Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Congo,
Amb. Yerima Isa, says the nomination of only career diplomats for ambassadorial posting by the Federal Government is a wise decision.
Isa gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
Isa, who was also a career diplomat, said that the job was a technical one, demanding those who were exposed to foreign services to handle.
He criticised the idea of posting politicians, who could be ignorant of foreign mission operations to handle ambassadorial position.
According to him, Buhari’s style of appointment shows that he believes in technocrats.
“With my all sense of responsibility, I want to commend President Buhari for the nomination of carrier diplomats as ambassadors.”
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),
said it had apprehended two members of a syndicate that specialised in stealing telephones and laptops at the University of Maiduguri.
Commandant of NSCDC in Borno State, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the suspects (names withheld), were arrested in 202 Housing Estate area of Maiduguri.
He said the syndicate’s areas of operation were student’s hostels, lecture theatres and places of worship within the institution, adding that two laptops and four telephones were recovered from the suspects.
He therefore urged students and lecturers of the institution to be vigilant and report suspicious characters or movements to law enforcement agents.
The FCT Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists has de
clared a7-day mourning for its immediate past Chairman, Mr Chuks Ehirim, who died on June 16.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja signed by the Chairman of the council, Paul Abechi.
The council noted that the late Ehirim, who was Chairman of the NUJ, FCT council between 2012 and 2015, was a versatile journalist whose journalism career spanned over three decades.
“The deceased will be fondly remembered as a fearless journalist who used his journalistic career to entrench democratic tenets and was a strong advocate of freedom, justice and equity.
“He will be remembered more importantly as a much detribalised Nigerian, who believed in the unity of the country and always put the country first,’’ the council said.
An Islamic Scholar, Dr. Muhammad Rigiyan-Lemo, has ad
monished Muslims to learn some lessons from the current economic challenges in the country and the world.
The scholar gave the advice in Gombe while speaking at the occasion of the 6th Annual Ramadan Lecture, organised by the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria, (IMAN) Gombe chapter.
The lecture has as its theme, “Economic meltdown and the Muslim Ummah, lessons to be learnt.”
“Muslims should learn a lot of lessons from the current situation and assist one another for more rewards and blessing from God in the hereafter.
“Islam teaches Muslims to understand the importance of wealth and how to benefit from it in the world and hereafter, by assisting one another and the religion,” he said.
He therefore advised wealthy individuals among the Muslims to assist the less privileged and orphans in the society, especially considering the current economic reality.
The operational office of the Great Green Wall Agency
(GGWA) is to be moved to Kano State, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed has said.
The minister gave the indication at an event to mark the 2016 World Desertification Day at Jansa village in Babura Local Government of the Jigawa State.
Mohammed said the move was to reposition and strengthen the project to achieve its objectives.
She also said that the movement of the operational office of the project to Kano State was to facilitate easy contact with its operational environment and maximise its impact on the eleven affected states.
The 11 frontline states are Kebbi, Zamfara, Gombe, Yobe, Jigawa, Adamawa, Bauchi, Katsina, Borno, Sokoto and Kano.
“We are all aware that the world today is faced with the challenges of climate change, global warming, flood, drought and desertification and our sub-region is not spared.
The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has
renewed its call for tougher penalty for rape and all forms of violence against women.
The National President of the council, Mrs Nkechi Mba, made the call in Birnin Kebbi while fielding questions from newsmen.
She said that the council would remain resolute in the campaign for protection of women against violence and other forms of maltreatment.
Mba said the council would not relent in ensuring that the bill for the protection of women was passed by the National Assembly and domesticated in the states.
“Our activities include securing legislation for the protection of women against violence, and we will promote and empower women to seek elective positions,’’ she said.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the
Nigerian Army would soon deploy special forces to Kogi to help tackle crime in the state.
Buratai disclosed this when he paid a courtesy call on Gov. Yahaya Bello at the Government House in Lokoja.
The army chief said plans were at an advanced stage to deploy the troops to the affected areas in the state.
“I want to assure you that very soon we will deploy special forces to the state.
“That is why I came here with the Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison; he is getting them ready and by Monday they should be on ground.
