Prof. AbdulRasaq Oniye, the Dean, School of Education, University of Kigali, Rwanda, has advised Nigerians to participate actively and consciously in the upcoming 2023 general elections.
Oniye gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on Thursday.
He said credibility, antecedents of performance and genuine concern for the constituency of political seekers should count uppermost in the minds of Nigerians in casting their votes.
According to the education scholar, this is a great opportunity for Nigerians to right the wrong and vote for people that have genuine concern and love for their plights and growth of the country.
The don who is also an expert in Marriage Counseling, cautioned the electorate not to allow pecuniary gains override their genuine mindset of voting the best candidates from the House of Assembly to the Presidency, which is the peak of all to change the country for good.
“Pecuniary gains like giving out of money and foods should not be the consideration for voting a candidate.
” We must not be bought for any selfish reason to mortgage our future by voting into power people who did not have genuine history of where we are coming from,” he advised.
Oniye also urged Nigerians to judge carefully, be focused and determined to ensure that we install people that will use the office to benefit the constituency they will represent, adding that this is the best opportunity to get it right in Nigeria.
The Police Command in Bauchi State says it has neutralised two suspected kidnappers and rescued three victims in Toro Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Ahmed Wakil, confirmed the development to journalists in Bauchi on Thursday.
He said the command also arrested 22 suspected thugs, recovered arms and narcotic substances in various raids across the state in the month of August.
The spokesman said suspected kidnappers on Aug. 26, blocked Tulu-Rishi road in Toro LGA, abducted Alhaji Alhassan Gambo of Anguwan Bawa in Kaduna State, and shot one Alhaji Mujitafa Usman of Funtua LGA in Katsina State.
He said that Usman was on a business trip in the area.
“On Aug. 28, following credible intelligence to Tulu Divisional Police headquarters on activities of suspected kidnappers.
A combined team of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer, Tulu Division and the members of vigilante, embarked on combing their enclave.
“On Aug. 29, suspected kidnappers intercepted at Doka Auwalu Mountain in Tama Ward of Toro LGA, engaged the police in gun duel.
“Following hot exchange of firepower, the operatives neutralised two of the suspects on the spot, while others scampered in disarray with gunshot wounds into the nearby forest.
“Unfortunately, a member of the vigilante paid the supreme price, the operatives successfully rescued the victims unhurt and subsequently reunited with their families after medical examination,” he said.
Wakil further said that on Aug. 30, suspected hoodlums armed with knives and sticks attacked members of peace and security committee at Bakin Kura area of Bauchi metropolis.
The suspects, he said, inflicted injuries on one Danladi Suleiman, 32, and Yakubu Ibrahim, 42. “On receiving the information, a team of detectives led by the Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS) swiftly swung into action and arrested 22 male suspects,” he said.
The spokesman said the police recovered four knives, two cutlasses, two sticks, one sharp horn, Cannabis sativa, and 221 diazepam tablets.
He said that investigation into the incident was ongoing, adding the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Wakil quoted the Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda as commanding the operatives and commiserated with the family of the member of the vigilante who paid the supreme price.
The Commissioner charged tactical commanders to sustain the tempo to rid the state of criminal activities.
Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has described late Amb. AbdulKadir Sambo Imam, as a gentle and committed public servant, who served Nigeria meritoriously during his lifetime.
The deceased, who at one time was Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, died on Thursday at the age of 90. The Emir, in a statement signed by Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona on Thursday in Ilorin, said late Amb. Imam lived an exemplary life and was a great mentor to many people.
He added that the deceased, popularly called ‘Ambassador Okekere’, was not only a proud indigene of Ilorin Emirate, but also an amiable Nigerian and a global citizen with numerous track records of achievements to the nation and humanity.
Sulu-Gambari extended condolences, on behalf of Kwara Traditional Rulers Council, to the family and friends of the deceased.
The Emir urged them to find solace in the fact that late Amb. Imam lived a worthy, enviable and exemplary life.
He prayed that Almighty Allah forgive his shortcomings, accept his good deeds and admit him into Al-Janatul Firdaus.
NAN) The Zone “A” of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in Lagos State has decorated 298 newly promoted officers with their new ranks.
The Assistant Comptroller-General of Immigration (ACG) in-charge of the Zone, Mr Olakunle Osisanya, while decorating the officers on Thursday said that their promotion reflected productivity and commitment demonstrated by them.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the promotion is sequel to the NIS 2021 examination in which the 298 officers benefited.
” Out of the number, 254 earned promotion because they passed the 2021 promotion examination while 44 personnel were upgraded to the rank of Assistant Superintendent 11 ( AS11) for acquiring additional qualifications to their present ones.
He said the Comptroller -General of the Immigration Service (CGIS), Mr Idris Jere, on assumption of duty had identified officers’ welfare as essential to improve personnel productivity.
” This promotion is a demonstration of the commitment of Jere-led administration,” Osisanya said.
While congratulating the officers, Osisanya stressed that the 21st Century NIS is a knowledge-based and ICT-driven agency.
He, therefore, charged the personnel of the service to strive for the best in service delivery.
He tasked the officers not relent in the quest to acquire more knowledge relevant to modern day immigration management.
