidential aides, two businessmen and two state governors.

    Those honoured from the Presidency were Sarki Abba, Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Lawal Kazaure.

    Businessmen honoured are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Abdulsamad Rabi’u, President, BUA Group.

    The two governors honoured are Alhaji Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Mohammed Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.

    They were awarded the “Order of Merit of Niger’’ and “Great Master of National Awards’’.

    Presenting the awards, President Mohammed Bazoum said his country cherished Nigeria as one of its closest neighbours and friends.

    In various citations he read, Bazoum praised the efforts of “Brother Nigerians’’ who had made great strides in increasing understanding between the two nations and for acting as agents of social and economic development.

    Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, was one of those who graced the occasion.

    Malam Garba Shehu, spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari stated in Abuja on Wednesday that the awards were in recognition of the recipients’ roles in the promotion of better relations between the two countries.

    Aug. 3 is day is set aside to mark Niger’s independence from France in 1960. The Francophone country also marks the day as “Tree Planting Day’’ as its nationals have been planting trees on the anniversary since 1975 to fight desertification.

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  •  Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria Expert
    Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria – Expert
     Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria Expert
    Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria – Expert
    Environment2 weeks ago

    Anambra worse hit by Climate Change impact in Nigeria – Expert

    The Climate Change Education and Action Programme (CLEAP) has said that Anambra is the worse hit by the impact of Climate Change in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The Head of CLEAP, Mr Elochukwu Ezenekwe, said this at a Climate Change Workshop organised by the Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development Outreach (PASDO) on Wednesday in Awka. Ezenekwe said there was need to declare an emergency on climate change impact in Anambra.

    According to him, the state suffers from flooding and gully erosion.

    “Climate change hits us in Africa through various extreme weather and climate-related events that include drought, desertification, flooding and gully erosion.

    “Drought and desertification are the least destructive and easiest to manage.

    “Flooding is more destructive but usually allows for recovery of houses and properties when the water recedes.

    “But for gully erosion, the damage is comprehensive and total,” Ezenekwe said.

    He argued that with gully erosion, “everything collapses into the very deep gullies and nothing is recovered”.

    He said that the disaster usually sweeps away classrooms, health centers, houses, crops, farmlands, roads, electricity infrastructure and livelihoods, amongst others.

    “Anambra state suffers from flooding and is the headquarters of gully erosion in Africa,” Ezenekwe said.

    Earlier, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Charles Soludo, thanked the group for the enlightenment  on the challenges and inherent opportunities that could be explored to tackle climate change impacts.

    “Soludo is also taking proactive steps to ensure that four million trees are planted in the next four years to check the negative impacts of climate change.

    “We will engage the heads of relevant ministries and agencies to design the best modality for implementing the recommendations from the workshop,” Ezeajughi said.

    In a remark, a representative of PASDO, Ms Chioma Nwafor, said that the programme was designed to galvanise action by educating stakeholders and actors at the community, local, state and national levels.


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  •  Algeria Strengthening resilience to better address future shocks
    Algeria: Strengthening resilience to better address future shocks
     Algeria Strengthening resilience to better address future shocks
    Algeria: Strengthening resilience to better address future shocks
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Algeria: Strengthening resilience to better address future shocks

    Non-hydrocarbon sectors in Algeria are expected to recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 and trade and budget balances will also show marked improvement this year, according to the latest edition of the World Bank's Algeria Economic Update.

    .

    Published in French under the title Renforcer la résilience en période favorable (Strengthening resilience in favorable times), the report is part of a series of biannual publications aimed at analyzing economic development trends and prospects for Algeria.

    The Spring 2022 edition reflects data and information available as of June 17, 2022.

    Supported by increased hydrocarbon production and exports, Algeria's GDP is estimated to have recovered to its pre-pandemic level in the fourth quarter of 2021.

    The hydrocarbons sector and a stronger recovery in the services sector were the main drivers of Algeria's economic growth in 2021.

    However, the economic recovery was affected by a drop in agricultural activity and an incomplete recovery in the public manufacturing sector.

    Job creation was also delayed, and by the end of 2021, the number of registered job seekers was significantly higher than the number registered before the pandemic.

