Deputy speaker built market for women

In commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women 2021, marked globally every 15th of October, women are recognized for their crucial roles in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities nationwide.

Today, representatives from my office witnessed the Empowerment of Traders and the Commissioning of two modern markets; Nkwo-Ebu Prosperity Market, Abba and Nworie-Okpu Prosperity Market, Abajah in the Nwangele Local Government Area, Imo State, built by the Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu, KSC.

The 3R Government understands that women are vital in ensuring household food security. Therefore, there is a need to continue to empower our women and raise awareness about the inequality and struggles they face in our society.

A special thanks to the Deputy Speaker IMHA and his wife, the Chief of Staff of Imo State Government – Sir Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Imo State – Hon. Lady Nkechinyere Ugwu, the National Council of Women’s Societies and a host of other dignitaries who graced the event. In honour of all the work done to empower Imo women, it is my prayer that they will enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Happy #internationaldayofruralwomen 2021!

Barr. (Mrs.) Chioma Uzodimma.
First Lady, Imo State and Founder,
GoodHope Flourish Foundation.

Senator Dr Uba Sani distributes relief materials

Senator Dr Uba Sani distributes relief materials and the sum of 250,000 to the people of WUSAR community , Gwaraji ward, Igabi local Government.


Distinguised Senator Uba Sani has mandated a team led by the Zonal constituency officer to carryout distributions of relief materials to the family of the victims of Measles outbreak which happened recently in WUSAR Community in Igabi Local Government Area.


After the outbreak of the children killer disease which led to the death of some children, the Senator met with the parents and relatives of majority of the victims to offer his words of encouragement for their tribulation and promised to stand by them to ensure that no more deaths are recorded.


In fulfilment of his pledge, the Senator has ordered the immediate distribution of food items which includes bags of rice, cartons of pasta, gallons of cooking oil e.t.c . He donated in cash The Sum of 250,000   to the parents of the victims all in his quest to help them cushion the burden created as a result of the disease.


The Senator commends the state government for the timely intervention and adviced the leaders of the community to always ensure timely reporting of any abnormality in their community to forestore future reoccurrence.


Arc Abubakar Rabiu Abubakar






Her Excellency Dr. Mariya Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Uwar Marayu) earlier today, paid a visit to Habibu  A. Nakasari at Dr. Hassan’s Hospital Maitama Abuja in order to follow up on how the victim of the tragic amputation accident is responding to treatment.


Habibu who is the Class Representative of the level 200 English Department students at Usman Danfodio University, was ambushed by some criminals who had his hands amputated and stole away his motorcycle.


Dr. Mariya Tambuwal preached words of wisdom to him and urged Habibu never to relent in his pursuit for a better life because of his disability and prayed for his speedy recovery.


While thanking Her Excellency for the kind gesture, Habibu promised to heed to the encouraging pieces of advice.



Abdulqahar Abdullahi Esq

Media and Communications


Gov Wike compensate traders with N400,000 each

The popular Fruit Garden Market was abuzz with excitement and appreciation as traders whose shops were gutted by fire on the 27th of September were today compensated by Governor Nyesom Wike.

The traders who were paid with certified cheques were each given N400,000 for each traders who had a shop and N300,000 for traders who had attachments. The traders who had shops were also assured of the return of their shops on completion of the market.

Mashal Obuzor

See what CAS did at lkeja


In furtherance of its efforts to effectively employ scientific approaches to crime fighting, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned the newly remodelled and equipped Forensic Crime Laboratory at the 057 Provost Investigation Group (057 PIG) Ikeja, Lagos. The event, which took place today, 24 September 2018, also witnessed the commissioning of a newly constructed Headquarters Building for 057 PIG, which is aimed at ensuring a conducive environment for the NAF Directorate of Air Provost to effectively and efficiently carry out criminal investigations as well as train its personnel.

Speaking during the commissioning, the Guest of Honour, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, lauded the efforts of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in providing a befitting and functional environment whilst making inroads in the application of forensics in policing. According to him, the reactivation of the Lab is a testimony of the NAF leadership’s commitment to push the boundaries and improve on the methodologies and technological platforms to detect and analyse evidence of crime in the Service. He remarked that the effectiveness of the facility could, with time, become a force multiplier with regards to raising and maintaining the morale of airmen which would, in turn, enhance operational capability. While urging the beneficiaries of the facility to exploit its potential to the maximum, Mr Idris commended the CAS for the unprecedented achievements recorded in the area of capacity building in the NAF as well as for playing a pivotal role in bringing normalcy to troubled areas of the country.

