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  •  Kogi Rector bans sale of handouts books to students
    Kogi: Rector bans sale of handouts, books to students
     Kogi Rector bans sale of handouts books to students
    Kogi: Rector bans sale of handouts, books to students
    General news2 weeks ago

    Kogi: Rector bans sale of handouts, books to students

    Dr Salisu Usman-Ogbo, Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, on Wednesday slammed a ban on the sale of hand-outs and textbooks to students in the institution.

    The rector made the declaration while receiving an award for outstanding achievements bestowed on him by Women in Leadership Positions in Kogi Polytechnic, Lokoja “The days of lecturers making themselves task masters to our students are over and gone for ever.

    ‘I know the hardships these students face in trying to purchase those textbooks and hand-outs just to please their lecturers, whom they fear may take offense if they don’t buy.

    “Enough is enough of that maltreatment.

    I am very much aware that lecturers in other state-owned institutions in Kogi don’t sell textbooks and hand-outs to their students so why must it be only Kogi State Polytechnic?

    ” Usman-Ogbo warned that henceforth any report against any lecturer flounting his directive would attract the wrath of the management.

    According to him, times are hard and the students should not be subjected to more hardships but be genuinely assisted to perform excellently in their academics.

    While thanking the women group for honouring him, the rector pledged to do his best at making the polytechnic one of the best institutions in the country.

    Earlier, the women group leader and Dean, School of General Studies, Mrs. Balagbogbo, said that the award was in recognition of Usman-Ogbo’s tremendous achievements in the institution.

    Balagbogbo described the rector as a “firm believer” in gender equality like Gov Yahaya Bello, which had made them proud of him as a seasoned administrator.

    She pledged the women group’s continuous support to the polytechnic management, to succeed in taking the institution to greater heights.


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  •  2023 elections shall be free and fair FG assures again
    2023 elections shall be free and fair, FG assures again
     2023 elections shall be free and fair FG assures again
    2023 elections shall be free and fair, FG assures again
    General news2 weeks ago

    2023 elections shall be free and fair, FG assures again

    Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has again assured Nigerians and the global community that the 2023 general elections will be free and fair.

    Mohammed gave the assurance while briefing newsmen at the end of the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    He dismissed pessimistic views that current security challenges would stifle the elections and assured that everything was being put in place to ensure a successful exercise.

    “Everybody who has an opinion is free to air such opinion and the government will weigh the opinions and take whatever decisions it believes is in the overall interest of the nation.

    “Yes, it is true that some groups have been worried and concerned on whether given the state of insecurity in the country there can be elections next year.

    “I can assure you there will be elections because the Nigerian government will do everything possible not just to make sure there is election but to secure the country.

    ’’ The minister said.

    Mohammed also commended security agencies for working so hard to maintain peace and order.

    “I’m sure you heard yesterday from the president that military commanders have been given everything they needed and they have been given all the powers to bring this insurgency and banditry to an end.

    “As to whether Service Chiefs should resign, I think only the president can decide on that.

    “The Service Chiefs have been doing their best and they will continue to do so,’’ the minister maintained.


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  •  Ondo community agog for new traditional ruler
    Ondo community agog for new traditional ruler
     Ondo community agog for new traditional ruler
    Ondo community agog for new traditional ruler
    General news2 weeks ago

    Ondo community agog for new traditional ruler

    Ode-Irele community in Irele Local Government area of Ondo State went agog on Wednesday following the selection of Prince Ademola Olowoyiribi as the new traditional ruler of the town.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the kingmakers had selected Olowoyiribi from the Orunbemekun Rulling House, as the new Olofun of Ode-Irele kingdom.

    The community had been without a traditional ruler for five years following the death of Oba Olarewaju Lebi. Addressing the residents and kingmakers, Prince Adefemi Olowoyibi, a member of the Orunbemiku Ruling House, said indigenes of the town were happy that the community would once again witness rapid development.

    Olowoyibi said descendants of the town have resolved, by their show of love, to move the community forward.

    He noted that the selection process was ranchour free, and with a new king in process, the community would be able to perform rituals for the development of the town.

    He said that the community had not been all that peaceful because all the rituals that were supposed to be done regularly  could not be done due to the absence of a king.

    “My people, today is a joyous day for all of us, nobody is fighting; we now have a king that will bring development and progress to the town(Ode-Irele).

    “Everyone is going about their normal business, this is the eighth day that our king has been performing the ritual rites that will usher him to the throne.

    “I beg all of you, both young and old to continue coexisting in a peaceful manner that we have been doing since,” he said.

    Also, the Orunbemiku of Ode-Irele, Chief Moses Faniyi, said the community was happy with the process, urging indigenes to come together and support the new king for the town to grow.

