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Imo Council Chairman embarks on free ICT training for members

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Mr Charles Abara, the Chairman of Interim Management Committee of Ngor Okpala Local Government Council,  says the council has commenced free computer training for youths in his council area.

Abara said this when members of Ngor Okpala Journalists Association in Owerri paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Umuneke.

He said that the council’s ICT Centre had been lying waste since its inception, adding that the two-month intensive training was to empower youths and other stakeholders in Ngor Okpala through free computer training programme.

Abara said he believed that the future belonged to societies and individuals who were ICT complaint and urged the trainees to take the training very seriously as the world had gone digital.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the free intensive computer training, the first of its kind in the history of the council, would involve training on Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Publisher and Corel Draw.

Abara said the programme would be a continuous one and expressed optimism that the best graduating students would be given automatic employment as long as he served as the local government chairman.

According to him, the programme will afford participants the opportunity to access jobs elsewhere aside those that would be employed by the council.

He also enjoined the trainees to live up to expectations during and after the period of the computer course, promising to give them the necessary support when called upon.

The interim chairman told the journalists that the local government councils in Imo state were back to life with various ongoing innovations and activities in the council areas.

He said his council was in a hopeless situation in the last few years with dilapidated structures, leaking roofs, non-functional pipe born water facility, limited council offices and other challenges before he assumed office on June 20.

“We had the mandate of the state governor to bring back life to the council. We are indeed bringing life back to the council,” he said.

Abara said that the construction of a mini stadium, main council’s adminstrative office and reactivation of boreholes were ongoing with cleanliness and effective security restored to the council.

The Acting Chairman of the association, Mr Sunny Ndukwu, said they were at the council to congratulate the acting chairman on his well deserved appointment, know how he is fairing with the running of the council and to intimate him on the activities of the journalists.

He said the association was formed to interface with Ngor Okpala citizens on the corridors of power, hold them accountable and to chart a way forward in the local government.

One of the trainees, Eze Emma Ekeh, who spoke on behalf of the ICT trainees, expressed joy and showered blessings on the interim chairman for giving the people of Ngor Okpala “such a wonderful opportunity.”

He said he had some challenges when he visited the U.S. because he was not computer literate.

Ekeh advised the trainees to use the opportunity in their best interest.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

 

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Nothing secret, sinister about us — Ogboni Fraternity

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Leader of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF), Chief Francis Meshioye, has again debunked public perception that the fratenity was a secret society.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos during flag off of 2019 Founders’ Day Celebration of ROF, Meshioye, said there was nothing sinister in the activities of the fraternity.

“We are far from being a secret society; we are a registered entity that abides with the laws of the land and our objectives are to promote positive values, truth, justice and cultural heritage,” he said.

He explained that contrary to beliefs in some quarters, there was nothing secret or sinister about the fraternity, saying it was founded for the good of the society.

Meshionye further explained that the fraternity was actually founded in 1914 by a Christian, Deacon Jacobson Ogunbiyi, saying the initial objective was to promote Christian values among the people.

He added that the group was later expanded to accommodate people of other faiths, hence the change in name from Ogboni Fraternity to Reformed Ogboni Fraternity.

Meshioye said a number of distinguished Nigerians, dead and living, were members of the group, emphasising that the fraternity was strictly for positive values.

He said that it was note-worthy that the founding fathers of ROF were part of those who fought for decolonisation of Nigeria, developed such establishments as the civil service, judiciary and many functional post-colonial institutions.

He listed some of them as late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, late Chief Ladoke Akintola and late Sir Adeyemo Alakija.

The ROF leader said every Nigerian of good character could join the group as the fraternity was not for those who were seeking quick wealth.

According to Meshioye, it is important for people to understand what the group stands for, urging Nigerians to embrace the virtues of the fraternity

”The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) has the ultimate objective of promoting good values, love discipline, not only in Nigeria but in other parts of the world wherever her members finds him or herself.

”There is a clear distinction between ROF as a fraternity and any other forms of organisations.

”Our fraternity compels her members to imbibe the fundamental injunction of ”do unto others as you wish others to do unto you ”

”However, the fraternity had to overcome many challenges that were rooted in misinterpretations of what we stand for,” the ROF leader said.

He said the celebration of ROF’s 2019 Founders’ Day was to promote the ideals of the fraternity and show the world that the group was all positive.

Edited by: Wale Ojetimi

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Cleric advises Nigerians to utilise advantages of border closure

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A Cleric, Christopher Qwolabi, on Friday, advised Nigerians, especially youths, to utilise the advantages of the nation’s border closure to be self-productive and reliant.

Owolabi, the General Overseer, Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Irapada, Omu-Aran, gave the advice during the church’s special service tagged: “Toward a Prosperous 2020 and Beyond”, in Omu-Aran, Kwara.

He said the closing of the nation’s borders to curb banditry, insurgency, incessant dumping of contraband, fake and contaminated drugs, was long overdue.

According to him, the border closure no doubt has started yielding fruitful results and very glaring for the citizens to see.

“There are many things that are being imported that can be produced in large quantity locally.

“It’s an insult on our integrity and intelligence to continue to import toothpicks, food items, furniture products with our array of expertise and intellectual capacity.

“Production of local rice has increased and the commodity has flooded major markets across the length and breadth of the country.

“Patronage of other locally-produced items like beans, cassava, semovita, poultry products have also soared following the closure of the borders.

“It’s high time Nigerians, particularly the youth, utilise this positive development to engage in different aspects of agriculture for their own benefit and advantage.

