The Renaissance Modern Polytechnic, Mbaukwu in Anambra Saturday held its maiden graduation ceremony for its 300 pioneer students.
The Anglican Church-run polytechnic, which was founded in 2021, was formally dedicated by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, on Friday.
The event was part of the activities marking the 60th birthday of Most Rev. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, the Archbishop, Eccliastical Province Of The Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka. In a speech at the graduation, the Acting Rector of the institution, Prof. Clifford Nwanna, said the school had commenced certificate courses.
Nwanna, however, said that the institution was waiting for accreditation by the National Board for Technical Education in order to begin its Diploma programmes.
He said the three months certificate programmes were in Fine Arts, Multimedia, Para-legal Studies, Hospitality and Home Management, Photography, Online Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
He congratulated the graduating students on the successful completion of their studies.
Nwanna urged them to sustain their training, build on it and become problem solvers in society.
“We are in serious business here and from what has happened so far, this polytechnic is going to be a centre for technology incubation, entrepreneurship development and metal fabrication.
“Already, some of these graduates have started putting their training into work, thereby creating wealth through these economic activities.
“This is in addition to the knowledge acquired in the art of entrepreneurship, which is being able to manage a business,” Nwanna said.
Also, Ibezim said that education and health were cardinal in his missionary mandate.
The cleric, therefore, described the establishment of the institution as part of the fulfillment of his mandate.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Governorship Candidate in Ebonyi, Dr IfeanyiChukwuma Odii, says he will utilise the huge potentials in the creative industry to create wealth and develop the economy.
Odii said this on Saturday in Abakaliki during the launch of this year’s August Meeting in the state.
The meeting is tagged “Gender equality today for sustainable tomorrow”.
It is organised by Ebonyi Women’s League (EBWOL) to enlighten women on the need to take their rightful position in politics.
He said that he would pursue four major programmes of action, including human capital development and wealth creation, when elected.
According to him, there is a huge hope in the land of Ebonyi ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“When we come on board in 2023, we shall go beyond 35 Affirmative Action for women.
“We will increase the empowerment for our women.
“When you empower a woman, you have built a nation.
“A new dawn has come to Ebonyi and the people will not remain the same again, when I emerge as governor,” Odii said.
He further promised to promote the girl child education in the state.
“Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is now known all over the world because she had education,” he said.
The governorship hopeful also assured his supporters that PDP would have landslide at the polls.
The Chairperson of the event, Mrs Patricia Nwankpagu, assured the governorship candidate of their unflinching support.
The National President of EBWOL, Mrs Victoria Ogudu, urged the women to always see themselves as change-agents in the state and country at large.
“Women should understand that they are no more second class citizens to men.
“The days have gone when women were limited to the kitchen.
“A woman that does well in her field is not only a pride to her husband but entire womanhood and the nation,” Ogudu said.
Mr Aloysius Okino, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Kogi has decried the incessant attacks being recorded in the constituency.
Okino said this on Saturday during a sensitisation visit he paid to the people of Gadumo Primary School Polling Unit in Ajaokuta Local Government Area. “The security situation in Ajaokuta Local Government Area is so worrisome and unacceptable because our people are living in fear.
“We are appealing to the government and security operatives to take drastic measures to restore peace and stability in not only Ajaokuta but all parts of Kogi, ” he pleaded.
Okino, who described the development as “very terrifying” called on the people to engage in ceaseless prayers for God’s mercy and protection.
On the forthcoming electioneering campaigns and the 2023 general elections, Okino advised electorate in the state to shun political apathy and come out en-masse and vote leaders they trust could change the current narrative in Nigeria for the better.
The candidate said that he and his entourage were at the polling unit to harp on the need for the electorate to take the forth coming general elections as a serious exercise.
“Don’t be afraid but come out with your voter’s cards and cast your votes as your constitutional rights.
“By the new electoral Act, it’s certain that your votes will count this time around, ” he assured.
The House of Representatives candidate congratulated the people of the newly created polling unit for the creation of the unit and urged them to use the opportunity to exercise their civic right and elect credible and responsibility people for good governance come 2023. Responding, the spokesperson for the people of the polling unit, Mr Alex Yusuf, thanked Okino and his entourage for the visit.
