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Osodieme Trains 350 Women, Youths on New Skills

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By Emeka Ozumba
Wife of Governor of Anambra State and founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme), has commenced the training of three hundred and fifty women and youths in various skills under the tenth batch of CAFÉ Skills Acquisition Training Programme.
The programme which commenced on Monday, 4th June, 2018, involves 100 trainees in Tailoring and Fashion Design, 128 persons in Bakery and Confectionery, 63 persons for Hairdressing, 22 for Soap Making, and 15 for Computer repairs, is currently underway at Mary Sumner Vocational Institute, Awka, Anambra State and would run for six weeks.
Speaking Tuesday during inspection of the trainees’ compliance with the programme, Osodieme who was represented by the Special Adviser to Governor on Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, welcomed the participants and told them that they were among the privileged few shortlisted for the tenth batch. He charged them to maximize the opportunity provided by CAFÉ to equip themselves with new skills. He also assured that CAFÉ made adequate arrangement in collaboration with the Institute to give them the best within the period.
Earlier, the Director of Mary Sumner Vocational Institute, Lady Ngozi Ezomike, said that their partnership with CAFÉ in the training of various category of women and youths over the years has been very productive in equipping many of them with new life-sustaining skills. The Director thanked Osodieme for sustaining the Skills Training Programme, assuring that the Institute will continue to meet and surpass her expectations by turning out the best graduands that CAFÉ will be proud of, especially at the end of the six weeks training.
Speaking on behalf of the teachers, the Computer Repairs Trainer, Mr. Eze Uzochukwu, said that they were impressed by the interest and enthusiasm on display by the trainees who have embraced their teachings without hesitation. He commended Osodieme for her commitment to changing lives through training of many women and youth in new skills and empowering them to be self-reliant. He assured that his Computer Repair trainees who are mainly men will be turned into experts within six weeks.
Responding on behalf of the trainees, Pius Obidimma, a Computer repair trainee, said that he was excited because when he registered for the programme at the Office of Wife of the Governor he never thought that it would happen so soon due to the large number of applications. He thanked Osodieme for being a caring mother and assured that the participants are ready to learn from the teachers. On her part, one of the trainees on hairdressing, Miss Tina Ogoh, thanked Osodieme for giving them opportunity to acquire new skill and assured that they would not disappoint after the training.
CAFÉ has previously trained and empowered 3600 women and youths under her Skills Acquisition and training programme.

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Former Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako Loses Wife

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Wife of Former Governor of Adamawa State Murtala Nyako, Hajiya Zainab Murtala Nyako is dead.

Zainab Nyako died at the Federal Medical Center Yola after a brief illness in the wee hours of Wednesday at the age of 63.
A family source who spoke to AIT said that Zainab Nyako was rushed to Federal Medical Center Yola after she collapsed on Tuesday at about 4:00pm and died at the hospital some hours later.
Mrs Nyako is survived by her husband, Murtala Nyako, six children, her aged mother as well as 10 grandchildren.
The family source said she has been buried according to Islamic rites at the Nyako family house in Dougirei, Yola, Adamawa State.

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Buhari Appoints 28 Judicial Officials

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 28 judicial officers for the court of appeal, the federal high court and the high court of the federal capital territory.

The appointments are on the recommendation of the national judicial council, NJC.
The twelve court of appeal justices nominees are justice P A. Mahmud, justice F O. Ojo, justice I A. Andenyangsto, justice Gabriel O. Kolawole, justice B B. Aliyu, and justice Ebiowei Tobi others are justice J G. Abundaga, justice A S. Umar, justice A M. Talba, justice A M. Bayero, justice A M. Lamido, and justice M B. Idris.
The nine federal high court judges are Sunday Bassey Onu, Mrs. Adefunmilola Adekemi Demi-Ajayi, justice peter o. Lifu, Obiora Atuegwu Egwuata, and Mrs. Sa’adatu Ibrahim Mark. Others are Mobolaji Olubukola Olajuwon, Aminu Bappa Aliyu, Tijjani Garba Ringim and Nkeonye Evelyn Maha.
The president has also appointed seven (7) judges for the high court of the federal capital territory and they are Binta Mohammed, Modupe Osho-Adebiyi, Gaba Venchak Simon and Babangida Hassan.
The other nominees are Akobi Iyabeni Anna, Samirah Umar Bature and Asmau Akanbi Yusuf.
The nine new justices of the court of appeal will be sworn-in by the chief justice of Nigeria and chairman, national judicial council, justice Walter Onnoghen, on Friday June, 22, while those appointed for the federal high court will be sworn-in on Monday June, 25 2018.the new FCT high court judges are to be sworn-in on Tuesday, June, 26.

