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L-R: Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, his wife, Bolanle and Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, during a visit by Governor Ganduje to Lagos State Government House, yesterday.

L-R: Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, his wife, Bolanle and Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, during a visit by Governor Ganduje to Lagos State Government House, yesterday.

Borno

Governor  Kashim Shettima of Borno State, has directed
the state Specialist Hospital to provide free medical services to the victims of a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri.
Our correspondent  reports that the incident happened at the entrance of the Musa Usman Secretariat. Shettima, who gave the directive when he visited the victims at the hospital, described the incident as shocking.
The governor attributed the renewed suicide bombings to the current military operation in Sambisa forest, a hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists.
He advised residents to be vigilant as the fleeing terrorists are trying to sneak into the town to cause mayhem.
Earlier, Alhaji Ahmed Satomi, Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told the governor that two persons including the suicide bomber died during the attack.
Ekiti

The management of College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti,
Ekiti State, has  approved the establishment of 11 new academic programmes for the institution.
Mr Temitope Akinbisoye, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the college, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.
Akinbisoye said that the Provost of the college, Dr Mojisola Oyarekua, said the new academic programmes were established to create opportunities for people to acquire education irrespective of their status and background.
He quoted the Provost as saying that the programmes which would run for both diploma and certificate, were also set up to enhance manpower development.
Jigawa

The Jigawa State  chapter of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam
(JNI), has commenced the training of its 450 members on security, safety and First Aid.
The Secretary of the group, Malam Muhammad Babangida, told newsmen in Dutse that the programme was to complement government’s efforts to provide security, safety and disaster control in the state.
“The JNI feels it should contribute its quota to national security, health and disaster control through full participation in security and social responsibilities in the society,” Babangida said.  “The beneficiaries will be trained on modern security approach, improved peace, conflict prevention, peace building, first-aid, accident prevention and environmental hazard.
Kaduna

Sight Savers, an NGO, says  it has taken  the fight against
five Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to rural areas in Kaduna state.
Dr AbdulKadir Isa-Randagi, the Programme Manager of the organisation, made this known to newsmen  shortly after a visit to the Emir of Zazzau in Zaria, Kaduna state.
Isa-Randagi said the programme was designed to reach the grassroots through traditional rulers to effectively achieve the set goals.
He listed the diseases as Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephanthiatis), Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), Soil Transmitted Helnicathes (Intestinal Worms) and Trachoma (Blinding Eye Disease).

Kano

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano has sentenced a
22-year-old man, Bilyaminu Danladi, to 20 months imprisonment for causing hurt and being a member of unlawful society.
Danladi of Sheka Quarters Kano was charged with joining unlawful assembly and causing hurt while armed with deadly weapon, contrary to Sections 242 and 103 of the Penal Code.
The Chief Magistrate, Ibrahim Khaleel, sentenced Danladi after he pleaded guilty to the two-count charge.
Khaleel sentenced the convict to nine months imprisonment or a fine of N15,000 for the first count charge, and six months imprisonment or a fine of N10,000 for the second count charge.  He also ordered the convict to pay N50,000 as compensation to the victim to buy drugs or five months imprisonment.

Kebbi

The Chairman of Kebbi State Council of Ulama Malam
Umaru Ikah, has died on Wednesday at the age of 66.
A Government statement signed by Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said that the deceased died in Birnin Kebbi while returning from his farm.
Our correspondent  reports that Ikah, a renowned Islamic scholar, was survived by four wives, 45 children and grand children.
Until his death, late Sheikh Umaru Ikah, was the Sarkin Malamai of Gwandu Emirate, and was the leader of preachers committee of the 2015 Hajj delegation of the state.

Kogi

Kogi State House of Assembly has  invited all heads of
tertiary institutions in the state to appear before it on allegations of massive extortion of students under their management.
The resolution followed a motion moved at the House plenary by Lawi Ahmed (PDP-Okene 1) accusing heads of the institutions of connivance with their lecturers in the extortion game on students.
He told his colleagues that the students were forced to buy some unrecognised educational materials under threat of failure.
The legislator said such antics ran contrary to the operational rules of the institutions which are charged with providing needed environment for students to develop in character and learning for which they are awarded certificates at the end of their various programmes.
Moving the motion, he expressed regrets that the institutions had been turned into “extortion grounds where lecturers take advantage of their positions to intimidate and extort money from hapless students’’.

Lagos

A landlady, Modupe Akinbolade, 55 and her daughter,
Abimbola Akinbolade, 32, have been docked before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly beating up Modupe’s tenant.
The accused trader and her medical doctor daughter who live at 14, Jisco Close, Ikola in Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos, are being tried for conspiracy, assault and causing a breach of the peace.
The prosecutor, Insp Clifford Ogu, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 19 at Modupe’s residence.
Ogu said that a fight ensued between the complainant, Mrs Chinyere Mbadikwe and her landlady, Modupe Akinbolade, over the cleaning of the compound.
“The two were fighting when the landlady’s daughter came in and joined the mother to beat-up the tenant.
Osun

The Osun State House of Assembly has  passed the
state’s 2016 budget estimate of N141 billion.
The passage of the budget followed a motion by Mr Kamil Oyedele, the Chairman of Finance and Appropriation Committee during plenary in Osogbo.
The budget has N79.18 billion representing 56.06 per cent as Recurrent Expenditure and N62.09 billion representing 43.95 as Capital Expenditure.
Also, it estimated recurrent revenue at N99.47 billion, representing 70.41 per cent, while the capital revenue expectation is N41.80 billion, representing 29.59 per cent.

Oyo

A Dentist, Dr Yemi Ajala said that continuous toothache
and sharp pain without obvious cause could be signs of tooth decay.
Ajala told newsmen  in Ibadan that tooth decay was a decay of the outer part of the surface of the tooth as a result of bacterial action.
“The mouth is full of different types of bacteria that live on teeth, gums, tongue and other places in our mouths.
“Some bacteria are helpful, while some can be harmful such as those that play a role in the tooth decay process. These can lead to a hole in the tooth called a cavity.
“If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and severe damage to the tooth,” he said.

Plateau

The Plateau State Government has approved the recruit
ment of 4, 850 ad hoc teachers as part of efforts to address the acute shortage of teachers in the state.
Prof. Mathew Sule, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), told newsmen  in Jos.
He said that the move was to address staffing deficit that had affected the quality of education in the state.
“Staffing deficit in public primary schools in Plateau has been a major concern and priority to the administration of Governor Lalong; he said.

Sokoto

The Sokoto State House of Assembly has passed a law
to repeal the Sokoto State Road Traffic Law of 1996.
In its place the assembly approved the enactment of Sokoto Roads Traffic Management Law, 2016.
Our correspondent reports that the assembly took the decision after ratifying the report of its Committee on Works and Transport during its sitting.
The report, presented by the committee’s Chairman, Alhaji Sani Yakubu, said that the new law would create “one management, administrative and enforcement agency for the state”
This will also empower it to enforce road traffic law and regulations, environmental and other public health laws and regulations, as well as providing supplementary/vigilante security in the state.’’

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MFN President Lauds IFMA Over Tournament Sponsorship

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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

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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

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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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