Abdulwaheed Usamah

Borno conctructs two schools for Boko Haram victicms’ children

By NewsDesk,

As part of effort toward returning normalcy to Boko Haram ravaged communities within north-east of Nigeria, the Borno State Government has completed construction of  two model boarding primary schools planned for enrollment of the insurgent victims’ children

The Commissioner, Bonor State Ministry of Education, Musa Kubo, disclosed that the completed schools projects location is at Ngomeri-Barwee and that there were 303 Housing estates in Maiduguri.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday Maiduguri, Kubo stated that embarked on construction of boarding primary and junior secondary schools after the Borno state government foresaw problem of  orphans left behind by the Boko Haram insurgency

He hinted that the government has plans to replicate the gesture across other areas ravaged by the Boko Haram, adding that, the state had constructed 16 classroom blocks in Maiduguri under its school integration programme, designed to integrate children and adult into formal school system.

The commissioner also informed that the government had constructed various two-storey building schools with 30 classrooms each, to address congestion in primary and secondary schools, just as he indicated that the structures were built in Government College Maiduguri, Government Girls College Maiduguri, and Yerwa Government Girls College.

“Others were Government Day Secondary School, Zajeri; Junior Secondary Schools at Bulabulin, Ngomari and Bulunkutu”.

Kubo said tat that the state government spent over N200 million on the projects and provided e-learning facilities to other schools in Maiduguri, Kaga, Konduga and Jere local government councils.

He revealed that the government had also embarked on massive construction and rehabilitation of schools ravaged by the insurgents.

The commissioner added that 22 mega school projects were still ongoing in liberated communities, pointing out that each of the school was designed with a 2, 000 pupils capacity.

“All boarding schools which closed down for two years were re-opened and commenced operation for normal academic activities.

“This year, the state government is paying N278 million for indigent students sitting for the National Examination Council (NECO) and Senior School Examination Certificate”.

According to him, the state government in collaboration with UNICEF has conducted psychological training for teachers traumatized by insurgency.

Kubo said the government would implement the State Education Programme Investment Project in partnership with World Bank, to enhance community participation in school management.

It was reported that over 15, 000 classroom blocks were destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents across 27 local government areas of the state.

Hundreds of students and teachers were also killed or abducted by the insurgents.

Aso Rock flags off preparations ahead Buhari arrival

By Abduwaheed Usamah

Announcement on President Muhammadu Buhari plan to return to Nigeria after his over 100 days stay in London, where he had undergone series of medical treatments, was said not to have had significant effect, both at political quarter and corridor, and in the public domain, until a spiraling released video clip of how his plane had taken off the United Kingdom, en-routing Nigeria, hit social media.

But it was learnt that at Aso Rock, it has been different spirit after information reached member staff that the president was on his way in to the country, sparkling flag off of preparation to received him with tidying up of presidential villa before his rival.

Although, expressions and comments on his return and how is stay in London had not stop trailing the president despite several prominent Nigerians visits to him at Abuja House in London, including that of reported Redeemed Christian Church of God’s leader, Enoch Adeboye, yesterday.

The Guild gathered that while the presidential villa is agog with activities as staff and security personnel ensure logistics were in place to receive Buhari, supporters of the president and concerned Nigerians that have taken to social media to express their excitement.

Sources at the presidency told the Guild that members of staff have been on standby, while security vehicles and personnel attached to the president’s convoy were reported to had left for airport Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport to receive Buhari.

One of the sources disclosed that the Presidential Guards Brigade had moved toward the airport after conducting rehearsal at Arcade in Abuja.

He said that the president is expected to make a national broadcast barely 48 hours after his arrival on Saturday, to hint Nigerians on his plans for the country and how it would be achieved.

It would be recalled that Buhari, for second time, left Nigeria in May for medical treatment in London after receiving 82 rescued Chibok school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect in 2014.

While in London, Buhari received a number of visitors, including Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who first hinted Nigerians about the President’s recovery, after which other were allowed to visit him including leaders of All Progressives Congress, state governors, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Kwara reports first Lassa fever case

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

The Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Suleiman Alege has confirmed a case of Lassa fever in the state, following report of a 10-year-old boy who was reported to had displayed strange signs and the disease symptom after he was rushed to a nearby hospital.

