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Automatic employment of midwives excites Yobe residents



The automatic employment of 37 graduating students of the Yobe College of Nursing and Midwifery by the State Government has excited residents.
The residents told the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews on Friday in Damaturu that the measure would boost manpower to combat maternal and infant mortality in the state.
They commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for concentrating on people oriented programmes and projects, most especially healthcare delivery.
Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim, a parent to one of the beneficiaries, said “the health sector is a key area in dire need of manpower and this employment would improve the manpower.
“Yobe is lucky to have a pragmatic governor whose attention lies with the interests of the people as we have seen in the last 100 days of Gov. Buni’s administration”.
Malam Mustapha Kime, a civil servant, said lack of employment has been a very disturbing issue in Nigeria.
“Gov. Buni deserves commendation for employing the graduates.
“The administration’s commitments in education, healthcare and agriculture are gradually moving the state away from the bottom of the development ladder,” he said.
Another resident, Mr Hassan Damaturu said “it is a welcome development but they should be posted to the remote areas to assist pregnant women in labour to serve and justify the employment”.
He cautioned against over concentration of medical workers in the cities while the demand for their service was higher in the rural areas.
On her part, Malama Hadiza Musa, one of the graduates, commended the governor for the employment and promised to justify the confidence reposed in her.
“We (the beneficiaries) must justify this goodwill by Gov. Mai Mala who offered us automatic employment without going into the labour market to search for employment,” Hadiza said.
Ms Nana Musa, a sister to the graduate, said “the joy of our family and others knew no bounds as we now have one of us employed to support her siblings and parents’’.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola


Ondo 2020: No automatic ticket for Agboola — PDP



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has refuted the rumour that Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, would be giving automatic ticket if he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP said this in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman in the state, Mr Zadok Akintoye.

Akintoye said that the party did not have a preferred candidate and would ensure level playing field for all aspirants or intending aspirant.

“As it has been clearly stated by the State Caretaker Chairman, Mr Clement Faboyede, no aspirant shall be shut out of the process for picking a candidate as the party has concluded plans to guaranty free, fair, transparent and all-inclusive primaries as is the established custom of our party.

“Please note that the PDP remains absolutely committed to the principles and ethics of democracy and all intending members are expected to fully register at their wards and also participate in all party activities.

“The party acknowledges the right of His Excellency Mr Agboola Ajayi and all members of the public wishing to join our fold and would accord all intending members and aspirants a warm reception as we work together to liberate our dear state.

“We once again assure all aspirants and members of the party that the information as contained in the report is not true neither does it reflect the position of the state and national office” Akintoye said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Azaiki donates automatic hand washing machine to Bayelsa Govt



The member representing Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Prof. Steve Azaiki, has donated an automatic hand-washing machine to the Bayelsa Government.

This was part of his contribution to support the Bayelsa State Government’s fight against COVID-19, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Mr Temeoweitari Okidi, the Personal Assistant to Prof. Azaiki on Project Monitoring and Implementation, made the presentation at the Bayelsa State Government Secretariat, Ovom, Yenagoa, on Monday.

He said that the facility was to enable civil servants coming into the premises to wash their hands at the entrance without having to touch the hand washing equipment.

“The machine is operated by a large Duracell battery which powers the censors of the automatic hand washing tap,

“A lever at the base of the machine, when stepped on, activates the flow of the liquid hand washing soap; the large box at the top of the machine holds the water reservoir,’’ he said.

Okidi, said that other contributions of the donor to the fight against COVID-19 included sensitisation and awareness campaigns across the state, as well as giving out medical consumables such as face masks and hand sanitisers.

The donation was received, on behalf of the State Government, by Dr Inodu Apoku, the Deputy Chairman of the Bayelsa State COVID-19 Task Force, who is also the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health.

Apoku expressed his gratitude to Azaiki for his concern and numerous contributions to the Government’s COVID-19 response.

He stated that the government had been doing its best to contain the spread of the disease and assured that the hand washing machine would be put to good use.

