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Anambra NULGE elects new leadership as chairman pledges workers protection



The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Anambra chapter, on Thursday elected an 11-man State Executive Committee led by Mr Chudi Orakwe to pilot its affairs for the next four years.

Orakwe emerged winner with 37 votes ahead of his closest rival Mr Ifeanyi Nworie who garnered seven votes.

Other members of the leadership who emerged were returned unopposed as their opponents stepped.

They are Mr Victor-Mary Anuna, Vice-President; Mrs Chinyere Obiazi, Treasurer, Mr Lawrence Nwachebelu and Mr Ifeanyi Okolo, Auditors.

Others are Mr Edochie Anaekwe and Mr David Ugbagu trustees; Mrs Uzoatu Ngozi Welfare Officer, Mr Kenechi Ezeibe, Publicity Secretary; Mr Linus Onyenweife, State Young Workers Representative and Mrs Chika Onyeachu as Chairperson Women Committee.

The election which was conducted under a peaceful atmosphere was supervised by the Mr Nankpak Njomiri-led national caretaker committee of the union.

Njomiri, who was represented by Mr Benedict Utako, the National Publicity Secretary of union, said the election was in accordance with the constitution of NULGE and it derives its powers from July 11 court judgement which nullified tenure elongation.

It will be recalled that the national caretaker committee on Oct. 23 inaugurated Anambra chapter caretaker committee with the mandate to conduct election within three months.

Utako said the new executive committee were products of the struggle against tenure elongation and impunity and for the preservation the constitution of the union.

He charged them to work in the interest of workers in the state and uphold the ideals of the formation NULGE.

In his acceptance speech, Orakwe thanked the members for their boldness in standing for what was right, promising that he would not let them down.

He said he ran his campaigns on the mantra of redemption and rescue and assured that with the support of his team, he will deliver on his campaign promises.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)


IBEDC gets awards for corporate excellence



The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has received various awards of excellence for its social responsibility initiatives.

Its Chief Operating Officer, Mr John Ayodele, said in a statement on Friday that the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital (UCH) gave one of the awards for efforts of IBEDC in the fight against neo-natal and infant mortality in Nigeria.

According to Ayodele, IBEDC donated a draeger incubator, baby Apneas,  bedding to the pediatric ward of the college hospital and also renovated the children outpatient clinic play area.

He said the company also bagged another merit award from  Lion Wasiu Shittu Deaf Organisation in recognition of its supports to  the development of the organisation.

Ayodele said the award presentation was part of the 1st anniversary of the Deaf Organisation.

“In his speech at the ceremony, the founder, Lion Wasiu Shittu, urged parents with physically challenged children to encourage and train them.

“Shittu also appealed to the government, both at the state and federal levels, to support the organisation in giving meaningful life to all the physically challenged individuals in Nigeria,” Ayodele said.

Reacting to the presentation of these awards, Ayodele said the gestures were part of efforts of IBEDC at changing lives.

He listed some of the company’s CSR to include One Child at a time Corporate Social Responsibility campaign to care for the Nigerian child, energy club activation in partnership with USAID, the sponsorship of NSE school quiz competition and its support to the Ibadan Young Writers Summit.

Ayodele pledged the company’s commitment to the wellness of the Nigerian child and better service delivery to its customers, particularly during this yuletide season.

Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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Embassy seeks traditional rulers support in bilateral ties



Mrs Claire Ireland, Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria has sought the support of Zazzau Emirate to strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria.

She stated this during a visit of the `Australian Alumni Association to the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris in in Zaria, Kaduna State on Friday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Emir of Zazzau is the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs.

The High Commissioner, who was represented by Dr Zainab-Kwaru Muhammad-Idris, North-West Coordinator of the association, said that the visit was meant to foster smooth relationship between the two countries.

She said: “It’s great honour to promote the Australian relationship and I look forward to working with you in the future to further strengthen Australia/Nigeria bilateral ties.”

Ireland assured the Emir that the embassy held him with high esteem, hoping that he would play a vital role in terms of providing the alumni with wisdom as a pioneer alumnus of the Australian State.

“We were very delighted when we found out that you are one of our alumni, we felt that this is home and that is why the Annual General Meeting of the association is brought to Kaduna.

“Currently, the alumni has over 190 members and we are still counting because every year the Australian Government identifies, selects individuals that apply to go on scholarship.

“And a lot of us have benefited from their programme and the partnership that we currently have between the government of Nigeria and government of Australia is getting stronger by the day due to the work that we do,” Ireland said.

She explained that the growing relationship was as a result of the contribution of alumni members in both private and public sectors of Nigeria.

On his part, Dr Ayoola Shoyombo, the Alumni Vice President said the association comprised of different people who had travelled to Australia to study for their first degree, masters or PhD. levels.

“On return to Nigeria, we were usually tasked in Australia to give back to the society in whatever capacity and to see how we can simulate things we see in Australia here in Nigeria.

