Cleric urges Muslim to remember death, seeks forgiveness



An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmed, has called on Muslim faithful to always remember death and seeks forgiveness for more blessings and success this world and life after death.

Ahmed made the call in his free-Jummu’at sermon at Federal College of Education, Yola on Friday.

He said people are busy looking for worldly things, committing sins, cheating others and not remembering their days are decreasing and they are going to die.

“You have to understand that this world is temporary, you should not forget that you are going to die at any time without any notice.

“Even Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) seeks forgiveness 70 to 100 times daily.

“With such acts, the Almighty God may have mercy upon us and bless us with rain that were looking for two weeks now,’’ he said.

He advised Muslim to seek for knowledge to succeed in life and to always judge themselves on their acts.

Ahmed also advised people to prepare well for good deeds in the coming new year of the Islamic calendar.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)


Strike: Group urges FG to address health workers’ demands for masses’ interests



The Network of Adamawa Non Governmental Organisation (NANGO) has appealed to the Federal Government to negotiate with the  Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to call off  their  strike in the interest of the masses.


Mr Peter Egwudah, the  Chairman of the network,  made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Yola.


Egwudah said that the strike was not good for the ordinary citizens and the economy of the country as  a whole.


“I am seizing  this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to  look into the matter in the interest of the masses.


“The government should address this by finding a strategy to meet the demands  it can for now, while it  works on  the other issues that  cannot be met  immediately.


“Strikes have a way of taking us back to uproot all the achievements we  had reached in terms of healthcare delivery”, he said.


According to him, the strike is currently impacting negatively on the poor people across the states of the federation,hence, the need for the Federal Government  and the unions to seat at  a roundtable.


The Chairman called on Nigerians to pray for the  improvement of the country’s economy,  so as to record  more developments.



Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada
Source: NAN
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NAF distributes medical oxygen cylinders to FCT isolation centres



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has distributed medical oxygen cylinders to isolation centres in the FCT.

The Chief of Medical Services, NAF, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, while distrbuting the items to the beneficiaries at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday in Abuja, said it was in continuation of national efforts to fight COVID-19.

He explained that NAF had been supplying medical oxygen to the beneficiaries in the FCT and even in other parts of the country.

“All the beneficiaries need do is to bring their empty cylinder to the airport for onward transportation to Yola, fill them, and bring the cylinders back to them.

“All these are at no cost to them, being one of the ways of giving back to the society, and in efforts to fight the scourge.

“We have over 156 cylinders that we took to Yola, filled, returned and distribute to the beneficiaries,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the beneficiaries include: DSS Medical Centre, CACOVID Isolation Centre, as well as the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH).

NAN also reports that UATH has 128 of the cylinders, while DSS has 16.

According to him, NAF has its own cylinders too, which it normally supply to the beneficiary isolation centres.

“We also have facilities in Yola like the Federal Medical Centre and the state Specialist Hospital that the service has been supplying medical oxygen to,” he said.

Bako, however, said that all the efforts were geared toward letting Nigerians know that whereever they were, they were not forgotten.

“Just bring your empty cylinder to the airport. We will transport them to Yola, fill them and bring them back to you wherever you are free of charge.

“The only thing we do is that we monitor to ensure that the cylinders are taken to the right place and for the purpose they are meant for,” Bako said..

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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Former Adamawa Acting Governor returns to PDP



Former Adamawa Acting Governor, Mr James Barka, has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

Barka officially announced his return to the PDP on Thursday in Yola.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Barka was the acting governor of Adamawa under the platform of PDP from February 2008 to April 2008.

He was a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Tunisia, under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, but dumped PDP for APC in 2014.

“I only veered off into the APC, leaving my teeming supporters behind; and as you can see, I’ve returned home,” he said.

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, who received the former acting governor, said that the doors of the PDP-led administration were wide open to well-meaning individuals.

“Our doors are open to well-meaning individuals and groups of peoples who would support the development of our dear party, state and country,” Fintiri said. ( NAN)

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN
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Arik Air begins full flight operations- Management



The management of Arik Air says full flight operations are back, following resolution of the picketing embarked upon by a section of the workers’ union on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that operations of Arik Air was shut down on Sept.14 by Aviation unions.

The unions were protesting against alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April, placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices.

The Manager, Communications of Arik Air, Mr Ola Adebanji, said in a statement in Lagos on Thursday that normal flights had since resumed.

Adebanji said: “We regretted the untold inconvenience caused by the disruption.

“We seize the opportunity to assure you of our continued commitment to your safety and wellbeing as our valued customers.

“Our major domestic hubs at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, are fully operational and flights are available for you to connect to your destinations seamlessly.

“We currently operate flights to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Benin, Asaba, Kano, Yola, Ilorin and Jos.

“It’s our intention to give you more flexibility in your travel plans by expanding our network in the near future.

“Our safety and on time records remain unsurpassed, and we remain fully committed to sustaining these standards,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye
Source: NAN

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