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UNN Pol. Sc. dept. honours ex-HOD for outstanding performance

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The Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), on Saturday, honoured its immediate past HOD, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, for his outstanding performance during his tenure.

Prof Jonah Onuoha, the new HOD, at the brief ceremony, commended his predecessor for giving the department a face-lift during his tenure which, he said, was being testified to by members of staff and students.

“It is on record that Abada’s administration renovated the departmental building and added more office accommodations.

“He also organised the first homecoming for the department’s alumni which was well-attended, with Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State as the guest lecturer.

“His administration did so many things that impacted positively on the department and that is why members of staff and students have decided to organise this ceremony, which will end with a football match, to appreciate Abada,” he said.

Onuoha said that the history of the department would not be complete without the mention of Abada’s contributions.

Responding, Abada thanked the staffers and students of the department for recognising his “little contributions”

“I am humbled and overwhelmed with this ceremony, which was organised by the department to honour me for my little achievements as HOD.

“I thank the members of staff and students of the department because, without their support and cooperation, I would not have achieved anything,” he said.

Abada, who is also the immediate past chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNN chapter, urged them to extend the support and cooperation given to him to the new HOD.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the football match between the final year students of the department and their 200-level counterparts ended 4-1 in favour of the former.

Speaking shortly after the match, Tochukwu Chidozie, the Coach of the final year students, said that he was excited by his team’s victory.

“We have been training very hard at the Akanu Ibiam Stadium in UNN here,” he said, adding that his team would dedicate the victory to the former HOD (Abada) who was being celebrated.

Also speaking, Henry Ugwu, the Coach of the 200-level students, said that his boys tried their best but that luck was not just on their side.

“In every game, one side must win. The final year students have won today; we also can win at another time,” he said.

Edited by Chidi Opara and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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FG spends over N1bn on conditional cash transfer beneficiaries in Niger

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The Federal Government says it has spent about N1 billion on the National Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Niger in three years.

Hajiya Hadiza Shiru, Head of the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU) in Niger, disclosed this during a training session on savings and group mobilisation (SGM) in Minna on Friday.

The training was for facilitators and desk officers from six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the National Conditional Cash Transfer (CTF) is one of the component of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme towards tackling poverty and hunger.

The programme focuses on ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable population including children, youths and women with a monthly stipends of N5,000.

Shiru disclosed that no fewer than 18,888 vulnerable persons in 802 communities had benefited from the programme in the state.

She said that the training was for facilitators selected from each ward and one desk officer from the six LGAs.

“The facilitators are 71 in number; they are being train on how to form groups and keep records. They are expected to go back and teach the people how to form groups and cooperatives in order to enable them save the monthly stipend given to them,” she said.

Shiru said that the facilitators were selected from Chanchaga, Lapai, Paikoro, Edati, Mashegu and Kontagora, adding that the facilitators were expected to go back and step down what they had learnt to the beneficiaries.

Also, Mr Kola Solomon, the National Training Officer of the Cash Transfer Programme, called on the facilitators to pay attention to the training to acquire knowledge that would enable them step down what they have learnt.

“Giving the beneficiaries money is not enough to pull them out of poverty, they also need to learn about behavioural changes by saving part of these monies.

“So, we have adopted a strategy to encourage them form groups and let them know the importance of saving; this is the only way to be able to lift them out of poverty,” he said.

One of the facilitators, Asm’u Kawu from Mashegu Local Government, said that the training had improved her capacity on how to play her role as facilitator effectively.

“We have been taught how to help the beneficiaries in our communities form groups and cooperatives to save their monies and how to resolve conflicts among them,” she said.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Imo to set up research unit for diabetes management

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Imo State Government said it had concluded plans to establish a research centre that would monitor and manage diabetic patients in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Udokwu, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Owerri on Friday.

He said the centre, when in place, would help the state conduct free screening and manage diabetic cases in the state and its environs.

He said with the centre, the government, through the ministry of health, would be able to have  statistics of people suffering from the disease after the screening that would take place in different zones of the state.

Udokwu said that diabetes had a hereditary component and affected people that are overweight, take excess sugar, smoke and drink a lot.

He said as part of the activities marking this year’s World Diabetes Day, the ministry had embarked on awareness creation and sensitisation of the people through news talk and ‘Walk for Life.’