“Every year, we normally have our Annual General Meeting and this year’s meeting has been scheduled to hold in Kaduna and we deem it fit to pay homage to the Emir of Zazzau to seek royal blessings.

“And more importantly, he is an alumnus of Australian State, he has passed through what we have just passed through and that’s why we are here today,” he said.

Dr Josephine Alex-Abedo, an official of the association appreciated Australian government for offering scholarship to them to acquire education.

She said going by the culture and mentorship received in Australia, she established an NGO, “May and Global Initiative” with the sole aim of training women on different skills.

“We train them on how to recycle products such as polytene bags, tins and bottles, we teach them using simple techniques without necessarily the use of any machine.

“We also teach them knitting, sewing and key holder making. As at now, we have trained over 200 women at different places within Kaduna.

Responding, the Emir appreciated the High Commissioner and members of the alumni association for the visit and urged them to feel at home in Zaria.

While urging them to keep the relationship, the Royal Father recalled that he was in Australia in 1967 where he spent his time at Canberra and South-West University, Sidney.

“I remember my time in Australia because I made many friends. So, I want you to feel at home. Unfortunately after we returned, we lost the Prime Minister of Australia.

“I could still vividly recall that the then Prime Minister was the one who addressed us at the Parliament while we were students.”

Edited & Vetted By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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168 stranded Nigerians return from Libya



The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday received another batch of 168 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya.

The Acting Coordinator, NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, received the returnees on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Farinloye told newsmen that the returnees arrived in the country aboard a chartered Al Buraq airline with flight number UZ289/190 at 5:42 a.m after 12 hours delay.

He said that 38 female adults, five female children were returned with 109 adult males, six male children and 10 infants, among others.

He said that this had brought the total number of returnees from Libya from April 2017 to date to 8,096 males and 5,788 females.

“This has brought the total number of returnees brought to Nigeria from 16 countries to 15,731 since April 2017 to date.

Farinloye, while qouting the summary of the special EU-IOM and Federal Government intervention from 2017 to October 2019, said that Libya had the highest number of returnees with 8,096 males and  5,788 females.

” Nigeria returnees from Niger Republic stood at 1,043 males and 556 females; Morocco male 42, female 37; Liberia male eight and female four.

” Burkina Faso male six, female 18,  France male three, female one, while Ireland had only one female, but countries like Polad, Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, Ethiopia had one male each assisted back.

” Chad had one male, two females and Cote D’ivoire had only two females brought back within the period,” Farinloye said.

According him, ” Estimatedly, adults males are 54 per cent, 37 per cent are for female,  while male and female minors stood at four per cent each.

” In the same vein, the distressed migrants brought back per state of origin shows that Edo State topped the list with 40.6%,  Delta 13.3%, Ogun 6.2%, Imo 4.7%, Lagos 4.3%,  Oyo 4.1%,  Yobe 3.6%, Kano 3.1% and Osun with 2.9%, while other states complete the rest.”

He said those who suffered various degrees of torture were 31 males and 21 females, while unaccompanied minors that were assisted back in males were 66 males and 67 females.

Farinloye added that those who were kidnapped out of Nigeria, but assisted back to the country were 79 males, 31 females, while single parents male were 41 and female were 616.

He said total number of pregnant women brought back so far were 439,  while those with various medical issues were 592 males and 804 females.

Migrants assisted back with psychosocial needs are 523 males and 470 females.  

Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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Boundary Commission says, Benue Taraba crisis to be over soon.



Boundary Commission says, Benue Taraba crisis to be over soon.



Deputy Governor of Benue, Mr Benson Abounu (L) and Deputy Governor of Taraba, Mr Haruna Manu at the Joint Meeting of Officials on Benue/Taraba Interstate Boundary.

The National Boundary Commission (NBC) says the interstate boundary crisis between communities in Taraba and Benue would soon be over.

Mr Adamu Adaji, the Acting Director-General of the Commission, made this know during his opening remark at the Joint Meeting of officials on the Benue and Taraba inter-state boundary, on Thursday in Abuja.

Adaji said Benue and Taraba shared common cultural and historical antecedence, adding that boundary conflict had created bad blood between them.

He said that boundary dispute between Benue and Taraba dated back to 1976, when Gongola was created.

According to him, the then Wukari Division, made up of Wukari, Takum and Donga Local Administrative Areas were carved out of Benue and merged with Sardauna and Adamawa Provinces to form the new state

“The good news is that the present administration, at both the Federal and State levels, are committed and determine to bring the impasse to a permanent end.

“Between 1994 to 1997, progress was made on tracing and demarcation of the boundary but was truncated by crisis and security challenges. Same thing again happened between 2005 and 2008.

“NBC, Benue and Taraba Government held several meetings and the Technical Committee comprising of members from the Commission, Benue and Taraba brought out recommendations to resolve the issues.

