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 As schools in Borno reopen on Monday, Gov. Babagana Zulum has approved the release of N624 million for the payment of scholarship to students in tertiary institutions in the state.


The Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mustapha, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Maiduguri.


Mustapha said that 23,776 students from 49 institutions would benefit from the gesture.
He said that the first tranche of N320 million had already been released and paid to students of nine institutions, adding that the remaining students would receive theirs from Monday.


“From a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by Prof. Babagana Zulum for scholarships to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320m under the first batch to students in nine tertiary schools located in the state.


“Those paid included parts four and five students of University of Maiduguri, students of Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education and College of Education Waka – Biu.


“Others were those in Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration, Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology,Bama and Mohammed Lawan College of Agriculture,” Mustapha said.

He also disclosed that the governor had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin, located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to the people of the state.

The commissioner did not, however, give details of the support.

 

 

 

Elder statesman and All Progressive Congress (APC)'s chieftain ,Chief Bisi Akande, has announced his intention to meet Yoruba Leaders over the Presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Speaking on Sunday night at his Ila Orangun, Osun State country home when the central committee of the *South West Agenda for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (SWAGA)*, led by its chairman, Senator Dayo Adeyeye  paid him a courtesy call, Chief Akande commended the efforts of the group and saluted their selflessness in tasking themselves to mobilize and travel round the sub-region on such a patriotic cause. He prayed for the delegation  and assured the members of his total commitment.

As a first step, he pledged to support their efforts by embarking on visits to all Yoruba elders and further assist them propagate the desirability, suitability and viability of Tinubu's candidature in the 2023 Presidential race.

 

The former governor of Osun State noted that, by the clear understanding in existence, it was the turn of a Yoruba man to be at the helm of affairs in the country; and that upon critical introspection as an experienced and active political leader in the region, he had no doubt that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the best, strongest and most electable prospect.

 

In the SWAGA Entourage were   co-ordinators for all the South West states namely ,Lagos,Oyo,Osun, Ekiti, Lagos and others.

 

The group later visited the Governor of the State of Osun,  Mr.Adegboyega Oyetola, who also commended their efforts and counselled them to maintain the momentum of their well- organised mission and vision.

The delegation's working tour of the state of Osun continues tomorrow with visits to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Ooni of Ife and other eminebt traditional rulers and leaders of tbought in the state.

 

 

 

Rights activist ADENIYI AKANNI has called for the immediate sack of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Adeniyi made the call in a press conference addressed by various human right foundations

 

According to the media luminary while the Minister is busy chasing shadows, Nigeria cultural values suffer and are receding with every minute that passes.

 

Adeniyi called on the Federal Government to establish a full-fledged ministry to see to the promotion and preservation of culture as enshrined in the Constitution.

 

He also pointed out that culture affects all aspects of human life, adding that cultural rights illustrate the indivisibility and interdependence of all rights in a more comprehensive fashion than any other rights.

 

Speaking further, the voiceferous human right activist  pointed to the recent Amnesty International’s goals published on its Facebook account, which includes; making same-sex relations legal in all countries.

 

Amnesty had also vowed to make abortion legal in all countries and abolishing the death penalty in all countries and Adeniyi expressed concerns over these moves, insisting that they are totally against the cultural rights and values of Nigerians.

 

The courageous pen luminary queried what it described as a deliberate struggle by Amnesty International to rebrand a known fault vis-à-vis the African value on the sanctity of life and the sacredness of marital union culminating in the decimation of a fundamental truth.

 

“Through the African eyes, homosexuality is a high pedestal immoral act, best imagined or possibly practised exclusively by animals. Even, it is rated an inch higher than incest between close relatives, such as brothers and sisters, sons and mothers or daughters and fathers. Myriads of such sex misconducts are categorized among the taboos of the land and must be avoided with total disdain,”he explained.

 

The strong censorship is to allow decency, respect and sex morality to thrive as necessary ingredients for the survival of the ideal African society.

 

Adeniyi reminded Amnesty International that gay marriage is a crime in Nigeria following Senate and the House of Representatives passage of the Anti-Gay Bill in December 2011 and July 2013 respectively with a unanimous vote which was signed into law on December 30th 2013 by then President Goodluck Jonathan criminalizing gay marriage and related practices with fourteen years imprisonment for defaulters.

 

He said, “It is our belief that Amnesty International which has authorised many damning reports against the Nigeria Army is not a fit and proper organisation to do so given their now advertised notorious trilogy of anti-African cultural objectives such as promoting recognition of same-sex relationships and promoting the abortion rights.

