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Bauchi

The Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) of Federal
Government Girls College, Bauchi, last Saturday rejected proposals by the school’s management to be sending to them directly, the results of their wards through handset.
Introducing the plan during a meeting of the association, the school’s Examination Officer, Mr. Obu Godpower, explained that such arrangement was necessitated by complaints from some parents that their wards do not present their report cards.
According to him, the sending of reports to parents through SMS, if introduced, will address the problem.
“ If agreed, parents would receive their children’s continuoues assessments score, examination score in all subject every term at just N300.
“As such, whether a student brings his result home or not, parent will receive same directly in their handset via SMS“.
Godpower said that the plan would also provide parents, access to the school website where they could view the detail performance of their children.
He explained that the company that was contacted to provide the service, requested for N500 per student, but after intense negotiations, accepted N300.

Benue

The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi , Dr
Mathias Oyigeya, last Saturday urged journalists to imbibe the culture of physical exercise to ensure fitness.
Oyigeya gave the advice in Makurdi at the end of a physical fitness programme tagged “Journalists Walk For Health,” was organised by the Benue Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), to promote physical fitness among journalists.
Represented by Dr Okoh Onojah, Head of Orthopedics at the centre, Oyigeya said physical fitness was necessary for the optimal function of the body.
Speaking earlier, the state Chairman of SWAN, Mr Emmanuel Uja, said the programme was packaged to educate members on the relevance of good health through regular exercise.
In his remarks, Chairman of Benue Council of the NUJ , Mr Kris Atsaka , commended SWAN for the initiative and urged the association to sustain it for the benefit of its members.

Ekiti

Vice President Namadi Sambo last Sunday appealed to
PDP supporters in Ekiti State to work toward ensuring victory for the party in the June 21 gubernatorial election. Sambo made the appeal during a closed-door meeting with the party’s leaders in Ado Ekiti on Sunday.
The PDP Chairman of Ekiti State, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, who briefed journalists at the end of the three-hour meeting said the meeting addressed issues relating to the party’s readiness to the June 21 polls.
He said that Sambo also appealed to aggrieved members of the party to sheath their sword and rally support for the party  to ensure victory.
Ogundipe said the Vice President assured state chapter of the party of the support of the national headquarters in the area of logistics to enable victory for the party’s candidate in the election.
He said Sambo, who heads the national campaign team for the polls, advised party supporters against being provoked by supporters of other political parties into creating chaos in the state.

FCT

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has
commiserated with the family of Akunyili on the demise of the former Information Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
In a statement signed by CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, he expressed shock and sadness on the death of the former minister and Director General of NAFDAC.
Oritsejafor described the death of Akunyili as a great loss not only to her family but to the entire nation and humanity at large given her track record in public service.
“ On behalf of the entire Christian community in Nigeria, I condole with the Akunyili family over the demise of one of Nigeria’s finest public officers.
“It is with shock that I receive the news of the demise of Prof. Dora Akunyili; a woman who stood for the peace and unity of Nigeria at all times and fought for the interest of the less privileged in the society.
“The Christian Association of Nigeria mourns with the family of the deceased, her friends and relations and the entire people of Nigeria,’’ Oritsejafor said.
Kano

The late Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero, has been
described by a former aide as someone that cherished peace and equality during his reign.
The late emir’s personal driver for over 30 years, Alhaji Wada Maimota, told newsmen that “he considered all persons in the palace as his sons and daughters”.
“Whenever a child was born in my house, we would tell him and he was always the one to give them names. “Whenever we were on the road, he always cautioned me to be patient at all times,” he said.
Maimota also said that the late emir was a father to all, including non- Muslims and showed concern on all issues involving all his subjects.

Kwara

Gunmen on Saturday killed Mr Baba Seriki-Sanu, a staff of
the Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara, who was on his way to Ilorin on official duty.
The Treasurer of the Kaiama Emirate Council, Seriki-Sanu,  was in a bus with other colleagues when the gunmen struck.
The source stated that the incident happened between Kaiama town and Gwaria, another village in the local government. The deceased died on the spot while other staff who sustained injuries were taken to the hospital.
The staff were on their way to Ilorin to attend a screening by the state Local Government Service Commission.
The Divisonal Police Officer (DPO), Kaiama, Mr Christopher Okun,confirmed the incident, saying that no arrest had been made.
The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Alhassan Bagudu, who also confirmed the development, described it as “shocking and pathetic’’.

