Most Reverend Oliver Abba has been elected as the new Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, taking over from the outgoing Prelate, Dr. Samuel Kanu-Uche.The outgoing Prelate, Samuel Kanu-Uche, made this known during a media briefing on Monday in Abuja.The briefing marked the end of the church’s 48th and 13th Biennial Conference with the theme “Prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ” which was presided over by the outgoing Prelate.Until his election, Abba was the Archbishop of Benue and had been in the service of the church for over 30 years.He would be succeeding Uche Kanu, who would be retiring in November 2022, having served the church for over 45 years.In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Abba said he would continue on the foundation Uche – Kanu had led.“We will continue to strengthen the existing four-point agenda and also at this point going to look at the other issues that affect the church and as a nation.” This issue of corruption is almost everywhere and we have to fight it.” I also think the church has to fight corruption much more than the secular society and we are hoping we are going to sanitize the church.”He said that when members are properly brought up in their moral standard, the society will be a happy one.”And so the church has much to do and enable a new crop of leadership”.“I want to assure you that we are going to do our best by the grace of God in order to consolidate our efforts and the existing efforts of our fathers.” Our father had done wonderfully well, he has been able to carry us and as a father, he had let us into righteousness and that we became.” The church is not like the secular society where a new organization will come in and they abandon projects.”Our own may not be like that, we will work on existing one and add new designs to it so that we can be richer than before,”he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Mr Robert Obi, Cross River Chairman, IPMAN, made the threat on Friday in Calabar in an interview with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that if the police arrest its leaders in the zone it would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN and his depots and units chairmen.
Obi frowned at the alleged illegal moves by the police authorities and some he described as “disgruntled elements” to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and allegedly hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association.
“We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River Command of the Nigeria Police has said it is not in position to react to the allegation.
The Nigerian Army has trained 106 Cadet Officers of the 69 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in mechanised operations to address the country’s security challenges.
The Commandant, NDA, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said this during the closing ceremony of the training at Victor Kure Armoured Range in Bauchi on Thursday.
Yusuf said the week-long training tagged: “Exercise Battle Crime,” was to expose them to various mechanised operations in tackling insecurity.
“This exercise here today is the final phase of mechanised operations which is the phase four of the cadets.
“The objective of the exercise is to expose the cadets to mechanised operations in order to prepare them in dealing with the current security threats,” he said.
Yusuf said that the cadets would be graduating from the Academy in October, adding that there were seven female officers among them.
He said that the training was in collaboration with the Armoured Corps, the Corps of Artillery and the Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force.
Yusuf said before the training, the Cadets were at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, where they participated in an assault river crossing operations across River Benue.
He added that they moved from there to the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Jos, Plateau State, where they went through the adventure phase of their training.
He commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for his resolve in making the training possible.
“All these couldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming support from the Chief of Army Staff.
All the tanks, the Artillery guns that took part in this operation were courtesy of the CAOS.
“We appreciate the Army Headquarters for this outstanding support and I also want to appreciate the Chief of Air Staff that has authorised the Air Force to provide close air support during this phase of the operation,” he said.
Also speaking, the Commander, Armoured Corps, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Idris, disclosed that it was the first time the NDA Cadets would be coming to Bauchi State for this kind of training.
Idris noted that the training was apt due to the security challenge in the country.
“This is because when you are giving training to Cadets that are going to become officers who will be leading men to war, it is ideal to expose them to this kind of exercise,” he said.
Also, one of the trainees, Officer Cadet Maryam Wawu, described the training as an eye opener.
Wawu said it had broadened their knowledge on how effective the Nigerian Army could be in tackling insecurity.
She also said the training had strengthened synergy between the combat arms, Combat Service Support Arms and sister services, especially the Nigerian Air Force.
The United Nations Women (UN Women) has established a ‘HeForShe’ Network, a campaign platform for men and boys to promote gender equality and women empowerment in Kaduna State.
The UN Women’s Programme Specialist, Mr Peter Mancha, who disclosed this at a one-day workshop for members of the network in Kaduna on Thursday, said that men need to work with women to achieve gender equality.
Mancha said that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign in collaboration with the Ministry for Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD) was designed to mobilise men and boys to support gender equality in the state.
Mancha explained that the ‘HeForShe’ was a solidarity movement that would provide a systematic approach and platform on which men and boys serve as change agents toward the achievement of gender equality.
According to him, the ‘HeForShe’ campaign, initiated by the United Nations in 2014, is key to the realisation of gender equality in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The ‘HeForShe’ campaign was officially launched in Nigeria on May 23, 2017, by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from UN Women.
