His Holiness Abune Qerlos, Fifth Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, gave a blessing in connection with the feast of Saint John. His Holiness Abune Qerlos provided detailed information on the historical background of the holiday and wished peace and prosperity, as well as a Happy New Year, to the Government and people of Eritrea inside and outside the country, as well as members of the Eritrean Defense Forces.
His Holiness also called on the faithful to reach out to disadvantaged nationals and for the speedy recovery of patients in hospitals.
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar on his 70th birthday, sharing the moment of joy with the people of Nupe and Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers.
The president in a congratulatory message by media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Saturday in Abuja also rejoiced with the traditional ruler on 19 years on the throne of his forefathers.
He affirmed that Yahaya’s landmark achievements in upholding the culture of his people, promoting peace and harmonious living, and contributing to educational development, like founding of the Edusoko University, had remained commendable.
He congratulated the retired military officer (a Brigadier General), “who left memories of meritorious service in the army, using every opportunity of leadership to demonstrate his kindness, honesty and generosity.
” According to the president, the traditional ruler’s wealth of knowledge, understanding of issues, both local and international, and wise counsels remain great assets to his domain, state and the nation.
President Buhari prayed that almighty God would continue to bless the 13th Etsu Nupe and his family.
A coalition of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on Saturday distributed books to children as part of efforts to promote literacy among children in Kaduna State.
The organisations are Tanar Educational Consultancy, Nasta Foni and Wonder Woman Nigeria in collaboration with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the books were distributed to the children after a walk tagged: “Walk for Literacy”.
The walk started from Karji Junction along Patrick Yakowa Way, and end at Local Education Authority Primary School, Karji in Kaduna.
The exercise is designed to sensitise residents on the importance of literacy.
Mr Namse Udosen, Founder, Tanar Educational Consultancy, said the event was part of activities to commemorate the 2022 International Literacy Day. According to him, this year’s celebration with the theme: “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces; will create awareness on the importance of literacy and the need to transform learning spaces.
He said it aimed at advocating for inclusive education for all and the need for communities to be more proactive in developing a literate society.
Udosen urged the Federal and Kaduna State Government to develop a Literacy Development Plan to improve the literacy rate, especially school children.
“We distributed the books because of their importance to literacy development, by boosting intelligence and memory capacity, information, knowledge and inspiring people to follow their dream.
“Books also create questions, questions create curiosity, curiosity leads to research, research provides answers and answers lead to knowledge.
“As such, parents and relevant stakeholders should support ongoing efforts to transform literacy learning spaces for children, to learn and bring their imagination to reality,” he said.
Earlier at the Palace of the Village Head of Karji, Mr Ibrahim Yusuf, Udosen urged community leaders to support in creating learning spaces for children.
“Education started from the home to community and then the school.
Family and community participation is critical to educational development of children.
“Households and community members should get involved in the educational development of all children, so that they will grow and become good at whatever they choose to do.
“Just as parents, community leaders have a role to play in supporting the school system, to create safe learning spaces for children to learn and grow to their full potential,” he said.
Responding, Yusuf commended the gesture, adding that it would mobilise parents, caregivers, and community members to support educational growth and development of children.
He called on other organisations to support the noble course, by assisting communities in providing the needed learning spaces and materials, for children to learn with ease.
Also speaking, Ms Baboshiya James, Head Teacher, Local Education Authority Primary School, Karji, said the books would fast track the learning abilities of children.
A primary two pupil in the school, Japhet Friday said: “I never had a book before except the ones we use in school.
This is the first time I have a book of my own that I can read at home.
“I am still struggling to read, but I am sure with this book, I will learn faster because I will be reading it at home.
” Another pupil, Christabel Danjuma expressed joy that she also got a book she would be reading at home, saying, the book looked interesting and looked forward to reading it at home.
NAN reports that the International Literacy Day is being celebrated on Sept. 8, to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.
The celebration also provides the opportunity to advance the literacy agenda toward a more literate and sustainable society.
Batsari Local Government Area (LGA) in Katsina State has presented N5.15million to the families of people killed by bandits in the area and also those injured.
The beneficiaries of the gesture also included many indigents to alleviate their suffering.
The Information Officer of the local government, Alhaji Isah Rimi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Katsina.
NAN reports that Batsari is one of the frontline LGAs in the state seriously affected by the activities of bandits.
He explained that the cash assistance was presented to the beneficiaries by the Chairman of the local council, Alhaji Yusuf Mamman-Ifo. According to Rimi, 11 people have lost their lives and one was seriously injured following bandits’ attacks in some communities of the local government.