 

Adeniyi also noted that Nigerian cultures and traditions are not at variance with international human rights laws while calling on members of Annesty International to denounce such moves.

 

The media luminary further called on the Nigerian National Assembly to pass a resolution condemning objectives such as those of Annesty International from the root.

 

“The struggle for same-sex relationship and abortion is really a much-strayed politics that has no identity in the African cultural and religious landscape. No true African culture can recognize or accept the strange habit of sniffing for sexual pleasure in the anus of a fellow human.

 

“Even if the anal sex lifestyle is a western conspiracy for global birth control, it is seriously stepping on the toes of African core values and the belief system of most religions of the world. After all, birth control is a matter of self-discipline by a married couple, which can better be achieved through gradual family education.”

 

Speaking further, he added, “Our culture is under severe attack. We need a cultural ministry that will be headed by tested and trusted hands. We have professors of culture. We have professors in different languages and cultures.

 

“We need a full ministry of culture. I don’t even know who occupies that position. The last time we heard about him was when he jumped up and approved the demolition of a restaurant in Kaduna , according to them, for an attempted adultery.

 

“That was the only time we heard that kind of person talking which means he doesn’t even know his job. We can have a ministry of culture that its job will focus on the Internet countering this kind of application by Amnesty International.

 

“I’m sure the minister doesn’t even know about Amnesty International’s move when he’s going about attacking AIT. We need a ministry headed by somebody who is interested in protecting our culture.

 

“We need a 21st-century ministry culture that will put our culture on the Internet. I am calling for the dismissal of Lai Mohammed as the minister of culture. He’s unfit.

 

“We need a fit Nigerian to handle that position because he has not done anything to defend our culture. I call for the total overhaul of the cultural sector.”

 

 

 

Just few days after her birthday, the much talk about ongoing distribution of food palliatives by Dr Siju Iluyomade of Arise Women, tagged Arise Pink Bucket, has again moved to Ikeja and Ajegunle area of Lagos State in continuation of the act of giving succor to the needy.

The initiative is part of Arise activities in celebration of its 12year anniversary of impacting many lives across the country through different empowerment, skill acquisition, enlightenment programmes and so many activities to support the effort of government

Earlier during the week, the team stormed Murtala Muhammed area of Ikeja, Lagos airport where over 1000 of the Pink Bucket were distributed for people. The Ikeja distribution of the goodies was dedicated to the soul of one of prominent handlers of Arise Women activities, Mr Bolaji Salu who died couple of weeks ago. While over the weeked, over 2000 of the Arise Pink Bucket was distributed at Ajegunle, in Apapa area of Lagos.  

 

The Arise Pink Bucket comprises of food stuffs like rice, spaghetti groundnut oil, tomato paste etc. The distribution in Ikeja and Ajegunle follows the earlier ones distributed in Lagos Island, Surulere, Epe and other communities in the State Expressing joy and appreciation over the gesture, some of the  benefitiaries showed encomium on Dr Iluyomade and the Arise team for the gesture, while also urging other well meaning individuals and bodies to emulate the yeoman’s job spearheaded by the delectable lawyer of 35years of experience.    

 

 

 

… Enjoins Public Servants To Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols

 

Following the increase in number of recorded cases of coronavirus in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has extended the work from home directive to all State public servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to Monday, February 1, 2021.

Governor Sanwo-Olu's directive was contained in a circular to members of the State Executive Council and all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies issued and signed by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Saturday.

The directive on the extention of the resumption date for Grade Level 14 and below from January 18 to February 1 was taken by the Governor to successfully curtail the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who said the directive excludes essential duty staff, as well as first responders, enjoined all public servants to stay safe and keep adhering to all COVID-19 protocols in order to rid the State of the pandemic in the shortest possible time.

The circular entitled "Re: Stemming the tide of the second wave of COVID-19 - Extension of the Work from home directive" also directed all Accounting Officers to ensure strict compliance with all extant directives aimed to guarantee physical and social distancing in the work place.

"Sequel to Head of Service Circulars Nos.: CIR/HOS/’20/Vol.1/139 of 18th December,

2020 and CIR/HOS/’21/Vol.1/001 of 3rd January, 2021 and in furtherance of the State

Government’s effort to successfully curtail the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in the State, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has extended the work from home directive to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below with effect from Monday, 18th January till Monday, 1st February 2021. Expectedly, the directive excludes Essential Duty Staff, as well as First Responders.

