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Schools, Institutions For Honours At West African Quality Education Exhibition/Awards – Naijanewsdirect

  Prominent educational organizations, institutions such as schools with commendable quality education delivery are some of the institutions that will be rewarded with special honors at the West African Quality Education Awards 2022. The event which will hold on Monday 11th July, 2022 at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, is poised to reward institutions that have contributed to the development of the continent through quality education in raising standard education and academic performance in West African sub-region. The Award is aimed at identifying, recognizing and rewarding schools, institutions and support organizations that adhere strictly to quality education principles and best practices. Initiated by World Quality Alliance in support of Institute for Quality Education USA, the organizers in Africa hoping to raise quality of education in the sub-region, want to emphasize more on the fact that a quality education is one that provides all learners with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihood, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies and enhance individual well-being. The award will also be published in major Pan African Magazines such as African Investor, African Report while a publication of recipient will be given to awardees on the day. Expected to grace the event are includes the Vice President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Ghana Education Minister, Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education Liberia, Prof. Anusu Dao Sanli among others

Aregbesola Urges 1-yr Timeline For Conclusion of Criminal Cases; Tasks Nigerians, NCoS Personnel On Attitudinal Change – Naijanewsdirect

  The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on the judicial arm of government to support the ongoing reform in the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) through timely conclusion of criminal cases. Aregbesola specifically advocated a 12-month timeline for dispensation of justice on criminal cases brought to the court. The Minister spoke on Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 at a two-day Controller General of Corrections' Retreat held in Sokoto, Sokoto State. According to Aregbesola, the judiciary should ensure that from the arrest of suspects to conclusion of their cases in court, the maximum time spent on their trial should not be more than 12-month. He urged personnel of the correctional service to begin the advocacy for a year dispensation of justice on criminal cases. Aregbesola said he's a victim of delay in justice delivery, noting that his case on the restoration of his stolen mandate in 2007 activated the judiciary to peg the conclusion of election cases to a year. The former Governor of Osun State said timely dispensation of justice on criminal cases will not only reduce the number of awaiting trial inmates and decongest the correctional facilities but will also save the service a lot of money. Speaking on the condition of correctional facilities in the country, Aregbesola said that beyond the law, attitudinal change is required from the society and personnel of Nigeria Correctional Service to drive the needed reform. According to him, majority members of the society do not have correct understanding of what the correction centres should be, saying that is responsible for some negative comments on some issues involving activities of the NCos personnel. Aregbesola who bemoaned what he described as unbefitting status of some of the correctional facilities urged the NCoS personnel to mobilise community efforts to change the facial appearance of their facilities. He lamented some of the correctional facilities are dampening the

IBEDC Appeals To Customers To Pay Bills, Says Tariffs Are Fixed By NERC – Naijanewsdirect

The Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Plc has appealed to its esteemed customers with huge outstanding to pay their bills. This is to avoid any kind of interruption due to the ongoing mass disconnection exercise.     A statement signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the Company (COO), Engr. John Ayodele said IBEDC is embarking on a mass disconnection exercise, because of payment apathy by customers, which is adversely affecting quality service delivery. “We are retooling our revenue drive strategy to ensure that the monies that have been left uncollected through huge debts, non-payment of bills, underpayment of bills, meter bye-passing, use of illicit meters and energy theft are raked in to enable us to meet our obligations to the customers and the market operators”.     As we all know there has been a major drop in the electricity generated across the country that has invariably caused the reduced power supply to our valued customers; this drop in generation from the GENCOs is also traceable to their inability to pay for gas, which is denominated in dollars. When customers do not pay for electricity consumed, it has a ripple effect, as we cannot service the electricity value chain.     The COO however urged customers with disputed bills to lodge their complaints at the nearest IBEDC Office to seek redress or adjustments in cases where the claims are genuine and verifiable. Furthermore, he pleaded with customers to obtain their meters under the Meter Asset Provider Scheme (MAP) to put a stop to disputes over billing.     “The meters will record your accurate consumption, so please apply for a pre-paid meter if you are unmetered, if your meters are obsolete or faulty; and if you have a new building. Visit any IBEDC office in your location or go online to apply for the meters on msms.ibedc.com or www.ibedc.com” he

Gbajabiamila is Pride To Lagos, Face of Effective Legislative – Lagos Assembly – Naijanewsdirect