It was reported that the victim, whose name was kept away from press due to the sensitivity, is from Ifelodun local government area of the state where he was discovered to had contracted the disease before he was transfered to government hospital for proper examination.

A week ago,  it was reported that a strange disease claimed scores of lives in Oro-Ago, also in Ifelodun local government area of the state, but the Kwara state government described the report as mere rumours, while it hinted that it had sent samples to virology centre in Lagos for examination.

Addressing reporters on the lassa fever on Friday in Kwara, Alege stated that the sample of the boy’s blood sample had been sent to appropriate health center where proper examination would be carried out to ascertain the level of the disease before taking any further steps.

He said that the case of the 10-year-old boy who had traces of lassa fever in his system was reported at the ministry and appropriate department of the government section have been carrying out necessary precaution to ensure the disease does not get spread.

According to him, the ministry  has sent samples to Virology Research Center, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the results of the investigation of the samples are out.

“And as a state we don’t need to hide anything. I can authoritatively confirm to you that one of the samples taken from Babanla Primary Health Centre, Ifelodun local government area is confirmed to be positive of Lassa Fever.

“A ten year old boy is the unfortunate victim. As I am speaking with you our medical team is moving their immediately. Basically to monitor the situation on ground, look at the patient and for people that have had contact with the patient. We will continue to brief you on the happenings on ground.

“We will create isolation centre in Omu-Aran General Hospital. I want to inform you that the information has gotten to Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and other necessary partners. We are working together as a team to nip the disease in the bud.

“On the Oro-Ago axis, the other four samples are negative.”

Kwara disassociates from mysterious disease outbreak

By Peter Moses, Ilorin

The Kwara State Government has disassociated the state from sprawling report of a mysterious disease outbreak claimed to had claimed over 70 people within.

However, the state denouncement of the report came on Friday as measure to clear air against panics that may had spread after several headlines hit public recently.

It was report that a strange disease ravaged a Fulani community, with infected victims defecating black substance and vomiting blood before dying.

The Commissioner, Kwara State Ministry of Health, Atolagbe Alege,  dismissed the report, just as he clarified that was no such disease in the state.

Reacting to a report in the state, on Friday, Alege stated that the ministry treated the report of the disease as mere rumor since there was no prove even after visiting the community linked to the report.

He disclosed that a response team from the ministry which was deploy to the reported community, to investigate the outbreak,  return negative which indicated that nothing of such as claimed.

“Because we deployed a response team comprising of an epidemiologist, directors of public health and the disease surveillance response team,” he said.

He said experts at the ministry in company with a team from the World Health Organisation visited Oro-Ago where the deleged group met with elders and community leaders.

Alege hindted that the team report indicated that here was no disease affecting the Fulani population in the area.

The commissioner also claimed that  the response team had taken samples from sick people at Abanisi and ECWA hospitals in Oro- Ago, adding that, there was no mortality just as he confirmed yellow fever, diarrhea and malaria in the community.

“The governor has directed the general hospitals across the state to be on standby in case of any unforeseen occurrence,” he said.

 

Alege further disclosed that the result of the sample earlier taken from the community and was expected to arrive in Ilorin on Thursday was delayed.

He said the government would communicate the result as soon as examination was conducted on it, adding that there was no need for panic.

Pro Buhari urges Osinbajo against groups’ undertone agitation, faults Charley-boy’s led protest

By NewsDesk,

Hours after a protesting group led by an entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly called Charley Boy, ended a demonstration demanding President Muhammadu Buhari return from sick leave or resign, another version in support of the president,  Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC), has urged the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. to deal with individual or group of people whose agitation may put the nation in chaos if allow goes out of control.

After the group message to the Osinbajo, it also faulted the protest of the former and its clash with youth after invasion of Abuja main market in Wuse axis of the Federal Capital Territory.

However, the  supportive group condemnation occurred following report that Charley-boy was almost lynched by the youth who attacked him and his group members after taking protest to the market on Tuesday, leading to fracas.

