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Onilude, Imam urge Muslims to embrace spirit of sacrifice



The Badagry Local Government Chairman,   Mr Olusegun  Onilude, has urged the people of Badagry and Nigerians in general  to embrace the spirit of sacrifice as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim in his days.


Onilude gave the advice shortly after observing  the Eld-el-Kabir prayer at the Central Muslim Praying Ground in Badagry, Lagos State on Sunday.


The chairman urged Muslims to be the reflection through which others  would see Islam and its faith.


The Nigeria News Agency ( NAN) reports that  God commanded Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son to him. Ibrahim submitted to God’ order and an angel of God provided a ram in replacement as a sacrifice offering instead of Ibrahim’s son.


Onilude said, “Today, I join all Muslim faithful across the world as we celebrate the selfless act of Prophet Ibrahim to embrace the spirit of obedience and sacrifice as practised by Prophet Ibrahim.


“This day comes with a great experience and knowledge for us all; to believe, to have faith in Allah and to be patient regardless of our challenges,” he said.


Onilude urged the people of Badagry to disregard issues that  could threaten the collective unity of the country.


He said that his government would continue to channel all public resources in the best way possible for the development of the citizenry.


Onilude also wished the people of Badagry a memorable celebration.


Also, the Chief Imam of Badagry Central Mosque, Alhaji Abdul-Akeem Arikeusola,  in his sermon said  the ‘Sallah’ period should be used to renew the spirit of compassion and sacrifice in the service of the society.


“This is a season that symbolises sacrifice and faith in divine will, this is because all our success are out of the commitment to the will of Allah.


“It is by Allah’s grace that we are where we are today, I greet our people on this day and urge all of us to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice in our daily lives.


“Let us imbibe the lesson of always  submitting  to the will of Allah as done by Prophet Abraham ( Ibrahim),” he said.


Edited by Peter Dada



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Enugu Polytechnic regularises admission with JAMB



The Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo in Eziagu Local Government Area, has successfully regularised its admission procedure with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The Rector of the institution, Prof. Cletus Akubuilo, made the disclosure on Friday in Enugu during a familiarisation visit by members of Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology.

The rector said the regularisation had made it possible for prospective students to gain admission into the school directly through JAMB.

He said that the institution, through the state government’s assistance, built the School of Engineering complex as well as a hostel facilities for male and female students.

Akubuilo added that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, was currently financing the construction of the School of Applied Sciences and School of Agricultural Technology buildings respectively, which was at the various level of completion.

The rector commended Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for all the financial assistance and for the award of scholarships to 340 students of Enugu State origin in the institution.

Akubuilo appealed to the state government for urgent release of funds to enable them to prepare for the accreditation exercise scheduled to hold in the first week of November.

He called on all stakeholders in Enugu State to help the indigenes with scholarship to enable them learn some skills.

The rector solicited for more subventions to enable the institution stay afloat after payment of monthly salaries.

Responding, the committee’s chairman and member representing Igbo Etiti West Constituency, Mr James Akadu, said the visit was to assure the management team of their readiness to support the polytechnic’s activities.

Akadu urged the institution to be prudent in the management of funds budgeted for them to minimise waste, which according to him would eliminate corruption in the fortress of learning.

He commended the rector for addressing some of the challenges the committee raised of which the member complained about the last time they visited.

The committee’s chairman urged the rector to carry all the school management and staff along in the scheme of things.

Contributing, the member representing Awgu South Constituency, Johnson Chukwuobasi, urged the rector to device a way to increase the number of student enrollment into the polytechnic which, he noted, would increase its internally generated revenue.

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Nigeria land of tourism not terrorism — Tourism Operator



A Lagos-based tourism stakeholder, Mr Adetola Gabriel, on Friday described Nigeria as a land of tourism and not terrorism, as portrayed by some individuals in the country.

Gabriel, the Chief Executive Officer, ATGadventours, made the assertion in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

“Nigeria has great prospects when it comes to tourism. A country with diverse landscape, beautiful scenery and many destinations with historic significance should have a thriving tourism sector.

“Unfortunately, this is not the case and hence, insecurity such as robberies, kidnappings contribute to Nigeria’s problems in the tourism sector.

“We don’t know how we got to this mess, but I want to strongly believe that Nigeria is not a land of terrorism, but a land of tourism.

“As a tour operator based in Lagos, Nigeria, I must confess that one major factor affecting Nigerian tourism is insecurity and poor social infrastructure,” he said.

According to him, there must be good roads, regular power supply and potable water for tourism to thrive in any country.

“If the roads are bad, movement will be hindered and kidnappers will have chances to operate peacefully.

“Besides, many of Nigeria’s popular tourist sites are located in rural areas that lack these basic infrastructure. The lack of such basic amenities will discourage potential tourists,” Gabriel said.

He noted that Nigerians usually look forward to visiting tourist attraction centres back in the days; but nowadays, insecurity and lack of maintenance culture had changed the narrative.

