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  •  The Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye says the use of technology is crucial to the success of the fight against corruption and Illicit Financial Flows IFFs Owasanoye stated this in Abuja on Friday at the presentation of demo hacking solutions by seven innovators at the Commission s Headquarters The Illicit Financial Flows Hackathon is an initiative of the ICPC and the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA with support of the Ford Foundation West Africa The demo hacking solutions are aimed at curbing corruption and IFFs in government budget and procurement processes in Nigeria He said Technology is crucial to eliciting analysing and preserving evidence for prosecution Public Sector corruption in revenue and expenses sides of government remains a present threat Government is agonising over serious shortfalls in revenue projections and the consequences of resorting to borrowing to meet gaps Recently ICPC profiled some Federal MDAs in one state who had been diverting FG s share of IGR It recovered over N100m from less than 20 MDAs that will be regarded non important on revenue generation ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye with the second runner up The chairman said the commission had in the past three years invested in technology to enhance its forensic capability He added that they have trained ICPC staff in digital documents analysis handwriting analysis polygraphic technology and sundry skills In the past 15 years the government has generally invested in technology to fight corruption especially by prevention he added He particularly said deployment of technology through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Government Integrated Financial Management System and Treasury Single Account has contributed in no small way to reducing corruption Other areas are the Open Treasury Portal establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and the private sector initiated Bank Verification Number Owasanoye called for more collaboration by law enforcement agencies in the deployment of technology to reduce opportunities for money laundering Appropriate technology deployment will give law enforcement agencies administrators and regulators of the process adequate leverage to know what school feeding funds were being used for Technology penetration in Nigeria today makes this very possible Such platforms will help nip anomalies in the bud and save the government huge sums of money as well as prevent abuse corruption and money laundering he added He assured that the anti corruption agency NITDA and Ford Foundation would further work on the demo hacking solutions presented by the young innovators We all listened to the solutions provided by these young innovators The demo hacking solutions will be interrogated further fine tuned and a demo will be developed and followed by a test run We are happy all their ideas are homegrown and I can tell there is hope for Nigeria inspite of everything I want to congratulate all those that won he said Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu advocated clear policies by government in the fight against corruption The minister who was represented by a Deputy Director Mr Kashim Ibrahim said recovered funds from the proceeds of corruption should be used by the government to address critical needs In his remarks the Director General of NITDA Mr Kashifu Inuwa said the innovative ideas would assist in the realisation of the objectives of the digital transformation agenda of the government The Regional Director Ford Foundation West Africa Dr Chichi Aniagolu said they were excited about the Hackathon idea because of its importance to the fight against corruption in the country She commended the ICPC for initiating the project saying it would boost the fight against corruption The highlight of the programme was the presentation of the three demo hacking solutions as a digital answer to corruption in government school feeding programme The young innovators had been tasked to come up with clearly defined ideas and prototype solutions to checkmate IFFs with emphasis on leveraging emerging technologies The winners E procure Expose Solution and IFFMER received N1 5 million N1 million and N500 000 cash prize respectively Mr Israel Tijani of E procure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria explained that the platform was built on block chain technology to decentralise procurement processes in MDAs We all know that IFFs happened during the procurement stages of government executing contract But with E procure platform that is about to change because government will be able to involve every stakeholder from procurement to contracting This I believe will narrow down the processes in procurement engagement with contractors he said He expressed gratitude to ICPC and NITDA for reaching out to homegrown innovators to proffer solution to challenges facing the School Feeding Programme I am impressed that ICPC and NITDA are looking into homegrown innovators like me instead of taking this to advanced countries to source for innovators We have enough potentials in the country that can leverage on the emerging technologies to bring about the Nigeria of our dreams he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Technology key to curbing corruption, Illicit Financial Flows – ICPC Chairman
     The Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye says the use of technology is crucial to the success of the fight against corruption and Illicit Financial Flows IFFs Owasanoye stated this in Abuja on Friday at the presentation of demo hacking solutions by seven innovators at the Commission s Headquarters The Illicit Financial Flows Hackathon is an initiative of the ICPC and the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA with support of the Ford Foundation West Africa The demo hacking solutions are aimed at curbing corruption and IFFs in government budget and procurement processes in Nigeria He said Technology is crucial to eliciting analysing and preserving evidence for prosecution Public Sector corruption in revenue and expenses sides of government remains a present threat Government is agonising over serious shortfalls in revenue projections and the consequences of resorting to borrowing to meet gaps Recently ICPC profiled some Federal MDAs in one state who had been diverting FG s share of IGR It recovered over N100m from less than 20 MDAs that will be regarded non important on revenue generation ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye with the second runner up The chairman said the commission had in the past three years invested in technology to enhance its forensic capability He added that they have trained ICPC staff in digital documents analysis handwriting analysis polygraphic technology and sundry skills In the past 15 years the government has generally invested in technology to fight corruption especially by prevention he added He particularly said deployment of technology through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Government Integrated Financial Management System and Treasury Single Account has contributed in no small way to reducing corruption Other areas are the Open Treasury Portal establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and the private sector initiated Bank Verification Number Owasanoye called for more collaboration by law enforcement agencies in the deployment of technology to reduce opportunities for money laundering Appropriate technology deployment will give law enforcement agencies administrators and regulators of the process adequate leverage to know what school feeding funds were being used for Technology penetration in Nigeria today makes this very possible Such platforms will help nip anomalies in the bud and save the government huge sums of money as well as prevent abuse corruption and money laundering he added He assured that the anti corruption agency NITDA and Ford Foundation would further work on the demo hacking solutions presented by the young innovators We all listened to the solutions provided by these young innovators The demo hacking solutions will be interrogated further fine tuned and a demo will be developed and followed by a test run We are happy all their ideas are homegrown and I can tell there is hope for Nigeria inspite of everything I want to congratulate all those that won he said Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu advocated clear policies by government in the fight against corruption The minister who was represented by a Deputy Director Mr Kashim Ibrahim said recovered funds from the proceeds of corruption should be used by the government to address critical needs In his remarks the Director General of NITDA Mr Kashifu Inuwa said the innovative ideas would assist in the realisation of the objectives of the digital transformation agenda of the government The Regional Director Ford Foundation West Africa Dr Chichi Aniagolu said they were excited about the Hackathon idea because of its importance to the fight against corruption in the country She commended the ICPC for initiating the project saying it would boost the fight against corruption The highlight of the programme was the presentation of the three demo hacking solutions as a digital answer to corruption in government school feeding programme The young innovators had been tasked to come up with clearly defined ideas and prototype solutions to checkmate IFFs with emphasis on leveraging emerging technologies The winners E procure Expose Solution and IFFMER received N1 5 million N1 million and N500 000 cash prize respectively Mr Israel Tijani of E procure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria explained that the platform was built on block chain technology to decentralise procurement processes in MDAs We all know that IFFs happened during the procurement stages of government executing contract But with E procure platform that is about to change because government will be able to involve every stakeholder from procurement to contracting This I believe will narrow down the processes in procurement engagement with contractors he said He expressed gratitude to ICPC and NITDA for reaching out to homegrown innovators to proffer solution to challenges facing the School Feeding Programme I am impressed that ICPC and NITDA are looking into homegrown innovators like me instead of taking this to advanced countries to source for innovators We have enough potentials in the country that can leverage on the emerging technologies to bring about the Nigeria of our dreams he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Technology key to curbing corruption, Illicit Financial Flows – ICPC Chairman
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    Technology key to curbing corruption, Illicit Financial Flows – ICPC Chairman

