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Don urges FG to enforce use of English language in public places

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A Don, Prof. Kamaluddeeen Bello, has urged the Federal Government to place strong emphasis on the use of English language as mode of communication in every public place in the country.

Bello gave the advice in Abuja while delivering the 15th Inaugural Lecture of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with the topic “Who is a Nigerian Citizen”.

He said the call became necessary since it would be difficult to adopt a lingua franca for the country at this stage of Nigeria’s existence due to the distrust among the various ethnic groups.

According to Bello, there is no indigenous language that can be adopted in the country that other tribes will support and not protest against since there is nothing like Nigerian citizens but Nigerian indigenes.

“Nigerians should erase from their minds, the belief that Nigerian citizenship could replace the current Nigerian indigeneship by fiat or decree or enactment of law or constitutionalised approach.

“That is, agitating for constitutional provisions alone cannot produce a deepening and sustainable Nigerian citizenship in place of Nigerian indigeneship; this is because the practice of indigeneship has been in existence since the time of Nigeria’s creation in 1914.

“This has become a culture and note that culture die hard.

“In the interim, every Nigerian should have it at the back of her or his mind that Nigerian constitution and Nigerians do not recognise Nigerian citizen, but Nigerian indigene of the various indigenous communities.

“Therefore, one should try to be assimilated into the way of life of a place he wants to claim its indigeneship and not agitate for the indigeneship of a place that he cannot be assimilated into its culture or annoyed when denied an indigeneship of a place that he cannot be assimilated into its culture,” Bello said.

He also said that nobody was discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, gender or place of birth under citizenship but could be found under indegenship.

The Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, regretted that the country had been divided into ethnic and tribal lines.

Adamu, however, urged Nigerians to see the country as one indivisible entity to be able to conquer and surmount their challenges.

“The topic is interesting and it is in the public domain because there is nothing like Nigeria but communities, and I think that is what the professor wants to talk about.

“People don’t identify themselves as Nigerians but rather as Fulani, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Kanuri; the concept of collective Nigeria doesn’t seem to be in minds.

“The questions are, who are the citizens, how do you define the citizen and the parameter for defining citizenship and do you call yourself a Nigerian first before identifying yourself as Yoruba and so on?

“If you say you are an American citizen, you have to swear an allegiance to the flag of the country which means that you are a U.S. Citizen; even if you come from another place, there has to be that central point that connects you spiritually to the country.

“Even if you are a Nigerian and the U.S. is at war with Nigeria, you can be a soldier on the American side fighting Nigeria where you come from.

“Are you willing to kill your own people because you are now in another country, or do you still see yourself as a Nigerian even though you have an American citizenship?” Adamu asked. (NAN)


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(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Earthquake jolts Indonesia’s Bali, no tsunami alert issued

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An earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.7, struck off Indonesia’s Bali Island in the central part of Indonesia on Wednesday night, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

The agency earlier reported the quake with a magnitude of 6.0, said an official in charge of the agency.

“The quake did not potentially trigger a tsunami, because its centre is very deep,’’ the official told Xinhua via phone.

The quake rocked at 22.54 p.m. Jakarta time, the official said.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by earthquakes as it lies on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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INEC to voters: Don’t wear party-branded face masks to polling units

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Ahead of the governorship elections scheduled to hold on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10, INEC has warned voters in Edo and Ondo against wearing face masks with the logo of their political parties, to polling units.

Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Electoral Operations and Logistics Committee (EOLC), gave the warning on Wednesday in Abuja, during the commission’s first virtual consultative meeting with media organisations.

“Wearing of face masks to polling units will be compulsory, but any voter with branded face masks will be turned back from the polling unit,” he said.

He, however, said that INEC would not provide or share face masks to voters during polls.

Ibeanu, in his presentation at the meeting presided over by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the commission could not afford the cost of providing face masks to registered voters in the states.

According to him, it will cost not less than N640 million to provide face masks to all registered voters for the elections.