  The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the House on Monday showered encomium on Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who recently clocked 60. The members of the House spoke during plenary describing Gbajabiamila as one who has brought pride to Lagos State. Speaking about Gbajabiamila's legislative acumen, Rt. Hon. Obasa described the Speaker of the House of Representatives as “a legislator who carries out his duty with passion and dedication. He has sacrificed his own personal interest in the interest of the people. "You will recall during the reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); he was awarded a national honour, but because he had reservations the way and manner the country was being managed then, he rejected the offer. "This shows that he has always been with the people and serves in the interest of the people. He has also contributed a lot to the development of legislative institutions in this country." The Speaker thereafter directed the Clerk Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to transmit a congratulatory letter to the celebrant. The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, in his congratulatory message described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as an example of what a legislator should be . "He has shown that the older the wine, the better the legislature," he said. Majority Leader of the House, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, described Gbajabiamila is a man that is charismatic of the office he occupies. "He is calm, composed and each time you watch him preside, you would know an experienced legislator is presiding," he said. The Deputy Whip of the House, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as a great leader who has brought developmental projects to Surulere constituency. "He is a very outstanding man. His success cannot be far-fetched as this trait can be seen in his mother

We Are Committed To A Clean Environment – LAWMA Boss…Appeals for waste containerisation – Naijanewsdirect

  Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has reassured residents of firm commitment to a clean environment despite the challenge of diesel scarcity, while also appealing to them to bag and containerise their waste. The Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stated this on Friday while monitoring the environment, adding that efforts were being intensified, to clear any backlog of refuse, and to stop acts of indiscriminate waste disposal around the city. He said: “We have redoubled our efforts, working round the clock to ensure that we evacuate all waste anywhere around the city. Although the scarcity and high cost of diesel has been a major challenge, as all service providers' trucks run on diesel, nonetheless, we are doing the needful and leaving no stone unturned, to maintain a clean environment and prevent health hazard to the people”. “Over preceding months, we have rolled out advocacy and media sensitisation campaigns, to inform and educate residents on the importance of environmental cleanliness, particularly the act of waste containerisation. We have also supported efforts of PSP operators, by providing backup services in areas that experienced service gaps, with the overall aim of eradicating black spots across the metropolis”. He appealed to residents to properly bag and containerise their waste to allow more storage period and prevent littering. According to him, "The resurgence of waste observed in some areas of the metropolis is borne out of the unforeseen diesel challenges the service providers are experiencing, and since tenements cannot keep waste in their houses, have resorted to bringing it to the highways, which isn't proper." "While we strongly reiterate the importance of waste containers at home, we passionately appeal and canvass for public cooperation, to combat a resurgence of waste on road medians, canals and other illegal spots." "We are assuring Lagosians of our total commitment to rid the environment of

Primate Ayodele Releases Fresh Prophecies On Telecommunication, Sports, Others

  The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has released fresh prophecies on the telecommunication, sports and railway sectors in Nigeria and the African continent. In a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele warned the Nigerian communication commission (NCC) against taking steps that will run the telecommunication sector into serious crisis. He revealed that he foresees another indigenous telecommunication company coming up from the northern region of the country but stated that Glo will always stay afloat among others. Speaking on Glo, Primate Ayodele made it known that the company has God’s backing and that no amount of scandals will be able to bring it down. He however advised them to stay focused and courageous as he foresees the company taking over several states in the country and the African continent. ‘’The Nigerian communication commission must not take a step that will run telecommunication into crisis or troubles, they should be mindful against increment of VAT on telecommunication, It will not be suitable.’’ ‘’I am seeing another indigenous telecommunication company from a northerner but among all, Glo will still be a leading telecommunication company in Nigeria and Africa. It will have an unusually perfect network service despite the fact that there will be scandals against the company. They should stay focused and firm because God is behind them. Glo will employ more workers. Through Glo, the economy of Nigeria will be transformed. Glo will take over so many states in the country, I see the talking drum symbol everywhere. God has promised the chairman of Glo his protection, no matter the attacks of the enemies, I see Glo soaring.’’ On other telecommunication companies, Primate Ayodele warned MTN against taking wrong steps, Airtel against getting new device that won’t be favourable and 9mobile against indictment. ‘’MTN must be watchful against steps that

We Have Produced 625,000 Passports in Five Months, Says Aregbesola – Naijanewsdirect

  The enhanced passport of the Nigeria Immigration Service was today declared the real deal in passport making, stating that It is a product of the latest technology in passport administration and issuance. This is just as 625,000 passport has been issued to Nigerians desirous of acquiring the travel document in 2022 alone. This was revealed by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the Rollout of the Enhanced e-Passport for Delta and Edo States, which held at the Passport Office Headquarters, Benin, Edo State on Tuesday. “Our enhanced passport is the real deal in passport making.Today’s event is unique in many ways. The most important is making the enhanced ePassport available to the good people of Edo and Delta States. The enhanced ePassport comes in various categories, including the 64-page-10-year validity Passport which is quite convenient for frequent travellers. It is a product of the latest technology in passport administration and issuance. “This year alone, we have received about 750,000 applications out of which we have provided 625,000. The difference could have been due to many reasons, including failure of applicants to provide the correct information about themselves and matching their data with NIN. We could not contact them because they applied through touts who provided their own addresses or wrong ones altogether. But 625,000 is a huge and unprecedented figure, in less than half of the year, by any stretch of the imagination,” the Minister stated. Speaking further, the Interior Minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was indeed worried about the hassles Nigerians go through in securing the passports, noting that the role of the Nigerian Immigration Service is to make Nigerians desirous of getting the passport do so with ease and without stress. He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s charge to us is explicit. Make life easy as much as possible for every