Nasarawa
The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, on
Saturday called on the people of Nasarawa State to embrace peace in order to accelerate the development of the state.
Maku  made the call in Lafia at a town hall meeting organised by Eggon Unity Forum, Nasarawa South Senatorial Zone. The minister noted that the state had huge potentials, adding that it could only be harnessed in an atmosphere devoid of rancour and violence.
He also urged the people of the state to support the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Responding to call by the forum to contest for governorship position in the state in 2015, Maku said he would make his intention known in due course.
The National President of Eggon Youth Movement, Mr Daniel Anyuabuga, said Maku was a tested person and had the credential to chart a new course for the development of the entire state.
Ogun

Ogun State  lawmakers last  Sunday expressed mixed
reactions to the adoption of the report of the Committee on Public Service at the on-going National Conference on part-time legislature.
The report was on part-time legislature, and the committee had suggested it as one of the ways to reduce the cost of governance.
Some of the lawmakers who expressed their views in separate interviews in Abeokuta said the decision would not allow those in the legislature to perform effectively and optimally.
Chairman, Public Accounts Committee in the Ogun House of Assembly, Mr Abiodun Akovoyan, who is representing Ipokia constituency, cited his committee as an example.
He said the committee had been unable to cover the auditors’ report of over 70 agencies in the state due to the burden of its task.

Osun

Senator Iyiola Omisore, PDP’s candidate in the August 9
gubernatorial election in Osun State, has promised to ensure qualitative education for the state’s citizenry if elected into office.
Omisore made the promise in Osogbo last Sunday in a statement by Mr Diran Odeyemi, his Director of Media and Strategy.
The Osun PDP flagbearer said he would set things right in the area of policy formulation and implementation to ensure a high standard in the education sector.
Omisore said the indefinite strike embarked upon by lecturers in the four state-owned tertiary education institutions was a development which could cause a setback to the state’s education development.

Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged
Nigerians to turn to God in finding solutions to some of the recurring problems in the country.
The Sultan made the call in Sokoto last Sunday at a one-day seminar on “The Position of Islam on Begging.’’ organised by the Sokoto State Zakat and Endowment Committee, in collaboration with the state’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Abubakar said “we must turn to God and pray fervently for God to intervene in the affairs of Nigeria. Turning to God and living our lives according to religious injunctions are the only ways out of the current quagmire in the nation. We should also have a sense of pity toward our less privileged brothers and sisters.’’

Yobe

Yobe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC),
Alhaji Maimala Buni, on Saturday described as undemocratic, calls from certain quarters for the dissolution of political structures in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Buni, said in Damaturu that the advocates of such measures were enemies of democracy and not serious-minded people.
He described such calls as not only “inflammatory”, but also “detrimental to the sustenance of the country’s uninterrupted democratic experience.’’
“We have followed with grave concern the consistent vituperation by some politicians on the need to dismantle the political administration of the three states.
“It is apparent that some of them are not well informed, displaying bare ignorance, mixed with political intent to discredit the administrations of the three states.”
“It is most unfortunate that most of them who are beneficiary of democracy, who ought to be contributing to the building of democracy in Nigeria, are helping in destroying it. We appreciate the good effort and the developmental strides attained by the governors of the three states,” he said.

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Vice President Namadi Sambo and Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, at the inauguration of two air-conditioned Diesel Multiple Units (DMUS) and 68-seater air conditioned passenger coaches at the Iddo Rail Terminus in Lagos last Monday

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Vice President Namadi Sambo and Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, at the inauguration of two air-conditioned Diesel Multiple Units (DMUS) and 68-seater air conditioned passenger coaches at the Iddo Rail Terminus in Lagos last Monday

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Anglican Bishop Urges Politicians To Lead With Integrity

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The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta, Dr Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, has called on Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority to uphold moral standard and integrity.
Oko-Jaja said this at a thanksgiving service to mark the 90th birthday of Prof. Sylvanus Cookey at Saint Paul Anglican Church in Opobo Town, Rivers yesterday.
The Tide’s source reports that Cookey was the second Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in 1982.
Oko-Jaja advised political leaders to always be self-aware and avoid actions that could damage their reputation.
“In today’s Nigeria, hardship has changed how the people behave, as lies have become more popular than the truth.
“We now live in a country where injustice is now celebrated and lowering moral and social standard have become the new normal.
“Leaders must follow the exemplary legacies set by our forebears by becoming upright and live a life that would not bring shame to their family and community,” he said.
He attributed the country’s current economic challenges and declining living standards to leaders failing to prioritise the well-being of citizens.
“The younger generation should emulate the virtues of our predecessors like Prof. Cookey, who prioritised integrity over material gain.
“Good reputation was the norm back then, and I hope that God will restore it to Nigeria, where leaders’ goal will be to have good names.
“If anyone wants to commit evil, they should remember that their actions can bring a bad name to their family and community,” he cautioned.
Addressing the celebrant, the King of Opobo Kingdom, HRM Dandason Jaja, praised Cookey for his impact on society and described him as a mentor and philanthropist.
He said that the celebrant was a distinguished academic, who had impacted numerous youths through vocational training, leading to their successful employment in different sectors.
Speaking earlier, Cookey expressed gratitude to God for attaining 90 years and acknowledged the support of his family and friends.
Reflecting on his contributions to the country, he encouraged leaders to leave behind positive legacies for future generations to celebrate.

