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SCI Praises Nigeria’s Commitment to Safety at Schools

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SCI Praises Nigeria’s Commitment to Safety at Schools

By: Michael Mike

A global independent leading organisation working for the rights and welfare of children over 100 years, known as Save the Children International (SCI), has appreciated government’s commitment in the protection of schools in Nigeria and pledged its support to guarantee conducive and safe learning environment for children in the country.

Mavis Bondrik and Pedro Melo of the Save the Children Norway, who spoke during a courtesy visit on the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi said they were impressed with what they saw at National Safe Schools Response Coordination Centre, hosted by the Corps.

The duo who were received by the Commandant General at the centre said, “we are impressed and very grateful. We appreciate government’s commitment and we are willing to support the centre in any capacity building training.”

According to them, their walking visit to the centre had reinforced their beliefs in the information they got on the NSSRCC and government’s willingness and support.

Responding, the Commandant General thanked Musa Badar of the Save the Children Nigeria office for his support and guide which led to the visit by two of his colleagues from the Save the Children Norway office.

He appreciated the federal government for its determination in the implementation of safe Schools Project demonstrated through funding and promised that the Corps as a lead agency in the protection of critical national assets and Infrastructure will not leave any stone unturned for the success of the project.

Audi assured that the Corps values support from collaborators as well and specifically promised that any support received from SCI will be properly harnessed to enable the centre deliver on its objective of creating safer schools in Nigeria.

The Commandant General said that all supports will be judiciously used, adding that his administration which is determined to carryout the mandate of the Corps is working in synergy with other sister agencies to ensure security of schools and host communities.

The NSCDC helmsman who hosted the duo in the presence of 92 participants mainly instructors during their training workshop with the theme, “building capacities for safe schools instructors” charged them to go back and impact positively on their lieutenants towards success of the safe Schools Project.

He reminded them to adopt the strategy of collaboration, cooperation and coordination as they perform their field work.

In an address of welcome, Commander of the centre, CSC Tersoo Shaapera, PhD, said the centre which was established on 13th February, 2023, signified the full and official implementation of the Safe Schools Project in Nigeria.

The Commander highlighted some of the functions of the centre to include receive complaints and refer for appropriate interventions and respond to distress calls from schools through deployment of kinetic and non-kinetic measures and engage services of military and state security, and joint task force already operating among others.

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Nigeria, Egypt Work at Improving Volume of Trade

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By: Michael Mike

Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mohamed Fouad has decried the volume of trade between Egypt and Nigeria which stood at $190 million in 2023, stating that conceited efforts are already on to improve it.

Speaking at the commemoration of Egypt’s 72nd anniversary of the 23rd July Revolution in Abuja, the envoy who expressed suprise at the level of bilateral relations between both countries, said he was however glad that deliberate efforts are on to improve on it going forward.

He said two major programmes have been lined up as part of the efforts to improve interactions between both countries.

He noted that bilateral political consultations scheduled to hold in Nigeria during the last quarter of the year and the business council in September, are aimed at bettering the relations between the two countries.

He said: “In terms of volume of trade I have the numbers of 2023, $190 million as I said, these figures does not live up to the economic potential of both countries.

In short, this is why we’re trying to focus and to live up to our potential as the biggest countries in the continent.”

He added, “Today, Egypt and other African countries strive to address challenges that are not less enormous than those they en countered during the struggle for independence.

“These challenges include the need to invest in human capital, energy transition, and infrastructure development, bolster economic growth and create jobs, combat terrorism and extremism, and empower youth and women.

“In this connection, Egypt and Nigeria have been redefining their longstanding historic ties.

“Our peoples and governments are tapping into their enormous economic and cultural potentials as we envisage the next chapter of our solid partnership. From security, countering-terrorism, to energy, communications, digital transformation, trade, and infrastructure, to agriculture, health care and modern education, our two countries are proceeding with determination on the path to forge a modern and forward-looking partnership anchored in our common values and shared objectives.

“Against this backdrop, we are gearing up – together with our Nigerian colleagues – to hold the third round of our bilateral political consultations in Abuja during the last quarter of this year. We also look forward to the upcoming meeting of the Egypt-Nigeria Business Council in Lagos next-door September, which will help connect the business communities of our two countries, providing them with the opportunity to explore possible ways and means to enhance our bilateral trade and investments relations.”

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Nigeria: Police speak on two murder cases in Borno

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The Borno State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old young man, Usakahyel Adamu, for killing his 90-year-old grandfather, Yakubu Ibrahim.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nahum Daso, said the incident occurred on July 7, 2024, at about 1600 HRS.

According to the police, One Adamu Yakubu ‘M’ of Paga Gusi Village Kwaya-Kussar L.G.A. reported at Kwaya Kusar Police Station that, on the same date, at about 1400 HRS, his son, Usakahyel Adamu ‘M’ 24 years old, used a hoe and hit his grandfather, Yakubu Ibrahim ‘M’ 90 years old, on the head. As a result, he sustained a serious injury and died on the spot.

“Investigation further revealed that the said Usakahyel had an altercation with his grandfather on the allegation that his grandfather was insulting him and pushing him without any reasonable cause. The suspect has been arrested, and the hoe was recovered and registered as an exhibit. The suspect will be charged with the DPP for legal advice and prosecution,” ASP Daso said.

He also said that “on the 4th of July, 2024, at about 0430 HRS, one Bulama Mulikabu M’ of Kautikari Village, Chibok LGA, reported at Chibok Police Station that on the same date, at about 0700 HRS, one Lydia Aji F’, 40 years old, and her husband, one Aji Makinta M’, had a violent fight, which resulted in the wife Lydia Aji striking her husband on the head with an axe, and he died on the spot.”.

He further explained that “investigation further revealed that the couples had a misunderstanding over their daughter, Rachael Aji, 13 years old, who stole a goat and sold it to an unknown person. The angry father then asked them to leave his house. The case is still under investigation.”

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Governor Buni suspends the chairman of Machina LG in Yobe

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Governor Buni suspends the chairman of Machina LG in Yobe

By: Yahaya Wakili

The Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has approved the suspension of the Chairman of Machina local government council, Hon. Idrissa Mai Bukar Machina, with immediate effect due to the act of misconduct and insubordination.

This was contained in a release issued by Alhaji Shuaibu Abdullahi, Press Secretary to the Secretary to the State Government, which was shared with newsmen in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital,.

His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, has, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 2 of the local government law (as amended) of 2019, approved the suspension with immediate effect.

The statement further revealed that, subsequent to the above, His Excellency has also directed the suspended chairman to hand over the affairs of the local government council to the vice chairman pending further directives.

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