Yusuf, who said they were well armed with their PVCs for the 2023 polls, wished him victory during the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ajaokuta has recently come under security challenge the gruesome killing of three police officers and five Vigilantes Also, the kidnapping of three children, two expatriates and Friday’s killing of five persons including an expatriate, ywo Police Inspectors and two drivers.
A Truth in Time, a stage play that depicts the life and times of the 14th Emir of Kano State, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, held on Saturday at the Muson Centre in Lagos, and had the audience glued to their seats all through.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the play produced by Duke of Shomolu Productions, was written by Prof. Ahmed Yerima and co-directed by Emmanuel Adejumo (Boy Sala).
NAN also reports that it is a two-day stage play holding simultaneously on Saturday and Sunday in Lagos and Abuja.
The audience was a blend of both the young and old, as selected students from Command Secondary School Ipaja, Lagos, watched with excitement.
The play depicts the lives, drama and intrigues surrounding the dethronement of both Emir Sanusi I and his grandson, Emir Sanusi II, leaning heavily on the eye witness account of the Dogorai (palace guards), who served both Emirs.
The three-cast stage play started with a couple, whose marriage was in tatters.
The first scene talked about insecurity and child marriage, and culture of the Fulani and other people of Northern Nigeria.
The man of the house, Dalihu, a retired palace guard (Dogorai) in a heated conversation with his wife Zainab, depicted the hostile relationship the couple had, as they both await the arrival of their son Shaibu, a palace guard.
The arrival of Shaibu, who had served the disposed Emir of Kano, was welcomed with joy; his father asked him if the rumours about the dethronement of the Emir was true, and what led to the dethronement.
Shaibu told him the armies took over the palace, and this made his blind father sad at the cruelty meted on the Emir. His wife, however, said the cruelty meted on the Emir was the same treatment she got since her own father sold her to him as a young slave.
She suffered from Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF), which made her husband treat her with disdain.
Shaibu told his father to respect women, saying if he ever liked the Emir, he would imbibe the good deeds of the Emir by speaking the truth and treating women with respect.
The three-cast actors held the audience spellbound for more than an hour; the play talked about women abuse and the oath of silence.
Emir Lamido was crowned June 8, 2014 and was dethroned March 9, 2020 by Gov. Abudullahi Ganduje due to his perceived criticism against government and some of its policy.
The play reiterates everything the Emir stood for – equality, good governance and a better life for Nigerians, most especially women.
Babatunde Ali, the assistant Head Boy of Command Secondary School Ipaja, told NAN that he learnt that treating a girl-child with respect was an honourable thing to do as a man.
Adaeze Ndukwe, an SS 3 student of the school, told NAN that, “the moral of the stage play shows that the truth will always prevail no matter what, at the end of the day.
” Also speaking with NAN, Oluchukwu Ukoha, an SS 2 student, said that the incursion of politics into tradition and customs was counter-productive.
66-year-old Sanya Gold, a theater artiste, commended the cast and crew of the stage play.
“The actors were fantastic, the lines and the conversation was well scripted, I just want them to work on the lighting, aside from that, everything was top notch,” he said.
Victor Coker, who played the role of Shaibu, told NAN that it was a privilege to be part of the production of the great Emir. “It’s an honour to have been a part of this production, learning is continuous and I have picked up a thing or two from my director,” he said.
The crew got a thunderous applause after the performance.
An interreligious civil society group, the Strength in Diversity Development Centre, (SDDC) on Sunday said the adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should not be an excuse to overheat the polity.
The SDDC, inclined to peace, unity and good governance in Nigeria, made the appeal at a news conference at its secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos.
It said that such divisive tendency should not be a tradition in the nation’s polity.
It said that as a people, God created us in diverse form and leaning, rather than those diversity be a problem to us.
It said Nigerians should exploit the diversity for the common good of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference, aimed at aiding the public de-emphasise religion in politics and good governance.
The group said that APC’s Ahmed Tinubu-Kassim Shettima’s joint ticket should not be allowed to overheat the polity.
Speaking at the event, the Director of the group, Mr Shefiu Majemu, said Nigerians had option of choice from other political parties that did not feature a Muslim president and a Muslim running mate.
