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E-learning: 900 students get free tablets in Abuja



No fewer than 900 students of Glisten International Academy, Abuja on Thursday got free Tecno tablets to enhance e-learning and attain global standard of academic excellence in the school.

Mrs Samira Jibir, Chief Executive Officer of the school said the essence of the free tablets was to ease teaching for the teachers and faster learning for the students.

Jibir said meeting up with global practice on teaching was necessary to catch up with other developed countries.

“These Tecno Tablets will help the students to learn better and it will also help the teachers to impact positively on the students.

“The 16G 1G Rom tablets are going to have notes on different subjects where student can login and read even ahead of the class.

“This will make the teachers and students to be on same page of academy progress.

“It will also address the issue of tore notebooks, incomplete copying of notes and all that; since all the notes are in the tablets, the students will learn with ease.

“The devices cost the school N29, 500 each and we gave it free to not fewer than 900 students and still counting.

“We have expanded our internet provision which initially cost us N1.3 million but now over N2 million: we are determined to take the children to the global stage of technology,” Jibir said.

She said the journey to acquiring the devices began with a thought influenced by the happenings in society and how children were easily swayed by what they watch most specifically through telecommunication devices.

According to her, the thought metamorphosed into what they have today, physical devices for students to enable easier assimilation, learning and comprehension.

“Transforming education requires schools and educators to rethink how they teach and learn that is why we are here and doing what we are doing.

“Therefore, as a pacesetter that it truly is, Glisten has taken the bull by the horns by undertaking this feat.

“It is very glaring that the ICT age is upon us and the children we have today are more prone to learning from gadgets and other communication devices than manually.

“It is therefore wise to teach children through instruments and tools they are conversant with,” she said.

Meanwhile a student of the school, Abubakar Atiku, said he was happy about the devices stressing that it was a dream come true for him.

Atiku said finally, the stress of copying large volume of notes from the blackboard was over.

Also, one of the teachers in the school, Mr James Asuatang said provision of the devices was more than easing the work.

“It will make the students enjoy learning and the teacher to be more focus in presenting subjects to the students.

“Students will learn faster and better because they can read their notes from the tablets at home before coming to the school,” Asuatang said.

However, the Nigeria News Agency ((NAN), reports that those that attended the events included parents of students, teachers, an official from National Information Technology Development Agency and other stakeholders.(NAN)


Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Sadiya Hamza


64th Anniversary: Navy donates food, palliative items to communities in Abuja



The Nigerian Navy on Monday distributed foods items and other palliatives to host communities in Abuja to commemorate its 64th anniversary.

The Navy said this was to support the Federal Government’s efforts to cushion the effect of COVID-19 and as part of activities to mark the Service 64th anniversary.

The exercise took place in Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Councils

The News Agency of Nigerian reports that the Force also distributed some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as hand sanitizers.

Rear Admiral Jatau Luka, the Director of Administration, Naval Headquaters, represented the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, at the event.

Speaking during the occasion, Ibas said the palliatives were aimed at reaching out to vulnerable communities.

” Today rounds up the low keyed activities of the 64th Anniversary of the Nigerian Navy which started last week with distribution of palliatives and inauguration of projects by the Commands.

In general, the Nigerian Navy week serves as an opportunity for introspection and reflection as well as merriment which will be lacking this year due to the prevailing COVID-19 Pandemic.

” In rounding off the 2020 Nigerian Navy(NN) Week, the NN was expected to observe one of its major tradition which is the conduct of medical outreach in communities that host NN formations and establishments.

” However, due to the prevailing public health environment, arising from the occurrences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this effort could be quite challenging within the extant framework to curb the virus spread.

Therefore, the CNS has directed for the conduct of palliative distribution to members of the public in host communities within the FCT.

” This underscores the commitment of the NN to its corporate social responsibility as well as support to the efforts of the Federal Government in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the less privileged citizens.

” Arising from the foregoing, the Nigerian Navy is here to donate palliatives to the vulnerable Nigerians residing in Kuje and Jiwa Communities,” he said.

