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Runsewe Excited on Return of History Curriculum to Lagos Schools, Commends Sanwo-Olu

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The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, has expressed his excitement at the return of History as a curriculum in Lagos schools and commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the timely initiative.

In November, Lagos will host the 35th edition of the iconic National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), a cultural fiesta deep in the history, traditions and cultures of Nigeria as a nation state.

Runsewe, who doubles as President, Africa Region of World Craft Council (WCC), disclosed that History of Nigeria back in schools study and teaching profile in Lagos, is a welcome strategic decision by Governor Sanwo-Olu, promising to organise a history of Nigeria session for Lagos students during NAFEST in November.

“Strategically, we have school children competition on Arts, crafts and culture, and definitely History will be part of the subjects we shall introduce to compliment this cheering milestone from the governor of Lagos State.

“We have established a foothold in the investment of cultural education and history in NAFEST in the past four years and each state where NAFEST took place, we target and give robust support to children theatre, and full compliment to reenactment of history of our past heroes who contributed to our political evolution and NAFEST in Lagos will witness a new direction in this aspect,” Otunba Segun Runsewe affirmed.

He called on other state governments to follow suit and help in making History of Nigeria a quick come back curriculum in primary and secondary schools in order to infuse love of nation and people’s culture and tradition among young children.

“W must take our children back from foreign cultural influences and help grow their faith and trust in Nigeria through the study of Nigerian History. It is long overdue and we at NCAC join Lagos governor to celebrate this auspicious engagement by donating History books and narratives on pre colonial Nigeria at NAFEST to all state participants,” Runsewe added.

Recall that earlier in the month, the Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, announced the re-introduction of History into the state’s school curriculum.

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Atiku Promises to End Banditry, Reconstruct Bakalori Dam in Zamfara

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said a PDP-led Federal Government will end banditry in Zamfara State.

Atiku, who was in Gusau on Monday for a campaign rally, also promised to reconstruct Bakalori Dam to aid irrigation farming in the state. He noted that apart from Borno and Yobe states, Zamfara State has paid dearly for the spate of insecurity in the country, which he blamed on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“They brought insecurity, poverty, and disunity; our youth are not going to school because teachers are not paid in secondary and tertiary institutions.

“With your vote, you will expunge them. I promise to restore peace and security in Nigeria. I have done it in the past (and) I see no reason why with your support and backing, by the grace of God, there won’t be peace in Nigeria,” the PDP candidate asserted.

He promised to work with the state government to revitalise the closed down textile companies, adding that businessmen would be supported with capital to open and go into textile production for job generation.

“We will open (closed) borders because it is not in line with the law. Our borders are closed while others are open; there is no justice in this,” he noted.

The vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed confidence that PDP would secure over 80 per cent votes in Zamfara State.

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We’ve Intercepted Criminal Gang Selling Redesigned Naira Notes  – DSS 

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By Eric Elezuo

The Department of State Services (DSS) said that it has intercepted members of a syndicate involved in the sale of the new redesigned naira notes.

A statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Peter Afunanya, also noted that the syndicate is aided by staff of some commercial banks.

The statement in full:

DSS INTERCEPTS SYNDICATES SELLING NEW CURRENCY NOTES; BANK OFFICIALS IMPLICATED

The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby informs the public that it has intercepted some members of organised syndicates involved in the sale of the new redesigned naira notes. In the course of its operations, in this regard in parts of the country, it was also established that some Commercial Bank officials are aiding the economic malfeasance.

Consequently, the Service warns the currency racketeers to desist from this ignoble act. Appropriate regulatory authorities are, in this same vein, urged to step up monitoring and supervisory activities to expeditiously address the emerging trends.

It should be noted that the Service has ordered its Commands and Formations to further ensure that all persons and groups engaged in the illegal sale of the notes are identified. Therefore, anyone with useful information relating to this is encouraged to pass the same to the relevant authorities.

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I’ll Attend Guber Debate, with or without Sanwo-Olu, Says Jandor

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The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate for Lagos State, Olajide Adediran popularly known as Jandor, has agreed to attend the governorship debate organised for Lagos candidates.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is seeking re-election under the All Progressives Congress platform had withdrawn from the debate, citing security reasons.

But in a world conference held on Saturday, Jandor faulted Sanwo-Olu’s reason for withdrawing from the debate.

Vanguard quoted Jandor as saying, “This speaks volume of Governor Sanwo-Olu as Chief Security Officer of the state as he cannot guarantee his own safety.

He added, “It just worries me that the Chief Security Officer of a state is saying he is not safe. I am safe and I will go everywhere in Lagos.

“The debate wasn’t put together for me or Sanwo-Olu, it is for people of Lagos State. I will go, he has given me role of big brother to play.

“I will go because I want people of Lagos to listen to me and know what I want to offer. This 2023, they wouldn’t come again.”

Jandor also decried the series of attacks targeted at his campaign train, as he asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to work towards securing the nation ahead of the general elections.

Jandor’s campaign convoy was attacked in the Aguda area of Surulere Local Government Area of the state on Friday, leaving three injured.

The latest attack makes it the third one experienced by Jandor’s convoy in the last few days.

His campaign train had been attacked by thugs in Badagry, Ikorodu, Agege, Kosofe and Surulere, leaving some of his followers wounded and vehicles vandalised.

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