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Emir decries falling standard of education



Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), has expressed dismay over the falling standard of education in the country with a call for all hands to be on deck to improve it.

Bage, Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, made the call when the management of National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Nasarawa branch paid him a visit on Monday.

The emir, who was represented by Madakin Lafia, Alhaji Isiaka Dauda, underscored the roles of the institute in training and retraining of teachers for the development of the country.

“I want to commend you for the visit and to urge you to continue to discharge your duties without fear or favour.

“The activities of your institute which involve training and retraining of teachers will go a long way in restoring the lost glory of education in the country,” he said.

Bage called on the management of the institute to work tirelessly towards tackling the challenges facing education system in the country.

He assured them of his emirate council support to enable them carry out their activities effectively in the state.

The first class traditional ruler enjoined his subjects and other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliation.

Earlier, Mr Abubakar Audu, the state Coordinator of the institute said the visit was to seek for royal blessings and to intimate him on the activities of the institute in the state.

“Our mission and mandate is to train and retrain teachers in the country to ensure that quality teachers are produced,” he said.

Audu said that the institute would continue to maintain standard in order to produce qualified teachers in the state and the country at large.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Matawalle appoints new Emir of Kaura Namoda



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has presented letter of appointment to the newly appointed Emir of Kaura-Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Jamilu Iliyasu, Press Secretary to the governor in Gusau on Tuesday.

He stated that the appointment letter was presented at a brief ceremony attended by other Emirs in the state, few government officials and politicians at the governor’s private residence in Gusau.

The governor said the appointment of the new Emir was due to his selection by the Kaura Namoda Emirate Kingmakers and in accordance with the provision of Section 17 of Zamfara State Emirate Council Establishment Law 2000, Law No. 15, Section i- iii and Section 3 of Chiefs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, 1997.

Matawalle wished the new Emir God’s guidance and protection in the discharge of his responsibility.

He urged people of the Emirate to give the new traditional ruler all the necessary support and cooperation for the development of the Emirate.

Matawalle assured of his administration’s readiness to respect the dignity of the traditional institution, considering the role they play in maintaining peace and tranquility in their domains.

Responding, Muhamma, promised to follow the footsteps of his father and forefathers by carrying all his subjects along for the unity and development of his domain.

He thanked Matawalle for the honour done to him and enjoined all to pray for him to succeed.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that until his appointment as Emir, Sanusi Muhammad was a serving Major in the Nigerian Army.

He succeeded his father, who died on May 6, after a brief illness having served as the second Emir of Kaura-Namoda for 15 years.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Emir of llorin cancels Sallah homage to Gov. AbdulRazaq



ln a bid to discourage further spread of COVID-19, the Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari on Sunday canceled the annual Sallah homage to the Kwara Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

The monarch, who is also the permanent Chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, ordered the cancellation of the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr Sallah homage in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Malam AbdulAzeez Arowona.

The royal father, who was expected to lead other traditional rulers in the Ilorin Emirate to pay Eid-el-Fitr visit to the Government House on Monday, said he would no longer embark on the traditional homage.

“This is in line with strict adherence to the lockdown and movement restriction order imposed in the state and aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19,” the Emir said.

He urged residents of Ilorin Emirate to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr with decorum and extend charity to the less privilege to further promote unity and prosperity.

Sulu-Gambari charged community heads, district heads, ward heads, groups and associations to be vigilant and ensure social distancing during and after Sallah celebration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all Eid praying grounds in the emirate were empty on Sunday as worshippers stayed away in compliance with government directive.

The Muslims performed the two Eid-el-Fitr raka’ats supererogatory prayers in their various homes without sermons or use of public address system in compliance as directed by the Emir of llorin.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Kuwaiti emir calls on media to shoulder responsibility to help combat COVID-19




Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Friday called on media to shoulder responsibility to help defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

During a speech to the people of Kuwait on upcoming Eid al-Fitr festival, the emir expressed “deep regret for false reports and harmful rhetoric broadcast by the media and social media,” saying that it does not conform with the current hard circumstances in the country.

“I call on everybody to … be keen on playing a positive and responsible role in supporting joint efforts for annihilating this pandemic,” the emir said.

