Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.
Presenting the items, the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Babagana Malumbe, said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation.
Malumbe said that the Gov. Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state.
He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department, Gov. Zulum after receiving the request, directed the ministry to act.
“We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation.
“He (Zulum) directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment,” Malumbe said.
Recieving the equipment, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty.
Shugaba, who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department, promised to intervene which he now did.
Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the aegis of the Plateau Peace Practioners Network, has advised governorship candidates in the state to include good governance in their electioneering.
The organisations gave the charge at a colloquium they organised on Thursday in Jos. Speaking at the event, Mr Jacob Pwakim, chairman of the network, said that the colloquium aimed at creating a platform for citizens to engage the candidates.
Pwakim, who said that PPPN is a conglomerate of civil society organisations working on peace- building in the state, explained that the event was first of its kind in the history of the network.
The chairman also tasked the candidates that whoever emerged after the 2023 general elections, should commit more resources and efforts toward promoting peace in state ”We have decided to put this together to create the a platform to engage the governorship candidates on good governance.
”It is a platform for the candidates to tell the public what they have in stock for the people and to create strong synergy with the organisations in the state.
”As a network, we want to strongly advised whoever among you that becomes the governor to adequately fund the state’s Peace Building Agency (PPBA) established by the current administration ”We want to also advise that the next governor should leverage the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative of the current administration in spending public funds,” he said.
Pwakim maintained that the OGP would curtail incidences of corruption and misappropriation of public funds, that mostly lands the chief executives into trouble after office.
The chairman further advised the incoming governor to support both local and international organisations in the state and urged that modalities should be put in place to attract grants to the state.
Speaking at the event, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thanked the network for providing them the platform to reel out their manifestos to the public.
Mutfwang promised to commit reasonable resources and commitment toward addressing ongoing violent conflicts in the state.
Also, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that he would deploy modern technology to fight insecurity in the state.
Similarly, Mr Samuel Abashe, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), promised to improve on the early warning and early response system to end the circle of violence in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that reprsentatives of candidates of Action Democratic Party (ADC) and National Rescue Movement (NRM), also attended the colloquium.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a protection bill to provide for the rights and entitlement of victims and protect witnesses during court proceedings for effective prosecution of cases The lawmakers passed the bill on Thursday during its plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, after it had scaled the third reading The bill is titled:”’Bill for a Law to Provide for the Rights and Entitlements of Victims and Protection of Witnesses and for Connected Purposes.
” Obasa noted that the bill stipulated the provision of assistance and protection for victims and witnesses who had vital information.
The speaker explained that the vital information referred to genuine information that could ensure effective prosecution of cases.
He also explained that such victims and witnesses were those likely to face intimidation due to their cooperation with the prosecution or law enforcement agencies.
“Every person, including security agents, shall render assistance to victims of accidents or crimes and ensure that such persons are taken to the nearest hospital for immediate care and treatment.
“A public or private hospital shall provide immediate and adequate treatment to an accident victim or any person with gunshots and sustained severe injuries or wounds.
“The bill stipulates a fine for any medical facility that fails to comply with the related section of the bill,” he said.
Obasa said that a private hospital that received accident victims with severe injuries or wounds for treatment under this section must inform security agencies within 48 hours of admission.
He added that the hospital must forward a request for reimbursement of medical expenses where family members or relations cannot be identified or where the victim was indigent.
The speaker said this was also subject to the approval of such a request by the security agency in question.
Obasa, therefore, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to send a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his assent.
The Kwara Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has strengthened its partnership with the state Internal Revenue Service (Kw-irs) and other allied revenue generating agencies to improve the state’ Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Malam AbdulLateef Alakawa, said this in Ilorin while receiving the service Chairman, Mrs Shade Omoniyi, during a courtesy visit on Thursday.
Alakawa assured the Kw-irs team of the ministry’s support in improving the state government’s internal revenue generation, adding that the ministry will assist to block all forms of loopholes identified in the revenue generating system of the state.
According to him, the visit has afforded the ministry to understand the areas to improve on and the areas to be addressed by the State Executive Council.
“Having understood the factors hindering the revenue drive of the sector, there is the need to profer a response strategy to address the challenges,” the commissioner said.
Earlier, Omoniyi informed the commissioner that the agency is saddled with the responsibility to generate funds for the strategic development of the state.
“Kw-irs is in business of generating funds for the development of Kwara State; the Ministries and MDAs are major stakeholders in what we are doing.
“The visit is also to know what the relationship is all about, the challenges and how we believe we can get it done in a proper manner to boost the economy of the state,” Omoniyi said.