He listed the affected communities as: Abadau Kagara, Garin Zaki, Dadin-Kowa, Kauyen Danbara’u and Zamfarawa.
Each of the families of the deceased received N100,000, while the person who sustained injuries was given N50,000, to reduce their difficulties following the attacks.
“The local government has also disbursed N10,000 each to 400 less-privileged as empowerment grants to boost their petty trades,” Rimi said.
According to him, the Director, Education and Social Services of the council, Alhaji Kailani Isyaku, also commiserated with the victims over the attacks.
He quoted Isyaku as calling on the people to intensify prayers for God’s intervention in the security challenges facing the state and Nigeria in general.
The Forum (PSF) of the Benue State University Makurdi, has appealed to its ASUU members to pull out of the national body of ASUU to enable them to catch up with accumulated academic calendar years.
This appeal is contained in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr Tser Vanger, on Saturday in Makurdi.
It quoted the PSF’s chairperson, Mrs Keziah Agundo, who expressed concern about the unutilised academic calendar months, explained that the “pull out” would enable them catch up with acculated workload.
She said the 2020, 2021 undergraduate programmes had yet to be matriculated while the 2022 Unified Matriculation Tertiary Examinations (UMTE) admissions were ongoing.
According to the statement, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joseph Iorapuu, calls for the resumption of academic activities in the school.
He explained that most of the grievances of the teachers bordered on funding.
The statement also indicated that the meeting was attended by top management of the university, including the BSU branch chairman of ASUU, Dr Victor Tarnongo, who promised to present the demands of PSF to the appropriate authorities.
Bauchi State Government says it has earmarked N300 million to support businesses to accelerate growth of Small and Medium Scale Entreprises (SMEs).
The Commissioner for Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hajiya Sa’adatu Kirfi said this at the inauguration of the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP), on Saturday in Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area. The gesture, she said, would boost trade and enhance wealth creation for sustainable social and economic development of the state.
“The money will be disburse to business community any moment from now,” she said.
According to her, the KEEP scheme is in fulfilment of the promise of the present administration, adding that economic strengthening items worth N75 million would be distributed to youth and women in the area.
She said that 9,500 persons had so far benefited from the programme in 19 LGAs since inception of the scheme.
“The KEEP programme initiated by this administration to address issues of unemployment through increased access to entrepreneurship and improved employability of youth and women,” she said.
The Commissioner urged the beneficiaries to ensure effective utilisation of the items and engage in productive activities to enable them to become self-reliant.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bala Mohammed has performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Azare Ultra Modern market project.
He said the project would be executed through Public Private Partnership (PPP), adding the move was a deliberate policy to improve the economic fortune of the state.
He said under the PPP arrangement, the state government allocated land while a private firm, Modern Shelter System and Service Ltd would execute the project.
“In line with the decision to execute the project through PPP, the state government has engaged Modern Shelter System and Service Limited to carry out the construction and upgrade of Azare market to an Ultra Modern service,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Abdulmalik Mhadi, General Manager of the company, said the market was designed with modern facilities, adding that the project would create about 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.
He also assured readiness to complete the project on scheduled.
Hajiya Kaltum Rufa’i, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, says the government is determined to end the activities of commercial sex workers in the state.
Rufa’i, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria , noted that there were state laws against such activity.
She added that the government would investigate the report of their activities with a view to stopping the ugly trend.
“We have identified where the commercial sex workers hangout to do their businesses.
“As I speak with you now, government is strategising on how to end it.
“I am assuring you that we will leave no stone unturned to stop this ugly trend in Niger,’’ Rufa’i said.
NAN recalled that on July 26, it filed a report on the activities of the commercial sex workers in the state which drew attention of the state government.
There activities were seen to constitute security risk.
NAN revealed that the activities of the commercial sex workers had been on for more than 15 years.
Some of the sex workerd who spoke to NAN said that they charged between N1, 000 and N10, 000, depending on the kind of service; whether shot-time or all-night.
NAN gathered that for shot-time which is about one hour service, they charge between N1, 000 and N3, 000, depending on the bargaining power of the client.
NAN also learned that the clients pay between N1, 000 and N3, 000 for hotel accommodation for shot time and from N5, 000 to N8,000 for all-night service.
On the choice of the trade, some of the sex workers said that they ventured into the trade out of the frustration of no job, coupled with no man to marry them.
One of them, who gave her name as, Sharon Tanko, said, “I have to use what I have to help myself’’.
Similarly, one the clients who pleaded not to be named, said that it was cheaper to patronise a female sex worker and pay her off after service than keeping a female friend.
According to him, when you keep a girlfriend, you must maintain her, but in the case of sex worker, she will give you the services and you pay her off, no string attached.