The Borno State Government last Sunday said it spent
more than N600 million on logistics to ensure that its pilgrims have a hitch-free 2013 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.
Governor Kashim Shettima who made the disclosure when he spoke to newsmen on preparations for the 2013 Hajj in Maiduguri, said the state government spent over N148 million on the construction of a new office complex for the state Pilgrims Welfare Board in Maiduguri.
He said we have secured a befitting accommodation, near the Haram for our pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to prepare ground for a hitch-free hajj operation. “We have also constructed an office complex for the Borno pilgrims’ welfare board in Maiduguri to motivate the staff conducting the hajj exercise.
“The office complex also provides an accommodation for officials of the zonal office of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The objective was to ensure that officials of the welfare board work in conjunction with those of NAHCON for successful hajj operations”, he added.
The first and second batch of FCT pilgrims for the 2013
Hajj will depart to the Holy land, Saudi Arabia, on September 19, the FCT Pilgrims Board, has said.
A statement by Malam Muhammad Lawal, the board’s Public Relations Officer, in Abuja last Sunday, indicates that the screening will commence on Sept.18, at the permanent Hajj Camp in Bassan Jiwa, FCT.
“Pilgrims for the third batch will report for camping on September 19, while those for fourth and fifth batches will hold on Friday, September 20. The board has made adequate security arrangements to safeguard the lives and property of the intending pilgrims at the camp.Pilgrims are advised to wear their uniform and display their identity card to get access to the camp,’’ he said.
He said the transportation of pilgrims from the FCT would end on September 21 and appealed to the pilgrims to adhere to the flight schedules as those who miss their flight should blame themselves.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
last Sunday presented relief materials to flood victims in four local government areas of Jigawa State.
The NEMA North-West Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Ilallah, presented the items to the Special Assistant to the Governor on Emergency Management, Alhaji Sani Kangire, in Birninkudu said the materials should be distributed to flood victims in Babura, Taura, Gagarawa and Sule-Tankarkar Local Government Areas.
The top NEMA official, who was represented by Hajiya Amina Ahman, NEMA’s Head of Administration in Jigawa, said the items included 150 bags of rice as well as 100 bags each of maize, millet and guinea-corn.
Others are 30 bags of sugar, 100 cartons of detergent, 100 bags of bathing soap, 200 pieces of mattresses, 200 pieces of blankets, 100 pieces of mosquito nets and 500 nylon mats. The rest are 300 bags of cement, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 300 packets of zinc nails and 100 bags of nails.
The Kano State Health Management Board has warned
Coca Cola Bottling Company Plc. in Kano against allowing contaminated products into the market, the Public Relations Officer of the board, Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi said in Kano, last Friday.
According to a statement by the boards PRO, the board’s Executive Secretary, Dr Shehu Abdullahi, gave the warning when he met with the management of the company last Thursday. The meeting followed complaints from members of the public of cases of contaminated Coca cola.
The statement said that it was the responsibility of the board to protect and prevent citizens from consuming anything that might be harmful to their health.
A director in the board, Alhaji Jafaru Gwarzo, advised the company to abide by the rules and regulations governing the production of such consumables.
Responding on behalf of the management of the company, Hajiya Umma Aliyu, pledged that the company would address the problems raised.
The first batch of 530 prospective pilgrims from Katsina
State last Sunday left the Katsina International Airport for Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
The pilgrims who were in the first flight, were from Kankia zone. The zone comprises Kankia, Kusada, Ingawa, Musawa and Matazu local government areas of the state. They boarded Boeing 747 of Max Airline at 1.45 a.m.
The governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, had urged the intending pilgrims to pray for peace, progress and unity in the nation.
He gave the advice in his farewell message to them in Katsina.
Chairman of Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara
State, Mrs Bashirat Mohammed, has called for peaceful co-existence among communities in the area.
Mohammed who made the call at a stakeholder’s forum organised by the PDP last Sunday in Omu-Aran said that mutual relationship by the indigenes would assist the government to develop the communities.
She urged the community leaders to close ranks in their efforts to raise the standard of living of people in the communities, adding that no meaningful development could take place in an atmosphere of violence and rancour.
She said that her administration had provided a template which the incoming council executive could build on for the betterment of the people and declared that the achievements recorded by the administration in improving the economy of the communities was made possible through the prayers and assistance of traditional rulers.
The first batch of 517 pilgrims from the South-West Zone
were transported last Sunday morning to Medina, Saudi Arabia, from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.
The Managing Director of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, told newsmen that the Airline would transport most of the pilgrims from the South-West and the South-East.
“Med-View Airline would be transporting the pilgrims from Lagos, Ilorin and Port Harcourt, and we have deployed another Boeing 747 series to handle Ilorin and Port -Harcourt Zones, ‘’Bankole said.
He said that the airline had been approved to transport 5,500 pilgrims from the three zones, adding that with 30 years experience in handling Hajj operations, Med-View Airline had put in place adequate arrangements that would ensure the success of this year’s Hajj.
He assured the pilgrims that Med-View Airline planned to complete the transportation of the pilgrims by September 19.
The Head of Paediatrics Department, Federal Medical
Centre, Keffi, Dr Onuchukwu Chumam, last Sunday called on the Federal Government to build a special ward in the hospital for children infected with tuberculosis (TB).
Chumam, a Consultant Paediatrician, said the hospital needed an isolated ward designated for children with TB, adding that the practice was capable of exposing the other children to the risk of contracting the disease.