    According to Faniyi, the large number of residents at the selection venue shows the level of acceptance of the king-elect and that he is the popular choice of the three ruling families and the community.

    Also speaking, the head of Akingboye family, Chief Taiye Akinboye, hailed the selection  process and the support that the new king was receiving from the indigenes of the community.

    Akingboye prayed that the reign of the new traditional ruler would be favourable and filled with blessings for the community.


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  •  FCT IRS trains 200 personnel to strengthen tax enforcement
    FCT-IRS trains 200 personnel to strengthen tax enforcement
     FCT IRS trains 200 personnel to strengthen tax enforcement
    FCT-IRS trains 200 personnel to strengthen tax enforcement
    Economy2 weeks ago

    FCT-IRS trains 200 personnel to strengthen tax enforcement

    The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS), has trained 200 personnel as part of efforts to ensure tax compliance and enforcement.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the FCT-IRS Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Mustapha Sumaila on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Sumaila said the workshop was organised in collaboration with the  Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

    The theme of the capacity building was “Tax Intelligence and Information Gathering, Tax Audit and Investigation”.

    The statement quoted the Acting Executive Chairman of the FCT-IRS, Mr Haruna Abdullahi as saying the “importance of capacity building to the implementation of the FCT-IRS mandate cannot be overemphasised”.

    According to Abdullahi, capacity building is one of the core objectives of FCT-IRS, as it aligns with the projects as well as evolving challenges faced by the service.

    Abdullahi said tax officials required technical and verbal skills to effectively audit and interact with taxpayers including politically exposed persons.

    He said that the responsibility of the service was critical to the success of the FCT Administration.

    He said in view of that, skillful tax men and women were needed to rapidly grow the tax net.

    The FCT-IRS boss said that topics discussed at the training were strategically selected to reflect audit, investigation and enforcement.

    According to him, the Service has concluded plans to commence auditing of individuals, especially high network individuals including politicians.

    Abdullahi commended the efforts of the President of CITN Mr Adesina Adedayo for providing experienced resource persons for the workshop.

    The Director, Human Capital Management and Development FCT-IRS, Mr. Umar Jada said the reason for prioritising training was to improve service delivery.

    Also speaking, Adedayo said the enlightenment of taxpayers could not be overemphasised.

    He said that information dissemination and awareness was critical to compliance, adding that efforts must be made toward sensitisation.

    Adedayo said that adequate sensitisation would help boost tax collection as well as minimise the excuse of ignorance.


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  •  Investors profit taking pushes market capitalisation down 0 06
    Investors’ profit-taking pushes market capitalisation down 0.06%
     Investors profit taking pushes market capitalisation down 0 06
    Investors’ profit-taking pushes market capitalisation down 0.06%
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Investors’ profit-taking pushes market capitalisation down 0.06%

    Trading at the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Wednesday took a plunge, as the market capitalisation closed at N27.29 trillion down from N27.3 trillion recorded on Tuesday.

    Consequently, the market lost N16.76 billion, representing 0.06 per cent.

    The negative performance was due to sell-offs in some largely capitalised stocks which include BUA Cement, MTN Nigeria and Nigerian Breweries.

    Similarly the All-Share Index (ASI) was down by 0.06 per cent to settle at 50,594.97 points from 50,626.04 posted at the previous trading.

    The year-to-date (YTD) return fell to 18.44 per cent.

    Market breadth closed positive as 22 stocks advanced while 15 others declined.

    At the end of the trading session, 121.16 million units of shares worth N4.169 billion were traded in 4,369 deals.

    This represents an increase of 45.69 per cent when compared with 129.166 million units of shares worth N2.861 in 4,706 deals.

    Lasaco Assurance led the gainers with 10 per cent price appreciation to close at 99k per share.

    UPDC followed with 9.71 per cent increase to close at N1.13 per share, while Honeywell Flour Mill went up by 9.69 per cent to close at N2.49 per share.

    Also, Chams rose by 8.7 per cent to close at 25k per share and Japaul Gold increased by 7.41 per cent to close at 29k per share.

    On the other hand, Learn Africa led the laggards’ chat with a depreciation of 10 per cent at N2.34 per share.

    University Press followed by 9.79 per cent to close N2.12 per share.

    Cornerstone Insurance and Unity Bank declined by 9.33 per cent and 4.26 per cent each to close at 68k and 45k respectively.

    Regent Alliance Insurance dropped by 3.85 per cent to close at 25k per share.

    MTN Nigeria recorded the highest volume of 10.4 million traded shares worth N2.4 billion.

    FBN Holdings followed with 9.53 million shares traded amounting to N104.18 million, while Zenith Bank sold 8.37 million shares worth N178.85 million.