He called for effective steps parallel to the requirements of the current phase and its ramifications.

“This can only be attained with cooperation and collaboration of efforts, shouldering the responsibility, depending on ourselves and placing the higher national interest above any other consideration,” he added.

The emir expressed deep admiration and gratitude for all the people who have devoted themselves to containing the pandemic.

Kuwait on Friday reported 955 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 19,564 and the death toll to 138, the health ministry said in a statement.


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Eid-el-Fitr: Emir of llorin directs Muslims to pray at home



Ahead of 2020 Eid-el-Fitr celebration, the Emir of llorin and Chairman Kwara Traditional Council, Alhaji Suleiman Sulu-Gambari, has directed all Muslims in the state to pray at home.

The monarch asked ghd faithfu across the 16 local government areas of the state to keep off from Eid praying grounds in compliance with government directive and e perts advice on curbing further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Alhaji Abdullahi AbdulHameed, the Chief lmam lmale of llorin, issued the advisory on behalf of the Emir during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in llorin on Thursday.

AbdulHameed, who is also the Vice Chairman of the council of Ulama for llorin Emirate, said the directive has become imperative to allow Muslims in the state continue to maintain social distancing.

He enjoined Muslims in the state to observe the two raka’at superogatory Eid prayers in their various homes with their family members without delivering sermon.

“The giant stride at combatting the spread of Coronavirus in Kwara, His Royal Highness, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari, in his capacity as the Vice President of the Jamatul Nasril lslam directs all Muslims to make sacrifice by keeping off from Eid praying grounds on Sallah day,” AbdulHameed said.

He advised Muslim worshippers in the state to continue to abide with all government directives towards further curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Reacting to the directive, the Chairman of Kwara Muslim Council, Justice Salihu Olohuntoyin-Mohammed, also urged Muslims in the state to abide with the order by keeping off from all Eid praying grounds on Sallah day.

Olohuntoyin-Mohammed, a former state Grand Khadi, advised Nigerians to always ensure peaceful coexistence with one another, stating that no meaningful development can be attained in an atmosphere of chaos and acrimony.

“Nigerians must comply with all rules by NCNC on control of spread COVID-19 and maintain peaceful coexistence for more development to be recorded,” he said.


Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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CONVID-19: Bauchi Emir cancels Sallah durbar



The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Sulaiman, has canceled the annual  durbar  by royal horsemen, popularly known as “hawan daushe”, held a day after Eid-el-fitr (Sallah) in Bauchi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the  horse parade is a tourism event organised by most the Emirs in the North, which  attracts thousands of people during the sallah festivities.

Sulaiman said at the stakeholders’ meeting with the State government on Wednesday  in Bauchi that the cancellation of the event was necessitated by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

He said the world was faced with the dreaded coronavirus disesase which had caused    untold  hardship to the people.

“We will do everything possible to see that we stop the spread of the virus in our society.

“Therefore, the annual “ daushe” horse parade is cancelled to ensure adherence to social distancing and discourage all forms of social gathering in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor (NAN)




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Kwara Speaker sympathizes with Patigi emirate over Kolo’s death



The Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, has sympathised with the people of Patigi Emirate and the family of late Mr James Kolo, a Federal Character Commission (FCC), Commissioner-designate who died on May 19.
Danladi conveyed his sympathy in a condolence message issued on his behalf by his media aide, Mr Sheriff Ibrahim, in Ilorin on Wednesday.
The speaker described Kolo’s sudden death as a rude shock, noting that the death coming after his recent announcement as a Commissioner-designate for the Federal Character Commission (FCC), was very unfortunate.
“Kolo was a loyal party man whose commitment to the progress and development of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kwara State cannot be forgotten,” he said.
The Speaker expressed sadness that Kolo died at a time when his expertise and wealth of experience were needed at both state and federal levels and called on both Patigi emirate and the family to bear the loss with fortitude.

Edited By: Francis Onyeukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Emirates plans to cut about 30,000 jobs amid virus outbreak



Emirates Group is planning to cut about 30,000 jobs to reduce costs amid the coronavirus outbreak, which will bring down its number of employees by about 30 per cent from more than 105,000.

