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NDLEA Arrests 619 Suspected Drug Traffickers In Kano

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says the agency has arrested 619 suspected drug traffickers in Kano State in 2017.
The state Commandant of the agency, Alhaji Hamza Umar, disclosed this last Friday in Kano at a news conference organised by the command in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Umar said that the suspects were arraigned before the Federal High Court in the state where 165 of them were convicted to serve various prison terms.
According to him, the command also intercepted more than 17.1 tons of illicit drugs across the state, including over 344.9 grams of cocaine and over 88.2 grams of heroine, within the period under review.
“From January to date, we also intercepted over 5.5 tons of canabis and over 11 tons of rochi,” the NDLEA commandant said.
He explained that the agency counselled 282 drug users arrested with illicit drugs for their personal consumption and rehabilitated over 44 users in the state.
The Secretary of the NDLEA and CSOs, Kano Steering Committee, Mr Ibrahim Waiya, said the meeting was a follow up of the recent Senate Round Table meeting on the crisis of drug abuse in Nigeria held in Kano.
He commended the efforts of the National Assembly over their concern on the issue of drugs abuse in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country and Kano State in particular.
Waiya expressed optimism that the resolutions reached during the meeting would be taken serious with the aim of ending the menace.
According to him, the Kano State Government and the Kano Emirate Council are playing vital roles towards tackling the problem of drug abuse in the state and deserved commendation.
The Tide reports that various stakeholders attended the conference including youth organisations and parents, among others.

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Make Necessary Provision For Corps Members, NYSC DG Tasks Stakeholders

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Employers and stakeholders of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been called upon to accept corps members and make necessary welfare provisions available to them.
The stakeholders were also asked to encourage the corps members where necessary.
This call was contained in the address delivered by the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Mohammed KukaFadah at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch A Stream II orientation course at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ede, yesterday.
Represented by the Osun State NYSC Coordinator, AbdulwahabOlayinka, Fadah also thanked the Federal Government for its continued support to the scheme.
In his words, “Our appreciation goes to the state governments, local government councils, security agencies, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, traditional rulers, corps employers and other stakeholders whose support have contributed to our successes over the years.”
Fadah, who charged the corps members to sustain the spirit of patriotism hard work and resilience, urged them to be good ambassadors of their families and their institutions.
While advising them to be wary of acts that portrayed negative image of the scheme, he reminded them to use the social media for self-improvement, as well as promotion of the unity, peace and prosperity of Nigeria.
On her part, the Osun NYSC State Coordinator, AbdulwahabOlayinka, advised the corps members not to put themselves in harm’s way, but to always be security conscious and report to the nearest security agency in case of any emergency.

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Okowa Congratulates New CAN President

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Delta State Governor, Senetor Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, on his election as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
CAN formally validated the election of Okoh as its new President after polling 100 per cent of votes cast by the 259 delegates at its 12th General Assembly.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Vice-Presidential candidate also commended the Christian community for the peaceful conduct of the convention, saying that it reflected the promotion of peace and unity which it preached.
He charged Okoh to mobilise citizens to collectively pray for the country; champion the crusade of religious tolerance and build bridges in that regard.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate Most Rev. Okoh on his election as CAN’s president.
“We are pleased with your peaceful emergence as the number one leader of Christians in Nigeria.
“The task ahead is onerous and it is our prayer that in your new position, God uses you to counsel and move the entire Christendom in Nigeria in the direction that you have been ordained to lead.
“I must also appreciate the role of the Church in promoting peaceful co-existence, education and social welfare in our state and country,’’ he said in a statement issued by his media aide, Olisa Ifeajika.
The governor also commended the outgoing president of the association, Dr Samson Ayokunle, for successfully piloting the affairs of CAN during his tenure.
“As Deltans, we remain extremely proud of your illustrious contributions to the growth of the Christian faith in Nigeria,’’ Okowa added.

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Anglican Bishop Hails Wike’s Support For Church

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The retiring Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta Diocese, Ralph Cornelius Ebirien, has commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for his invaluable contributions to the church, saying that the governor has shown much love and support to the church.
Ebirien stated this during his pre-retirement press briefing at the diocesan church headquarters in Port Harcourt, yesterday, as part of activities marking his retirement and pulling out from Anglican priestly ministry as well as to mark his 70th birthday celebration, tomorrow.
The bishop, who is the sixth diocesan bishop of Niger Delta, said that the governor, through his generosity and support to the diocese, renovated the Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema, making the school one of the best schools in the state.
“God used Governor Nyesom Wike to renovate the Nyemoni Grammar School, today is among the best.We thank him for his love, also his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, who is a member of diocese. They have shown us love and support”.
Recounting his 12 years’ achievement as the bishop of the diocese, Ebirien disclosed that prominent of his flagship programmes include yearly Sunday school conference, continuous training and re-training of pastors and the clergy, planting of new churches as well as giving scholarship to indigent members of the church, among others.
“We are committed to spiritual development through the revival of the Sunday school conference. The number of people we confirmed was over 5,000;we admitted many into mother’s guild, teach people Bible and prayer ministry.”
The out-going bishop, while commending members and the clergy for the support given to his family in the past 12 years, advised them to let brotherly love that has bound the church together continue, adding that what took the church to its present height was love.
“Bring the little you have for the work of God. Recognise Him as your helper, be appreciative and grateful”, he said.
Ralph urged members of the church not to be aloof in political participation but be active players in the polity.
“Get your PVC so as to vote credible men that will be God-fearing and help the church, irrespective of your party affiliation during the next elections”.
The bishop in company of members of the clergy and the leadership of the church, paid his last episcopal visit to the Port Harcourt Children Home, and Our Saviours’ Hospital owned by the church,where he donated food items, and also prayed for the inmates.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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