The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has appointed Mr Gardiya Bawa of the FCT Legal Services Secretariat as the new Solicitor-General of the FCT Administration.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Bawa succeeds Yusuf Wodi, who will retire from service on October 1, 2022. The Director, Information and Communication, FCT, Mr Muhammad Sule, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Sule said that the new appointment is contained in a letter signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, Muhammad Bashir, on behalf of the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola.
” Wodi is to proceed on his three months pre-retirement leave.
To avoid creating a vacuum in service, after he served notice of retirement, the Minister based on the recommendation of FCT Legal Services Secretariat, appointed Bawa as Solicitor-General.
” But, Bawa will assume office by October 1, 2022, when Wodi is expected to bow out of service.
” According to Sule, Bawa was born on Feb. 28, 1968, in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State.
He also said that the new Solicitor-General attended Dauda-Kwancha Primary, Donga, and Government Secondary School Takum,ser both in Taraba State.
Similarly, Sule said that Bawa also attended College of Preliminary Studies, Yola before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for a Law Degree programme in 1988. He said that Bawa was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 and had his National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) service between 1992 -1993. According to him, Bawa is a member of many professional bodies including the Nigeria Bar Association and Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, among others.
Bawa attended several local and international trainings including training at the Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA), London.
Until his appointment, Bawa was the Director, Legal Services, Land Administration Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS).
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Dr Habiba Muda Lawal, as Special Adviser to the President, Policy and Coordination.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Before retirement, Lawal had successfully supervised a team that ensured management, identification, planning and execution of projects to mitigate serious ecological challenges across the country, with commendable results.
She attended Ahmadu Bello University Zaria from 1982 to 1986 where she obtained B.
At ABU, Zaria, Lawal won the Nigerian Tobacco Company Prize for the Best Year II Student 19841985 and the Imperial Chemical Industries Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Chemistry (Second Class Upper).
She also won the Imperial Chemical Industries Prize for the Best Graduating Project 19851986. In 1991, Dr. Habiba obtained a Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from ABU, Zaria and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi (1997).
She also holds Certificate in Professional and Personal Competence in Women’s Development from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, Britain.
Lawal, who served as acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, April, 19, 2017 to Oct. 30, 2017, has resumed in her new office.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, over the demise of his elder sister, Mrs Maryamu Dimka, who died on Wednesday.
Maryamu was the wife of Late Commissioner of Police, Mr S.
K. Dimka, and survived by children including Mrs Elizabeth Rimdans, one time Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra and Bauchi states, Ms Margaret Dimka, Mr Philip Dimka, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Other surviving relations are retired Flt. Capt. of the defunct Nigeria Airways, Moses Gowon and Dauda Gowon.
The president said: “She retained right family values and moral strength.
She instilled a spirit of service in her children as seen through their philanthropic activities and an eagerness to give back to society.
” Buhari said the deceased left behind a remarkable record of service and care as a Matron in the female hostel at Ahmadu Bello University in the 60s.
He stated that the deceased would be cherished for her active participation in many social and religious organizations, including Nigerian Red Cross Society, Young Women’s Christian Association, Bible Translation, Bible Society and Horticultural Society.
The president urged Gowon and the family members she left behind to preserve her memories and legacies.
“In this tragic hour, our hearts and prayers are with you and the entire family,” he added.
The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has won the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) 2020 Institution of First Choice by admission seekers in the country.According to the university’s Bulletin issued on Monday, the award afforded the school prize money of N75 million.Prof. Sylvia Malomo, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), who collected the award on behalf of the vice-chancellor, Prof.Sulyman Abdulkareem, said this was the third consecutive time Unilorin is winning the JAMB merit award.Malomo said that the university had an additional prize on one of the five categories for the 2020 JAMB National Tertiary Admissions’ Performance-Merit Award (NATAP-M Award).“Unilorin had previously won the same award in the 2018 and 2019 editions of NATAP-M Award, adding another category, the Institution with the highest number of admitted international students in the 2019 edition,” she said.She explained that 12 other tertiary institutions, drawn from federal, states and privately owned tertiary institutions, won in various categories of the award.Malomo added that each of the five categories of the awards is worth N100 million shared in N75 million for winners, N15 million for first runner up and N10 million for the second runner up among the winning institutions.According to her, the five categories of awards and the winning institutions include 2020 Institution of First Choice, in which the Unilorin emerged as the most sought-after tertiary institution in Nigeria, with 81,659 applicants in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).“Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) ranked second with 75,446, and Bayero University, Kano (BUK), ranked third with 59,506.“Other categories included the Most National Institution in 2020 Admission, won by the Kaduna Polytechnic, with admitted candidates from across 33 states of the federation; and the 2020 Most Improved Institution in Gender Balance, won by the Federal University, Lafia, among others.“The others are Institution With Highest Number of International Students in 2020 Admission, won by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and the Most Compliant Institution In Keeping to the Guidelines in 2020 Admissions, won by Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State,” it said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Dauda Biu, as the Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), following the retirement of Mr Boboye Oyeyemi.