He said, “one of the challenges we have is personnel because you can see the adult ART anti-retroviral therapy/TB clinic is being run by a special group. “We manage the other children alongside children with HIV/TB. We need more work force.
The Niger State Government last Sunday said
it barred six female intending pilgrims from performing the 2013 Hajj because they were pregnant.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Sule, made this public in Minna at the flag-off of the inoculation of intending pilgrims against yellow fever, polio and cerebrospinal meningitis.
He said the medical team for the Hajj exercise advised that the six pregnant women be barred in line with the directive of the National Hajj Commission.
Sule said the six women were discovered to be pregnant during the screening of intending pilgrims across the state adding that the medical team also seized the travelling documents of the affected women in a bid to ensure that the ban was enforced.
The Ogun State Teaching Service Commission
(TESCOM) has appointed 26 principals, 67 vice principals and seven zonal secretaries.
Speaking at an induction programme for the appointees in Abeokuta last Sunday, the Chairman of the commission, Ms Olubukunola Onabanjo, said the appointments were aimed at ensuring effective administration of schools.
Onabanjo urged the appointees to live above board in all their dealings and be diligent, adding that they must be resourceful, dynamic and innovative.
A Commissioner in the commission, Mr Timothy Adebowale, had earlier noted that the appointments were based on merit and in accordance with teachers’ seniority list.
Of 1,561 Candidates, 880 Graduate From Law School-DG
The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1, 561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.
The Director-General of the School, Prof. Isa Ciroma, SAN, made this known yesterday in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.
“Four others were from previous Bar examination,’’ he said, adding that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training.
“They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.
“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar.’’
Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“The programme began on June 28, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers, for their support,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.
“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.
“The practice of Law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.
“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of the Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times.’’
He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.
Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner’’ without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.
He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.
Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on especially, international jurisdictions.
In 2020, the Council of Legal Education said that out of a total of 2,515 students who participated in the examinations, 1,864 passed the Bar Final Examinations conducted in January.
The director-general who described the performance as outstanding, said that among the 1, 864 students who were successful, only five made First Class while 632 others failed the examinations.
“Candidates graded in First Class are five, Second Class Upper 77, Second Class Lower are 633, those who got pass marks are 1,067 and those with Conditional Pass are 82.
“632 candidates failed the examination, 17 were absent and 2 results are withheld.”
Chiroma further explained that only 0.2 per cent made First Class, 3.06 per cent made Second Class Upper, 25.17 per cent made Second Class Lower and 42.42 per cent passed.
He said other performances include a 3.26 per cent for those with conditional pass, 25.12 per cent failed the examinations, 0.7 per cent were absent and 0.8 per cent results are being withheld.
NGO Trains 300 Returning Migrants On Business Development
Web of Heart Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, says it has trained and empowered more than 300 returning migrants, youths and internally displaced persons on job creation.
Its Executive Director, Mrs Bose Aggrey, made the declaration yesterday in Lagos at the graduation of its “Create and Start Module’’ trainees.
The graduating trainees were awarded certificates and given grants facilitated by some investors and soft loans from banks after six months of training to identify and analyse business ideas and opportunities.
“We taught them how to articulate their business ideas into plans; introduced them to investors and equally assisted them to get bank loans.
“It is an opportunity for the participants to put themselves together either to get employed or to become employers,’’ she said.
“We introduced investors to the participants when they were pitching and some of them are already getting grants.
“We are working with two banks so they can provide soft loans at low interest rates for the participants,’’ she added.
In his remarks, Mr Peik Bruhns, Team Leader of the firm of consultants that conducted the training, said the company had reached out to train 5,000 Nigerians on Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises in six months
He said this was done in collaboration with nine organisations, including Web of Heart Foundation.
“I will like to stress the importance of working with returnee migrants because Web of Heart Foundation focuses on assisting them to reintegrate into society.
Zamfara Police Refute Kidnap Of 60 Passengers Rumour
The Zamfara State Police Command has refuted a story that 60 passengers travelling along Sokoto – Gusau road on Sunday, July 25, were kidnapped by bandits.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement, yesterday, said the story was inaccurate and a calculated attempt by some mischief makers to create fear and apprehension into the minds of the general public, especially the commuters.
“The attention of Zamfara State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on social and conventional media that armed bandits blocked Sokoto – Gusau Road, and abducted 60 people travelling from Sokoto to Abuja.”
The statement said, “For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command was informed that a large number of armed bandits blocked a Toyota bus vehicle, belonging to the Sokoto State Mass Transit and abducted 11 passengers who were travelling from Sokoto – Abuja along Sokoto – the accurate report of the incident. On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Gusau Road in Bakura LGA.”
According to the statement, the Police Tactical operatives attached to Operation Restore Peace were alerted, and they quickly mobilized to the location and dislodged the hoodlums who blocked many vehicles for abduction, adding that the road was instantly cleared for motorists and other road users and reinforced more police operatives to improve the security and safety of the commuters.
The statement noted that in the course of mopping up the scene, a Toyota bus vehicle belonging to Sokoto State Mass Transit was sighted empty and it was revealed that 11 passengers, including the driver were abducted and taken to the bush before the arrival of the police.
It said the operatives further embarked on search and rescue operation in the surrounding bush with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims, stressing that two persons who were left far behind with other hoodlums were abandoned by their captors for fear of being neutralised by the Police operatives, the remaining nine victims were taken to the forest.
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