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Gambian President Meets Buhari …Lauds Nigeria’s Roles In Africa

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The Gambian President, Adama Barrow yesterday praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership role in the stabilisation of African countries.
Barrow made the commendation at a news conference he jointly addressed with President Buhari after bilateral talks in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The 51-year-old Gambian president said that President Buhari played the role of a game-changer in Gambian politics as his contributions helped to ensure political stability, not only in The Gambia, but in Africa as a whole.
“When we met in Mali, he (Buhari) took a decision as a leader in a closed door meeting, where he made one statement that changed everything.
“He said that if The Gambian President (Yahya Jammeh) wanted to challenge the sub-region, he was welcome.
“This was his words and that made a big difference as a leader.
“And that leadership role was very important, not just for The Gambia, but for Africa because the problem was an African problem and the solution was an African solution.
“So we are very grateful and that is why we have come to say thank you.
“There is a saying in my country that if you want to thank a farmer for a good job, you have to visit him at his farm; that is why we are here.’’
On agreements that led to the smooth transition in his country, Barrow commended ECOWAS, UNDP and the rest of the international community for the roles they played in convincing the former president, Yahya Jammeh, to accept the will of the people.
He said: “Basically, the deal was struck by the ECOWAS, UNDP and the international community.
“In this mediation, Nigeria was involved; Liberia, as the chair, was involved; the Guinean and Mauritanian Presidents were also involved.
“The Guinean and the Mauritanian Presidents were physically on ground for him (Jammeh) to accept the will of the people and exit to allow us to assume office.
“This was the deal, he accepted to go on exile because we couldn’t guarantee his security. This was the deal.’’
While fielding question on possible assistances to be offered to The Gambia by Nigeria, President Buhari stated that the two countries would soon draw up programmes that would complement each other’s efforts on development.
He expressed the hope that such programmes when operational would help The Gambia to overcome some of its ongoing reforms meant to uplift the quality of life of the Gambians.
“We did our best in the most critical time, hopefully now the president will raise his team and we will raise a corresponding team and we will sit together and see how we can draw a political programme that will complement each other’s effort on development. So this will be the next time we are going,’’ he added.
Barrow, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time since his inauguration as Gambian President on January 19, 2017, ended the rule of long-time leader of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who is currently on exile in Equatorial Guinea.
It would be recalled that President Buhari played a major role in ensuring smooth democratic transition in The Gambia even when Jammeh refused to step aside.
The Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) appointed Buhari the Mediator in Chief on the Gambian political impasse.

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Missing National Light Newspaper’s Journalist, Mathew Onwuasoanya, Found

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Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC),  publisher of the National Light group of Newspapers, Awka has announced that one of their reporters, Barr Mathew Onwuasoanya who went missing for more than  a month has been found.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Media House, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, Editor of the newspaper, Mrs Rose Oranye, along with Chairman, Anambra State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ), Sir Emma Ifesinachi and the Council’s Secretary, Mr Emma Udeagha, on Thursday, July 9, 2020, met with Mr Onwuasoanya and members of his family.
During the meeting, Barr Onwuasoanya narrated his ordeal within the five weeks of his surprised absence. He explained how he was taken from his residence on May 30, 2020.
 He confirmed that he was picked up by some security men as reported but he got released thereafter.
After the shocking encounter with security agents which left him rattled, he promptly sought medical attention to attend to the traumatic experience.
 He disclosed that he received treatment all the while until he returned home while expressing his regret for his inability to reach

out to anybody given that he lives alone and had lost his phones in the process.
This reporter recalled that in a terse statement released earlier by the MD, a brother to the journalist, Mr Oliver Onwuasoanya had said that neighbours told him “that about 2am on May, 30, some vehicles, comprising a white Hilux truck and a Highlander with some gun – bearing men dressed in what looks like security men’s uniform came and whisked him away”.
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Rivers Scholar Wins 2020 Cambridge Outstanding Learners Award