The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee
on Homes Affairs, Mr Olayiwola Olawale, said the state required an implementable policy on siting of religious institutions.
Olawale (APC-Mushin II) said in Lagos that such a step had become imperative to tackle the prevalent noise pollution in the state.
According to him, the step will further enhance religious harmony, tolerance and unity in the state.
“We need a policy statement on the siting of religious institutions and industries. You do not just turn a building to a church, mosque or industry,” he said.
The Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Oyo
State, Mrs Dolapo Dosumu, has urged Nigerians to embrace political tolerance so as to promote national integration and peace.
Dosumu made the plea in a lecture, “National Integration for Global Peace’’, organised by the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, Western Zonal Conclave in Ibadan.
She stressed that global peace should start with nations, communities and citizens, adding that “peace will remain an illusion without justice.
“Peace building is a collective task, citizens should seek peace, media should desist from sponsoring inciting statements, and spiritual leaders should preach peace, while government should protect its citizens.
“Conflict has entered the epicentre stage in Nigeria. For us not to be consumed by it, all hands must be on deck to nip the crisis in the bud before it degenerates into intractable problems,” Dosumu said.
The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)
in Plateau State says it has developed a software called ‘SMARTDESK’ for data entry, analysis and reporting.
The Executive Chairman of the board, Prof. Mathew Sule, who disclosed this in Jos, told newsmen that the software would help in overcoming data deficit currently faced.
‘’ When we start operating the new software, I am sure we will overcome the data deficit being currently faced, and be the first in the country to solve the data requirement dilemma,’’ he said.
He further explained that the board, in collaboration with an Information Technology Firm, Afritend Technologies Ltd, had concluded arrangement to commence training of public primary school teachers in Information Technology and General Computer literacy.
He said that capacity building for teachers in the field of Information Technology was necessary to ensure effective teaching, especially with the adoption of Information Technology globally.
Sokoto State Government said it was determined to
multiply energy sources in the state to improve power supply.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Bashir Garba, stated this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, Kunming Engineering Corporation, to establish 100-megawatt solar-powered plant in the state.
Garba signed on behalf of the state government, while the Assistant Managing Director for Overseas Business of the company, Qui Haisheng, signed for the firm.
He said that power that would be generated by the plant would among other benefits, boost small and medium-scale ventures in the state.
The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe and
Adamawa States have expressed satisfaction with the feeding arrangement in their respective camps.
Speaking with correspondents in Damaturu and Yola, they said that the quality and quantity of food served them was satisfactory.
At the Pompomari IDP camp in Damaturu,Yobe, they said they were satisfied with the introduction of new meals on their menu list during the fasting period.
They explained that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) introduced local delicacies and fruits, thereby enriching their diet.
“Apart from the normal rice and stew or jollof rice, we now enjoy local delicacies like bean cake and gruel’ said one of the IDPs, Malam Baba Bulama.
He said that apart from light meals for breaking of fast, fruits were being served as appetizers.
Emirates Resumes Flights To Nigeria, June 23
The UAE carrier, Emirates Airlines, would start carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India from June 23, the UAE Embassy said as it announced revised rules on Covid-19.
“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories,” the airline said in a separate statement, yesterday.
“Residence visa holders from India and travellers from South Africa should’ve taken two doses of a vaccine approved by UAE authorities and carry RT-PCR tests reports from labs approved by the federal governments of these countries.
“But for Nigerians vaccination is not made mandatory but all other conditions apply.
“In addition to the above, Indians have to take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to their travel.
“While there are four vaccines in the UAE for use on eligible individuals against the Covid-19 infection – Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca, it is unclear if the UAE has approved vaccines administered on Indian, South African and Nigerian citizens in their countries,” it stated.
“All travellers are also required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure.
“UAE citizens are exempted.
“Only QR coded PCR test result certificates are accepted.
“All passengers must take a rapid PCR test four hours prior to flight departure.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at Dubai Airport.
“Passengers should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.
“Passengers should produce a negative PCR test certificate with a QR Code from labs approved by the Nigerian government.
“All passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival to Dubai Airport.
“Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.
“Entry will now be permitted to residents who have received two doses of UAE-approved vaccines,” the state said.
The revised procedures for travellers coming from the Republic of India, South Africa and Nigeria were issued by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.