    The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, says the use of technology is crucial to the success of the fight against corruption and Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs).

    Owasanoye stated this in Abuja on Friday at the presentation of demo hacking solutions by seven innovators at the Commission’s Headquarters.

    The Illicit Financial Flows Hackathon is an initiative of the ICPC and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with support of the Ford Foundation, West Africa.

    The demo hacking solutions are aimed at curbing corruption and IFFs in government budget and procurement processes in Nigeria.

    He said, “Technology is crucial to eliciting, analysing and preserving evidence for prosecution.

    “Public Sector corruption in revenue and expenses sides of government remains a present threat.

    “Government is agonising over serious shortfalls in revenue projections and the consequences of resorting to borrowing to meet gaps.

    “Recently ICPC profiled some Federal MDAs in one state who had been diverting FG’s share of IGR.

    “It recovered over N100m from less than 20 MDAs that will be regarded non important on revenue generation.

    ”ICPC Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye with the second runner upThe chairman said the commission had in the past three years invested in technology to enhance its forensic capability.

    He added that they have trained ICPC staff in digital documents analysis, handwriting analysis, polygraphic technology, and sundry skills.

    “In the past 15 years, the government has generally invested in technology to fight corruption, especially by prevention,” he added.

    He particularly said deployment of technology through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, Government Integrated Financial Management System and Treasury Single Account has contributed in no small way to reducing corruption.

    Other areas are the Open Treasury Portal, establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and the private sector initiated Bank Verification Number.

    Owasanoye called for more collaboration by law enforcement agencies in the deployment of technology to reduce  opportunities for money laundering.

    “Appropriate technology deployment will give law enforcement agencies, administrators and regulators of the process adequate leverage to know what school feeding funds were being used for.

    “Technology penetration in Nigeria today makes this very possible.

    “Such platforms will help nip anomalies in the bud and save the government huge sums of money as well as prevent abuse, corruption and money laundering,” he added.

    He assured that the anti-corruption agency, NITDA and Ford Foundation would further work on the demo hacking solutions presented by the young innovators.

    “We all listened to the solutions provided by these young innovators. 

    The demo hacking solutions will be interrogated further, fine-tuned and a demo will be developed and followed by a test run.

    “We are happy all their ideas are homegrown and I can tell there is hope for Nigeria inspite of everything.

    I want to congratulate all those that won, he said.

    Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, advocated clear policies by government in the fight against corruption.

    The minister, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Mr Kashim Ibrahim, said recovered funds from the proceeds of corruption should be used by the government to address critical needs.

    In his remarks, the Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, said the innovative ideas would assist in the realisation of the objectives of the digital transformation agenda of the government.

    The Regional Director, Ford Foundation, West Africa, Dr Chichi Aniagolu said they were excited about the Hackathon idea because of its importance to the fight against corruption in the country.

    She commended the ICPC for initiating the project, saying it would boost the fight against corruption.

    The highlight of the programme was the presentation of the three demo hacking solutions as a digital answer to corruption in government school feeding programme.

    The young innovators had been tasked to come up with clearly defined ideas and prototype solutions to checkmate IFFs with emphasis on leveraging emerging technologies.

    The winners, E-procure; Expose Solution; and IFFMER received N1.5 million, N1 million and N500,000 cash prize, respectively.

    Mr Israel Tijani of E-procure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria explained that the platform was built on block chain technology to decentralise procurement processes in MDAs.“We all know that IFFs happened during the procurement stages of government executing contract.

    “But with E-procure platform, that is about to change because government will be able to involve every stakeholder from procurement to contracting.

    “This, I believe will narrow down the processes in procurement engagement with contractors, ” he said.

    He expressed gratitude to ICPC and NITDA for reaching out  to homegrown innovators to proffer solution to challenges facing the School Feeding Programme.

    “I am impressed that ICPC and NITDA are looking into homegrown innovators like me instead of taking this to advanced countries to source for innovators.

    “We have enough potentials in the country that can leverage on the emerging technologies to bring about the Nigeria of our dreams, ” he added.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Rep Tunji Olawuyi APC Ero constituency of Kwara says he has completed 75 per cent of his projects across the 42 wards of in the constituency since he assumed office Olawuyi said this during an interactive session with members of Okada motorcycle Association Omu Aran chapter on Friday The lawmaker while thanking the association for their unwavering support said he had been able to impact positively in the 42 wards of the constituency He promised that other projects would be completed before the expiration of the current 9th Assembly He added that completion of projects was part of his promised when he was elected and ensure that every ward felt the impact of his representation The lawmaker supported the association with motorcycles and promised to henceforth touch the association directly instead of making it an individual affair as was the practice before Olawuyi also gave the association some food items with monetary support He said his initial prayer was to ensure that the Okada riders did not stay long in the business adding that his desire is to ensure they have a better alternative source of livelihood My plan was not to be buying Okada for you my earnest prayer was that by the time I am elected those riding Okada would have been into spare part business with serious empowerment Olawuyi said He said that the statement was not made out of emotion but the fear that there were lots of risk associated with Okada business Olawuyi said that some members of the association had benefited in previous empowerment programmes adding that this might not have been routed through the association He explained that his empowerment programmes cut across party line adding that many who had benefited were not even members of the APC Earlier the Chairman of the association Mr Bisi Raphael appealed to the lawmaker to involve them in his constituency activities While pledging their support Raphael also urged Olawuyi to deal directly with the leadership of the association for better effect of the legislator s projects and interventions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    MST Editing= I’ve completed 75% projects in 42 wards – Rep. Olawuyi 
     Rep Tunji Olawuyi APC Ero constituency of Kwara says he has completed 75 per cent of his projects across the 42 wards of in the constituency since he assumed office Olawuyi said this during an interactive session with members of Okada motorcycle Association Omu Aran chapter on Friday The lawmaker while thanking the association for their unwavering support said he had been able to impact positively in the 42 wards of the constituency He promised that other projects would be completed before the expiration of the current 9th Assembly He added that completion of projects was part of his promised when he was elected and ensure that every ward felt the impact of his representation The lawmaker supported the association with motorcycles and promised to henceforth touch the association directly instead of making it an individual affair as was the practice before Olawuyi also gave the association some food items with monetary support He said his initial prayer was to ensure that the Okada riders did not stay long in the business adding that his desire is to ensure they have a better alternative source of livelihood My plan was not to be buying Okada for you my earnest prayer was that by the time I am elected those riding Okada would have been into spare part business with serious empowerment Olawuyi said He said that the statement was not made out of emotion but the fear that there were lots of risk associated with Okada business Olawuyi said that some members of the association had benefited in previous empowerment programmes adding that this might not have been routed through the association He explained that his empowerment programmes cut across party line adding that many who had benefited were not even members of the APC Earlier the Chairman of the association Mr Bisi Raphael appealed to the lawmaker to involve them in his constituency activities While pledging their support Raphael also urged Olawuyi to deal directly with the leadership of the association for better effect of the legislator s projects and interventions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    MST Editing= I’ve completed 75% projects in 42 wards – Rep. Olawuyi 
    General news4 weeks ago