    Also, United Bank for Africa transacted 6.81 million worth of shares at N48.08 million and AccessCorp sold 6.61 million shares worth N58.99 million .


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  •  NSCDC advocates continuous training for private security guards
    NSCDC advocates continuous training for private security guards
     NSCDC advocates continuous training for private security guards
    NSCDC advocates continuous training for private security guards
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    NSCDC advocates continuous training for private security guards

    The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),says that private security companies should upscale the skills of their guards to enable them do their jobs properly and  support security agencies to fight crime.

    Dr Hammed Abodunrin, NSCDC Ondo State Commandant, made the call when the newly- inaugurated executives of Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN)in the state visited him on Wednesday in Akure.

    Abodunrin, while receiving  the new executives led by Mr Tunde Akande, said that government alone could not handle all the needs of security, health, education and other vital sectors in the country.

    “Everyone appears to now be in panic mode.

    That is the antics of terrorists.

    It is affecting the psyche of an average person on the street.

    “We need to work harder to give assurances of life when God has granted it.

    “Now that the situation is like this, private guards operators should train and retrain their guards to meet the present day challenges in the country.

    “Even though they do not bear arms, they wear uniforms and they are also soft targets for criminals.

    So we need to upscale their skills in modern security,” he said.

    According to him, beyond just opening gates at the bank, the guards need appropriate training to be skillful and Ondo NSCDC is ready to help in facilitating such training.

    “We need to go beyond the slogan ‘when you see something, say something’.

    You can only say something meaningful when you understand what you see.

    “We need to move to being able to properly identify what we see.

    “Massive public awareness is the way to go.

    Not even now that access to security agencies premises are more controlled, coupled with confidence crisis between some operatives and members of the public.

    “Beyond just earning salaries, the private guards should see themselves as rendering services,” he said.

    .

    Responding,  Akande, Chairman of appreciated the commandant and the role NSCDC played in mediation during the crisis the association had.

    “Your timely intervention during the imbroglio in our association led to the election of this new exco.

    “We shall do all in our power to reposition private guards companies in the state for better service delivery,” he said.


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  •  Statement on Pelosi s visit to Taiwan
    Statement on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
     Statement on Pelosi s visit to Taiwan
    Statement on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Statement on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

    At a time when the flaws and follies of its global policy have become more apparent, and in an attempt to intensify its policy of containing China, Washington has concocted the provocative visit of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Pelosi, to Taiwan with all its dangerous ramifications.

    The latest act is nothing more than a continuation of the reckless policies that the US Administration has carried out in recent years in Asia to further this singular goal.

    The last act is deplorable because it contravenes international law; the norms and dispositions of the sovereignty of the State; as well as the “One China” policy, and the Chinese reunification process.

  •  Ogun Assembly tasks commissioner nominees on performance
    Ogun Assembly tasks commissioner-nominees on performance
     Ogun Assembly tasks commissioner nominees on performance
    Ogun Assembly tasks commissioner-nominees on performance
    General news2 weeks ago

    Ogun Assembly tasks commissioner-nominees on performance

    The Ogun Assembly has screened commissioner-nominees with a renewed charge to render more service for the socio-economic development of the state.

    Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker, said this while presiding over the screening exercise.

    Oluomo noted that those nominated were professionals and party men and woman, who had been adding values to governance in the state.

    He said that the nominees were expected to do more upon confirmation by the assembly and swearing-in by the governor.

    The speaker in company of other lawmakers urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them through the formulation of ideas and people-oriented projects that would benefit the citizenry.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner-nominees included Mrs Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo; and Messrs Taiwo Oludotun, Hamzat Ganiyu, Ola Oresanya and Abayomi Hunye.

    In their responses, Adeleye-Oladapo and Oresanya, assured of a more dedicated performance in assignments entrusted in their care.

    They stated that the state had a perfect eco-balance through vegetation and forests that created good ecosystem.

    NAN reports that the assembly also screened members of statutory commissions, whose names were transmitted to the legislative arm for screening and approval by the state governor.

    Those screened were, Messrs Adeleye Ademola for Teaching Service Commission; Onadeko Onamusi, for House of Assembly Service Commission; Mr Nurudeen Aina and Mrs Adesola Elegbeji for the Judicial Service Commission.


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  •  Water and Sanitation urges KwaZulu Natal KZN residents to use water sparingly
    Water and Sanitation urges KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) residents to use water sparingly
     Water and Sanitation urges KwaZulu Natal KZN residents to use water sparingly
    Water and Sanitation urges KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) residents to use water sparingly
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Water and Sanitation urges KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) residents to use water sparingly

    KZN Residents Urged to Use Water Sparingly The Department of Water and Sanitation continues to urge residents of KwaZulu-Natal to continue to use water sparingly.

