Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, says his country is keen in educating young Nigerians to give them a better future and strengthen the people-to-people relations with Nigeria.
Cui made this known in Abuja at the award ceremony of the 2022 China Image Drawing Competition among students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) schools themed “Together for a Shared Future”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chinese Embassy awarded the winner of the competition and runners up with over N400,000
Cui said that the competition was also aimed at encouraging Nigerian students to knowing more about the Chinese culture and language.
He said that the Chinese Embassy among its numerous interventions in Nigeria had taken keen interest in capturing young minds and protect them from being influenced by terror groups and other criminal groups.
“Today is special about young people and today I hope that we can have more product.
“I ask how can we do symphony together. For example, I ask my colleague to make the product, the music, art and also the Chinese story.
“And, to let young people know what is the meaning of harmony, Nigeria- China symphony.
“So, the students from elementary school to primary school to junior high school is a very critical stage and this stage, how can we do things to give them the positive effects.
“For example, if they are thinking, how can they get the information by drawing, how can they sing a song, they cannot be attracted by the terrorist, by the bad people here.
“So, I think if we try to create the awareness of the young people, try to do good things then we can work together to try to overcome difficulties,” Cui said.
Mrs Nanre Emeje, Secretary, FCT Secondary Education Board,, commended the Chinese Embassy for its continuous sponsorship of the competition which she said was in its ninth year and has benefitted many Nigerian students.
Emeje who was represented by Mr Fati Gambo, Director, Co-Curriculum, said that the event will further strengthen the good relations between Nigeria and China.
“The competition involves all the 12 Chinese Corners Schools of the Board. The teachers were extensively lectured on the theme of the year “Together for a shared future”.
‘And, have equally done the school level orientation lecture interpreting the theme clearly in other to draw based on the concept.
“The choice of this year’s theme has significance to our bilateral relations, because it is about our win-win cooperation,” Emeje said
Mr Mohammed Suleiman, President, Society of Nigerian Artists also commended China for creating a platform for young Nigerians to develop themselves and thrive on.
“China Is doing just too much for Nigeria in the sense that it is the same China that make sure they educate our children, our youths are getting trained, our teachers are getting trained.
“These Programmes have taken people abroad, I know how many artists have benefitted from this.it is a project they are doing for Nigeria and I am a beneficiary of this project.
“There was a time that on my own I had to go for an art residency in China. This mean that they do not just want you to do the arts but lift your arts to another level and that is the way it is.
“Please take this seriously and whoever wins today does not mean that if you do not win that you were not concerned. The whole idea is that someone cares, China cares about you,” Suleiman said.
Master Sunday Chibueze, winner of the grand price from Government Secondary School Govt. Secondary school, Apo Resettlement thanked the Chinese Embassy for giving him the opportunity to show his talent.
Chibueze said that his drawing was inspired by the unity between Nigeria and China.
“What brought the idea was about the unity between Nigeria and China, the upcoming future between Nigeria and China.
“I feel good winning this competition and I will also encourage my other class mates to improve their arts skills and do their best in Arts,” Chibueze said.
NAN reports that Chibueze was awarded with N80,000, two of the second price winners were awarded with N50,000 each, five winners in the third place were awarded N30,000 each with N10,000 consolation price for eight others.
The Embassy also donated 30,000 face masks and some infrared thermometers to the FCT Secondary Education Board. (
Citizens of Eritrea in Switzerland, Norway, the USA, Uganda, Angola, Bahrain, Oman, France and the United Arab Emirates enthusiastically celebrated the 31st anniversary of Independence Day under the slogan “Independent Election: Backbone of Our pride".
According to the report, the festive event organized from May 21 to 28 in the Swiss cities of Aarau, Basel, Zurich, Lausanne, Zug, Freiburg and others was highlighted by various cultural and artistic programs as well as general culture competitions.
Nationals also expressed their willingness to strengthen organizational capacity and participation in national affairs.
Similarly, Eritrean citizens in Norway celebrated the 31st anniversary of Independence Day with patriotic fervour.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Sirak Bahlibi, Head of Public and Community Affairs at the Embassy of Eritrea, stated that the people of Eritrea in the armed struggle for independence have been victorious in thwarting external conspiracies waged in Eritrea, and urged all citizens to assume their responsibility. transfer good social values to the young generation.