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Former IGP Gambo Jimeta not dead – Family

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The Former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta is not dead, the family disclosed in a statement, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The statement was signed by Mubarak Gambo, a member of the family.
“Our attention has been drawn to online news reports on the death of the former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta.
“We hereby emphatically state that Alhaji Gambo Jimeta is very much alive and is not dead,” it said.
According to statement, the family has also spoken to Premium Times, that first broke the story and they have corrected the information and issued an apology.
It added that the family have been overwhelmed by the show of concern and would like to thank everyone that reached out to them.
The family further offered condolences to the family of the former Governor of Adamawa State, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) on the passing of his wife Hajiya Zainab Nyako as well as the family of the Chief of Staff to Governor Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Jimeta.
“May Almighty Allah have mercy on their souls and bring comfort to their families during their time of grief,” it added. (NAN)

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Atiku urges APC to concede defeat like Jonathan if it loses

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to accept defeat in good faith if it loses the July 14 governorship election.
Atiku, who visited Gov. Ayo Fayose in Ado Ekiti on Monday said losing an election to a rival party should be seen in the light of the concession to defeat by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
The News Agency reports that Atiku was accompanied by the members of the PDP Governorship Campaign Council.
The former vice president also expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness of the PDP for the election.
“We are satisfied that the Peoples Democratic Party is prepared for this election.
“We hope that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will accept the outcome of the election.
“They should be democratic for the first time.
“We have seen how democratic they are, but for the first time in 2015, we have the opposition party taking over from the ruling party, we expect them to do the same,’’ Atiku said.
Fayose, in his remarks, said the PDP was ready for the election, vowing that the people of the state would defend their votes.
“They (PDP leaders) are here because they know that PDP has won this election. Everyone is on the same page with us.
“We are looking forward to observers from all over the world because I am the voice they want to suppress. We are prepared for the election and we are going to win,’’ he said.
Among those in Atiku’s delegation were Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate President, David Mark, former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Ogun, Gbenga Daniel, and Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe.

 

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Saturday Suicide Attack: 32 Kill, 84 Injured 84 in Damboa, Borno

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No fewer than 32 persons were killed, while 84 others were injured when six suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), in Damboa local government area in Borno state on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that some locals alleged that the deaths arose from a misfiring by the Nigerian Army’s artillery but the army denied the claim.

Malam Buba Shettima, a witness said that two separate bomb blasts occurred in Shuwari and Abbachari, at about 8:30 p.m.

“The whole of Damboa was shaken by the unfortunate incident. We all scampered for safety as the blasts were coming from different directions. There were bodies everywhere.

“We suspected that the many deaths recorded were a result of the military artillery,” he said.

Mohammed Hassan, another local from the area who corroborated the claim, said: “At about 8:30 pm of on Saturday night, an attack suspected to be from an artillery killed 31 innocent people in Damboa Shehuri and Abachari. The attacks came from two separate directions. My house was among some of the houses destroyed,” he said.

Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, denied the claim, saying the killings were caused by suicide attacks and not military artillery.

“There was nothing like an attack from the military artillery. You can see the pictures of six female bombers who detonated their explosives and as a result, 20 persons were killed while others were injured,” he said.

Rogers urged people to disregard the claim that people were killed by the military and not by suicide bombers.

Modu-Zannah Maina, The District Head of Damboa, who described the incident as “shocking and disturbing” said the attack was perpetrated by female suicide bombers.

Maina lamented that a lot of people that were affected were mostly children adding that many victims were injured.

“We are here in this hospital to check our people affected by Saturday’s bomb blasts. So far, the victims have been responding to treatment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Demian Chukwu, the Borno Commissioner of Police, said “On Saturday, at about 2045hrs, an explosion occurred at Abachari area, in the outskirt of Damboa L.G.A. of Borno State.