He said the ministry, with collaborating agencies, would embark on a “Walk for Life” next week to drive home the issue and challenges associated with diabetes.

The commissioner described the World Diabetes Day as a day set aside by the World Health Organisation and other organisations to create awareness on diabetes and commemorate people living with diabetes globally.

He said research estimated that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes, while in 2014 the number of people living with diabetes world wide rose to 422 million.

The commissioner said that over 500 million cases of type 2 diabetes existed worldwide.

He identified the two types of diabetes as Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, adding that the warning signs include,  frequent urination, unusual thirst, constant hunger, unusual weight loss, blurred vision and extreme fatigue aside others.

Udokwu said that the earlier a person is diagnosed, the earlier treatment could be initiated in order to reduce the risk of harmful and costly complications.

According to him, diabetes could be prevented by adopting a simple and healthy lifestyle which include maintaining a healthy body weight, indulging in physical fitness activities like brisk walks and jogging

”Others include, eating healthy diet with more of vegetables and fruits and less of sugars and saturated fats”

“Our Non-communicable Diseases Unit which oversees diabetes matters and other non-communicable diseases such as cancers, have been strenghtened by Gov. Emeka Ihedioha.

”This is to ensure that awareness creation and public enlightenment about the many silent diseases is continuously carried out,” he said.

The commissioner called on everyone to regularly undergo screening for diabetes through checking of the blood sugar levels called Fasting Blood Sugar Test and Glucose Tolerance Tests.

According to the commissioner, this is to avoid the complications that result from un-diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Tajudeen Atitebi

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LASG to name new Badagry Jetty after late chairman

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, Lagos State Government would construct a modern jetty in memory of the late Chairman of Badagry Local Government, Mr Simeon Kiki-Whenu, state Special Adviser on Tourism, Solomon Bonu, has said.

Speaking at a funeral service for the late administrator at Freeman Memorial Methodist Cathedral, Badagry on Friday, Bonu said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had directed Lagos State Waterways Authority to name the new Badagry jetty after the late council boss.

“He also promised to allocate ferry to the jetty after completion of the project,” the special adviser said.

The special adviser praised the late chairman of Badagry Local Government for his love for human capital development in the coastal town.

Bonu said that Kiki-Whenu used his tenure as council chairman to turn the fortune of his people and community around for the better by embarking upon various notable and enduring projects.

“His democratic and progressive ideals have been quite enduring and uplifting to many that knew what he stood for.

“His abode was a Mecca of sorts for a whole lot of people, both young and old, politicians and civil servants who regularly paid visits to share and tap into his wealth of experience.

“His generosity of mind and spirit earned him his nickname “Great Uncle,” he said.

In his sermon, Rt. Rev. Oladapo Babalola, Bishop of Tinubu Methodist Church, Lagos, urged Nigerians to cherish the country as their own virtue that must be preserved.

According to him, Kiki-Whenu saw Badagry as his own and that was what made him to use his strength to develop the city.

Babalola appealed to politicians to always help the needy, adding that “we came to the world with nothing and we are going back with nothing.”

He condemned politicians who abandoned people to suffer after getting their votes.

“So, if God enrich you, help the masses. Whoever takes care of other people’s children, definitely others will surely take care of his own,” he said.

The cleric urged people to emulate the late administrator who was nicknamed “Mayor of Badagry” because of his good work.

He described the late council chairman as articulate, moralist, devote christian, a disciplinarian and patriotic Nigerian.

One of the sons of the deceased, Mr Babatunde Whenu, described his late father as a responsible and ever committed family man.

“His selflessness gave him the grace to successfully nurture his own and other children unreservedly.

“The love he cultivated with his wife blossomed among all the children under their loving care,” he said.

Aged 82, Kiki-Whenu was elected the Chairman of Badagry Local Government in 1991 under the platform of defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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Samsung Galaxy Fold sells out in Nigeria

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Samsung Galaxy Fold sells out in Nigeria

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Lagos, Nov. 15, 2019 The highly anticipated Galaxy Fold, a new foldable device creating a new mobile category, is clearly a hit with Nigerians as the first batch released has already sold out with pre-order sales, Samsung Nigeria said on Friday in Lagos.

