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Always resolve issues through dialogue, SSANU President urges union leaders

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Mr Samson Igbokwe,

National President,

Senior Staff Union of Universities (SSANU), has

urged

union leaders to always engage in dialogue on issues with the management to ensure peace and harmony on campuses.

 

Igbokwe said this at the inauguration of the new secretariat of

Senior Staff Union of Universities-Lagos State University (SSANU-LASU)

on Wednesday in Lagos.

 

 

He said that union leaders should use intellectual minds to resolve issues, adding that war or fist were not the way to solve problems.

 

“SSANU-LASU occupy vantage position in the national executive council because this chapter has produced vibrant officers over the years.

 

“Due to the cooperation and unity among members, SSANU-LASU completed this secretariat project without outsider’s assistance,”

Igbokwe 

said.

 

 

He urged every member to continue to cooperate and work with the university management to sustain the peace currently enjoyed in LASU under the leadership of Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun.

In his opening remarks, Mr Saheed Oseni,

Chairman, SSANU-LASU, called on the university management to continue to support the union.

According to him, LASU staff are very accommodating, reasonable and civil but never to be taken for granted.

“LASU staff have not been the problem. The event of the last four years has proved that we are good people which means it has always been problem of former leadership.

 

 

“Our unsavoury past was because of leadership but we can see what the current administration is doing,” he said. 

 

 

Prof. Olumuyiwa Noah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (

Academic), urged every union member to give

a modicum of respect when discussing the management in public or in private.

 

 

Noah said that the management would not meddle in the affairs of SSANU because it believed they were reasonable  and professional in handling their affairs.

“I pray that you will not allow anyone to come and destroy the work you are doing and we hope that other unions will also take the challenge,” he said.

Mrs Funmi Sessi,Lagos Chairman,Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that

Lagos State government commenced payment of minimum wage to workers in its parastatals in December.

Sessi said that most mainstream state agencies had not been paid because of lots of issues in the accounting process which had just been resolved.

“Minimum wage will be paid, please let us be patient with the Lagos State government.

 

“I commend the SSANU-LASU executives that came after us for continuing and finishing this project  which serves as a good image to all our members,” she said.

 

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
(NAN)

 

 

 

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Ramadan: Scholar urges Muslims to always be grateful

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An Islamic scholar, Prof. AbdulRazzak Alaro, has called on Muslims to always remember the Almighty Allah and to be grateful to Him in whatever condition they found themselves.

Alaro, while delivering an online Ramadan lecture on Wednesday in Ilorin, said Muslims should always remember to say “Alhamdulilah rabil alamin” (Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds).

According to him, there are many reasons to be grateful, for no matter the condition, there are other people living in worst conditions and are yet grateful.

“No matter your condition, if you think deep, you will have a reason to thank Allah and be grateful for His mercy upon you.

“The person you are looking at as better than you, also has his or her own shortcomings; and at the same time, there are people aiming to be in your position,” he said.

Alaro also advised the faithful to always remember Allah and not wait until His favour is needed.

He said it was stated in the Holy Qur’an that human beings should remember Almighty Allah at all times and that Allah would answer their requests.

“Do not wait till you are in need of something from Almighty Allah before calling on Him; always remember Allah all the time.

“Try and recite the Qur’an daily, even if it is one page per day; try as much as possible to recite the Qur’an calmly and with a good voice

“Always observe the five daily prayers, and at the right time. Do not postpone prayer and do not join two or more prayers together during the evening prayer,” Alaro said.

The scholar said that one way to always remember Almighty Allah was to be grateful to Him at all time, worshipping Him accordingly, but without unnecessary exaggerations.

He said that there was nobody that could praise Allah like Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions, saying they never made noise during the process.

“It is not until we start shouting and making noise, causing discomfort to others, before Almighty Allah will hear us.

“Allah is closer to us than the veins of our neck. It is the sincere mind and good intention of a worshipper that Almighty Allah wants, and He has promised to answer the prayers of a sincere caller,” the scholar said.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Ondo State FA always compliant in providing medical facilities and personnel for matches, official says

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The Vice-Chairman of Ondo State Football Association (FA), Henry Akingboju, on Saturday said the association had always been fully compliant in providing medical facilities and personnel during matches in the state.

Akingboju told the Nigeria News Agency in Akure that the association had on its part always ensured that all necessary provisions were made.

“We take care to forestall unseen circumstances before, during and after matches,’’ he said.

Akingboju told NAN that all the conditions for a hitch-free match, as directed by the League Management Company (LMC), had always been met by the state FA.