“At the sound of the explosion, personnel of the Nigeria Police and Members of the civilian JTF mobilised to the scene and discovered twenty dead bodies and 48 injured persons in a suspected terrorist attack.

“The wounded and the dead were evacuated to a hospital while the scene was sanitised by a deployment of police EOD unit.

“Investigation is ongoing to unravel the nature of the attack,” he said.

Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who also confirmed the incident, said the agency had deployed its personnel to evacuate wounded persons to the hospital for quick medical attention.

“Our team has been deployed to render life-saving support to the victims of the blast. As you can see, they have been tirelessly working with ICRC since morning to evacuate the injured from the airport to the hospital.

“We are all saddened by the unfortunate incident that occurred in Damboa,” said Kolo.
(Source: NAN)

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Nigeria to shut borders over rice smuggling

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The Nigerian Government says it will shut the land border between it and a neigbouring country in a few days time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI).
Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.
The minister said that a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border.
“Our other problem is smuggling. As we speak, a neighbor of ours is importing more rice than China is importing. “They do not eat parboiled rice, they eat white rice, they use their ports to try and damage our economy. “I am telling you now because in a few days, you will hear the border has been shut, we are going to shut it to protect you, us and protect our economy.
“You will start seeing all sorts of negative things on the internet. “Let me tell you why we need to shut the border, I grow rice, I was the first Nigerian to mill rice free of stones, if you plant rice in certain parcels of land, some poisonous materials gets into the rice.
“There are three kinds of water in their natural state; there is fresh water from the river, salt water from the sea, blackish water.
“If you go to the Delta in many countries, in South East Asia where they grow the rice, if you plant rice in the same place like four to six years continuously, the quantum of arsenic begins to increase and arsenic causes cancer and that is what they are dumping for us.
“Some people say they prefer Thai rice because they are very sophisticated, welcome to poison,’’ Ogbeh said.
He said that the Federal Government in two years reduced rice importation by 95 per cent and increased the number of rice farmers from five million to 30 million.
The minister said that states like Anambra, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa were doing well in rice production.
“We just have to handwork you to prosperity otherwise, this country will not grow. My wish for you is to have a better time that we had,’’ Ogbeh said.
The President of GOTNI, Dr Linus Okorie, commended the minister for sharing prosperity experiences with the youth.
Okorie noted that the leadership clinic was organised by GOTNI to expose young people to practical leadership principle for life success.
According to him, GOTNI is committed to changing the narratives of poor leadership in Nigeria by consciously developing the capacities of generational leaders.
“A lot of young people are asking questions, seeking answers to their questions, wish that they have an experienced person who will hold them by the hands and show them the way to achieve success.
“There are a few people that are readily available to do this; a lot of them are making decisions everyday on the basis of their limited exposure.
“If Nigeria must make progress, if we must consciously build the next generation of leaders then, we must expose these young people to experienced leaders that have gone ahead for a conscious transfer of knowledge and experiences,’’ he said.
Some of the youths who spoke at the meeting called for continuous mentorship from leaders, access to finance and low interest rates to assist them in businesses.
GOTNI is a non-profit youth leadership capital development organisation with a passion to nurture various categories of young people under 40 years of age, into transformational leaders.

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Day of the African Child: Osodieme makes Case for Children with Special needs

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Wife of Governor of Anambra State and Founder of Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) has made case for greater care and attention to indigent children especially those with special needs.
Osodieme made the plea in her message on the occasion of the commemoration of International Day of the African Child on 16th June 2018.
A statement signed on her behalf by Chief Media Officer, Emeka Ozumba, Osodieme observed that the Day’s theme: “Leave no child behind in African Development,” reminds everyone that every child needs support, proper nurturing and education to grow through life.
Her words;
“Children are God’s precious gift of love to mankind. It behooves on us to nurture, shield, and educate every child to live to his/her full potential by ensuring that no child is left behind in the scheme of human development.“
Osodieme called for inclusiveness that will ensure that no child is left behind, stressing that in this era of pervasive hunger and privation there is the tendency to ignore the plight of others especially indigent children with special needs. She urged parents not to abdicate responsibility and the teachers, to use their talents to identify and harness the unique gift of every child no matter how challenging.
Drawing inspiration from the classic song, “Greatest Love of All” by American singer, Late Whitney Houston, Osodieme belted the chorus; “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be…! She emphasized that adults owe it as a duty to protect the children whose laughter, according to the song, “remind us how we used to be,” stressing that “there is a child in every one of us.”
Furthermore, Osodieme expressed appreciation with the state government commitment to the protection and welfare of children which she noted is apparent in steadfast implementation of child-friendly programmes by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs. Osodieme also assured that her NGO, CAFÉ will sustain collaboration with the Ministry especially in the area child welfare programmes by supporting maternal and child healthcare, immunization and social education for the development of sound mind and body that would lead to the realization of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of every Anambra child.