    Non-oil GDP remained 1.6% below its 2019 level and inflation continued its upward trend, partly due to international factors.

    In response, the authorities have implemented a set of measures to limit the impact of this price increase on the purchasing power of households, including the introduction of unemployment benefits for first-time job seekers.

    The report finds that the continued rise in world hydrocarbon prices helped offset the rise in certain imports, especially cereals, and erased the current account deficit, allowing for a relative stabilization of foreign exchange reserves.

    The overall budget deficit was reduced in 2021, from 12% to 7.2% of GDP, thanks mainly to hydrocarbon export revenues accumulated in the budget, which increased by 36%.

    “Despite a rebound in economic activity in Algeria, challenges remain, aggravated by high volatility in oil prices and uncertain global economic dynamics,” said Jesko Hentschel, World Bank country director for the Maghreb.

    "Going forward, continuing reform efforts to boost private sector activity will be key to spurring inclusive growth and creating jobs."

    The report projects that Algeria's economic recovery will continue in 2022, notably supported by the return of non-hydrocarbon sectors to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

    Hydrocarbon exports are also expected to remain high, generating a current account surplus and a marked increase in fiscal revenue.

    global economy, could lead to a gradual deterioration in external and budget balances.

    Finally, the report describes how inflation is a growing concern in Algeria, as elsewhere.

    Prudent fiscal and monetary policies, as well as reforms that promote greater competition, will help limit inflationary pressures and support more inclusive and sustainable growth.

  •  Solanke signs contract extension at Bournemouth until 2026
    Solanke signs contract extension at Bournemouth until 2026
     Solanke signs contract extension at Bournemouth until 2026
    Solanke signs contract extension at Bournemouth until 2026
    General news2 weeks ago

    Solanke signs contract extension at Bournemouth until 2026

    Solanke signs contract extension at Bournemouth until 2026  Extension London, Aug. 3, 2022  Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2026. The 24-year-old hit 29 goals last season to help the Cherries win promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) as Championship runners-up.

    Solanke, who was capped by England in 2017, joined the south coast club from Liverpool for a reported 19 million pounds in January 2019, having begun his career with Chelsea.

    Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the club website: “Dom was pivotal to our success last year and to secure his future with us is a significant signal of intent from the club.

    “He is a highly impressive individual both on and off the pitch and the fact he has chosen to sign this deal speaks volumes for us as a football club.

    “We look forward to seeing him operate at the very top level where he belongs.

    ” Solanke has scored a total of 49 goals in 139 appearances in all competitions during his time at Vitality Stadium.

    However, he struck just three times in 42 Premier League outings for the Cherries before relegation under Eddie Howe in 2020. Following two prolific seasons in the second tier, he is set to make his top-flight return on Saturday when Scott Parker’s side host Aston OLAL(
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  •  Algeria Economic Update Building Resilience in Good Times
    Algeria Economic Update: Building Resilience in Good Times
     Algeria Economic Update Building Resilience in Good Times
    Algeria Economic Update: Building Resilience in Good Times
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Algeria Economic Update: Building Resilience in Good Times

    In 2021, the recovery was driven by the hydrocarbons sector and a stronger recovery in the services sector, despite a drop in agricultural activity.

    On a full year, non-hydrocarbon GDP remained 1.6% below its 2019 level, while hydrocarbon GDP approached this level.

    The recovery in employment opportunities continued, but remained incomplete, and inflation continued to rise.

    The continuous increase in world hydrocarbon prices has led to a marked improvement in macroeconomic balances.

    Algeria's trade balance went from a deficit of 9.4% of GDP in 2020 to a surplus of 0.7% in 2021, driven by a 70% increase in revenue from hydrocarbon exports.

    Meanwhile, the overall budget deficit narrowed, from 12% to 7.2% of GDP, supported by rising hydrocarbon revenues, a moderate increase in non-hydrocarbon revenues, and the lack of a marked recovery in public investment.

    In 2022, activity in the hydrocarbons sector should continue to support growth, with activity in the non-hydrocarbons sectors returning to its pre-pandemic level.

    Hydrocarbon exports are expected to remain high, generating a current account surplus and a marked increase in fiscal revenue.

