New Nigerian Newspaper NNN Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:34:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100775232 Commissioner Says Big Prize Money Awaits First 10 Finishers Of Kaduna Marathon Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:34:12 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Commissioner Ministry Sports Development Kaduna State, Professor Kabir Mato has given an insight into the cash prizes that will be won at the maiden Kaduna Marathon, with the top winne smiling to the bank with $10,000.

Professor Mato made this known during a press briefing and unveiling of the Marathon tagged, “Kaduna Runs” by Governor Nasir el-Rufai held at the Council Chambers, Kaduna State Government House on Saturday.

“The elite athletes winner gets $10,000 but you know in marathon, the first ten are givien prizes the number ten is expected to go with $1,000 for both male and female categories.

“For the local participants, N3m for both male and female first finishers and the tenth gets N350,000,” he said.

Speaking further, he said that they are inviting 20 elite runners internationally.

“The forms are online so whoever is interested can fill it online,” he added.

Speaking while delivering the welcome remarks, he said that the Governor decided to carve a niche by creating Ministry of Sports Development.

He said 75 per cent of Kaduna population is below 35 years, making sports very important.

Mato stressed that the Governor is poised to producing and reproducing sportsmen and women that will make Nigeria proud and Kaduna greater in sports.

He said the need informed the maiden Kaduna Marathon which is to compete with others held internationally by standards.

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el-Rufai Optimistic Kaduna Marathon Will Boost Investments, Talent Hub Sat, 19 Sep 2020 13:16:42 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has expressed optimism that the maiden Kaduna State Half Marathon, tagged “Kaduna Runs” will raise Kaduna’s Investment potentials as well as its talent hub.

Malam el-Rufai expressed this  at a press briefing and unveiling of the Kaduna Runs held at the Council Chambers, Kaduna State Government House on Saturday.
 He said that he was delighted to welcome all to the event to announce the inaugural edition of the half marathon will hold in November 2020.

“Let us come together for those hoping to win or those to cheer the runners.
“Participation can also be used to support charity.
“We call on all Kaduna residents to support,” he said.
The Governor expressed hopes that when all their ongoing urban renewal  is completed, they can host full marathon.
“Kaduna Runs is a family thing, as five kilometre and others are incorporated into the race.
“Kaduna Runs is fully funded by sponsors and those who reslgister to run.
“We want to keep.doubling the prize money every year. From 2021, we will add a lifeline to our budget for the Marathon,” he said.

 He disclosed that he has already registered for the marathon.
“I am announcing that I will not do more than five kilometres.
“I urge you to register and I pray you come back again and again
“Kaduna a home where everyone can live in peace, devoid of religious and ethnic differences,” he said.
On the several successes being recorded by the state, he said that it is as a result of team work.
“I appeal to you to stop over complimenting the Governor. All the excellent decisions are collectively taken at the Executive meeting,” he said.
Speaking further, he disclosed that they have plans to build mini stadia throughout the state. 

“We will bring in many programmes to bring back sports are on the way,” he assured.
el-Rufai said that they appointed an experienced commissioner to sports, to ensure its all round development.
“He was before Commissioner of Agriculture,” he said.

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Nigeria’s Daily COVID-19 Cases Shoot Up To 221, Total 56,956 Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:59:25 +0000 By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

In Nigeria, Novel CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) infected people in seventeen states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Friday.

The pandemic was detected in the the following areas: Lagos 59, Abia 46, FCT 22, Gombe 20, Plateau 17, Rivers 11, Bauchi 7, Benue 6, Ekiti 6, Imo 6, Kaduna 4, Kwara 4, Ondo 4, Ogun 3, Osun 3, Bayelsa 1, Edo 1 and Kano 1.

NCDC reported on its twitter account yesterday that as of Friday 18th September 2020 Nigeria had recorded a total of 56,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic since the index case occurred in the nation.

Out of the total, 48,305 COVID-19-infected patients had been treated and discharged from Nigeria’s COVID-19 isolation centres, while the worldwide disease had killed 1,094 people in the country.

“Our discharges today include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines,” the disease control agency clarified.

