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Cleric urges youths to shun cultism, drug abuse

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Rev. Fr. Innocent Joji of St. Luke Catholic Church, Kubwa, FCT, has called on youths in the country to shun vices, including cultism and drug abuse.

Joji advised them to engage in ventures that could add value to their lives.

“Cultism and drug abuse are dangerous, they (youths) should desist from it, because engaging in them bring nothing positive.

“Let’s begin from the family to sensitise our youths to ensure that they do the right thing. We must engage and keep them busy.

“Government alone cannot do everything; the youths should be empowered with skills to sustain themselves,’’ he said.

Joji advised parents and Nigerians in general to emulate the life of late Rev. Ojefua by offering sincere and genuine service to God and humanity.

In 1953, late Ojefua, at the instruction of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, established the Order of the knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria.

According to Joji, the reason Ojefua started the Knight of St. Mulumba, was to counter cultism and other vices in the society.

Joji, therefore, called on Christians and Nigerians to brace and prayerfully fight those vices as they remain in the society.

“`If you look at our society, schools, communities and neighbourhood, cultists go on rampage, they are everywhere.’’

“The example Ojefua left by fighting prayerfully against the ills of the society, be it kidnapping, robbery, cultism, and what have you, we should emulate him.

“If we do, Nigeria will be far better,’’ Joji said.

Late Rev. Ojefua was born in 1910 and died in 1988.

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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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Buhari meets Northern Traditional Rulers at Aso Rock

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By Ismaila Chafe

Abuja, Aug. 23, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed door with traditional rulers from the Northern part of the country at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the traditional rulers were led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Dr Muhammed Sanusi.

NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and the traditional rulers was unknown while leadership of the Monarchs also declined comment on the outcome of their deliberation.

President Buhari had on July 31 in Abuja met with traditional rulers from the Southwestern part of the country and assured that his administration was doing everything possible to tackle security challenges in the country.

The Oba and Chiefss were led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Kano State to integrate Almajiri system into modern education

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the state government will integrate the Almajiri education system into the modern academic curriculum of  the state.

Ganduje made the promise on Friday in Abuja while speaking to newsmen during a working visit to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The governor advised that education should be made free from basic to secondary levels in the interest of the Nigerian child.

“As a government, we have said that basic education and secondary education will be free; we have also made it compulsory to ensure sustainability.

“We have also resolved to hold a stakeholders’ summit to this effect; the summit will brainstorm on how to take care of out-of-school children which include Almajiri,” he said.

Ganduje said the state’s plan was to modify the curriculum in such a way that would tally with the national curriculum.

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FMBN, Diaspora Commission plan to providing easy mortgage for Nigerians abroad

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The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) is developing  a Diaspora mortgage housing scheme to assist Nigerians living abroad to own homes in Nigeria, the Managing Director, Mr Ahmed Dangiwa, says.

Dangiwa spoke in Abuja on Thursday when Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, paid him a courtesy visit.

He described the visit as timely because the bank was currently managing Nigerians in the Diaspora on mortgage products developed for them.

Dangiwa said that several presentations had been made on the subject at external engagements attended by the bank, particularly in the UK and the U.S.

He said the bank had received positive responses and visits as a result of some of the engagements.

“The Diaspora Mortgage is a special window developed for Nigerians living abroad to facilitate access to finance for residential housing development at home.

“The steps we took show that we have the interest of Nigerians in Diaspora,” Dangiwa said.

He said that the central focus of the bank’s strategic realignment was to strengthen its partnership and collaborate with stakeholders to promote mutual understanding to  achieve  the purpose of the National Housing Fund (NHF).

He said that the bank was established to provide affordable mortgages to drive home ownership among Nigerians, particularly low and medium income earners, through NHF.

Dangiwa said Nigerian workers contributed 2.5 per cent of their monthly income to the NHF scheme.

In her speech, Dabiri-Erewa said the project would make the lives of Nigerians in Diaspora easier by enabling them to acquire their own houses.

She said that it would deal with the major challenges faced by Nigerians in Diaspora as many  had been duped by friends and relatives.

“Many of them will send some money home for people to help them build houses but at the end, those relatives will spend the money without doing anything,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

She said that Dangiwa had made mortgage attractive as poor Nigerians could now own houses.

Dabiri-Erewa said it was important that something was done urgently to ensure that Nigerians in Diaspora owned houses in the country.

She said that the staff of the commission would participate in the bank’s mortgage programme.

