Gov. Ikpeazu swears in new Permanent Secretary
By Ihechinyere Uwom
Umuahia, Dec. 31, 2018 (NNN) Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has sworn-in Mrs Onyinyechi Nwachukwu, as a Permanent Secretary in the state Civil Service.
The ceremony took place at the Government House, Umuahia on Monday.
Speaking at the event Ikpeazu described the civil service as the engine room of government policies which play great role actualisation of good governance.
He said civil servants, especially permanent secretaries, play great role in the formulation and implementation of government policies.
“Whether we do well or not depends on the ability of civil service to interpret properly and accurately the ideals and vision of the State Government as well as implement same as expeditiously as possible.
“Resources are scarce, so prudent management of resources is part of strategies you will need to utilise,” Ikpeazu said.
He said one of the core objectives of the present administration is to serve the people of the state and ensure their interests is protected.
Ikpeazu said he was confident the new permanent secretary would live up to expectations.
Responding, Nwachukwu, appreciated the state government for giving her the opportunity to serve the people of the state.
She assured that she would discharge her duties without fear or favour.(NNN)
FRCN donates food items to Kwara leprosy home for new year
By AbdulFatai Beki
OkeIgbala (Kwara), Dec. 31, 2018 (NNN) The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Harmony FM ldofian in Kwara, on Monday donated food items to OkeIgbala Leprosy Home, near Omuaran in Irepodun Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Presenting the items, the General Manager of Harmony FM, Alhaji Mualim Olanrewaju, represented by the Head of News and Current Affairs, Hajia Rashidat lliasu, said the gesture was aimed at assisting the less privileged in the society.
He said the decision to donate to the home was to give them sense of belonging to the inmates as well as celebrate with them during the yuletide.
Receiving the items, the Officer in Charge of the home, Mr Julius Fabunmi, thanked the corporation for the gesture, saying that five of the inmates recently died of hunger.
He decried neglect by governments in the state.
Fabunmi said over 75 inmates of the home, including children and aged survive by soliciting alms from residents in Omuaran and surrounding towns and villages.
“The inmates usually go to neighbouring towns to beg for alms for the upkeep of their children and other necessities of life,” Fabunmi said.
He, however, appealed to the State Government and well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the home with food and cash donation to make life meaningful to them.
He said some of the inmates had been completely treated, but refused to go back home for fear of stigma.
The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Taibat Ahmed, however denied the allegation of neglect, saying that the ministry recently donated food items to the home.
She promised to meet with Gov. Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed, on the possibility of giving monthly subvention to the home to cater for the needs of the inmates.
“Gov. AbdulFatah Ahmed is a listening person, am very optimistic that he will surely approve measures to improve the wellbeing of the inmates,” she assured.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NNN) reports that the items, which were donated by the staff of the FRCN News and Current Affairs Department, included tubers of yam, bags of semovita, rice, groundnut oil, macaroni and other assorted materials.(NNN)
Edited by Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Enugu, Dec. 31, 2018 (NNN) Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has urged Nigerians to pray for the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Ugwuanyi said this in his New Year’s message to Nigerians and residents of the state.
The governor thanked God for leading Nigerians and residents of the state through a successful year into 2019.
The governor also thanked the residents for their unceasing prayers, goodwill, solidarity and support.
He reassured them of his ultimate resolve to continue to serve them selflessly with the fear of God and to sustain the tempo of peace and good governance in the state.
Ugwuanyi said that the New Year offered a greater hope for all who anchored their faith and trust in God.
He appealed to well meaning Nigerians to take advantage of the religious event during the period to offer special supplications for a peaceful, credible and violence-free general elections.
Ugwuanyi felicitated with Nigerians and wished them a prosperous New Year and urged them to continue to dedicate their lives to the service of God and advancement of peace, unity and love. (NNN)
Edited by Fela Fashoro/Maureen Atuonwu
By Modupe Adeloye
Ibadan, Dec. 31, 2018 (NNN) Dr Samson Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), says pastors must live by examples if they must continue to be the agents of God in the lives of the people.
Ayokunle gave the charge in his New Year message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Ibadan on Monday.
“ It is compulsory for the church through the ministers of God to serve as watchmen over the country, Nigeria.
“ Priests and pastors must continue to be the agents of God in the lives of the people by showing them the right way to go, leading by examples,’’ he said.
