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.

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

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
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.

Cross River Govt. Assures Communities Of Electricity Distribution

ben-ayadeThe Cross River State Government has assured all the communities across the state yet to be connected with electricity will soon have transformers installed in their communities.

He also stated that the state will enjoy uninterrupted power before the end of the present administration.

The Director General of the State Electrification Agency, Hon. Jake-Otu Enyia disclosed this to Journalists in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

Speaking on the Ayade’s Zero tolerance to darkness, Enyia said, Governor Ayade is passionate about rural electrification knowing that, power supply is fundamental to rural development and economic emancipation.

“Since the present administration came on board, the state government has invested hugely in the electrification sector through the supplies of transformers, installations and ensuring that the state is lighted.

“For those yet to be captured, the governor has mandated SEA to intervene in such communities for them to also benefit from the gesture”, Enyia said.

Governor Bello Joins Nigerians To Welcome President Buhari

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello said the successful return of President Muhammadu Buhari from medical vacation has shocked mischief makers and death wishers.

The Governor expressed gratitude to God Almighty for answering the collective prayers of all Nigerians by returning the President back home in good health.

Bello said that the President’s return on Friday has laid to rest various concern and speculations surrounding his health condition, assuring that he would continue to lead the country.

While commending religious bodies and political organizations for their prayers, outpouring love and solidarity during the President’s medical trip to London, Governor Bello urged all Nigerians to always be positive and pray for their leaders.

“Positive thoughts and prayers are a fundamental instrument necessary to overcome challenges facing the nation, I am particularly excited at the level of solidarity shown to the President by Nigerians” the governor said.

He prayed that Allah will continue to grant Mr. President sound health, greater strength, wisdom and courage to continue with the good governance of this country.

Osinbanjo Commends Gov. Ikpeazu On Good Governance

Gov. Ikpeazu Says Christmas Is Season Of Giving
Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu

The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, has commended the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, over what he describes as “the smart business approach to governance”.

Professor Osinbajo said this when Governor Ikpeazu led a delegation of some top functionaries of Abia state government alongside top Aba business/industry leaders to a meeting with Osinbajo and top federal government functionaries in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

A press statement issued by the office of the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu, revealed that the meeting held at the Acting President’s office in Aso Rock Villa, was a follow up meeting on the economic development plan of the state, especially as it concerns support for the growth of Small Scale and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Aba.

No Business With China

While commending Governor Ikpeazu’s “smart business approach to governance”, Professor Osinbajo restated that Aba is very strategic and important to the country in terms of innovation, manufacturing and production.

“Nigeria has no business with China if all hands are on deck to develop Aba as a major industrial base.

“I commend Governor Ikpeazu’s unflinching campaign for made in Aba products which quality have improved across board.

“I must say that the made in Aba campaign has raised the tempo in demand for Aba made goods, therefore, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAGDAC) and Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) as federal agencies should ensure that Aba business community have no difficulty registering their products” Osinbajo said.

Governor Ikpeazu, while making his presentation, outlined his administration’s MSME development plan for Aba industrial zone and thanked the FG for partnering with the state to develop the economy of Aba and Abia State.

He stressed on the need for rapid development of Aba as the SME capital of Nigeria, adding that Aba has the capacity and potentials to make Nigeria truly the giant of Africa.

“I want to say that if Aba is given adequate attention, which includes infrastructural and human capacity development, it has the potential and capacity, as the SME capital of Nigeria, to position Nigeria as truly the giant of Africa.

“Our government is doing all we can to ensure the infrastructural turnaround of Aba within the limited resources of the state, but we can’t do it alone, that is why we are thankful to the Federal Government for showing very strong interest in partnering with us to develop Aba as the SME capital of our dear country.

“I must say, it is our collective resolve to promote goods and services made in Aba, and we will not relent in the campaign.

“We call on the Federal Government and multinational companies as well as individuals to not only join us in the campaigns, but also patronise made in Aba goods.

“My administration is also looking forward to the time when all government procurement would give priority to locally manufactured goods to support local producers” the governor said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okey Enelama has informed Governor Ikpeazu, that the FG’s plan on the development of Aba industrial zone which is part of the 2017 budget, will soon come on stream.

El-Rufai Swears In New Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.

The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.

In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.

While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.

He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.

“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.

“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.

“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.

“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.

“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.

Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.

Gov. Ahmed Warns Judiciary Against Corrupt Practices

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

The governor who made this call at the swearing-in of a new grand Kadi of the Shariah Court, Hon. Muhammed Ola Abdulkadir, said that recent happenings on alleged corruption against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

According to the governor, “Judges across the country should be bold, fearless, incorruptible, follow the principles of the constitution and promote democracy”.

He also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

“Judiciary must be inclusive and promote social justice. – Ensuring equal treatment of all before the law goes a long way in building trust in the credibility of the judicial system,” Ahmed stressed.

Consequently, he stated that all citizens must have unrestricted and equal access to justice at all times.

Also, the rights of all must be protected regardless of gender, age or status, as justice helps society create organised human relations and forms the basis of strong institutions and good governance.

FCBarcelona Officially Lauches Soccer Academy In Lagos

FC Barcelona Officially Lauches Soccer Academy In LagosThe officials of FC Barcelona have lunched FCBEscola Soccer Academy in Lagos state, Nigeria.

The academy officially opened in the presence of FC Barcelona Director, Pau Vilanova and the Project Director of the FCBEscola, Franc Carbó.

The school which has been active since September 2016, is expected to enroll boys and girls between the ages 6 and 18.

It is the first of its kind in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa and would provide opportunities for potential footballers from all over the country as well as other parts of Africa, to receive first class training.

They would also receive training in English, Spanish, French and other Modern European languages, as well as General and Applied Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative, Technical and Vocational studies.

FCBEscola Lagos is modelled on FC Barcelona’s own youth system and students will be taught by the club’s coaches using its football methodology.

Boko Haram Members, Armed Bandit Paraded In Lokoja

Boko HaramAbout 17 suspected criminals and Boko Haram terrorist who have been hibernating within Kogi State have been nabbed and paraded by the Nigerian Army in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Commandant, Chari Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, Brigadier General Henry Ayamasaowea while parading the suspects before the State Governor, Yahaya Bello said they were picked up following a special operation by the Nigerian Army, Navy and the DSS, who have been working around the clock in the last three weeks in the state to put an end to the kidnapping and invasion of insurgents into the state.

Meanwhile, apart from the Boko Haram members nabbed by the joint operation, those arrested and paraded also include the hoodlums that attacked a police station in Eika, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state where two police officers were killed.

Some of the items recovered from the terrorist are several Ak 47, locally made guns, 12 masks of different size, ammunition, dagger, pump action guns, grenade and explosives devises.

The Commandant, briefed the governor on how the 17 suspects were all arrested in Okene and its environs, he said the joint operation combed the entire central senatorial district of the state and the insurgence have invaded Kogi state after the military success in Sambisa forest.

The Operation Officer Lieutenant Colonel, Tosin Ayoola also gave the governor a breakdown on what they have on ground, he identified the suspects as members of the Boko Haram and not a suspect.

However, Governor Bello said, “If the joint task-force will build on the tempo adopted in arresting this suspected terrorist, then crime will be reduced within the shortest time in Kogi state”.