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Senators, Reps To Resume Plenary In Remodelled Main Chambers

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Nineteen months after federal lawmakers movement to  temporary chambers,  the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives would finally resume sittings in  their  newly remodelled main hallowed chambers tomorrow
Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon. Akin Rotimi Jnr, and the Clerk to the Senate, Barrister Chinedu Akubueze confirmed the planned movement to the main chambers in separate written announcements made penultimate week on the change in resumption date by lawmakers from their ongoing recess.
Hon. Rotimi, who is the chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, in the official announcement dated April 4, 2024 to the honourable members, cited the need to resume plenary at the renovated and reconfigured main chamber, as reason for the postponement in line with the general wish of the lawmakers.
“The House of Representatives wishes to inform the public and stakeholders of the rescheduling of the resumption date from the ongoing recess, originally slated for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, to  Tuesday, April 23, 2024.
“This adjustment is necessary to accommodate the completion of renovations to the main chamber of the House of Representatives to ensure its readiness for plenary sessions, henceforth,” he stated.
Two days after, the Clerk to the Senate also issued a statement, postponing resumption of plenary by the Senate from April 16 to 23, 2024.
Akubueze ‘s statement reads in part: “Distinguished Senators are hereby invited to note that the resumption of the plenary sitting of the Senate, which was scheduled for Tuesday, 16th April, 2024, has been postponed to Tuesday 23rd April, 2024”
It would be recalled that ahead of the projects delivery, the Site Engineer of Visible Construction, Tajudeen Olanipekun, had early last month informed journalists covering the Senate, that the two main chambers, would be ready for use by both the Senate and the House of Representatives in April this year.
Olanipekun’s assurance on delivery of the fully transformed and reconfigured hallowed chambers to management of the National Assembly, coincided with call by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, to the Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Alhaji Sani Magaji Tambawal that both the Senate and the House of Representatives, want to move to their main chambers as soon as possible after close to two years of using temporary ones.
In carrying out the subtle marching order, the construction firm in the last five weeks has carried out the required finishings on
the upgraded and reconfigured hallowed chambers fixed with state-of-the-art chairs, parliamentary equipments,  appliances and extended sitting terraces.
Physically, the entire ambience of the space in and around the hallowed chambers have been transformed, just as barricades used to restrict movements at the foyer have been removed.
The  Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, had in March 2021 awarded a N30billion renovation contract to Visible Construction Limited to rehabilitate critical segments of the National Assembly complex.
The law makers had in September  2022 vacated the main chambers to enable the Contractors;   handle the renovation work of both chambers
Some of the critical segments are the office buildings housing the office accommodation for the senators and honourable members, watertightness of the roof of the complex, the cooling system, replacement of lifts that are inoperable in the White House as well as in the House of Representatives and in the new Senate Wing among others.

By: Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi, Abuja

 

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Police Commence Recruitment Process In Anambra, Enugu

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The Zone 13 of the Nige- rian Police Force, comprising Anambra and Enugu States, has announced the venue and time for both General Duty and Specialist Constable recruitment medical screening in the two States.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Ihunwo, yesterday in Enugu.
Ihunwo said that prospective candidates from Zone 13 should note that the exercise would take place at Police Hospital, Awka.
She said that the medical screening would commence simultaneously nationwide on Tuesday, April 16, and end on April 30, 2024.
“Candidates are advised to visit the recruitment portal: https://apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng to know their status, specific time, date and other mandatory requirements.
“So also, qualified applicants are to appear in clean white T-shirt and short with the following requirements;
“National Identity Card/Slip; Print Out of Medical Examination Slip and all necessary documents.
“The Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 13 Command, AIG Godwin Aghaulor, wishes all prospective candidates success as they embark on this exercise,” he said.

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