APC working towards having data bank for members – Sen. Ali



Sen. Abba Ali, a member of the APC National Caretaker Committee, says the party is working towards having a data bank for all its members.

Ali, wno is the committee member representing North West, stated this when he received the Kangiwa Ward APC Chairman who paid him a congratulatory visit in Katsina on Tuesday.

According to him, when the names of members are captured, it will make access to details of members easy through the punch of a button.

He said that the data bank would carry along all members including the stakeholders and also make it easy for administrative purposes.

The member reiterated the committee’s commitment in bringing together and uniting all members, adding that reconciliatory process was on and achieving the desired goals.

He appreciated the tireless efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing series of measures to revamp the economy and reduce the suffering caused by covid 19 pandemic to Nigerians.

“Among the programmes introduced by the APC led government include introduction of Digital economy, new N-power programme, Special Public Work consisting of 774,000 Jobs.

“Others are COVID-19 loan through NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, which is a clear indication of the passion, dedication and selfless leadership style of Buhari led APC government,” he said.

Ali assured that as economic development had been part of the top priority of the government, “we will continue to pray and support the rare economic initiatives designed to change the future of incoming generations.

“I am appealing to all Nigerians to support economic transformation of President Muhammadu Buhari by judicious utilization of the financial packages received from Federal Government.

“Recently, we witnessed reduction of attacks on innocent Nigerians from armed bandits, this is achieved through the tireless efforts and sacrifices of our security agencies who are out to protect lives and properties.

“By the special Grace of God, soon the insecurity will be over and all IDPs across the country will return to their respective destinations to continue with their normal day to day activities,” he said.

He said Nigerians should be expecting a new reformed APC, eagerly waiting to meet the yearning and aspirations of the electorate.

APC in the North West and the National Caretaker Committee are working so hard for the spirit of oneness and a greater Nigeria.

“I urged all Nigerians to continue supporting this noble course of APC which is working for the overall interest of the citizens,” he said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)


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Educationist cautious parents against children’s unguarded internet use



Mrs Gladys Adio, proprietor of Blooming Field Academy, Mararaba, Nasarawa state has urged parents to check unguarded use of internet and other devices by their children to prevent abuse.

Adio, who hold a Master Degree in early childhood education,  said this on Monday, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja.

She said it was natural for children to get exposed to mobile internet devices due to the COVID-19 lockdown resulting in schools closure.

“There is so much time that has given children room to be connected almost all-day to internet connected devices.

“Parents have to put this in check, they should monitor how many hours these children spend on these devices so that they do not develop nomophobia., what I mean by nomophobia is simply the condition developed as a result of addiction to internet connected devices which result in physical and psychological problems,” she said.

She added that the situation could lead to kids developing virtual relationship with various apps leading to loss of interest in education, depression, loss of appetite, insomnia among others.

“Parents should ensure that their children engage in other activities such as reading books, playing family games together, outdoor activities like badminton, swimming etc.,’’ she said.

She said too much exposure of children to internet connected devices during COVID-19 lockdown had lots of negative effects and could pose educational risk when schools re-opened.

“Internet addiction could make children or even adults develop, loss of touch with reality,’’ she said.

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NAS celebrates 2020 reading session with orphans, donates items



The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) on Monday celebrated its 2020 reading session with children from the Karu Orphanage, Abuja, to promote reading culture.

The association, otherwise known as Pyrates Confraternity, donated educational materials, food items and others to the children in commemoration of  the 2020 World Literacy Day, which was marked on Sept. 8.

Items donated to the children were text books, note books, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, sharpeners, toiletries such as detergent, diapers, children playing items and clothes.

The food items were cartons of noodles, cartons of biscuit, cartons of juice drinks, beverages and others.

Speaking at the event, Mr Victor Ofili, NAS Capoon Sahara Deck, Abuja Central, added that the idea of reading with the orphans by the association was aimed at making them take their book seriously while in the orphanage.

He said that the idea was also geared toward making sure the children focused on their future endeavours and to become what they intended to be.

“They must take their books seriously to achieve those targets they have set for themselves in life; you can see that one of them said he wants to be the president of Nigeria, while others said different things.

“Without being grounded in education, they cannot achieve their dreams and that is why we are here, one of our cardinal principles is for humanistic development, it is part of what we call operation 347, it is part of our guiding principles.

“We are here to show them love and to let them know that, they also have a family in us, incidentally, we have adopted this orphanage since 2013, when Abuja Sahara Deck was set up.

“We have been doing our part to the orphans since we adopted them,’’ he said.

Similarly, Mr Michael Ihunde, the second Vice President of the association, said that NAS was only trying to encourage the children for them to take their literary studies serious.

Ihunde said that the association had spent close to half a million naira to procure the items donated to the children as part of its social responsibility.

