Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on intending Pilgrims from the state to pray for the peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria.
Yahaya made the call in his farewell address to the 2019 intending pilgrims from the state to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday in Gombe.
He also urged the intending pilgrims to be security conscious in the Holy land.
The governor further advised them to avoid drug trafficking and money laundering adding that the offences” attract death sentence in Saudi Arabia.”
He also called on the intending pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and the country at large.
According to him, pilgrims from the state are being commended,over the years, saying that there is the need for them to sustain it.
Yahaya said the state government had made arrangements with regard to accommodation, health and other welfare to ensure hitch- free exercise for intending pilgrims.
Alhaji Sa’adu Hassan, Executive Secretary of the Board, who said that the intending pilgrims were fully trained on how to conduct a successful Hajj, advised them to put the knowledge gain into practice in the Holy land.
He commended the governor and the Amirul Hajj for their contribution to ensure hitch-free exercise for the intending pilgrims.
The Amirul Hajj and the Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar, also advised the intending Pilgrims to make adequate provisions for their families at home before their journey to the Holy land.
He called on them to abide by the rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia authorities,to attain acceptable Hajj.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gombe has 1,460 Pilgrims for 2019 pilgrimage as against 2,000 in 2018 while the Intending pilgrims would be transported to the Holy land on Saturday.
So far, more than 12,000 intending pilgrims from Nigeria have arrived Madinah in 25 flights
Foundation gives 33 students scholarship, 15 women get grants
The Lateefah Moyosore Durosinmi Foundation (LMDF) on Wednesday gave scholarship to 33 students and grants to 15 women engaged in small scale businesses in the six states of the South West Zone.
The founder of LMDF, Dr Lateefah Durosinmi, made the award of scholarship and grants public at the annual scholarship awards and grants ceremony of the foundation in Ibadan.
Durosinmi said she was passionate about children’s education and empowerment of women in the society.
She said that the award of scholarship to pupils and students in public schools as well as grants to women began in 2013.
According to her, most women are always struggling in the society because they are not economically empowered.
” We must assist women to develop the society and as well as the youths to develop their talent
“Some of the students have been running away from school because their parents don’t have money to sponsor them.
“I’m happy now because most of them are now back in school because of this scholarship,” Durosinmi said.
While delivering her lecture entitled, “Women Empowerment-A Panacea To Poverty,” Dr Habeebah Oladosu, said assisting the less privileged remained the only solution to eradicating poverty in Nigeria.
Oladosu, a lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, said women would be able to give the right education to their children if they were empowered.
The don said that there would never be development in a society where women are neglected.
Dr Amdalat Olaniyan, the wife of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, commended the foundation for its initiatives and urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money.
Two of the beneficiaries, Mrs Sidikat Ajibuwa and Aderemi Abdulsalam, commended the foundation and prayed for its progress.
Secondus chides APC over “unfulfiled promises”
The PDP Chairman alleged that the APC government at the centre “had no economic blueprint to revive the nation’s economy as earlier promised.
He therefore called for a rebuilding process of the PDP to enable the party reclaim the government at the centre.
“There is the need for our party members to come together and be united and start the process of rebuilding the party from the grassroots and communities.
“We must take responsibilities as party men and party women. It is with this that we will begin to reclaim the government,” he said.
The PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, who addressed the gathering through a recorded video message, expressed hope of reclaiming “his mandate” at the tribunal.
Atiku, who commended the reconciliation process organised by Adebutu, urged Ogun PDP members to be steadfast and focused towards winning the 2023 polls.
In his remarks, Adebutu explained that the reconciliation meeting was meant to heal the wounds inflicted by the internal crisis that rocked the party in Ogun shortly before the 2019 governorship polls in the state.
Adebutu, who expressed his ambition to run for the 2023 governorship election in Ogun, called on other members with similar ambition to vie with him “in a manner that will lubricate internal democracy within the party”.
Edited by Wale Ojetimi
Shun drug abuse, other vices, Gov. AbdulRazaq urges youths
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has called on Nigerian youths to shun drug abuse and other vices that could hinder them from realising their lifetime ambitions.
AbdulRazaq made the call on Wednesday when he received members of the state chapter of Scouts’ Association of Nigeria (SAN), led by its Commissioner, Deacon Olabisi Afolayinka, at the Government House, Ilorin.
The governor, who recalled, with nostalgia, his days as a scout boy in Capital School, Kaduna, said that the organisation had contributed immensely to nurturing youths to become good citizens and contribute to the development of the country.
“This is an association that prepares youths on how to be good citizens and how to relate with their fellow countrymen.
