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Envoy Tasks Turkey On Human Capital Development

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The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ali Rifat Koksal, has advised his host country to invest more on human capital so as to achieve its goal of being among the top economies of the world.

Koksal gave the advice while fielding questions from newsmen on the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir at the Turkish International College in Abuja on Sunday.

The Ambassador said that the strength of Nigeria’s development was not in its crude oil but on its huge population and the diversity of its people.

He said that improved education of Nigerians would improve the people’s standard of living.

Our correspondent reports that the Turkish community in the FCT celebrated Eid-El-Kabir by distributing food to the poor in the orphanages and some rural areas in the FCT and its environs.

Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State called on the people to ensure peaceful coexistence and unity among them.

Dankwambo, who stated this in Gombe on Sunday in his Sallah message, urged the traditional and religious leaders in the state to be steadfast in prayers for peace to prevail.

“It is the necessary catalyst to the continuous socio-economic development of our communities.

“Irrespective of religious or ethnic differences, we should live peacefully with one another.” The governor urged people to pray for the safe return of those who went for the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Dankwambo reassured the people that his government would remain focused and committed towards fostering development by providing socio economic infrastructure as well as ensuring security of lives and property.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Deputy Governor of Gombe, Mr. David Albashi, adding that the deceased was a statesman of rare qualities.

And from Maiduguri came the report that the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai had commended Govember Kashim Shettima over the way and manner he handled the security challenges in the state. Garbai gave the commendation while speaking at his palace shortly after observing the congregational prayer held at the Ramat Square in the metropolis.

He said that following the intervention of government in the sectarian crises that engulfed Borno and the redeployment of the Joint Task Force (JTF) to the state, the crises had reduced to the barest minimum.

The Shehu appealed to the Federal Government to recharge the Lake Chad River and construct the Kukawa-Malamfatori road as well as build a bridge across the Kala Balge River in the state.

And in Katsina, the Chief Imam, Alhaji Liman Lawal called for continued prayers for the security, peace and progress of Nigeria as an indivisible country.

Lawal made the call in his Ed-el-Kabir sermon after the Ed prayers at the Kofar Guga praying ground in Katsina on Sunday.

He maintained that it was only through prayers that the present insecurity could be addressed in the country and hence, the need for all and sundry to embrace prayers, so that unity, peace and progress of the nation could be achieved. Thousands of Muslims attended the prayers, including the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir and all the District Heads in the Katsina Emirate.

Similar prayers were also held at the GRA praying ground with the State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema and his Deputy, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba, in attendance.

The Imam of the GRA praying ground, Alhaji Sirajo Kankia in his sermon called on the Federal Government not to withdraw fuel subsidy as it would aggravate the problems of the citizenry.

He also advised members of the National Assembly not to pass the proposed bill on same sex marriage.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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