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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  condolence message to the family and friends of PRINCE SHAKA MOMOH owner of Planet one Hotels,Maryland on his passing on to glory on Tuesday.

In a press release,Otunba Aniboh said Prince Momoh was one of the the centre's strong supporters in their efforts towards peaceful resolution of crisis through dialogue in various parts of Africa in the past decade.

He prayed that  God will give the family that he left behind fortitude to bear this great loss. 

 

 

According to him Prince Momoh contributed immensely to the hospitality and entertainment industry in Nigeria with his PLANET ONE HOTELS,in Maryland,Lagos

 

Otunba Aniboh concluded that PLANET 1 was the no 1 entertainment hub in Nigeria from 2000 where almost all huge events in Nigeria was taken place

He added that PRINCE MOMOH will be remembered as a great philantropist who gave scholarship to many indignant students through his PRINCE SHAKA MOMOH FOUNDATION

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