The New Year message was entitled “ The Faith to Cross Your Jordan.’’
Ayokunle, who is also the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, further urged Nigerians to sanctify themselves in the new year.
“ Sanctify yourself in the New Year. If you don’t sanctify yourself you will not be ready for God’s miraculous deeds because God is a holy God.
“ If you want God to have a relationship with you, you need to make yourself ready, sanctify yourself.
“ You need sanctification, you need to stop a life of sin, you need to stop a life of manipulation, you need to run away from unrighteousness because it will not last and you need to stop every form of waywardness.
“ Therefore, the Lord God who is the author of your success and miracles in 2019 is a holy God.
“ Nothing can hinder you except yourself. I enjoin all Nigerians to make ourselves ready for God’s miracle,’’ he said.
The message further reads in part: “ You must step out with your plans in 2019 as if there is no Jordan to cross. You need to plan every month and step out from the first day of 2019.
“ In the book of Joshua 3, Moses rose up early In the morning with the children of Israel and moved towards Jordan.
“ He did not pretend as if Jordan was not there but he didn’t attach significance to Jordan. He saw Jordan as a distraction that cannot prevent them from accomplishing the purpose of reaching the promised land.
“ He rather trusted the promise of God for the children of Israel to reach the promised land than fear Jordan. Match on by faith in the year 2019.
“ Put the name of the lord before you. Allow God to direct every step you are going to take. If God has not spoken do not take the step.
“ The ark of the covenant of the lord that went before the people of Israel was what God used in paving the way for his people.
“ The ark was the symbol of God’s presence. God created Jordan, therefore, it must obey. It will be good this year for you to acknowledge the supremacy of the lord in everything you are going to do. He will make everyday work in your favour for he owns the days.
“ Remember the Bible says if Paul plants and Apollo waters and God does not give increase everything is vanity. I want you to learn a lesson from the sons of the prophet in 2Kings 6:3, they told Elisha to follow them.
“ The presence of Elisha is like the God of Israel going with them. Therefore, remember the name of the lord in everything.
“ It was the presence of God which Moses desired and the presence went with him that helped him through thick and thin in leading the people of Israel. You need God now than ever before.
“ Confront your Jordan. All those things that you are afraid of, confront them this New Year. Instead of being intimidated in 2019, intimidate everything that is intimidating you. God will clear the bad wagons in your presence.
“ Cultivate the habit of obedience. Obedience is second to none in getting to where you are going. Moses was the one God sent to guide the people on how to cross the red sea, but for Jordan God sent Joshua.
“ I urge all Nigerians to obey God because without obedience we cannot eat the good of this land. Jordan requires adhered, uncompromised obedience for you to crossover.
“ Have faith that with God all things are possible. God is greater than all your troubles, fears, and all the enemies that may gather against you. God can move any mountain anyhow. With God all things are possible.
“ Nigeria shall witness abundance, Nigeria shall witness greatness and you shall partake in Jesus Name. I wish you all a prosperous New Year, God bless Nigeria.’’(NNN)
(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)
Niger: Rekindled fire razes boutique shop in Minna’s Kure market
By Mercy Osajiugo
Minna, Jan. 4, 2019 (NNN) Another fire outbreak on Friday engulfed Authentic Boutique at One Nigeria Line in Kure Modern Market, Minna, barely one hour after the initial fire was extinguished Niger State Fire Service.
Nnamdi Njoku, who spoke on behalf of the shop owner, Chima Njoku, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that they lost everything as he met only debris smoldering in the shop on arrival.
He said he did not know the cause of the second fire which razed all the goods in his brother’s twin shop as the shop was intact earlier during the first fire.
Njoku said that he would not attribute the fire to electrical fault because the entire market had been without power for three days.
“It is a huge loss we have incurred here as you can see, we lost all our goods to the inferno.
“It is only our boutique shop that got burnt in the second fire outbreak located at One Nigeria Line at the Kure Market.
“The goods that we lost runs into millions of naira because my brother’s goods just arrived from China for the Christmas and New Year sales.
“We really have not exhausted our stock before this casualty happened and it is going to really incapacitate us,’’ he said.
Njoku, who commended the Niger State Fire Service, said that for their timely arrival, more shops aside his brother’s would have been engulfed in the inferno.