The director decried the onslaught on the the choice of the ruling APC to adopt all Muslims as flagbearers, adding that Nigerians should not allow the ongoing debate to deprive them of quality leadership that Ahmed Tinubu represents.
“Politics and religion are veritable tools of shaping the society and increase development.
In present day Nigeria, political actors have used religion and ethnicity to propagate political interest, depending on perverse situations.
“This time around the thought of people is that power should shift to the South, which most political parties obeyed but some out of choice and winning calculations, chose flagbearers from the North.
“It is in good fate that the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) made their unfavourable stance known against the the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC.
“As an organisation inclined to good governance and have been into election monitoring and observation over the years, we deem it fit not to continue standing on the fence while things go wrong.
We therefore want to move a bit forward in our scope to direct and inform the public on the right way to go in order not to get it wrong this time around,” he said.
Also, Pastor Gabriel Asusu, a member of the group, said Nigerians rarely bothered over who leads them so far the person does what was expected of him.
Asusu described Tinubu as a detribalised and non-religion fanatic and that his leadership of the country at this critical time would right the wrongs, going by his antecedent in the NADECO struggle and his pro-human programmes when he was Lagos State Governor.
The pastor tasked Nigerians to look in the direction of good and purposeful leadership and jettison the premodial stance of religion and ethnicity and go for performance in voting a leader, saying Tinubu-Shettima represents the kind of leadership that suits the country at the moment.
NAN reports that CAN, the unbrella Christain organisation in the country, had expressed misgivings over the Muslim-Muslim ticket as adopted by the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections
Gunmen kidnap boy, 4, as father escaped abduction Kidnapping By Adedeji Egbebi Oye-Ekiti (Ekiti) Suspected gunmen have kidnapped a four-year-old boy, Oluwadarasimi Omojola, as his father, Boluwaji Omojola, managed to escape on -Ekiti Road in Oye Local Government area of Ekiti.
The traditional ruler of the community, Owajumu of Omu-Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Ogundeyi, confirmed the incident through a telephone conversation with newsmen on Saturday.
Ogundeyi said the incident happened at about 6.00 p.
m on Friday.
The traditional ruler explained that the boy was returning from Ayede-Ekiti with his father, who managed to escape, after sustaining a severe cutlass injuries from the abductors.
He said that the injured farmer was currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed facility.
Ogundeyi said that security operatives and local hunters had since been mobilised to go after the kidnappers to rescue the boy.
Sunday Abutu, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, has yet to confirm the incident as the time of filing this report.
The Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage ( rtd), has urged Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another for the overall development of the country.
Bage, who is the Chairman, Nasarawa State Traditional Council of Chiefs, gave the task on Saturday while commissioning a Central Mosque in Akaleku, Obi Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the mosque was built and donated by Amb. Isaac Kigbu, the President of Eggon Youth Movement (EYM) worldwide.
NAN also reports that the complex was named “Hon Muktar Aliyu Betera Central Mosque, Akaleku”.
Betera is the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation in the House of Representatives.
The first class traditional ruler commended the philanthropist for the gesture and prayed God to bless him abundantly.
The emir of Lafia urged Muslim faithful in the area to ensure effective utilisation of the mosque.
” I want to call on all of us and other Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of our affiliations for development to thrive,” he said.
The first class traditional ruler urged parents to give adequate attention to the education of their for societal development.
He also urged the residents of the state and other Nigerians to be law abiding, respect constituted authority and be their brother’s keepers.
Earlier, the President, Eggon Youth Movement ( EYM), who is also the Chairman, Akyenyi Kigbu Memorial Foundation, said that the gesture was part of his continued commitment to promote religion activities in the locality.
” It is also part of my commitment to promote unity and peace among Christians and Muslims in Akaleku and its environs,” he said.
He appreciated Alhaji Muktar Aliyu Betera, the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation and others for their support to him.
The president restated his continued determination to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the windows, orphans, less privileged ones and other Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the event was attended by traditional rulers, religious leaders, politicians and other well wishers.
NAN also learnt that the youth leader was well known for his philanthrophic gesture as had recently distributed wrappers, food items to widows and paid students’ WAEC fees, among other gestures.