Citizens of Eritrea in Minnesota, USA, also celebrated the 31st anniversary of Independence Day with cultural and artistic programs.
Similarly, at the celebration event organized in connection with the 31st anniversary of Independence Day in Kampala, Uganda, Mr. Mohammed Suleiman, Ambassador of Eritrea to Uganda, delivered a speech focusing on the deep meaning of the Independence Day celebration for Eritreans. people.
Nationals residing in various cities in Angola also celebrated the 31st anniversary of Independence Day with various programs representing the day.
Bahraini nationals also enthusiastically celebrated the 31st anniversary of Independence Day.
Likewise, the nationals of the French cities of Nantes, Rennes, Matz, Dijon and others celebrated the 31st anniversary of Independence Day with patriotic fervor.
At the festive event organized in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Ambassador of Eritrea to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Osman Mohammed-Omar, the Managing Director of the Consul General of Eritrea in Dubai, Mr. Mohammed Mahmud Selim, as well as the head of Public and Community Affairs, Mr. Tesfu Gebretensae called on nationals to develop their political awareness and strengthen their participation in national affairs.
The event was highlighted by cultural and artistic programs, as well as sports competitions.
A cultural group, known as the Okun Development Association (ODA), warned critics on Friday not to distract Federal University of Lokoja (FUL)'s visionary vice-chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi.
Professor Mohammed Suleiman, the group's chairman, sounded the warning at a press conference in Lokoja.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the group led by Suleman is an ODA chapter at the university.
“Akunwumi has successfully brought peace to the Federal University, Lokoja, and industrial harmony due to his resolute leadership qualities that are devoid of any tribal or religious sentiments.
“If these laudable achievements of the VC are upsetting some people, they should reconsider because he (Akunwumi) means well for the students and staff of FUL.
"While we are not against anyone or any group seeking legitimate redress, we will not tolerate the 'Throw It Down Syndrome' showing up recently and in groups," the president said.
Suleiman further warned that "those who like to publish untruths against Akinwumi's person and character should desist immediately, because we will no longer tolerate any act of defamation of our son."
He said that the VC since taking office on February 15, 2021, has made unremitting efforts to put the institution on the right path of development.
Describing the detractors as "enemies of progress", Suleiman noted that the negative narrative about Akinwumi was intended to distract him from achieving his vision of the university.
According to him, in just one year in office, “the workaholic vice chancellor has established two main faculties; the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering.”
By Philip Yatai
The Follow Taxes, an NGO, says it will reward citizens who systematically report irregularities in procurement processes in Kaduna state.
The co-founder of the NGO, Dr Saied Tafida, made it known on the sidelines of two days of training for public procurement officials from the state and local communities to improve the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS).
Tafida told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Zaria on Thursday that the organization would also recognize outstanding ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that have joined OCDS.
He said the recognition would serve as an incentive to promote citizen participation and government response to complaints about procurement processes in the state.
According to him, the aim is to root the participation and ownership of citizens in procurement processes in order to improve the quality of service delivery in the state.
“We have already trained citizens as champions of community development in the three senatorial zones, one in each of the state's 255 political constituencies, on how to initiate the process.
“After a while, we'll go to the database to harvest how many reports have been received and from what part of the state and on what areas of supply.
“The citizens with the highest number of complaints from communities and local authorities will be recognized and rewarded.”
He said that the capacity of citizens would be further enhanced to engage more in the process and make neighboring communities want to emulate the process.
He said that for MDAs, the NGO would reward agencies based on the amount of data they uploaded to the OCDS platform and the amount of citizen complaints and requests they responded to.
“We will rank MDAs based on their performance and reward those who are doing very well.
“MDAs with the highest data upload and response will be rewarded and recommended for Governor Recognition to encourage them to do more.
“We hope this idea will be adopted by the Kaduna State Procurement Authority (KADPPA) for sustainability to ensure strong citizen engagement in the procurement process,” Tafida said.
NAN reports that the training was organized through Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women and Tax Tracking with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, to improve the implementation of OCDS in Kaduna State.
