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MOSOP sues for love, religions tolerance, felicitates with Muslims on Eid-el Kabir

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As the Sallah celebration end on Tuesday, the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has appealed for love and religious tolerance as it felicitates with the Muslim faithful on Eid-el Kabir.

The group, which made the appeal in Port Harcourt, urged Islamic Clerics to preach the message of love.

“Making deliberate success of this season, Islamic clerics and leaders should preach love and tolerance which guarantees peaceful co-existence and development in the society.

“The celebration is quite apt, coming at a time when our country is faced with political challenges which are rather wrapped in religious and ethnic colourations.

“It is our hope that the ideals of this celebration will not be missed or ignored, MOSOP said in a statement sighed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Sunny Zovah, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency .

“What we need at the moment and always is a message of caution to all religious groups to show love to one another and avoid comments and speeches capable of igniting civil unrest and religious crisis in the country.”

According to the statement, the country can only move forward if there is justice, peace, tolerance and patriotism.

It urged both leaders and followers in Nigeria to imbibe such virtues, adding that religious organisations were expected to lead the desired change.

It also congratulated Muslims all over the world and wished them a hitch-free Eid-el Kabir celebration.

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I weep over women marginalisation, Sanwo-Olu

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The Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, says she weeps over women plights and marginalisation not only in Nigeria but in the entire Africa.

Sanwo-Olu expressed the concern on Saturday at a one-day seminar and inauguration of the Lagos State Chapter of SHE COOPS Nigeria, an international NGO for women empowerment and participation in cooperatives.

The News Agency Agency of Nigeria reports that the NGO was initiated in the state by Dr Appolonia Eke, the Executive Director, Amazing Care Foundation, who is also the state coordinator of SHE COOPS.

Sanwo-Olu was represented at the event by Mrs Roseline Idimogu, the wife of a Lagos State lawmaker, Mr Jude Idimogu, representing Oshodi-Isolo II.

She said that women must be empowered for the society to move forward.

” I have seen the plights of women especially the underprivileged ones; if you go to the remote areas, you will see what women are going through.

“When we go to some parts of Africa, where women are going through serious marganisation, I weep.

“The specie, called woman, has passed through torture by humanity, and being a woman, I feel like I have to contribute to improve their lot.

“They are a unique set of people, who when armed with skills and abilities, can change the world. I will like to see every woman in Nigeria have a voice,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu called for education of the girl-child and other women, saying their education would reduce poverty in the country.

She described women as a pillar of the home and society, hence the need to give attention to their empowerment.

Mrs Grace Adeola, the Country Programme Manager of SHE COOPS, said that the motive of the inauguration was to build a better world for every woman.

Adeola urged women “to come together as a cooperative “.

She called for massive empowerment of  women to bring real change to the world.

According to her, when women are developed, enlightened and trained, families, societies and the world at large will be better.

She said that the major challenge of women empowerment remained funding for skills acquisition.

She said that the NGO had sought for funds internationally from those whose goals and ambitions were to develop women.

In a goodwill message, the Lagos State Coordinator of SHE COOPS, Eze,  said that the hidden treasures in most women had not been discovered because the society had yet to encourage them enough to exhibit what they had.

“I dream of a Nigeria where a woman will be a leader, I dream of a Nigeria where 45 per cent of women will occupy the parliament, I dream of a Nigeria where we would have 35 per cent of professionals being women.

“From my dealings with women of low, middle and high classes, I got to know that women are unique species and agent of change.

“If they are empowered, the whole nation is empowered. There are many hindering factors debarring women access to empowerments; that gap is SHE COOPs is out to bridge,” she said.

 

Eke commended the Lagos Government’s investment in women empowerment programmes over the years.

The Kano State SHE COOPS Coordinator, Mrs Grace Jokayemi, urged women not to be liability but asset to the society in order to make impact, saying that the NGO was out to provide them with basic empowerments.

NAN reports that women numbering about 2,000 were divided into 85 groups to showcase skills in the production of several items which included spices, liquid soap, purses, plantain chips and bags.

Others are yam flour, plantain floor, beads, cream, bean flour, bread, custard, snacks, bleach, coconut milk, detergents, activated coconut charcoal, antiseptic, pop-corn, coconut oil, fruit juice, perfume and organic beauty soap.

