The Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation has granted scholarship to over 600 undergraduates from poor families in the 19 Northern states and Federal Capital Territory.
Managing Director of the foundation, Abubakar Umar made the disclosure in an interview with The Tide source in Kaduna.
Umar explained that the scholarship grant was for undergraduates studying sciences, engineering, medicine, and related courses like Information Communication Technology (ICT).
According to him, the foundation has been selecting 200 undergraduates, 10 from each state and FCT for the award of the scholarship.
“The scholarship is only awarded for those students who are indigent and have difficulty in settling their school fees.
“We ensure that those that benefit from the scholarship are brilliant students who have CGP of 2.5 and above both in universities and the polytechnics.”
The managing director added that it was awarded to students from 200 level, and each receive N100,000 yearly until they graduate.
According to him, about 47 percent of the beneficiaries have graduated with first class degrees and distinction from universities and polytechnics.
“We are happy to say that we have touched their lives and it is a thing of pride they have become what we call the Sir Ahmadu Bello scholars,” he said.
Umar explained that the foundation has been bringing the beneficiaries together to know themselves, share experiences, and participate in mentorship programmes.
“Some of them that were not able to get jobs, we help them through referrals to get employment in public service or private sector.
Umar disclosed that since the establishment of the Foundation in 2009 by the 19 Northern Governors, it had intervened in education, enterprenuership, skills acquisition and health sectors.
“We have done alot of intervention on leadership values, holding annual lectures on good governance, and we have been able to achieve alot in conflict resolution and peace building across the north.
“We have also done alot of intervention on the problems associated with internally displaced persons and refugees across the North,” he said.
CAN Urges End To Secession Agitations
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State, Rev. Fr Polycarp Lubo, has called for an end to secession agitations by groups in the country.
The CAN chairman made the call in an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Jos.
He said that agitations for secession by some individuals and groups in Nigeria coupled with the incidences of armed banditry and kidnapping were impeding rapid development in the country.
According to Lubo, it required concerted efforts from both the government and the governed to contain the menace.
“Nigeria should be united, no matter our differences, let us join our hands together so that we can move this country ahead,” he said.
The chairman said that the 22 years of Nigeria’s democracy should not be truncated, stressing, “I feel we can do better and give our best to the country and make it a better place”
He urged Nigerians to always contribute to the progress of the country rather than think about what they can take out of the country.
Lubo commended the armed forces and other security agencies for their efforts in ensuring that peace reigns in the country.
He said that in spite of attacks on some communities in Plateau State, Gov. Lalong was committed to finding lasting solutions to the challenges.
The CAN chairman urged Lalong to strengthen the local security agencies in the state to augment governments’ efforts in addressing security challenges.
Court Remands Man For Allegedly Defiling Neighbour’s Daughter
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a 25-year-old businessman, Gabriel Audu, who allegedly defiled a seven-year-old girl, be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre, pending legal advice.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Layinka, who did not take the defendant’s plea, directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send it to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
She adjourned the case until July 6 for the DPP’s advice.
The defendant, who lives in Ikeja, is charged with threat to life and defilement.
Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 5 at his residence.
He said that the defendant defiled his neighbour’s daughter.
The defendant, he said, lured the girl to his room, defiled her and threatened to kill her if she told anybody.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 56 and 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 137 attracts life imprisonment for defilement.
Five Feared Dead, Four Others Injured In Enugu
No fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead while four others are now lying critically ill in the hospital following gunshot wounds they received during shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, June 20, 2021 about 0930hrs at Golf Estate, Enugu.
A statement issued in Enugu on Sunday, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu State Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to newsmen in Enugu, stated that the Police Inspector attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9, Umuahia, Abia State alleged to be involved in the shooting incident while on duty at RC Lotto Company in the Estate has been arrested and taken into custody pending conclusion of investigation.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CIID), to carry out thorough investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.
According to the statement, Commissioner Aliyu, who gave the order after visiting the hospital where 4 of the persons said to have sustained gunshot injuries are receiving treatment and 5 others whose injuries were critical, have been confirmed dead by Doctors on duty and their corpses deposited in the mortuary for autopsy, also ordered the swift conclusion of the investigation to aid further necessary actions by the Police.
While sympathising with family members and friends of the deceased persons, CP Aliyu urged them to remain calm and cooperate with the Command in the ongoing investigation.
He further used the occasion to call on eye witnesses at the scene of the incident to volunteer useful information that will aid the thorough and swift conclusion of the investigation, with a view to ensuring that justice prevails in the ugly incident.
By: Canice Amadi, Enugu
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