    MST Editing= I’ve completed 75% projects in 42 wards – Rep. Olawuyi 

    Rep. Tunji Olawuyi (APC- -Ero constituency of Kwara) says he has completed 75 per cent of his projects across the 42 wards of in the constituency since he assumed office.

    Olawuyi said this during an interactive session with members of Okada (motorcycle) Association, Omu-Aran chapter, on Friday.

    The lawmaker, while thanking the association for their unwavering support, said he had been able to impact positively in the 42 wards of the constituency.

    He promised that other projects would be completed before the expiration of the current 9th Assembly.

    He added that completion of projects was part of his promised when he was elected and ensure that every ward felt the impact of his representation.

    The lawmaker supported the association with motorcycles and promised to henceforth touch the association directly instead of making it an individual affair as was the practice before.

    Olawuyi also gave the association some food items with monetary support.

    He said his initial prayer was to ensure that the Okada riders did not stay long in the business, adding that his desire is to ensure they have a better alternative source of livelihood.

    “My plan was not to be buying Okada for you, my earnest prayer was that by the time I am elected those riding Okada would have been into spare part business with serious empowerment,” Olawuyi said.

    He said that the statement was not made out of emotion but the fear that there were lots of risk associated with Okada business.

    Olawuyi said that some members of the association had benefited in previous empowerment programmes, adding that this might not have been routed through the association.

    He explained that his empowerment programmes cut across party line, adding that many who had benefited were not even members of the APC.

    Earlier, the Chairman of the association, Mr Bisi Raphael, appealed to the lawmaker to involve them in his constituency activities.

    While pledging their support, Raphael also urged Olawuyi to deal directly with the leadership of the association for better effect of the legislator’s projects and interventions.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The House of Prayers Football Academy of Ilorin on Friday emerged the champion of the 2022 Kwara State League with a 2 0 win over ASQ Football Club of Ilorin The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the final which was played at one of the pitches of Kwara Football Academy KFA saw House of Prayers scored a goal in each half Isaiah Adama scored the first goal in the first half in a match which was almost truncated by heavy downpour Efforts by ASQ FC to equalise proved abortive as the rain denied both sides a free flow football House of Prayers returned and started from where they left it in the first half with an attempt to impose fresh tactics on their opponents Not long as the game restarted House of Prayers doubled their lead via a fine finish by AbdulMalik Adetunji Speaking at the end of the match the Kwara Football Association Chairman Malam Idris Musa congratulated the winner House of Prayers Academy describing them as a worthy champion He said the association would continue to improve on its programmes and activities for the benefit of the development of the game of football In his remark the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji assured of the Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq s readiness to improve the sports sector in the state while congratulating the winner of the 2022 champion NAN reports that House of Prayers Football Academy will now represent Kwara in the Nationwide League One division three playoff in Makurdi Benue from Sept 12 to Sept 17 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    House of Prayers wins 2022 Kwara League 
     The House of Prayers Football Academy of Ilorin on Friday emerged the champion of the 2022 Kwara State League with a 2 0 win over ASQ Football Club of Ilorin The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the final which was played at one of the pitches of Kwara Football Academy KFA saw House of Prayers scored a goal in each half Isaiah Adama scored the first goal in the first half in a match which was almost truncated by heavy downpour Efforts by ASQ FC to equalise proved abortive as the rain denied both sides a free flow football House of Prayers returned and started from where they left it in the first half with an attempt to impose fresh tactics on their opponents Not long as the game restarted House of Prayers doubled their lead via a fine finish by AbdulMalik Adetunji Speaking at the end of the match the Kwara Football Association Chairman Malam Idris Musa congratulated the winner House of Prayers Academy describing them as a worthy champion He said the association would continue to improve on its programmes and activities for the benefit of the development of the game of football In his remark the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji assured of the Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq s readiness to improve the sports sector in the state while congratulating the winner of the 2022 champion NAN reports that House of Prayers Football Academy will now represent Kwara in the Nationwide League One division three playoff in Makurdi Benue from Sept 12 to Sept 17 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    House of Prayers wins 2022 Kwara League 
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    House of Prayers wins 2022 Kwara League 

    The House of Prayers Football Academy of Ilorin on Friday emerged the champion of the 2022 Kwara State League with a 2-0 win over ASQ Football Club of Ilorin.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the final, which was played at one of the pitches of Kwara Football Academy (KFA), saw House of Prayers scored a goal in each half.

    Isaiah Adama scored the first goal in the first half in a match which was almost truncated by heavy downpour.

    Efforts by ASQ FC to equalise proved abortive as the rain denied both sides a free flow football.

    House of Prayers returned and started from where they left it in the first half with an attempt to impose fresh tactics on their opponents.

    Not long as the game restarted, House of Prayers doubled their lead via a fine finish by AbdulMalik Adetunji.

    Speaking at the end of the match, the Kwara Football Association Chairman, Malam Idris Musa, congratulated the winner (House of Prayers Academy), describing them as a worthy champion.

    He said the association would continue to improve on its programmes and activities for the benefit of the development of the game of football.