Tafida explained that OCDS enables the disclosure of data and documents at all stages of the procurement process by defining a common data model.
According to him, the OCDS is created to increase contract transparency and allow more in-depth analysis of contract data by a wide range of users.
He said this would enhance accountability and transparency in procurement processes in the state.
Mr. Mohammed Suleiman, Director of Compliance and Capacity Building, KADPPA congratulated Follow Taxes for this initiative, calling it “crucial” for strong citizen participation.
Suleiman said all purchasing managers will be trained in the use of e-procurement and OCDS portals, adding that the portals will be made user-friendly and adaptable to mobile phones. (NOPE)(NAN)
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday inaugurated a forum for religious leaders as a way of promoting religions harmony and peaceful co-existence in the state.
El-Rufai said during the inauguration that the forum would provide a platform to preach messages capable of assisting people to imbibe the highest ideals of Christianity and Islam.
He said it had become crucial to deepen religious harmony and peaceful co-existence among different religions in the state.
“It will provide the platform for religious leaders to dialogue, interact and assume collective responsibility for messages that assist people imbibe the highest ideals of the two major religions.
“In spite of our enthusiasm for religion, there has been a legacy of communal and ethno-religious conflicts in the state for a long time.
“This situation betrays the absence of respect for the rule of law and adherence to the common values of our two dominant religions such as peace, compassion and fairness,” he said.
According to him, the forum is a reflection of the state government’s belief in religion as a unifying force and promoter of peace.
“We believe that the diversity of faith can be a vehicle for unity when we respect the rights and liberties of other humans as creatures of God,” he said.
El-Rufai expressed the government’s expectation that religious leaders would contribute meaningfully to the enthronement of peace and harmony in the state.
The governor commended the religious leaders for accepting to serve in the forum, and urged them to undertake their duties with utmost commitment.
He assured that the government fully embraced and support the initiative, spearheaded by the Kaduna State Peace Commission.
Most Revd. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, and the Executive Vice-Chairman, Priscilla Ankut, explained that the House of Kaduna Family was part of the commission’s initiative to achieve peaceful coexistence in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the House of Kaduna Family include Archbishop Ali Buba, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi, Bishop Timothy Yahaya, Rev. Moses Audi, Sheikh Abdulkarim Hashim, Malam Aminu Alkasim, Sheikh Idris Sabongari and Ishaya Adamu Jangado.
Others are, Archbishop Matthew Man’o’so, Bishop Julius Kundi, Malam Yakubu Arrigasiyyu, Sheikh Hamza Lawal, Dr Tukur Almannar, Rev. Barnabas Dodo, Archbishop Sunday Oga-Dodo and Dr Mohammed Suleiman.
The rest include Alhaji Mohammed Maruf-Raji, Alhaji Sheriff Olutusin, Apostle Emanuel Nuhu-Kure, Hajiya Fadila Musa, Rev. Olatubnusin and Mrs Agatha Soje.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/ Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has distributed educational materials, food and non-food items to over 1,500 People of Concern (POC) in Adamawa.
Sen. Basheer Mohammed, a Federal Commissioner in the commission, flagged off the distribution of the items in Yola on Thursday.
Mohammed represented by Bello Mohammed, Assistant Director in the commission, said that the exercise was to bring succour to People of Concern, living in camps in various relocations from COVID-19 lockdown hardship.
“We are in Adamawa, as part of the commission’s efforts to give comfort to the People of Concern that include Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons in different locations of the state.
“The commission as part of its mandate, is flagging off distribution of food and non-food items, educational materials and agricultural inputs to the People of Concern.
“The gesture is under the directive and support of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Displaced Persons and other People of Concern in the country,” Mohammed said.
He said that the commission was ready to continue to support Adamawa Government in providing care, maintenance services and special intervention for sustainable solution to problems of People of Concern in the state.
In his remark, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by Dr Mohammed Suleiman, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) thanked the commission for the intervention.
Fintiri said that the issue of maintaining the People of Concern in the state, was among the challenges facing the state government.
“We highly appreciate the gesture. However, we are appealing to the Federal Government to do more and help the state government to tackle the issue of People of Concern,” the governor said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Yohanna Pwadi, from Numan, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for the intervention.
