Borno to reform Almajiri system, inaugurates 14-Member C’ttee

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno on Wednesday inaugurated a 14-Member Committee on reforming the Islamic ‘Tsangaya’ system of education, otherwise known as the ‘Almajiri’ system in the state. Inaugurating the committee in Maiduguri, Zulum said that transforming the ‘Almajiri’ system was part of the state 25-year Development Plan, launched recently. Zulum stated that the committee was expected to develop an Action Plan with short, medium and long-term strategies to assist government put in place a policy that would create appropriate standards for the system in the state. Outlining the Terms…

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NASS wants army to activate its aviation unit

The Chairman, House Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas, has urged the Nigerian Army to activate its aviation unit to support its anti-banditry and kidnapping operations on Abuja-Kaduna highway. Namdas made the call when he led the members of the committee on over sight visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday in Abuja. The chairman, who expressed worry that the security challenge in Kaduna had persisted, noted with concern the resurgence of kidnapping activities on Kaduna-Abuja highway. “We feel that activating Army Aviation will be very apt…

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Northern governors inaugurate 30-man committee on youth development

Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, has inaugurated a 30-member Special Committee on Youth and Civil Societies development in the region. The committee was inaugurated on Wednesday in Kaduna, with the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu-Bamalli, as chairman. Terms of reference of the committee include, working out ways of prioritising different programmes for youth development and their inclusion in the governance architecture in Nigeria and the north in particular. The committee which was given eight weeks to submit its report was also mandated to…

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Close to 2m COVID-19 cases confirmed in Africa – Centre

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the African continent has reached 1,998,253, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Wednesday. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 48,016 as of Wednesday afternoon. A total of 1,685,914 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, according to the Africa CDC. The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco,…

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Man to die by hanging for killing lover

An Abeokuta High Court on Wednesday sentenced a 39-year-old mechanic, Musiliu Owolabi, to death by hanging for killing his lover, Miss Afusat Idowu. The Chief Judge of Ogun, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, convicted Owolabi on a count charge of murder. She held that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that Owolabi was guilty as charged. Dipeolu noted that murder contravened the provisions of Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006. Earlier, prosecution counsel, Mr James Mafe, said that the convict committed the offence on Feb. 1, 2018, at Camp area…

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Omo-Agege seeks more funding for NDLEA to tackle drug abuse

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC- Delta) has called for an increase in the funding of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to tackle drug abuse in Nigeria.Omo-Agege, who decried the growing trend of drug abuse among the youth, also called forestablishment of more rehabilitation centres across the country.Yomi Odunuga, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate, in a statement on Wednesday, said Omo-Agege made the call in Abuja when he hosted two associations.The associations according to Odunuga…

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Malta citizenship: EFCC re-arraigns man over alleged 40,000 euros scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned one Abiodun Sodiq, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court, for allegedly defrauding a businessman of 40,000 euros over Malta citizenship. Sodiq was re-arraigned on a seven-count charge involving forgery and conspiracy to which he pleaded not guilty. According to Nkereuwem Anana, the EFFC prosecutor, the defendant known with the alias, Bunmi Sodiq, committed the offences between May 14 and July 23, 2019. “He defrauded a businessman, Babatunde Emmanuel of 40,000euros under the guise that the funds would be used for the…

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NCDC cautions Nigerians against misuse of antibiotics, as Antimicrobial Resistance grows

 The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) today joined the global community to commemorate the 2020 World Antibiotics Awareness Week (WAAW) to further strengthen commitment to mitigating the threat posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to peoples’ health and well-being. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, said on Wednesday in Abuja that  since 2017, NCDC as the National AMR Coordinating body, had worked closely with states, relevant stakeholders in the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Environment to strengthen surveillance for AMR and raise awareness on this global public health threat.…

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PIB: Lawyers advocate restructuring of petroleum ministry

Abuja-based lawyers, Messrs Pelumi Olajengbesi and Henry Kelechukwu, have appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to ensure that the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), 2020 was tailored to strengthen the policy arm of the petroleum industry and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The lawyers made the appeal in a memorandum on the PIB they jointly signed and addressed to the Senate Committee on Gas Resources in Abuja on Wednesday. Olajengbesi and Kelechukwu, both Senior partners at the Law Corridor, an Abuja-based law firm, stated that the bill should be properly…

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NASS supports law on effective policing system – Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has reiterated commitment of the House to enact a law that would ensure effective policing system in the country. Gbajabiamila said this at the legislative agenda public policy dialogue series with the theme “policing and human rights in Nigeria,” on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that police reform had been the burden of the 9th legislative agenda, adding that it was meant to take off early in the year but derailed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Gbajabiamila said that without…

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