The CNS reiterated the commitment of the Navy to sustain the relationship between the Force and the communities and prayed that the relationship continues.

He also acknowledge the warm and cordial relationship between the Nigerian Navy and the Kuje and Jiwa Communities.

Ibas said the Navy is hopeful that the relationship will continue to deepen progressively for improved national security.

In his response, the Chief of Kuje (Gomo of Kuje), HRH Haruna Jubrin, commended the Nigerian Navy for providing the communities with the palliatives.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)



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8 men docked for alleged cheating, criminal breach of trust in Abuja



The Police on Friday, arraigned eight men at a Grade I Area Court in Kubwa for alleged cheating and criminal breach of trust.

The defendants are Abdullahi Lawal 31,  Martins Ameh 51, Alfa Joshua 45,  Abu Ochoche 38, Friday Onoja 35, Adah Olekwu 25, Adams Umar 33 and Edwin Raphael, 40.

The defendants are being tried for alleged criminal breach of trust, cheating, negligent conduct, abetment, dishonest delivery of property and receiving stolen property.

The Prosecutor, John Okpa, told the court that Lawal, a driver at Zeberced Quarry, Kubwa in Abuja, was entrusted with truck loads of stone dust between April and May for delivery at the company’s batching plant at Katampe, Abuja.

Okpa alleged that Lawal and the company’s batching plant security men, Ameh, Joshua, Ochoche, Olekwu and Onoja, however, diverted five of the truck loads of stone dust for sale for their personal gains.

The prosecutor alleged that Umar, who in spite of knowing the said quarry products were stolen, aided and facilitated its sale to Raphael.

He further alleged that Raphael also received the same product knowing it to have been stolen, and added that N50, 000 being proceeds from the illegal transaction was recovered from Lawal, the driver.

He said the offence contravened Sections 313, 196, 325, 317, 349, 346 and 347 of the Penal Code.

The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The defence counsel, Grace Adegede,  while applying for bail of the defendants, urged the court to grant her request in the most liberal terms.

The Judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, admitted the defendants to N300, 000 bail each with one reasonable surety in like sum who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He ordered that the addresses and means of identification of the sureties, be verified by the prosecution counsel and adjourned the case until July 2, for hearing.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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CEO of Abuja-based NGO calls for inclusion of moral,folktales education in online lessons



Ms May Ikokwu, Chief Executive Officer of an Abuja-based non-governmental Organisation, Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI) has  suggested  the inclusion of moral and folktale education in the current online lessons for Nigerian pupils.

Ikokwu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday that their inclusion would expose the pupils to  good moral values and the nation’s folktale.

“In those days in schools, there were periods for moral instructions and folktale aimed at reorientation and reintegration.

“Pupils were taught honesty, hard work, patriotism etc through folktale and moral instructions; it will help the country to reduce corruption and sharp practices,” she said.

According to her,  formal education alone will not produce sane,God-fearing and responsible youth in the country.

Ikokwu enjoined government at all levels to see inclusion of moral instructions and folktale in online lessons’ curricula as a platform  for teaching about  the challenges of insecurity and youth restiveness.

She identified folktale as a veritable component of education,adding that it had the capacity of changing delinquents to responsible people.

Ikokwu also said that several people had been rescued from depression,frustration and criminality through folktales and moral instructions.

NAN reports that many primary and post primary schools  are currently  engaging with their pupils through online classes  due to lockdown.


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N1.9bn Karu mega bus park will ease traffic congestion along Maraba – Abuja road, says Gov. Sule



Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the N1.9 billion Karu mega bus terminal, when completed, will  ease traffic congestion on the Mararaba- Abuja corridor.

Sule, who congestion spoke on Monday after inspecting ongoing work at the site of the project at Mararaba in Karu Local Government Area of the state, said various motor parks in the area would be collapsed into the bus terminal.

According to him, the terminal will serve the FCT, Plateau, Benue, Kaduna and other states , when completed.

He added that the choice of Karu for the project was due to its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and large population in the area with overwhelming transportation demand.

