Sultan declares Sunday Eid-id-Fitr day

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Sunday, June 25, 2017 as the day to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Sultan announced the sighting of the new moon of the month Shawwal in a broadcast in Sokoto on Saturday.

The Islamic month of Shawwal comes after the 29 or 30 days of the month of Ramadan when Muslims across the world observes a month long fasting.

Abubakar said that the new moon was sighted in parts of Kaduna, Katsina, Borno, Adamawa and Sokoto States.

He said:” In accordance with Islamic law, we have the honour and pleasure to announce that today, Saturday, the 29th day of Ramadan,1438 AH, which is equivalent to June 24, 2017 has marked the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the new month of Shawwal.

” Reliable reports of moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and religious organisations across the country, which were duly verified and authenticated by the National Moon Sighting Committee.

” Consequent upon this, tomorrow, Sunday, the 25th day of June, 2017 becomes the first day of shawwal,1438 AH and is therefore declared the Sallah day for 2017 Eid-el-Fitr.”

The Sultan urged the Muslim Ummah to sustain fervent prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, other leaders, as well as for sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria and beyond.

The sultan also urged Nigerians to continue to live in peace irrespective of religious, ethnic and cultural differences

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Gov. Wike sacks Rivers cabinet

The governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike has sacked all members of his cabinet, less than 48 hours after the State’s commissioner of information Austin Tam-George resigned.

No reason was given for the dissolution of the cabinet

“Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has dissolved the State Executive Council. The governor directed all former commissioners to hand over to their respective Permanent Secretaries,” Wike’s special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu. said in a statement.

“Governor Wike thanked the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.”

Nwakaudu said the governor had directed all the former commissioners to hand over to permanent secretaries in their respective ministries.

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Diaspora Voting: 17m Nigerians should be allowed to vote in 2019 – APDA

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has joined the call for diaspora voting, adding that over 17million Nigerians living abroad should not be neglected in the electioneering process.

The party also added that it decided to establish it foreign liaison office as part of their clamour for diaspora voting.

They stated that the Nigerian Diaspora covers practically every part of the world but the largest populations of Nigerians can be found in the UK, USA and South Africa.

Director Foreign Liaison for APDA Young Leader’s Forum, Mrs. Christina Ude, said “For many years, Nigerians in diaspora have been complaining about obstacles to voting while abroad. 

That’s why Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance has set up the office, APDA Foreign Liaison. APDA is a people’s driven and focused political party totally committed to building a new peaceful Nigeria and working for its unity and progress. 

To this end, APDA is determined to drive an economic message, create a new movement which is imbued with the values of empathy, social justice and knowledge of the deprivations and marginalization of majority of our citizens.”

She added that APDA Foreign Liaison has been established to create a platform to sensitive Nigerians in the diaspora, “who besieged APDA’s office for inquiries on electing young Nigerians into leadership positions, to ensure that Nigerians in the diaspora are reached accordingly to engage in the process of taking over governance come 2019.”

She continued “The Foreign Liaison shall be responsible for the production, generation and documentation of members in diaspora and will also serve as the communication network within the directorate. 

In addition, the Foreign Liaison office will be actively involved in the engagement and deployment of Nigerians abroad for the growth of the party. Development of strategies, produce guidelines, plan for implementation, advice the party on foreign matters, mobilize diasporas to register as members of the party and organize seminars and symposiums on behalf of the party in the diaspora is part of our agenda.

“APDA party and all bodies are determined to ensure compliance with the rule of Law, party procedures and policies as well as other regulatory bodies.

The Ude, whose mandate is to promote the political aspirations of young Nigerians, noted that the diaspora directorate is geared towards the official launch of the foreign chapters in the USA, UK Europe, Asia etc

“The directorate is responsible for the overall coordination and administration of the party in the diaspora. We will open the doors of the APDA Party to working people and to young people, we are calling for newer faces in a variety of political positions. The next political stars who will define our future maybe in the diaspora. Only God knows.”

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NITT Zaria renews commitment towards professionalizing transport sector

The Director General and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, Dr. Aminu Musa Yusuf, has stressed that the institute will leave no stone unturned in its quest to professionalize and sanitize the transport sector.

Yusuf, who made this known when the Assistant Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission Zaria Unit Command, Abdulkadir Ahmed, paid him a courtesy visit, observed that NITT and the Federal Road Safety Corps shared core values and ideals, nothing that the two organisations are like twins.

According to NITT boss, safety and efficiency had always been the institute’s watchword, noting that the NITT had identified the flyover, PZ, Kofan Doka, among others as black spots in Zaria and enjoined FRSC to bring its expertise to bear on such junctions.

Yusuf,enumerated areas of collaboration between FRSC and NITT to include curriculum development, staff exchanges, training and research, among others.

He commended FRSC for its cooperation vis-à-vis NITT transport data bank and driving School.

Speaking earlier, the Assistant Corps Commander, Zaria Unit Command, Abdulkadir Ahmed, noted with satisfaction the long standing mutual relationship between FRSC and NITT.