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I Have Good Plans For People Of Dala LGA – Chairmanship Aspirant Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:56:04 +0000

A chairmanship aspirant for Dala Local Government Council under the platform of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Alhaji Kabir Abdulkadir Jibrin  popularly known as “Dan Kurna” has informed that he has excellent plans for the people of the area that would bring real change.

He made the expression in an interview with our correspondent, where he added that his administration would bring good development in a democratic practice if elected by the people of Dala Local Government Area especially in the area of education, youth development, developmental projects and conducive business atmosphere for commercial activities.

Dan Kurna stated that, ” I have big plans for the people of Dala Local Government Area because I know their problems and how to solve them despite the present economic challenges, I am ready to develop the area applying modern policies that are being practiced in the developed world to make Dala Local Government Area an exemplary domain in Kano State”. He assured.

Alhaji Kabiru Dan Kurna stressed that Dala Local Government Area is a very prominent place with twelve wards and many people that need special consideration to fully benefit from genuine dividends of democracy.

He said that Dala people would really see change if they give him the mandate in the forthcoming local government  elections in Kano State.

In conclusion, the chairmanship aspirants thanked the good people of Dala Local Government Area, especially the APC supporters who are always ready to support him in his ambition to win the chairmanship position in order to bring change in every sector  and with even projects execution.

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CP Odumosu Orders Remodeling Of Police Cell Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:41:30 +0000 By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Hakeem Odumosu has ordered the immediate reconstruction of the cell at Ogudu Police Station to a model type that befits the modern policing ideologies of the Inspector General of Police Muhammadu Adamu.
Odumosu,  gave the order during an inspection and assessment tour of the facility, which is in a deplorable condition.
The Commissioner , who was on routine check of police deployments and formations across the command, noticed the condition of the cell and ordered the Officer in charge of the works department (DLS), Lagos State Command, who was in the entourage, amongst other officers, to commence immediate construction and reinforcement of the cell; and to fix all necessary gadgets to make it a standard model cell. 

According to a release by SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the public relations officer,the police chief also seized the opportunity to charge the officers and men of the command, particularly those attached to Area H, Ogudu, on proactiveness, commitment and patriotism to national service and general security of Lagos State , and Nigeria at large. 
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Ogun Resident Doctors Shelve Proposed Strike Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:37:31 +0000


The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, has called off its planned industrial action scheduled to commence on Monday, 21st of September, 2020.

This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the state government.

According to the President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Mutiu Popoola, the state government after series of meeting with their teams         agreed to commit additional resources towards the renumeration of an enhanced salary package for OOUTH medical practitioners with entry level of CONMESS 3/2.

They also agreed to make available Personal Protective Equipments to ensure that health workers are not exposed to any form of hazard.

Popoola while acknowledging the state government for approving the commencement date for the enhanced payment for October, 2020, said they agreed that the payment would not accommodate the payment of salary arrears and that the payment would also be linked to performance and agreed key performance indicators.

While appreciating the state government for it’s pledge to continue to provide the necessary healthcare inputs from available resources, Popoola said that the decision of the state government to continue to monitor the health system in the state so as to ensure that input generated commensurate to the quality of health service output is a welcome development.

Earlier in his remarks, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatokunbo Talabi noted that the present administration in the state would continue to give the health care sector all the needed support.

According to Mr Talabi, the health of the people of the state is paramount to the state government.

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Internal Rancour Within APC Will Soon Be Over – Oyo Reps Member Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:33:44 +0000
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and the lawmaker  representing Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere  Federal Constituency Oyo State, Honourable Segun Dokun Odebunmi has disclosed that the internal rancour in the party will soon be a thing of the past 
Hon Odebunmi stated this  while speaking with  journalists after he attended a meeting with the former  Governor of Zamfara state Sen Abdul aziz Yari , and Hon Jaji 
The lawmaker emphasized that there is the need for stakeholders in the party  to eschew politics of bitterness and embrace peace in the interest of the party.
Honourable Odebunmi pointed out that the time has come for “all leaders of the party as well as members to embrace the on going reconciliation process in APC. 
“We must reconcile ourselves and talk to our followers and this will  compliment the efforts of the state and National reconciliation committee”, he said.
The lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere  Federal Constituency in Oyo state stressed the need for trust among the warring factions within the party and embrace the reconciliation agenda of the interim national executive .
According to Honourable Odebubunmi, “peace is the only way to achieve strong political and social cohesion” adding, “one of our most noble political task is to open up trust and love among members so that the party will continue to win election”
He however expresses optimism in the effort of the Interim National executive of the party in restoring peace and stability in the party as well as positioning it to win future elections in the country.
Also, the  immediate past governor of Zamfara state Alhaji Abdulazees Yari has stressed  that his faction is open for peace dialogue and discussion with the others.