    In his remark, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Sports Commission, Malam Bola Mogaji, assured of the Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s readiness to improve the sports sector in the state, while congratulating the winner of the 2022 champion.

    NAN reports that House of Prayers Football Academy will now represent Kwara in the Nationwide League One division three playoff in Makurdi, Benue, from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A 93 year old Benin Chief David Edebiri on Friday unveiled three titles in his Benin Historical Series to celebrate his birthday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this latest unveiling brings to 11 titles in the series so far authored by the highly revered Esogban of Benin Kingdom Prof Osarhieme Osadolor former vice chancellor of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma who reviewed two of the books recommended them for knowledge on the biography of great men as well as history tradition and culture of the Benin Kingdom In his review of The Tripod of Life Essence of Benin Tradition and Culture Osadolor said Edebiri identified three important aspects of a person s life and on the tripod of birth marriage and death according to the Benin tradition In Benin tradition the ceremonies of the tripod of life are Izomo naming ceremony Irioha marriage ceremony and Irorinmwin funeral rites or ceremonies He has also explained in this book that in Benin worldview every person is entitled to 14 circles of life thereafter the person goes home to settle for eternity with his or her Creator It was not only in Benin tradition of 14 circles of life the Germans and other European peoples held similar worldview he said The reviewer noted that Edebiri had pointed out in the book that in the process of reincarnation the person s earthly movements and activities were closely guided and moderated by Izomo and Irioha To him these two ceremonies are distinctively relevant and impactful on the life and times of an individual The third ceremony Irorinmwin comes after the exit of the person from the world The Irorinmwin has its procedures and number of days said the ex vice chancellor On the second title which is The Life and Times of lyase N Ohenmwen Osadolor said it was a narrative exposition that tells the vivid story of a legend in Benin kingdom It is not a creative writing but a well thought out narrative in historical perspective It steers the heart of the reader to see how through the voyage of destiny fortune can smile on an individual It details the importance of trust and hope and the integral moral aspect of the life that one has to live he said Reviewing the third book entitled Immortalising Our Heroes Past Nigeria Nationalists in Focus Prof Eddy Erhagbe of the University of Benin said the book succinctly but very ably captured the development of nationalist movement in Nigeria This is done by putting in clear relief brief write ups on some early nationalists often referred to as the proto nationalists such as King Jaja of Opobo Chief Nana of the Itsekiris and our own King Ovonrammwen of Benin Kingdom Their heroic defence of their states against the British imperialists and colonisers are clearly stated as the foundations of the great consistent and later agitations against colonialism The author in this book provides inside and refreshing information on the main features and dynamics of the development of the nationalist movement in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nonagenarian unveils 3 books on Benin, Nigerian history
     A 93 year old Benin Chief David Edebiri on Friday unveiled three titles in his Benin Historical Series to celebrate his birthday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this latest unveiling brings to 11 titles in the series so far authored by the highly revered Esogban of Benin Kingdom Prof Osarhieme Osadolor former vice chancellor of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma who reviewed two of the books recommended them for knowledge on the biography of great men as well as history tradition and culture of the Benin Kingdom In his review of The Tripod of Life Essence of Benin Tradition and Culture Osadolor said Edebiri identified three important aspects of a person s life and on the tripod of birth marriage and death according to the Benin tradition In Benin tradition the ceremonies of the tripod of life are Izomo naming ceremony Irioha marriage ceremony and Irorinmwin funeral rites or ceremonies He has also explained in this book that in Benin worldview every person is entitled to 14 circles of life thereafter the person goes home to settle for eternity with his or her Creator It was not only in Benin tradition of 14 circles of life the Germans and other European peoples held similar worldview he said The reviewer noted that Edebiri had pointed out in the book that in the process of reincarnation the person s earthly movements and activities were closely guided and moderated by Izomo and Irioha To him these two ceremonies are distinctively relevant and impactful on the life and times of an individual The third ceremony Irorinmwin comes after the exit of the person from the world The Irorinmwin has its procedures and number of days said the ex vice chancellor On the second title which is The Life and Times of lyase N Ohenmwen Osadolor said it was a narrative exposition that tells the vivid story of a legend in Benin kingdom It is not a creative writing but a well thought out narrative in historical perspective It steers the heart of the reader to see how through the voyage of destiny fortune can smile on an individual It details the importance of trust and hope and the integral moral aspect of the life that one has to live he said Reviewing the third book entitled Immortalising Our Heroes Past Nigeria Nationalists in Focus Prof Eddy Erhagbe of the University of Benin said the book succinctly but very ably captured the development of nationalist movement in Nigeria This is done by putting in clear relief brief write ups on some early nationalists often referred to as the proto nationalists such as King Jaja of Opobo Chief Nana of the Itsekiris and our own King Ovonrammwen of Benin Kingdom Their heroic defence of their states against the British imperialists and colonisers are clearly stated as the foundations of the great consistent and later agitations against colonialism The author in this book provides inside and refreshing information on the main features and dynamics of the development of the nationalist movement in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nonagenarian unveils 3 books on Benin, Nigerian history
    Education4 weeks ago

    Nonagenarian unveils 3 books on Benin, Nigerian history

    A 93-year-old Benin Chief, David Edebiri, on Friday unveiled three titles in his Benin Historical Series to celebrate his birthday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this latest unveiling brings to 11 titles in the series, so far authored by the highly revered Esogban of Benin Kingdom.

    Prof. Osarhieme Osadolor, former vice-chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, who reviewed two of the books, recommended them for knowledge on the biography of great men as well as history, tradition and culture of the Benin Kingdom.

    In his review of “The Tripod of Life: Essence of Benin Tradition and Culture”, Osadolor said Edebiri identified three important aspects of a person’s life and on the tripod of birth, marriage and death according to the Benin tradition.

    “In Benin tradition, the ceremonies of the tripod of life are Izomo (naming ceremony, Irioha (marriage ceremony) and Irorinmwin (funeral rites or ceremonies).

    “He has also explained in this book that in Benin worldview, every person is entitled to 14 circles of life, thereafter the person goes home to settle for eternity with his or her Creator.

    “It was not only in Benin tradition of 14 circles of life, the Germans and other European peoples held similar worldview,” he said.

    The reviewer noted that Edebiri had pointed out in the book that in the process of reincarnation, the person’s earthly movements and activities were closely guided and moderated by Izomo and Irioha.

    “To him, these two ceremonies are distinctively relevant and impactful on the life and times of an individual.

    “The third ceremony, Irorinmwin comes after the exit of the person from the world.