“As you know, the state government has been at the top of the fight against COVID-19 and you can see that we have been able to contain the spread of the disease in the state.

“It is my pleasure to receive this donation and I can assure you that it will be put to the best use to strengthen the government’s COVID-19 responses,” Apoku said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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COVID-19: Nigerian engineers produce respiratory, automatic hand washing machines



Mr Ibrahim Aledu, a former Chairman of the Apapa Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has fabricated a respiratory machine for treatment of the coronavirus, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Aledu, a fellow of NSE, is the Apapa Inspectorate Chief of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Engineering Regulation and Monitoring (ERM).

The fellow of the Nigerian Institution of mechanical Engineers, in video presentations to various stakeholders and on Facebook, demonstrated how the mechanical respiratory machine works.

NAN reports that the machine was made from wood, recycled and other locally-sourced materials which are powered by dry cell batteries and controlled by a pulley to pump out oxygen.

A pulley is a wheel with a grooved rim around with a cord passing through to help change the direction of a force applied to the cord.

It is usually used to raise heavy weights.

In the video presentations made available to NAN, Aledu explained the different oxygen requirement levels for children and adults which the machine was able to regulate to suit each need.

He told NAN on telephone on Monday that the device was a modification of existing technology to suit local purpose at an affordable rate.

The engineer said that the gesture was part of his contribution to the fight against COVID-19.

“The mechanical respiratory machine  is a modification, not an invention; when a technology already exists, it can be modified.

“Engineers were planning to donate money to the Federal Government but  I felt it is better we produce something as a solution and donate. I used the period of the lockdown to work on it.

“ A foreign mechanical respirator costs 300 dollars but an electronic one is about 30,000 dollars. During this lockdown some of my colleagues encouraged me, and I began the design drawings.

“I searched my materials storage and  saw that I had bearings and a few things I needed.

“I could not get some of the things at home; so, I had to go out to get other materials to assemble them,’’ he told NAN.

Explaining the challenges he encountered, Aledu said that he had to abandon a faulty direct current adaptar he bought from an online store to improvise with motorcycle dry cell batteries to power the device.

“I have built in a mechanical governor that regulates the degree to which the air bag is pressed down to release oxygen through the valve to humans,’’ he told NAN.

He said that a presentation would be made to the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure on Tuesday to get its approval for mass production of the device.

Aledu said that the prototype cost him about N130,000.00 to produce, adding that he had the  capacity to produce up to 50 machines daily from his works lab in Ijora.

NAN reports that another mechanical engineer, Mr Ahmed Ayinla, a member of the Ikeja Branch of NSE,  also invented a foot-operated hand washing and soap dispensing machine for public places.

Speaking on the invention, the Chairman of the Ikeja Branch of the NSE, Mrs Funmi Akingbagbohun, told NAN on telephone that the device would reduce the  risk of COVID-19 infections.

“With conventional taps, users must turn on the water supply by hand and in the process must touch the tap, but this invention eliminates the touch because water and soap dispense automatically,’’ she told NAN.

Akingbagbohun, also the Deputy National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, hailed  the inventions of both Ayinla and Aledu  which would be presented to the Lagos State Government on Tuesday.

NAN reports that Ayinla, in a video demonstration, said that the mobile foot-operated hand washing device would be used in public places to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The device made from a drum, wash hand basin, pipes connected to a water tank allows users to activate either soap or water sources through pedals operated by foot to either dispense soap or run water on hands.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Gombe govt offers 2 Corps members automatic employment



The Gombe State Government, on Thursday offered automatic employment to Two outstanding National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members as eight others were honoured with the state merit award.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the corps members are: Aisha Saba-Yabagi from Niger with state code GM/19A/0248 and Uzoamaka Blessing from Imo with state code GM/19A/0872.

A total of 1, 203 corps members passed out at a ceremony held at the Gombe Pantami Stadium to mark the completion of the mandatory one year service for the 2019 Batch “A” members in the state.

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya, who was represented by the Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Julius Ishaya, said the corps members were honoured for their exceptional roles toward the development of the state.