    Macroeconomic balances continue to depend on fluctuations in world oil prices, which are highly volatile, in a context of uncertainty regarding the evolution of the war in Ukraine and the dynamics of the world economy.

  •  NUJ to partner with NIPR to checkmate quackery promote professionalism
    NUJ to partner with NIPR to checkmate quackery, promote professionalism
     NUJ to partner with NIPR to checkmate quackery promote professionalism
    NUJ to partner with NIPR to checkmate quackery, promote professionalism
    General news2 weeks ago

    NUJ to partner with NIPR to checkmate quackery, promote professionalism

    The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is set to partner with the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to  checkmate quacks and promote professionalism in the media industry of the country.

    The NUJ National President, Mr Chris Isiguzo made this known when a delegation from NIPR led by its president, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo visited the NUJ National Secretariat on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Isiguzo said that the NUJ and NIPR were worthy partners in Project Nigeria, adding that they had reasoned and visited places to ensure that they built Nigeria.

    According to him, there is no any professional group that has not got its fair share of quacks, adding that NUJ has taken the matter very seriously.

    He said it was regrettable that people who do not have anything to do with the media were appointed into media-related positions and organisations.

    The NUJ President said the union had established mechanisms for checking quackery in the profession in the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.

    “This is because there are people who tend to bring shame and bad names to the professionals.

    ” Isizuzo reiterated that the union was doing a whole lot, adding that with NIPR joining in the struggle, something better would be achieved.

    “We have started taking steps to address these anomalies as the case may be; the NUJ, Nigerian Guild of Editors and Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria have really formed a very strong partnership.

    “Now we are bringing Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on board; I think the NIPR should equally join us so that it would be a collective effort, and all of us speaking in one language.

    “So I assure you that in our next engagement, NIPR will be equally and adequately represented, so that we can operate together.

    “However, before long, we are going to come up with a framework on media practice, even though we have laws, most times we don’t understand what is in those books.

    “For NUJ, we are still thinking that we can come up with something that can work for us, where we would be able to regulate ourselves to a very large extend.

    “We are also working on the Journalism Enhancement Bill, which if passed into law would enable us check the activities of quacks and social media operators who spread fake news,’’ Isiguzo said On development journalism, he said that had been his mantra since he became the president of NUJ.

    “I have always stressed the need for us to practice the journalism that builds and not the one that pulls down.

    “This because, no matter what we do, there is only one country that we can call our own, which is the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “We cannot continue to pander to the wings and caprices of political actors, whose mission and interest most times is not nationalistic but individual and that has been our pain,’’ he said, Isiguzo explained further that with perception managers and information managers coming together to set the right agenda, Nigeria’s future remains bright.

    He emphasized that journalists should begin to assert their authority in agenda setting, stressing that when they set the right agenda, “the country flies with it and verse versa”.

    “So this is not the time to apportion blames; as journalists and perception managers, we should come together and build our country because the integrity of this nation is very important.

    “We must begin to discuss Nigeria, not on religious lines but competence and capacity and the one that has the magic wand to turn around the country for good.

    “We may not be excited about where we are today, but we are better than the United States at this level, because, when they were where we are today, their condition was worse than us,’’ Isisguzo said.

    Speaking earlier, Sirajo said NIPR executives were at the National Secretariat of the NUJ on a fraternal visit and to underscore the fact that the two professions – journalism and public relations needed come together.

    According to him the togetherness becomes necessary, especially at this point in the history of the country when things need to improve tremendously.

    “For a long while the NIPR has been on a single minded mission to ensure that professionalism takes root in the media and public relations sectors.

    “If you look at our general setting, most people who parade themselves as perception managers, media gurus, etc, but when you look deep, you will discover that they are quacks.

    “We are here to see how we can partner with NUJ to see how we can weed out quacks in these two professions and also enhance adherence to the code of ethics and professionalism.

    “I want to appreciate the NUJ on tackling quackery, but however, we need to do more and give our profession the golden place they deserved,’’ Sirajo said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that present at the occasion were Shuaibu Liman, National Secretary of NUJ, the FCT Council Chairman, Emmanuel Ogbeche, and his Secretary Ochiaka Ugwu, Nasarawa State Council Chairman and his Secretary Salihu Mohammed Alkali and Sunday John respectively and some other NUJ officials.


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