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An Egi-born indigent scholar from Showers Christian Schools, Port Harcourt in Rivers State has won the British Council high recognition and outstanding Cambridge Learners Award for 2020.
The teenager, Ike Holy, scored 94 per cent in Combined Science (O Level) in the Cambridge International Examinations in the November 2019 diet. This is said to be the best result in three sessions in the subject.
This achievement has also position him as the second person since 2017 from Showers Schools to win such recognition in the Cambridge examinations.
The Tide gathered that four Showers students made distinctions (A’s) in the same subject, Combined Science O levels, in top grades: distinctions (A*-A), also in Mathematics, and  A’s in English Language.
The Learners Award acknowledges exceptional Nigeria-based learners’ achievements in Cambridge examinations taken by students around the world through the British Council.
Showers Proprietress, Mrs. Ekama Emilia

Akpan in reaction to the award, said: “Again, we thank God, Total E&P Nig. Ltd, the parents, and our committed, hard working teachers, who in spite of all, supported and believed in the dreams of the management, to train and graduate students in a sustainable manner devoid of examination malpractice
Ike hails from Amah in Egi Community and was admitted at 11 years of age to Showers Christian High School.
According to the CEO, “His entry performance was below average, but with the schedule of teaching in place, he made a great improvement to warrant the success in the examination.
Akpan, who is also top member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), said Ike is one of the scholars of “Catch Dem Young Educational Support Programme” initiated by Total E & P Nigeria Limited since 2007, to support indigent students chosen from thirteen (13) Egi Communities of Rivers State.
“Showers International School was given the mandate by Total E& P to teach the students

to the level to be competitive with the best in Nigeria.”
Speaking further, Mrs Akpan commended the Rivers State Government for providing the enabling environment for indigent students to achieve such a noble academic award, in times like this. She believes there are many hidden and unrecognized talents in the State that are waiting to be discovered and groomed to excel, but more support is required to be able to develop such talents to seize the opportunities to achieve more  global academic accolades.
Responding to the award, lke said, “The school jealously guards its policy on examination malpractice, which has drilled us to understand that nothing good comes easy, and that quality does not come by chance but by hard work. Showers group has  a philosophy that says if you fall, you pick yourself up and try again until you get it right.
“I particularly appreciate my parents for their consistent love, belief in me and encouragement, in spite of their own financially challenging circumstances.
“The International Learners Award means a lot to me.  I believe this achievement will also challenge other students in and outside my school to strive to work harder to merit such awards.”
Lilian Peters
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NPA Empowers Three Rivers Communities With Working Tools

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As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, the  Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman has empowered three host communities to Rivers Port Complex, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with various working tools valued millions of Naira.
Usman said the empowerment is aimed at sustaining the cordial relationship between the Port and the communities.
NPA empowered Bundu-Ama with 35 deep Freezers, Okari-Ama with 80 Grinding machines and Isaka communities with 40 Welding machines.
The Three Rivers communities are in Okrika Local Government Areas of Rivers State.
Speaking during the official presentation of the items to the communities, Managing Director  NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman said  it aimed  is to ensure peaceful co existence in its operational areas.
Bala Usman insisted that without the existing peace and unity between the host and the Port, business would not strive at the complex
Represented by the Port Manager, Rivers Port

Complex, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim  Anji, Usman,  thanked the communities for its Co-operation with the management of the Rivers Port Complex over the years and assured the host that NPA would improve in its CRS in years ahead.
“We appreciate your cooperation with the Port Management and that is why we are doing these things to your communities, we no longer have crisis in the complex, Usman said
“This is parts of our CSR to your communities, NPA would improve in years ahead to your communities” She said.
Usman admonished the communities to make judicious use of the working tools donated by NPA for the benefits and the growth of its people.
Recieving the items, Chairman, Okari-Aka Community, Mr. Ezekiel Okari thanked the  Managing Director of  NPA, Ms Bala Usman for her prompt attention to the need of his community by empowering his people with 80 Grinding machines.
Okari assured the management that his community would make judicious use of the

items.
He noted that the working tools would help at empowering the youths of his community.
Also speaking,  Chief  Willam Addoh of Bundu-Ama community lauded the management for empowering his community with 35 deep freezers.
Addoh said the gesture would ensure cordial working relationship with the Port and empower the youths for a better living.
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