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L-R: Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, and Gov. Abdullazeez Yari of Zamfara, at the 19 Northern Governors Forum's  meeting in Kaduna on Friday.

L-R: Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, and Gov. Abdullazeez Yari of Zamfara, at the 19 Northern Governors Forum’s meeting in Kaduna on Friday.


Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa has
approved the appointment of Alhaji Adamu Sanda, the Gangwari Ganye (paramount ruler of Ganye), as 2016 Amirul Hajj.
A statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Malam Ahmad Sajoh in Yola noted that the five-man Amirul Hajj team has Alhaji Nuhu Bawandu as Deputy Amirul Hajj and Alhaji Musa Ahmad as Secretary.
Sajoh stated that the governor had also approved the reconstitution of the state’s Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.
He noted that the reconstitution of Board was occasioned by a new law passed by the state’s House of Assembly assented to by the governor.


A retired forest guard, Mr Olagunju Ajeigbe, has
called on state and local governments to be proactive and take stringent measures to address the indiscriminate felling of trees in the South-Western region.
Ajeigbe made the call in an interview with newsmen in Ikole, Ekiti.
He condemned the activities of some timber contractors in the region, adding that indiscriminate felling of trees would lead to some consequences in the future.
He expressed worry that failure of government to act fast would cause more damages to cash crops such as palm trees, kola-nut and cocoa trees


The Healthwatch Forum, an NGO, has urged
Nigerians to hold government responsible for any failure in service delivery.
A public health consultant and Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the call at the Healthwatch Forum with the theme “Active Citizenship for Health’’ in Abuja.
He noted that health issues were not adequately captured in the political agenda of the government.
Ihekweazu described the forum as a process of making government accountable to its responsibilities, among others.


A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Society
For Family Health (SFH), says it will equip 57 primary health care centres in Gombe State.
SFH’s Programm Manager, Mr Abare Galadina,  disclosed this in Gombe at a Thematic Round Table for Stakeholders in the health sector, organised by Inganta Rayuwan Iyali (IRI) project BBC Media Action.
He noted that virtually all the primary health care centres in Gombe were ill equipped, adding that the centres would be equipped between January and August 2016.


A Corps member, Mr Kalu Ndukwe, has
constructed three toilets at his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) in Gagarawa Local Government Area of Jigawa.
Ndukwe, who is serving at Government Day Junior Secondary School, Gagarawa, said he spent N290,000 to construct the facilities.
He said the gesture was to discourage open defication among students of the school due to inadequate toilet facilities in the area.
The corps member said the initiative would also enhance sanitation and hygiene among the students.


A Kano Magistrates’ Court has sentenced seven
women to three months’ imprisonment for engaging in prostitution and immoral acts.
Binta Musa, 19, Maryam Garba, 19, Zulai Usman, 21, Fatima Tijjani, 20, Sadiya Ibrahim, 18, Maryam Mustafa, 17, and Ali Bashir, 20, were convicted on a two-count charge of prostitution and immoral acts.
The convicts pleaded guilty to the offences.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Khaleel sentenced them to three months’ imprisonment with an option of N 10,000 fine for each.


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has
called on Federal Government to resolve the lingering problem of insecurity, power outage and fuel scarcity and other issues affecting the masses.
A statement signed by the association’s Public Relation Officer in the 19 Northern states and the FCT, Rev. Joseph Hayab, in Kaduna, said that Nigerians were suffering and there was urgent need for government to act.
“The popularity of the present administration in the country is rapidly diminishing due to the prevailing problems of insecurity, power and fuel scarcity.


An Omu-Aran Upper Area Court in Kwara has
granted N1 million bail to three accused charged with theft of N8.8 million cooperative funds.
The accused Sola Adewumi, Modupe Awotayo and Oyeyipo Sunday were also granted two sureties each in like sum.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and theft.
The court also ordered them to report daily for one month at the office of the Omu-Aran Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.


The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James
Enwinstle, said  that Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme annually costs her about N132billion ($660million) annually. Entwistle, who made this known in his message to mark this year’s World Malaria Day, said that despite Nigeria’s current ‘’tremendous progress’’ in malaria elimination, much commitment was still needed.
He spoke on the theme “Ending Malaria in Nigeria for Good’’, in Nigeria, the National Malaria Elimination Programme estimates malaria costs the Nigerian economy about 132 billion naira ($660 million) annually.

A housewife, Asiata Lamidi ,  has told a Mapo
Customary Court in Ibadan that she was not the cause of her husband’s ( Muritala Lamidi) impotence.
Asiata told the court that she decided to call-it-quit with Lamidi because he was spreading the rumour around that she was responsible for the dysfunction of his manhood.
“My stay under the same roof with Lamidi as husband and wife will no longer be possible because he has slandered my name.


