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Cleric tells Nigerian pilgrims to hold sanctity of Madinah

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A cleric, Dr Yaaub Alhassan, on Sunday urged Nigerian pilgrims in Madinah to hold the sanctity of the city during their stay in the area.

He gave the advice while preaching to pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Alhassan, who is the Chief Imam at the Nigeria Force Headquarters, Abuja, described Madinah as one the “great Holy Cities” in the world, adding that Madinah was the place Prophet Muhammad lived and died.

“When you arrive in Madinah, one prayer is equivalent to 1,000 prayers any where in the world except Makkah. You are expected to honour the sanctity of Madinah by behaving with decorum in all your activities in the city.

“Madinah is a pious city. When you are on Hajj, you are expected to be God conscious, patient, help one another, pray for yourself, your family and our country for Allah to continue to bless it.

“Pray so that Allah will make Nigeria one of the greatest nations in the world,” he said.

Earlier, the Head of Orientation, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bala Umar, cautioned pilgrims against falling victim of people of questionable characters, who might want to cash on their being strangers to dupe them.

He advised the pilgrims to deal with officials of the commission whenever they want to exchange their money into Riyard or fix their teeth with gold to avoid being duped.

Meanwhile, Nigerian pilgrims have continued to defy scorching sun in Madinah to perform their religious rites at the Prophet’s Mosque.

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Promo draw: Fidelity Bank rewards 31 customers 

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Fidelity Bank Plc on Thursday gave out N19 million to 13  customers, who emerged winners in the “Get Alert in Millions Savings Promo Season 4” draw that is ongoing.

Nine customers received one million naira each, two got two million naira each and  two others received three  million naira each.

Eighteen customers also received consolation prizes.

Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Fidelity Bank during the promo draw in Abuja said that the aim was to encourage good savings habit among customers.

Represented by Mr Mannir Ringim, Regional Bank Head, Northwest 1, Okonkwo said the draw was for the six regional offices across the country, which were Lagos, Abuja, South- South, Southeast, Southwest and North.

“So we are going to give out N19 million to 13 lucky customers in three categories like one  million naira, two  million naira and three  million naira categories.

“Apart from that we are also going to give 18 customers different consolation prizes, like 32 inch television set, 2.5kv generator and table-top refrigerator.”

He also said that the bank would be giving out a total of N34 million and 36 consolation prizes to beneficiaries at each draw.

“I want to also highlight the importance of this promo activities, what we are practically doing over the years as a bank is to buy into the national financial inclusion strategy of the nation.

“As you’re all aware, today in Nigeria over 50 million of the population are financially excluded and that represents over 45 per cent of the population we have in the country.

“And what that does is that it brings major impediment in the trajectory of the nation and for us in the Fidelity Bank, we have identified with the initiative that has been put forth by the Federal Government.

“As a result for the way forward, what we are practically doing is giving out this money so that we can encourage even non-savers to come and bank with us,” he said.

Similarly, Mrs Janet Nnabuko, Group Head, Savings, of the bank said that for one to qualify for the promo, one must be an existing customer and increase their savings by  N10, 000 or more.

“And one who opens a new account at zero balance and grows it to N20, 000 is qualified to participate in the promo,” Nnabuko added.

According to her, there are two categories of draws; monthly and bi-monthly draw.

“If you top up your account with N20, 000 you stand the chance of winning  one million naira to two  million naira as an existing customer.

“But as a new customer you are expected to open your account at zero balance and grow it up to N20, 000 you stand the chance of winning one million naira at the monthly draw.

“Then in bi-monthly draw you are expected to grow your balance with N50, 000 to stand the chance of winning three million naira for both existing and new customers. For the grand prize customers are expected to increase their balance with N200, 000,” she said.

Two beneficiaries of the draw, Mr Olawale Abdulgafar and Mrs Perpetua Maduike appreciated the bank for keeping its promise and urged the public to patronise the bank.

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Train your children to be leaders of development, Mrs Oyetola’s urges parents

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Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, Wife of Osun Governor, has called on parents to

train their children to be leaders of positive development in the society.

Speaking at the End-of-Year Children’s Party she organised on Thursday in Osogbo, the Osun First Lady appealed to parents to always make the issue of care and training of their children topmost priority.

She urged parents to rekindle in their children the mindset of greatness, discipline and dedication which would help them to contribute to the development of the society.

We should train our children to grow up to be great leaders in all aspects of societal development.