INEC cannot provide these face masks. If we were to provide these masks for the registered voters, we are talking about 6.4 million voters.

“Even if you handed out masks costing N100, that is about N640 million already.

So, should INEC be spending N640 million handing out masks that voluntary organisations and government agencies can actually give to people, if we had a national campaign for this purpose?” Ibeanu asked.

He, however, urged the media to sensitise people on the need for individuals and organisations to donate and distribute face masks to the people, not just during elections but at all times.

“It is not just about the election. It is just that it will help in the circumstances of the pandemic.

“I don’t think anybody in Nigeria should not have access to face masks now. But the more important thing is that people can also improvise and they need to understand that they can do so,” he added.

The national commissioner also said that the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) and the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), before the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, as well other by-elections would not be feasible.

Ibeanu said that there was no need for the distribution of the PVCs before the elections as the nation just came out of a general elections last year.

Since the 2019 general elections, there has not been new CVR. If the collection of the PVCs is allowed for Edo and Ondo polls, the same demand will be made for bye-elections, causing other challenges.

“So, after much consideration, we decided not to allow collection of PVCs before the elections,” he said.

He disclosed that with the new policy document on conducting elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, voting would commence at 8.30 am and close by 2.30pm as against the usual 8 am to 2pm.

Another National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, also said that the commission did not envisage the postponement of any election because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, said that INEC was  determined to be part and, indeed, lead the process of innovation and creativity in the electoral process.

He said that the commission would not throw in the towel and postpone all elections to an indeterminate period.

“Throwing in the towel in our constitutional circumstances may do violence to the constitution and wittingly or unwittingly throw the country into avoidable constitutional crisis.

“The commission is therefore determined to proceed with the two governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States and the 10  Senatorial and State Assembly elections.

”These exercises will  be done with caution, bearing in mind that the health and safety of the people will be crucial determinants of the success or otherwise of the elections,” Okoye said.


Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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Earthquake jolts Indonesia’s Bali, no tsunami alert issued

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 struck off Indonesia’s Bali Island in the central part of Indonesia Wednesday night, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here.

The agency earlier reported the quake with a magnitude of 6.0, said an official in charge of the agency.

“The quake did not potentially trigger a tsunami, because its center is very deep,” the official told Xinhua via phone.

The quake rocked at 22: 54 p.m. Jakarta time, the official said.

Indonesia has been frequently hit by earthquakes as it lies on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire.”

(XINHUA)

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Covid-19: Rotary Club donates food items to 200 widows in Plateau

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The District 9125 of Rotary Club International has donated food items to 200 widows and widowers in Plateau to cushion the hardships occasioned by the advent of Coronavirus disease.

The beneficiaries of the gesture were drawn from Zaria Road, Tudun Wada, Kwal and Jebbu Bassa communties of Bassa and Jos North Local Government Areas of the state

Presenting the items seperately to the beneficiaries on Wednesday, Mr Mike Okachi, the Coordinator of the District, said the gesture aimed at supporting widows and widowers in the society.

He said that the gesture came from  personal donations of members of the seven rotary clubs existing on the Plateau, which constitute the district.

“We the members of the seven rotary clubs on the Plateau decided to contribute in our little ways to support these widows and widowers in this time of COVID-19.

“This pandemic, no doubt, has devastating effects on the people; particularly the poor, and this informed this gesture.

“We have decided to take from our personal savings to put smiles on the faces of these poor brothers and sisters of ours.

“This is what Rotary is all about; supporting the have nots in our communities. We are not the richest in the society, but we are always moved by compassion to support,” he said.

The coordinator admonished the beneficiaries to share the items donated to them with other members of the community who are facing similar challenges.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items donated include rice, beans, and garri (cassava flakes).

