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Secondus inaugurates 1,000-seat capacity PDP secretariat in Akwa Ibom

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Secondus inaugurates 1,000-seat capacity PDP secretariat in Akwa Ibom

Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday inaugurated 1,000-seat capacity secretariat in the state.


Secondus, while inaugurating the new state secretariat in Uyo, commended the leadership role of Gov. Udom Emmanuel in the state.

He attributed the completion of the new state secretariat to the efforts of the governor, saying that the newly built state secretariat was competing with the national secretariat.

“This secretariat is competing with the national secretariat, this shows the manifestation of your leadership.

“When you show leadership by example and your followers show faith in their leaders that means the leader has done well.

“I can see you are a leader that has shown leadership and your followers are following you with curiosity and they have seen the works you have shown in Akwa Ibom,” Secondus said.

The national chairman of the party said the PDP had the best governors in the country as their achievements was a confirmation of their leadership prowess.

He emphasised that Nigeria should build institutions, saying the country needs to groom young people that would become leaders to take over the leadership.

PDP is becoming stronger and stronger every day, we have recovered ourselves.

“Anyone from any part of the country can aspire to become anything and realise their dreams in PDP.

“Akwa Ibom is a state where every other state should follow,” he stated.

Gov. Emmanuel said that party members were looking up to PDP at the national level to take over governance of the country, noted that the party was still waxing strong.

PDP can only get stronger. It would have been unfair if PDP did not put up something like this in Akwa Ibom because this is the only party that has propelled the state,” the governor said.

He explained that the secretariat was completed with 100 per cent direct labour, adding that the outgone state PDP chairman, Mr Paul Ekpo, had achieved his purpose through the completion of the secretariat.

Emmanuel said it would have been unfair if the PDP did not have the secretariat in the state since it had been the only party that had moved the state forward.

The governor explained that the Akan Offot-Aka Etinan road with side drains was constructed to create access into the secretariat, observing that the people were looking to the national to deliver Nigeria back to PDP.

In his remarks, the outgone chairman, Ekpo, commended the governor for mobilising financial support for the completion of the state secretariat.

“The governor had promised that I will present this edifice for inauguration as chairman of the party and today here we are; at a great cost to his personal finance, energy and time,” the chairman said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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Group trains agric officers on practices of organic agriculture

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The Ibadan GO Organic Multipurpose Cooperative Society, in collaboration with Nigeria Go Organic Project  is training agricultural officers,  extension officers, producers,  among others on the principles and practice and entrepreneurship in organic agriculture.


Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, the Country Coordinator of Ecological Organic Agriculture in Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.

AdeOluwa said the training mode consisted of the first phase, July 20 to July 31, a -two week intensive virtual class work with field trip, while the second phase was four months practical work.

He said the training firs phase of the training emphasised on livestock, while the second phase would last for four months, August to November.

According to him, the virtual training is also meant to improve profitable organic agriculture business drive.

“It is also intended to boost production capacity of organic agricultural producers, handlers and middlemen toward domestic and export market,’’ he said.

The training tagged: Training of Trainers(ToT), AdeOluwa said that the goal of the training was to train participants on the principles and practices of organic agriculture in an entrepreneurial way to enable them to train others.

“At the end of the training, participants are expected to have a good understanding of organic agriculture and the concept.

“They should be able to know how to run successful organic agriculture enterprises,’’ he said.

The EOA Coordinator was positive that trainees should be able to provide basic extension assistance to other practitioners within the value chain of organic agriculture.

AdeOluwa said the the training was important due to the increasing global market for economic development.

“The training is due to the misconceptions surrounding organic agriculture, emerging global health challenges, global change issues, and opportunity for diversification of income, among others.”

According to him, knowledge is the fulcrum of sustainable development.

“The exponential development of the global organic agriculture sector is based on adequate knowledge of the organic sector by practitioners.”

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Edo 2020: Obaseki assures Akoko Edo traditional rulers of better days ahead

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has assured the people of the state that he will not disappoint them if re-elected, as he has laid the foundation for greater development in the state.


Obaseki made the pledge at the palace of Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Saiki, where he solicited the royal father’s blessings and support for his re-election at the Sept. 19 gubernatorial election in the state.

“I am seeking for a re-election because we have started a revolution of development in the last four years to make governance relevant to Edo people.

“We pay civil servants and pensioners on time; we have trained our teachers to be digital and now our children are learning well.

“We have improved on infrastructure in Igarra land and we will do more.

“At this period of COVID-19 pandemic, the people need a leader with focus who is concerned about the lives of the people of the state.