He added that this was always in conjunction with the management of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure and other relevant stakeholders.

“We have always ensured that matches went on according to the rules.

“And, as regards new directives, we on our part in Ondo State will definitely get it right. We will do the needful to ensure we have hitch-free matches in our stadium.

“I will direct the (FA) Secretary to liaise with the ambulance man and I will personally see the Chairman of Sunshine Stars FC so that we can continue to get it right.

“Necessary measures will also be put in place before our next home match,” he said.

NAN reports that the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, had issued directives on the provision of medical facilities and personnel at venues of league matches.

The directives, which were later echoed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) were in the wake of the death of Chineme Martins on Sunday in Lafia.

Martins, then of Nasarawa United, had died during their Match Day 23 match in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against the visiting Katsina United.

His death came after he slumped while standing alone in his team’s half of the pitch, and the failure to get proper and immediate medical attention must have been a cause.

The incident led to the directive that no NPFL match should go ahead henceforth without the adequate provision of medical facilities and personnel at the venue.

Speaking also, Tajudeen Akinyemi, Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA), managers of Sunshine Stars, said the agency had always complied with all medical measures necessary in the game of football.

Akinyemi said the agency was also working on the areas which needed improvement as stipulated by the LMC.

NAN reports that Sunshine Stars’ next match is against Enyimba International FC of Aba in a rescheduled week 21 fixture of the NPFL.

(
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
(NAN)

 

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I’ll always come to Nigeria for your advice, Guinea Bissau’s President tells Buhari

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The President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoko Embalo, says he will always come to President Muhammadu Buhari to seek for advice as Nigeria remains one of the best symbols of democracy in the continent.

Embalo stated this on Friday when he spoke to State House Correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja.

The president, who said he was in Nigeria to thank President Buhari and all Nigerians for supporting him, said “Nigeria has always proved that democratic choices remain the best in all circumstances.’’

He said: “We are aware that Nigeria is a reference for democracy in the whole world; not only for your population but you have always shown that democratic choice is the best way to resolve things.

“It is the people who make the choice; and that is why I am here today to reaffirm the solidarity of the people of Nigeria toward us.

“I thank Baba, my Dad, the President of Nigeria and all the Nigerian people for everything you have been doing.”

According to him, Nigeria is the most important country on the African continent, because of the role it plays in stabilising the continent.

“You cannot even imagine the feeling I have for our friendship with Nigeria.

“I will always refer to President Buhari as my dad. Nigeria has a very important role to play in Africa. Therefore, I will always come to Nigeria to ask for your advice.

“Nigeria has shown the people of Guinea Bissau solidarity in the most difficult moments of our country and also today Baba you have shown solidarity towards the population of Guinea Bissau,” he said.

While reacting to the controversy surrounding his emergence as the President of Guinea Bissau, Sissoko said power comes from God and God has destined that he should lead his people.

“I don’t want to say our voting system is the best in the world but it provides that when you are voting, the ballot has to be counted in front of everybody.

“Our law provides that once you don’t pronounce any irregularity at the point of counting, the matter becomes dead.

“When the matter went to our high court, we have 11 judges there and nine of them affirmed my victory but only the President and Vice President of the court had a contrary opinion.

“I am sad that that put our country in a bad situation.

“But today we say thanks to God because I believe in Him who gives power. Nigeria with over 200 million people decided it is Baba (referring to President Buhari) they want.

“In Guinea Bissau, we have one and half million people and they elected me, not because I am more intelligent or more handsome than other candidates.

“But God said today it is me, tomorrow it can be another person and that is why I was chosen and today I am President of Guinea Bissau,” he affirmed.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
(NAN)

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Woman loses marriage for always chasing husband with knife

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An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Tuesday granted a request by a businessman, Mr Daniel Abiodun, to divorce his wife, Temitope, for always threatening his life with knife.

Dissolving the union, the President of the Court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, said that since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court was left with no option than to grant him his wish.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr Daniel Abiodun and Mrs Temitope Abiodun dissolved today. Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.

“Each of you should go your separate ways unmolested; the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavour,” he said.

Koledoye ordered Daniel to be responsible for their childrens’ feeding, medical and school fees.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 56-year-old businessman had earlier approached the court to terminate the 16 years marriage, accusing his wife of threatening to kill him.

“My wife always picks knife to stab me whenever we have any misunderstanding. Whenever I run for my dear life, she will chase me with the knife.

“I can no longer sleep with my two eyes closed. I am afraid she may stab me to death one day and I don’t want to die,” Daniel told the court.

According to the petitioner, Temitope always disrespects and embarrasses him in public.