“The campaign was subsequently inaugurated in 12 States across the country and will be inaugurated in Kaduna state very soon as the 13th state.
” He said that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign was under the Women Peace and Security in Nigeria, Phase II project, 2022 to 2024 in six states, with Kaduna and Plateau as primary benefiting states.
Mancha identified the secondary states as Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue.
He explained that the workshop was for the participants to understand gender equality and how they can contribute to peace and security He added that members of the network would develop a workplan and establish a coordinating structure to guide implementation of the work plan and activities of the network.
The programme commended Kaduna State Government for including a reasonable number of women in decision making positions in the state civil service and political offices.
Hajiya Hafsat Baba, the state Commissioner, MHSSD, said that women currently constitute 60 per cent of the State Executive Council.
Baba pointed out that achieving gender equality requires an inclusive approach that both recognises men and boys as partners for the push for women’s rights.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the network were drawn from government agencies, traditional and religious leaders, security agencies, civil society organisations and gender advocates.
The Prelate Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Samuel Kanu-Uche, has urged Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic, and religious affiliations to work together in peace and unity for the progress of the country.
The Prelate gave the advice at the church’s 48th and 13th biennial conference, with theme “Prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ’’ being hosted by the arch diocese of Benue in Abuja.
He said the challenges facing the country could even be better solved if Nigerians, Muslims and Christians, pray and work together, adding that people of all faiths need to work for the sake of humanity.
“We need to work together for unity and peace of the country.
“We are to understand one another with love and respect, as our various religions teaches love and peace.
“We have serious security issues confronting us, we cannot be trading blames; we have a lot to do to curb this.
“What Nigeria is experiencing are signs of what has been recorded in the Bible for the second coming, we should be vigilant and ready, pray and be alert,’’ the prelate said.
He urged government to ensure fairness equity, justice and rule of law in the nation “ Let there be peace, unity tolerance and let there not be dominance by any tribe or religion, because if there is, there will be resistance and there will be reactions, resulting to problems,’’ Kanu-Uche said.
For the forthcoming elections, the Prelate advised Nigerians to vote for integrity and not party, stressing “doing this will protect our future and that of the children and those yet unborn.
’’ He said that the conference was his last as his successor would be elected before his exit in November and thanked God for sustenance all through his tenure.
Deputy Gov of Benue, Benson Abounu,the Methodist Prelate,Kanu-Uche and his wife.
In his address at the occasion, Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, prayed for unity and peace in Nigeria.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, declared the conference open and urged the clergy and laity to pray for a return of peace in the country.
He said that there was need for leaders to be sensitive to things that worry the masses.
”Show sensitivity as far as our ethnic and tribal leanings are concerned, sensitivity as far as our religions and interest are concerned.
“Also, as far as our social engagements are concerned and our social cultural issues and interest are to be taken into consideration.
“No religion should have dominion over another; no ethnic group should have dominion over others.
” No social class should have dominion over the other as Nigeria belongs to everyone.
“Any choice anyone is making, he or she should put into consideration the aforementioned,’’ Kanu-Uche said.
He advised the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to fashion out a new leadership structure where all Christians could come together as one in order for Christians to have one voice.
Also, the President of CAN, Rev Daniel Okoh, represented by Apostle Abiodun Sanyaolu, Assistant Secretary General of the Christian Council of Nigeria, commended the prelate for his support to the church and association.
He advised the church to be prayerful and steadfast as the siege was on, adding that the church needs to march forth.
The CAN president said that only prayers and commitment were the solution to challenges being faced in the country.
In his address, the former Senate President, David Mark, advised Nigerians and the church to continue to pray for peace in the country.
“These conference will preach peace to Nigeria and ensure there is peace, I am sure all religion preaches peace and none preaches violence.
”As Christians and Moslems, we are the two major faiths and we need to do what pleases God and would develop our nation,’’ he said.
Most Rev Joseph Job, the Methodist Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, urged Christians to prepare their minds on issues bordering the nation, through prayers He advised that as the general elections draws near, it was the duty of all Nigerians to first create an enabling environment to enable the elections, which would be achieved through prayers.
Also the Archbishop, Archdiocese of Benue, Most Rev. Oliver Aba, said the conference was aimed at discussing the growth of the church and the nation.
“ We pray for Nigeria, the church we must work as a team to achieve these, as our generations yet unborn will ask what we did to salvage the country from collapsing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Archbishops of Methodist Churches in some West African countries including Ghana, Togo and Mali were in attendance at the conference to felicitate with the church and
The UN Development Programme has commended Nigerian Government’s efforts in promoting climate resilience agriculture and enhancing food security.