    The province's dams have not moved since last week, sitting comfortably at 89.1%.

    This according to the weekly report on dam levels issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

    The main water supply system (WSS) in KwaZulu-Natal, the Umgeni WSS, fell marginally but remains above average at 89.1% from 89.4% last week.

    Most of the dams have stayed in place week after week.

    The Craigie Burn Dam remained at 100.5%, along with the Spring Grove Dam at 100.4% and the Zaaihoek Dam at 90.6%.

    Bivane and Goedertrouw also sit comfortably at 100.4% and 100.1% respectively.

    Mearns Dam had the most significant decline this week, landing at 95.8% from 100.7%, while the Driel Barrage had the most notable jump from 96.3% last week to full capacity this week.

    “Many of the KZN dams are at full capacity and have not moved this week.

    "Provincial storage capacity for next week could be favored by the cold front that will engulf the country and could bring isolated rain," department spokesman Sputnik Ratau said.

    “Despite full and near-overflow reservoir levels, we continue to ask residents to use water sparingly.

    “We understand that as temperatures drop, people may be inclined to take longer hot showers or fill bathtubs to the brim as a way to stay warm.

    We ask that this not be done as South Africa remains a water scarce country and we need every drop,” he said.

  •  400 students graduate as CLHE peer educators in Oyo State
    400 students graduate as CLHE peer educators in Oyo State
     400 students graduate as CLHE peer educators in Oyo State
    400 students graduate as CLHE peer educators in Oyo State
    General news2 weeks ago

    400 students graduate as CLHE peer educators in Oyo State

    No fewer than 400 secondary school students on Wednesday graduated as Comprehensive Life-Skills and Health Education (CLHE) peer educators in Oyo State.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students were drawn from 24 schools including Oke-Bola Comprehensive School, Oke-Ado High School and Adem Group of Schools, Ibadan.

    The CLHE is organised by the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) in collaboration with the Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

    Speaking at the ceremony in Ibadan, the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Mr Rahman Abduraheem, said young people were faced with multiple challenges in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.

    Abduraheem was represented by Mrs Felicia Oyerinde, the Deputy Director (Schools) of the Oyo State Ministry of Education.

    He said they were more susceptible to poor reproductive health outcomes which could be attributed to inadequate or wrong information, poor guidance gotten from close associates.

    Abduraheem said addressing challenges such as teenage pregnancies, school drop outs, drug use,among others needed a more concerted efforts of all concerned stakeholders.

    To this end, he says CLHE is a carefully developed curriculum closing the gaps existing in the former family life curriculum with provision of appropriate information, consistent with the evolving capacities of young people.

    “It enables young people protect their health, well-being and dignity, it delivers a right based gender focused approach to sexuality education.

    “The programme helped the graduants to develop self esteem, life skills that encourage critical thinking, clear communication, responsible decision making and above all, respectful behaviour.

    “The knowledge should be improved upon, challenged, increased and shared with your mates both at home and school to get desired results,” he said.

    Also, the PPFN Regional Coordinator, Mrs Elizabeth Abimbola, said PPFN is a leading NGO in the provision of sexual reproductive health and rights including family planning and HIV.

    She added that over 60 per cent of Nigerian population is made up of adolescents and young people and the challenges of these age groups can not be over emphasized, ranging from unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted infections, gender based violence, genital mutilation among others.

    Abimbola said the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)manual taught in schools was found not sufficient as it is being affected by religion, social and cultural factors among parents, adolescents and teachers in the community.

    She said PPFN therefore reviewed the manual and upgraded to CLHE manual which comprises seven modules.

    Abimbola said the new manual was being piloted in FCT, Oyo and Kaduna states.

    According to her, the programme aimed at creating awareness and teaching correct, age appropriate information and quality services on sexual reproductive health and rights among adolescents in schools and out of schools.

    “With the permission of the Oyo State Ministry of Education, earlier this year in January PPFN trained 24 teachers from public and private secondary schools in Ibadan South-West LGA.

    “These teachers during the session have trained over 400 students who are graduating today as peer educators in Adolescence CLHE with few varieties including quiz.

    “Presentations of gifts were given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions schools which are Oladipo Alayabde School of Science, ROCHAS FOUNDATION School and St. Paul’s Anglican College respectively.

    “Some of the benefits of these interventions were that students are well informed on Sexual Reproductive Health than before as demonstrated in the highly keen quiz competition.

    “There is also improved access to reproductive health services by adolescents and parents in PPFN clinic, among several other benefits,” she said.

    Abimbola also remarked that 700 students were enrolled in 24 secondary schools and 400 students completed the modules.

    “This is just the beginning, we are scaling up to other LGAs and states with in the federation,” she said.

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