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Don urges alumni, parents to invest in reviving public education sector

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Dr. Mansur Buhari, a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has called on alumni associations and parents to support government in reviving public education sector in Sokoto State.

The Don spoke on Saturday at the 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Reunion of 2004 Chapter of the Nagarta College Old Boys Association in Sokoto.

Buhari, who delivered a lecture during the occasion titled: “Revival of Education in Nigeria, the Role of Alumni Association,” said the challenges in the education sector are numerous and government alone cannot solve them.

“As Alma mata of our various schools, we need to always stand in order to ensure the foundation we were opportune to acquire education in those days continues to excel.

“Moreover, parents who can afford to sponsor their wards to private schools and even abroad should invest the huge amount in public institutions.

“With this, we will surely revive our system of education to enable quality, sustainable and reliable educational sector with the required teachers and teaching aid to produce better generation,” he said.

According to him, another major challenge in Nigerian education system is the fund allocated to the sector in the federal and state budgets.

“Our budgetary allocation to education is very small compared to other African countries, whom we contribute  large percentage of their annual budget proposal through our education sponsorship into their country.

“As such, the government need to thoroughly and generously ensure more funds is budgeted to education sector not only in presentation but implementation.

“Moreover, the money allocated by government to sponsor students abroad should better be spent across our schools in order to expand the system,” the don added.

In his address, the National President, Nagarta Old Boys Association (NOBA), Prof. Abdulkadir Junaidu, commended the 2004 chapter for introducing prizes for the best performing students in the college.

Junaidu, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Animals Health and Fisheries, said the initiative would no doubt improve students’ performance and encourage them to study hard.

He applauded the guest lecturer for the presentation and called on the state Ministry for Science and Technology to look into the possibility of making the college be at par with Unity Schools in the country.

The College Principal, Malam Bello Tambuwal, expressed gratitude to the association for their dedication toward ensuring better learning environment in the school.

He further acknowledged and commended the effort of the state government in improving the standard of education in the state.

Earlier, the 2004 chapter President and Local Organising Committee Chairman of the AGM, Mr. Abubakar Dalhatu and Dr. Zayyanu Usman, respectively, commended their members for the success of the programme.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Nagarta College was the first school established in the Northern Protectorate, about 114 years ago, that produced past and current leaders in the country.

Edited by Taiye Agbaje/Maharazu Ahmed

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London mayor urges Britain to extend Brexit transition

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London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, on Monday urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to extend the transition period for Britain to negotiate post-Brexit arrangements with the European Union.

Khan asked Johnson’s cabinet chief and lead minister for Brexit, Michael Gove, to “put political ideology aside” and extend negotiations with Brussels, which are due to resume on Tuesday.

“The last thing our country needs as we try to find a way forward from this pandemic is more chaos and uncertainty.

“I’ve urged the government to put political ideology aside and pursue the pragmatic route of seeking an extension to Brexit negotiations,’’ opposition Labour politician Khan tweeted.

Britain formally left the bloc on January 31 after a slim majority voted for Brexit in a 2016 referendum.

Little has changed during a planned 11-month transition that Johnson has vowed not to extend, in spite of a lack of progress in talks that have been overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis.

EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the Sunday Times that Britain had failed to meet its commitments to the negotiations on future trade and other arrangements.

“London had taken a step back, two steps back, three steps back, from the original commitments.

The UK negotiators need to be fully in line with what Johnson signed up to with us,’’ Barnier added, referring to a joint declaration on the principles of future relations.

Johnson and Gove have suggested they would accept a “no deal” Brexit if London and Brussels cannot agree on new trade rules by Dec. 31.


Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Policeman killed as suspected IS militant attacks police office in Indonesia

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One policeman was killed and another injured as a sword-wielding man, who was suspected as an IS-linked militant, attacked a police office in Indonesia’s province of Central Kalimantan on Monday, a police officer said.

The police found documents linked with the IS group in Iraq and Syria in a small bag of the attacker, Provincial Police Spokesman Senior Commissioner Mochamad Rifa‘i said.

The militant burned a police patrol car early morning before slashing a policeman who was in charge at the Daha Selatan police office, and he was dead at the scene, the spokesman said.

The attacker identified as AR was shot dead by other policemen, said Rifa’i.

The police were probing the possible linkage of the militant with the IS group, the spokesman was quoted by local media as saying.

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Senator donates 500kva transformer to Ibadan communities

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Sen. Kola Balogun(PDP-Oyo South) has donated a 500KVA transformer to improve power supply in 16 communities of Ali-Iwo area in Ibadan.

Giving account of his 12-month stewardship in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan, Balogun said he also donated cash, food palliatives and materials during the outbreak of COVID-19 virus.

