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Sen. Adamu urges farmers to take advantage of border closure



Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West) on Wednesday called on farmers to take full advantage of the present border closure to enhance the production of food in the country.

The Senator made the call while delivering his welcome speech at the 12th Annual Agriculture Show in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

Adamu, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, said farmers must step up production of agricultural products in order to fill the vacuum created by the closure.

He also appealed to the government to protect local farmers by sustaining the ban on the importation of food items that the farmers were capable of sufficiently producing locally.

“The protection of our farmers against foreign invaders must rank high in our list of priorities because it would amount to self-sabotage if we cannot curb our appetite for imported food items,” the senator said.

Adamu assured Nigerians that he would do his best in the senate to ensure that the nation’s agricultural research institutes were funded properly, to strengthen them for better output.

He said that the agricultural institutes had played a vital role in the past toward the boom the country had.

“Agriculture, now more than ever before the world over, relies on, and benefits from modern research into crop production, so, Nigeria cannot be an exception,” he said.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for the steps taken so far to protect farmers, the senator appealed that more needed to be done to ensure that they carried out their activities without fear.

Adamu said that the agricultural show was aimed at bringing farmers, vendors and manufacturers together with the view of ensuring healthy competition, to showcase their activities to the outside world. (NAN)


Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

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Immortalise my predecessor, Sen. Tinubu urges Lagos govt. 



Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, has urged Lagos State Government to immortalise her predecessor, Sen. Muniru Muse, who died on Tuesday.

In her tribute to the late senator,
Tinubu urged the state government to honour Sen. Muse by sponsoring the Muniru Muse U12 Boys and U15 Girls grassroots football tournament at the state level.

She noted that his passion for youth development birthed the Muniru Muse U12 Boys and U15 Girls Soccer Competition, a grassroots football tournament for boys and girls in the Lagos Central Senatorial District.

“In his honour, we have continued to sponsor and organize the competition for the last eight years.

“At the last competition, however, Mr Governor indicated a willingness to take on the competition and organize it at State level for wider reach.

This, I think is a good way to honour a great Son of Lagos,” she said

Tinubu, in her condolence message on Wednesday, described Muse as a
“grassroots politician in every sense of the word.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muse, 81, represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the 6th Assembly between 2007 and 2011.

The Senator extended her condolences to his Apapa Constituency, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the government and people of Lagos State.

According to her, Muse demonstrated true leadership, was easily accessible and related well with people.

She said: “Senator Muse was an excellent gentleman, astute administrator, committed Nigerian and devout Muslim.
had a good relationship borne of mutual respect. We were in regular touch and communicated a week ago.

“Until his demise, Senator Muse continued to show uncanny team spirit and interest in the development of Lagos Central,” she said.

Tinubu added that Sen. Muse supported and often attended in person the various initiatives and activities of the Senatorial District.
Tinubu prayed God
to comfort his family at this moment.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us, particularly the people of Apapa Local Government, Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
“I pray that God grants the soul of Sen. Muse eternal rest,” she said

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Artiste hosts maiden virtual drama festival to sensitise on virtues of African culture



Anthony Oluwabiyi, Chief Executive Officer, Theatre Centrik, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to imbibe strong African  moral values that are capable of making the  continent great.

Oluwabiyi made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

He said  that the promotion of African culture and theatrical performances would spur hidden talents to display their creativity.

He told NAN that he would be presenting a virtual drama festival that wouod educate Nigerians, as part of his efforts to enlighten citizens on the essence of embracing African cultural values.

According to him, the maiden virtual drama festival would  hold  on June 17 in commemoration of the 2020 edition of Green African Arts Festival (GAAF2020).

He said that the festival tagged:  “Dance from Dusk to Dawn” would  bring to the public the fantasy of stage performance and the beauty of African Theatre.

” The play will  centre on the theme of love; the intrigue and passion of love, the purpose and value of love and the true essence of love.

” It intends to re-enact in us the power of love as a veritable tool for self-discovery and fulfilment in Africa Arts  and Culture.

