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KDSG urges religious leaders to spread messages of peace

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The Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, on Friday called on religious leaders to reach out to the people with messages of peace for sustainable development.

Dr Balarabe made the call when she received the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Uche who came on a courtesy visit to Government House, on Friday in Kaduna.

The acting governor thanked the Church for preaching peace and mutual coexistence among the people, saying,  “we are happy to see people preaching peace, I thank you for your efforts.”

She assured that the state government would continue to address the security challenges in the  state, to build people’s confidence and encourage investment.

Dr Balarabe noted that the recurring crisis in the state has abated due to sustained enlightenment encouraging mutual respect, peace coexistence and tolerance.

Earlier, the Prelate expressed appreciation to the state’s efforts in building sustainable peace in line with the teachings of the Holy Books.

He noted that the two Holy Books preach oneness, while ignorance breeds hatred, lack of love, discrimination and intolerance.

“Let us all live together in one love; the way forward is for us to preach peace and be united with one another for sustainable development.

“We are for peace, I urge you to partner with us,” he said.

The Methodist Prelate, who is on Apostolic Tour of the North, took his time to pray for the Governor, his Deputy and officials of the government as well as for the peace and progress of the state./

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
(NAN)

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ICPC, others harp on war against corruption

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The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday urged Nigerians to fight corruption for better society and success of the next generations.

Mr Godwin Achile, the Chief Superintendent of the ICPC, gave the advice at the Symposium in commemoration of 2019 Disability awareness week organised by Centre for Citizens with Disabilities in Enugu.

Achile said that corruption could be fought by everyone, irrespective of social status or physical disability.

He noted that thorough and holistic implementation of the Disability Act would enable the persons living with disabilities to join in the fight against corruption.

“Faithful implementation of the Act will help to achieve a desired goal in the fight against corruption in the country.

“The fight against corruption is meant for everyone, including persons with disabilities; as they are part of the society and their participation in fighting corruption will help to reduce it,” he said.

Similarly, the Attorney-General of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emehelum, represented by Mr Amaechi Ngene of Ministry of Justice, said that persons with disabilities were equally affected by corruption in the country and they might even be more affected.

Emehelum called on the government to inaugurate National Commission for Persons with Disabilities without delay, to oversee the implementation of the Law at the states levels.

She said that it was corruption that turned the country into the poverty capital of the world, in spite of her human and natural endowment.

Also, Mr Gab Nnamani, the Chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities, Enugu Chapter, said that the domestication of the Act in the country would go a long way to reduce poverty among persons with disabilities.

Nnamani added that the inclusion of the Person with Disabilities in every sector would give them the opportunity to join in resisting and fighting corruption.

He said that the association would embark on sensitisation programmes to enable its members and the general public to be aware of the Act as well as the right of the Persons Living with Disabilities.

A Resource Person, Mr Okey Kalu of Abia State Education Resources Centre, said it was the right of the Persons Living with Disabilities to have access to social services in the country.

Kalu said that the Act provided that every person with disability should have the right to education without discrimination, as well as free healthcare.

On his part, Mr Kola Ogunbiyi, Programme Manager, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, said that the awareness week was on how to address corruption in the country.

According to Ogunbiyi, corruption could be minimised with the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of national life.

He said that the awareness was also to encourage those with disabilities not to join in corrupt practices.

He called on the Enugu State Government to pass the Persons with Disabilities’ Law, to make the physically challenged partake in activities of the government.

Edited & Vetted By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz
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17 persons escape death in Anambra multiple crash

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No fewer than 17 persons escaped death in a multiple crash involving three vehicles on the old Enugu-Onitsha expressway in Anambra.

The accident occurred on the Nkpor/Umuoji stretch of the road.

Mr Pascal Anigbo, the Public Enlightenment Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the crash to the Nigeria News Agency .

He said the vehicles included a red Mitsubishi bus with registration number JJT920ZW, a white Hummer bus without registration number and a truck marked KPE686XA.

Anigbo attributed the cause of the accident to wrongful overtaking.

He said 17 persons including 10 males and seven females were involved in the crash while seven persons were injured.

“The Mitsubishi bus did wrongful overtaking and collided with an oncoming bus and the two buses collided with a truck.

“The injured victims had been taken to Crown hospital Nkpor,” he said.