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World Cup 2018: Day Three Schedule and How to Watch Croatia vs. Nigeria

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Day three of the World Cup is upon us and the day’s headlining match involves  Croatia—who of all the countries at the World Cup play a high press system —take on Nigeria in what could be a decisive match between the two sides expected to battle for second in Group D.


Group D favourites Argentina, though, look vulnerable, and before we get to Croatia we’ll see if Iceland can frustrate Lionel Messi in what could be his final World Cup appearance.
Group C has two games to watch on Saturday, too, with France taking on Australia to kick things off in a battle between one of the favourites and a side that had a worse AFC qualification run than Saudi Arabia—who were unceremoniously hammered on Thursday by a very average Russia. Peru against the country that should finish second in the group, Denmark, rounds out the day’s slate.

How to Watch Croatia vs. Nigeria:

ITV 1 (UK) | Fox Sports 1/Telemundo (USA) | Optus Sport (Australia) | CTV (Canada) | Sony ESPN (India) | Astro FIFA World Cup (Malaysia) | SuperSport 3 (Nigeria) | Singtel FIFA World Cup (Singapore) | SuperSport 3 (South Africa)

 

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Meghan Markle Describes Prince Harry As ‘The Best Husband Ever’

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Wearing a Givenchy oat-coloured cape dress for her first solo engagement with the Queen yesterday morning, Meghan Markle looked confident and poised as she held her own with Her Royal Highness.
During her visit to the North of England, the Duchess of Sussex greeted onlookers who took the time to share their well wishes for the newlyweds, and shared several jokes with the Queen.
The outing also gave Meghan the first opportunity to gush about her new husband.
Royal fan Sharon Briscoe reportedly asked her Meghan how she was enjoying her new life in the UK.
‘It is wonderful,’ Meghan told her, according to People. ‘I’m really enjoying it.’

Meghan Says Harry Is ‘The Best Husband Ever’

Briscoe reportedly told the Duchess to give her love to Harry and to look after him, to which the royal replied: ‘I will do. That means an awful lot to us. He’s the best husband ever.’

The Duchess and the Queen enjoyed several adorable moments during the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge. At one point, the royals could be seen being ushered towards a waiting car after their arrival via Royal Train at Runcorn station.

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As they approach the car doors, Prince Harry’s wife appeared to be confused about whether to step inside the car ahead of the Queen. After asking the advisers about royal protocol in the situation, she eventually turned to the Queen and said: ’What’s your preference?’. It’s thought that the monarch replied: ‘You go first.’
We can’t wait to hear what Prince Harry has to say about his new bride.

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Gov. Dickson Inaugurates Bayelsa Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

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Governor Seriake Dickson has approved the sum of five hundred million naira grant for Bayelsa state young interested entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

The Bayelsa state governor made the announcement at the official inauguration of the state young entrepreneurs network in government house, Yenagoa, he charged the youths to take their destiny into their hands and be active players in the nation’s economy.
Apart from investing in education, infrastructure and human capacity building, governor Dickson says he is also interested in changing the narrative of youth in Bayelsa state.
The Bayelsa state chief executive demonstrated this when he inaugurated the young entrepreneurs network with the sole aim of identifying and developing young interested entrepreneurs.
Members of the Bayelsa state young entrepreneurs are excited that with such a kind gesture from the governor, they are poised to achieve greater heights for themselves and the state.
Youths are perceived as the building blocks of every developing nation who could achieve much when given the necessary tools.

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