Osisanya promised that NIS would continue to provide an enabling environment for officers through training and capacity building.
He also said that the zone under his watch would make useful contributions to the peace and progress of the Lagos State and the country at large.
Y. Yakub, Controller, NIS Ogun command, after congratulating the officers urged them not to let the service down.
Yakub said, “I charge you all to justify your elevations through enhanced dedication and loyalty to authorities.
” The Controller of Lagos Passport Command, Mrs Udoh Robert, warned the officers against unprofessional ethics and stressed that the service would take disciplinary actions against the bag eggs within the service.
Heads of security agencies that graced the occasion are; Mr Noel Aliewon,the Nigerian Correctional Service ( NCoS) Zone A controller; Mr Anthony Daodu, the Deputy Corps Commander ( DCC) Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC) , Lagos State ; and Mr C.
E.Njoku, the Zone F commander, Federal Fire Service ( FSS) Lagos State.
The Christian Rural and Urban Development Association of Nigeria (CRUDAN) Southwest zone, a non-governmental organisation, has called relevant institutions and other stakeholders to collaborate in reducing disaster risks in Nigeria.
The Zonal Programme Officer(ZPO), CRUDAN, Mr John Akinpelu, made the call at a day consultation meeting with policymakers on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on Thursday in Ibadan.
The consultation meeting has as its theme:”Mitigating the Challenges of Disaster Risks Reduction through Advocacy and Policy Reform.
Akinpelu said that the aim of the consultation meeting was to ensure active participation and involvement of people in the grassroots on disaster risk mitigation.
He said that the meeting also sought to bring synergy between Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and other stakeholders to reach larger audience for proper disaster risk mitigation.
“We believe that we should not wait for government in addressing issues of disaster management anymore while people’s lives are being wasted.
“What we are looking for is grassroot responsibilities from people at local communities to see on what they can do to save the situation.
“This meeting also seeks to create massive multiplying effects, sensitisation and fairness in government activities in the area of disaster risk reduction and management,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Adebimpe Aderounmu, the Executive Director, Development Advocacy and Values Renaissance Initiative(DAVRI), Nigeria, said that the adoption of effective advocacy was critical to policy reform, towards achieving disaster risk reduction in Nigeria.
Aderounmu said that there should be a systematic, cost-effective and sustainable efforts to identify, asses and develop good services, targeted at reducing the risks and severity of natural disasters in Nigeria.
He added that the stakeholders should adopt the use of advocacy tools such as campaigns, rallies, jingles among others to sensitive citizens on disaster risk reduction.
Aderounmu reiterated the need for resources mobilisation, data collection and capacity development in addressing issues concerning disaster risk reduction.
“There is need to create more democratic open and accountable decision-making structures and processes.
Obtain broad participation and support for initiatives that affects peoples lives,”he said.
Mr kolawole Amusat-Gbenla, Executive Director, Centre for Disaster Risk and Crisis Reduction (CDRCR), said that the global paradigm shift in the recent time necessitated the adoption, acceptance and appreciation of disaster risk reduction as the new means and strategy to the disaster risk management.
Amusat-Gbenla emphasised the need to raise community awareness on natural and human induced disaster.
He also noted the need for the establishment of the disaster risk management team in every local government area.
According to him, this will help to increase community participation in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of disaster risk reduction activities.
Mrs Motunrayo Adeniji, Deputy Director, Admin, Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA), said that the Oyo government through the ministry of local government would continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders.
He said that this would lead to a formidable emergency risk management team across all local government in the state.
She said that OYSEMA would soon begin sensitisation programme on disaster risk reduction in schools, markets, religion places and public gatherings in the state.
The Assistant Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Olanrewaju Akinade, said that the necessary political will, in conjunction with strategic advocacy, should be taken into consideration when addressing disaster risk reduction.
He expressed readiness of NEMA to work stakeholders in an effort to mitigate the challenges of disaster risk reduction actions through policy reform.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the consultation meeting featured contributions, responses and and commitments from policymakers and stakeholders.
The stakeholders include Red Cross, Fire Service department, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nigerian Security and Civil Devence Corps(NSCDC), among others.
Seven persons died in an auto crash on Iluomoba-Aisegba Highway in Ekiti State on Wednesday.
FRSC Sector Commander in Ekiti State, Mr Olusola Joseph, said on Thursday that their death resulted from a head-on collision between an 18-seater passenger bus and a Toyota car.
He explained that the accident occurred as the driver of one of the vehicles was meandering to avoid a crater on the road.
“The driver of one of the vehicles involved was trying to side-step a pothole before he lost control, and collided with the other vehicle.
The sector commander said the remains of the dead had been deposited in a morgue.
“Those who suffered varying degrees of injuries are receiving treatment at the Afe Babalola Multi System Hospital in Ado Ekiti,’’ he said.
Joseph warned motorists against over-speeding as he blamed the accident to non-adherence to traffic rules and regulations.
