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Council urges FG, States to enforce law against rapists

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The Adamawa state Council of the National Council for Women Society (NCWS), has urged both the Federal and State Governments to enforce a 21-year imprisonment against rapists to serve as deterrent  to others.

Mrs Rebecca Kwabe, society’s First Vice President in the state made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Yola.

She said rape has become rampant in the country, hence the need for governments to double up effort in addressing the ugly trend in the society.

”This issue has become a pandemic in Nigeria now, even the Federal Government is also worried about it, at the rate which it is happening.

”We realised that even after raping the girls, they are being killed because they don’t have human feeling in their hearts.

”So we want governments to enforce all laws against rapists, once somebody is convicted over the issue,” he said.

According to her, women were no longer safe in schools, markets, streets and even some time in their homes, urging that actions must be taken against the perpetrators.

She further called on religious leaders to continue creating awareness and instilling the fear of God in the minds of their followers, to end the menace of rape in the society.

Kwabe advised parents to continue educating and monitoring their children and wards, especially the girls, at all the times.

IMK /

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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Nsukka LGA chairman presents budget proposal of N2.96bn to councilors 

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Chief Patrick Omeje, the Chairman of Nsukka LGA in Enugu State on Friday presented  a budget estimate of N2.96 billion for 2020 fiscal year to the councilors for consideration and approval. 

The budget tagged ”Budget of New Beginning ” had a proposed  recurrent expenditure of N2,434,432,144.00 and  capital expenditure of N526,400,000.00.

The  three sectors the budget was allocated are: Administration,  Economy and Social services, while  economy sector  had the highest budgetary allocation.  

Omeje said the budget proposal would be funded from expected statutory revenue allocation from Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), Value Added Tax, Internally Generated Revenue and others.

“Two billion, two hundred million naira is expected to come from statutory allocation and  eighty million naira from Internally generated revenue.

“Six hundred million naira is expected  from Value Added Tax, and  Eighty million naira only from others, ” he said.

The council boss  highlighted the achievements of his administration in his first tenure to include: opening Lejja link road which linked the people with Aku in Igboetiti LGA and Akpugo Eze in Uzo Uwani LGA.

In addition, renovation of Adada house that served as guest house and conference centre, donation and energising  of electricity transformers in Umukashi, Ezeani, Ibeku Opi communities and  inaugurating of health centres at Akpa Ozzi and Anuka communities.

Omeje urged residents to continue to join hands with him to move the council forward,  urging those he had offended in the course of carrying out his official functions to forgive him  as he had already forgiven anybody that had offended him.

“I  commend  councilors, stakeholders, traditional rulers, the media and all residents for their support to my administration and urge them to keep it up,” he said.

The  LG boss urged  councilors to give the budget proposal accelerated passage to enable the council to start implementation of the budget for the benefit of Nsukka people.

” In your usual support and determination to move the council forward, I will be happy if this budget is given accelerated passage,” he said.

Responding , the Leader of Nsukka Legislative Council, Mr Celestine Ugwuoke, commended Omeje for his style of leadership.

Ugwuoke assured the chairman that councilors would look into the budget, ask questions where necessary as well as give the budget speedy passage.

“We will give budget speedy passage for the benefit of Nsukka residents as well as to enable  the Chairman to continue his developmental agenda in the area.”


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Gov. Makinde constitutes Oyo Credit Corporation, Sports Council

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Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has appointed Afees Jimoh, a former House of Representatives member, as Chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation.

Special Assistant on Print Media, Moses Alao, announced to the appointment in a statement on Thursday.

“Jimoh, the newly appointed chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation, attended Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; University of Lagos, Akoka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.

“Where he obtained NCE Technical, HND, PGD and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical/Electronics and Computer Engineering, respectively.

He was a Reps member for Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope Federal Constituency between 2011 and 2015.

“He served as the Deputy Director-General of the PDP Campaign for Oyo North Senatorial District in 2019,” the statement reads.

He said that the governor also approved the composition of the Oyo State Sports Council, with former Chairman of Ibadan North-East Local Government, Gbenga Adewusi, as chairman.

According to the statement, other members of the Oyo State Sports Council are Bello Tajudeen, Ogundele Quadri, Oguntoye Issac and Ogungbenro Fatai.

Others are Miss Omolabake Alabi, Makinde Adegboyega as General Manager and Director, Policy Coordination, Governor’s Office.

“Adewusi is a graduate of Human Kinetics from University of Ibadan and a former Sports Trainer to President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“He is the current chairman of the Oyo State Handball Association and served as chairman of the state’s Badminton Association,” he said.


Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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1st LD Writethru: UN Security Council extends mandate of Darfur mission, sets up follow-on presence

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The Security Council on Thursday announced the adoption of two separate resolutions to extend the mandate of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for two months, and to set up a follow-on presence in Sudan.

Resolution 2525 decides to extend UNAMID‘s mandate till Dec. 31, 2020, and further decides that UNAMID shall maintain its current troop and police ceiling during this period.