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FG tasks 1,000 civil servants trained by HUAWEI`s on quality service delivery

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The Federal Government on Thursday urged 1,000 civil servants trained under the HUAWEI`s initiative to improve the nation`s public service in their various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

 

HUAWEI is a technologies company limited, a Chinese multinational technology company, that provides telecommunication equipment and electronics.

 

Nigeria News Agency reports that HUAWEI Company is collaborating with the government of the federation to train 1,000 public servants across the MDAs.

 

Mustapha, who expressed gratitude to the HUAWEI technologies for partnering with the Nigerian government, said the initiative would upgrade the knowledge of Nigerian civil servants in area of technology to enhance quality service delivery in the country.

 

Represented by Mr Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Mustapha said the training was aimed at improving the capacity of the federal public servants in ICT.

 

“This journey began in 2018 with signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal Government and the HUAWEI Technologies Nigeria Ltd.

 

“Interestingly, this event signifies a further collaboration between government and private sector organisations.

 

“This, I believe will facilitate the ongoing efforts at improving the quality of service delivery to Nigerians through all government policies, programmes and projects, “ he said.

 

The SGF opined that the initiative was machinery, which the Nigerian government had put in place, to ensure improvement in quality of service delivery through the deployment of technology.

 

He said HUAWEI technologies did not only trained the participants, but had also gone ahead to demonstrate its commitment to the application of the knowledge acquired by recognising 30 outstanding participants among the civil servants.

 

“I will like to commend the efforts of our sponsors for the initiation of this noble gesture as part of the obligations under the Social Corporate Responsibility programme, “ he said.

 

Earlier in his remark, Mr Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, office of SGF, commended Huawei technologies for its corporate social responsibility obligations in Nigeria.

 

Represented by Mr David Genge, Director Planning Research and Statistic office of SGF, Adekunle said the initiative would continuously invest in people by improving ICT talents through technical training.

 

“ICT for change is one of such programmes sponsored by Huawei Technologies and particularly designed to build capacity and improve on the skills of 1,000 public servants in the area of ICT.

 

“Essentially, this programme complements the implementation of reforms in the Federal Public Service, part of which is intended to upgrade the public service through a constructive plan to boost knowledge and efficiency within the work force.

 

“It is paramount to note that government is dependent on a resourceful and efficient public service for the implementation of its policies and programmes for the actualisation of a better Nigeria.

 

According to him, the initiative is targeted at equipping participants with latest trends in ICT such as e-Government for the future we want, Big Data Cutting-Edge technology.

 

Others, he said, were trends, Internet of Things (IoT), Innovative ICT (Building a Smart City), which had direct impact on Government programmes and policies.

 

“ I therefore want to urge participants to use the acquired knowledge to positively impact on their work, bringing about innovative ideas that will boost service delivery in the best interest of the Public Service, “ he said.

 

Also speaking, Mr Zhou Pingjian, Ambassador of People`s Republic of China to Nigeria, expressed pleasure to join Nigeria in the awards ceremony.

 

Pingjian said civil servants played an essential role in the effective and efficient running of government of any country in the world.

 

According to him, with the ever wider spread and application of ICT in the society, civil servants everywhere are confronting more and more ICT-related challenges in formulating and implementing policies.

 

He said China remained committed to enhancing exchanges and cooperation between competent authorities of China and Nigeria, sharing good practice in each other’s ICT development.

 

“This will be achieved by seizing the opportunity presented by the digital economy, encouraging companies to carry out cooperation in ICT infrastructure, the internet and the digital economy.

 

“And also working together to narrow the digital divide and promote the building of an information society in Nigeria and China, “ he said.

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NiMet predicts thunderstorms, rains for Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thunderstorms over parts of North and central cities with chances of rains over the Southern region on Friday.

NiMet’s weather outlook on Thursday in Abuja predicted thunderstorms over Northern states throughout the forecast period with day and night temperatures of 25 to 29 degree Celsius and 20 to 24 degree Celsius respectively.

“For Central States, thunderstorms and rains are anticipated over Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola, Mambilla Plateau, Niger, Abuja, Makurdi, and Jos axis in the morning.

It forecast cloudy conditions with chances of rains over Ikom, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Calabar, Eket and Enugu axis in the morning hours.

NiMet envisaged intermittent rains over the region in the afternoon/evening period with day and night temperatures of 29 to 31 degree Celsius and 22 to 24 degree Celsius respectively.

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