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Jonathan Pledges Financial Support To NIPPS At Graduation Ceremony Of Course 35

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M) AND VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO WITH MEMBERS OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES SENIOR EXECUTIVE COURSE 34 IN ABUJA

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M) AND VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO WITH MEMBERS OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES SENIOR EXECUTIVE COURSE 34 IN ABUJA

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday pledged to support the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies financially to enable it achieve its research mandate.

Jonathan stated this during the graduation ceremony of Course 35 of NIPPS in Kuru, near Jos.

The President, who was represented by the Secretary of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim said that the government would make funds available to the institution to enable it meet its financial obligations.

“The Federal Government will surely come to the financial assistance of the institute so as to perform its statutory duties to the nation.

“The Federal Government will make funds available to improve the welfare package of the entire staff of the institution.

“The government will surely look inward and assist the institution with the funds to discharge its duties as a research institution but within our limited resources.”

He called on the staff of NIPPS to continue with the good work of producing technocrats for the nation.

The president called on Nigerians to support the National conversation as it had the capacity of solving the nation’s challenges through dialogue.

“All problems can be sorted out through dialogue and discussions all over the world and our case is not different from that of other people.

“My commitment on the national conversation is unshakable and we shall continue to solicit people’s advice and opinions for a better discussions,’’ he said.

Jonathan said that the security challenge and other challenges in the nation had been slowing down the transformation agenda.

“We are making steady progress to improve the welfare of our people.

“We are happy that Course 35 has in their documents, forwarded to the presidency documents that showed we are recording a lot of success in the transformation agenda.

“We shall also put our best to improve the welfare of all Nigerians citizens.

“We shall not leave any stone unturned to fight corruption in the public and private sector in the country,” the President said.

Earlier, the Director General of NIPPS, Prof. Tijjani Bade, called on the Federal Government to assist the institution with funds so as to perform their functions.

“This institution is in dire need of funds to run its affairs and meet all its financial obligations.

“We need funds to attract competent researchers to the institution, but our condition of service is challenging us”.

The NIPPS Governing Board Chairman, Maj. Gen. Paul Omu, said that all the course participants had been cleared by the presidency for their graduation.

He explained that all NIPPS participants must be cleared by the presidency before they would be allowed to pass out.

Omu called on the graduating participants to use the experience they acquired in NIPPS to improve the wellbeing of Nigerians through good policy formulations.

NAN report that 11 women and 55 men passed out from course 35 and they were conferred with the status of Member of National Institute.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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