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Delta communities want FG to revive abandoned projects



Ilaje Communities in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta have appealed to the Federal Government to revive the abandoned Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP) and other  projects in the area.

They made the plea made in a statement by Mr Adekunle Robert, Chairman of Ilaje Communities on Sunday and made available to newsmen in Warri.

Robert said the projects would help to transform the areas by way of creating jobs for the unemployed youths, particularly in Delta and the country in general.

“On behalf of Ilaje Communities, I want to appeal to the Federal Government to resume work on the abandoned multi-billion dollars GRIP project.

“Also, the Deep Seaport and the Omadino/Escravos Road projects all in Warri South-West Local Government Area to create jobs and transformed the area that have long been neglected,” he said.

Robert also pleaded with the Federal Government to give them a sense of belonging by creating an avenue for them to partake on issues relating to oil matters.

According to him, this will go a long way to mitigate the hardship being experienced by my people.

“We are particularly worried about our sons and daughters combing the streets of the country in search of jobs, all to no avail.

“We also lament the persistent neglect of qualified individuals from the Niger Delta region to participate in crucial oil matters,” he said.

Robert, however, urged the Federal Government to reciprocate the sustainable peace in the area by way of developing the oil communities.

“Our penchant for continuous calmness could be motivated by the Federal Government through conscious effort to revamp our oil rich communities from the present state of deterioration,” Robert said.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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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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School reopening: Kano Govt urges proprietors, parents to exercise patient



Kano State Government has urged proprietors, parents and stakeholders to exercise patient as it adopted proactive strategies to fast track safe school reopening in the state.

Sunusi Kiru, the state’s Commissioner for Education, made the call in a statement by Aliyu Yusuf, the Public Relations Officer of the ministry issued on Monday in Kano.

Kiru spoke when members of the All Private and Voluntary Institutions Proprietors Association of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit.

The commissioner was quoted as saying that the state government would not violate the Federal Government’s directives on closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiru said: “The issue of schools reopening has been a topic of discussion at national and state levels, and we are doing everything possible to ensure safe reopening of the schools in compliance with the Federal Government’s guidelines.”

Kiru dismissed as misleading insinuations that some schools in the northern part of the country had resumed, adding that state governments in the region were yet to reopen schools.

According to him, the forum of Commissioners of Education of the 19 northern states are in constant contact and discussing best guidelnes on the matter.

The statement also quoted Bashir Adamu, the Chairman of the association, as saying that they visit was to enable them brief the commissioner on the joint stakeholders’ meeting.

Adamu expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations by the ministry towards ensuring safe reopening of schools in the state.
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