Oyeyemi said this when he handed over to Biu at the FRSC headquartres on Monday in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazeem on Monday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi said that Biu’s appointment took effect from July 24 and wished him a successful tenure as he assumed office.
Speaking, FRSC Board Chairman, Malam Bukhari Bello congratulated Bello on his appointment and urged him to sustain the tempo as well as ensure that he justify his appointment.
Bello said that the former Corps Marshal laid a good foundation for the corps and urged the acting corps marshal to continue where he stopped.
Biu appreciated the management of the FRSC and the presidency for the appointment and pledged to justify the appointment.
Before his appointment, Biu was the Deputy Corps Marshal, Finance and Accounts at the FRSC headquarters.
He joined the FRSC in 1988 and has had a fruitful career working across several formations.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Ahmadu Bello University and was the Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Finance and Accounts in 2014 before becoming the DCM in 2016.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former Corps Marshal, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi retired from service on Sunday, July 24.
The Albidayatu Jameelah International School, Kaduna has introduced multimedia and drama to simplify the teaching of history, thereby, making it an interesting subject for the students.
One of the history teachers in the school, Mr Fred Daniels, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Daniels, who recalled struggling with the subject in secondary school, said he never knew that history was very interesting until his undergraduate days in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied History.
“I remember asking my students the name of the person that took over from the Military Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo in 1979 and the class went silent.
“I paused and went on to ask about several other Nigeria’s past leaders, and still no response. The students were just staring at me.
“I felt very bad and disturbed because as Senior Secondary II students, they should know the past leaders of this country. I felt terribly bad,” he said.
He said that many secondary school students do not know much about the history of Nigeria because the history and past leaders were hidden in text embedded in historical books.
According to him, the teaching method is faulty, adding that teachers’ overreliance on history textbooks only leaves the students with imagination and sometimes confused.
He said that to address the challenge, he introduced images and role play to teaching history, with the full support of the school management, which encouraged Information and Communication Technology and visual learning.
“So, I came up with a solution to introduce multimedia, using visuals and role play since I know these leaders, and their pictures and videos can be found online.
“The idea was to show the students Nigerian leaders from independence to date, so that they will no longer imagine them but see them visually and how they look.
“The moment I decide on a topic to teach, I will search for pictures and videos of the key personalities, download, and use them to teach my history students.
“Suddenly, there was this fresh life that came up in my class and students became so interested in the subject that they are always looking forward to the next history class,” he said.
Another innovation, according to Daniels, was the use of drama for the students to dramatise positive historical events in Nigeria – how it was created and other events leading to independence in 1960.
Dr Mohammed Barkindo, the Secretary-General, Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is dead.
Mr Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), confirmed the development in a statement posted on his official Twitter page on Wednesday.
“We lost our esteemed Dr Mohammed S Barkindo. He died at about 11.00 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community.
“Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barkindo, who is the outgoing OPEC secretary general, was in Nigeria where he delivered the Chairman keynote address at the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference (NOG) in Abuja on Tuesday.
At his last official outing at the NOG, Barkindo was given a standing ovation by industry stakeholders for his outstanding contributions to the Nigerian and global oil and gas industry.
He had earlier in the day visited President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa where he was hailed by the president for being a “worthy ambassador to Nigeria.”