    The Irorinmwin has its procedures and number of days,” said the ex-vice-chancellor.

    On the second title, which is “The Life and Times of lyase N’Ohenmwen”, Osadolor said it was a narrative exposition “that tells the vivid story of a legend in Benin kingdom.

    “It is not a creative writing but a well thought out narrative in historical perspective.

    “It steers the heart of the reader to see how through the voyage of destiny, fortune can smile on an individual.

    “It details the importance of trust and hope and the integral moral aspect of the life that one has to live,” he said.

    Reviewing the third book entitled ‘Immortalising Our Heroes Past: Nigeria Nationalists in Focus’, Prof. Eddy Erhagbe of the University of Benin, said the book succinctly but very ably captured the development of nationalist movement in Nigeria.

    “This is done by putting in clear relief brief write-ups on some early nationalists, often referred to as the proto-nationalists, such as King Jaja of Opobo, Chief Nana of the Itsekiris and our own King Ovonrammwen of Benin Kingdom.

    “Their heroic defence of their states against the British imperialists and colonisers are clearly stated as the foundations of the great consistent, and later agitations against colonialism.

    “The author in this book, provides inside and refreshing information on the main features and dynamics of the development of the nationalist movement in Nigeria.


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  •  Nigeria has inaugurated a 16 man interministerial committee to handle issues of stateless persons in the country The High Level Steering Committee was part the country s National Action Plan NAP on the eradication of statelessness by 2024 According to the UNHCR there are more than 10 million stateless persons across the globe who don t belong to any country The committe inaugurated on Friday in Abuja is headed by Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola with that of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Farouk as Co Chairman Its mandate include identifying vulnerable persons at the risk level of statelessness in the country and develop measures and actions to regularised their status in tandem with the national action plan It will also identify factors or laws that might create new cases on stateless persons and propose measures or amendment to the law The committee has the mandate to identify existing gaps or discriminatory provisions in the nation s laws that tend to promote or create the status of stateless persons and suggest remedies It is to examine and identify gaps in registration of children at birth and work out a seamless process of birth registration The committee unveiled a campaign with the hashtag Ibelong to create awareness at National States Local Government and Community levels on the dangers and security implications of stateless persons and the need to put an end to it Aregbesola the Chairman of the committee said that they would fashion out a roadmap to achieve the objectives and goals set out in the NAP to end statelessness According to him Nigerians often take nationality for granted especially those born within a country where their race and ethnic nationalities are significantly represented Aregbesola however said that not every human was so fortunate to have such privilege The UNHCR describes stateless persons as individuals who are not considered citizens or nationals under the operation of the laws of any country This can arise from several factors including displacement by war and natural disasters conflict of law transfer of territory ambiguity in marriage law discrimination lack of birth registration denationalisation And renunciation when an individual rejects the citizenship of his country without taking up the citizenship of another According to the minister stateless persons usually have no legal protection and right to vote They often lack access to education employment healthcare registration of birth marriage or death and property rights They are vulnerable to exploitations and human trafficking The minister added that statelessness was a global challenge in which Nigeria had been working in concert with other nations to find solution Nigeria is a signatory to various International Treaties Conventions or Declarations relating to the status of stateless persons or reduction of statelessness in West Africa In 2015 Nigeria joined other West African countries to sign the Abidjan Declaration organised by ECOWAS and UNHCR It was a milestone declaration which recognises statelessness as a significant issue in West Africa and set out specific measures on how to put an end to statelessness between 2014 to 2024 The milestone declaration was endorsed by Nigeria at the ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State in May 2015 in Accra Ghana he said Aregbesola said Nigeria had domesticated the protocols and plan of action developed by ECOWAS to put an end to statelessness in the country The minister said that the committee would work with relevant MDAs the National Assembly civil right organisations among others towards the speedy and timely implementation of the plan He said the robust engagement was to ensure the realisation of the 2024 timeline for an end to statelessness in West Africa The determination and commitment of Nigeria towards an end to statelessness is demonstrated by signing various treaties conventions and declarations on the subject Nigeria has developed and approved the NAP on statelessness participated actively in programmes organised by UNHCR to garner support from ECOWAS member states in ending statelessness as a national agenda he added Also Farouk the committee s co chair said that the UN General Assembly mandated UNHCR to lead global efforts to end statelessness She said On this premise the UNHCR inaugurated the I belong campaign and in consultation with states developed the UNHCR Global Action Plan to end statelessness Resolve existing situations of statelessness through reforming domestic laws to grant citizenssip to children born in stateless territories Remove gender discrimination from domestic laws to allow women acquire change and retain their nationality on an equal basis with their male counterparts she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria inaugurates committe to handle stateless persons
     Nigeria has inaugurated a 16 man interministerial committee to handle issues of stateless persons in the country The High Level Steering Committee was part the country s National Action Plan NAP on the eradication of statelessness by 2024 According to the UNHCR there are more than 10 million stateless persons across the globe who don t belong to any country The committe inaugurated on Friday in Abuja is headed by Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola with that of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Farouk as Co Chairman Its mandate include identifying vulnerable persons at the risk level of statelessness in the country and develop measures and actions to regularised their status in tandem with the national action plan It will also identify factors or laws that might create new cases on stateless persons and propose measures or amendment to the law The committee has the mandate to identify existing gaps or discriminatory provisions in the nation s laws that tend to promote or create the status of stateless persons and suggest remedies It is to examine and identify gaps in registration of children at birth and work out a seamless process of birth registration The committee unveiled a campaign with the hashtag Ibelong to create awareness at National States Local Government and Community levels on the dangers and security implications of stateless persons and the need to put an end to it Aregbesola the Chairman of the committee said that they would fashion out a roadmap to achieve the objectives and goals set out in the NAP to end statelessness According to him Nigerians often take nationality for granted especially those born within a country where their race and ethnic nationalities are significantly represented Aregbesola however said that not every human was so fortunate to have such privilege The UNHCR describes stateless persons as individuals who are not considered citizens or nationals under the operation of the laws of any country This can arise from several factors including displacement by war and natural disasters conflict of law transfer of territory ambiguity in marriage law discrimination lack of birth registration denationalisation And renunciation when an individual rejects the citizenship of his country without taking up the citizenship of another According to the minister stateless persons usually have no legal protection and right to vote They often lack access to education employment healthcare registration of birth marriage or death and property rights They are vulnerable to exploitations and human trafficking The minister added that statelessness was a global challenge in which Nigeria had been working in concert with other nations to find solution Nigeria is a signatory to various International Treaties Conventions or Declarations relating to the status of stateless persons or reduction of statelessness in West Africa In 2015 Nigeria joined other West African countries to sign the Abidjan Declaration organised by ECOWAS and UNHCR It was a milestone declaration which recognises statelessness as a significant issue in West Africa and set out specific measures on how to put an end to statelessness between 2014 to 2024 The milestone declaration was endorsed by Nigeria at the ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State in May 2015 in Accra Ghana he said Aregbesola said Nigeria had domesticated the protocols and plan of action developed by ECOWAS to put an end to statelessness in the country The minister said that the committee would work with relevant MDAs the National Assembly civil right organisations among others towards the speedy and timely implementation of the plan He said the robust engagement was to ensure the realisation of the 2024 timeline for an end to statelessness in West Africa The determination and commitment of Nigeria towards an end to statelessness is demonstrated by signing various treaties conventions and declarations on the subject Nigeria has developed and approved the NAP on statelessness participated actively in programmes organised by UNHCR to garner support from ECOWAS member states in ending statelessness as a national agenda he added Also Farouk the committee s co chair said that the UN General Assembly mandated UNHCR to lead global efforts to end statelessness She said On this premise the UNHCR inaugurated the I belong campaign and in consultation with states developed the UNHCR Global Action Plan to end statelessness Resolve existing situations of statelessness through reforming domestic laws to grant citizenssip to children born in stateless territories Remove gender discrimination from domestic laws to allow women acquire change and retain their nationality on an equal basis with their male counterparts she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria inaugurates committe to handle stateless persons
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    Nigeria inaugurates committe to handle stateless persons