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Fayemi Tasks New Ekiti Monarch On Unity, Community Development Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:30:32 +0000


Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has presented the staff of office to the new Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaye charging the monarch to use his position to foster unity and development of his kingdom.

Dr. Fayemi described the new royal father’s ascension as a divine call to duty and service which calls for due diligence, sacrifice, initiative, effective service delivery and perseverance.

The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, expressed satisfaction that the process which produced the new Oluyin was peaceful and did not degenerate into uncontrollable controversies.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, the new Oluyin received the staff of office on the first anniversary of the transition of his predecessor, the late Oba John Ademola Ajakaye.

He pointed out that his administration has no special interest in any particular candidate among the princes who vied for the stool  or any other royal position stressing that the selection process was guided by merit, transparency and fairness.

The Governor advised the Oluyin to exercise the powers bestowed on him with restraint and fear of God enjoining the monarch to tread the path of reconciliation as he settles down to his royal duties.

Dr. Fayemi appealed to the people of Iyin to allow the spirit of oneness and sincerity of purpose to reflect in their support and cooperation with their Kabiyesi in his quest at ensuring meaningful development in the interest of all.

The Governor commended traditional rulers in the state for their support for his administration and their contribution to the sustenance of peace and stability in their respective domains.

He further used the occasion to restate the commitment of his administration to community development noting that various ongoing projects including the new Ado-Iyin Express Way were geared towards economic development and improvement of standards of living.

The Chairman of Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government, Mr. Sina Ogunleye, lauded the Iyin Ekiti kingmakers for painstakingly working to choose a new Oba for the community.

Describing the selection process as difficult and challenging, the council chairman urged Iyin indigenes to support their new royal father to take the town to greater heights.

The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adeniyi Familoni, hailed Governor Fayemi for his interest on ensuring that all vacant royal stools in the state are filled as soon as possible.  

Familoni explained that the selection process was keenly monitored to ensure it was done in compliance with extant rules and in line with the tradition of the people of Iyin.

In his acceptance speech, Oba Ajakaye pledged to harness the energy and ingenuity of the people of Iyin to stimulate the social and economic development of the town as he begins his reign.

Oba Ajakaye who unfolded his development blueprint for his kingdom pledged to leverage on technology, intelligence gathering and tap from the abundant human, agricultural and tourism resources to lift Iyin to national and international prominence.

The monarch promised to revive and raise the profile of the town’s traditional festivals in order to make it a preferred tourist destination noting that the ancient Esa Cave would be developed in conjunction with the state government.

He also promised to establish a Digital Resource that would become the repository of Iyin history and the hub of research, while a database of unemployed sons and daughters of the town.

Oba Ajakaye further unfolded his desire to ensure human capital development of Iyin and develop it into a modern city through an urban renewal strategy.

He said further: “We also intend to pioneer the development of modern real estates in Iyin Ekiti so that the town could benefit from its nearness to Ado Ekiti, the state capital.”

The Oluyin also promised to encourage the establishment of cottage and small scale industries and service businesses including bakeries, dry cleaning services and functional hospitals while encouraging the use of clean and green energy.

The event was witnessed by the Ooni of Ile-Ife,Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who was represented by Oba Adebisi Segun Layade,the Alara Oodaye of Ara land, Ile-Ife; the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti and Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers,Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi and some political holders.

The brief ceremony was held in line with COVID-19 protocols with very few attendees allowed into the venue while others who accompanied the new monarch from their hometown stayed outside to guard against overcrowding.

