Founder/Editor-in-Chief of SI Magazine Ltd, Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, was recently honoured at the Civil Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) first annual get together event along with several others. Hajiya Abdullahi-Iya received an award for excellence for her contributions to education in the FCT at the event held at the Quality Link Park Garden, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja. Addressing guests at the event, the coalition Focal Person, Abanka J.I Musa, who welcomed both members and guests commended the efforts and contributions of the awardees to the promotion of education in Nigeria. He said: “For those of you nominated for today’s award and recognition, this is to appreciate your humble contributions to quality education and for being good ambassadors of CSACEFA.” He also pleaded for unity amongst its members, saying “this house must not fall in our lifetime.” Responding to the award, Hajiya Khadijah thanked members of the coalition and promised to do more for the growth and development of education in Abuja and Nigeria at large. Other recipients of the awards were Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), FCT-Abuja, Mr Auwal Musa; Executive Director, African Centre For Leadership Strategy & Dev. (Centre LSD), FCT-Abuja, DR Otive Igbuzor; Registrar General/CEO, Chartered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria, Lagos, Prince Ademola Abidoye. Others were Proprietor, Excellent Grade Int’l Schools, Kubwu, Abuja, FCT, Chief Mrs. Iroh; Chairman, Metro Group Nig Ltd, Abuja, Chief Frank O. Okosis; Chairman, VETO Group Nig Ltd, Abuja, Chief Kingsley Kalu and, Prof Mary N. Lar of Blooming Hills School, Utako, Jabi, FCT-Abuja Nigeria.
A Jos Upper Area Court on Thursday sentenced an 18-year-old student, Muhammed Muazu, to three years imprisonment for raping a 15-year-old girl. The judge, Yahaya Mohammed, convicted Muazu as he admitted committing the offence and begged for leniency. “This act will not be condoned, it is very grievous, the law frowns at it and you will spend three years in prison without an option of fine." The judge said the judgment would serve as deterrent to others. Earlier, the prosecution told the court that one Suleiman Ibrahim reported the case at Angwan Rogo Police Station on Sept.30. The prosecution alleged that the convict raped the minor, while the offence contravened Section 183 of the Penal Code. Source: Sun
A teacher with Master Care International School, Asaba, Delta State, Mr. Felix Udochukwu Ariguzo, has emerged winner of the Maltina Teacher of the Year for 2017. This was announced Thursday night during the highpoint of the competition’s grand finale held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. For the feat, Ariguzo was rewarded with N1 million in addition to N500,000 he received as Delta State champion. He will also receive N1 million every year for five years, a training programme abroad and a block of six classrooms built at his school. Ariguzo, a Biology and Chemistry teacher, revealed that he draws inspiration for teaching from his love for service and knowledge building. He thanked Nigerian Breweries for the gesture and enjoined other corporate organisations to follow the worthy example. “Today, I am very happy and proud that Nigerian Breweries has shown that teachers’ rewards are both in heaven and on earth,” he said. The 38-year-old son of a teacher maintained that teaching is not about earning a living, but giving life a meaning and that a strong passion and emotional stability are vital in the teaching profession. On the night, Mrs. Chika Ume-Ezeoke, a Biology teacher with Our Lady of Apostle, Yaba, Lagos State, emerged the first runner-up, while Mr. Samuel Emochuaogu, an English teacher with Winners International Academy, Agudama-Epie, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, clinched the second runner-up position. Each of the 27 state champions received N500, 000 while the1st and 2nd runners-up got an additional N1, 000, 000 and N750, 000 respectively. While welcoming guests at the event, the Managing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr. Johan Doyer explained that in line with its philosophy of Winning with Nigeria, the company resolved in 1994, to play a more active role in the development of education in Nigeria when it established the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund with a commencement capital of N100 million. Source: Vanguard
The Federal Government, yesterday, said the Monkeypox virus has spread to 11 states with 74 suspected cases as against seven states and 33 cases recorded on October 11. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this when he briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House Council Chamber, Abuja. Adewole, who, three days ago, said there were only three confirmed cases, listed the 11 affected states as Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa and Rivers. “The Council received an update on the state of the public health of the nation. We informed the council about the latest development in respect of the Monkeypox virus outbreak. So far, as of today (yesterday), there are 74 suspected cases in 11 states of the country. “We have confirmed three from Bayelsa and 12 of the suspected cases from Bayelsa tested negative; four suspected cases from Lagos tested negative. We are still expecting the results of the other ones. “We are also doing test at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Ede, to really understand the genomics of this virus. Even when they are negative, the laboratory attendant should be able to tell us what exactly they are,” he said. He, however, dismissed rumor that the virus was being spread by the military through vaccination. “The military is not involved in any vaccination exercise. And I must also educate Nigerians about how vaccination campaigns are done. The Federal Government will take the lead but we do not conduct campaign without working with states. So, there is no way we will do campaign without working with the states,” he said. But he disclosed that the ministry would soon start vaccination against measles while a nationwide vaccination against Yellow Fever would commence before the end of the year. Source: Sun
A 21-year-old man, Jonathan, has allegedly set ablaze the residence of 36-year-old Joy Godwin of Okuokoko town, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, for allegedly preventing him from raping her younger sister, Mercy, 26. Vanguard learned that Joy, who demonstrated bravery when the suspect allegedly broke into their home, hit him on the head with a wood, as he attempted to rape Mercy. Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident, said the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, was currently handling the case of arson. He said the complainant told the Police that the suspect “came to knock on her door, but she refused to open the door for him, only for him to jump into the compound through the fence and forcefully attempted to rape her younger sister, Mercy. “The complainant hit him with a wood on his head and the suspect came back and set the house ablaze, hence her report at Orerokpe Police Station.”
The Boko Haram is usually referred to as the ‘biggest threat to Nigeria’s state security’ and, even, as one of the world’s deadliest militant groups. But in the first four months of 2016, the group has, clearly, been responsible for less deaths—208 to be precise—than other sectarian groups in Nigeria combined, which have accounted for 438 deaths so far, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker. A huge chunk of these are down to an ongoing conflict between predominantly Fulani herdsmen and settled farming communities, which is costing the Nigerian economy billions of dollars per year as well as hundreds—if not thousands—of lives. The questions that I’ve kept asking myself are: How did the conflicts degenerate to this level? Who are responsible for these attacks? What are the governments and leaders of these warring groups doing to stop further attacks? Clashes between mostly Fulani herdsmen and settled communities have been concentrated in North-Central Nigeria, particularly in Benue, Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa. Now, it has extended to the Southeastern part of the country. President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an inquiry into the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue at the end of February, which reportedly resulted in hundreds of deaths and the displacement of thousands. Besides the obvious security threat, the low-level battles are draining Nigeria’s economy of resources and potential funds. A series of reports published in July 2015 by global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps found that the four precise—than other sectarian groups in Nigeria combined, which have accounted for 438 deaths so far, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker. A huge chunk of these are down to an ongoing conflict between predominantly Fulani herdsmen and settled farming communities, which is costing the Nigerian economy billions of dollars per year as well as hundreds—if not thousands—of lives. The questions that I’ve kept asking myself are: How did the conflicts degenerate to this level? Who are responsible for these attacks? What are the governments and leaders of these warring groups doing to stop further attacks? Written by: Khadija Abdullahi Iya