 

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CD group suggests solution to political instability, farmers/herders clashes

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The Campaign for Democracy (CD), on Saturday urged the Federal Government to come up with a policy of political reconciliation that would allow the opposition political actors to contribute to governance.

Alhaji Abdullahi Jabi, chairman CD in Niger, made the suggestion in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Minna.

Jabi said that the measure would allow the opposition political actors to contribute to governance and to douse political tension in the country.

“The syndrome of winner takes all, should be discouraged to create room for stability in government, cooperation and partnership in serving Nigerians,” he said.

He said that for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to enjoy the support of the people, particularly the electorate, the social contract and campaign promises must be fulfilled by government.

He noted that the negative effect of the clashes have led to poverty, insecurity, human displacement, reduction in economic activities and disease.

He advocated for true federalism, which implies power sharing and building interdependence among the six geo-political zones in the country.

“In this case there will be no room for threat to secede, hence equity and respect for the rule of law shall be observed in resource sharing,” he said.

The CD Chairman also said that devolution of power to the states where people would be the centre of development to enhance productivity would fast-track economic development of the country.

“Politicians must be sincere to promote the interest of the people and improve their well being to reduce tension in the land and not exploiting the people to remain in power,” he said.

He called on the three tiers of government to create the enabling environment for youth employment and youth and women inclusion in government.

According to him, 65 per cent of the youth are not only idle, but unemployed and under employed, accounting for the high rate of crime.

 

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12,209 candidates sit for BUK post-UTME Aptitude Test for 2019/2020

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A total of 12,209 candidates on Saturday sat for the 2019 Bayero University Kano Post-UTME Aptitude Test (BUKAT).

According to a statement signed by the Information officer of the University, Alhaji Lamara Garba in Kano on Saturday, all the candidates are justling for placement to undergo various degree programmes of the Institution.

The statement quoted the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor Adamu Tanko, as giving the figure shortly after the screening on Saturday, 17th August.

“The screening was conducted in two sessions, morning and afternoon with a view to ensuring a smooth conduct.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

“The screening was very smooth while staff assigned to over see the programme were very dutiful,” he said.

He further explained that the exercise started on schedule and all the candidates were law-abiding.

Tanko added that the screening was a hitch free and there was no examination misconduct reported.

The statement also quoted the Registrar of the Institution, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed as expressing delight at the arrangements and smooth conduct of the exercise.

“More venues were provided to decongest the crowd while two situation rooms were established one each at old and new campuses to decentralize the coordination of the exercise.

” The University engaged the services of both teaching and non-teaching staff as invigilators and some students who served as ‘campus guide’ in order to ensure smooth running of the programme,” she said.

On his part, the Director, Directorate of Examinations, Admissions and Records (DEAR), Hajiya Amina Umar, who coordinates the screening disclosed that majority of the candidates were well-behaved and properly dressed, noting that no case of impersonation was recorded.

NAN reports that two candidates who sat for the screening examination, Ummuhani Abdulmalik Ize (B.Sc Biochemistry) and Abubakar Ayuba (B.Sc. Architecture) expressed satisfaction with the arrangements made by the University.

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Osinbajo, Oshiomhole, Gambari, governors grace Oyegun’s 80th birthday celebration

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Saturday in Abuja attended the 80th birthday celebration of former APC National Chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha represented President Muhammadu Buhari, while Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN was the guest speaker.

Governors Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Atiku Bagudu of KebbiSimon Lalong of Plateau,  Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa States also attended the event.

Oyegun was born Aug. 12, 1939.

Some former governors who served same period when Oyegun was the Governor of Edo State were also present.

In his remark,  Osinbajo, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said he had always admired Oyegun, for two reasons.

“First is that somehow he has always been his own man charting his own course sometimes making some real trouble as for example when as a Federal Permanent secretary, he risked contempt proceedings when he refused to testify on principle.

“But almost always you find him on the right side of history;   as a founding member of AD, member of NADECO, and founding member of the APC and its first Chairman one who led the party to its historic victory to unseat the ruling party .

“But the second reason for my admiration is that somehow he manages to be so deep in the politics of Nigeria yet he doesn’t ever look like a politician.

“He sounds always like a fine, well-bred, well spoken gentleman dragged into politics; but indeed he is a consummate politician and an astute strategist,” he said.

He said that people like Oyegun had shown that politicians could be loyal faithful men and women.