Balogun, who was a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industries in Oyo State, said he facilitated Akufo Cattle Ranch farm worth $10m to the state.

“I also facilitated Federal Government dry food ration exercise for 250 households in Oyo South, and facilitated Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for 250 beneficiaries.

“I also secured N-Power job for 100 beneficiaries and renovated Oje-Igosun Primary School in Ibadan,” he said.

Balogun said he empowered artisans and traders with revolving micro credit loan of N50million powered by SMEDAN.

He added that he had trained youths and film stakeholders as well as facilitated ecological project for erosion control in his senatorial district.

The lawmaker said that effort was ongoing to help constituents who applied for COVID-19 CBN-assisted loans for businesses in securing the facility.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had in the last one year sponsored three bills, co-sponsored five bills, sponsored two motions and co-sponsored four motions at the Senate.

The bills included one for an Act to Amend the National Health Act 2014, to Regulate Medical Treatment Abroad and for other Matters Connected therewith 2020.

Others were bills for the development of a decentralised system of vigilantism peculiar to every local community and another seeking periodic conduct of National Population as well as Housing Census.

“The remarkable motions I sponsored were the need to upgrade the status of the Ibadan Airport to international airport and immortalization of Late Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) in recognition of his contributions to national development.

“I also co-sponsor and supported several motions, among which are a motion to revive moribund paper mill in Nigeria as well as support for Amotekun concept in the Southwest,” he said.

Balogun said that he had in the last one year participated in several oversight functions as a senate committee member and protem chairman.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Indonesia reports 700 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 40 new deaths

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The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 700 within one day to 26,473, with the death toll adding by 40 to 1,613, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference on Sunday.

According to him, 293 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients stand at 7,308.

The pandemic has spread to all 34 provinces in the archipelagic country.

Authorities have been conducting coronavirus tests in the affected areas and ordered the public to always wear masks to curb the spread.

The government is preparing for the so-called “new normal”, under which the public would be allowed to resume their routines.

More than 300,000 military and police personnel have been posted in nearly 2,000 places, including shopping malls, traditional markets and tourism spots in four provinces and 25 regencies or cities.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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North Macedonia reports 62 new COVID-19 cases

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North Macedonia reported 62 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising its total to 2,226, according to the country’s health ministry.

The ministry informed that 1,552 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 disease have recovered so far, while 133 people have died.

While visiting the city of Kumanovo, northeastern North Macedonia on Sunday, Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski called on citizens to abide by the coronavirus preventive measures.

“It is up to citizens and how much they respect measures whether movement restrictions will be restored in certain areas,” Spasovski told reporters.

Health authorities in North Macedonia have announced that movement restrictions may be restored in areas where the number of new coronavirus cases is on the rise.

As of Sunday, a total of 29,575 tests for COVID-19 had been conducted across the country, the ministry said.

(XINHUA)

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VSF donates PPE, COVID-19 palliatives worth N120m to Ekiti govt, 2,060 homes

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The Victims Support Fund (VSF) on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti donated to the Ekiti State Government Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items and various materials as COVID-19 palliatives, all worth about N120 million.

The donation, according to the VSF Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, was part of the Fund’s contributions to curbing the spread of coronavirus in the state.

While presenting the palliatives to the state government, Ochoche noted that the PPE would prevent medical personnel from contracting the coronavirus.

“Nigeria can’t afford to lose its medical personnel to avoidable deaths being caused by the pandemic,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that materials donated include: 2,060 bags each containing rice, beans, sachets of salt, cassava flakes (garri), and four litres of groundnut oil.

There were also 50,000 face masks, 30,000 bottles of hand sanitisers and 290 items of medical equipment such as safety boots and goggles, as well as Hazmat suits.

Also, the Head of VSF COVID-19 Task Force, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, said the donated materials would help in cushioning the effect of lockdown on the poor and vulnerable.

Akerele-Ogunsiji, while presenting the materials, said the VSF COVID-19 Task Force had donated materials to 12 financially-challenged states which were regarded as being accountable and transparent in the management of the pandemic.

She said VSF, a private-funded non-government organisation (NGO) which was conceptualised and formed in 2014, has consistently provided succour for victims of insurgency in the North-East.

Akerele-Ogunsiji added that VSF has been reaching out to the poor and vulnerable under this emergency situation to reduce their sufferings.

VSF is a private funding partnership with a mission to mitigate the effect of the lockdown on the vulnerable and the poor. We appeal that these materials be distributed to the right people so that its effect can be felt.”

Akerele-Ogunsiji pointed out that the intervention became necessary in view of the hunger caused by the lockdown and reported cases of loss of medical personnel to the pandemic.