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Edited By: Peter Dada (NAN)

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5.7-magnitude quake hits 166 km N of Labuan Lombok, Indonesia — USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 jolted 166 km N of Labuan Lombok, Indonesia at 15:54:04 GMT on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 639.59 km, was initially determined to be at 7.0156 degrees south latitude and 116.8994 degrees east longitude.

(XINHUA)

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Lagos Taskforce recovers stolen goats from abandoned vehicle

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The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) on Wednesday recovered four goats suspected to gave been stole inside a vehicle in  Ikorodu.

 

Mr Adebayo Taofiq, Head of the  Public Affairs Unit of the Agency, said that the goats were abandoned by the occupants of a vehicle who had  contravened  the Lagos traffic law by driving on the BRT dedicated lane.

 

Taofiq  in a statement  said  that the leader of the Enforcement Team, DSP Anthony Abutu, recovered the  goats, which had their mouths muzzled to prevent them from  making any sound.

 

“The team was on a security monitoring operation in Ikorodu axis when they intercepted a Blue Toyota Camry marked AAA 743 EZ driving on the BRT corridor.

 

“The driver and his colleague immediately abandoned the vehicle on the road and ran away when they sighted the taskforce team.

 

“The action of the two men raised suspicion among the team which led to a thorough search of the vehicle and four goats and food items were recovered from the booth of the car,” he said.

 

Taofiq called on  the members of the public, particularly those residing around Ikorodu axis whose goats were missing,  to report at the Agency’s office at Bolade, Oshodi to collect the recovered animals.

 

He also said that the Lagos State Government had distributed new sets of kits to all officers of the Nigeria Police attached to the Agency in a bid to boost their morale and commitment.

 

“The new kits distributed include sets of uniforms (Camouflage and black), berets, shoulder badges and crests,” Taofiq said.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)

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NPA donates office items to NIDCOM

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Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday in Abuja donated some office items to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to assist the agency in meeting its mandate.

Mr Edward Kabir, General Manager,  NPA Abuja Liason Office, presented 20 desktops, 10 laptops, two printers and accessories to NIDCOM on behalf of the Managing Director, Hadiza Usman.

He said that the gesture was in line with NPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility to improve the commission’s working capacity in meeting its mandate.

NPA is donating these items this afternoon which comprises of 20 desktops, 10 laptops, two printers and accessories to the commission with the aim of improving its working capacity towards meeting the commission mandate.

“It is not unconnected with the fact that NPA is a responsible corporate organisation that is mindful of needs of sister MDAs.

“Therefore, we wish to donate these items under our social corporate social responsibility and to also convey the assurance of the MD’s commitment for national development,’’ he said.

Receiving the items, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, hairman of NIDCOM, applauded the NPA’s gesture as the items came at a time the commission was in dire need.

She extended her gratitude to NPA for the thoughtfulness of its corporate social responsibility.

“This is what governance is all about, a sister agency helping a new sister agency at a time when we are in dire need of working items.

The NIDCOM boss also appreciated Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, for their support to the commission at these trying times.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Appoint Dongban-Mensem substantive Appeal Court President-Plateau House of Assembly begs Buhari

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Members of the Plateau House of Assembly have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Acting President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, in a substantive capacity.

 Dongan-Mensem was appointed in the Acting capacity by the president on March 5, to serve for three months.

Buhari on May 29, extended her acting appointment for another three months.

The Plateau lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday,  appealed to the President to appoint her in substantive capacity stating that she eminently qualified to be  so appointed.

The House presided over by its Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, appreciated the President for giving her the opportunity to serve the nation.

Mr Philip Dasun (APC, Pankshin North) who moved the motion of urgent public importance, said,”Mr Speaker, it is expected that she would be appointed in substantive capacity after three months in acting capacity.

“We are calling on other authorised bodies to lend their voice to this call,” he said.


Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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In pics: hill of plastic garbage at Terjun landfill, Indonesia

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Photo taken on June 2, 2020 shows a hill of plastic garbage at Terjun landfill, Medan, Indonesia. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Xinhua)

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