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Gambari: U.S.-based group lauds Buhari, congratulates Nigerians

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U.S.-based Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, as his Chief of Staff. 


In a statement signed by its President, Mr Solomon Bakare, on Monday, OAN said Gambari was the man for the job, given his “superb administrative, organisational, diplomatic and leadership skills”.

The body congratulated Nigerians for the appointment, which it said came at a time the president needed such competent hands to actualise his vision for the country.

“We have no iota of doubt that Gambari is equal to the Herculean tasks ahead.

“We are confident that he will give the president his complete loyalty, wise counsel and good guidance.

“He will bring his native wisdom and superb administrative, organisational, diplomatic and leadership skills to bear on the running of the Federal Government of Nigeria,” it said.

OAN is the lead coordinator of the Nigeria Independence Day Celebration in New York City, the largest platform for Nigerians in the Diaspora for showcasing their culture and national pride.

The group recalled the support of Gambari to the Nigerian community while serving as the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations between 1990 and 1999.

“Our organisation benefited immensely from his guidance and unparallel love and passion for Nigeria.  

“In fact, there is no way we can talk about the success of the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York City without mentioning Gambari’s name.

“It was he who advised us to move the annual celebration of Nigeria from its original route in Harlem to Second Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, where the Nigerian House is located, to make it one of the most prominent annual ethnic parades in New York City. 

“Gambari backed his wise counsel up with moral support, enlisting the participation of his influential friends in the Nigerian Community, including Amb. Aminu Wali, to ensure the continued success of the annual parade. 

“Today, it has grown to an annual carnival that gives Nigerians in the United States, the platform to showcase our cultural pride and accomplishments,” it stated.

“We respectfully advise him to discharge his duties to our president and our country with truth, honor, loyalty, fairness, compassion, and uncommon courage,” it added.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye (NAN)

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Politics

Edo electorate hail INEC, security agencies

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A cross-section of voters in Saturday’s governorship election in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.


The people also lauded the security operatives deployed in the area for demonstrating maturity and professionalism during the exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that INEC ensured timely distribution of electoral materials, followed by accrediction and voting in the area.

Mr Matthew Iduoriyenkenwen, the former state Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission, who voted at Umelu Primary School Ward 5, comprising Units 26 and 27, said that materials arrived early in the area.

Iduoriyenkenwen also said that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously on schedule and in an orderly manner in Unit 27.

He said that although materials arrived late at Unit 26, the development did affect the peaceful conduct of the exercise in the area.

Mr Amadi Osayande, a former Controller of Edo Correctional Centre, described INEC’s performance at the poll as impressive.

Osayande also said that the exercise was peaceful and orderly at Oka Market, Ward 8, Unit 37, where he voted.

Mr Martins Evbuomwan, who voted at Abico Market, Ward 7 with Units 1 to 13, also lauded the peaceful conduct of the exercise in the area.

The situation was also the same at Ivbeiye-nvea Primary School, Ward 5, Units 1 to 17 and St. Marria Goretti Secondary School, Ward 6, 13 to 18.

Mrs Esohe Aihamoje said that materials arrived early and that accreditation and voting commenced on schedule.

NAN reports that operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Corps and police were seen in all the polling units visited.

However, in Uhunmwode LGA, there were cases of card reader failure during accreditation in some of the polling units visited.

Although INEC officials and materials arrived early at Oke-Orhue, Ward 4, Units 3, the card reader for Unit 3 could not function during accreditation.

However, the malfunctioning card reader was later replaced and accreditation and voting commenced at about 11: 35 am.

A voter, Mr Reymond Oshogbe, expressed delight over the timely replacement of the faulty card reader, adding that the process was calm and peaceful.

At Ehor, Ward 1, the headquarters of Uhumwode LGA, the electoral process was also peaceful with large turnout of voters.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Sam Oditah
Source: NAN

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Edo poll: Gov. Wike commends INEC, security agencies for peaceful conduct

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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Saturday commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of Edo governorship election.


Wike made the commendation while addressing journalists at Government House, Benin.

He said: “For now I don’t have power to announce results, but from the reports we are getting so far from the field, I think we are happy.

“I want to commend INEC so far for making sure that people voted in different polling units.

“I will also commend the security agencies so far for making sure that there was no much violence and if that continues I think it’s progress.

“Election is a process, the collation has not be done; it’s after the collation we can now give final conclusion of our appraisal.

“So far, I can say they ‘ve done well.

“What we are saying is that they should maintain what has happened and INEC should make sure that nobody tries to change the will of the people; that is what we are saying.

“If it’s the All Progressive Congress (APC) that wins, let it be so. If  it’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that wins, let it be so.

I think we are very happy with what we have now. I think we have over 2, 000 polling units results now.

“I think we are very happy and if it continues this way this election will be one of the best elections we will have had in Nigeria.

“It’s not just about voting. After voting, votes are counted and then you go for collation.

“This is the critical period and they should protect their collation centers wether at the ward level, local government level or state level so that everybody who has voted will be happy that there will must prevail.”

On the alleged sieged laid on him by over 300 policemen in his hotel room in Benin on Friday, he said the episode was now history.

“What happened yesterday has happened; you have seen me now, I have not left Edo,” he added

Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN

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Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation

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As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.


The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.

Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.

Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.

“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”

In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.

He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.

“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.

‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.

Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.

Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.

“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.

“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.

“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.

“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).

“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.

Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.

“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said

According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.

Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.

Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.

It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers

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The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, on Saturday announced the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Reuben Kolo and other principal Officers.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Kolo becomes the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the 15-year old faith-based University owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission, West and Central Africa (WECA).

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Layi Olajumoke, has it that two other principal officers were ratified by the institution’s Senate.

Mr Moses Itauma becomes the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo was appointed the institution’s Bursar.

“The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, announced that the University’s Board of Trustees and the Governing Council have approved the appointment of Prof Reuben Kolo as the next Vice-Chancellor.

“Also, Mr Moses Itauma as the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo as the institution’s Bursar,” he said.

Olajumoke added: “Prof Kolo is from the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, which is from the larger School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, SAAT, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.

“Prof Kolo was born in Doko, Lavun Local Government, Niger State in 1962. He obtained his first degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University( ABU), Zaria in Zoology in 1987.

“He bagged his second degree, M.Sc, Hydrobiology and Fisheries from the University of Ibadan. He completed his doctoral studies in FUT, Minna in the same discipline in 1996.

Prof. Kolo joined the service of FUT, Minna on July 11, 1990 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, SAAT.

“He became a Professor of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology in October, 2010.

Olajumoke said that Kolo had held many positions of responsibilities in the span of engagement in FUT, Minna.

“He was designated the Dean of his Faculty, the SAAT from 2015 to 2019. He was also the Deputy Dean of the institution’s Postgraduate School between 2012 and 2013.

“He also headed specialised departments, centres, committees and special projects. He is a revered member of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, National Association of Fish Farmers and Aquaculturists and the Fisheries Society of Nigeria among others.

“He is widely published and listened to in specialised journals and conferences.

`|The appointment is for a non-renewable duration of five years and will commence from Monday, Oct. 5, 2020,” he said.

Olajumoke also said that the university had recorded another milestone with the addition of another college to the other two existing colleges; College of Arts and Communication Studies.

“The Crawford University’s management got the approval of the Governing Council for a College of Arts and Communication Studies.

“The creation marks its third college after the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS), and College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS).

“Dr. Jonathan Amuno, the erstwhile Director of Academic Planning has been approved to serve as the new college’s Acting Dean,” he said.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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