They are effective from June 23, the Dubai Media Office said.
It said the updates are part of the committee’s keenness to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on Covid-19 preventive measures, said the Chairman of the Supreme Committee, Sheikh Mansoor Al-Maktoum.
The Media Office announcement said the updated travel protocols are part of a normal process of revising and optimising preventive measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.
Bagudu Vows To Lead Rescue Operation Over Yauri Abduction
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State last Saturday vowed to lead the rescue operation of teachers and students abducted from the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Ngaski Local Government Area of the State.
Bagudu, who is also Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, spoke when local hunters visited him.
Reports had that the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, also paid a solidarity and sympathy visit on Gov. Bagudu.
Bagudu assured that some other governors and stakeholders will join him in the ongoing search operations for the abducted students and staff of the school.
According to him, he will discuss with his colleagues and security agencies in this direction, so as not to jeorpardise the ongoing commendable operations to rescue the abducted students and staff.
He said: “But, we will go out there and like I promised, the day we will move out, I will not be in the office because we will join you in the field.”
The Kebbi State Governor said that this would be done barring all consequences in a bid to rescue the abductees.
Bagudu argued: “It is not weapons that win wars, but it is the will that bad people cannot triumph and we will show that, we have enough will power .
“President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies have been doing the best they could with limited resources.
“But, we also need to mobilize, kit ourselves and take on these bandits. Our various scriptures as Muslims and Christians allow us to put our lives at risk in defence of our honour, property and our faiths.
“In what the bandits are doing, they have challenged all of us, so, we can’t let them.”
Bagudu asked the hunters to go back and fully mobilise, pending when he gets the necessary clearance from the security agencies, adding, “we will meet in the field.”
The governor maintained that governors were not sworn in only to sit down in the office and work.
He stated that they are aware that one day they would be required to lead in the field, even though they are not military or police personnel.
He said that if hundreds of thousands of people can be mobilised during campaigns, same should be done now to join the search party.
He said: “What happened in Birnin Yauri should be the last straw. We should follow these bandits wherever they are and take them on.”
Bagudu also described the abduction as very callous, even as he lauded the security agencies, management of the school, ‘Yan Sakai and vigilantes for their heroic efforts since the bandits struck at the college.
Govs, Others Task Security Agencies On S’East
South-East governors and leaders have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the zone.
They made the call on Saturday in Enugu after a meeting attended by political leaders, socio-cultural organisations, clerics and the traditional leaders.
The Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, who addressed reporters after the meeting, condemned the killing of civilians in the zone by security agencies.
Umahi urged them to discharge their duties within the law and in accordance with their rules of engagement.
The Ebonyi governor reaffirmed the commitment of the region to the corporate existence of the country.
Umahi, however, said that such union must be based on love, mutual respect and equality of rights irrespective of one’s religion, ethnic group, political inclination and creed.
The governor said the various secessionist groups from the region were not speaking for the people of the area.
He said the leaders from the zone had set up a committee to engage the agitators to allow elders of the region to address their fears.
“We have come out publicly on many occasions to speak against such agitations,” he said.
Umahi said the meeting was in fulfilment of the June 11 agreement they had with a federal government delegation led by the Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi, a retired major-general.
“Consequent upon that, we scheduled our own meeting today to discuss and articulate our positions.
“This is to enable us not only engage the presidential team but also engage our people over all burning issues,” he said.
The governor said leaders from the region had noted with concern threats against the Igbo people by some groups in other regions.
“The meeting pleaded with leaders of other regions to note such threats to our people, address it and protect our people,” he said.
He said that governors from the South-East had assured people from other ethnic nationalities of their safety in the region in spite of the prevailing circumstances.
The leaders condemned the killing of security personnel and burning of government infrastructure in the region.
He called on National Assembly members from the region to support the creation of state police in the ongoing efforts to amend the constitution.
The governor said the meeting endorsed the South-East joint security unit called EbubeAgu, and requested the personnel to work with statutory security agencies.
Those present at the meeting included Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
Anambra and Imo states were represented by the deputy governors, Nkem Okeke and Placid Njoku respectively.
Others were the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uche Ogah, and President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, George Obiozo.
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