    Nigeria has inaugurated a 16-man interministerial committee to handle issues of stateless persons in the country.

    The High Level-Steering Committee was part the country’s National Action Plan (NAP) on the eradication of statelessness by 2024. According to the UNHCR, there are more than 10 million stateless persons across the globe, who don’t belong to any country.

    The committe, inaugurated on Friday in Abuja, is headed by Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, with that of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouk, as Co-Chairman.

    Its mandate include identifying vulnerable persons at the risk level of statelessness in the country and develop measures and actions to regularised their status in tandem with the national action plan.

    It will also identify factors or laws that might create new cases on stateless persons and propose measures or amendment to the law.

    The committee has the mandate to identify existing gaps or discriminatory provisions in the nation’s laws that tend to promote or create the status of stateless persons and suggest remedies.

    It is to examine and identify gaps in registration of children at birth and work out a seamless process of birth registration.

    The committee unveiled a campaign with the hashtag #Ibelong, to create awareness at National, States, Local Government and Community levels on the dangers and security implications of stateless persons, and the need to put an end to it.

    Aregbesola, the Chairman of the committee said that they would fashion out a roadmap to achieve the objectives and goals set out in the NAP to end statelessness.

    According to him, Nigerians often take nationality for granted, especially those born within a country where their race and ethnic nationalities are significantly represented.

    Aregbesola, however, said that not every human was so fortunate to have such privilege.

    The UNHCR describes stateless persons as individuals who are not considered citizens or nationals under the operation of the laws of any country.

    This can arise from several factors including displacement by war and natural disasters, conflict of law, transfer of territory, ambiguity in marriage law, discrimination, lack of birth registration, denationalisation.

    And renunciation, when an individual rejects the citizenship of his country, without taking up the citizenship of another.

    According to the minister, stateless persons usually have no legal protection and right to vote.

    “They often lack access to education, employment, healthcare, registration of birth, marriage or death, and property rights.

    They are vulnerable to exploitations and human trafficking.

    “ The minister added that statelessness was a global challenge in which Nigeria had been working in concert with other nations to find solution.

    “Nigeria is a signatory to various International Treaties, Conventions or Declarations relating to the status of stateless persons or reduction of statelessness in West Africa.

    “In 2015, Nigeria joined other West African countries to sign the Abidjan Declaration organised by ECOWAS and UNHCR.

    “It was a milestone declaration which recognises statelessness as a significant issue in West Africa and set out specific measures on how to put an end to statelessness between 2014 to 2024. “The milestone declaration was endorsed by Nigeria at the ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State in May 2015 in Accra, Ghana,“ he said.

    Aregbesola said Nigeria had domesticated the protocols and plan of action developed by ECOWAS to put an end to statelessness in the country.

    The minister said that the committee would work with relevant MDAs, the National Assembly, civil right organisations, among others, towards the speedy and timely implementation of the plan.

    He said the robust engagement was to ensure the realisation of the 2024 timeline for an end to statelessness in West Africa.

    “The determination and commitment of Nigeria towards an end to statelessness is demonstrated by signing various treaties, conventions and declarations on the subject.

    “Nigeria has developed and approved the NAP on statelessness, participated actively in programmes organised by UNHCR to garner support from ECOWAS member states in ending statelessness as a national agenda,” he added.

    Also, Farouk, the committee’s co-chair, said that the UN General Assembly mandated UNHCR to lead global efforts to end statelessness.

    She said, “On this premise, the UNHCR inaugurated  the `I belong campaign` and in consultation with states, developed the UNHCR Global Action Plan to end statelessness.

    “Resolve existing situations of statelessness through reforming domestic laws to grant citizenssip to children born in stateless territories.

    “Remove gender discrimination from domestic laws to allow women acquire, change and retain their nationality on an equal basis with their male counterparts,“ she said.


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  •  Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has congratulated the Vice Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC Sen Kashim Shettima on his 56th birthday anniversary This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye the Chief Press Secretary to the governor on Friday in Ilorin On behalf of the people and government of Kwara I join family friends and associates to congratulate His Excellency Kashim Shettima on his birthday anniversary The man Kashim Shettima by his antecedents in leadership governance and comportment remains a very bright spot in Nigeria s leadership environment he said AbdulRazaq said that the celebrant s superlative outings as vice presidential candidate of the party have served to further showcase the brilliance charisma patriotism and people skills of Shettima He said that it was clear that his choice to pair Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the APC presidential ticket was right on target I pray Allah exalted is He to grant Alhaji Kashim Shettima good health and long life to continue his excellent service to our country and to humanity the governor prayed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Gov. felicitates with Kashim Shettima at 56
     Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has congratulated the Vice Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC Sen Kashim Shettima on his 56th birthday anniversary This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye the Chief Press Secretary to the governor on Friday in Ilorin On behalf of the people and government of Kwara I join family friends and associates to congratulate His Excellency Kashim Shettima on his birthday anniversary The man Kashim Shettima by his antecedents in leadership governance and comportment remains a very bright spot in Nigeria s leadership environment he said AbdulRazaq said that the celebrant s superlative outings as vice presidential candidate of the party have served to further showcase the brilliance charisma patriotism and people skills of Shettima He said that it was clear that his choice to pair Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the APC presidential ticket was right on target I pray Allah exalted is He to grant Alhaji Kashim Shettima good health and long life to continue his excellent service to our country and to humanity the governor prayed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Gov. felicitates with Kashim Shettima at 56
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    Kwara Gov. felicitates with Kashim Shettima at 56

    Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has congratulated the Vice Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Kashim Shettima, on his 56th birthday anniversary.