We should train them to be leaders of positive development and changes that will propel the greatness of our race.

We have all the necessary resources, which God has thankfully given us, to make them great, “Oyetola said.

The governor’s wife also urged mothers to engage in exclusive breast feeding of their newborns, adding that exclusive breastfeeding guarantees good living and protects children from various diseases and problems

Mrs Oyetola also warned against open defecation in the state, saying such act constituted major risks to to the well- being of the people.

She said she organised the party to enable the children to interact with political leaders, thereby creating a sense of desire in them to grow and help society and the state to develop.

Oyetola said the state government would continue to pay the right attention to issues concerning the development of children in the state.

In her remarks, Mrs Olubukola Olaboopo, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, commended the governor’s wife for organising the party.

Olaboopo urged parents to inculcate right moral values in their children for them to attain greatness in life.

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Ebonyi communities appeal to government to upgrade amenities

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The Ndiebor Ezza-Iyimagu, Ndieze and Mgbalaku autonomous communities in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi have decried the dearth of basic amenities in their areas and appeal for immediate intervention.

Members of the communities who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency correspondent who visited the communities, said that the situation has brought untold hardship to them, adding that they had lived in such condition for long.

Mr Ogbonna Uguru, an indigene of Mkpumekwoku in Ezza-Inyimagu, said that the community of 23 villages lacks potable water, access roads and electricity.

The entire village has one community secondary school, while the only facility that can be taken as a hospital in the area was not functioning optimally.

It is saddening that in spite of our active participation in politics with accompanying elections, all those we voted into power at all levels of government have neglected us,” he said.

Uguru said that the problem of roads which had made life unbearable for the people,predominantly farmers has caused several fatalities.

The roads linking the villages are so impassable that the people find it difficult to access Ezza-Inyimagu General Hospital in Mkpumekwoku village.

This has led to the death of several people who toiled to seek  medical attention from the facility at Mkpumeokwu,” he said.

He said that the situation has caused serious health challenges to children, expectant and nursing mothers  as the last time an immunisation  was held in the area was in 1992.

The situation led to the abandonment of a dry season rice production scheme at Ndibulegu Ominyi village funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Public schools in the area were built with mud, while pupils and students sit on wood or bare floor to study, “ he said.

A farmer and octogenarian, Mr Nwaoga Omeru, said that the situation made it difficult for farmers to convey their goods to markets.

Omeru, an indigene  of Ndiacha village lamented that roads linking the communities with other parts of the territory were in deplorable state too.

We are calling on the authorities to come to our aid with developmental projects to ease difficulties in the areas as we have been cut off from access to electricity for long .

Another resident and a farmer in Ndiachi village, Mrs Theresa Nwiboko, said that residents of the communities depend on water from rain and pond for survival.

We plead that the relevant authorities assist the communities with amenities and construct good roads to enable us access adequate health care and convey our produce to markets.

A community member who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that St.Paul Hospital which is the only private hospital in the area lacked adequate equipment and personnel.

I urge stakeholders of the areas to show more commitment in the quest for the provision of amenities such as electricity because energy is critical for economic growth and sustainable development.

Lack of functional health facilities in the area has led to increasing infant and maternal mortality.

Chief Samuel Okoronkwo, Ebonyi Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development when approached by NAN, declined comments, stating that he would only respond after the council chairman’s comments on the development.

Mr Paul Nwogha, the Council Chairman while reacting to the complaints from the communities, said that roads are not constructed during rainy season.

My administration had procured two boreholes for Ndiachi community, constructed ‘lock-up’ shops in the market while transformers would soon be provided to the communities.

“Roads at the communities were graded, but were destroyed by the activities of some mining companies,” he claimed.

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British High Commission hails Kebbi State people for promoting peace, stability

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The British High Commission on Thursday commended the people of Kebbi State for being the most peaceful, stable and lower rate of crimes in Nigeria.

The commission Deputy Higher Commissioner, Mrs Gill Atkinson, gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to Gov. Atiku Bagudu, in Birnin Kebbi.

“I am highly impressed by conduct of people of Kebbi for their peaceful and orderly manner.

This is the first time any senior officer of the commission is visiting the state in recent time.

To me and my team, this is a learning visit; the state stands out because of its peace, stability and lower rate of crimes.

This is a credit to your people, security services and government of the state for leading the state with lowest crimes in the country,” she said.