Sule, who inspected the project as part of activities to mark his one year in office, expressed satisfaction with the quality of work so far.

He noted that although the project was being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it had now reached 28 per cent completion instead of the targeted 45 per cent.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor was taken round the project by the Project Consultant, Mr Shehu Tukur, who assured him of quality job.




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Coordinator decries lack of quality healthcare service at Abuja IDP camp



Mr Idris Halilu, Coordinator of an Abuja-based Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp, has decried the lack of quality healthcare delivery at various IDP camps in the country.

Halilu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while receiving donation of 200 cartons of food items donated to IDPs, by three groups on Thursday in Abuja.

The items were put together by Embassy of the State of Israel in Nigeria, in collaboration with ChabadAid, MAG Tech System Ltd. and Brand Life Vision Foundation, an NGO.

According to him, the challenges often faced by IDPs in camps are mainly centered around inability to access quality healthcare service delivery.

Halilu said,  “Our biggest challenge is health; I appeal to the Federal Government to bear in mind that the IDPs in Abuja have had nowhere to go to for medical attention since Dec. 1, 2019.

“It is unfortunate that neither our children, nor adults in IDP camps can access medical healthcare facilities at any hospital in Abuja; this has posed serious challenge for us.”

He said the IDPs have had to live their lives in camp through voluntary donations from charity organisations since lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coordinator appealed for the establishment of medical outreach at the camp and distribution of face masks to the IDPs, to ensure their protection from the ravaging coronavirus.

“We had few bags of rice from former President Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  beside these, nothing else in the form of water or grains.

“It is unfortunate that we are faced with the lockdown while Ramadan Kareem is at the corner; I urge government to reach out to us and our children, who are mostly vulnerable Nigerians.

“Let them reach out to us and see for themselves or send delegates, for a population that has been neglected and who cannot access medical care, it is risky,” he added.

Earlier, Mr Dauda Ibrahim-Daura, Executive Secretary of Brand Life Vision Foundation, said that they were at the camp last year to share food items to IDPs during Ramadan.

According to him, we feel that they are the people that need these items the most, which is why we decided to bring them the palliatives.

“Everybody knows we are all experiencing economic hard times not only in Nigeria; it is a global challenge that the world is faced with.

“So, we implore everybody who has the ability to assist to reach out to the IDPs because they are the worst hit by hardship.

“Government is doing its best, but more needs to be done by private organisations to achieve the desired goal in lending helping hands to them.

“50 per cent of our problems in the society will be solved if we go beyond religious and political divide, and show love to IDPs,” Ibrahim said.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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UniAbuja VC says new CoS worthy of President Buhari’s choice



The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, says Prof. Ibrahim Gambari is worthy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice as the new Chief of Staff (CoS).

In a statement made available to the  News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday, Na’Allah noted that the clear-headedness and global thinking needed to navigate the country’s present travails made the engagement of the international diplomat an excellent choice by the president.

He commended President Buhari on the appointment of the Ilorin Prince, an acclaimed successful academic and international diplomat.

”He had been a global citizen since 1984 when he was appointed the nation’s External Affairs Minister by President Buhari, during his first coming as Nigeria’s Head of State.

”Prof. Gambari is not a novice in governance and international best practices, and his appointment will further help in positioning the President Buhari-led administration for better service delivery to Nigeria and Nigerians,” Na’Allah said.

He added that as the nation grappled with COVID-19 global pandemic and was planning for postCOVID economic recovery, the global academic pundit and diplomat would bring to bear his wealth of experience in giving quality advice to the president at this crucial time.

”I can assure that Prof. Gambari will justify the confidence reposed in him by the president in helping to lessen the burden of governance.

‘The new CoS’ appointment will also help add fillip to Nigeria’s international exposure and linkages that would assist government in recovery plans in the postCOVID-19 world, through his quality advice and support in governance process,” he said.

Na’Allah recalled the appointment of the new CoS as the pioneer Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) in 2013, while he was pioneer Vice-Chancellor at that university.