    This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, on Friday in Ilorin.

    “On behalf of the people and government of Kwara, I join family, friends and associates to congratulate His Excellency, Kashim Shettima, on his birthday anniversary.

    “The man Kashim Shettima, by his antecedents in leadership, governance and comportment, remains a very bright spot in Nigeria’s leadership environment,” he said.

    AbdulRazaq said that the celebrant’s superlative outings as vice presidential candidate of the party have served to further showcase the brilliance, charisma, patriotism and people skills of Shettima.

    He said that it was clear that his choice to pair Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the APC presidential ticket was right on target.

    “I pray Allah, exalted is He, to grant Alhaji Kashim Shettima good health and long life to continue his excellent service to our country and to humanity,” the governor prayed.


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  •  Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has endorsed the candidature of the dtate Football Association Chairman Malam Idris Musa for a place on the board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF in the Sept 30 election in Benin Edo The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji conveyed the governor s message to the candidate in his office on Friday when Malam Musa presented his nomination form to him Mogaji told the Kwara FA boss that the governor has been briefed about his intention to run and he has given his full weight for him to emerge as the candidate from the North Central It should be the turn of Kwara to be on the board of the NFF because every other state in the North Central have had a fair share of the position This much the governor has been briefed because the last time we had an opportunity like this was during the tenure of late Ayo Bello which is more than 20 years ago now We are solidly behind you and I can assure you that we will give you all the necessary support to emerge Mogaji said Responding the Kwara FA boss thanked the governor for his support to football development in the state Musa also commended the governor for supporting him to succeed at the Sept 30 NFF elections in Benin Sir if given the opportunity I will focus on development of the game from the grassroots because that s where we have a lot of work to do If you notice sir since I assumed office we have introduced annual state league aimed at developing the players at the grassroots because we don t allow anyone who had played any league before to participate Musa said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: AbdulRazaq endorses Kwara FA boss for board membership
     Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has endorsed the candidature of the dtate Football Association Chairman Malam Idris Musa for a place on the board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF in the Sept 30 election in Benin Edo The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji conveyed the governor s message to the candidate in his office on Friday when Malam Musa presented his nomination form to him Mogaji told the Kwara FA boss that the governor has been briefed about his intention to run and he has given his full weight for him to emerge as the candidate from the North Central It should be the turn of Kwara to be on the board of the NFF because every other state in the North Central have had a fair share of the position This much the governor has been briefed because the last time we had an opportunity like this was during the tenure of late Ayo Bello which is more than 20 years ago now We are solidly behind you and I can assure you that we will give you all the necessary support to emerge Mogaji said Responding the Kwara FA boss thanked the governor for his support to football development in the state Musa also commended the governor for supporting him to succeed at the Sept 30 NFF elections in Benin Sir if given the opportunity I will focus on development of the game from the grassroots because that s where we have a lot of work to do If you notice sir since I assumed office we have introduced annual state league aimed at developing the players at the grassroots because we don t allow anyone who had played any league before to participate Musa said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: AbdulRazaq endorses Kwara FA boss for board membership
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    NFF Elections: AbdulRazaq endorses Kwara FA boss for board membership

    Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has endorsed the candidature of the dtate Football Association Chairman, Malam Idris Musa, for a place on the board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the Sept. 30 election in Benin, Edo. The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission, Malam Bola Mogaji, conveyed the governor’s message to the candidate in his office on Friday, when Malam Musa presented his nomination form to him. 

    Mogaji told the Kwara FA boss that the governor has been briefed about his intention to run and he has given his full weight for him to emerge as the candidate from the North Central.

    “It should be the turn of Kwara to be on the board of the NFF because every other state in the North Central have had a fair share of the position.

    “This much the governor has been briefed, because the last time we had an opportunity like this was during the tenure of late Ayo Bello, which is more than 20 years ago now.

    “We are solidly behind you and I can assure you that we will give you all the necessary support to emerge,” Mogaji said.

    Responding, the Kwara FA boss thanked the governor for his support to football development in the state.  

    Musa also commended the governor for supporting him to succeed at the Sept. 30, NFF elections in Benin.

    “Sir, if given the opportunity, I will focus on development of the game from the grassroots because that’s where we have a lot of work to do. 

    “If you notice sir, since I assumed office, we have introduced annual state league aimed at developing the players at the grassroots because we don’t allow anyone, who had played any league before to participate,” Musa said.  


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  •  The Wife of Kwara governor Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq has cautioned against stigmatising victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV in the state Mrs AbdulRazaq also the Founder Ajike People Support Centre made the appeal on Friday in Ilorin while presenting N50 000 each to four SGBV survivors in the state She said the money was a quarterly donation to four SGBV survivors in each state of the federation from the Survivors Fund of the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum The governor s wife listed the beneficiaries as Naimat Bashir Muritala Memunat Taiwo Abosede and Muritala Mujidat The essence is to support you to take care of yourselves We expect you to use the money judiciously in your own interests she advised She commended the media and other stakeholders for their efforts towards tackling the ills in the society The governor s wife however urged the media to embark on more aggressive campaigns against SGBV in the state Speaking at the event the Commissioner for Women Affairs Mrs Mopelola Bashir commended the governor s wife for her support to SGBV survivors Humanity is sick SGBV is all around us We need to pray for the nation and the human race at large I urge SGBV survivors to trudge on and put their experience behind They can still set goals and achieve them she said Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries Muritala Mujidat commended the Kwara First Lady for her love and care for women and youths in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don’t stigmatise SGBV victims – Mrs AbdulRazaq
     The Wife of Kwara governor Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq has cautioned against stigmatising victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV in the state Mrs AbdulRazaq also the Founder Ajike People Support Centre made the appeal on Friday in Ilorin while presenting N50 000 each to four SGBV survivors in the state She said the money was a quarterly donation to four SGBV survivors in each state of the federation from the Survivors Fund of the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum The governor s wife listed the beneficiaries as Naimat Bashir Muritala Memunat Taiwo Abosede and Muritala Mujidat The essence is to support you to take care of yourselves We expect you to use the money judiciously in your own interests she advised She commended the media and other stakeholders for their efforts towards tackling the ills in the society The governor s wife however urged the media to embark on more aggressive campaigns against SGBV in the state Speaking at the event the Commissioner for Women Affairs Mrs Mopelola Bashir commended the governor s wife for her support to SGBV survivors Humanity is sick SGBV is all around us We need to pray for the nation and the human race at large I urge SGBV survivors to trudge on and put their experience behind They can still set goals and achieve them she said Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries Muritala Mujidat commended the Kwara First Lady for her love and care for women and youths in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don’t stigmatise SGBV victims – Mrs AbdulRazaq
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    Don’t stigmatise SGBV victims – Mrs AbdulRazaq

    The Wife of Kwara governor, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, has cautioned against stigmatising victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.