“Back in our primary and secondary school days, we all look forward to visiting tourist sites, as those special vacations seem to be the order of the day, and it excites us to learn more about sustainable developmental tourism; but none is the case now,” Gabriel.

He urged government at all levels to provide adequate infrastructure to help boost the tourism industry.

“I implore governments to provide adequate infrastructure that supports tourism such as electricity, good road networks, sea ports where necessary and a boost of the medical sector to make it more reliable for citizens and foreigners alike.

“Tackling security issues within the country and bringing crime to a minimal level will give a face lift to the country as a whole, especially in the eyes of prospective tourists from foreign countries,” he said.

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Why we are partnering Niger govt. on ranch- CBN



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says its partnership with the Niger state government for a ranch at the Bobi grazing reserve is to ensure local production of milk.

Mr Anthony Ifechukwu, Special Adviser on Development Finance to the CBN governor Godwin Emefiele, stated this during an inspection of work at the Bobi grazing reserve with the state Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger.

He noted that the local production of milk had become necessary to create jobs, adding that Nigeria was spending 1.5billion dollars a year on milk importation.

“What we are saying is that what we can produce in Nigeria we don’t have to import because by continuous importation we are not allowing our people to maximize their full potentials.

”For every litre of milk we import, you have 14 jobs created there and that means those jobs are lacking in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is spending about 1.5billion dollars per annum on milk importation and we felt with the resources Nigeria has there should be a reversal.

”So we are partnering with the Niger state government to ensure the facility and the environment for this initiative to run is there.”

He revealed that four firms had already indicated interest to invest in the grazing reserve which sits on 30000 hectares of land.

”WAMCO is already on ground here and there is an Irish firm that wants to come here as well.

“Wamco is going to do 10,000 hectares and you can see their tractors working and the same time they are building infrastructure like milk collection center, boreholes and a hydroponics unit.”

On how much the CBN was committing to the project, he said the figures were not yet available but noted that Niger is the pioneer state for such CBN intervention.

Also speaking, Gov. Bello maintained that he was satisfied with the level of work at the grazing reserve, saying the state government would do its best to make the place ready.

“I have seen the need to bring electricity here, provide security, do more roads, boreholes and more sensitisation for the locals to take ownership of what we are doing here.

“In the coming weeks, you will see more development here and hopefully in the next few years we would have a full fledged functional grazing reserve.”

He reiterated his administration’s resolve to transform the livestock industry towards creating jobs for the teeming populace.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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NEMA seeks synergy among disaster management stakeholders



The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for synergy among disaster management stakeholders for easy coordination during emergencies.

Ugo urged disaster management agencies to be alert at all times, adding that members of the public should also adhere strictly to early warning on flooding and other disasters in order to reduce their effects on lives and property.

“The only way to manage disaster effectively is through collaboration among disaster agencies.

Imo residents, who are in flood prone areas, should always monitor the sea level,” he said, adding that disaster management stakeholders were proposing the establishment of a trauma centre where disaster victims would be rehabilitated.

The NEMA coordinator urged the state government to ensure that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was properly equipped for efficient and effective service delivery.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and ‘Wale Sadeeq



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RTEAN wants Amaechi, Fashola to complete ongoing road, rail projects



The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Friday pleaded with the reappointed Ministers of Works and Housing and Transportation, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Mr Rotimi Amaechi respectively, to ensure  speedy completion of ongoing projects by their ministries.

The Chairman of RTEAN in Lagos State, Alhaji Mohammed Musa, made the plea while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday reappointed Mr Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation and Mr Babatunde Fashola as the Minister of Works and Housing.

NAN also reports that Amaechi and Fashola supervised those ministries as ministers during the first tenure of the Buhari-led administration.

Musa said: “ Mr Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation started several jobs during his first term in the ministry. Now, the President of Nigeria wants him to come and complete them; that is why he was reappointed.

“He must not disappoint Nigerians and the Buhari-led government who have given him the opportunity. All rail and road projects the ministry had embarked upon should be completed.

“We also want Fashola to complete all the road projects the ministry started under his leadership as former minister to reduce carnage on the highways.”

The RTEAN boss said that both ministries remained cardinal to the economy of the nation, hence, the need to pay adequate attention to them.

According to him, all Nigerians, not only the commercial transport operators, are looking forward to them completing the ongoing road and rail projects across the country and start new ones.

“What we are expecting from all the 43 ministers is that they should work for the good of Nigerians.

“All of them should have the fear of God because they swore with the Bible and the Quran to serve Nigerians.

“Let them be serious with their jobs and not divert the funds allocated to their ministries for public good into their personal purses,” Musa added.

The union leader also advised the newly reappointed Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, to prioritise the welfare of Nigerian workers and work toward the creation of new jobs.

“That is the reason why they had been chosen to head the various ministries they had been assigned by President Buhari.’’

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