Through a  statement signed by Director General, BSGC, Umaru Dembo, the group stated that the protest, led by Charlie Boy, was not peaceful and that demonstrators were not well informed of Nigerian constitution before embarking on the action which almost cause uproar in Abuja after it eight days.

Dembo, on Thursday, noted that Oputa’s group was ignorant of the provisions of the constitution, adding that, Buhari had complied with all the requirements of the constitution by handing over to his vice in acting capacity.

He explained that the constitution did not place a limit on how long a president should stay away on medical vacation.

“We condemn the activities of a group led by Charlie Boy, calling on the president to resume work or resign from office.

“The BSGC under the auspices for good governance and change initiative also demonstrated from the Unity Fountain to the Villa pointing out the ignorance of the `Ourmumudondo” protest, he said.

According to him, it is glaringly obvious that several plans and destructive activities are sponsored by those under probe for corruption related offences, hoping to throw the government out of its stride.

He maintained that there was no amount of effort to sabotage the anti-corruption drive of the Buhari administration would deter the people’s government from pursuing the fight against corruption.

“We expressed gratitude to God for giving President Buhari life and energy to continue his good living.

The musician organised the protest to call on President Muhammadu Buhari, who is presently on medical vacation in London, to either resume work or resign.

Obiano emerges APGA’s 2018 guber candidate

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has emgered as All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for the state 2018  governorship election slated 18th of November.

Obiano’s pronoucement as the party’s candidates for the 2018 gubernatorial poll occurred after he scored 1,070 votes in of the race he contested unopposed in Awka.

It was gathered that accreditation and voting by delegates from 326 wards in across 21 local governments of the state commenced before midday of yesterday and ended sunset, after which the governo was presented the certificate of return.

The Chairman, APGA congress, Sani Shinkafi, said that Obiano received 1,070 votes, with 11 persons voting against him, while 11 votes were declared invalid.

Speaking after declariing the governor as the party’s candidate, hinted that a total of 1,092 delegates were accredited for the exercise, saying with the declaration of the result, APGA now has a governorship candidate for the 208 gubernatorial election, and expect Obiano to kick start campaign immediately.

In his acceptance speech, the emerged candidate commended delegates for endorsing him as their choice, just as he promised to step up development of the state, if given a fresh mandate.

After the acceptance, the governor announced retention of his deputy, Nkem Okeke. as running mate, and urged party’s members and people to support his candidature to ensure continuity.

The Chairman, Obiano Governorship Campaign Team, Chief Victor Umeh, expressed satisfaction on APGA and for entrusting Obiano the candidacy ticket, just as he assured of campaigns kick start as soon as it is been approved.

EFCC drops breaks down on over N550m South-East politicians’ recovered loots

By NewsDesk

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained how the agency has been able to recovered N553.77 million from politicians in the South East, the fund which were said to allocated for 2015 election campaig but siphoned.

It said that the recovered funds were part of the public funds the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) illegally appropriated to itself to prosecute the 2015 general elections in the zone.

The Zonal Head, EFCC, Johnson Babalola, stated that the commission recovered N300 million, N82.5 million and N60 million from chieftains of the party in Ebonyi, Abia and Enugu States respectively and that the anti graft agency also seized N300 million out of N400 million siphoned in Ebonyi.

At a news briefing held on Tuesday in Enugu, to acquaint members of the public on the activities of the commission in the past seven months,  Babalola disclosed that in Abia, EFCC recovered N82.5 million out of N450 million while the commission had N60 million in Enugu out of N450 million looted.

He hinted that the agency was facing some challenges in Anambra and Imo, but that the commission has been working on the hurdles, just as he added that the EFCC had resolved to prosecute all staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the states including Enugu found culpable, as soon as the courts resumed from vacation.

According to within the period, the agency received a total of 503 petitions from Nigerians out of which 333 were approved for investigation while others not under the commission the purview of the EFCC were referred to sister agencies.

“We charged 88 of such cases to court and have so far obtained five convictions,” he said.

Babalola made known that the judiciary had been of immense help in line with its constitutional mandate in spite of  antics of the suspects and even though various members had sued the commission over fundamental rights violations and enforcement, but thatthe judiciary has been cooperating.