“Agriculture must be improved on and taken seriously as farming should be a priority because money from Abuja has been cut down.

“What you have seen in the last four years is small, compared to the great things that will follow in my second term. We have the experience that they don’t have.

“Our radical reforms have given us a solid foundation to build on. We will tackle security challenges in the state as we will finance the vigilance groups as they are well organised,” he said.

In his remarks, Oba Saiki, prayed God to continue to guide tne governor in all his ways and urged him to continue to advise youths to shun political thuggery.

Contributing, the Chairman of Akoko Edo Traditional Council, Oba Patrick Okara, lauded Obaseki for his prompt response to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Okara further commended him for the rehabilitation of roads in Akoko-Edo, adding that there were more roads begging for attention across the region.

“We have been feeling the impact of your government, but we want to feel it more. We demand for any institution of higher learning in the oldest local government in Nigeria, Akoko-Edo,’’ he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

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Okowa felicitates with Ibori at 62

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated a former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, on the occasion of his 62th birthday day anniversary on Aug. 4.


Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba eulogised Ibori for his path-finding and immense contributions to the development of Delta and outstanding input to nation-building.

While felicitating with his boss, whom he served as two-term commissioner, Okowa said that Ibori’s deep knowledge of politics and his administrative acumen put him ahead of his contemporaries, and stood him out as a worthy and legendary leader of all time.

He commended Ibori for championing and his doggedness in the fight for resource control struggle.

Okowas said that the result of the resource contro struggle was the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Federal Government as an interventionist agency for the development of oil producing communities.

“My distinguished leader, I can recall clearly that you and other great leaders fought very hard for the oil -producing states of the Niger Delta to enjoy 13 per cent derivation of the nation’s oil resources.

“As a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism, you were among the true patriots who struggled for the establishment of a regional interventionist agency to address the issues of development and environmental degradation of the oil-rich Niger Delta, which gave birth to the NDDC.

“As a respected voice in Nigeria’s democratic experience, we were not surprised when your colleagues in the forum of former governors named you as “Patron” of the group in an obvious recognition of your political sagacity and amiable disposition to the unity of the country.

“As the father of modern Delta, let me commend you for the visionary and inclusive leadership that you epitomised in the eight years of laying the foundation of the desired modern Delta laced with building bridges of unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I rejoice with your family members, friends, political and business associates on this occasion of your 62nd birth anniversary.

“It is my prayer that your best years are yet to come even as God Almighty grants you long life, good health and wisdom to keep navigating Nigeria’s political and business landscapes fruitfully,” Okowa said.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

 

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Al-Hikmah Varsity to understudy Unilorin, says V-C

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Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, says it will understudy University of Ilorin and emulate its success stories.


 

Prof. Noah Yusuf, the Vice-Chancellor {V-C} of Al-Hikmah University said this on Monday when he led his management team on a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of  Unilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem.

 

 

Yusuf also described Unilorin as one of the foremost Nigeria universities whose achievements were worthy of emulation.

 

Yusuf,recently appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, said that Al-Hikmah would also improve on the gains it would acquire by understudying Unilorin in the nearest future.

 

He described Unilorin as a mother to Al-Hikmah University.

 

“My visit is to understudy Unilorin so that it will  help my administration as well as learn from the wealth of experience and successes of Unilorin and even improve on it where possible,” he said.

The V-C also led his management team on a visit to the Technical Entrepreneurial Centre of Unilorin.

 

He said that the visit had challenged Al-Hikmah University to take advantage of its vantage location of being in the heart of Ilorin to engage in commercially-viable businesses in the university and its environs.

 

“We have customers outside our campus. We are here to see what we can copy and improve upon to help the revenue generation of our institution and improve our academic infrastructure,” he said.

 

Yusuf commended the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor for his support and fatherly role.

“Al-Hikma would continue to visit Unilorin for quality counsel from time to time,” he said.

 

In his address of welcome, Prof. Sulyman  Abdulkareem, congratulated Prof. Yusuf on his appointment as Al-Hikmah Vice-Chancellor and wished him a successful tenure.

 

Abdulkareem advised the new Al-Hikmah V-C to ensure that his did nothing that would tarnish his reputation while in office.

 

“Everything you embark on must be within the regulation and resources available.

 

“Seek ventures that will yield profits and advise your investors where to put their money.

“You are to advise the management properly. You are lucky to be leading an institution where the people can be mobilised to get things done,” he said.

 

Abdulkareem also urged Yusuf to sustain the good name of Al-Hikmah University.

 

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Peter Dada (NAN)

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