Atkinson also commended the people of the state for moving from the traditional form of making a living into modernity as well as imagination that had been put into technical projects.

We have seen some amazing entrepreneurship skills and enthusiasm with people learning to develop their families,” she said.

Atkinson also called on the state government to address the challenges of poverty, poor statistics for education and health with strong strategic plans.

The commissioner, however, thanked the governor for the hospitality showed her and her team during their visit to the state.

In his remarks, Bagudu commended UK for supporting Nigeria’s independence, the judiciary and freedom of the media.

He explained that the present administration had always allowed freedom of judiciary and other arms of government in the country to thrive.

The governor used the occasion to seek for the assistance of the British Government on investment drive and other things that would support Nigeria industrial growth and development.

He said the current administration was doing everything possible to create an enabling environment that would encourage investors in different sectors of the economy.

Bagudu gave an assurance that the present administration was keen in promoting modern way of doing business that would empower large numbers of cluster groups to support the development of the economy. .

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FRSC’ll be strict on vision acuity test, Oyeyemi tells motorists

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Dr  Boboye  Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),  on Thursday,  said that the corps would be strict on its conduct of vision acuity test as part of the ember months strategies.

Oyeyemi said this in an address at a 2019 Ember Months Campaign organised by the Lagos State Command of the corps in partnership with the Beer Sectoral Group (BSG).

He said that the move became necessary in order to reduce road accidents and fatalities.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the mega campaign was tagged: “Road Safety is a State of Mind, Road Traffic Crash is the Absence of Mind, Stay Alert, Stay Alive”.

Oyeyemi, who was represented by Mr Samuel Obayemi, the Zonal Commanding Officer, RS 2 Command comprising Ogun and Lagos States, said it had become imperative to make sure drivers on the roads did not have defective eyesight.

The FRSC has been firm with its campaigns for safe motoring environment since its inception, and this has driven the corps to map out strategies to achieve the reduction of road traffic crashes by 20 per cent and fatalities by 25 per cent on yearly basis.

” Operational strategies lined up for the 2019 ember months campaigns are to ensure safety and to enforce safety culture by improving the visibility of the corps on all national roads.

The corps is going to be strict on its conduct of vision acuity test to make sure all drivers on the road do not have defective eyesight, and the responsibility equally falls on other traffic agencies to collaborate with FRSC to achieve this.

” This is to equally inform participants present that the weather condition is fast changing, hence the need to make sure the headlamps are in working condition in case of low visibility, ” Oyeyemi said.

He said that many people erroneously believed there were evil forces on the road in ember months that are responsible for crashes and fatalities, whereas it was the negative attitude of road users that caused most accidents.

It is the struggle on the part of most people to travel to meet their loved ones and more trips on the part of commercial drivers to make more profit in preparation for the Yuletide without adequate rest that are mainly responsible for the road mishaps.

The resolve of the corps as of today is to use the media and all public enlightenment platforms to dispel the erroneous belief and to proffer a way forward for the reduction of road traffic crashes,” the FRSC boss said.

Oyeyemi, who counselled drivers to obtain genuine licences, highway codes and new Number Plate, said that enforcement would be carried out concomitantly with the enlightenment campaigns.

He said that the corps would enforce its ‘Operation Cobra ‘which was initiated to curb specific offences such as light violation, drunk driving, dangerous driving, use of phone while driving, and route violation.

In his address of welcome, Mr Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC’s Sector Commander, said that the mega campaign was to elevate consciousness of Nigerians to the realities of road traffic crashes.

Omeje said that road traffic incidents and fatalities in the state had been on the increase, as distracted driving stole minds drivers away while on the roads.

In Lagos State, Road Traffic Crash incidences and fatalities recorded from first to third quarters in 2018 stood at 225 and 74 respectively. The statistics over the same period in 2019 stood at 419 crashes and 84 fatalities.

” This translates to 51 per cent increase in crash cases and 14 per cent increase in fatality notwithstanding the command’s numerous intervention.”

In his remarks, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, who commended the FRSC for addressing cases of unnecessary deaths on the road, urged motorists to change their negative attitude and recklessness.

Obasa, who was represented by Mr Temitope Adewale, the Chairman, House Committee on Transport, urged FRSC to intensify measures at clamping down on fake driving documents to ensure safety.

According to him, FRSC should work more with the state ministry of transport and avoid complicating traffic congestion while carrying out their duties.

NAN reports that the event had in attendance stakeholders in the transport sector such as the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) among others.

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