He explained that the purpose of the visit was to cement the already existing cordial working relationship between the two organisations and explore new areas of collaboration.

Ahmed, asserted that he was particularly impressed with the quality of NITT’s training programmes while expressing optimism that he would be a proud alumnus of NITT someday.

In his remarks, the Registrar of the Institute, Malam Sule Bello, while reiterating the complementary relationship between the two organisations, praise FRSC’s commitment to and diligence in bringing safety to Nigerian roads.

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Varsity dismisses lecturer for altering results

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, said it had dismissed a lecturer (names withheld), for altering students’ results.

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, said it had dismissed a lecturer (names withheld), for altering students’ results.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Saturday, but declined to mention the affected lecturer’s full details.

Zuru said “that management of the university took that drastic action to serve as deterrent to others.

“The action is to remind academic and non academic staffers of what might happen if they try such an act.

“We will not hesitate to wield the big stick on any staff found wanting for any infractions in this regard.

“The university has no fewer than 30,000 students and the guidelines are there for all to follow. We will not compromise the set standards.”

Zuru cautioned students against examination malpractice and vices, stressing that the university would not tolerate any ill behaviour.

He said students must conduct both their academic and extracurricular activities in line with laid down rules and regulations or be sanctioned accordingly.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Civil servants hail FG for early payment of salary

A cross section of civil servants in the FCT, have applauded the Federal Government for early payment of June salary as Muslim faithful prepare for Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

Speaking in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, they said the salary came as surprise to them and also described it as “big relief.’’

Some of the workers, who are Muslims, contended that the recession in the country, had made the fasting period “more difficult’’ as many of them do not have what to eat in the morning before the commencement of fasting.

Mr Saleh Adamu, a father of three, told NAN that it was not easy for him and his family during the period of fasting.

He said that the early payment of salary was a surprise to him, adding that it would enable him and his family have a good meal during the Sallah celebration.

“Even though I will not be able to travel, we can now cook good food after the long days of fasting with little to eat at the end of each day.

“I thank the Federal Government for paying salary at this period of celebration,” he said.

Another parent, Mrs Joy Godwin, said that though the Sallah festival was for Muslim faithful, the early payment of salary would enable non-Muslims, enjoy the Sallah break.

“Yesterday, I was just thinking about how to cope during the Sallah break because I did not have money on me.

“I was very excited when I switched on my cell phone this morning and saw salary alert.

“We thank the Federal Government for the early payment of the salary and I hope it will continue like this, even when Christians are celebrating.

“However, even with the early payment of salary, the costs of food stuffs in the market have increased compared to what it was the previous month.

“Food sellers have taken advantage of the celebration to increase the prices of foodstuffs and make things difficult for the people,” Godwin said.

A market survey conducted by NAN in some markets in the FCT showed that the prices of food items, vegetables and fruits, had gone up when compared to what they were before the fasting period.

At the popular Friday Gosa Market along Airport Road, the prices of food items ranging from tomatoes, pepper, cabbage, carrot and livestock had sky rocketed.

For instance, the price of a basket of tomatoes which sold for between N1, 800 and N2, 200, had increased to between N2,800 and N3000, while the price of a basket of pepper had increased fromN1,200 to N1,800.

Mr Zakari Yusuf, who sells tomatoes in Gosa Market, attributed the high cost to the Sallah festival and the rainy season.

He said that the prices of some commodities would come down after the celebration as foodstuffs sellers were fond of increasing prices of food items during celebrations.

Malam Isa Yakubu, a livestock dealer, said that the cost of livestock such as chicken and turkey had also increased.

He attributed the high cost to increase in demand. (NAN)

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Gov. Bello urges journalists to be professional, patriotic

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has called on journalists to display high sense of professionalism, patriotism and discipline in their calling and avoid hate speeches and reports that tend to divide the nation.

Bello made the call at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner with media executives and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday night in Lokoja.

According to the governor, some reports in the media of late tend to polarize the nation.

He urged that reports that tend to sabotage unity of the nation or divide the people and undermine the corporate existence of the country should be avoided to pave way for advancement and development of the country.

“Avoid misrepresentation of facts and limit report of those things that tend to divide us even if it is true.

“Continue to do your best; I am aware of the menace of social media which has overwhelmed the conventional media.

“On governance, we had to take a bold step and put our political interests on the line to ensure that the right things are done. I am not unmindful of the circumstances that brought me in,’’ he said.

On the recent staff verification and salary issues, the governor maintained that no genuine worker of the state would be shortchanged, adding that the backlogs of salary arrears were being cleared.

He promised to create an environment more conducive for interaction to enable government to right the wrongs of the past, identify weaknesses and strengthen them for overall development of the state.

Speaking earlier, the state Council Chairman of NUJ, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Adeiza commended the governor for his courage and commitment to effecting necessary changes in various areas of the state economy.

He commended Bello for the positive changes effected at the state-owned Graphic Newspaper and the Broadcasting Corporation (Radio-Kogi).

Adeiza assured the governor of the continued cooperation of the NUJ, and urged him to create the enabling environment and provide support for journalists covering the state to discharge their duties effectively.

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