Yahaya said the corps members initiated programmes that benefitted their host communities and by their acts, fulfilled the essence of the scheme in fostering national unity, integration and provision of even socio-economic development.

While commending the NYSC’s skills acquisition and entrepreneurial programmes, the governor charged the youths to take advantage of government youth-oriented  programmes to be self-reliant instead of waiting for white collar jobs.

Yahaya reiterated that his administration would continue to reward excellence and corps members’ efforts to develop communities and improve the wellbeing of the good people of the state.

Earlier, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, NYSC Coordinator in the state, said the scheme had instilled in all the corps members a sense of duty, team work and spirit of co-existence among other things.

Yaakugh said the corps members had impacted healthcare delivery, education, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development and rural infrastructure which according to her, will go a long way in complementing government’s efforts to develop the state.

She, however, stated that two corps members who absconded during their service year would be made to repeat the exercise, while six others would serve extension of their services for various offences committed.

She added: “these punitive measures are to serve as deterrent to other serving corps members. NYSC frowns at truancy and indiscipline and will not hesitate to correct such acts in accordance with NYSC Act’’.

Ms Aisha Saba-Yabagi, one of the corps members offered employment told NAN that she was excited about the offer while encouraging intending corps members to cultivate the habit of finding solutions to challenges while in service .


Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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NSF 2020: No automatic shirt for athletes in Edo – Dep. Gov.



The Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, on Sunday in Benin, said that there would be no automatic shirt for any athlete in the state at the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Musa Ebebomusa, quoted Shaibu as disclosing this while addressing a six-man committee constituted for a successful outing of the state team at the sports festival.

“There will be no automatic ticket for anybody. Every athlete, old or young, has to compete for a place in the 32 sports lined up for the festival,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the sports fiesta, tagged “Edo 2020”, will hold at different centres in Benin, the state capital, from March 20 to April 4.

“We must not fail; we are committing all these resources because we want to redefine national competitive sports in Nigeria.

“We are not just hosting; we are hosting to win, and win clean to show the world what national sports festival should be.

“The Third Edo Sports Festival is not going to be a jamboree. Rather, it is expected to serve as a ground for talent hunt to discover young and fresh athletes who will replace the tired and ageing ones.

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Pantami directs NCC to address issues of automatic voicemails on existing phonelines



The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to immediately ensure that issues regarding automatic voicemails are addressed on all existing phone lines in the country.

In a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, Spokesperson to the Minister, Pantami’s said attention was drawn to the latest trend of financial exploitation by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country.

He said the exploitation was through the automatic activation of the Voicemail Service on their platforms.

The Minister explained that based on the recent reports reaching his office, the practice has gained momentum in recent times, adding that voicemail service should be accessed at the discretion of the subscriber and not by default.

Pantami described the act as worrisome and totally unacceptable, that telecoms subscribers incur financial charges, for a service they are compelled to use by default.

According to him, Voicemail is not a popular service among mobile phone users in Nigeria, coupled with the language challenge among rural dwellers, who mostly do not understand the language deployed by these networks.

“It is apparent, that the recent clampdown on the exploitative activities of some Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in the country, has beamed the searchlight on the sector properly.

“The subscribers should be given the option of accessing the service via an activation code.

“Some unpatriotic elements in the system are devising subtle, ingenious methods of defrauding Nigerians.

“The Ministry under my leadership will neither overlook any acts, regardless of how subtle, that undermine the Anti-Corruption Crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari, nor condone any attempts to defraud Nigerians and all subscribers.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the rights of consumers are protected, while providing a conducive business environment for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), in line with global best practice,” he said.

Edited by Felix Ajide


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Gov. Abiodun gives automatic employment to Crescent University best graduating student 



 Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, on Saturday, gave automatic employment to the best graduating student of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Abdulsalam Ibironke, in the state civil service.

The governor announced the automatic employment, while speaking at the 11th convocation ceremony of the institution, in Abeokuta.

Abiodun, represented by his Deputy,  Noimot Salako-Oyedele, said that the employment would take effect after the completion of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme by Ibironke .

