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APC Chairman, Oshiomhole Slams Leader Of Newly Formed Reformed-APC

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Oshiomhole APC chairman: says APC is intact and that he will not lose sleep over Buba Galadima

The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday dismissed the so-called Reformed APC and its sponsors, saying reports that the party has broken up are far from the truth.

”Who are the people? I don’t know about Galadima,” Oshiomhole said when asked whether he would be the splinter group back into the APC.

Oshiomhole spoke in an interview with the newsmen shortly after a maiden meeting with the APC caucus in the House of Representatives that lasted for about three hours in Abuja.

Responding to questions, Oshiomhole disagreed that the party was in a crisis.

”There is no breakup in APC. If one Galadima of no particular political address says he is not happy, that is fine. He has the right not to be happy.

”And if he chooses to call himself what he wants to call himself, I won’t miss my sleep over that.

“We know those who are in the system. Those who are in the politics for bread and butter, that is their problem,” he said.

”There is no breakup in APC. If one Galadima of no particular political address says he is not happy, that is fine. He has the right not to be happy. And if he chooses to call himself what he wants to call himself, I won’t miss my sleep over that”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a rebel group in the party, the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), under the leadership of Alhaji Buba Galadima, emerged on Wednesday in Abuja.

Announcing the formation of the group at a news conference in Abuja, Galadima said the group had activated its parallel structures from the national to the ward levels.

He further stated that the new leaders at the ward levels would soon be made public.

The news conference was attended by many APC leaders, including the former National Chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Alhaji Kawu Baraje.

Oshiomhole said the party is in talks with the real stakeholders in APC.

”I mean between the executive and the two arms of the National Assembly, we have very important, influential leaders and we are engaging them.

”Now, if you have people who are being sponsored by those who thought that our convention would be a failure and they were expecting implosion.

”If you review the headline before the convention, there were stories like ‘Oh people are going to walk out of the convention,’ ‘Oh people will boycott the convention.’

”In the end, they were shocked to find that president was seated, the Vice-President was seated and Senate President was seated.

“Speaker of the House was seated, the national leaders were seated, the then national chairman was seated, and all the governors were seated.

”So they were like, what do we do next. They couldn’t stop what God has willed.

“So if thereafter, after two weeks of wriggling in pains that they were disappointed, you find mercenaries who are willing to be hired for a purpose, it is their right to be so hired,” he said.

The APC chair said the development would not cause any distraction within the core party leadership.

”And I met with the Senate leadership, with the Senate president in attendance, I have just met with the House of Reps, with the Speaker in attendance.

”Of course, I have had series of meetings with various party leaders

“ I have had meetings with governors elected on APC platform, everybody that matters in APC is here and our members just expect that with the new leadership, a couple of things will be done differently.

”And we are obviously going to do a couple of things differently because as it is said, you can be doing the same thing the same old way and expect different outcome.

“ I am convinced that there are many things that we could do differently,” he said.

According to him, although there are worries, there are also hopes.

He dismissed insinuations that the crisis might jeopardise the party’s chances in the 2019 elections.

”If people choose to be detained by fear, it is their choice. I am inspired by hope of the infinite possibilities for the future.”

On whether he intends to bring the splinter group together, Oshiomhole asked: ”Who are the people? I don’t know about Galadima.”

He said he was at the National Assembly to thank the House caucus of the party for its support at the convention.

Earlier at the meeting, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, had said that it was only by enthroning justice and equity that the APC would be able to silence voices of dissent and opposition.

He said although there is no human endeavour that is perfect, the APC lawmakers only expected justice “which is indivisible and universal.“

“In every family, whether it is a nuclear, extended or an organisation, there is bound to be problem and that is because we humans are running those institutions are not perfect ourselves.

“ So we don’t expect perfection in from any quarters.”

“Our only expectation is the issue of justice and justice is indivisible. What is justice to the executive should be justice to the legislature and it should be justice to the judiciary,” Dogara said.

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Welcome the next set of MTN Scholars!

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360 young Nigerians receive scholarships from MTN Foundation

MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 360 university students at a virtual ceremony on November 12, 2020. The scholarships were awarded under the MTNF scholarship schemes made up of the MTNF Science & Technology Scholarship (STSS) and Scholarship for the Blind Students (SBSS). In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, represented by the Technical Assistant, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi; Honourable Minister of Science & Technology represented by the Acting Director-General of the National Space Research and
Development Agency, Dr. Francis Chizea; former Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson amongst other notable dignitaries.

Speaking at the ceremony, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi said: “We are here with the MTN Foundation to celebrate scholars that have excelled in school. MTN is also supporting people with disabilities by funding their education and this is very commendable. The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is constantly working towards elevating skills over degrees. We are also committed to ensuring that individuals are empowered with the right tools and skills.”

Also speaking, Honourable Minister of Science &  Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu represented by Dr. Francis Chizea said: “I am glad that MTN, in giving back to the society through its foundation, set up a scholarship scheme to empower the youths and as well, drive science and technology. This is a welcome development and a commendable effort that other organizations need to emulate.”

A major highlight of the ceremony was a fireside chat themed “Insight. Influence. Impact” with thought leaders sharing inspiring insights with the scholars. Nigeria’s former Minister for Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson reiterated the role MTN continues to play in the ICT space and its impact on the country. “We need to get a workforce that is very comfortable with technology. We are in a state where we need world-class educational institutions and interventions such as this that will enable students to be very vast in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Johnson said.

Leading to the ceremony, this year’s graduating students from the scholarship programme were hosted to a career incubation boot camp facilitated by experts from Google, Oracle, Cisco and Jobberman. Facilitators shared insights on various opportunities amongst other vital employability tips.

Speaking on the scholarship award ceremony and workshop for graduands, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma said, “Providing access to quality education is the first step to a world of opportunity for the youth of our nation. We know it does not stop there. We need to also ensure that they are adequately prepared for the
workplace. We hope that the fireside chat at the award ceremony will inspire the students to reach for greatness and innovation. Furthermore, it is our belief that the employability workshop held earlier will enrich the career path of the graduating students. The MTNF scholarship scheme is more than just funds; it is a commitment to
build the capacity of our youth. We wish all our graduating scholars success as they set out to take on the world and congratulate all awardees as the next set of young nation builders in the making.”

The newly awarded scholars will each enjoy a scholarship grant worth N200,000 annually till graduation as long as they maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent. The scholarship covers tuition, book allowance and stipend. Till date, MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 3,829 students valued at over NGN 2.1Billion.

The MTNF annual scholarships are awarded to high performing students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions.

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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt

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Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.

An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.

According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.

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Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.

He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.

He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.

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Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin

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Funke Olakunrin's killers

Funke Olakunrin’s killers

The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.

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They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.

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