This was the thrust at the Close-Out Event of the Resilient Food Security Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) project in Abuja on Thursday.
UNDP Deputy Resident Coordinator, Mr Lealem Dinku, said the GEF project had laid the foundation for climate change response in the country through the development of national food security policy and institutional structures.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 5-year project was implemented in seven states of Adamawa, Gombe, Nasarawa, Benue, Jigawa, Kano and Katsina.
Dinku noted that with sustainability, recurring food security situations would be addressed in a transformative manner for capacity of women, communities and institutions in the country.
He said the impact of climate change was widespread and felt through persistent droughts, extreme heat, flooding and erratic rain patterns, among others.
“Under this project, great results have been achieved so-far in tackling food insecurity in Nigeria.
More than 90,000 direct jobs and 800,000 indirect jobs has been created through various livelihood and income generating activities.
“Moreover, more than 50,000 women have been empowered through the project’s climate-smart agriculture and livelihood interventions with both on-farm and off-farm income generating activities.
“And through the land restoration efforts, over 100 hectares of degraded and soil erosion land has been restored,” he said.
Representative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Iyabo Mustapha, said climate change had impacted food systems in the country in immeasurable measure.
Mustapha said through the GEF project, the capacity of smallholder farmers was built on climate resilience agriculture, saying this had also promoted food security in the country.
While commending the UNDP on the partnership, Mustapha stressed the need for benefiting states to sustain successes recorded.
Mr Mohammed Tukur, GEF National Project Coordinator, said the Resilient Food Security Programme had proven to be very effective in boosting the adaptability of small-holder farmers in managing climate change.
He said the project had lifted many people out of poverty and ensured food security, linking successes to lessons from the Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) theme.
“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is appreciative of the ongoing support and dedication of all the RFS partners and state project teams as they collaborate with local communities to take action against land degradation and face long-term solutions to food security in Nigeria,’’ Tukur said.
Hajiya Salamatu Garba, Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network, said the project had reflected that, with climate-resilience programmes and policies, Nigeria could meet its food security targets sustainably.
According to her, there is need for sustaining the gains of the programme through community ownership.
Garba also said implementing agencies ought to sustain the gender aspects of the project, saying women empowerment means all-round development.
“We must think of how to manage scalability and sustainability of the project, there is need for extension workers to hand them over to peer leaders and communities,’’ she said.
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Makurdi on Thursday remanded three farmers at the Correctional Service Centre, Makurdi for allegedly trading in dangerous weapons and terrorising Benue people.
The farmers, Terhide Iordye, Emmanuel Kuhwa and Titus Ikyor who are of various addresses in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue, were charged with criminal conspiracy, acts of terrorism and being in possession of offensive weapons.
Chief Magistrate Vincent Kor did not take the plea of the suspects for want of jurisdiction.
Kor adjourned the matter until Sept. 13, for further mention.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Godwin Ato, told the court that on July 4, the case was received at the State CID, Makurdi through signal from Operation Zenda Joint Task Force led by Insp. Shimave Ukooli.
He said the team reported that on July 4, they intercepted a syndicate of illicit arms and ammunition dealer in a commercial bus at Ugbema Junction while on stop and search duty at Durah Bridge along road in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue.
“They reported further that when they stopped the bus and searched the passengers, they found Iordye in possession of a cache of 180 rounds of 7.62×39mm live ammunition of AK-47 rifle wrapped in packets.
“Further investigation led to the arrest of the other two suspects who were also in possession of 120 rounds of ammunition which they planned to sell to a gang of unknown gunmen terrorising Benue and environs,’’ Ato said.
He added that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 6(b) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004. The offence also contravened Section, 4(2) of the abduction, hostage-taking, kidnapping and similar activities prohibition laws of Benue, 2017 and 3(1) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms act, 2004, he said.
Cross River Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) on Wednesday in Calabar, began step down training programme for 30 extention agents on new approach to agriculture.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new approach, Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (SHEP), is designed to change the orientation of farmers to farming.
The Cross River’s Director for Agricultural Extension Services, Mr Nathaniel Nkor who flagged off the programme, said the approach tended to shift emphasis from consumption to marketing aspect of agriculture.
He said that the approach was aimed at generating income for farmers as well as employment creation.
“This approach will take us from where we were to a new level.
It will add wealth to the income of farmers and also enhance production.
“In essence, the approach changes farmers’ mindset from farming for consumption to farming to make profit,” he said.
Nkor who said he would work to see to the success of the project, however, noted that farmers in the state must be ready to embrace the change.