He said the robust engagements with Prof. Gambari enabled the university to weather the storm and survived stoppage of subvention for the university over a five-year period.

According to Na’Allah, the new CoS, as the pioneer Chancellor of KWASU, contributed in no small measure to the academic stability achieved by the institution as he was always there to give his best toward ensuring the attainment of the world-class vision of the university’s founding fathers.

He urged the new CoS not to be distracted, and to give professional and moral loyalty to the president as he commenced the arduous task of helping his principal to fulfill his presidential mandate.

Na’Allah felicitated with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and joined him and Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrazak Abdulrahman, all Nigerians and indeed the rest of the world in congratulating the legend and incorruptible leader, on his well-deserved appointment, wishing him Allah’s protection and guidance in his new task.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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FAAN begins fumigation of Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt Airports



The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has commenced fumigation of International Airports in Lagos, Abuja and Port-harcourt ahead of reopening of flight operations in Nigeria.

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, made this known on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos.

Yakubu explained that the fumigation exercise was in line with the efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaging the world.

She said though, it was not yet clear when the ban on flights would be lifted, the authority was taking the proactive steps.

“This is to ensure the safety of passengers and other airport users when the airports eventually reopen.

“In March this year, the authority embarked on a similar exercise of disinfection and fumigation of all the international airports,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, had in April announced the extension of ban on flight operations by four weeks.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: Custodial Centre, Enugu receives drugs, PPE from NCoS Abuja



The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Enugu State, on Tuesday, received assorted drugs and COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth millions of  Naira from the its headquarters in Abuja.

The drugs included; malaria drugs, antibiotics, anti-fungal, multivitamins, paracetamol, pro-cold and flu drugs among others.

The PPE equipment included; hand held infra-red thermometer, hundreds of wrap of face masks, alcohol-based sanitisers, surgical hand gloves, bleach and disinfectants.

Distributing the items to various custodial centres in Enugu, the Controller of NCoS Enugu State Command, Mr Joseph Emelue, commended the Controller-General of NCoS, Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru, for the large bulk of supply.

Emelue said that the materials would help the command respond appropriately and effectively to any COVID-19 and health issues within its centres.

He pledged to give the custodial service officers especially those that attended to the health needs of the inmates the needed protections  following stipulated protocols.

According to him, this delivery of such a large catchment of drugs and PPE materials is just one among the series of distributions, which the national headquarters has been doing.

The controller said that the command had adequate medical professionals to see to the proper use and dispensing of the drugs and the PPE.

“However, before now we had made compliance to the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocols compulsory for both staff and inmates.

“Before going into any of our centres, you must wash your hands with soap in running water, which is provided for at each entrance point.

“We have made washable face masks available for both staff working in the centres and inmates; while ensuring that the face masks are worn always.

“While we also have alcohol-based hand sanitisers as well at some locations,’’ he said.

The controller however, called on public-spirited individuals and philanthropists to assist the correctional service with more PPE materials and drugs.

“We will appreciate it if individuals, groups and corporate organisations help us with PPE, which are always in high demand especially in this COVID-19 pandemic period,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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COVID-19: CBN, NNPC move to save evacuees in Lagos, Abuja



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Monday agreed to fund the feeding and accommodation of evacuees in Lagos and Abuja.

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

Onyeama said the fund to cover the cost of evacuees’ feeding and accommodation was over N1 billion and since funding was not available, it had to pass the cost onto the evacuees.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some evacuees had protested the condition they were being subjected to at isolation centres, citing poor feeding and other ill treatments.

Onyeama stressed that several attempts made to proffer solution to the imbroglio failed until the Minister of Environment, Malam Mahmood Muhammed, came to the rescue.

The minister said that the amount involved was over N1 billion and the duo of CBN and NNPC promised to rescue the situation.

Onyeama said: “Today, the GMD of NNPC said he met with the CBN Governor and they both promised to fund the feeding of evacuees.

“I thank the Minister of Environment for the suggestion and the solidarity who sold the idea to me to approach CBN and NNPC to support Nigerians in desperate need.”


Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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