Eight School Children Killed In Japanese Avalanche

japanese-avalancheEight Japanese high school students are feared dead, after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort.

The avalanche which occurred near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, injured over 30 people.

According to Japan’s news agency, about 70 people including students and teachers from several schools were in the area at the time of the avalanche.

The children were taking part in a large scale mountain climbing event involving seven schools.

The area around the town of Nasu has several ski resorts and the region has received heavy snow over the past two days and avalanche warnings had been in effect.

However, rescue efforts are under way but bad weather and heavy snowfall have hampered the operation.

NIFAAS To Help Farmers In Nasarawa Familiarise With Modern Techniques

nasarawa-3The Nigeria Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (NIFAAS), has taken steps to help extension workers in Nasarawa state familiarize with modern agricultural trends, to enable them step down knowledge to rural farmers.

To this end, an Information Communication Technology, ICT workshop was organised for the farmers in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

According to the forum, the agricultural sector has now taken a technological dimension hence the need to introduce the development to farmers.

Speaking at the workshop, National Vice President of the Forum, Dele Tologbo, said it has become imperative for extension workers to update them in ICT, so as to be able to compete with their contemporaries in the agricultural sector.

“The reason for this workshop is to enhance how to be efficient with regards to your work, how to do the work better and how to transfer the knowledge to the farmers in order to improve the value chain with the new current demand all over the world”

He said membership with the forum will enable farmers access grants for research and increase versatility on the sector, through internet interaction with agricultural experts globally and among others.

The programme manager of Nasarawa Agricultural Development Program (NADP), Stephen Kpama, noted that the workshop would go a long way in broadening the horizon of extension workers on best agricultural practices.

“This is the right thing to do for us to know better on how to deal with our farmers since the extension workers are the link to the rural farmers”

He further urged them to transfer the knowledge gained to farmers and reiterated that the era of analogue agricultural practices no longer exist.

The participants sued for sustenance of such programs, noting that it has opened their eyes to modern techniques.

Gauteng Tournament: A Learning Experience For The Team – Eguavoen

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Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen

Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has said he is confident that the 2017 Future Champions Gauteng Cup tournament will serve as a learning experience for the team.

Eguavoen led the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All-Stars Under-17 team to a Silver Medal at the Future Champions Gaunteng international tournament in Johannesburg.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Johannesburg, Eguavoen said the team deserves commendation as they got to know each other within nine days in camp.

Meanwhile, the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, said the football house will continue to work towards building a functional youth system in the country’s domestic leagues clubs.

He also said the NPFL U-17 All-Stars have shown they can compete among the best finishing in second place among top teams in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Kaduna APC Passes Vote of Confidence On Buhari, El-Rufai

APC National Chairman Assures Citizens Of Stable LeadershipThe enlarged caucus of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Kaduna state, has passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai for their policy directions and style of governance.

These were parts of resolutions reached at the end of a meeting of the state caucus, held in the state capital.

The essence of the meeting was to appraise the performance of the APC led administration in delivering good governance to the people in the state, and discuss issues facing the party and how to move it forward.

The caucus dismissed insinuations that there was division among its members, but insisted that they are united and therefore won’t be distracted by those who hide under guise of criticism to pull down the APC government in the state.

In attendance at the meeting are all the major stakeholders of the party in the state including members of the state exco of the party, Governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Bala Bantex, Speaker of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, the Senator representing Kaduna North, Otman Hunkuyi, National Assembly Members as well as local government and ward executives among others.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, governor El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Political Matters and Inter Governmental relations, Uba Sani, maintained that the era of paying or rewarding blackmailers is over in the state, saying the Kaduna APC has no division or faction.

Sani, stressed that the present government under governor El-Rufai, is transforming the state and not to share money to politicians who criticize or blackmail for settlements.

“Kaduna state APC caucus meeting was well attended by governor Nasir El-Rufai, Deputy governor, Bala Yusuf Bantex, Senator representing Kaduna North zone, Suleiman Hunkuyi, the entire State House of Assembly leadership and members.

“All members of the caucus are here. We discussed the progress of our party and all our discussions went well.

“In Kaduna state, we have only one APC, we discussed on how to reposition the party for service delivery to the people of Kaduna State”, Sani expressed.

The stakeholders, including Speaker of Kaduna state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, said that they would remain united and ensure that the APC emerges victorious in the forthcoming local government election slated for July 2017.

They also commended governor El-Rufai for his memo to President Buhari which they note was done in good faith and aimed at moving the nation forward.

“Our elders also gave us useful suggestions; we don’t have any faction or division in Kaduna State APC.

“Our party leadership at ward level to state is intact, so we don’t have faction. You know this government does not settle or pay people for settlements. We are not going to settle anybody who disagrees or criticize the government.

“The governor has told us clearly and he was elected to develop Kaduna State and not to share money. In Kaduna State, even a blind man knows that there is transformation going on in the state”.

With four months to the local government election in the state, stakeholders at this meeting said they would not be distracted by any group whose interest would be to cause crisis in the party.

Edo Govt. To Partner With NIW Towards Welding

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government, has agreed to partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), towards a fabrication village in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the institute on a working visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

Obaseki lauded the institute for its numerous achievements in the areas of welding and fabrication, adding that the state would cash in on its technologies and vocational initiatives to create a fabrication village in the state.

He said, the fabrication village would be situated near a power generation station which would also allow for small and medium scale businesses to thrive contributing to economic growth.