The FRSC officer also said efforts were on to recover the vehicles and valuables.

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Adamawa community tasks Gov. Fintiri on road project

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Binyeri community in Adamawa on Thursday urged Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri to reconstruct the failed 58-kilometres-long Mayo-Belwa Binyeri Road which had been abandoned for decades.

The community made the call in a statement in Yola by its spokesman, Mr Suleiman Mohammed-Tola.

Mohammed-Tola said that the road was first constructed in 1981 by the administration of late Gov. Abubakar Barde in the Second Republic to connect Taraba, but had suffered neglect in the last 29 years.

He said: “This road links Sebore-Tola-Binyeri totaling a distance of 39.8 kilometres km with four bridges and 12 culverts.

“However, one of the bridges and three culverts had collapsed due to floods at Dayino and Tasau villages, thereby making life unbearable to the residents, visitors and motorists plying the route.”

According to him, the area has an estimated population of about one million with four major local markets and two motor parks generating about N3 million monthly for the local and state governments

This record is second to Mayo Belw ,new the local government headquarters of ” Mohammed-Tola said.

While commending the Federal Government for embarking on the reconstruction of 18 kilometres Mayo Belwa- Sebore Road, the spokesman urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the early completion of the Mayo Belwa-Jada road project.

He also said Tola-Binyeri District is endowed with solid mineral deposits in commercial quantity.

“Barite, iron, mica, marble, granite, tantalite, magnesium, limestone, uranium and gypsum, among others, are being mined unconventionally at the Gambe and Pola hills.

“Our people are largely agrarian as we excel in farming and livestock,’’ Mohammed-Tola noted.

In addition, he appealed to the state government to restore electricity to Tola and Binyeri by fixing failed polls and transmission lines as well as installation of high grade transformers to improve the living standard of the people.

(Edited & Vetted By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Mufutau Ojo)
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First ever Pan African Catholic Congress kicks off in Enugu

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Enugu, Dec.5, 2019 The first ever Pan African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life to reflect on the church as a beacon of hope on Thursday kicked off in Enugu.

The Nigeria News Agency gathered that no fewer than 700 individuals from across Africa including women and men, lay and clergy, faithful and academics will gather in Enugu for the three-day congress.

The congress has the theme “What must we do to perform the works of God”.

It is expected to propose better ways to renew and reform institutions, structures and system of the church in the continent to actualize the missionary goals set out by Pope Francis.

The President of the congress, Archbishop Charles Buckle of Ghana told newsmen in Enugu that the event was convoked by the Catholic Church in Africa.

Buckle said that the event was an initiative of the symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar which started 50 years ago in Uganda.

He said that before then, there was a major event that happened in the Catholic Church within the last 100 years, the second vertical council which took place from 1962 to 1965.

The Archbishop explained that vertical council was the highest assembly of catholic bishops which the pope was the most fundamental decisions that impacted on their faith and lives as Christians.

Buckle said: “this conference is like a synod but the highest level of it, so the council, according to historians, was the first pastoral council organised by the Catholic Church, most of the councils before the second vertical council was convoked to respond to crisis.

“During that time, we did not have a lot of catholic theologians, the few African bishops who participated then was assigned to western theologians for evangelism.

“Those bishops engaged in private talk, they talked about the future of religious faith in post colonial Africa.

“What is happening now is that our own people are taking over the running of churches in Africa; what you see here is how churches in Africa are taking over and running the church as a continent,” he said.

Buckle said that the idea was to continue to do the work of God, to listen to the Holy Spirit, to know what the church was experiencing in today’s contest and to listen to the cries of God’s people.

The archbishop commended the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu on its 95 years anniversary adding that before now the school was managed by missionary but now it was in the hand of one of them in the person of Rev. Fr. Albert Ikpenwa.

In his remarks, the Rector of the seminary, Rev. Fr. Albert Ikpenwa said that during the congress, they would talk on issues affecting Africans, new missionary approach and to see how they could improve and make the world a better place.

Ikpenwa commended the organisers of the conference for a job well done and for organising it on African soil.

He noted that they came to look at their present and the past, adding that those 50 years of the second memory of the church in Africa was not an easy thing.

The rector said that they would look at the resources, human intellectual, religious and spiritual lives.