"Public Servants are therefore, enjoined to stay safe by adherence to all COVID-19 Protocols.

Additionally, Accounting Officers are to ensure strict compliance with all extant directives aimed to guarantee Physical/Social Distancing in the work place; through weekly preparation of Duty Rosters as considered germane to the effective service delivery of respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

"All Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies are urged to observe the contents of

this Circular for acquiescence and give it the deserved Service-wide publicity," the circular stated.

 

OTUNBA ANDI ANIBOH President of African Peace Resolution Center,has on hehalf of his organisation sent…

 

 

 

I OTUNBA ANIBOH President of African Peace Resolution Center,

on behalf of our organisationh hereby condole with the family and friends of PRINCE SHAKA MOMOH owner of Planet one Hotels,Maryland on his passing on to glory on Tuesday.

Prince Momoh was one of our strong supporters in our efforts towards peaceful resolution of crisis through dialogue in various parts of Africa in the past decade.

May God give the family that he left behind fortitude to bear this great loss of PRINCE MOMOH who contributed immensely to the hospitality and entertainment industry in Nigeria with his PLANET ONE HOTELS,in Maryland,Lagos

 

One cannot forget to mention the contribution of  PLANET 1 as the nunber 1 entertainment hub in Nigeria from 2000 where almost all major Entertainment and Society events in Nigeria was taken place

And also we will not fail to mention PRINCE MOMOH life as a philantropist who gave scholarship to many indigent students through his PRINCE SHAKA MOMOH FOUNDATION

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa Rtd as the New Director-General, DG of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Gen. Marwa was until recently the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Drug Abuse.

Mohammed Buba Marwa was born on September 9, 1953 in Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He hails from Michika L.G.A of Adamawa State. He attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria and the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna.

Later, while in the army, he studied at Pittsburgh University, where he obtained a master’s degree in International Relations, and he obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

 

 

 

The Taskforce Commander on Illegalities, Ogun State, ACP Toyin Afolaogun has vowed to ensure strict compliance as stated by government at various levels in order to get rid of this deadly disease in our society. 

 

ACP Afolaogun said this at CWAY Food and Beverages company in Ota, while on tour to assess the level Compliance of the second wave of covid 19 which to him is powerful and real.

  

According to him, Governor Dapo Abiodun -led administration is working rigorously to curb the menace of  this pandemic  in our society adding that  as the number of cases increases, "we have buckled up to our responsibilities to curb the spread of this virus in the second face".

 

Afolaogun noted that people should know that Corona virus is real and spread faster which God for-bid goes out of control will be so ferocious and cause total shut down of the system as against the lockdown we  experienced. 

 

"The rate at which the number is increasing is so alarming which is sending wrong signal to everyone saying this is enough to set necessary precautions by obeying Government orders" toyin added.

 

He enjoined the residents in Ogun State to be law abiding and strictly adhere to government's order at this critical period adding that every one should use face mask, wash their hands regularly and use the opportunity to pray fervently. 

 

The Admin Director of CWAY, Mr Moses Wang who received the Commander on behalf of the organization saying more efforts are being applied to enforce strict compliance within the environment .

 

He added that they have doubled efforts  to do the needful in providing a larger parking space for long vehicles, moreso for government to achieve the set goal. 

 

Meanwhile, the human resources manager, Mr Satish Menon stressed that the management has gone extra miles to comply to all government's directives as regards covid-19, urging people to obey government's order to alleviate this pandemic.

 

Compliance and Admin Manager, Adesayo Bunmi gave the appreciation remark on behalf of CWAY to end the remarkable visit.

 

 

 

It was a good meeting between Adeniyi Hakeem the CEO of Omoba Global Formular and Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Osun State, Hon Adebisi Obawale

The meeting which was held at the commissioner office in Oshogbo according to Adeniyi Hakeem was a success which he specifically stated was for the development of the state

"My meeting with the hon commissioner who incidentally is from my town ( Ila) and also a brother is for the development of Osun State

We discussed about one of the products from our stable, " oju loba ara" clear vision. We discussed how we can use the eye drug for little children who are using glasses whose age are between 5-15 years and are still in school. If government can partner us , to organize free medical eye service for these children, they will see the impact within a month it's 100%herbal that cures eyes problems. He promised me that he will table our discussion with governor, His Excellence Gbenga Oyetola the governor of Osun State. Government are seen our job because we do give them example of our products

I thank the Hon Commissioner he is such a nice man with listen ear who is interested in development of Osun State. I pray our company should not go down. God bless our company and state of Osun"oi

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