Similarly, Mrs Eugenia Umejiego of Warehouse Line, was seen evacuating her goods from her shop, saying she was uncertain of what could happen thereafter.
“I am painstaking in evacuating my goods using manual labour to save my goods which are in millions as you can see this shop is loaded with bags of rice, wheat, semovita, semolina and other goods.
“Many have long removed their goods for fear of the unknown, though it is costly to have all my goods repacked to a safer place, I feel it is better and safer than lose all,’’ she said.
Umejiego said that if the fire could rekindle and engulf another shop after the Niger State Fire Service had extinguish it, anything could happen after, especially in the harmattan season.
Also speaking, Mr Abubakar Abudullahi, a Fireman with the Niger State Fire Service, said the second fire was as a result of combustible material in the burnt shop of Mr Chima Njoku.
Abdullahi said that if they had fire engine, it could have been easier to manage the fire that spread to many other shops.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that security was beefed up at the Kure Modern Market as scavengers and touts were parading to take advantage of the situation.
NNN also reports that economic activities were at its lowest ebb as many shop owners locked up their shops for fear of the unknown while many were seen in clusters discussing the unfortunate incident.(NNN)
Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam/Wale Ojetimi
By Egbogota Clara
Lagos, Jan. 5, 2019 (NNN)The Chief Missioner of Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT, Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has enjoined Nigerians to join hands with government on nation building.
Onike made the call on Saturday when the leadership of NASFAT to Professor Nurudeen Adedipe, the pioneer Pro-Chancellor of Fountain University Osogbo, Osun, in his Ikorodu home.
Onike said the project of nation building was a joint responsibility of all the citizenry, which should not be left for the government alone.
”We should take part in making our country great, we should assist the government in taking Nigeria to the next level,” he said.
The President of Nasfat, Engr. Kamil Bolarinwa, also urged Nigerians to look forward to participating in the forthcoming elections in a peaceful manner.
”We want election that will make our votes count, so that people vote without fear of being molested or fear of violence.
”Government should provide an enabling environment so that the turnout will be huge and elections will be successful,” he said.
While thanking the delegation for the visit, Prof. Adedipe said that nurturing Fountain University was his own contribution to the educational development of Nigeria.
“I contributed to the development of the younger generation without considering it as doing something fantastic, but now that people are appreciating it, all glory should be given to God.
He said that he was happy with the growth and development of the university and congratulated the proprietor of the school NASFAT, for the good job it is doing. (NNN)
Edited by Julius Toba Jegede
By David Adeoye
Ibadan, Jan. 6, 2019 (NNN) A cleric, Rev Emmanuel Adeniyi, has urged Christians to vote wisely during the forthcoming general elections to secure brighter future for the country.
Adeniyi of the Banner of Christ Church, Adegbayi, Ibadan, gave the advice on Sunday in his first sermon in the new year.
Adeniyi noted that the Feb. 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections were very significant in the history of Nigeria.
According to him, the outcome of the elections will play vital role in the affair of the country.
“It is therefore behooves on every eligible Nigerian to vote candidates that have integrity, charisma and leadership qualities to rule the country.
“Christians and other Nigerians should take the forthcoming elections seriously and cast their votes for candidates that would rule with the fear of God.
“Do not mortgage the future of our children through monetary gains or gratification but be determined to vote according to your conscience.
“Prayer alone cannot give us good leaders but our decisions to vote rightful candidates will make us achieve our dreams for the nation.” the cleric said.
Adeniyi, therefore, appealed to politicians to see the forthcoming elections as a national duty and should not be a ‘do-or-die-affair.’
He pleaded with all the candidates to accept the outcome of the elections in good fate rather than resulting to violence.
The Cleric expressed optimism that the general elections would be successful and violence-free.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the church held special prayers for the nation to witness successful conduct of the general elections.(NNN)
Edited by Deji Abdulwahab/Felix Ajide
2019: Islamic scholar calls on electorate to vote credible leaders
By Muhyideen Jimoh
Abuja, Jan. 6, 2019 (NNN) Ustaz Abubakr Siddeeq, an Islamic Scholar, has called on the electorate to vote credible leaders at all levels in the forthcoming general elections in order to fast track the development of the country.