According to him, the association is committed to supporting the children yearly and to always put smiles in their faces.

Mr Frank Okafor, a former National Vice President of the association, encouraged the children to discover and develop their talents for them to be reckoned with in the society.

According to Okafor, God blesses one according to what ruminate in the mind, and that there are a lot of things embedded in reading if the children can commit to that.

“You gain more knowledge when you read. You discover a lot of things when you read. Maximise whatever talents God has given you.

“For you to be educationally smart, you must do the right thing at the right time, focus on your desire, your setback as an orphanage will surely result to a better thing at the end,’’ Okafor stressed.

Responding on behalf of the management, the orphanage accountant, Mr Felix Inaede, appreciated the donation, particularly during the period of global pandemic, as things were hard for most people.

Inaede said that the gifts from NAS had been a yearly thing, adding that the association had been so passionate about the development of the children.

NAS has been a mentor to these children to ensure that they are better citizens in the country. These children will remember when they grow that there was a home they lived where donation was always given to them.

Inaede also appreciated the Federal Government and NGO, noting that they had been all proactive in responding to the needs of the children, particularly during the global pandemic.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN

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Edo poll: Ultimate power lies in electorate – Okei-Odumakin



Saturday’s Edo governorship election has reawakened the consciousness that ultimate power to elect leaders

lies in the hands of the electorate, rights campaigner,  Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has said.

Okei-Odumakin, the President of Women Arise Initiative, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria

in Lagos on Monday.

She said that Nigerians should no longer allow  internal and external `political merchants’ to determine who should govern them.

According to her, the digitisation of the election result portal greatly improved the transparency of the election process.

“Meanwhile, the areas where I think the commission should improve its performance, especially as we look forward to future elections, are further digitisation of the election process.

“The commission should also improve synergy with other stakeholders within the electoral chain, particularly security agencies, while also investing more in the capacity building of its staff and ad-hoc staff,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin said that the commission had learnt from its inadequacies of the past and it resulted in an improvement in the conduct of the governorship  poll.

She said that INEC  had been working hard toward ensuring a better electoral system.

“As the leader of one of the organisations that observed the election, I can say that INEC deserves kudos from Nigerians on it new initiatives,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin advised the re-elected Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki  to make the interest of the people of the state the main focus of his administration.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ijeoma Popoola
Source: NAN


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Lessons of COVID-19 by FCT residents



A cross section of FCT residents on Monday said that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had taught them lessons and opened new opportunities for many people in the country.

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of the pandemic on people and the economy, some of the respondents, said that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought some positive changes to them.

Mrs Vivian Abraham, a businesswoman, said the pandemic had opened new doors for many people.

According to her, many new businesses are springing up.

“The face mask is a thing that was never in the mind of anyone to design and make, but now, it has become a business source for people to provide for their families.

“Some house wives were forced to look for how to fend for their families since their husbands could not go to work as usual to cater for them,” she said.

Mr Andrew Okechukwu, a resident of Lokogoma, said that the pandemic made it possible for him and few others in his neighbourhood to start home delivery of food services.

“Some of us use our motorcycles and vehicles as delivery van to home without touching each other, just to observe the COVID-19 protocols as directed by the Federal Government, to get money to run our homes.

“Apart from this, children are now made to engage in skills acquisition like shoe making, hair dressing, tailoring and printing and others and this has made most children to be better equipped to succeed and be self-reliant.

“As for me, the pandemic even with its negative effects had left some good lessons for us as a people,” he said.

He said that some house wives were frying cake and some were roasting corns in their street.

Mr Roland Odiese, who resides in Asokoro, told NAN that the lockdown period made many promiscuous men to sit at home and were more responsive and responsible to their families.

He said those men that hardly stay at home with their families, had nowhere to go and were forced to stay at home with their families, saying that this built more family bond and closeness.

“Parents got to know their children more and families got closer to God because there was now enough time for them to relate with God.

“The pandemic really brought with it some positive things, which we should be grateful to God for,’’ he said.

Mr Samuel Lawal, General Manager, Lawal Communication Links Ltd, said the pandemic had taught him of the need to save and make future plans.

According to him, during the pandemic, many people that died were as a result of hunger and diseases that had no connection with the COVID-19.

“Many people died as a result of not having what to eat or the means to take care of their health.

“ I found out that only those that had saved something aside were not terribly affected by the pandemic, it was a situation that nobody had envisaged.

“It was never imagined that a day will come when the whole world would be shut down totally, and that businesses would be shut down, churches and mosques.

“Nobody envisaged or thought that it was possible for them not to go to clubs.

“The pandemic changed people’s lives, most importantly it taught people to be disciplined and to maintain good hygiene.

Lawal also urged the government to save and plan for the future for the citizens.

Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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