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) says it is collaborating with the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria to introduce a summer pilgrimage package for students.This was disclosed during a courtesy visit by officials of the association on the NCPC Executive Secretary, Rev. Yakubu Pam, on Thursday in Abuja.Pam said the Commission would work out modalities for the collaboration, which would also include parents.He said that instead of parents embarking on summer vacation to other countries with their children, the family will visit the Holy Land for their spiritual uplifting.“This will serve as a prayer retreat for the family and will help to strengthen their faith,” he added.Pam commended the association for assisting government in building a strong educational system, adding that education remained the bedrock of development of any society.“Having no education is like a disease,” he said, and urged the association to ensure that their teachers were well trained so as to impart the right knowledge on children.Earlier, the National President of the association, Bishop Godly Opukeme, said they were at the Commission to fraternize and deliberate on modalities for the summer pilgrimage for students and their parents.“Morality is eluding our youths and they are indulging in different social vices,” he said, adding that the summer pilgrimage would help to unite and draw family members closer to God. According to him, the summer pilgrimage package will also include school owners to not only equip them spiritually, but also afford them the opportunity to acquire new experiences.He said this would enable them to relate with biblical and spiritual occurrences as well as strengthen their faith in Christ, for the advancement of Nigerian children.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
A middle-age man coughed to death in Akure on Thursday while waiting for a taxi.
The commuter vomited blood while, coughing, an eye witnesses said.
He said the man gave up the ghost before first aid could get to him.
“Items found on the deceased were some drugs suspected to have been bought at a medical teaching hospital in Akure.
“The incident was reported to the police which evacuated the corpse to a mortuary,’’ the eyewitness eye witness said.
Police spokesperson in Ondo State, SP Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the death to the News Agency of Nigeria and said the corpse had been deposited in a mortuary.
“It is true and the young man has been identified.
Efforts are on to get his family members,’’ Odunlami said.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has dismissed as fake, reports of alleged discriminatory charges for Passport, saying charges for the document are the same across the country.
The reaction is contained in the Service verified Twitter handle, on Thursday.
Some online media reports had claimed that there was huge disparity in the cost of passport between states, citing examples of Ekiti and Kaduna, where the charge was N25,000 and N10,750, respectively, for the 32-page 5-year Standard Passport.
The Service, however, clarified that Kaduna was still on electronic mode and yet to be linked to the enhanced ePassport Centre, hence the disparity in the charges.
It therefore dismissed the report as not only laughable but also very pedestrian.
“The attention of the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Isah Jere has been drawn to some stories about discriminatory passport charges for passport applicants in the North and South of the country.
“The Passports we issue are for Nigerians irrespective of where they live including those in the diaspora.
“What we do have are two Passport regimes that are running concurrently.
“They are the electronic passport and enhanced electronic passport.
The latter is an improvement of the former.
“It is a product of the latest technology in passport issuance.
It has improved security features, a poly carbonate data page and comes in three categories of 32-page five-year validity for N25,000, 64-page five- year for N35,000 and 64-page 10-year validity for N70,000.“It was unveiled sometime in 2019 and in seven Passport Centres including Ikoyi, Abuja, Alausa, FESTAC, Portharcourt, Kano and Gwagwalada that were immediately migrated to the enhanced Passport regime then,” it said.
The NIS further explained that the electronic Passport was the usual one the country has been issuing since the introduction of e-Passport in 2007.“The fee chargeable range from N8,750 to N17,800 depending on age of the applicant and category of Passport.
“At the moment, the Service is steadily migrating all its Passport Centres to the enhanced ePassport regime.
“To this effect, all the centres in South-South, South-West and South-East including our desks in the UK and USA have been fully migrated to the enhanced regime.
“In the work plan, centres in the North-West, North-East, Canada and others are getting ready for migration to the enhanced Passport regime very soon, ” the statement added.
The Service advised those peddling such empty narrative to get educated by the clarification.
The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) on Thursday commenced a skills acquisition training for 625 youths in Ilorin.
The programne, tagged: “Youth Transformation Programne (YTP)”, is designed to take the beneficiaries out of poverty and become employers of labour.
Declaring the training open, the Managing Director of HYPPADEC, Mr Abubakar Yelwa, said the programme was in line with the federal government’s policy framework “to take 5,000 youths off the streets and subject to life changing skills acquisition exercise”.
He said the programme would give the beneficiaries an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the development of their respective communities.
Yelwa, who was represented by the Director of Community and Rural Development in the agency, Dr Mahmud Muhammad, said the scheme would also help in curtailing the rising cases of insecurity in the country.
“From the commencement of this programme in 2021, we have carried out series of activities aimed not only at laying a solid foundation for the programme, but also coming up with a programme that will match the test of time as a comprehensive youths transformation initiative.
“This informed our decision to include in the curriculum, life changing skills such as financial literacy and behavioural change,” he stated.
Yelwa charged the beneficiaries to pay utmost attention to the training so that the aim can be achieved.
Earlier, the Kwara Coordinator of HYPPADEC, Hajiya Hajara Alhassan, had said that the programme was designed to, “touch the lives of our youths, to give them a living as the much sought after white colar jobs are no longer available”.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Kaliat AbdulWahab, thanked the management of HYPPADEC for their interest in the future of the Nigerian youths, promising to take full advantage of the training.