The chairman appreciated the Alakawa for the warm reception accorded her team and assured him of stronger collaboration.
The Prime Minister, Rev. The Hon Robinah Nabbanja, has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025/2026, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) plan.
Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister's time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday 22nd September 2022.
Kumi District MP H.E. Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government's commitment to establish regional cancer centres.
Nabbanja, also Leader of Government Affairs, said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year.
AUDIO: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja “Equipment has been dispatched and is on site, awaiting installation.
The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.
She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts, respectively.
She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance.
“In the meantime, the UCI has started working on the start-up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services,” said Nabbanja.
She added that meanwhile, Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3,000 patients seen in the last financial year.
“This has been achieved using the infrastructure, equipment and human resources available,” she said.
Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda, basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment, while ICU awaits funding for the project.
The ICU's plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern, northern, western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.
The Kwara State Polytechnic Alumni Association has expressed displeasure over the level of encroachment of the institution’s land by neighbouring communities, describing it as illegal.
The President, Protem National Executives of the Alumni, Abu Salami, stated this during a familiarisation visit to the management of the institution in Ilorin on Thursday.
Salami said the situation was disheartening and called for urgent intervention of the state government before the situation escalates beyond control.
He said that the management should proffer a permanent solution to the situation by fencing the institution’s land.
Salami lauded the leadership style of the Rector.
He promised that the Alumni Association would try its best to assist the management in achieving the aims and objectives of the institution’s founding fathers.
Salami said the management had transformed the institution’s hostels to one of the best due to the facilities provided.
He called on students, especially new intakes to take advantage of the facilities by residing in the hostels which he said was cheaper than residing outside the polytechnic.
Speaking earlier, the Rector, Abdul Muhammed, lauded the pragmatic leadership style of the president of the Alumni.
Muhammed said that the Alumni should join the management in its efforts to take the institution back to the days of “Kwara College of Technology” in terms of its standard.
The rector commended the composition of the executives which he said would give younger ones among them a sense of belonging and an opportunity to tap from the wealth of experience of the elderly ones.
He, however, pledged management’s support to the Alumni at all times.
The Alumni Executives at the end of the visit went round the polytechnic with the rector and some members of the management.
Some of the places visited include the polytechnic bakery, bottled water factory, medical diagnostic centre, Kwarapoly Radio, Mass Communications Department studio, amongst others.
An Area Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday dissolved an Islamic marriage between Usman Olanrewaju and Balkis Olanrewaju.
Presiding Judge AbdulQodir Ahmed said that the wife had requested to end her marriage on the excuse that she was tired of the relationship.
The Counsel to the respondent, AbdulRasheed Isiak, told the court to adjourn the case for settlement of misunderstanding between the couple.
The husband however insisted on divorce, saying that the wife had been packing her things gradually from his house and decided to pack the remaining just before coming to court.
Olanrewaju said that he released her to go and continue her life wherever she pleases, but want to have access to his child whenever he wants and must not change her school.
The court dissolved the marriage and granted the child custody to the wife, while the husband have access to the child any day, but at reasonable time.
Balkis however requested the husband to pay N20,000 monthly for their child upkeep, cater for her education and healthcare, but the husband insisted on N5,000 monthly.
The court adjourned the case to Oct. 14, for hearing on the amount agreed upon for the child’s upkeep.
The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) has expressed deep regret over the death of its Board Chairman, Malam Abidu Yazid, who passed on early hours of Sept. 22, in Kaduna.
The Executive Director of SCDDD, Amb. Sani Bala, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the centre would remember the deceased for his dedication to its flagship projects, including Leadership Effectiveness and Accountability Dialogue.
“On behalf of the members of the Governing Board and the entire staff of the SCDDD, we convey our sincere condolence to his family, the Government and people of Katsina state.
“May his soul rest in perfect peace, Amen!
” Bala said that the centre would miss the Community Initiative programme of the deceased which was aimed at promoting peace and “the Africa We want” where he imprinted upon humanity the need for durable peace and sustainable development.
He said that the centre was privileged to have late Yazid as a founding member of the Board of Directors and finally, its Chairman, spanning over a period of eight years.
According to him, the deceased offered his entire resources, both intellectually and physically to the service of the centre.
This, Bala said, was in addition to his numerous commitments to serving the society and humanity in general.
“He served in various capacities in government, including Head of Service and Secretary to Government of the old Kaduna State.
His commitment to public service and simple lifestyle was exemplary.
“In a clime where opulence and stupendous display of riches is the order of the day, Malam Abidu Yazid was a very simple and modest person.
“As an economist, he was concerned about the Nigerian economy, particularly, the collapse of the industrial sector.
