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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Atiku pledges to revamp Nigerian economy, fight corruption – PDP

Atiku pledges to revamp Nigerian economy, fight corruption – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was set to revamp Nigerian economy through the creation of qualitative employment for the youths.

The party gave the assurance in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja.

The party said that Abubakar would also implement the political and economic restructuring of the nation in a manner that would engender unity, inclusiveness in governance and uplift the general standard of living for all.

Ologbondiyan added that if elected Abubakar would immediately commence the marketing of Nigeria to the international business community, as well as providing a clement environment for businesses to thrive in Nigeria.

“Abubakar will open a system-wide fight against corruption as soon as he is elected into office by strengthening the institutions empowered by our laws to do their jobs.

“He will do this while he also concentrates on the onerous duty of governance and rescuing our people from hunger, starvation, bloodlettings and wanton killings.’’

Ologbondiyan assured that rebranded PDP would ensure that all those looting the national treasury, would definitely face the wrath of the law and go to jail.

He added that Abubakar administration would not only fight poverty but will also uncompromisingly fight corruption.

Ologbondiyan said that a combination of Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, known internationally for their forthrightness, hardwork, ingenuity and managerial competencies, would liberate Nigeria from the economic wastage and notoriously incompetent.

“Abubakar comes with the Nigerian resilient entrepreneurial spirit to once again open up our economy, attract investments, create jobs and unite our citizenry for a more productive nation.“

He added that as a successful entrepreneur, Abubakar had perfected an economic template that would reduce the cost of governance, plug wastages, tackle corruption, and channel resources for the welfare of the people.

Ologbondiya said what Nigerians earnestly desire now was a resourceful President.

“Our youths are earnestly seeking for an in-charge President, not one who rules by proxy. They look forward to a President who will give hope in the face of a consuming despair and one, whose words resonate with their aspirations in life.’’

He said that the 2019 election was, therefore, a direct referendum on the determination of Nigerians to choose a new leader who would rescue the nation from hunger and starvation.

“The 2019 election will never be about character assassination or mouthing some worn-out sloganeerings about corruption but will be about a demonstrable capacity to deliver on the mandate,’’ he said
PDP, Atiku mourn former CJN, Kutigi

PDP, Atiku mourn former CJN, Kutigi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the death of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Idris Kutigi, as a huge loss to the nation and the Judiciary.

PDP in statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja said it was saddened by the news of the death.

He described late Justice Kutigi as an outstanding administrator; a fearless, impartial and firm judicial officer, who upheld justice and the law in all his assignments at the bench.

“As the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kutigi ensured the independence of the judiciary as an arm of government and contributed in no little way in providing direction to our nation at very critical moments in our national development.

“Beside his incisive judgments, Nigerians will always remember Justice Kutigi’s forthrightness as the Chairman of the 2014 Constitutional Conference, which made far-reaching recommendations for the development and stability of our nation.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP was grief-stricken that this noble Nigerian left the stage at the time his wealth of experience was needed the most.

He consoled late Justice Kutigi’s family, the government and people of Niger state and the judiciary for the irreparable loss, praying the Almighty Allah to grant him Aljanat firdausi.

Similarly, the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar said that the death of Kutigi, had robbed the country and the judiciary of one of the best legal minds whose contribution to democracy could not be easily forgotten.

Abubakar in a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Paul Ibe, in Abuja said that late Kutigi was a great Justice, who avoided controversy throughout his judicial career.

He said that the commitment of the deceased to law and justice and democracy would be remembered for years to come after his death.

Abubakar recalled that as chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Kutigi demonstrated admirable wisdom and remarkable leadership in handling such delicate national assignment.

“By successfully chairing such gathering of Nigerians from diverse backgrounds,” Atiku said, “Kutigi showed a great capacity for leadership and broadminded disposition
Arabic Institute declares readiness to establish varsity in Ibadan