A media reported on Sunday that the company was also considering speeding up the planned retirement of its A380 fleet.

An Emirates spokeswoman said that no public announcement has been made yet by the company regarding “redundancies at the airline”, but that the company is conducting a review of “costs and resourcing against business projections”.

“Any such decision will be communicated in an appropriate fashion.

Like any responsible business would do, our executive team has directed all departments to conduct a thorough review of costs and resourcing against business projections,” the spokeswoman said.

Emirates, one of the world’s biggest long-haul airlines, said earlier in May that it would raise debt to help itself through the coronavirus pandemic, and may have to take tougher measures as it faces the most difficult months in its history.

The state-owned airline, which suspended regular passenger flights in March due to the virus outbreak that has shattered global travel demand, had said that a recovery in travel was at least 18 months away.

It reported a 21 per cent rise in profit for its financial year ending March 31, but said the pandemic had hit its fourth-quarter performance.

Bloomberg News reported that the airline said it would tap banks to raise debt in its first quarter to lessen the impact of the virus on cash flows.


Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)


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Buhari welcomes discharge from hospital of Emir of Daura, applauds health



President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight at the news of the recovery and discharge from hospital of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar.

The President made his feelings known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday.

He said: ”I am happy to hear of your heart-touching experiences, successful treatment and discharge from hospital after 10 days, a part of which was spent in intensive care.

”Given the times we are in, we were all worried about you during that period. I am very pleased that you came out healthy.”

The President also applauded the dedicated and hardworking hospital staff of the Federal Medical Centre Katsina and other frontline medical and health workers, serving various patients in several hospitals across the country.

”The country is fortunate to have such a dedicated medical workforce,” the President said.

President Buhari maintained that his administration would continue to take all necessary measures within means to boost their morale.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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CoS: Speaker, Emir, llorin Professors felicitate with Gambari



Some prominent personalities in Kwara have congratulated the new Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Prof. lbrahim Gambari, describing the appointment as right peg in a right hole and well deserved.

The personalities, ranging from politicians, traditional rulers to the academia, expressed satisfaction with the appointment in their respective congratulatory messages in Ilorin on Wednesday.

The Speaker, Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Sheriff lbrahim, described the appointment of Gambari as the ”right peg in a right hole”.

Danladi said this was in consideration of  the erudite scholar and renowned diplomat’s rich background.

“On behalf of the 9th Legislature of Kwara State, I congratulate Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR, and indeed Kwara citizens over the appointment of yet, another illustrious Kwara indigene to serve as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are optimistic the history of Kwara state producing one of the best Chief of Staff to the Presidency will repeat itself, judging from the capability and competence Prof. Gambari is known for, at national, regional and the global fronts,” he said.

Danladi said that with the recent development in the national polity, the President had conspicuously and consistently shown his love for Kwara and its people ”for which we hold in high esteem”.

The speaker prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the appointee to discharge his new assignment dutifully, while urging Nigerians across socio-political divides to put the country first.

He advised the new CoS to support Buhari and state governments in the fight against COVID-19 for the country to emerge victorious and stronger.

Also speaking in his signed statement, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, congratulated Gambari, describing his appointment as well deserved.

The first class traditional ruler said that the new CoS deserved the appointment considering his track record in public service and his numerous achievements with positive impacts on humanity across the world.

He prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant Gambari remarkable success in the discharge of the national assignment entrusted to him.

The emir expressed deep appreciation to the president for appointing an eminent son of the Emirate into the exalted office.

He urged Nigerians to continue to keep faith with the present administration as it sruggles to overcome some challenges including the global COVID-19 pandemic

In the same vein, the Ilorin Emirate Professors Association congratulated Gambari who is one of their members, on his appointment.

The association’s Chairman, Prof. Suleiman Kuranga, who signed the statement, described the appointment as a well-deserved one, considering Gambari’s wealth of experience.

He said the association was grateful to Buhari for finding the renowned scholar and illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate worthy of being appointed to the exalted position.

Kuranga noted that the president must have opted for Gambari because of his diligence, integrity and reputation as an international bureaucrat.

The professors also congratulated Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara and the Emir of Ilorin on the appointment of Gambari.


Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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