He had tasked the centre on researching on the ‘Revitalisation of the Nigerian Industrial Economy’.
“As at 6p.
m. of September 21, 2022, he was on his desk working to promote peace and to release a public statement admonishing Nigerians about the need for peace as Nigeria enters the electoral cycle.
“We mourn this great Nigerian, a decent, humble, peaceful, deeply knowledgeable statesman and an illustrious son of Africa.
“We therefore pray to God to forgive his infractions and reward his good works with Aljanaah Firdaus,” the statement read in part.
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Thursday equipped 90 entrepreneurs with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills to drive technology adoption for businesses in the country.
The beneficiaries were presented with equipment for digital marketing, phone repairs and computers at the official closing ceremony of the first phase of the National Vocational Training and Entrepreneurial Scheme on ICT, on Thursday in Lagos.
Director-General, SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, said the scheme was to equip entrepreneurs with e-commerce skills to shore up their contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He stated that the commitment of the participants would motivate government to do more after an impact assessment.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to maximise the opportunities availed them by the training programme and assured of support for MSMEs to help them grow.
“ICT skill development is one of the priority areas identified by the agency to facilitate and sustain a vibrant MSME sub-sector that will be the major driver of national economic growth and development.
“The objective of the programme is to develop participants and train the network of businesses, while promoting computer literacy as ICT is a means of granting access to the world market,” he said.
He said online applications could be used for accounting and downloadable softwares which were available for business communication and documents sharing for small scale businesses.
“It is key to note that some of the business challenges like cybercrime, phishing, online theft would be tackled and must not hinder participants from harnessing the opportunities available to them.
“SMEDAN will continue to support towards ensuring that we achieve the MSMEs sub-sector of our dream in the areas of job creation, wealth creation and poverty alleviation,” he said.
The Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, John Onaiyekan has called government and religious organisations to collaborate in boosting humanitarian works across the country.
Onaiyekan made the call in a keynote address titled “The Church in the Service of Integral Human Development: The Nigerian Experience”, at the Caritas Nigeria Day Celebration, on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the celebration with the theme: “The Church in the Service of Integral Human Development: The Nigerian Experience”, marked the 12th anniversary of Caritas humanitarian activities in the country.
Caritas activities cover Health and , Good Governance, Anti-Human Trafficking and Force Migration, Emergency Response and Humanitarian Services.
Other areas are Institutional Development and Capacity building, and Agricultural and Livelihood Interventions.
“Looking forward there is need to put more effort on collaborations with government and other organisations, including religious organisations.
“Caritas Nigeria has different departments in which they render humanitarian assistance to individuals, groups and society.
They also have many partners,” he added.
Onaiyekan also said the organisation had worked with Nigerian Government in the areas of education and health, until the civil war, when the collaboration was terminated.
“It is better to collaborate than to stay apart and I think it is not too late for us to insist that we must collaborate with our government.
“Once in a while, the government talk about Public Private Partnership with private business people, have they ever thought of partnership with groups like the churches and other agencies?
,” Onaiyekan asked.
He explained that in other countries, religious organisations were given funds to carry out humanitarian activities, adding that it was necessary for Nigeria to adopt that.
“The collaboration between the church and the state must continue to grow, it is only then that we can belong to clubs of countries that are helping others.
“The church need to be seen as agent of integral human development that no person should be left out.
“We must continue to make our services available to everybody who ask for it.
This is in line with church doctrine,” he said.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Uchechukwu Obodoechina said the celebration was organised to showcase what Caritas has been doing and motivate men of good will to partner with the organisation.
“We all know the level of the unavailability of basic necessities to Nigerians, and the responsibility of the church that is close to the people is enormous.
“That is why we feel we have a duty as a church and as men and women of the faith to build hope among those who have no hope.
So Caritas is a participation of the work of the church.
“The church has a responsibility for her sons and daughters, men and women of goodwill, but this job has to be systemically and professionally carried out.
“That is why we work in partnership with other agencies and funding partners to realize the goals and vision of Caritas,” Obodoechina said.
According to him, Caritas is working on 31 projects in 35 states, touching the lives of over seven million poor and vulnerable households in the country.
In their responses, the panelists, Dr Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye from Ford Foundation, Dr Rose Uchem of Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary and Rev. Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, also highlighted the need for corroboration to boost humanitarian works.
Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, the former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission who spoke virtually, cautioned that the collaboration between government and the church should not lead to silencing the church or compromising the word of God.According to Odinkalu, it would be wrong for a politician to win election on the altar of rigging and come to give thanks to God for such victory in the church.
The event attracted many stakeholder, including National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Catholic Relief Services, among others.