Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, former commissioner of police, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Sen George Akume as minister, and declared the former governor as “a good choice”.
Tsav, a consistent critic of Akume, in a dramatic, described him as “a humble and true leader of the people of Benue”.
“Akume is a very good man. He is a very humble and true Benue leader. He is a true leader and I think he will not disappoint in his new responsibility.
“I am very happy over the appointment of Akume as a minister because, at a stage, Benue seemed to have lost proper leadership, especially when he lost his senatorial election,” he said
The former Federal Public Complaints Commissioner advised Akume to be “mindful of certain people around him” as he braces up for the challebge.
Also reacting to the appointment, the Convener, Benue Alliance for Good Governance (BAGG), Dr Aondoakaa Asambe, said that Akume would bring positive strides to bear on the life of every Benue person and Nigerians at large.
Asambe described Akume as “a bridge builder” with leadership skills that could unite people across all ethnic divides and nationalities.
“The president could not have made a better choice from Benue.
“We commend the president for the choice of Sen George Akume and implore the senator to work toward unifying the Tiv and Fulani people.
“We also urge the senator to create opportunities for dialogue toward ending lingering crises between the herdsmen and our local farmers since confrontation is not the best option for ending crises like these.
He also appealed to Buhari to sign into laws, the bills for the establishment of a Federal Polytechnic and College of Education in Benue, which were passed during the 8th National Assembly.
NRC to fence new standard gauge rail line in Lagos — Official
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.
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)
NYSC deploys 2,000 prospective corps members to Kwara
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.
PDP, candidate pray tribunal to order fresh election in Nasarawa State
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
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
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.