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
(NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has impounded an NNPC branded tanker for diversion of 11,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, who briefed newsmen after the incident in Akure, ordered that the product be sold to the public at the official pump price of N86.
Ayinla said that the tanker marked FST 309 XR, was caught by the officers of the command while discharging the 11,000 litres of PMS at Satabest filling station, located along Ijoka road, Akure.
“As at the time the tanker was caught, it had already discharged about 11,000 litres of the product in the filling station.


The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
has distributed 11,200 litres of petrol free to motorists at the Basat Multi Trade Nigeria Ltd filling station in Sokoto.
Our correspondent reports that the filling station, which was sealed for hoarding, was also fined N1 million.
The agency meted out the punitive measures to the independent filling station during an enforcement exercise led by its Sokoto Zonal Operations Controller, Mr Mohammed Makera.
It was observed that each motorist was given 30 litres free, while motorcyclists each received five litres.
Similarly, three other independent filling stations were sealed and fined N 100,000 each per pump for under delivery and selling above the government approved pump price of N 86.50 per litre.

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MFN President Lauds IFMA Over Tournament Sponsorship



President of Muaythai Federation of Nigeria MFN, Comrade Paul Egonu has lauded International Federation of Muaythai Association (IFMA) over the sponsorship of about 600 Khru Muaythai, trainers and foreign Muaythai boxers to perform the Wai Khru Muaythai ceremony.

The event was held at the Ancient Olympia Stadium in Greece, the birth place of Olympics Games. It was witnessed by a huge crowd including notable Muauythai athletes all over the world.

Comrade Egonu made the commendation in an exclusive Interview with Tidesports yesterday, shortly he arrived Port Harcourt from MFN meeting in Lagos, saying that the commendation was also borne out of the fact that IFMA made it possible for Muaythai to feature in Tokyo Japan 2020 Olympics as a scoring sport.

He further commended IFMA leaders, Dr. Sakchai Tapsuwan, President Stefan Fox, Secretary-General Janice Linn, Sports Director Dr. Supranee Kuptasara, former manager of the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)Associate Professor Dr. Anan Meksawan, Dr. Chao Watayotha, International Khru Muaythai and other leaders to organise ” Muauythai IFMA Senior World Championship 2024″ in Patras, Greece, May 31 through June 9, 2024.

According to him, over 1,200 Muaythai athletes from 79 countries from five continents participated in the World Muaythai Championship and Muaythai boxers were divided into different categories.

“We commend our Internatiomal body to have successfully hosted Muauythai IFMA Senior World Championship 2024″ in Patras, Greece, between May 31 – June 9, 2024 and sponsor over 600 Khru Muaythai, trainers and foreign Muaythai boxers to perform the Wai Khru Muaythai ceremony in Ancient Olympia Stadium in Greece, the birth place of Olympics Games and prepared to showcase talents at the forthcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

” Apart from that we are also happy that our parent body is making sure that the sport is acceptable in every part of the world including in Nigeria”, Comrade Egonu said.

He use the forum to urge Muaythai athletes in Nigeria to keep faith and their moral high as the Federation awaits Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports to do the needful by recognising Muauythai as a scoring sports in NSF, as they have met the statutory requirements.

” As Federation we have met statutory requirements to be a scoring sports in NSF because we have appeared in three National demonstrations and have two-third of Muaythai athletes in the States which we have achieved since 2006 at the NSF Gateway Ogun State and unofficial demonstration at the 20th National sports Festival tagged Edo2020 NSF held in Edo state”, he stated.

The MFN President also assured Muaythai athletes in Nigeria that they will participate at the forthcoming NSF scheduled to hold in Ogun State next year January.


Tonye Orabere

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Winners-Take-All Approach Detrimental To Political Justice And Unity – Jonathan



Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned that the prevailing “winners-take-all” approach to politics in Nigeria is detrimental to political justice and unity.
Speaking yesterday as the chairman of the national symposium to mark this year’s Democracy Day at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Jonathan emphasised the need for a more inclusive system where parties that perform well at the polls are given a role in governance.
The symposium, which marked this year’s Democracy Day, brought together prominent figures from across the country to discuss the state of democracy in Nigeria and the need for reforms.
Jonathan highlighted the negative impact of the current zero-sum practice, which he said fosters a culture of do-or-die politics. He urged the National Assembly to work out a formula that would ensure parties that score a certain percentage of votes in an election are included in governance, thereby promoting political justice and unity.
“The powers of the presidents are defined by different constitutions and so on and so forth.
“So our National Assembly can also look at models that will suit us. The zero-sum approach, where a party that even sometimes gets 40% of votes, especially at the state levels will have nothing, gives rise to this do-or-die politics.
“That zero-sum approach, I think, is inimical to consolidating and strengthening our democracy.
“Let me conclude by saying that together, we can forge a Nigeria where every citizen has a voice, where opportunities abound, where the promise of a better tomorrow is not just a dream but a tangible reality.
“Let us therefore celebrate this milestone with pride and renewed determination.”
President Jonathan also advised President Bola Tinubu’s administration to ensure that the politics of the next 25 years are transformative and inclusive, saying that there must be a determined effort to dilute the politics of region and religion.
“And I know you and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was a key actor in the June 12 crisis, will have the capacity to navigate through that process.
“I believe this programme and others commemorating this landmark will point the way to that glorious vision and prepare the nation for golden time centenary celebrations of enduring democracy.”
Noting that the path towards democratic consolidation has been a difficult one, he said the return of democracy in 1999, after many years of military reign, signalled a new phase in the national journey and shared vision of unity, peace and progress.
The former president added: “In the last 25 years, we have made modest progress in this regard amid some challenges. As a nation, we built an economy that was once the biggest on the African continent, experienced significant infrastructural growth, made strides in the arts and sports, and recorded many peaceful political transitions at the national and sub-national levels.
“Democracy has also brought about improved access to governance, amplified silent voices and reinforced the idea of sovereignty.
“Whenever I tune in to Nigerian TV stations, especially in the morning and see young men and women discussing and interrogating contemporary political issues and holding leaders to account, I thank God for democracy and appreciate the gains we have made over the years.
“In these 25 years, through four power transitions from one president to another, including the death of a sitting president, we have seen the gradual strengthening of our democratic institutions, the expansion of civil liberties, and the active participation of our citizenry in the political process. This progress, while commendable, also reminds us that our work is far from done.
“It is, therefore, time to make this journey seamless, through good citizenship, patriotic service as well as sacrificial and exemplary stewardship.
“We must continue to build upon the foundations laid, deepen our democratic roots, and ensure that the dividends of democracy are felt by all Nigerians, regardless of their social, economic or geographic status.”
Jonathan also called on the political class and elites to lead by example and work with unity of purpose to guarantee peace, social justice, and effective governance for Nigerian citizens.
He emphasised the need for elected representatives to reflect their roles through their lifestyles and actions.
He said: “For democracy to yield its desired dividend, we the political class and elites must lead by example and work with unity of purpose to guarantee peace and social justice for the citizens. And our lifestyle must reflect that we are elected people.

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Ibom Developers Drive Sustainable Growth Through Skill Acquisition Workshop In Amazaba Community, Akwa Ibom



Skill acquisition is a principal factor for building a successful career, significantly enhancing one’s employability and opening doors to various career opportunities. It serves as a cornerstone for driving holistic development within communities, fostering economic empowerment, and promoting sustainable growth.
Recognising the transformative impact of its ongoing skill acquisition initiatives, Ibom Developers has extended its programme to the Amazaba community in Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa Ibom State, from 3rd to 14th June 2024.
This initiative aims to foster economic empowerment and community development by equipping participants with practical skills essential for economic independence.
During the event, 160 women received intensive training in catering, food hygiene, packaging, hairdressing, wig making, ventilation, and styling over a period of two weeks.
Distinguished guests, including Chief Gogonte Luke Nglass, Chairman of the Amazaba Council of Chiefs, Chief Alexander Ikowa, Village Head of Okorobilom, Chief J.J Job, Village Head of Bethlehem, Mrs. Gloria Gogonte, Vice President of the Amazaba Women Association, and Victoria Solomon Bibama, Assistant Secretary of the Amazaba Women Association, were present.
Grateful for the initiative and its impact on the community, especially in advancing women’s skills, Chief Gogonte Luke Nglass expressed optimism for transformative change, stating, “We are grateful, and we eagerly anticipate witnessing the profound effects of this initiative on our community.”
Skill acquisition empowers individuals to navigate the modern job market, achieve personal and professional growth, and contribute to economic and social development.
Emphasising the role of skill acquisition in empowering women and youth, Victoria Solomon Bibama expressed, “This is highly commendable, and initiatives like these bring us closer to a future where every woman can thrive, and no community is left behind.”
Equipping women with relevant skills, especially in rural areas, expands opportunities for meaningful employment. Ibom Developers’ efforts contribute to building a stronger society, facilitating economic growth and social progress.
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