“We are repositioning our state and NIW is a key plank for this revolution.

“Edo would like to go into a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute on how to accomplish a fabrication village.

“We have registered about 40,000 in our database for unemployed youths in the state”. Obaseki stated.

Obaseki further stressed that the government has plans to promote entrepreneurship among the youths.

“We will select those who are interested in welding and train them.

“We believe that when they have gone through the training and start their own welding business, it will tame the quest to travel abroad in search for greener pasture”, he stated.

The head of NIW delegation, Dr. Solomon Edeberi, said the body is seeking cooperation from the state government, in areas of a fabrication yard and overall industrialization of the state.

He maintained that a fabrication village in the state will boost job creation and promote a clean environment.

Obiano Tasks Anambra Judges On Speedy Dispensation Of Justice

Willie Obiano, Boundary Dispute, EnuguThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has appealed to the 28 High Court Judges and the four Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal, to assist in ensuring speedy dispensation of justice in cases being brought before them in the state.

The governor stated this during the swearing in of two High Court Judges at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, where he expressed worry that over 75 percent of inmates in prisons across the state are all on awaiting trial list.

A former Chief Registrar, Mrs. Ngozi Oyeka and a Private Legal Practitioner, Mr. Sylvester Odili, were the two newly judges sworn in, bringing to 28 number of High Court Judges in Anambra state.

Addressing the newly appointed judges, the governor stated that the appointment would help to reposition the state judiciary to effectively address the problem of delayed dispensation of justice.

“I am very proud of this day because in three years of my administration, I was able to bring the judges rank to ten.

“I stand to be corrected if any other governor has had the privilege of signing the certificates of that number of judges in three years.

“This is a landmark achievement and therefore we expect that with your number, now 32, including the judges of the Customary Court of Appeal, so with this massive number, I expect that the challenges we are having with awaiting trial will be solved significantly.

“Over 75 percent of our prisons are occupied by people awaiting trial.

“It is not the fault of judges alone, we are also re-organizing the Police Department of Prosecution to be up to beat in respect of the document they bring to the court”, the governor lamented.

Responding to the appointment, one of the newly appointed Judges, Mrs. Oyeka, expressed delight at the appointment and assured that as a call to service, they would discharge their duties with diligence and commitment.

However, the governor, also assured of the state government working out measures with the police to expedite action in the preparation of case documents, to enable the courts to have clear evidences that will support prompt dispatch off cases before them.

Arik Airline Resumes Flight Operations

Arik Air Operations Grounded Over Union Protest Arik airline has resumed services after flight operations were disrupted on Thursday, following the protests by aviation unions in Lagos.

This followed the intervention of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), which said that both parties have agreed to sheathe their sword.

The union workers had accused the current management of the airline of unwillingness to open talks with them over different issues, including the sacking of its members.

In February, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria had announced the takeover of Arik as a result of the airline’s alleged bad debt.

Some staff of the airline on the other hand, staged a counter protest, denouncing the action of the aviation workers unions, saying that the company was being negatively affected by their action.

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr Confirms Onazi’s Injury

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr Confirms Ogenyi Onaz' InjurySuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that Ogenyi Onazi has suffered a serious back injury on Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Senegal.

The stand in skipper was replaced by John Ogu in the first half and Rohr said afterwards that the midfielder would require a scan to ascertain the level of damage.

Rohr also suggested that Ahmed Musa could be carrying a knock after the Leicester City forward was substituted in the 75th minute.

The Super Eagles will take on Burkina Faso on Monday as they continue preparations for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Court Sentences Cynthia Osokogu’s Murderers To Death

Cynthia OsokoguThe Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island has convicted and sentenced two men to death by hanging for the murder of late Cynthia Osokogu.

Trial judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, held that the prosecution proved the case against them beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice Akinlade sentenced Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezike to death after finding them guilty of murdering Cynthia Osokogu by chaining her hands and legs, as well as choking and gagging her.

The act was said to have led to asphyxia, the absence of oxygen supply to the body of the victim which the court identified as the cause of her death.

The late Cynthia Osokogu, a postgraduate student of Nassarawa State University, was murdered on July 22, 2012 at a hotel in Festac Town by the men who lured her to Lagos after she met them through a social media platform.

Justice Akinlade had fixed March 23 to deliver judgment in the trial of four men charged with her murder, after counsel to the Lagos State Government and those who represented the defendants adopted their final written addresses.

In arriving at the judgment on Thursday, the judge held that the prosecution had successfully proven against the two defendants the offences of conspiracy to kill, murder, conspiracy to steal and stealing.

She found the convicts guilty on the strength of the circumstantial evidence and exhibits presented against them by the prosecution, and also based on their confessional statements made to the Police.

The court, however, discharged and acquitted the third and fourth defendants on the ground that the prosecution had not proved its case against them.

Seven Held After Westminster Attack

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The police in London have made seven arrests, following the Westminster attack that left four people dead.

The acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism, Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives have worked through the night, carrying out searches at six addresses.

Those who died were a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s, police constable Keith Palmer and the attacker.

Meanwhile, seven of the injured are still in hospital in critical condition.

In the attack on Wednesday, a man drove a car along a pavement in Westminster knocking down pedestrians, leaving dozens injured.

Prime Minister, Theresa May, described the attack at Westminster as “sick and depraved”.

She harped on Britain’s strength during this time, saying Londoners will walk the streets, never giving in to terror.