While making his remarks, the CAS noted that the rapid growth of technology has led to an increase in the rate and extent of crimes. He observed that, following the expansion of the NAF Force Structure, it became obvious that the Service required a law enforcement arm with the capacity to effectively employ scientific approaches in all facets of its critical competencies, in order to enhance security and discipline in the Service. He noted that it was in fulfilment of this requirement that the new PIG Headquarters Building and NAF Forensic Crime Lab were being commissioned. Air Marshal Abubakar stated that, as a prerequisite to provision of the Lab, the NAF had embarked on the conduct of various specialists training for the personnel to man the Group. In this regard, the NAF, in conjunction with foreign partners from the United Kingdom (UK), had trained 16 Provost personnel in the Core Investigative Skills and Interview Techniques, while another set of 16 personnel would be concluding the Crime Scene Investigation Course by the end of the week. It is noteworthy that the last time such training was conducted in the NAF was about 30 years ago.

The CAS further disclosed that the investigative capacity of the Provost would be further enhanced through the training of 10 Provost Officers in the Advanced Detective Course at the Police Staff College Jos before the end of the year. He mentioned that the NAF was also expanding and enhancing its utilization of Military Working Dogs to boost physical security of critical NAF Bases as well as for integration into the conduct of Combat Search and Rescue operations. “In the same vein, 140 Air Provost personnel would soon commence the Force Protection in Complex Air Ground Environment training, in conjunction with the British Military Advisory Training Team. Furthermore, the rejuvenation of the Air Provost’s Explosive Ordnance Detection capability is projected to commence by the end of this year”, Air Marshal Abubakar added. The CAS also seized the opportunity to thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his leadership and determination in providing the enabling environment for the NAF to thrive, while also expressing the gratitude of the Service to the National Assembly, especially the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Air Force, for their commitment in appropriating the resources to enable the NAF effectively perform its constitutional roles. The CAS equally congratulated the NAF Logistics Branch for undertaking the work by Direct Labour. Air Marshal Abubakar ended by charging all Air Provost personnel to develop a strategic foresight founded on innovation, flexibility, willingness to collaborate with other security agencies as well as objectivity and fairness, in order to successfully meet the demands of contemporary policing.

Earlier in his address, the Commander 057 PIG, Group Captain Garuba Bello, stated that the Forensic Lab would significantly assist Air Provost Investigators in obtaining credible evidence for successful prosecution of cases in a court of law while also adding to the country’s crime fighting resources. One of the highlights of the event was the simulation of a Crime Scene Investigation, conducted by resource persons from Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions UK and NAF personnel, to demonstrate the intricate process involved in evidence collection/capturing as well as the importance of ensuring effective control at a crime scene.

Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force

Governor Ambode has adopted Ogunsanya Adetoro the best graduating student of LASU.

Governor Akimwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has chosen to adopt one Ogunsanya Adetoro Faud, said to be the Best Graduating Student of the Lagos State University (LASU).

Governor Ambode also promised to be responsible for Ogunsanya’s further education, while he made a personal donation of the sum of N5 million to him.

Recalling his ordeal in life, Ogunsanya claimed he once suffered cataract for three years which had made some people to believe that his educational pursuit was a tall dream.

Gov Okowa Empowers 745 Youths


Gov Okowa Empowers 745 Youths

…Inducts Another Set of STEP/YAGEP Beneficiaries

…..Calls For More Public/Private Partnership For Youth Empowerment

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa today [16-05-18] inducted 745 beneficiaries of the 3rd Programme Cycle 2017/2018 of the Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme [STEP] and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme [YAGEP] with a charge to them to be role models for youths in their communities.

Speaking at the Induction Ceremony in Asaba, Governor Okowa who was flanked by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori and other top government functionaries, said that the inductees should show commitment, work hard, stay honest and patriotic as their success would spur other youths in the society to acquire entrepreneurial skills.

“I congratulate you on the successful completion of your training programme, you are privileged to be ambassadors of this programme, once you step out, the world look out for what you will become, and do with yourself, you should be an embodiment of the programme in character and deeds.”, he said.

“As a government, I urge you to stay in the realisation that you stand out among youths as many will look up to you, you are a role model to other youths in the society, you have to put in a lot of commitment through hard work and honesty, stay patriotic to yourself and Delta State and you will succeed. Challenges will come but if you stay committed, you will be successful”, the governor added.

While disclosing that the state government would soon embark on the 4thProgramme Cycle of the STEP/YAGEP Programmes, Senator Okowa charged beneficiaries of the programmes to help train other youths in their communities so as to improve their entrepreneurial skills and make them self- employed.

Dr. Okowa called on the private sector to partner with the state government and the beneficiaries on the growth of their various businesses and the empowerment of youths in our society.

Earlier in a welcome address, The state’s Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof. Eric Eboh said that the 3rdProgramme Cycle 2017/2018 has 745 beneficiaries including 30 persons with Disabilities and their training and starter packs were funded by State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR), a World Bank project.