Siddeeq made the call on Sunday in Abuja at a lecture to mark the 16th anniversary of Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society.
In a lecture titled “Evolving purposeful leadership through corruption free elections”, he stressed the need to elect leaders with the fear of God and passion to develop the country.
The Islamic scholar urged the electorate to vote for leaders based on their capabilities and not their political party, religion or ethnic consideration.
“We should strive to vote for credible leaders at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.
“We should avoid voting for our leaders based on their political parties like we witnessed in 2015, ” he said.
He also called on the electoral umpire, security agencies and the media to be non-partisan in the discharge of their duties during the elections in order to have credible elections.
Earlier, Alhaji Olayinka Balogun, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, said good leadership was vital to addressing the security challenges in the country.
In a lecture titled “Leadership, Security and Governance in Islam”, Balogun emphasised the need for Nigerians to live together in peace and support the government in addressing security challenges in the country.
He said that Islam as a religion preaches peace, unity and good neighbourliness.
Imam Adeyemi Fuad, National Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah Mosque in his remarks said that Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society through its various programmes had been promoting peace, education and national development.
He said that the Islamic Society which was established 16 years ago had been in at the forefront of providing Islamic and Quranic education and propagating the tenets of Islam. (NNN)
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
By Suleiman Shehu
Ibadan, Jan. 6,2019 (NNN) As Nigerians warm for the 2019 general elections, the Chief Imam of University College Hospital (UCH),Ibadan, Alhaji Maamunu Muhammadu-Awwal , has advised them to vote for leaders with the fear of God..
Muhammadu-Awwal gave the advice on Sunday in Ibadan during the 11th Annual Maolid Nabiy and Remembrance Lecture in honour of late Shelkh Yusuf Sanni at the Revival Arabic High School, Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the late Sanni was the founder of Revival Arabic High School and Alasalatu Muslihatudeen Society of Nigeria in Elekuro, Ibadan.
The cleric also urged Nigerians to vote for leaders who would listen to the yearning and aspiration of the poor masses.
The cleric said such leaders to be voted for must also be those that would ensure that “the wealth of the masses does not concentrate in the hands of few individuals.”
He tasks those vying for various political offices to give the masses their due rights when in power, reminding them that they would one day account for their stewardship before God.
“We expect them to show mercy on the masses by ensuring the circulation of wealth so that poor people can benefit from the dividend of democracy,’’ Muhammedu-Awwal said.
He described late Sanni as a scholar of repute who impacted positively on the life of majority of people within and outside Ibadan.
Muhammadu-Awwal called on.the organisation to build on the legacy of the scholar.
One of the sons of the late Scholar, Prof. Amidu Sanni, said the aim of the annual remembrance lecture was to encourage people to emulate the character of the late scholar.
He noted that the late Sanni contributed immensely to human capital development.
The don’t, who is the Vice- Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo, said the organisation was trying to establish an entrepreneur centre that would benefit the people of Oyo State and Nigeria in general.
He, however, advised Nigerians to improve themselves intellectually.
Dignitaries at the occasion include Alhaji Ismail AbdulWaheed , Chief Imam, Ibonnu, Epe, Lagos State, Alhaji Shakibu Olabanji and Alhaji Rasaq Onafeso among others. (NNN)
Edited by Muftau Adediran/Dada Ahmed
By Mohammed Nur
Kano, Jan. 9, 2019 (NNN) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Wednesday inaugurated five new commissioners to the State Executive Council.
The commissioners, who had been screened by the State House of Assembly, took their oath of office before thousands of supporters at the Coronation Hall, Government House.
Ganduje congratulated all the new commissioners on their appointment and tasked them not to betray the trust of the people.
The newly sworn-in commissioners are: Mukhtari Ishak Yakasai, (Special Duties); Bashir Yahaya Karaye, (Science and Technology) and Tahir Muhammad Adamu, (Higher Education).
Others are Shehu Muhammad Na’Allah, (Planning and Budget); and Hajiya Aisha Jafar that was moved to ministry of Education from Budget and Planning.
Ganduje advised them to always reflect on their oath of office and fear Allah in all their undertakings.
The governor also advised them to treat all citizens of the state equally.
He advised them to come up with innovative ideas that would move the state forward.
The commissioners were sworn in by the state Attorney -General, Mr Ibrahim Mukhtar. (NNN)