“With the present high rate of unemployment and non-availability of white collar jobs, the closure of borders is, therefore, a veritable alternative for the youth to be self-productive,” he said.

Owolabi also urged practitioners of traditional medicine to come together and come up with locally-produced effective and well-packaged therapy for common ailments.

According to him, this will be a good replacement for such therapy being imported from neighbouring African countries.

“Alomo Bitters from Ghana is a good example of such highly -preferred imported stuffs being consumed by Nigerians.

“Our practitioners can also come up with such therapy for mass production and local consumption after necessary certification by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“Our neighbours are just taking advantage of our large population and turned the country to a dumping ground for their products.

“Their recent reactions to the border closure have shown that Nigeria is a big market in the continent, especially in the ECOWAS sub-region.

“With the right attitude, conducive environment, most  essential needs of the citizens can sufficiently be produced locally,” he said.

Owolabi urged parents, community leaders and religious leaders to always use their parental ability, counselling and preaching to sensitise the youths on the need to be self-productive.

Edited by: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi

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Orphanage appeals for more support for less privileged

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Talitha Cumi Orphanage, Federal Housing Authority Nyanya, Abuja, has appealed to well-spirited Nigerians for more support for the less privileged in the society.

Manager of the Orphanage, Pastor Adamson Bolyawa, made the appeal when a group, Praying Women, visited the orphanage on Friday.

He said that one of the greatest challenges confronting the orphanage was the issue of school fees as most of the children were enrolled in schools.

“We call on Nigerians to come to the aid of these children who had either lost a parent or both parents.

“As children, they need the basic necessities of life,” he said.

Bolyawa said that the orphanage was a registered entity but was not a centre for child adoption.

“We don’t do adoption; we see our house as a house of refuge where people are taken off the streets and given better life.

“Some are in the universities and as a Christian home, we inculcate godly virtues in the children,” he said.

On her part, Mother of the Centre, Mrs Keziah Bennett, who expressed gratitude to God and the members for the visit said that the orphanage presently had 41 children within the toddler and teenage age groups.

She noted that the orphanage which started in 2001 had some of the children as graduates from universities across the country.

“All the children in the home are in regular schools and also engaged in skills acquisition.

“We thank God for His faithfulness which has been tremendous through out the years,” she said.

Earlier, while presenting the items ranging from food, clothing and toiletries coordinator of the group, Mrs Bukola Adewumi, said that the visit was part of the group’s mandate in contributing its quota in bringing succour to the less privileged.

While noting that the visit was the seventh edition, Adewumi said that they were at the orphanage to show love to the orphans as part of events heralding Christmas.

“We are here to share with the home out of the abundance God has given us in this season of Christmas.

“We are here to exemplify the teaching of Jesus on love for one another,” she said.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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DSPPC restates commitment to public awareness on procurement regime

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Mr Duke Okeze, Director-General, Delta State Public Procurement Commission (DSPPC), says the commission is committed toward ensuring enhanced public awareness on the state’s public procurement regime.

Okeze made this known in Asaba on Friday at an interactive and sensitisation workshop for civil society organisations, contractors and the media on the new public procurement regime in the state.

He said that that commission remained committed to ensuring that contract awards reflected the yearning and needs of the public.

The director-general said that it was the obligation of the commission to protect, sensitise and create awareness about extant procurement laws in the state to avoid pitfalls.

“We are engaging all stakeholders to ensure robust understanding of ongoing procurement reforms in the state.

“A capacity assessment exercise is ongoing across different government Ministries, Department and Agencies,” he said.

He said the programmes was to sensitise the stakeholders on the guidelines for the implementation of the new procurement law in the state.

Okeze noted said that part of the commission’s duty was to periodically review the socio-economic effects of government policies on procurement.

“They are to also prepare and update standard bidding and contract documents and prevent fraudulent procurement practices,” he said. .

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Lagos Assembly screens Sanwo-Olu’s 3 commissioner-nominees

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday screened three commissioner-nominees   submitted by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The eight-member Ad-hoc Committee of the House also screened eight others nominated for the House of Assembly Service Commission and Lagos State Civil Service Commission.

The three commissioner-nominees screened by the House committee on Friday included Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, Mr Olugbenga Oyerinde and Bamigbose Martins.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the assembly had on Aug. 16, rejected three of the cabinet nominees presented to it for approval by Sanwo-Olu, necessitating their replacement.

Those rejected by the house included  Mr Ajayi Bembe, Mr George Obafemi and Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi.

The Committee’s Chairman, Mr Rotimi Abiru (Somolu II) said a total of 11 nominees were submitted by the governor to the assembly for screening and confirmation.

He said the eight other nominees included three for the state House of Assembly Service Commission while five for state Civil Service Commission.

Among those screened for the Assembly Service  Commission included Mr Akeem Bello, former member of the 8th Assembly, Mr Kabiru Lawal,  a member from 2007 – 2011 and Mr Richard Osungboye.

The nominees screened for the state Civil Service Commission were Mr Babatunde Seriki, Mr Avoseh Suru, Mr Adesina Odeyemi, Mrs Olubunmi Fabanwo and Mr Kamalrudeen Olorunoje.

NAN reports that other members of the screening committee were Mr Victor Akande (Ojo I), Mr Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi-Isolo I), Mr Desmond Elliot (Surulere I).

Others were Mr Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho I), Mr Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa I) , Mr Folajimi Lai-Mohammed (Ikeja I), Mr Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland I).

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi

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