Ayodele Calls For Better Cooperation For Improved Energy Demand & Supply in Africa – Naijanewsdirect

  Lack of keeping accurate data for energy demand across African countries has been one of the bane affecting improvement of power in the energy sector for optimal performance. This was the assertion of Chief Operating Officer of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company [IBEDC] Engr. John Ayodele at the Power and Water Exhibition & Conference. He said this at an event which took place in Lagos on Tuesday 21st June amidst stakeholders in the industry. The conference designed to deliberate on problems bedeviling the energy and Water sector as well as proffer solutions to tackle some of them, attracted global audience with common goal Ayodele who was a panelist at the discussant level on Together for A Better Tomorrow-Regional Electricity Cooperation and Integration, opined that “African nations should devote parts of the money used for ammunition on electricity, such move will have direct improvement in the standard of living in the continent” According to him “for Africa to be self-sufficient we must integrate ourselves and be willing to do the needful”. He said the Conference came up at a very appropriate time, with huge responsibilities on stakeholders to look for solutions, engage in technical discussion and do on the spot assessment of the region's opportunities in power generation & distribution. The IBEDC COO expresses confidence that “the event provides the opportunity for the players in the industry to be acquainted with innovations and inventions that will greatly improve our services to our esteemed customers” The 3-day event tagged Digitalization, Sustainability and Optimization is a brainchild of Vertex NEXT, a global business optimization solutions provider.

NDLEA Intercepts Methamphetamine Consignments At Lagos Airport – Naijanewsdirect

  Attempts by drug traffickers to export parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally concealed in Cornflakes packs and body cream containers to Malaysia and Australia have been foiled by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and a courier company in Lagos. Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, June 19, said two freight agents; Nneji Anoma And Etoh Barnabas involved in the bid to export nine parcels of Methamphetamine weighing 1.45kg hidden in packs of cornflakes to Malaysia through the NAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Wednesday 15th June 2022, have been arrested. Another consignment of 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg packaged as Tramaking containing 500,000 tablets with a total weight of 407kg and an estimated street value of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200, 000, 000) have been seized during a joint examination with the Customs at the NCS warehouse. The consignment, which had arrived SAHCO import shed since 6th June from India via Ethiopian Airline was eventually transferred to the NDLEA by Customs on Wednesday 15th June. The previous day, Tuesday 14th June, a similar joint examination with Customs at the Customs enforcement terminal, Tincan seaport, Lagos led to the seizure of 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5kgs. The drug exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles. The cannabis coming from Montreal, Canada was discovered in three out of the four vehicles in the container. In the same vein, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI at the Agency attached to a courier company have intercepted a kilogram of Methamphetamine concealed in body cream containers heading to Australia. Meanwhile, the drug cartels also suffered losses in other operations across Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba state. A notorious drug

Time Magazine Award Winner, Dr Tunji Funsho Extols High-level Professionalism At LASUTH – Naijanewsdirect

  One of the 100 most influential persons in the world announced by Time Magazine in 2020, Dr. Tunji Funsho, has extolled the workforce at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for the high-level professionalism in the institution. The renowned Nigerian Cardiologist, who had practiced for over four decades, made this known recently as he shared his experience when his brother was admitted to the Critical Care Unit of the hospital.   He said, “my brother had bled into his brain and this made him unconscious for about a month. I was amazed at the quality of equipment and the professionalism displayed by the security officers, the nurses, egrotherapists, resident doctors, and consultants at the hospital. They all ensured excellent patient care in an environment that is conducive to healing, which is very unusual in public health care facilities.”   Dr. Funsho, a Past District Governor (PDG) of Rotary International, was instrumental in the World Health Organization certifying Nigeria and the WHO AFRO region as free of the wild poliovirus. He added that his brother is no more being fed with a tube as he has gained consciousness and his speech is also being restored gradually.   He assured Nigerians that LASUTH has the facility for any type of healthcare with high-level specialists in all branches of medicine. The workforce are involved in the holistic treatment for all individuals as they are very much into their clients.   Recently, Dr. Tunji Funsho Rotary’s Nigeria Polio Chair transitioned to Regional and Global Responsibilities. He helped to steer Nigeria to its status as a country free of the wild poliovirus and will transition to regional and international polio responsibilities for Rotary on 1 July 2022.   In his reaction to this experience, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LASUTH, Professor Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo, appreciated the cardiologist for his kind words to the

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