Gambari, who was the Guest Speaker, said that Nigeria was at a time in its history where the forces of unity and those of fragmentation were in very stiff competition.

He said it was clear to him which force should emerge victorious; adding that concerted efforts were required to salvage Nigeria from negative forces.

Gambari said that collective efforts and dedication were required for Nigeria to stand taller in the comity of nations

In his remark, Fayemi, who is the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, described Oyegun as a quintessential public servant, a committed and patriotic Nigerian.

Earlier, in his response, Oyegun said that at 80, he was grateful to God for being nice to him as he had achieved most things he set out to achieve.

He said that it was high time Nigeria’s potentialities were converted to realities.

According to him, Nigeria needs political commitment, political will and political courage to make the changes that are necessary to put the nation where it ought to be.

Oyegun said that merit should be given preeminence in appointments as qualified people were spread all over Nigeria.

“Fortunately today; I doubt if there is any corner of Nigeria where there are not highly qualified Nigerians and the time has come for merit to become the sole determinant of positioning and placing people,’’ he said.

He also called for the adoption of the carrot and stick approach, adding that while bad and corrupt people were being punished, service to the nation should rewarded.

The high point of the event was the cutting of birthday cake.

Edited by Felix Ajide

 

 

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NGO trains 113 children on vocational skills, offers scholarships at summer camp

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By Joan Odafe

Lagos, July 17, 2019 Call to Love Initiative (Call2Luv) a Non-Governmental 0rganisation (NGO), on Saturday ended its week-long summer camp, where it trained 113 children on vocational skills and behavioural attitudes, to help enrich their lives.

The NGO also gave out scholarships to participants who excelled in various categories.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was organised by the NGO in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.

The camp was aimed at giving children from low-cost schools and orphanages a platform to acquire skills they would usually not have the opportunity to.

The vocational skills learnt included sewing, soap making and coding.

The children were also trained in behavioural attitudes such as etiquette and interpersonal relationships.

The Chief Executive Officer of Call2Luv, Mrs Omowunmi Ajila, told NAN that the programme was to enrich the lives of the children through social development.

“It’s like our gateway to bring in our beneficiaries; our focus is on children from low cost schools, as well as orphanages.

“We’ve been able to identify that most children in this category usually don’t have access to the kind of learning we are giving them.

“We relate with them for about one week during the summer camp; that way we are able to identity the gaps we need to fill,’’ she said.

Ajila explained that after the camp, follow-up on support classes would be organised on weekends for children who did well in different categories, to help enhance their skills.

She said: “We’re going to have the coding class; the reading club, to enhance their reading; entrepreneurship class, to teach them that they’re not too young to make money.

“We have support that we give them in the next one year; we assign mentors to them, they visit them at home to understand their circumstances and environment to identify where they need help.’’

Ajila commended the Red Cross Society for making their facility available for the programme.

She called on individuals and organisations for support, to help enrich the programme.

She also encouraged volunteers to register on: www.call2luv.org

Mr Olakunle Lasisi, Secretary, NRCS, Lagos Branch, who noted that about 20 children from the society’s orphanage and school participated in the programme, said the event was aimed at helping humanity.

“I observed that our children were more eager to use the computer; everybody wants to do something on the system. People  want to stitch their clothes themselves.

“They’re more conscious of greeting and showing appreciation, even for things that happened some days ago,’’ he said.

Lasisi called for more support to make the programme sustainable.

Ruth Ogbaja, a participant, who received a scholarship of N45,000 as best overall student in arts, said she learnt to be calm and focused while drawing.

“I made a mistake while painting but when I used black paint on it, it covered it and made my work more beautiful,’’ she said.

Another Participant, Precious Harrison, said the programme was helping her fulfil her dream of becoming a seamstress.

“I learned how to use needles and cut fabrics but I didn’t like the art class because I don’t like drawing,’’ she said.

Also, Emmanuel Chika, a Participant, said he learnt how to draw and move animated shapes in the coding class.

Mr Simon Ogbaja, a Parent, whose daughter received scholarship, said he was surprised at what his daughter learnt at the summer camp.

“Honestly I’m still surprised. I didn’t show any interest because I thought it was a casual outing.

“I just came today not to disappoint her,’’ he said.

Another Parent, Mrs Ozigara Chika, said she observed a lot of changes in her son.

“He also learnt how to sew and make liquid soap,’’ Chika said.

 

 

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