The Security Council intends to decide by Dec. 31, 2020, courses of action regarding the responsible drawdown and exit of UNAMID. It requests the UN secretary-general and the chairperson of the African Union Commission to provide the Security Council with a special report no later than Oct. 31, 2020, which includes an assessment of the situation on the ground and recommendations on the appropriate course of action regarding the drawdown of UNAMID, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council, in a separate resolution, decides to establish a UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for an initial period of 12 months.

UNITAMS is tasked to help Sudan with its current political transition after the ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir and a short period of military control in 2019, according to Resolution 2524.

UNITAMS will provide technical assistance to the constitution drafting process, the population census, and preparations for elections, says the resolution.

It will also support peace processes and the implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Darfur and the other two restive areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile; support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

Resolution 2524 requests the UN secretary-general to appoint expeditiously a special representative for Sudan and head of mission of UNITAMS.

It requests the UN secretary-general to continue transition planning and management in order to ensure that the eventual transition from UNAMID to UNITAMS is phased, sequenced and efficient. It asks for the establishment of a UNAMID-UNITAMS coordination mechanism to determine the modalities and timelines for the transition of relevant responsibilities.

The western Sudanese region of Darfur has been plagued by a war between Sudanese government forces and the indigenous population since 2003. UNAMID was established by the UN Security Council in July 2007 to help maintain and mediate peace.

(XINHUA)

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Palestinian National Council stresses ending agreements with Israel, United States

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The Palestinian National Council (PNC) on Thursday reiterated the commitment to implementing the decision to disengage from all the agreements with Israel and the United States.

The PNC, the highest legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), convened in the West Bank city of Ramallah, stressing that the Palestinian leadership’s decision comes in defense of rights, said a PNC statement, published by the official Palestinian News Agency (WAFA).

“There is no alternative to ending the occupation and restoring the legitimate rights to freedom, independence and return,” said the statement.

The PNC warned that Israel’s policies and measures “reflect the determination of the Israeli government to continue occupying the lands of the Palestinian state, and dragging the region toward further deterioration and escalation.”

Furthermore, the PNC urged the ending of the internal division and restoring unity under the umbrella of the PLO, in order to confront the United States President Donald Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan and the Israeli annexation plans.

(XINHUA)

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COVID-19: NGO donates kits worth N500,000 to Badagry Council

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An NGO, Real Acts of Kindness (RAK) Development Foundation, on Thursday donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N500,000 to the Badagry West Local Council Development Area.

 

The NGO’s Pioneer,Mr Mobolaji Ogunlende,said that the equipment was to support the council in containing the spread of COVID-19.

 

Ogunlende said  that the donation was the organisation’s  way of giving back to the society, especially,  during the fight against the  current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

He said that the decision to start the PPE kits’ donation from Badagry West LCDA was because of his belief that charity begins at home.

 

“I am from the council and I believe in the saying that charity begins at home; that is why we are starting from Badagry West, as a  way of complementing the Hon. Joseph Gbenu-led administration.

 

“What we brought here today include:  20 boxes of Latex hand gloves, 40 packets of Disposable Gowns/aprons, five eye goggles, 10 pieces of face shield.

 

Others are : 40 pairs of elbow gloves, 25 packs of face masks,  five pieces of  infrared thermometers, hand sanitiser and hand washing soaps.

 

“It is my belief that all these PPE kits will be judiciously used by  the council to curtail the spread of the pandemic in the council and its communities,” he said.

 

Ogunlende urged the council’s staff to  always practise social distancing and the use of  face masks in line with the  Lagos State Government’s directive.

 

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From left: Dr Toyin Akinloye, the Council Medical Officer, Mrs Omodara Bolaji, the Apex Nurse,  and  Mrs Carolyne Olowo-Osi, the Community Health Officer checking the PPE kits donated to Badagry West LCDA

 

Receiving the kits at the council’s Secretariat in Kankon, the Chairman,Mr Joseph Gbenu, thanked the NGO  for the donation.

 

Gbenu promised that the kits would be useful to the council in containing  COVID-19.

 

He also  said  that the council had done a lot  in containing the spread of  COVID-19 in the area through  disinfection and distribution of food palliatives.

 

He added that the council had  established a COVID-19 holding centre at Apa  in April where the the donated PPE kits donated would be useful.

 

“On behalf of the good people of Badagry West Local Council Development Area, I thank you for donating these kits.

 

Badagry West is your home base, for sometime now I have seen a lot that you have done, not only in Badagry West, but in  other local government areas.

 

“If someone can think deep after the distribution of foods, sanitisers, and soaps and still go further to buy PPE kits  for the council, he needs to be appreciated,” he said.

 

The chairman handed over the kits to the council’s Medical Officer, Dr Toyin Akinloye, for even distribution across the five Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the area.

 

Akinloye said that the donation of the PPE kits was timely  as the PHCs were running out of the equipment.

 

“We are really running short of  supplies of PPE kits and RAK has just donated them to us at a very good time.

 

” I am sure that  the health workers will be praying for the NGO.These kits  are exactly what we need for the frontline workers,”  he said.