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45-year Old Mother Roasts Two Hands Of Five-year Old Son Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:28:52 +0000

A 45-year old mother, Mrs. Alice Clement of Abuja Phase one in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba State has confessed to roasting two hands of her five-year old son, Amos Clement on fire for stealing her one thousand Naira.
Mrs. Clement while fielding questions from journalists on the ugly act awfully  said, she did the act out of anger at the late hours of Thursday in her residence.
Alice who find it difficult to explain, also said that the child took her one thousand Naira and letter returned nine hundred Naira.
Speaking on whether there was food or not, Mrs. Alice Clement denied not having food stuff in the house, saying she doesn’t know what came into her that led to what she did to the little boy.
Also speaking on the ugly act, an elder sister to Mrs. Clement who spoke on condition of anonymity, condemned the act in totality, saying if someone did such to her (Alice) how would she feel. 
She warned her younger sister to desist from such anger which may lead her to problem.
According to our correspondent, the five year old boy, Amos Clement sustained a serious injury on his two hands.
As at the time of filling this report, Mrs. Alice has since been arrested and taken to Jalingo Area Command by the police for further investigation.

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Kaduna Urban Renewal Programme Aimed At Attracting Investors – el-Rufai Sat, 19 Sep 2020 05:24:04 +0000 By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna

Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai of Kaduna, has said that the only way the state can make  economic progress  and for the government to have more taxes in its kitty is to attract  more businesses.
The governor who was explaining the rationale behind the Urban Renewal Programme of his administration, noted that businesses go where they can find the type of infrastructure they require, and that is what Kaduna State is trying to put in place.
el-Rufai said that the Urban Renewal Programme aims to modernise and upgrade  Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan towns “to attract more people to our state, more jobs and more opportunities.’’
Speaking while inspecting ongoing projects under the Urban Renewal Programme, he initiated in 2019, el-Rufai said that the state government is determined to complete the projects under the road component of the programme, ‘’and we are confident that in the next one, or one and half years, all these projects will be completed in Zaria, Kaduna and Kafanchan.’’
According to him, Kaduna State did not only multiply its Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) but also improved its credit worthiness in the last four years.
‘’ We went to China and signed a global agreement with China Civil Engineering Construction  Corporation (CCECC) in Beijing, their headquarters, to be partners with Kaduna State Government.
‘’ They are not just contractors, they are our partners. We are doing many things together. So, whether we have money or not, they will work. But we have money, we are paying them,’’ he added.
The governor revealed that when the Urban Renewal Programme was  launched over a year ago, the government  gave CCECC  an advance payment of N10 billion.
The governor assessed progress of the construction of the underpass at the end of  Yakubu Gowon road which will replace the former Leventis roundabout and the 5.6km road from the Millennium City to the Eastern Bye-pass.
 He also visited the site of the new Kawo flyover and the new 12.5km road which will link Malali to the Western Bye-pass and the Rigasa train station through a dualised Rabah Road.
el-Rufai revealed that the  Western Bye-pass will be  reconstructed completely  by Alhaji Aliko Dangote under the tax credit scheme, adding that it will be “a three-lane road on both sides constructed using reinforced concrete.’’
The governor disclosed that Kaduna State is considering building another bye-pass in the western sector to complement the FG’s effort to reconstruct the old Western Bye-pass, reduce commuting time and open up more sections of the city.
 ‘’Kaduna State Government and CCECC are discussing to do a new western bypass that will start from Kakau, just before the flyover, and go round behind Rigasa, and connect with Rigachukun and  the Eastern bypass constructed by the federal government.”
The governor said that the new road will be constructed under a Public Private Partnership(PPP) arrangement when the agreement has been reached.
“We will toll the road so that anyone passing will pay some money. We will also build hotels, petrol stations housing estates along the corridor of the new western bypass. The design has been done; we are negotiating financing and by the grace of God we are going to start it,’’ he  added.
Highlights of event: The governor visited the Yakubu Gowon Road underpass, the 5.6km road linking the Millennium City to the Eastern Bye-Pass, the new Kawo Flyover and the 12.5km road that will link a dualised Rabah Road to the Rigasa train station through the Western Bye-pass.

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