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INAC EXPO 2021: NCAC Boss, Runsewe Hosts Diplomatic Community to Dinner

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In a strategic bid to ensure that the 2021 International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo meets its desired objectives, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) played host to the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria to a Pre-INAC dinner in Abuja.

Speaking at the occasion, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Olusegun Runsewe explained that the purpose of the dinner outing was to celebrate the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria for their unwavering support to NCAC programmes and also intimate them of Council’s preparedness to host the 2021 edition of the culture, arts and crafts Expo which will be held under the theme ” Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.

The Director General revealed that INAC Expo which was initiated in 2018, is one of Council’s blue chip Cultural tourism promotion offering aimed at recapturing, re- enacting and marketing the essence of the Nigerian Crafts Industry and it’s wealth creation potentials at national and international levels.

Other strategic contents and interventions at each edition of INAC Expo, Otunba Runsewe further stated, includes practical workshops and robust exhibitions geared towards reawakening and energizing the cultural sector towards economic empowerment, information sharing, skills acquisition and overall socio economic integration of Countries.

Runsewe who doubles as the President, World Crafts Council (African Region) maintained that INAC Expo has helped to sensitize investors on the need to invest in the Arts and Crafts sector as a way of encouraging Enterprenuership and rural communities development which has attracted investors in line with the Social Development Goals ( SDG) agenda of the present administration.

The NCAC boss therefore promised the Diplomatic Community that the 14th edition of INAC Expo 2021 holding from the 13th to the 15th of October at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, will once again provide the needed platform for different countries to showcase their indigenous Arts and Crafts through exhibitions , personal and virtual interactions while savouring the fascinating cultural goldmine in Nigeria.

Highpoint of the evening which was held at the Ladi Kwali hall of Sharaton Hotel and Towers, Abuja was a raffle draw where members of the Diplomatic Community were rewarded with various artistic gift items. There were also goodwill messages from Ambassadors of various Countries and various stakeholders in the Culture and Tourism sector.

The Chief host, Otunba Runsewe presented gifts of appreciation to 25 Countries and stakeholders that attended the event.

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Court Rejects Manu’s Application, Orders Alleged Terrorists’ Negotiator to Remain in DSS Custody

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application by alleged terrorists’ negotiator, Mohammed Tukur Mamu, seeking to be relocated from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to Kuje prison in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In a ruling on Monday, Justice Inyang Ekwo agreed with the prosecution that it would be unwise to grant Mamu’s request in view of the incessant jail breaks being experienced in the country in recent time.

Justice Ekwo noted that Mamu neither contradicted nor disputed – as required by law – the prosecution’s averments in relation to frequent cases of jail break in recent time.

The judge held that as the defendant did not challenge the averments, they are deemed to be true facts, adding that facts admitted need no further proof.

Justice Ekwo subsequently ordered Mamu to remain in DSS custody throughout his trial in the criminal charges against him.

The judge restated his earlier order that the terrorist negotiator be allowed access to his personal physician for medical treatment with the supervisions of the DSS.

Mamu was arraigned before the court on March 21 on a 10-count charge bordering on terrorism related offences, filed by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

He was among others, accused of having relationship with terrorists and involvement in the ransom negotiation for those behind last attack on a Kaduna-bound train and abduction of the passengers.

Mamu is being kept in the custody of the DSS while his trial is ongoing.

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Man Dies Watching Television in Drinking Bar – Police Confirm

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The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the sudden death of a yet to be identified man, who reportedly came to watch television at a beer parlour in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday.

Hundeyin said that the owner of the beer parlour, whose name was not mentioned, reported the case to Elere Police Division on Wednesday at about 7.00 p.m.

He said that the report revealed that a customer (now deceased), whose name and address were yet unknown, in his 50s, came to the beer parlour located along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway at about 6.15 p.m.

The statement quoted the bar owner as saying thatthe customer walked into the open bar to sit and watch television.

The statement read in part:

“He was later observed to be sleeping on the chair and there was an attempt to wake him up, but they discovered that he was lifeless.

“The scene was visited by detectives of the division and the body was seen lifeless on the chair without any mark of violence.

“The body has been removed to Mainland General Hospital Mortuary Yaba, Lagos for autopsy. Efforts to trace his family is in progress.”

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Lagos Govt Warns Schools, Teachers Against Extension Classes, Fee-Paying Tutorials for Students

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The Lagos State government has issued a stern warning to teachers and schools against extending official hours for fee-paying extra lessons.

This directive was announced by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jamiu Tolani Alli-Balogun, during the unveiling of a block of classrooms and furniture at Amuwo Odofin Junior High School complex.

Alli-Balogun emphasized that the extra hour after the official closing time – typically used for paid lessons – ought to be for extracurricular activities. The activities, the commissioner said, include clubs such as the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Boys Scouts, Boys/Girls Brigade, STEM Club, Writing and Debate Club, are essential for the well-rounded development of students.

Expressing his disapproval of the practice where the first lesson of the day is often neglected by teachers, Alli-Balogun warned that any teacher found derelict in their duties would face strict consequences.

“Do your job at the right time between 8.00am and 2.00pm and leave the extra hour for reading or extracurricular activities.

“We will no longer condone using that time for fee-paying extra lessons in our schools. Education is free in Lagos State, and nobody should be charging any fee for anything,” he warned.

The commissioner made these remarks during the inauguration of new classroom facilities and furniture at the Amuwo-Odofin Junior High School Complex, a project sponsored by Grimaldi Group and Ports & Terminal Multiservices Ltd.

He urged students to fully engage in the various social activities and clubs available to ensure their holistic development.

Alli-Balogun’s stern message underscores the government’s commitment to free education and the importance of extracurricular activities in fostering a balanced educational environment.

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