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Katsina State Government moves to empower secondary school children. Approves 50m for AGILE Project

Gov Masari Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari has approved the disbursement of 50 per cent of the N100m budgeted for the Adolescent Girls’ Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) school Project. The fund is expected to improve the implications plans and help create priority during the engagement of the activities. The State Coordinator of the AGILE Project, Shehu Mustapha, made this known while addressing newsmen shortly after the celebration of the International Day of the African Child. He told newsmen that the State Government has already so far released the sum of N35m for the project. According to him, the AGILE project is getting all support needed from the State ministry of Education through it Commissioner and efforts are being made to guarantee it's success. ‘’All other stakeholders and individual actors also have given us the necessary support needed", he said. The two day event organised by the Katsina State Ministry of Education in collaboration with Adole
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Ekweremadu Withdraws from Enugu Guber Race, Congratulates Mba

  *Says it’s time to unite   *No sacrifice’s too much for Enugu   *My ambition not worth the life of anybody   Former Deputy President of the Senate and foremost aspirant to the Enugu State governorship seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has withdrawn from the race.   Ekweremadu has also congratulated the winner of the PDP primary election, Barr. Peter Mba.   He made this known in a statement he personally issued after meeting with his supporters and political associates in Enugu on Thursday.   The lawmaker, who regretted that his lofty plans for the transformation of Enugu, “A Pathway to a New Enugu”, was sabotaged by betrayals, high level of ingratitude, fraudulent political practices, and persecution of his supporters, however, noted that the light of political emancipation he lit together with his supporters, though dimmed temporarily, would never be extinguished.   He said: “In the last two years, we set out to run for the governors

2023: I will take it to God - Ekweremadu

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, says he will submit his gubernatorial aspiration to the will of God. Ekweremadu disclosed this on Thursday during his 60th birthday thanksgiving service at the Church of Good Shepherd, Anglican Communion, Enugu. The senator representing Enugu West Senatorial District, said that his presence in politics was to do the will of God. Ekweremadu, who is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, said that he was in the race to create a new Enugu State. He said that he was committed to revamping the infrastructural deficit in the state, provide potable water and security and create employment for the youths. “Even in this endeavour, I will submit myself to the will of God,” he said. Ekweremadu said that he had a covenant with God which he had always kept. “I have a covenant with God to lift me up in order to transform the society. I have passed through tribulations, and they did not consume me. “I have never

Airline operators suspend planned strike

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has suspended its planned strike over the rise in cost of aviation fuel. President of the AON, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, who announced this on Sunday, said the decision was taken after deliberations with the Federal Government. In a statement, Sarina said the AON said acceded to the calls from the “highest echelons of government” to halt the action. He said the government had promised “to urgently intervene in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1.” “We have also reached this decision with the highest consideration for our esteemed customers who have been faced with uncertainty over the last few days and to enable them to have access to travel to their various destinations for the time being during the period of discussions with relevant authorities.” “In view of the above and in the interest of national economy and security considerations, AON hereby wishes to notify the general publ

Nigerians deserve better- Saraki

  T he former Senate President, a ND a Presidential Aspirant in the 2023 elections, Bukola Saraki has lamented over worsening insecurity and economic challenges in Nigeria. Saraki was speaking on Friday when he met delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State. The campaign team led by the former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada and former presidential aspirant, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, was in the state to seek the support of party stakeholders and delegates on the candidacy of Senator  Saraki ahead of the 2023 General Elections. Saraki, who is also a former governor of Kwara State, said the security situation in the country had been giving him sleepless nights, vowing to make security his top priority if elected president. “Nigeria is in very bad situation. The security situation needs to be rejuvenated. In 2015, I came to Katsina for campaign and we went to Zamfara State through Jibia but we can’t do that today because the roads are not safer. When you make

Arthur Nzeribe is dead.

Former Nigerian Senator, Francis Arthur Nzeribe has been announced dead.  The late lawmaker who was 83 years old, is said to have died on Sunday morning. Nzeribe before his death had been  at a foreign hospital where he was been treated of an undisclosed ailment.  It will be recalled that an image emerged in 2017, showing ageing and possibly sick Nzeribe, sitting languidly, with medics around him. He was elected a Senator to represent Orlu first in 1999 but in November 2002, the then-Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim suspended Nzeribe indefinitely over an allegation of N22 million fraud.  Also, in April 2006, the Orlu People’s Consultative Assembly, sponsored by the then Governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa, staged what it called a “One million march” to drum support for Nzeribe’s recall from the Senate.  Due to popular demand, in December 2006, Nzeribe was defeated by Osita Izunaso during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for the 2007 Senatorial election.

OPINION: Limits of Propaganda in Enugu

By Dr Joseph Nnamani, MBBS, MPH    The first casualty in any war is truth. It is assassinated by propaganda. Elections in Nigeria are wars. As primary elections are about to hold in Nigeria as a prelude to next year’s general elections, it is no surprise that propaganda is in full swing. This is all the more so in a place like Enugu State where the only industry which booms is politics. There is no private sector or industries or commercial places. Everything begins and ends with government, in contrast to the situation in neighbouring Anambra State which has a large number of entrepreneurs of various categories. While millions of Anambra people don’t give a hoot about government, it is government business all the way in Enugu State. In other words, it is propaganda all the way in our beloved state, the capital of not just the South Eastern states but also the former Eastern Nigerian Region which has been broken into nine states. The propaganda making the rounds here in Enugu State cur