“Soon, the boundary between Benue and Taraba will be demarcated with 200 main pillars which will be done between February and June, 2020.

“The segment of the boundary is categorised as a. Logo/Wukari and Ukum/Wukari sectors b. Katsina-Ala/Wukari and c. Katsina-Ala/Takum sectors and finally Kwande/Takum sector.

“We shall also sensitise border communities to understand that demarcation is not to encourage war but rather to indicate limits for administrative convenience,” Adaji said.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Governor of Taraba, Mr Haruna Manu, said that the unclear nature of border between Benue and Taraba had led to a lot of crisis in the past.

He said there were efforts by the Taraba Government to ensure that peace returned to the border communities in the two states, adding that the Benue Government had also did well to restore peace.

“This joint meeting to ensure proper demarcation is a golden opportunity for the two states and NBC to bring to a permanent end to crisis caused by border issues.

“I want to assure you that after the demarcation of the boundary and a Tiv person finds himself or herself in Taraba, such a person remain indigene of Taraba.

“He or she will not be sent back to Benue and will enjoy the full rights of indigene of Taraba,” Manu said.

Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Benue, Mr Benson Abounum, said there is need for effective advocacy to the border communities, stressing that they needed to understand the essence of the demarcation.

He noted that the demarcation with beacons were not about a dividing wall between Benue and Tarabar but rather for effective political and socioeconomic administration.

“What we need now is to get our people to agree to the demarcation. If beacons at put at the border and people are not enlightened, they will remove the beacons, so there is need for advocacy and agreement by the two side.

“The seriousness of the governments of Benue and Taraba saw them engaging in several meetings to ensure that the border crisis between the two state become a thing of the past.

“The Benue and Taraba Government and the border communities need to be committed to the course of peace that the demarcation will bring,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency report that the event brought together traditional rulers from the border communities in Benue and Taraba, state government officials, Local Government Chairmen and officials from the NBC and Office of the Surveyor-General.

After the meeting, a communique would be released to intimate the public on the next step to take to solve the border crisis between the two states.

Edited & Vetted By: Dorcas Jonah/Ephraims Sheyin


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Border demarcation: Commission craves support of Benue, Taraba communities



The National Boundary Commission (NBC) has appealed to 17 communities in Benue and Taraba to support the demarcation of border areas to eliminate factors contributing to border crisis.

Mr Adamu Adaji, Acting Managing Director of the NBC, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the purpose of the Joint Meeting of Officials on the Benue and Taraba Inter-state Boundary was to work toward ending border crisis between border communities in the two states

“We want to appeal to the communities to support this idea of border demarcation so that we can get the boundary demarcated once and for.

“We also want to appeal to Benue and Taraba to sustain the bilateral dialogue we are having and in addition sensitise the affected communities so that they would understand the concept of boundary.

“We will commence sensitisation of the border communities in the first quarter of next year; after that, we will commence demarcation; we have enlisted the support of the government at the Federal and State levels.

“Boundary cannot separate one from his property in another state. If you are in State A and have property in State B, you have access to it unhindered,” Adaji said.

The NBC boss pleaded for cooperation from Local Government Chairmen and officials of the state government to guarantee the rights of everybody in their domain, regardless of tribe, after the demarcation exercise.

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77,000 to write Teachers’ professional exams in December – official



Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) says a total of 77,827 candidates have registered for the Council’s December Diet Professional Qualifications Examinations (PQE).

The Registrar of the Council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, made this known in Abuja during a media briefing on the Special PQE which began on Thursday.

Ajiboye, who said that the council recorded an upsurge in the numbers of candidates registering for the exams, hinted that government would not shift the Dec. 31 deadline to end quackery in the teaching profession.

According to him, “the Dec. 1 deadline was not given by TRCN but the National Council on Education, which reaffirmed it in Kano, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.

“It was re-emphasised; we are standing by the deadline of Dec. 31st to end quackery in the teaching profession in Nigeria,” he said.

Ajiboye stated that 47Computer-Based Test Centres would be used for the teachers’ exams.

He said that Lagos State had the highest number of candidates with 8,223 followed by Oyo State which had 5,599, while Sokoto State had the least with 360 candidates.

The TRCN Registrar disclosed that Commissioners of Education would be on the field to monitor the examinations and would be supported by technical staff from the council.

The TRCN Registrar stated that private schools had the largest number of candidates.

“The private schools register more candidates to show that the teachers of the private schools are responding more,” he said.

Ajiboye added that the council recorded 80 percent pass in the October 2019 PQ Examinations.

He identified technology as a major challenge confronting teachers at the early stage of the PQE, adding that performance had improved with the computer appreciation support from the Nigerian Union of Teachers to its members.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the December PQE Special exams began on Thursday in some States and would continue to Saturday, Dec. 7.

Edited Ephraims Sheyin

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