 

NAN reports that dignitaries at the presentation include: Mr Rauf Yemaren, Vice Chairman, Badagry West LCDA, Mr  Gusanu Sovi, Secretary to the council, Mr Anthony Godonu, the Supervisor  for Health.

 

Others are: Amusa Rasaq, Majority Leader of the council, Mr Ayodele Hunge, Council Manager,  Mrs Omodara Bolaji, the Apex Nurse,  and  Mrs Carolyne Olowo-Osi, the Community Health Officer.

 


Edited By: Victor Asije/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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UN Security Council extends mandate of Darfur mission, sets up follow-on presence

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The Security Council on Thursday adopted two separate resolutions to extend the mandate of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for two months, and to set up a follow-on presence in Sudan.

Resolution 2525 decides to extend UNAMID‘s mandate for two months, till Dec. 31, 2020, and further decides that UNAMID shall maintain its current troop and police ceiling during this period. The Security Council intends to decide by Dec. 31, 2020, courses of action regarding the responsible drawdown and exit of UNAMID.

The council, in a separate resolution, decides to establish a UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for an initial period of 12 months.

UNITAMS is tasked to help Sudan with its political transition; to support peace processes and the implementation of future peace agreements; to assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law; to support the mobilization of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The western Sudanese region of Darfur has been plagued by a war between Sudanese government forces and the indigenous population since 2003. UNAMID was established by the UN Security Council in July 2007 to help maintain and mediate peace.

(XINHUA)

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Council chairmen mourn Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA chairman

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Some Local Government Chairmen in Lagos State on Wednesday condoled with the Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) over the death of their colleague, Dr Augustine Arogundade.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arogundade, the Chairman of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, died on Tuesday after a brief illness.

Mr Samson Olatunde (Samola), the Executive Chairman of Olorunda LCDA, Iworo, Badagry, Lagos, in his message expressed grief over the death.

The council boss described the demise of Arogundade “as a huge loss not only for the people of Agbado-Oke-Odo alone but Lagos at large’’.

He also described the departed as a man whose humility, credibility, honesty, kind-heartedness, industriousness and commitment to growth were never in question.

Olatunde, however, extended his condolences to the family and constituents of Agbado Oke-odo LCDA.

“On behalf of my family and the good people of Olorunda LCDA, I want to extend my unfeigned condolences to the family of Dr Arogundade and the entire Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA.

“I pray that God Almighty forgives his shortcomings and grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

Dr Onanuga Adeniyi, the Executive Chairman, Ikosi Ejirin LCDA, said that Arogundade until his dead was a complete grassroots man, loving, gentle and a vibrant man among the Conference 57 of Lagos State.

“May Almighty Allah in his infinite mercy grant his immediate family and great party APC members of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA the fortitude to bear the great loss,” he prayed.

Mr Johnson Babatunde, the Executive Chairman, Orile Agege LCDA also said that Arogundade would be missed not only at the council level but at the state generally.

“On behalf of the legislative members, executive members, management team, staff and good people of Orile Agege LCDA, I sympathise with the entire people of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA on the sudden demise of their boss of repute.

May the Lord Almighty forgives his shortcomings and grant his family and the people of the LCDA the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,’’ Babatunde said.

Mrs Morenike Williams, the Executive Chairman, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, said Arogundade left a great void in the minds of the people which would be difficult to fill due to the wisdom and dedication that he brought to bear in the course of performing his duties.

“I wish to convey my deepest condolences over the passing into the great beyond of Dr Arogundade.

Williams said Arogundade with dignity, dedication and vision, left behind a pioneering legacy of simplicity, warmth, care and affection for his subjects and humanity in general.

“Arogundade was greatly respected and would be long remembered and sorely missed.

We pray God to grant him eternal rest and the Alimosho Constituency as well as the Arogundade family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” she said.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Majek Fashek promoted African values, rhythm through music — Art council

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Enugu State Council of Arts and Culture says African reggae Icon, Majek Fashek promoted African values and rhythm through his danceable and philosophical music.

The Executive Secretary of the council, Chief Edward Okolo, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Enugu.

NAN recalls that the African Reggae Legend whose real name was Majekodunmi Fasheke’s death was confirmed by his manager, Omenka Uzoma on the late singer’s official Instagram handle on Tuesday.

According to Okolo, Fashek is a great musician, who used his musical art to propagate African culture and value to the rest of the World.

The executive secretary noted that his brand of music deepened the understanding of African culture and life-style to the rest of the world.

“Fashek also popularised reggae music, which is a brand of indigenous music originating from Africa.

“His brand of reggae brought out the original African rhythm in music and makes such music danceable.

“The rhythm of his music such as “Send down the Rain’’ in the Rain Maker Album created an inner reflection and retrospect to the listener,’’ he said.

Okolo, vast in African arts and culture, said that Majek Fashek promoted African drum and  rhythm in his rich and philosophical music.

“African rhythm and rhyme comes from our indigenous drums and the drum makes African music unique and beautiful,’’ he said.

He added that the African music icon gave the world that natural African sound tailored in modern musical instruments.


Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Ese E. E. Ekama (NAN)

 

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