”  it will expise the strong hope that love brings and the unity it creates in the family, community, nation and the world at large.

Theatre Centrik has the vision to nurture and utilise poetry lines along with dance and drums to entertain, educate and create awareness through stage performances on virtual screens,”he said.

Oluwabiyi said it was of paramount importance to still promote African culture even while the COVID-19 ravaged the would as culture had huge role to play in successfully combating the virus.

He said that Agnes Olayemi and Kingsley Bassey would be the supporting Directors while Halimath Alabi would be  the Dance Director with other renowned actors and dancers .

He noted that the festival would be like the ancient exhibition of theatrical beauty of the Greco-Roman world.

” I believe that the  stage in a drama  itself is like the pulpit where the true message of unity and development can be spread abroad and my works are centered on positive change through theatre.

” I urge every art lover to link up with us on Theatre Centrik Facebook page on June 17, from 12 p.m. to 3p.m., it promises to be enlightening,” he said.


Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Peter Dada (NAN)



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NIWA committed to waterways movement of bulk Cargo, passengers – Moghalu



Dr George Moghalu, Managing Director, National Inland Waterways (NIWA),on Wednesday said the authority was committed to the development of the nation’s waterways for movement of bulk cargoes and passengers as part of strategies for post Coronavirus (COVID-19) economy.

Moghalu disclosed this while playing host to the State Executive Council (SEC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State Council, and members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the union in Lokoja.

He said that COVID-19 had no doubt devastated the economy and a lot of strain would be on the people by the time it was over, adding that there was need for development of strategies to mitigate its effect.

Moghalu said that governments at all levels had demonstrated capacity and were addressing COVID-19 pandemic squarely, adding that budgets had been adjusted to meet the reality of the time and there was still a lot to be done.

“I am concerned about what is going to be our fate at the end of the COVID-19. We must look at the issue from the perspective of what we are doing now and how we want to improve on it tomorrow, so that we can play a role in strengthening the economy.

The managing director said that the agency was targeting movement of bulk cargo and passengers through the inland waterways to give respite to the roads.

“What will give me joy is, by the time I leave office, let river transportation, water transportation be the transport means of choice both for passengers and and for cargoes.

“The damage our roads suffer through movement of bulk cargoes is alarming. By the time we improve on our cargo handling capacity in terms of movement of bulk cargo, we would have saved the nation a lot of money.

“If for example you want to move 1,000 containers from Lagos Port, which is our major Port, to the East, it means you want to put 1,000 trailers on the roads and the pressure of 1,000 trailers on the road can only be imagined.

“If we move these cargoes on water. It means we have succeeded in moving these trailers from the roads,”he said.

Moghalu said in view of the commitment of NIWA to ensure all-year-round navigation and to scale up activities of the agency, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved review of the contract for Lokoja Port from N4.1 billion to N6.4 billion.

He said, “We expect that in a very short while, the contractor will move back to site. We are very confident and committed to realising that project. we are driven by the fact that we have to leave sustainable legacy.”

On the issue of water channels, Moghalu said the country had over 10,000 km of waterways with only about 3,600 km navigable, adding that the authority had earlier done capital dredging and was now engaged in maintenance dredging.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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United States to bar Chinese passenger airlines from June 16



Chinese passenger planes will be suspended from flying to the United States as of June 16, according to an order issued by the Trump administration, in the latest sign of rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

The Department of Transportation said the move was a response to the “failure” of China to “permit United States carriers to exercise the full extent of their bilateral right to conduct scheduled passenger air services to and from China.”

The United States said China had not allowed its carriers to resume flights to the country after pausing the routes because of the coronavirus

United States-Chinese relations have soured in recent months amid tensions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s move to impose new national security legislation for Hong Kong.

The order applies to Air China (601111.SS), China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines Co (600029.SS) and Hainan Airlines Holding Co (600221.SS), as well as smaller Sichuan Airlines Co and Xiamen Airlines Co.

Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) and United Airlines (UAL.O) have asked to resume flights to China this month, even as Chinese carriers have continued United States flights during the pandemic.

Delta said in a statement on Wednesday that “we support and appreciate the United States government’s actions to enforce our rights and ensure fairness.” United did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China “remains unable” to say when it will revise its rules “to allow United States carriers to reinstate scheduled passenger flights,” a formal order signed by the Transportation Department’s top aviation official Joel Szabat said.

“We will allow Chinese carriers to operate the same number of scheduled passenger flights as the Chinese government allows ours,” the department said in a separate statement.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Trump administration on May 22 accused China’s government of making it impossible for United States airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese carriers to file flight schedules with the United States government.

The Chinese carriers are flying no more than one scheduled round-trip flight a week to the United States but also have flown a significant number of additional charter flights, often to help Chinese students return home.

Hainan had planned to fly between New York’s JFK airport and Chongqing starting in July, while other carriers have flights to Los Angeles and New York.

China Eastern wants to resume additional flights later this year to Chicago and San Francisco.

The Trump administration is also cracking down on Chinese passenger airline charter flights and will warn carriers not to expect approvals.

The Transportation Department order said the administration believes Chinese carriers are using charter flights to circumvent China’s limit of one flight per carrier per week to the United States and “further increasing their advantage over United States carriers in providing United States-China passenger services.”

On Jan. 31, the United States government barred from entry most non-United States citizens who had been in China within the previous 14 days due to the coronavirus crisis but did not impose any restrictions on Chinese flights.

Major United States carriers voluntarily decided to halt all passenger flights to China in February.

Delta and United are flying cargo flights to China.

Delta had requested approval for a daily flight to Shanghai Pudong airport from Detroit and Seattle, while United had asked to fly daily to Shanghai Pudong from San Francisco and Newark airport in New Jersey and between San Francisco and Beijing.

China’s air authority in late March said Chinese airlines could maintain just one weekly passenger flight on one route to any given country and that carriers could fly no more than the number of flights they were flying on March 12, according to the United States order.

But because United States passenger airlines had stopped all flights by March 12, China “effectively precludes United States carriers from reinstating scheduled passenger flights to China,” the Transportation Department said.


Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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Abuja court sentences man to 1 month community service for criminal trespass



A Life Camp Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Misbahu Haruna, to one month of community service for criminal trespass and attempted theft.

The convict whose residential address was not given, was tried on two-count charge of criminal trespass and attempted theft.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency.

“I plead for mercy; this is my first time of committing crime and it was hunger that pushed me into it,” he said.

The Chief Magistrate, Celestine Odo, sentenced him to one month of community service a d added that the convict did not waste the time of the court.

Odo, however, gave him an option to pay a fine of N9, 000 and cautioned him to be a responsible citizen thereafter.

“You are hereby ordered to clear the bushes and clean up the premises of Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for one month, under the supervision of the court’s registrar.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike, told the court that on May 16, at about 4 p.m. one Ishor Justin and the security guard attached to OAU Quarters, Wuse 11, Abuja, reported the matter at Wuse Zone 3 Police Station.

The prosecutor had alleged that the then defendant broke into an Estate on Yalinga Street, OAU Quarters Wuse 11, Abuja, by scaling over the fence with the intention to steal the residents’ property.

Ejike told the court that Haruna was arrested and he confessed to the crime during police investigation.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 348 and 95 of the Penal Code Law.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Ejike Obeta (NAN)


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Court sentences man, 21, to 8 months community service for assaulting IBEDC staff



An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday sentenced a 21-year-old man, Ashonila Victor, to eight months Community Service for assaulting a staff of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) who was discharging his duty.


Victor, who resides at Iporo Asalu Community Idi-Aba area in Abeokuta pleaded not guilty to the charge.


The Magistrate, Mr Olakunleyin Oke sentenced Victor after he was found guilty of a count charge of assault.


Oke held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts that the convict was guilty of the offence.