“We have not been found to have impugned on the rights of others,” he said.

He claimed that the then executive members of the PDP in Abia were under investigation for their alleged complicity in the 2015 campaign fund fraud.

“Recovering stolen funds from politically exposed persons is not easy. The people we are dealing with take painstaking efforts to perfect the fraud.

“Some of the money had left the shores of this country and we have written the foreign countries from here,” he said.

Babalola said that the stolen funds must be returned to the Federal Government coffers.

“We have discovered some of the bogus projects used by the corrupt politicians to corner the stolen funds and very soon we shall come out with our findings,” Babalola said.

Christian body to host women prayer camp meeting

By NewsDesk

A Christian body, Holy Spirit Mission, also known as Happy Family Chapel, would be hosting thousands of women to an extra-ordinary prayer conference slated between 16 and 19 of August, from  8.am to 12 noon at the Chapel in Akowonjo, Egbeda axis of Lagos.

Distinguished women from United States of America and Nigeria are to speak at the event tagged “When Mama Prays”.

The Chief Host of the prayer conference, Rev. Carol Ighele, said that the programme is a praying and teaching conference for females, under ages of 16 years and above, adding that, women are important member of  family and  homemaker and builder.

Through program features, the body stated that once  women have right focus, children would grow right, husband would be happy and society at large would benefit from it.

“Our focus is to train the woman and the girl child spiritually. It is our annual camp meeting. We expose the women on the challenges of womanhood and how they can become better persons in the society. After the conference, if you were a doctor, you would become a better doctor and if you were a teacher, you would become a better teacher.

“Ours is a kingdom agenda. We are working to ensure that the kingdom of God is experienced her on earth. The event would start on Thursday 16 August and end on Sunday.

“Our speakers are drawn from all over the world and in Nigeria. We empower women in every area. We teach them how to be entrepreneurs, ministers. It is a total package. We implore women to come with their children who are 16years and above,” he added.

Speakers for the even are: Pastor Angela Okotie-Eboh, Pastor Theresa Johnson and many others from USA.

Ronaldo shows off baby’s head hours before clash with Barcelona

By NewsDesk, with Agency report

Real Madrid star boy, Cristiano Ronaldo, has proved that he is proud of his family with post of himself clutching a baby on his Instagram page.

Although, the mega football star did not caption the post, to indicate whether the baby is one of his twin boys delivered in June, but simply detailed it as dad and baby, blessed.

His post came less than 30 hours to the clash of his club, Real Madrid with rivals Barcelona on Sunday for the Spanish super cup.

after Ronaldo and his baby photo, it generated close to three million likes and 20,000 comments and it is still counting.

Late June, Ronaldo had left Russia, during the FIFA Confederation Cup to be with the twins in California.

On his arrival, he posted a photograph of his holding the twins and wrote:

“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life” , Ronaldo said on his Instagram page, where 105million people are following him. The post generated over 5 million likes in six hours.

Ronaldo is also expecting a baby girl from girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez rumoured to be five month pregnant in July,

PDP promises continuous prayers for Buhari’s well-being

By NewsDesk,

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it would not stop wishing for President Muhammadu Buhari well-being and quick recovery from sickness that had devoid him of performing his duty as leader of the nation.

To opposition party, the well-being of the president is paramount and that it is concerns every person irrespective of political party or ethnic group

The National Chairman, PDP,  Ahmed Makarfi, said that it was the desire of the party that Buhari should be well soon so that he can continue ruling the country as elected president.

Speaking on Saturday at Abuja, Makarfi stated that PDP meant well for the Buhari and that it would continue praying and wishing for his well-being.

“We mean well for our president. We will continue to pray for him, we want him to be fit but that does not mean that we will go to sleep. We will work hard to win the 2019 elections,’’ he added.

He described the non-elective convention of the party held on Saturday as an affirmation that the PDP was a government in waiting, just as he commended the security agencies for ensuring that the convention was conducted in a secured environment.

The party’s chairman added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being unbiased and for demonstrating its independency.

Meanwhile, Buhari on Saturday hosted his media team led by information minister Lai Mohammed.

Buhari in London told the team that he has tremendous improvement but awaiting doctors order to return home.