Pwadi said that the gesture would go a long way in assisting to improve their livelihood, as well as boost their income generation.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that some of the items distributed are: food and non-food items, improved maize, groundnut and rice seedlings, herbicides and water pump machines for irrigation, among others.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has flagged-off distribution of fertilisers to 2,000 farmers affected by Boko Haram attacks in northern parts of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that seven local government areas in the northern part of Adamawa were once occupied by Boko Haram in 2014.
Fintiri flagged-off the intervention in Gulak town, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government area on Tuesday.
Fintiri was represented by Dr. Mohammed Suleiman, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA).
Fintiri said the agricultural intervention was part of his administration’s efforts in stabilising areas affected by Boko Haram insurgents.
” Today we are distributing about 6,000 bags of wet blended fertilizer and about 2,000 Litres of liquid fertilizer.
” The agricultural intervention is targeted at 2,000 households affected by insurgency in the area.”
” The intervention is through the Regional Stabilisation Facility for Lake Chad Basin Region,” Fintiri said.
He said that the aim of the intervention was to support less privileged farmers with farm inputs to improve their livelihood.
Finitri said the fertiliser distribution was a continuation of the first phase of agricultural inputs distribution that took place in early June.
He said that during the first distribution, farmers were given free improved varieties of maize, rice and groundnut seedlings as well as herbicides.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiary communities, Alhaji Yerima Iya, the District Head of Madagali, thanked the state government for the gesture.
Iya urged the Federal government to, as a matter of urgency, re-build the bridges that link Madagali to other parts of the state.
“The bridges were destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents,” Iya said.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), has called on residents of Michika Local Government Area (LGA), of Adamawa, to close ranks and ensure sustainable peace and cohesion in the area.
Dr Mohammed Suleiman, Executive Secretary, ADSEMA, made the call on Friday in Yola, at the training of about 50 community representatives from Michika LGA on peace building and cohesion.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the people of Michika speak one language, Higgi, and practice the same culture.
NAN reports that the people were, however, divided along religious lines, a situation which has continued to undermine development of the community over the years.
According to Suleiman, the core objective of the training was to impact knowledge on the participants on how to restore trust and confidence among the people.
“The training is designed to impact knowledge on dialogue and peace building, as well as social cohesion for Michika LGA.
“The participants were carefully chosen so that at the end of the training, they can return and train other people in the community,’’ he said.
Suleiman noted that since the people of the community fled the town in 2015 following Boko Haram attack, they had been suffering from lack of trust and social cohesion.
He urged the participants to take advantage of the great opportunity the training offered, in order to achieve its aims.
Some of the trainees, who spoke at the event, accused politicians of sowing the seed of discord that had continued to divide the people.
“It is high time we told ourselves the truth; we should resist anyone or group that is benefiting from our division.
“Irrespective of our religious differences; we are one people, we are brothers and sisters,” a participant, Mrs Yenye Tizhi, said.
Another participant, Mr Haruna Iliyasu, stressed that the people would no longer fan the embers of hatred that was serving the selfish interest of a few persons.