He noted that the rate of assault on IBDC officials was becoming rampant, saying that he would have sentenced the defendant to the correctional centre as his punishment.


Oke said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the convict would not be sentenced to the correctional centre but be giving community service


He, however, sentenced the defendant to eight months to engage in community service and also to pay N30,000 as  compensation to the IBEDC staff assaulted.


Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Olu-Balogun Lawrence, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan. 2, at Iporo Asalu Community of Abeokuta.


Lawrence said that the defendant punched one Craig Damilola on his face and mouth, causing him bodily injuries.


He said that the complainant who is an IBEDC staff, went to the house of the defendant to investigate allegations that the defendant by-passed his prepaid metre.


He said while the IBEDC staff was trying to disconnect the light, the defendant attacked  the complainant with blows to his face and mouth and also released dogs on them.


The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 355 of the criminal code laws of Ogun 2006.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Ministry of Defence, others make presentations as Buhari presides over virtual FEC



President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the third virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ministries of Defence, Environment, Works and Housing as well as Finance, Budget and National Planning are expected to make presentations during the meeting.

Others Ministers present along side with the President at the chamber, and are expected to make presentations include those of Water Resources, Justice, and Aviation while the remaining ministers would be participating in the meeting from their respective offices.

Those in attendance of the meeting included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President and Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

NAN gathered that a special documentary programme on the efforts being made by the military in tackling security challenges would be presented by the Ministry of Defence during the meeting.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Sen. Folarin felicitates with ex-Gov. Alao-Akala at 70



Sen Teslim Folarin(APC-Oyo Central) has commended former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala, who clocked 70 years on Wednesday, for his selfless commitment to the development of the state.

In a statement issued by his media aide, Yekeen Olaniyi,  and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan, Folarin also lauded Alao-Akala for living a life of service to humanity and encouraging upcoming leaders in Oyo State.

“Men of honour would always be men of honour and our dear former governor of Oyo State is one of such men of honour. He clocks 70 years and is still waxing strong like he is just beginning.

“The former governor remains indelible in the minds of numerous people of Oyo State. I commend our brand new septuagenarian for ensuring meaningful impacts in all the local government areas of the state.

“As you mark your birthday in good health surrounded by family members and friends, I convey to you my family’s good wishes and that of the entire people of Oyo Central Senatorial District,” Folarin said.

The three-term senator thanked Alao-Akala for his inspiring service to the people, wishing him  God’s immeasurable blessings and robust health.

Similarly, Ogbomoso First Community Initiative, a philanthropic and non-partisan association, also congratulated Alao- Akala on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The group in a congratulatory message signed by its President, Ademola Dare-Williams , described Alao- Akala as a consummate politician, astute administrator and lover of the masses.

Dare-Williams said that the celebrator impacted positively on the lives of the people while serving as the governor of Oyo State.

According to him, Alao- Akala’s main focus was the upliftment of the masses through the execution of people-oriented projects.

“As governor, a great number of the people enjoyed the dividends of democracy through job creation and economic empowerment while artisans, petty traders and market women witnessed great improvement in their trade,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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Rwanda reopens cross-province transport, motorcycle passenger service



The Rwandan cabinet, on Tuesday, approved resumption of transport between provinces and motorcycle passenger service, which had been banned previously as COVID-19 preventive measures.

However, cross-province transport to and from districts of Rusizi and Rubavu in western Rwanda and motorcycles carrying passengers in the two border towns are still prohibited, said a statement on cabinet decisions issued on Wednesday.

Nationwide cross-province transport and motorcycle passenger service should have resumed on Monday as stated in a statement on May 18 cabinet decisions.

But the government halted the resumption after reassessing the situation.

Five cases were reported in Rusizi that borders Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to Health Minister, Daniel Ngamije, one day after the landlocked country reported the first COVID-19 death, who was a 65-year-old truck driver back from a neighbouring country after falling seriously ill.

Rubavu also borders DRC.

As of Tuesday, Rwanda reported 384 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 269 recoveries and two deaths.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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