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MACOSA UNIMAID Celebrates MIL 2023.

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MACOSA UNIMAID Celebrates MIL 2023.

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The Mass Communication, Student Association, MACOSA University of Maiduguri has organized an event to mark the celebration of the global Media and Information Literacy Day 2023.

The event took place at Muhammadu Ndimi Centre for Distance Learning, Nura Alkali Hall, University of Maiduguri, and honored in attendance, special guests, The Chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists Borno state Chapter, Mr Dauda Iliya, the guest speaker, Professor Nuhu D. Gapiso, Dr. Sharafa Dauda, Dr. Ashe Abdurrahman, CEO Yerwa Express Abdulhamid Al-Ghazali, the Staff Adviser Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Rahila Jibrin among others.

Highlights of the events include a paper presentation on this year’s Information and Media Literacy Day’s theme; Media and Information Literacy in Digital Spaces: A Collective Global Agenda delivered by Professor Nuhu D. Gapsiso

Professor Gapsiso extensively dwells on the significance of the day, which is to encourage truth and factual information, the ability to discern fake news, and the ways to minimize and eradicate the spread of fake news, to make the media world more credible and make the people more aware that journalists are still credible and concerned about the truth.

In his remarks, Dr. Sharafa Dauda, a lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication, spoke on the need for youth especially journalism students to be mindful of the negativities that technology brought about and so, to think critically and wisely before embarking on any action or work on the digital space.

Speaking on the aspect of career, the Chief Editor of Yerwa Express Albdulhamid Al-Ghazi explained the procedures of establishing a private Media station attributing every success recorded to commitment and discipline.

Al-Ghazali further shed light on the challenges associated with running a news industry, which according to him, funding remains the bottleneck.

He, therefore, encourages Mass communication students to merge the power of their academic certificate with peculiar and distinctive skills as they have a better chance of transforming the world of journalism and the capacity to diligently actualize its role as the fourth estate of the realm.

In his plausible remarks, the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists Borno State Chapter, Mr. Dauda Iliya emphasizes the need for journalism students to be versatile, as being that is the only way to stand, stressing that journalism is a profession that grants access to whosoever ready to.

In her closing remarks, the staff adviser of the Mass Communication Department, Dr. Rahila Jibrin calls on the students to shun any act of irresponsibility and be good ambassadors of the Department as their success in life will be recorded as part of the Departmental legacy.

Dr. Rahila then led all in attendance to recite the MIL’s pledge ‘REVIEW’, before clicking, posting, or sharing information content titled “think critically and click wisely” which is the best way of reshaping the information and media landscape.

Highlights of the event include musicals, poems, and photo shoots.

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Nigeria, UAE to Strengthen Partnership and Collaboration

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By: Michael Mike

Plans are underway to further strengthen areas of partnership and collaboration between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This way revealed during the visit of the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa to the Embassy of UAE in Abuja following the removal of the visa ban by placed on Nigeria by the Arab country.

Dabiri-Erewa who was received by the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi, stated that NiDCOM intends to engage and sensitize Nigerians in the UAE to be good ambassadors of their country of stay and country of origin, to excel in whatever they are doing and never to forget home.

She added further “this initiative aims to foster better understanding and compliance with local regulations”, while She disclosing that 190 Nigerians were repatriated to Nigeria, with an additional 250 expected to return soon.

She said the actions of individuals in a host country can greatly impact the overall image of their home country, noting that the role of Western media imperialism in perpetuating negative stereotypes about Nigerians.

The UAE Envoy on his part, explained that the visa ban on Nigeria has been officially lifted.

He confirmed that the Visa on Arrival policy has been canceled for all countries, but assured that the new procedures are designed to facilitate tourism and ensure travelers’ safe return.

The Ambassador expressed his commitment to providing the best possible services for Nigerians, with the support of the determined Nigerian government.

He also acknowledged the UAE’s role in safely repatriating 96 Nigerians at no cost.

Marking his one-year anniversary as the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Al-Shamsi shared his positive impressions of Nigeria, describing it as a beautiful country with warm-hearted people who share similar cultural, religious, Android ethnic backgrounds with the UAE.

He expressed his eagerness to continue collaborating with NiDCOM to strengthen ties between the two countries.

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UK Government Hosts Stakeholder Meeting on Serious and Organised Crime

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By: Michael Mike

The United Kingdom Government has hosted a multi-stakeholder meeting in Abuja to discuss how its Serious & Organised Crime (SOC) Prevent Programme is making significant strides in deterring vulnerable young people from joining Organised Crime Groups in Nigeria.

Launched as a three-year pilot in December 2021, the programme is designed to disrupt Nigerian Organised Crime Groups by redirecting at-risk youth towards positive alternatives in Bayelsa, Edo, Zamfara and Lagos states.

In select local governments of these states, the SOC Prevent Programme has established robust structures and delivered various interventions, including Back-to-School Initiatives, Digital Skills Acquisition, Dance and Drama Workshops and Sports Interventions.

Collaborating closely with the Nigeria Police Force, the programme has trained 83 officers in the Prevent methodology, reinforcing the commitment to institutionalise this approach in tackling SOC, and to date, approximately 1,500 beneficiaries across the four states have been diverted from potential involvement in organised crime.

Speaking at the meeting, the Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gill Lever said: “Serious & Organised Crime is a priority for both Nigeria and the UK, and can take many forms. Ranging from online focussed activities like cybercrime to the physical movement of illicit commodities and people in the form of trafficking.

“Our results in Nigeria have proven that the Prevent methodology works, and it has been successful in diverting young people from choosing a life of crime. I believe that the valuable discussions that took place today will smoothen the way for Prevent to be fully institutionalised in Nigeria.”

The meeting included representatives from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Police Affairs, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), INTERPOL, Office for Strategic Preparedness and Resilience (OSPRE), Ministry of Police Affairs, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and others.

The Prevent programme is an approach to tackling SOC. Others are Pursue, Protect and Prepare. Prevent methodology looks to prevent or deter people from engaging in SOC by raising awareness of the consequences of SOC and developing techniques to deter people from continuing in criminality.

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Adeola Odutola College 79/84 set celebrate 40 years in grand style with multi-million naira donation of solar street light to school

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Adeola Odutola College 79/84 set celebrate 40 years in grand style with multi-million naira donation of solar street light to school

By: Michael Mike

All is now set for the commissioning of multi-million naira installed solar street light by Adeola Odutola College 1979-1984 set as part of the activities lined up to commemorate the 40 years of leaving the school on Friday July 19.

In a statement, the set said the celebration which had earlier been kicked off with a thanksgiving in the Church on Sunday June 16, to mark the 75 years Founder’s Day, will witness a special Jumat service for the commemoration in the school.

According to Abiodun Balogun, the President of Adeola Odutola College Old Students Association 1979-1984 set, stated that the programme will start with the set participating in the morning assembly with the students from 8 a.m followed by a courtesy call on the Principal and Management of the school.

Thereafter, he said there would be commissioning of the installed solar street light at 11.00 a.m donated by the set to the school.

Balogun said the set will join the Muslim community of the School to observe a Jumat service specially for the set .

Other activities lined up for the anniversary include a get together and gala nite where the old students will reunite and reminiscence of their five years stay in the school.

Balogun added that the set is grateful to God for His benevolence on them as it has produced Professors and academicians, top civil servants, businessmen and women, educationists among several others both at home and in the diaspora.

It will be recalled that the set regrouped in 2014 to mark its 30 years in existence with renovation of some classrooms in the school.

Adeola Odutola College 79/84 set celebrate 40 years in grand style with multi-million naira donation of solar street light to school

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