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Kogi provides free artificial legs, cosmetic hands to amputees



The Rashidat Bello Foundation (RBF), the pet project of the wife of the Kogi governor,has donated artificial legs, polio calipers and cosmetic hands to some people living with disabilities in the state.

Mrs Rashidat Bello, the founder of the organisation,while making the donation on Wednesday in Lokoja, said that the gesture was to aid the movement of the beneficiaries and make them productive in the society.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the donation was made in partnership with the Office of the Special Adviser on Health Matters to the governor and Ishk Toleram Foundation (ITF).

NAN reports that the beneficiaries came from the 21 local government areas of the state

while the donation was made under a project tagged “Power To The Special Peoples Project.”

The governor’s wife said that the gesture was to underscore the support of RBF to the health policies and programmes of Gov. Yahaya Bello.

”Today offers us another opportunity to give back to the society and touch the lives of our people in a way that make them more productive and resourceful to their families and communities.

”I am indeed grateful to God for using my office and the RBF in collaboration with the IshK Tolaram Foundation to provide this valuable service to our people.

”This is the concluding part of the programme for our special people that started six weeks ago with the assessment and measurement of the limbs of over 100 beneficiaries.

”It has been a wonderful experience to see people benefit from our programmes for indigent patients, vulnerable groups, children, women and the aged,” Mrs Bello, who was represented by Mrs Bolanle Amupitan, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs, stated.

‘ We stand for better livelihood and improved well-being of our citizens. We want to see the socio-economic transformation of our mothers, youths and the state as a whole,” she said..

Dr Ahmed Attah, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), Lokoja, said that the gesture would have a huge positive impact on the beneficiaries.

Attah said that the RBF had contributed immensely to the successes recorded in health and in other sectors, such as provision of free medical services to over 50, 000 indigent patients.

Attah urged the state government to sustain the health and social projects and programmes  initiated by the RBF, calling on other organisations to emulate the gesture.

He commended the state government for making the life changing project for special people a reality and congratulated the beneficiaries and their families on the great achievement.

Mr Aaron Kelani, the state Chairman of Association of Persons Leaving With Disability (APLWD), in his speech, commended the the governor and his wife and other stakeholders for their efforts at alleviating the suffering of members of the association.

Edited by Kola Adeyemi and Abdullahi Yusuf

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NRC to fence new standard gauge rail line in Lagos — Official



The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said that the Lagos corridor of the 156 kilometers Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line would be fenced to avoid casualty within the metropolis.

Mr Jerry Oche, NRC Lagos District Manager, told the Nigeria News Agency that the fencing would stop human and vehicular accidents along the rail line.

“The standard gauge is going to be fenced. When there is a barrier, it will prevent people from encroaching on the rail line.

It will be faster and people will be prevented from indiscriminate intrusion,’’ he said.

Oche said that with the barrier in place, it would be illegal for people crossing the blockade for any reason at any point in time.

“It will not be business as usual. It won’t allow suicide mission and we wouldn’t want that to happen.

“That is why we are warning people now before the operation start,” he said.

The district manager said that barricade initially built for the old narrow gauge rail line was pulled down by the people around the corridor.

When completed, the standard gauge would travel at 150 kilometers per hour.



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Nigeria engages 89 new Foreign Service Officers



The Director of the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, Dr Cyprian Heen, on Monday enjoined the academy’s new diplomat trainees to be prepared as Nigeria’s future ambassadors.

Heen gave the advice in Lagos at the assumption of the newly selected 89 Foreign Service Officers for the academy’s 24th Regular Course.

“Your coming to the academy marks the beginning of your Foreign Service career. After your successful graduation from here, you will be recognised as the ones in the shadow behind the powers that be in

the global interplay.

“As diplomat trainees, you are the future of Nigeria, you should not be flippant in your actions.

“I urge you to remain focused and highly committed to your studies throughout your stay at the academy. You must demonstrate the determination to excel without compromise,’’ he said.

Heen said that the trainees would be exposed to structure and administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic and consular relations, protocol practice and other courses.

The director, who lauded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ effort at reducing the academy’s challenges, also identified the institution’s current  problems to include irregular power supply and poor funding.

Mr Murtala Abdullahi, a trainee from Kebbi, expressed optimism that the Course would provide him the opportunity to learn how to become a selfless Nigerian Ambassador in the future.

“I am here to learn and be prepared to truly become a good Ambassador for Nigeria in the future.