Earlier in his address, the Programme Manager, Cross River ADP, Mr Bassey Etim, said the theme of the project, “Grow and Sell” to “Grow to Sell” was also aimed at improving farmers’ farming skills.
Etim stressed that the extention agents were carefully selected from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said that the training which would end on Friday was meant to sufficiently equipp the agents who would in turn pass the knowledge to the farmers.
“This programme must be taken seriously because it wasn’t an easy ride for us to be here.
“Cross Riverx is fortunate to be chosen among 12 competitive states that were further reduced to six states in the second phase of the this programme,” he said.
The ADP programme manager listed the six participating states to include: Cross River, Ogun, Kebbi, Gombe, Anambra and Benue.
Etim said the SHEP project was developed by Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA) and supported by the Federal Government.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue, Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia has expressed concern over the destruction of his campaign office by thugs in Gboko.
He however called for brotherliness and issue-driven campaigns in the state.
Alia said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Isaac Uzaan on Tuesday in Abuja.
He urged people of the state to focus on new ideas that would transform Benue and make life better for the people.
The governorship candidate who was in Gboko to assess the level of damage to the campaign office, said people should not resort to extremism in their political beliefs.
“We only have differences in ideologies and our differences must not take us to extremism.
“Let’s do politics with a difference.
We still share the same blood and we are still making the struggle for the betterment of the state.
“Therefore, we cannot set out to destroy the other group, to destroy people’s lives, to destroy people’s property.
“This should not ever be permitted at all.
We are not supposed to do politics of calumny, politics of destruction,” he added.
Alia called on stakeholders and elders across party lines to be progressive minded and engage the youths in healthy activities that will significantly benefit their lives and that of people around them.
He appealed to the youth to shun any politician who will use them for destructive purposes.
“It is my appeal to the youth to be more reasonable, more calculative and more thoughtful about their own lives, and what they can contribute to the state and not what they can destroy in the state,” he added.
The APC governorship candidate said his focus was to address the myriad of challenges in the state.
“I’m a bridge builder.
I’m coming as someone who is going to make a difference.
This is politics of yesterday, we cannot continue like this.
“We need to do something that can put us in a new pedestal.
We need to be going ahead.
We are a new generation, new thinking, new ideologies and we must have new plans in place,” Alia said.
Earlier, the state APC Woman Leader, Mrs Esther Inenger, who donated the campaign office, said the thugs destroyed billboards and carted away chairs, tables and some valuables from the office.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudiness and thunderstorms from Wednesday to Friday across the nation.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja predicted cloudy atmosphere over Northern region on Wednesday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa and Gombe state during the morning hours.
According to it, thunderstorms are anticipated over Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Bauchi, Zamfara, Borno, Taraba, Kano and Jigawa state later in the day.
“ Cloudy morning is anticipated over the North central region with chances of morning rains over parts of Niger state.
“ There are prospects of rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Kwara, Nasarawa and Niger states during the afternoon and evening hours, “ it said.
The agency forecast cloudy atmosphere over the inland and coastal cities of the South with prospects of morning rains over Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom state.
It anticipated moderate rains over parts of Imo, Edo, Abia, Ogun, Ebonyi, Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Cross River state later in the day.
NiMet envisaged cloudy atmosphere over the Northern region on Wednesday during the morning hours.
It further envisaged thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kano, Kebbi, Zamfara, Yobe and Kaduna State during the afternoon and evening hours.
The agency predicted the North central region to be cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara and Nasarawa state in the morning hours.
It anticipated prospects of thunderstorms over Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Niger and Nasarawa later of the day.
According to it, cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland and coastal cities of the South in the morning with chances of light rains over parts of Cross River and Akwa Ibom state in the morning hours.
It forecast light rains over parts of Imo, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi, Rivers, Cross rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta states later in the day.
“For Thursday, Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Kaduna, Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto state during the morning hours.
“ Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe and Kaduna states.
“ The North central region is expected to be cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kwara state in the morning hours, “ it said.
According to it, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue states later in the afternoon and evening hours.
The agency anticipated the inland and the coastal cities of the South to be cloudy with prospects of morning rains over parts of Cross River and Akwa Ibom state.
It forecast light rains over parts of Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers, Cross rivers, Akwa ibom and Delta state during the afternoon and evening period.
According to it, there are prospects of intermittent rains accompanied with thunder and strong winds over the North and North central parts of the country which may give rise to floods.
The agency advised the citizens living in the northern region to take necessary precautions.
The agency equally advised emergency management agencies to be at alert.
“Airline operators are advised to get updated weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations, “ it said.