Born on April 20,1959 in Yola, Adamawa, Barkindo served as the Secretary General of OPEC since Aug. 1, 2016 and would have bowed out on July 31, 2022 following the completion of his tenure.
He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in 1981 and Masters of Business Administration degree from Washington University in 1991.
Prior to MBA, in 1988 he earned a PostGraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Oxford University.
Also, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Technology Yola.
Barkindo previously served as the acting Secretary-General in 2006 and represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Economic Commission Board from 1993 to 2008.
He also led the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during 2009 to 2010 and headed Nigeria’s technical delegation to UN climate negotiations since 1991.
Barkindo will be replaced by Mr Haitham Al-Ghais, a veteran of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), as the organisation’s Secretary-General following his demise.
In a tribute to Barkindo on his contributions to the global energy industry, OPEC said he was instrumental in expanding the organisation’s historical efforts to support sustainable oil market stability.
“This was through enhanced dialogue and cooperation with many energy stakeholders, including the landmark Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) since its inception in December 2016.
“These efforts are widely cr
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Hajiya Saratu Umar as Executive Executive Officer of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) for fresh term of five years.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s media aide, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Umar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University and an MBA in Finance and Banking.
”She is trained locally and internationally in all core aspects of her career, as well as in leadership, strategy, general management, risk management and corporate governance.
”Saratu Umar is a technocrat, reformer, strategist, economist, investment promotion expert, export development specialist, with experience in banking and finance, investment and consulting segments of the public and private sectors of Nigeria,” the statement added.
Prof. Muhammed Ishiyaku, Executive Director, Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, says the Pod Borer-Resistant (PBR) Cowpea variety remains one of best produced under scientific research.
Ishiyaku, one of the researchers that developed PBR Cowpea, stated this on Thursday in Kano at a media briefing to commemorate one year of its discovery.
PBR Cowpea is a new genetically modified cowpea, with resistant to pod-borers, a ravaging pest, also known as maruca vitrata.
The new cowpea variety was developed by scientists at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in collaboration with various partners under the coordination of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation.
Ishiyaku said the variety which has been in use by the Nigerian farmers for one year, is more effective in terms of yield production.
He said the cost of production of the variety, was highly reduced, stressing it is resistant to insects and easy to produce.
“The variety is doing wonderful on the farm with two spreads of insecticides during the production process.
“The rumour making the rounds by some people, that it is harmful to human life, is baseless and untrue; those people can be described as novice to the variety.
“Some farmers who have used the variety on their farms testified about the effectiveness of the PBR Cowpea.
“Let me at this point advice Nigerian farmers to disregard the rumour, instead adopt the use of the variety on their farms, and they will be amazed how it will boost their production.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PBR Cowpea is one of the most damaging insect pests limiting cowpea production and reducing its size and quality.
Authorities of Mkpat Enin Local Government Council, has urged Akwa Ibom people to ensure they registered to vote in the forthcoming general elections.
Mrs Mercy Bassey, Acting Chairman of the Council, advised those who had not registered, to do so before the window of registration is shut by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Bassey made the call on Thursday, when the executives and members of Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association, Akwa Ibom Branch, paid her a courtesy visit at the council’s secretariat in Mkpat Enin.
The council boss also appealed to those who had registered, but had not collected their Permanent Voter Cards, (PVCs), to follow INEC’s update method of collection in their areas.
She said it became necessary to encourage eligible voters to collect their PVCs ahead of the 2023 General Elections to participate in the electoral processes and vote candidates of their choice.
Bassey, an alumnus of ABU, appealed to the association to get involved in creating awareness for people to be politically equipped through the possession of their PVCs.
“I will plead that we go out as agents, to encourage people in our places of worship, families and everywhere, to register and get their PVCs, because it is not the Holy Ghost fire that will settle this matter, but our PVCs.
“What we witnessed during the conduct of party primaries was a sharp departure from the old ways of doing things. It is a pointer to a new era in our political dispensation,” she said.
Earlier in his remarks, chairman of the alumni in Akwa Ibom, Mr Dominic Akpan, said that they were on the visit in solidarity with the acting chairman.
Akpan lauded the achievements of the acting chairman within a short period of time.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of coconut seedlings to the acting chairman as a memorial of the alumni’s visit, and facility tour of the council secretariat. (