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The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has released the guidelines for the registration of the 20222023 pre-admission screening.
This is contained in a statement issued by the institution’s Registrar, Dr Wasilat Sallee, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin.
It said the registration would start on Aug. 8 and end on Sept. 9. According to the statement, the registration is for candidates whose first choice of institution is KWASU and those who wish to choose KWASU as their first choice after changing their choice of institution to KWASU on JAMB Portal.
”All eligible candidates are advised to register within the stipulated period and final admission into the University is based on meeting the University’s and the Academic Programmes’ cut-off points in .
”Admission is also based on the availability of spaces within the NUC approved admission quota for KWASU ”To be eligible, all candidates must have five O’level credits in relevant subjects at not more than two (2) sittings.
”Candidates awaiting O’level results can also apply, but they will not be considered for admission until their results are available,” the statement read in part.
It however said that candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of N2,000 only.
The statement however warned that falsification of citizenship certificates or any documents for that matter would lead to disqualification and prosecution.
”Candidates are advised to visit https:.
ng and follow instructions on registering their details and how to make payment,” it explained.
The Lagos State Police Command has recovered a Toyota Camry from fleeing suspected robbers at Ijora-Badia, Lagos.
The spokesperson for the Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, revealed this on his verified Twitter handle monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.
He said that the police, who were on patrol on Friday, flagged down the car but the driver refused to stop.
“Yesterday, at about 2:30 a.
m., a black 2002 Toyota Camry V6 saloon car, with reg no JJJ 367 FJ, with about three occupants, was flagged down by officers of Ijora-Badia Division on routine patrol.
“The driver sped off and turned into an adjoining street,” he said.
Hundeyin said that based on suspicion, the officers gave them a hot chase but the occupants eventually abandoned the car and fled.
He said the police saw the vehicle abandoned and that all the occupants had escaped.
He added that the vehicle had been recovered to the station.
” Hundeyin urged the owner of the suspected stolen vehicle to come forward with proof of ownership to claim it.
Traditional rulers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have re-echoed calls for the representation of the Original Inhabitants of the FCT in the core governance structures of the FCT.
The Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa was first to speak at a National Dialogue on Indigenous Rights in Nigeria, organised by Resource Centre for Human Rights and Education (CHRICED) on Saturday in Abuja.
The theme of the event was “Building Resilience, Fostering Recovery: FCT Original Inhabitants and the Struggle for Justice”.
The Ona Abaji who is the Chairman, Council of Chiefs in the FCT, was represented by Mansur Sule. In his goodwill message, the Ona of Abaji who lamented the non recognition of the indigenes in the helm of affairs at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), called on government “to be fair” to all.
“The donation of our ancestral land to government is remarkable for the unity of the people and the peaceful co-existence of the citizens but we are not seeing commensurate appreciation from the country.
“The people should do us justice to see we are given our rights.
We just want to be treated like any other Nigerian is treated.
“It is high time our right is given to us,” he said.
Similarly, the Etsu of Kwali, Alhaji Shaban Audu who noted that the indigenes had sacrificed a lot for the FCT, said that what they needed was equal opportunity.
“We have sacrificed a lot.
Though we remain grateful to the government because certain things had been done, more needs to be done for the socio-political advancement of the people.
” Executive Director of CHRICED, Mr Ibrahim Zikirullahi, called for robust representation of the indigenes in the core governance structures responsible for service delivery.
“The FCT indigenes made enormous sacrifices to provide space for Nigeria’s capital.
Therefore, government can no longer ignore the voices of the original inhabitants.
” Zikirullahi, therefore called for prompt action by government to address the plight of the indigenes.
The Executive Director, Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA), Ms Faith Nwadishi, advocated the political, economic and cultural rights of the original inhabitants.
Nwadishi also said that the 1999 Constitution Review process that was carried out by the National Assembly would have been a golden opportunity for the 9th Assembly to edge their names in gold, when the history of the FCT would be discussed.
The Secretary, Garki Traditional Council, Chief Lazarus Nyaholo, called for more of stakeholders’ engagement in re-echoing the demands of the indigenes.
“We don’t want resettlement, we want to be integrated in governance,” Nyaholo said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was part of activities to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which comes up on Aug. 9.