    Mrs AbdulRazaq, also the Founder, Ajike People Support Centre, made the appeal on Friday in Ilorin while presenting N50,000 each to four SGBV survivors in the state.

    She said the money was a quarterly donation to four SGBV survivors in each state of the federation from the Survivors’ Fund of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum.

    The governor’s wife listed the beneficiaries as Naimat Bashir, Muritala Memunat, Taiwo Abosede and Muritala Mujidat.

    ”The essence is to support you to take care of yourselves.

    We expect you to use the money judiciously in your own interests,” she advised.

    She commended the media and other stakeholders for their efforts towards tackling the ills in the society.

    The governor’s wife however urged the media to embark on more aggressive campaigns against SGBV in the state.

    Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Mopelola Bashir, commended the governor’s wife for her support to SGBV survivors.

    ”Humanity is sick, SGBV is all around us.

    We need to pray for the nation and the human race at large.

    ”I urge SGBV survivors to trudge on and put their experience behind.

    They can still set goals and achieve them,” she said.

    Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Muritala Mujidat, commended the Kwara First Lady for her love and care for women and youths in the state.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says the candidature of Sen Kashim Shettima the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC is above any other politics Buhari said this in a congratulatory message issued by his Spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Friday in Abuja He joined leaders and members of the APC to celebrate the former governor of Borno on his 56th birthday The president saluted Shettima for his visionary and participatory style of leadership Buhari who felicitated the astute political leader and legislator lauded him for setting a standard of resilience that had turned Borno into an example of social economic and infrastructural development He also commended Shettima for his courage foresight sagacity and intellectualism He noted that the APC vice presidential candidate had provided strong leadership for his state by keeping citizens unified and focused on the larger picture of a victorious and enlightened community with clear results in education health and road constructions The president believed that Shettima s experience as a banker governor Senator and scholar would prove relevant in governance at the national level He prayed that the almighty God would equip Shettima with more wisdom and strength as he serves the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to Shettima: Your candidature stands above any other politics
     President Muhammadu Buhari says the candidature of Sen Kashim Shettima the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC is above any other politics Buhari said this in a congratulatory message issued by his Spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Friday in Abuja He joined leaders and members of the APC to celebrate the former governor of Borno on his 56th birthday The president saluted Shettima for his visionary and participatory style of leadership Buhari who felicitated the astute political leader and legislator lauded him for setting a standard of resilience that had turned Borno into an example of social economic and infrastructural development He also commended Shettima for his courage foresight sagacity and intellectualism He noted that the APC vice presidential candidate had provided strong leadership for his state by keeping citizens unified and focused on the larger picture of a victorious and enlightened community with clear results in education health and road constructions The president believed that Shettima s experience as a banker governor Senator and scholar would prove relevant in governance at the national level He prayed that the almighty God would equip Shettima with more wisdom and strength as he serves the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to Shettima: Your candidature stands above any other politics
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    Buhari to Shettima: Your candidature stands above any other politics

    President Muhammadu Buhari says the candidature of Sen. Kashim Shettima, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is above any other politics.

    Buhari said this in a congratulatory message issued by his Spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Friday in Abuja.

    He joined leaders and members of the APC to celebrate the former governor of Borno on his 56th birthday.

    The president saluted Shettima for his visionary and participatory style of leadership.

    Buhari, who felicitated the astute political leader and legislator, lauded him for setting a standard of resilience that had turned Borno into an example of social, economic and infrastructural development He also commended Shettima for his courage, foresight, sagacity and intellectualism.

    He noted that the APC vice-presidential candidate had provided strong leadership for his state by keeping citizens unified and focused on the larger picture of a victorious and enlightened community, with clear results in education, health and road constructions.

    The president believed that Shettima’s experience as a banker, governor, Senator and scholar would prove relevant in governance at the national level.

    He prayed that the almighty God would equip Shettima with more wisdom and strength as he serves the country.


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  •  Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described late Ambassador of Nigeria to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Alhaji Abdulkadir Sambo Imam who died on Thursday as a great statesman who contributed immensely to national state and community development This is contained in his condolence letter issued in Ilorin on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Rafiu Ajakaye Our heartfelt condolences go to the family friends and everyone who mourns the late diplomat and fine public officer who represented Nigeria at different countries at different time At 90 he was one of the last persons standing of his noble generation We beseech Allah to repose the soul of the great diplomat and grant him Al Jannah Firdaus We also ask Allah to comfort and strengthen the family after his death said the governor NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Gov. mourns Amb. Sambo-Imam
     Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described late Ambassador of Nigeria to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Alhaji Abdulkadir Sambo Imam who died on Thursday as a great statesman who contributed immensely to national state and community development This is contained in his condolence letter issued in Ilorin on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Rafiu Ajakaye Our heartfelt condolences go to the family friends and everyone who mourns the late diplomat and fine public officer who represented Nigeria at different countries at different time At 90 he was one of the last persons standing of his noble generation We beseech Allah to repose the soul of the great diplomat and grant him Al Jannah Firdaus We also ask Allah to comfort and strengthen the family after his death said the governor NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Gov. mourns Amb. Sambo-Imam
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    Kwara Gov. mourns Amb. Sambo-Imam

    Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described late Ambassador of Nigeria to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Abdulkadir Sambo Imam, who died on Thursday, as a great statesman who contributed immensely to national, state and community development.

    This is contained in his condolence letter issued in Ilorin on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye. 

    “Our heartfelt condolences go to the family, friends, and everyone who mourns the late diplomat and fine public officer, who represented Nigeria at different countries at different time.

    “At 90, he was one of the last persons standing of his noble generation.

    “We beseech Allah to repose the soul of the great diplomat and grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus.

    “We also ask Allah to comfort and strengthen the family after his death,” said the governor.  


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