He said that the call for holiness was not just for religious leaders but for ordinary people, noting that they came to bring the message of Christ to the people.

One of the participants, Dr. Susan Nedza, who is also a physician in the United States, said that she was working with the Catholic Church to provide assistance to people with drug addiction and diseases of all kind.

Nedza said she had been providing humanitarian services to people irrespective of age and gender, noting that Catholic Church was the most providers of health care services in the world.

In a vote of thanks, The Chairman Local Organising Committee, Rev. Fr. Clement Obasi said that committee commenced hosting of the programme since October 2018.

Obasi said that the closure of the Enugu International Airport posed a serious challenge as it had not been easy to organise the transportation from Lagos down to Enugu.

He however, commended the students of the seminary for being up and doing in ensuring that the environment was conducive for their visitors.

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Centre honours 69 students for performances in mathematical sciences Olympiad competition

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The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) on Thursday honoured 69 students of both junior and senior  secondary  schools with various awards for their outstanding performances in the 2018/2019 Nigeria National Olympiad competition.

At the awards ceremony in Sheda, Kwali Area Council,  Abuja, Prof. Stephen Onah, Director/Chief Executive of NMC, commended the awardees for their performances in the five subject areas of the competition.

Onah said that the beneficiaries should consider themselves as champions, adding that the Olympiad examination was not about how brilliant or clever someone was but about intelligence and having problem solving skills.

“So in Olympiad training, we don’t teach, we only guide them  because the problem you may find even as an instructor you may not know it but a student will tell you the way to do it.

“Because once you are able to train yourself on a problem solving skill then you will see a problem and your brain will direct you on how to solve it.

He said that through the Olympiad competition over 36 students had won scholarships and studying in universities in various countries including Nigeria.

According to him, there are four stages of the competition before one qualifies for the international level and the centre has been presenting itself at the international level.

Onah appreciated the parents and principals of schools for their support in sponsoring students and teachers to this final stage of the event.

Ms Yetunde Oluwatosin, Education Specialist, UNICEF, commended the students and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of hard work in their future endeavours.

Oluwatosin also reiterated UNICEF’s commitment to training teachers to improve the learning outcome in schools and to continue supporting  educational programmes of the centre.

Some of the awardees appreciated the centre for the opportunity given to them and attributed their successes to hard work and consistent practice in the subject areas.

The students were tested in I mathematics, physics, informatics, chemistry and biology with Graceland International School, Rivers,  emerging overall best in mathematics.

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Akpabio urges corporate organisations to invest more in NDDC

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,  Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has called on critical stakeholders and multilateral organisations to invest more in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to move the region forward.

Akpabio made the call at a meeting  with directors, donor agencies, permanent secretaries and development partners in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the ministry was a focal point for coordinating and mobilising concerted domestic and international assistance in resolving key challenges in the region.

According to him, NDDC has not lived up  to its responsibilities in the development of the region.

He urged the ministry to redirect  focus on the people by creating job opportunities, infrastructure development and strive to move the region to the next level.

“We aim to formulate and execute plans, programmers as well as to coordinate the activities of agencies, communities, donors and relevant stakeholders in the development of the region.

” Our major challenges are low budgetary allocation, huge debt profile and current insecurity in the region.

“We call on critical stakeholders, corporate  and multilateral organisations to invest more in the Niger Delta for the development of the region,” he said.

He charged the commission to collaborate with financial agencies to move the region forward, while promising that the ministry would work with the commission to ensure development in the region.

He added that “President Muhammadu Buhari looked forward to commissioning projects in the region.”

He expressed the hope that in the next four years, legacies would be created for the people of Niger Delta region.

The minister also promised to focus on issues that would reduce capital flight in the region by addressing the health and employment needs of the people.

He said some developmental projects in the region were  politically motivated and not sustainable but promised to  change the operations by leaving all politically motivated projects and go into legacy projects.

The Permanent Secretary of the  ministry, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, explained that it was the mandate of the ministry to initiate, coordinate, manage and promote development polices and processes in the Niger Delta region.

Walson-Jack said the ministry would set the agenda of moving the region forward, chart new ways of working together and improve institutional capabilities and performance management to deliver real impact.

She added that the ministry would work to uphold excellence and good reputation of the public service as well as promote the principles of good governance.

/JCE

Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Chukwudi Ekezie
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