The participants promised that at the end of the training, they would go back home and sensitise their people on the importance of living in peace and harmony.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
The Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority (KADPPA) on Friday opened bidding for the design, development and management of single e-procurement portal for the 36 states of the federation.The Director, Compliance and Capacity Building, KADPPA, Mr Mohammed Suleiman, said at the opening of the bidding process in Kaduna that the measure was to deepen transparency and accountability in procurement process.Suleiman said that the bid was part of the e-procurement reform project, being financed by the World Bank, in collaboration with the 36 states and the Federal Government.The Nigeria News Agencyn reports that the reform project is under the World Bank-supported States Fiscal Transparency and Accountability System (SFTAS).Suleiman, who is also the Project Manager of the e-procurement solution, said that the bidding was being coordinated by KADPPA, on behalf of the 36 state of the federation.According to him, the efforts is crucial in ensuring transparency and accountability through the use of e-platform that ensures less human interface in the procurement processes.“The e-procurement solution is the best way to ensure credibility, fairness and accountability, in line with international best practices with a view to curb corruption in procurement activities by reducing human interface.“With the platform in place, all procurement process will be carried out online from beginning to the end.”He added that the portal would also house the Open Contracting Data System (ODCS), where all contract activities would be published for procurement agency, regulators and members of the public to access.He stressed that the e-platform would provide the needed interface between procurement agencies and the general public throughout the pre-bid stage, the bid stage and the post bid stage.The director explained that after the evaluation of the bids, a winner would be announced and while he would be given the job.He added that those who failed would also be made public and why they failed.“After that, the winner will sign an agreement with the Kaduna State Government on behalf of the 36 states and then enter a contract with each of the 36 states, based on agreed terms and specifications.“He will then design, develop and manage the portal for the next three to four years,” Suleiman explained.NAN also reports that the submission of the bid by interested firms closed at 12 noon, and six firms successfully submitted their bids, while the seventh firm submitted at 1:02 p.m.The firms were KKC Professional Services, Lagos, with a total bid of 1.98 million dollars, equivalent to N606 million.The second bid opened was Momenta Qatar at 4.89 million dollars, equivalent to N1.49 billion. However, the cash scheduled was not enclosed in the bid, but amount provided during the bid opening session.The third firm was CCG Systems, Lagos, at 3.98 million dollars (N1.22 billion); then Project Monitoring Consult, Lagos, N413.89 million; and European Dynamics, UK Ltd. at 1.13 million dollars (N343.32 million)The sixth firm was Next Tenders, India, at 3.54 million dollars (N1.08 billion), excluding VAT.The seventh bid from Soft Alliance Resource Ltd, was not open because its submission was late.NAN reports that this was the first time a bidding process by KADPPA was open to the public with the participation of the media and civil society organisations.Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
The World Bank has announced the death of Haruna Mohammed, Executive Director for Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa.
Mr Ousmane Diagana, World Bank Group’s Vice President, Human Resources, said in a statement that Mohammed passed away on Friday at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC.
“Before being appointed Executive Director in October 2018, Mohammed had been serving as the Alternate Executive Director of his constituency since January of 2017 when he rejoined the Board.
“He had previously represented his home country of Nigeria as both an Adviser and Senior Adviser between 2001 and 2006,” Diagana said.
Mohammed was born in Katsina, and before joining the Board of the World Bank, he had a long and distinguished career in the Federal Ministry of Finance where he started as an Economic Planning Officer in 1983 and rose to the positions of Chief Economist and Director of International Economic Relations.
In that capacity, he took part in the Washington DC Deputies meeting in Mexico City in 2008, and his participation was instrumental in the creation of a third African Chair at the World Bank Board.
He was also the co-author of the current Board capacity building programme – the ‘Voice Secondment Program’, which brings officials of developing member countries to work in the World Bank in Washington for six months to acquire skills needed in their work with the Bank.
Mohammed also represented Nigeria as Alternate Governor of the OPEC Fund for International Development, served as the Director for Nigeria at the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development and Chair of its Audit Committee, and as the Alternate Director for Nigeria at the Africa Export-Import Bank.
During his time at the Executive Board of the World Bank, he brought focus to issues he considered of utmost priority to his country, to his constituency and to Africa in general.
These are reduction of poverty, improvement of business environment, addressing fragility, and bolstering resilience of the most vulnerable, Diagana said
He was a member of the Human Resources and Ethics Committees at the time of his passing, and he quickly positioned himself as an advocate for Bank staff, particularly those in country offices, whom he recognised as the face of the institution in the developing world.
“Mohammed’s colleagues and staff members warmly remember him as someone who possessed a humble, kind, generous, spiritual and deeply compassionate disposition.
“This was beautifully balanced by his extensive knowledge of West African perspectives and history, and his thorough understanding of the issues most pressing to African countries.
“He is survived by his wife, Inno and their children. Our deepest sympathy is extended to them, as well as to Haruna’s extended family and friends,” he said.
The Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC, in a statement issued by Mr Mohammed Suleiman, Head of Chancery, announced that late Mohammed was buried at Maryland on Monday.
Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in a tribute, described Mohammed as “an effective Executive Director at the Board of the Wolrd Bank”.