It said that it was currently working on increasing stock levels to keep up with demand, adding that even after a delayed-release, there was clearly an appetite for this pioneering device.

It said that the next batch of the world’s first AMOLED Infinity Flex Display would be available in the Nigerian market from Nov. 29.

Galaxy Fold features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display.

It said that the device offered a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more – bringing to life new experiences and possibilities years in the making.

“Samsung is proud to introduce a premium foldable device, that goes beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone,’’ said David Suh, Managing Director at Samsung Electronics West Africa in a statement.

“The pre-order sales are indicative of the public’s affinity for technology that transcends the norm.’’

He added that Galaxy Fold is in a category of its own that delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone.

“Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display, says Adetunji Taiwo, Head, Information Technology and Mobile (IM) at Samsung Electronics West Africa.

He noted that Galaxy Fold brought together material, engineering and display innovations, developed over eight years following the debut of Samsung’s first flexible display prototype in 2011.

He added that people who wanted more information about Galaxy Fold should visit (add ,com limk) https://www.samsung.com/africa_en/

Galaxy Fold Product Specifications

Galaxy Fold
DisplayMain display: 7.3” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)

Cover display: 4.6” HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)

* Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners

CameraCover  Camera 10MP (2PD), F2.2
Rear Camera Ultra-Wide: 16MP, F2.2

Wide: 12MP (2PD), F1.5/F2.4, OIS

Tele: 12MP, F2.4, OIS

Front Camera Wide: 10MP (2PD) F2.2

RGB depth: 8MP, F1.9

AP7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor
Memory12GB RAM(LPDDR4x), 512GB (UFS3.0)

*User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features.Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.

*No MicroSD slot

Battery4,380mAh(typical)*

Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless

Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC

Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA

* 4,380mAh (typical) refers to the typical value of the battery capacity as tested under third-party lab conditions. The typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,275mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.

OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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NDE trains over 50 women on small scale enterprises in Enugu

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has trained over 50 women on small scale enterprises in 2019.

The NDE Coordinator in the state, Dr Chika Onah, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Friday.

Onah said that the trainings were free.

She said that the small scale enterprise training was to empower women economically as NDE was gender-friendly.

She explained that the training would go a long way in improving the women’s overall quality of life and the economy of the country, as it served as a poverty-reduction tool.

“Under our Small Scale Enterprises Department, we have women employment branch. We teach them how to start and run their businesses successfully.

“We train them on Cosmetology, making them to be able to produce all types of cosmetics. We train them on tie and dye, shoe and bag making, among others,’’ Onah said.

She said that the NDE encouraged everyone, who was interested to come and register for training of her interest so as to contribute to the society.

She called on women, seeking for what to do, to come and take part in the free trainings so that they could have something positive to earn their livelihood.

Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Adeleye Ajayi

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Nasarawa State Govt. tasks contractors on timely delivery of projects

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 The Nasarawa State Government has called on contractors to adhere to specifications and deliver projects on time, in line with the developmental drive of the Gov. Abdullahi  Sule-led administration.

Mr Philip Dada, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Works and Transport, made the call when he met with contractors in the state on Friday in Lafia.

According to him, the state government places high premium on timely delivery of projects without compromising designs and specifications.

Dada said that the meeting was, among other things, to rub minds with the contractors with a view to knowing the challenges confronting them in the course of executing projects across the state.

“We have discussed with you and you have presented your challenges and the areas you think we should step in to facilitate the speedy delivery of these projects.

“As I mentioned, government is in a hurry to deliver these projects,” he said.

He advised the contractors on the need to work in harmony with engineers and other professionals in the ministry assigned to supervise the projects for better results.

The commissioner promised to undertake routine supervision tours of the various contract sites in the state.

“We will embark on routine and unscheduled visits to the sites to make sure that there is compliance with the specifications and timelines given for execution of these projects,” he said.

On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry,  Mr Muazu Adamu, commended the contractors for honouring the invitation and called for cordial relationship between them and the ministry.

Responding on behalf of the contractors, Mr Geoffrey Eze thanked  the ministry for giving them jobs and assured the government of their readiness to stick to specifications in the execution of projects.

Edited by Ejike Obeta/Oluwole Sogunle

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