“These are virtues that the youth of today should maintain. In our own days as youths, there were no rampant cases of drug abuse,” he said.
The governor urged the youth to use their energy for productive ventures and join the organisation to make positive contributions to the society.
AbdulRazaq, who was made the organisation’s Ambassador of Peace, promised to live up to expectations by giving necessary support to the body through relevant government agencies.
Earlier in his remarks, Afolayanka said that the constitution of the body automatically made the governor of any state its patron and the president grand patron.
He commended AbdulRazaq for the audience granted the association, saying that this was the first time any governor would be hosting them in the state in the last 21 years.
Afolayanka said that the association was founded to build young boys and girls to make useful contributions to the country.
The SAN commissioner noted that cultism and other vices were not rampant in schools in the past when the scouts held sway.
He urged the governor to continue to support the association for effective discharge of its responsibilities in the state.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
NLC calls for suspension of action on Health Insurance bill in Jigawa
The Nigeria labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Jigawa State House of Assembly to stop the process of passing the bill on Jigawa State Health Insurance Scheme into law.
The Chairman of Jigawa chapter of NLC, Malam Sanusi Alhassan, made the call in a statement issued in Dutse, on Wednesday.
Sanusi said that the organised labour was calling for the suspension of further action on the bill, following observation that that the original copy sent to the house had been tampered with.
“Regarding the proposed Jigawa Health Insurance Bill which has passed second reading in the state’s House of Assembly, and in which agreements were reached, the NLC observes that the original bill has been tempered with.
“This is contrary to the principles of mutual agreement.
“Labour therefore calls on Jigawa Government and the House of Assembly to suspend the process of passing the bill on the proposed Jigawa State Health Insurance Scheme into in law, until agreement is reached with NLC on all provisions of the bill,” the NLC said in the statement.
Labour, however, commended the state government for sustaining the free maternal and child healthcare programme for pregnant women and children under the age of five.
It also thanked the state government for initiating the construction of 50 housing units in each of the 27 local government areas of the state.
The state government was similarly commended for paying the 2019 Leave allowances of workers at state and local government levels.
The Jigawa NLC called on civil servants to continue to put in their best in the discharge of their responsibilities in order to move the state forward.
Extrajudicial killings: Coalition of lawyers calls for Police reform
Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, to initiate a reform process in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to ensure its men work according to the rules of engagement.
The call followed reactions and condemnation of policemen seen in a viral video, shooting arrested suspects allegedly belonging to a notorious armed robbery gang terrorising Iba community in Lagos.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Ifeoluwa Adeyeye, of Human Rights Desk, COPA, stated that time had come for the IGP to reform the Nigeria Police to help instill sanity in the society.
“Why we all show our collective discontent for continued brutality, we also call on the Police Force to conduct a thorough and unadulterated investigation so that these merchants of death in legal uniforms can be brought to book.
“This will in the long run serve as a strong template of deterrent to other aberrant officers in our entire security architecture.
“It is totally worrisome and mind-boggling considering what circumstance may warrant security operatives to shoot at mere suspects and even when they don’t pose danger and after they have already succumbed.
“Our patience and calm for such notorious brutality and culture of torture on the part of those whose duties are primarily and fundamentally to protect lives and property of all Nigerians, have worn out,” Adeyeye said.
He said the constitution prohibits acts savagery, while the country is also a signatory to international conventions and treaties that outlaw torture and ill-treatment.
Adeyeye explained that there is no doubt that SARS has over the years earned a notorious reputation of a brutal agency, following alleged cases of extrajudicial killings, torture or ill-treatment of detainees as well as extortion of suspects.
Meanwhile, the police command in Lagos has arrested the four policemen involved in the extrajudicial killing of the two robbery suspected in their custody.
The command said the policemen, identified as Insp. Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila, would be charged with murder.
The command said this is because the affected policemen breached the code of professional conduct and use of fire arms.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the policemen had responded to a distress call around 3p.m. on Aug. 19, from one Valentine Anugu.
Anugu had alleged that he was robbed of his mobile phone worth N450,000 by four armed robbers on two motorcycles.
While two of the robbery suspects fled, the other two were held, disarmed of the two locally-made pistols, six life and five expended cartridges they had before shooting them inside the commercial bus they (police) used for the operation.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Zubairu Muazu has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
Spokesman of Lagos Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the development.
According to the Spokesman, the policemen are currently facing internal disciplinary proceedings, known as Orderly Room Trial.
“If found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Yaba for prosecution in the conventional court,” Elkana said.