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Runsewe Commends Niger Republic on Cross Border Security



The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has commended the Republic of Niger for instituting a formidable military collaboration with Nigeria to enhance the security of life and properties along the border communities of both countries.

Runsewe made this commendation in his office when he hosted a delegation of senior Military Officers from the Superior Military College in Niger Republic, who were in his office as part of their study tour of Nigeria.

Welcoming the Nigerean delegation, Runsewe said that apart from sharing common bundries, both countries share similar values and ideals as common members of the United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Lake Chad Basin Commission, Economic Community of West African State ( ECOWAS), African Union (AU) Organization of Islamic Community (OIC) etc

He added that the existing bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Niger Republic has helped tremendously in tackling trans-border insecurity, illegal arms importation and smuggling.

In his words ” Niger, like Nigeria are also facing challenges of Boko Haram, insecurity and jihadist movement and the multi national task force on insecurity between Nigeria, Republic of Niger, Chad and Benin Republic have yielded positive results”.

Otunba Runsewe who is also the president of World Crafts Council for African Region revealed that Nigeria and Niger Republic have signed a bilateral agreement for the coordination of frequency utilization along their boarders to ensure seemless deployment of military services around and within the two countries.

He opined that a collaboration with the National Council for Arts and Culture on the areas of capacity building, youth empowerment and cultural exchange will further cement the existing relationship both countries share.

Speaking earlier, the head of the Nigerean delegation Col. Abdulrasak Ibrahim expressed appreciation on the manner of culturally friendly reception accorded him and members of his delegation which according to him is a clear indication of the good attitude of Nigerians

Col. Ibrahim who spoke through an interpreter stated that the Nigerean delegation which consists of 10 supervising staff including Team leader, Directors and Administrative staff as well as 23 participants were on a study tour of Nigeria under the theme ” Military Cooperation and Cross Boarder Security” with Nigeria as a case study.

He revealed that a rewarding civil military relationship is often enhanced by the knowledge the Culture, norms and traditions of the environment under operation adding that despite the multi ethnic, multi religious and multi cultural nature of Nigeria, she is able to harness her diversity to meet the challenges of national integration, unity and development.

” The component of Culture is what is needed to manage peace because as military men, we work in areas with different cultures so we need to know these cultures to define our scope of engagement” he said.

The head of delegation expressed confidence that the experience and knowledge they have gathered, at the end of this study will enhance their opinions when they get back to their country.
The highlights of the courtesy visit was an exchange of gifts from the visitors and their host.

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




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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Declare State of Emergency on Power Sector Now, Barth Nnaji Tells FG




By Morakinyo Ajibade

Chairman, Geometric Power Limited, and former Minister of Power, Prof. Bartholomew Nnaji, has said that only a state of emergency on the power and gas sector will restore the comatose energy and electricity crisis in the nation.

The former Minister, who just commissioned a power station in Aba, Abia State, made this call while speaking as a guest lecturer at the inaugural Dele Momodu Leadership Lecture, held at the Nigerian Institute of International and Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos.

According to him, a state of emergency needs to be declared in the gas sector as this declaration will save the power sector and allow the government and other stakeholders to address fundamental issues in the gas sector in a robust manner.

“The issues will include how to strike a healthy balance between producing gas for export and gas for domestic consumption. Gas is equally needed in both markets.

“There is not enough natural gas or even liquefied petroleum gas used in the kitchen. Even the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company, a major foreign exchange earner that also has a guaranteed market, has been operating at 60% capacity on account of insufficient gas supply.

“The petroleum companies supplying gas to power-generating companies are in a tighter position. Because they are performing sub-optimally, there are now longer periods of electricity blackouts throughout the country. This is despite the spirited efforts of the NNPCL, the Ministry of Power and the Presidency,” he said.

The event, which attracted the who’s who in the nation’s political and economic climate, was held to mark the 64th birthday of Aare Dele Momodu, a veteran and seasoned journalist, who has dedicated most of his life time in the pursuit of equity and food governance in Nigeria.

Among dignitaries that graced the all important gathering were the former President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. John Dramani Mahama; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke; former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; traditional rulers, captains of industries, and the general public.

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Adeleke Hails Glo, Adenuga for Enormous Contributions to Economy




The governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has praised Globacom for its enormous contributions to Nigerian society. He also lauded the company’s chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., for his strong faith in the country.

Governor Adeleke, who made the remark while entertaining a Globacom team in his office in the state capital, insisted that “the subnational entities are where your market is and even though the regulatory body is national, your market base remains the states and the local governments. You must deliberately prioritize partnership with the state government”.

“The telecom community must understand that giving full support to the states in terms of payment of right taxes and corporate social responsibility is an investment in your market. The more robust the state governments are, the more buoyant your market will be,” the governor averred.

He extolled Dr Adenuga, who he described as a “great Nigerian whose impact on the Nigerian and the African economy cannot be quantified.”

He told the Globacom team that his administration was prepared to work with the corporation on a business partnership. “Be rest assured that this partnership is already a reality. We just need to work out the details”, the governor added.

The Glo Public Sector team leader, Niyi Odejobi assured the governor that the telecom behemoth is prepared to support the state to flourish.

He said Globacom is prepared to roll out digital and internet infrastructure to support companies and government in the state, promising that the cooperation will transform Osun state.

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