Arabic Institute declares readiness to establish varsity in Ibadan

An institute known as Arabic Institute of Nigeria, has announced the acquisition of 50 acres of land for the establishment of a university in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Sheikh AbdulWahab Ahmod, the Director of the institute, made the disclosure in Ibadan on Sunday at the grand finale of the institute’s 60th anniversary.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN)reports that the institute, also known as Al-Ma’had Al-Arabiyy, was established in 1958 by Shaikh Murtada AbdulSalam.
Ahmod said that the proposed university, located on Moniya/Iseyin road in the state, would be a conventional institution in line with the vision of the founder of the arabic institute.
He said the introduction of free education in the western region motivated the founder to transform the Arabic school from mat and slate to classroom and chalk board setting.
“AbdusSalam observed that the introduction of free education had discouraged Muslim children from attending Arabic classes after which he decided to standardize the classes to be in tune with what operated in western schools,” he said.
Prof. Muheeb Opeloye, the President, Alumni Association of the institution, said the products of the school had contributed significantly in different ways to human capital development.
Opeloye, a professor of Islamic Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said the institute had produced scholars competing with those produced by conventional western schools.
“Some products of the institute have served in professions associated with the products of the conventional western schools.
“Some of these products are career diplomats, academic guru, top government functionaries, top civil servants, top military officers, top medical personnel, legal luminaries among others.
“This is aside the traditional professional calling associated with Madrasha school system, like being Imams or Islamic propagators,” he said.
He said that the list of professors who were alumni of the institute was profound, adding such was apart from many associate professors who would soon join the group.
The alumni president said the institute had recorded tremendous growth since the introduction of diploma programme in Arabic and Islamic Studies in affiliation with the University of Ibadan in 1991.
According to him, “Some of the giant stride recorded by the institution included affiliation with Imam University, Saudi Arabia and commencement of National Certificate of Education programme.
“Others were the recognition by Oyo State Government, participation in external examination conducted by National Board of Arabic and Islamic Studies for Senior Certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies Examination.”
In his lecture, Prof. Amidu Sanni, Chief Imam, Lagos State University, said apart from incorporation of western education into the curriculum of Arabic schools, technical and vocational studies should not be left out.
Alhaji Daud Akinola, Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, called for investment in the education of Muslim children, adding such remained the only lasting legacy.
NAN reports that the three-day programme to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the institution featured news conference, visitation to the residence of the founder, special Jumaat service, anniversary lecture and an academic conference
2019: ECOWAS assures INEC of support

2019: ECOWAS assures INEC of support

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has assured the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its support, including finance, for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
A Statement issued by the Chief the Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi on Sunday,  quoted, Gen. Francis Behanzin as making the promise when he led a delegation of the Sub-regional body on a courtesy visit to INEC headquarters in Abuja.
Behanzin also disclosed that ECOWAS would send 200 Observers for 2019 general elections.
Behanzin said the purpose of the visit was to, among other things, find out about INEC’s preparation for the 2019 general elections and the challenges it was facing, in view of Nigeria’s large voter population of over 80 million.
He expressed appreciation  to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for his contributions to the improvement of the electoral process and sustenance of democracy across the West African sub-region.
Oyekanmi quoted Yakubu in his response as explaining the Commission’s preparations for the 2019 polls.
Yakubu said the Commission had developed, validated and was already implementing its 2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan, the Election Project Plan and had also released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections since Jan. 9.
He said the Commission also carried out the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) that allowed citizens who just turned 18 years and other Nigerians who had never registered the opportunity to do so.
 He informed the delegation that over 14.5 million voters were registered during the exercise between April 2017 and August 2018.  
“This new figure will be added to the almost 70 million citizens already in the national Voter Register after due processes.”
He added that the country might have about 83 million voters after the register had been cleaned up.
Yakubu observed that conducting general election in Nigeria could be likened to conducting an election for the whole of ECOWAS.
 He informed the delegation that Nigeria currently has 91 registered political parties out of which 89 will field candidates for various positions in the next year general elections.
Yakubu, who is also the President, ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), said Nigeria has fulfilled its promises to the body since his election as its President in Cotonu, the Republic of Benin in March 2017. 
These, according to him, include the location of the ECONEC Secretariat in Nigeria and the organisation’s visit to many member countries. 
He expressed the hope that by the end of March 2019 when his tenure would end, more countries would have been visited.
Yakubu said the Electoral Commission in Guinea Conakry recently asked INEC for help to clean up the country’s voter register, which was done, while Nigeria also observed the elections in Mali. 
He said that INEC had supported other Electoral Commissions in the ECOWAS Sub-region, especially in the area of voter registration. 
He added that Burkina Faso and Ghana were also provided with ballot boxes.
He identified finance as the major challenge facing ECONEC. 
He said that while each member country is expected to pay $5,000 per annum, he was of the opinion that ECONEC would still require some support from ECOWAS.
Yakubu said he leant that ECOWAS had promised to support ECONEC with $1 million dollars and expressed the hope that with the General’s visit, the account of ECONEC would be credited within a short time
Cloudy, sunny weather, dry winds to prevail on Sunday – NiMet

Cloudy, sunny weather, dry winds to prevail on Sunday – NiMet

 The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and sunny weather conditions with prevalence of dry winds over most parts of the country on Sunday.
NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office (CFO) on Saturday, predicted partly cloudy to cloudy conditions over the central cities with thundery activities over Yelwa axis in the morning hours.
It added that localised thunderstorms were likely over Abuja, Kaduna, Lafia, Makurdi and Lokoja.
Others with  localised  thunderstorms are Bida, Ilorin and Minna axis.
They are expected to have such wheather condition in the afternoon and evening with day and night temperatures of 28 to 37 and 16 to 26 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The agency predicted that Northern States would experience partly cloudy to sunny conditions throughout the forecast period with day and night temperatures of 34 to 38 and 17 to 24 degrees Celsius, respectively.
According to NiMet, Southern States will experience partly cloudy to cloudy morning and afternoon and evening thunderstorms over some parts.
Their day and night temperatures will be  29 to 35 and 21 to 26 degrees Celsius, respectively.
“Prevalence of dry winds in the country will reduce the spread of rainfall activities across the country,” NiMet predicted.