Skill Acquisition : Honourable Olugbemi Empowers Constituents mSkill Acquisition : Honourable Olugbemi Empowers Constituents

Skill Acquisition : Honourable Olugbemi Empowers Constituents


In what dipicts teaching people how to fish rather than giving them fishes,  The Honourable representing Oluyole Federal Constituency in the Green Chambers,  Hon.  Olusumbo Olugbemi who believes in the enhancement of human capital as the most sustainable empowerment on Monday  19th of March kicked- off a skill acquisition program in collaboration Subject Matter Specialists from Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria.


The program aimed at equipping participants with requisite knowledge on poultry production and other related livelihood activities when completed, is anticipated to produce world class poultry farmers, value chain Operators in poultry production thereby adding value to the local content in Oluyole Federal Constituency, reducing unemployment and producting self-reliant youths who in turn could train and motivate fellow youths to become better individuals.


In his remarks at the event,  Hon.  Olugbemi admonished participants to take optimum advantage of the skill acquisition program as plans have been perfected to get them adequately equipped with starter packs after the training exercises to set up their own poultry business. The skill acquisition program is a follow-up to a similar training program facilitated by Hon Olugbemi in 2017 in which over a hundred youths from across Oluyole Federal  Constituency were taken through a similar training after which they were given free start-up day old chicks, free feeds drugs and some funds to support their poultry business which today has made the participants employers of labour.



Honourable Olusunbo Olugbemi

Kano government trains 3,500 vigilance members, distributes uniforms worth N200 million

The Kano State Government has trained 3,500 vigilance members on basic literacy and distributed uniforms worth over N200 million to various vigilance groups with a view to enhance their operations.

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, made this known on Monday during the post -International Literacy Day celebration in Kano.

Ganduje said that the training would reduce the level of illiteracy in the state and enhance their operations.

He said that his administration had given high premium to adult literacy in the state.

‎“Education is potentially the greatest instrument we have at our disposal to empower our people,” he said.

Ganduje added that the state government ‎would set up a security neighborhood agency to check security issues in the state.

‎The governor also distributed 13,200 uniforms worth N200 million to members of the vigilance groups in the 44 local government areas.

He also ‎promised to pay the remaining three months allowance for instructors at the literacy centres in the state.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Prof. Abba Haladu, commended the governor for his support to the state agency.

Haladu ‎said that International Literacy Day is celebrated annually world wide to bring together government’s, multi and bilateral organisations as well as NGOs to promote literacy within and beyond the 2030 education agenda.

“We have so far recorded a number of achievements including the development of vital documents such as the Policy Guidelines for Mass Literacy and Operational Plan for a National Mass Literacy Programme and Literacy Primers in the three major Nigerian languages and English,” he said.

He also urged the state and local governments to deploy the needed political will and, therefore, provide the necessary material support for the eradication of literacy in their ‎respective areas of jurisdiction.

Haladu then called on the state governor to approve the payment of monthly facilitators part-time allowances, to enhance their motivation and additional vehicles for monitoring and data collection.

He also appealed for the rehabilitation the women ‎education centres.

‎The Executive Secretary commended the Kano Mass Education Agency for organising important mobilisation activities and called on the government to provide more support for the agency.

Buhari Sa’ad

China awards scholarships to 47 UNICAL students

The Government of the Peoples Republic of China on Thursday awarded scholarships to 47 Students of the University of Calabar (UniCal), to celebrate the 47th anniversary of China-Nigeria diplomatic ties.

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou PingJiang, who presented the awards on behalf of the Government, noted that Nigeria and China had many things in common.

“While China has the largest population in Asia, Nigeria has the largest population in Africa.

“Also, we are the largest economy in Asia and the second largest in the World while Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa.

“We have many similarities and that is why our diplomatic ties have been very strong.”

He attributed China’s current economic strength to the “reform and open up’’ policy initiated 40 years ago, adding that the policy was based on a tripartite system of strong leadership, policy, and good work.

“And after 40 years of that reform and open up policy, China today has become the second largest economy in the World.”

Pingjuang lauded the management of UniCal for the great strides in academic and infrastructural development within four decades of its existence.

He also thanked the management for its hospitality.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu, expressed gratitude to the ambassador for choosing the institution for the awards ahead of other notable universities in the country.

He said that the gesture was a testimony that UniCal was receiving international recognition.

Akpagu announced that the institution had initiated a move to set up an Institute of African and Asian Studies.

He solicited the support of the ambassador in actualizing the institute.

The 47 awardees were drawn from various departments of the university.

In an interview, one of the awardees, Mr Okpi Bernard, a 500 level Law student, expressed joy over the award, describing it as “very wonderful”.

“I am very excited about this award. It means a lot to me; I am an orphan and this will go a long way in helping to pay my school fees,” he said.

Timi Godson
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