“I will ensure that I put in my best time and make my time worthwhile,’’ he said.

Ms Barbara Young, another diplomat trainee from Cross River, said that she was already convinced that the course would prepare her to become an outstanding Nigerian representative in the future.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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 NYSC deploys 2,000 prospective corps members to Kwara





The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 2,000 prospective corps members to Kwara for the one mandatory national service.

The orientation course will take place at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara.

Mr Dipo Morakinyo, the NYSC Public Relations Officer in Kwara, via a statement issued on Monday in Ilorin, said that the orientation course would hold between Aug. 20 to Sept. 10.

He said the camp would be closed for registration on the midnight of Aug. 21, while the corps members would be sworn in on Thursday, Aug 22.

Morakinyo added that all logistics and other necessary materials needed to execute a hitch-free orientation exercise in the state have been adequately put in place.

According to him, the orientation camp is wearing a new look because most of the facilities have been given a face lift in preparation for the exercise.

“The camp has been properly cleared and fumigated against reptiles and mosquitoes,” he said.

Morakinyo added that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq would declare the orientation course open as well as deliver President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech.

“His Lordship, the Chief Judge of the state will also be at the ceremony to administer the oath of allegiance to the newly mobilised corps members.

“The NYSC management wishes to inform the press that about 300 camp officials will be on ground to execute the orientation programmes and activities, as directed by the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja.

“The scheme also appeals to the good people of Kwara, to warmly receive the new corps members, who are just being deployed to the state for their one year mandatory national service,” Morakinyo said.


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PDP, candidate pray tribunal to order fresh election in Nasarawa State



The PDP and its candidate in the 2019 Governorship election, Mr David Ombugadu, on Monday prayed the Election Petition Tribunal in Nasarawa, to order a fresh election in the state.

Ombugadu, is challenging the result of the March 9 Governorship Election, in which INEC returned  Abdullahi Sule of the APC, as the governor.

Counsel for the PDP, Mr Wale Olanikpekun, SAN, while adopting his final written addresses, alleged that INEC did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.

He said that they had tendered certified true copies of voter registers to the tribunal, adding, “the total votes that returned the governor did not tally with the number of accredited voters”

“If there is no compliance with the accreditation process, the law says that the election is invalid and should be declared as such.

“The election conducted on March 9 in Nasarawa state has not complied with the accreditation process, that is what we are holding unto.

“We want the tribunal to declare the election invalid and order a fresh election in the state,” he said.

Also adopting his final argument, Mr Hassan Liman and Mr Adebayo Adelogun, representing the APC and Sule, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.

They argued that the petitioners’ claims against the accreditation process were merely a figment of their imagination.

After listening to all arguments in the suit, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abba Mohammed, reserved judgment  in the matter.

“The tribunal will communicate to all the parties in the petition the day the judgment will be delivered,” Mohammed said.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Attack on Ekweremadu: Don asks IPOB to tender unreserved apology to Nigerians



A University don, Dr Bashir Yankuzu, on Monday, asked members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians over the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany, describing the incident as a global embarrassment to the country

Yankuzu, a lecturer at the Faculty of Education Science, Federal University of Science and Technology, Minna condemned the attack on Sen. Ekweremadu by the proscribed IPOB in Germany.

He told the Nigeria News Agency in Minna, that no nation can grow or develop if its citizens have no respect for its leaders.

“It is a bad omen for Biafra if what IPOB did to the former deputy senate president is the kind of nation they are advocating and seeking for international support to establish.

“This act is totally uncivilised and condemnable. Surprisingly, Ekweremadu has told the world how he worked the release of someone who openly showed his disloyalty to united Nigeria, just because he is an Igbo.

“With the happenings now, it is evident that shielding someone from the law can never be a solution to our problems.

“Ironically, the senator was a one time deputy senate president of Nigeria, who should know better.

“It is for our collective interest that those of us loyal to united Nigeria show our patriotism and loyalty to our nation not minding where we come from.

“Unless we begin to see challenges of our country as ours and its successes as ours, I doubt if we can ever overcome the myriads of problems we are facing as a Nation.

“As for those advocating for a separate country, i think, they should be encouraged to channel what they need through proper channels.

“I believe for great number of us, this is better than people continuously engaging in acts that are not only embarrassing to themselves, but also to the remaining peace loving Nigerians”,he said.

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