“My wife fights me both at home and in the public; our neighbours have known us for our frequent fightings.

“On many occasions, she tore my clothes into pieces. I do not even have peace of mind; I am always afraid,” he added.

The embattled man begged the court to end the marriage because he was tired of it and no longer in love with his wife.

“Please, terminate our marriage before Temitope sends me to an early grave,” he pleaded.

Responding, Temitope, denied all the allegations and accused Daniel of battery.

“My husband turned me into a punching bag. He derived pleasure from beating me at any slight provocation. I have scars on my body as a result of his assault on me,” she said.

The mother of three said she never threatened her husband’s life.

“I was only using the knife to scare him away from beating me and not to stab him,” she told the court.

The 42-year-old trader pleaded with the court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of their marriage because she still loved him.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta/Maharazu Ahmed

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CJN at swearing in of new SANs, says judiciary will always uphold constitution

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Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria says the judiciary under his watch will strongly hold on to the tenets of the constitution as the Supreme law of the land.

Muhammad made the assertion on Monday at the special session to mark the beginning of the 2019 to 2020 legal year and also swearing in of 38 distinguished lawyers newly conferred with the honour of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).

He said that the rule of law which is the bastion of every democracy across the world will be strictly observed.

“The rule of law must be observed in all our dealings and we must impress it on the governments at all levels to actively toe the path.

“The right of every citizen against any form of oppression and impunity must be jealously guarded and protected with the legal tools at our disposal.

“All binding court orders must be obeyed.

Nobody, irrespective of his or her position, will be allowed to toy with court judgments”.

He called on all to collectively show  the desired commitment to the full enthronement of the rule of law in Nigeria.

“As we all know, flagrant disobedience of court orders or non compliance with judicial orders is a direct invitation to anarchy in the society.

“Such acts are completely antithetical to the rule of law in a democratic environment, and will not be tolerated under my watch as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“We must work together to make Nigeria one of the frontline countries that observe the rule of law and rights of the citizens in all ramifications”.

He said that the judiciary under him is vigorously embracing technology to fast track it’s processes.

“We have automated our library with Liberty5 software, our classifications and catalogues are now done online.

“We have also subscribed to Weatlaw which has content of over 6000 law books and journals, and access to the library will soon be made available to everyone that is entitled to browse”.

The CJN said that during the 2018 to 2019 legal year, the Supreme Court entertained 1,874 cases of which 788 were civil, 262 criminal, and 65 political.

“Similarly, the court considered 759 appeals, comprising of 215 civil, 156 criminal and 388 political.

“A total of 324 judgments were delivered in the year: this score card is impressively fascinating.

“I attribute this tremendous success to the doggedness and team spirit exhibited by my brother justices and the general staff, ” Muhammad added.

He said that the Supreme Court of Nigeria is the busiest and most hardworking Supreme Court in the world.

“It is on record that we work from Monday to Friday every week: on Wednesdays we do Chamber sitting to consider non-contentious matters while we deliver judgments and rulings on Fridays”.

He urged the public to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution to free the courts of unnecessary over-stretching of their human and material resources.

“As rightly observed, Nigerians are the most litigious people on earth.

“In every little disagreement, we rush to court, in every lost case, we rush to appeal even up to the Supreme Court”, the CJN declared.

Nigeria News Agency reports that while four women applied, only two made the list.

Among the new silks is the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Apata and Lagos-based human rights activist, Mr Ebun-olu  Adegboruwa.

Others are the wife of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, Abdullahi Haruna, Manga Nuruddeen, John Onuegbulam Asoluka, Adedokun Makinde, Daniel Enwelum, Emmanuel Oyebanji, Tuduru Ede, Abdul Ajana and Ama Etuwewe and Oladipo Olasope.

Others are Leslie Nylander, Olusegun Fowowe, Andrew Hutton, Olukayode Enitan, Paul Ogbole, Olaniyi Olopade, Samuel Agweh, Olusegun Jolaawo, Prof.  Alhponsus Alubo, Ayo Asala, Abiodun Olatunji, Olumide Aju, Chimezie Ihekweazu and Prof.  Mamman Lawan.

The others are  Prof. Uchefula Chukwumaeze, Usman Sule, Safiya Badamasi, Echezona Etiaba, Godwin Omoaka. Emeka Ozoani, Alexander Ejesieme, Jephthah Njikonye, Aihkunegbe Malik, Alhassan Umar and Oyetola Atoyebi.

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GOC charges army officers to always exhibit high professional competence

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Maj. Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Nigerian Army Rukuba, Jos, has charged army officers to always exhibit high level of discipline and professional competence.