“Nigeria has been suffering serious deficit under this COVID-19 and that is why the VSF Task Force has visited 12 States with open records of accountability and transparency in financial dealings to intervene and give supports to the people.

“Since we started this battle against COVID-19, many with no other means of livelihoods have lost their jobs. We remember the poor and vulnerable as well.

“The lockdown won’t be effective when people are hungry. They will surely go out to survive.

“We are concerned about not losing any of our doctors and nurses to the pandemic . We appeal that these materials should be distributed to the right people who truly deserve them”.

Wife of the state governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, received the materials on behalf of the state at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti.

She said the donation would complement the state’s food bank for the elderly, where palliatives were being distributed to people since the lockdown began in Ekiti.

Mrs Fayemi added that the state would have had many COVID-19 victims if not that the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led administration was proactive in the management of the problem.

“We want to appreciate the VSF for listing Ekiti among the benefiting states. The present government has done a lot for the people in terms of palliatives since this crisis started.

“No sector can say we have not reached them. We have reached out to Okada riders, market men and women, widows, the elderly and all categories of people considered as poor and vulnerable.

“We want to assure you that these materials will be distributed to people who are genuinely needy. They will get to the right places,’’ she assured.

Also speaking at the event, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Biodun Omoleye, said the campaign against COVID-19 was being waged everywhere across the state.

“We want to thank you (VSF) for the gesture and wish to say that this intervention is timely and I want to call on other well-meaning Nigerians to follow suit.

Also, I will like to assure you that all the items will reach the target desired,” he said.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Health in Ekiti, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said the state had provided hand wash stations in strategic places across the state.

“We have provided hand-wash stations in strategic places, such as the markets and clinics, while offices were also directed to ensure that they provide same at the entrance of their offices. Places like praying centres were not left out also,” she assured.

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Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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COVID-19: NIMR lauds firm for donating medical equipment

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The Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba in Lagos, says it has received donation of medical equipment from a firm toward the fight against novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Prof. Babatunde Salako, the Director-General of the institute, made this known on his twitter handle on Sunday in Lagos.

Salako commended the Unique Instruments and Science Company Limited for donating the equipment saying that it would boost the institute’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the institute started a drive through testing of COVID-19 on March 30, in partnership with Lifebank, led by Temie Giwa-Tubosun.

”We received yesterday a donation of Taqman 2019nCov reagents by Thermofisher Scientific from Unique Instruments & Science Company Limited.

“This definitely will improve our laboratory’s capacity to do more tests.

“We thank Unique Instruments & Science Company for this kind gesture,” Salako twitted.

NAN reports that NIMR was established in 1977 to conduct research on diseases of public health importance in Nigeria.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Dugbe Inferno: Property owner, victims laud Makinde over cash donation

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Victims of the recent inferno that razed a business complex in Dugbe area of Ibadan, have lauded Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for assisting them with cash donations.

Although the amount involved was not disclosed, the victims expressed their appreciation through a letter addressed to the governor, with a copy made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.

In the letter, dated May 27 and signed by Mr Dapo Davies, Chairman/Managing Director of Pelly Foam, they thanked the governor for feeling their pains to have made the donations.

Davies said the governor fulfilled his promise by giving relief money to the building owner and occupants of the complex for them to move on with their lives.

He described the gesture as surprising, saying such stood him out as listening, friendly, responsible, honest and responsive governor.

He said that the governor surprised the victims “when he arranged and paid us the palliatives’’.

“We are indeed very grateful to you for fulfilling your promise barely one month after the unfortunate incident.

“This gesture stands you out as a listening, friendly, responsible, honest and responsive governor,’’ Davis wrote.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that fire gutted the complex, located at Lebanon Street in Dugbe area of Ibadan on April 15.

It destroyed several shops and goods estimated at over N500 million.

Makinde had, a day after he visited the scene, promised to give palliatives to those affected by the inferno, in spite of the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, who described the incident as unfortunate and heart-broken, also promised to launch an emergency fund to address disasters and emergencies in the state.

The cause of the fire is yet to be unravelled.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Indonesia reports 700 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 40 new deaths

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The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 700 within one day to 26,473, with the death toll adding by 40 to 1,613, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here Sunday.

According to him, 293 more people had been discharged from hospitals, making the total number of recovered patients stand at 7,308.

The pandemic has spread to all 34 provinces in the archipelagic country.

Authorities have been conducting coronavirus tests in the affected areas and ordered the public to always wear masks to curb the spread.

The government is preparing for the so-called “new normal,” under which the public would be allowed to resume their routines.

More than 300,000 military and police personnel have been posted in nearly 2,000 places, including shopping malls, traditional markets, and tourism spots in four provinces and 25 regencies or cities.

(XINHUA)

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