He said that his administration would not renege on its efforts until it had completely revamp the comatose state of its educational sector to an enviable one among comity of states.

The governor explained that the state remained the education capital of the country going by its highest numbers of institutions, saying it was important to provide necessary machineries to transform the state education sector.

“We are committed to education and for people who have been following our progress in the last four and the half weeks, you will see that our efforts in the educational sector is really bringing the state back to its rightful position.

“Our institutions that have been shut down due to one issue or the other have resumed and our students are very happy,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ibironke of the Department of Chemical Sciences, emerged overall best student of the institution.

Earlier, the Founder and Proprietor of the Institution, Bola Ajibola, gave thanks to Almighty Allah who made it possible to witness another landmark in the history of the institution.

Ajibola also congratulated the graduands and their parents who had supported them through thick and thin.

In his remark, Prof. Ibraheem Gbajabiamila, the Institution’s Vice Chancellor, advised the graduating students to consider their degrees as a life jacket which would keep them afloat.

Gbajabiamila urged them to make the university proud through their contributions wherever they may find themselves by hard work, innovations, commitment and ethical in their future work and leadership.


Edited by Franca Ofili/Tukur Muntari.

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Abiodun gives automatic employment to Ilaro Poly best graduating student



Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, on Wednesday, gave automatic employment to the best graduating student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Modupe Akintola, in the state civil service.

The governor announced the automatic employment, while speaking at the 40th Founder’s Day and 19th convocation ceremony of the institution, in Ilaro.

Abiodun said that the employment would take effect after the completion of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme by Akintola.

He explained that the establishment of the polytechnic had contributed, in no small measure, to the socio-economic development of Ilaro town and the state as a whole.

The governor added that the 40th Founder’s Day of the polytechnic could also be said to be the celebration of the history of tertiary education in Ogun.

He congratulated the graduating students, saying that the education they had acquired was not just for them to receive certificate, but to get them prepared for the future.

Abiodun also added that it would make them better individuals as well as complete and enlightened Nigerians who would be able to contribute to the development of the nation.

He said that his administration would continue to give education the priority that it deserved and remain committed to providing qualitative education in the state at all levels.

In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, noted that the federal government recognised the importance of technology in providing the necessary platform for the development of the country.

The minister, represented by Joel Ojo, Director, Tertiary Education in the ministry, explained that government was committed to growing the education sector by providing necessary support through funding and infrastructure.

“Government will continue to encourage, support and sustain research and development in all areas relevant to the socio-economic development of the nation,” he said.

Dr Olusegun Aluko, the Rector of the institution, noted that the polytechnic remained one of those fully prepared to change the narrative of the country.

The rector explained that the polytechnic had not been lagging behind in its primary mandate, which was research and development.

Aluko explained that 2,321 Ordinary National Diploma and 1,453 Higher National Diploma (HND) students graduated, while 179 bagged distinctions.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the overall best graduating student from the Department of Office Management Technology scored 3.90 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). (NAN)


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French minister: Automatic reporting of radicalisation within police



 (dpa) French Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, wants to set up improved reporting procedures for suspected radicalisation within the police force after a police employee knifed five people.

Castaner, told the radio station France Inter on Monday.

He said that he would like any warning of possible radicalisation to be automatically reported and noted.

There had been no trace of suspected radicalisation in the files of the 45-year-old suspect, who killed four colleagues in the Paris police prefecture with a knife on Thursday, Castaner said.

The assailant was shot dead by a policeman after the crime.

In this case there had been a “malfunction of the state,” the minister added.

However, this was not a government scandal, he said.

According to Castaner, a first mistake had been that there were no reports of the alleged attacker’s conspicuous behaviour.

There was currently no indication of organised attempts to hide radical tendencies within the police force, he said.

Opposition politicians had accused Castaner of not telling the truth in the first hours after Thursday’s attack about a known possible radicalisation of the suspect.

According to anti-terrorism investigators, the alleged assailant had expressed support for the Islamist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to a colleague in 2015.

Castaner said this had not been reported and added to his file.(NAN)


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