A statement by Maj Ikechukwu Eze,  Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said  the GOC gave the charge on Wednesday at the close of a 3-day inter-brigade combat proficiency competition by the division which commenced on Monday.

“As officers, let me remind you of the enormous responsibilities and critical role expected of you especially in times like these.

“Apart from breaching the gap between senior officers and soldiers, you are required to exhibit the highest level of discipline and professional competence at all times.

“This competition has therefore given you the opportunity to display your potentials and similarly develop your professional abilities.

‘I therefore urge you to take back to your units and formations the experience gained by putting it to good use for the overall benefit of the Nigerian army at large,” he urged.

Angbazo said the inter-brigade competition  was   to among other things,  enhance  physical endurance, improve leadership traits, organisational ability, spirit-de corp and use of initiative amongst others.

 Angbazo added that it was the Chief Of Army  Staff vision to have a professionally responsive Nigerian army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.

A total of 50 officers from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant to Major drawn from five formations in the Division participated in the competition.

The five formations that participated included; Division Garrison, 23 Brigade Yola, 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi, 43 Engineer Brigade and 53 Signal Brigade.

“The competition featured map reading and navigation,  weapon handling,  five kilometer combat run, obstacle crossing and tug of war.

“At the end of the competition,  43 Engineer Brigade took the first position in order of merit while 3 Division Garrison and 53 Signals brigades took the second and 3rd positions respectively.

“The fourth position went to 33 Artillery Brigade while 23 Brigade took the last position,” it added. 

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Religious leaders must always stand for truth always – Cleric says

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Rev. Dr Idowu Akintola, Chairman, F.C.T Baptist Conference, on Saturday urged religious leaders to speak and stand for the truth at all times for peace to reign in the country.

Akintola gave the advice at the induction service of Rev. Dr Emmanuel Adewara at First Baptist Church, Kubwa, Abuja.

He said that religious leaders must see themselves as bridge builders with the sole responsibility of promoting peace.

He added that the only way for peace to reign in the country was for them to speak and support the truth whenever they have the opportunity.

“Use the opportunity you have as a religious leader to preach peace.

“Do not be tempted to gather followers on the basis of lies.

“Always speak and stand for the truth as a fulfilled ministry that is committed, loyal and accountable to God and man.

“You have to move from religion and focus on relationship with all mankind to enable the church as well as the country to move to the next level,” he said.

The cleric also urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ and imbibe his virtues of sacrificial love, peace and tolerance.

Akintola explained that mutual understanding and tolerance among people of same faith as well as other faith are what the country needed at the moment.

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Arcbishop urges Christian mothers to always be grateful to God for His benefits

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Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion,  has urged mothers to always be grateful to God for His benefits in their lives.

 

Chukwuma gave the advice during his  homily at  the Emmanuel  Anglican Church at  Achara Layout in  Enugu on Sunday.

 

He said that the benefits of God include:  His mercies, forgiveness of sins, safe delivery by mothers  at child birth, good health, and  redemption from destruction.

 

He added that living uprightly attracted God’s blessings and mercies.

 

The archbishop stressed that holiness, humility, sincerity, and obedience are what were expected of every Christian mother.

 

He called on mothers to obey their husbands and bring up their children in the way of God for them to serve God and humanity genuinely throughout their lives.

 

Chukwuma, therefore, urged Christians to always live a righteous life and shun sins.

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Cleric urges Christian faithful to always stand for truth

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Rev. Fr. James Gorge,  Assistant Parish Priest of Saint Donald Catholic church, Karu Abuja, on Sunday charged parishioners to always stand up for the truth no matter the circumstances.

Gorge made this call while delivering the sunday sermon.

“Always stand up for the truth no matter the circumstances, even if the world will turn against you like they did to Jeremiah in the book of Jeremiah chapter 38.

“God will surely raise up someone to fight for you.

“Our God is a good God. He cannot allow the just to perish.

He also called on leaders on all spheres of life to stand for the truth and have a firm deciscion on issues that border on their subjects,

“Do not allow your decision as a good leader to be shaken by the unjust,

“Use your position to speak up today for the oppressed, for that man or woman, who is unjustly deprived of his or her right,” he said.

He further charged the people to choose their friends wisely, saying, “the kind of friend you keep will determine greatly your lot for eternity.

“As a good man, if you keep good friends they will help you make heaven, but if you keep bad friends, they will surely affect you negatively.

“The word of God says “whatever will stop you from going to heaven, cut it off.

“It is better for you to enter the heavenly home land without friend than go to hell with friends,” he said.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

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