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Gov Bello immortalizes Audu, names State own varsity after his memory

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Gov Bello immortalizes Audu, names State own varsity after his memory
From John Akubo, Lokoja
In an effort to immortalize late Prince Abubakar Audu, the first executive Governor of Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello of the State has named the State University after the fallen leader of the State.
It would be recalled that at the twilight of the administration of the immediate past Governor, Idris Wada, the Kogi State Polytechnic was designated to be named after him.
The late Prince Audu had named the University he initiated after himself while he was still in office as Governor as ‘Prince Abubar Audu University’ however when he lost election in 2003 to his predecessor; Ibrahim Idris, the institution’s name was reversed to its original name ‘Kogi State University’
Governor Bello who spoke during a Statewide broadcast on Friday in Lokoja to mark his victory in five litigations against his emergence as Governor at the State election Petition Tribunal said the Late politician deserves to be imotalized by naming the highest institution in the State after his memory.
He said Audu was a great politician whose legacies are very visible for all to see hence the immortalization.
In his words, “Today and always, I celebrate the life and times of Prince Abubakar Audu, the first executive Governor of Kogi State.” It is our hope that all those who lay claim to his legacy will at least will at least develop the heart for the growth and development of Kogi State as he demonstrated throughout his life time.”
He reiterated that his Government would continue to honor him and recognize his contributions.
“It is against this backdrop, I immortalised our fallen hero by naming the Kogi State University after him as (Prince Abubakar Audu University)”
Bello indicated that he will send an executive bill to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
According to the chief of Staff to the Governor Honorable Edward Onoja the gesture goes a long way to portraying the character of the Governor as somebody who places high premium on the leader of the party who all Kogites truly acclaim that he is the father of the State.
“Yes the immediate past administration proposed naming the Kogi State University after late Prince Abubakar Audu however Governor Bello though from a different ethnic stock has deemed it very appropriate to name the highest institution after our leader.
He said it was his greatest desire for the University to be named after him while he was alive.
Onoja indicated that the interest of the Governor in giving the late leader his desire speaks volumes of his own personality.

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Migration: National Refugee Commission Partners Embassy of Netherland

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Migration: National Refugee Commission Partners Embassy of Netherland 


The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) is collaborating with the Embassy of Netherlands to resolve migration issues in Nigeria.
The Honourable Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado), while receiving, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherland, His Excellency, Harry Van Dijk, said, the Commission has increased advocacy for sensitization of migrants against illegal migration.
“As the agency leading in all aspects of the Federal Governments  migration coordination our goal has been to steadfastly advocate for safe and orderly migration that will ensure more lives saved and not lost”, Lado stated.
“This year we have streamlined resources to primarily focus on the protection of Persons of Concern – this includes migrants – and we have ramped up sensitization of Nigerians that will promote regular migration within the country”.
“To this end and by the middle of this year we intend to launch the Resettlement City Rehabilitation & Reintegration Project in 4 states across the country ( Borno, Kano, Katsina and Edo States)”, he stressed.
“Intentionally, the Edo State facility was selected for use as a transitional migrant Centre for rehabilitation and reintegration of migrants who have returned from abroad and need support before going back to their former homes”.
“We are very excited about this plan and the opportunity to provide the necessary protection and sensitization for this group of citizens.  Never before has there been a Centre of such support in Nigeria”, Lado added.  
“We have listened to the numerous calls from migrants and believe that this is one way for the Commission to promote safe return and reintegration of migrants that is free of stigma, especially for those who have returned from gruesome experiences”. 
“I am pleased to hear of plans for the upcoming Nigeria-Netherlands Strategic Dialogue on Migration and Consular Affairs and I look forward to progressive partnerships designed in line with our streamlined focus as a nation, the Commissioner concluded.
“For the last year the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our movement and inevitably this has delayed us from meeting each other in person. Nonetheless, I am delighted that today we have the opportunity to meet and resume discussions that will benefit our migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as our relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands”, the Commissioner concluded.
Responding, the Ambassador, Harry Van Dijk stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted their movement and inevitably that has delayed the meeting but he is delighted that they have resumed discussions that will benefit the migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
“We are happy to be here and we will do everything to support the Commission in every way possible as we hope to boost bilateral dialogue on migration and investment and trade, the ambassador added. 
Also at the meeting are the Commission’s director, Refugee and Migration, Tai Hassan Ejibunu; deputy director, IDPs of the Commission, Fatima Mamman Daura; deputy director, planning, Stephen Medaiyedu and the Commissioner’s Technical Assistant, Tahirah Ikharo.

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Chad’s President dies from injuries sustained from battle field

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Chad’s President dies from injuries sustained from battle field

The Chadian President Idriss Deby has died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army announced on state television on Tuesday.
The shocking news came only a day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.
The army said the President had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day.
Deby “has just breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,” army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.
Deby, 68, had ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades but was a key ally in the West’s anti-jihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region.
The army said a military council led by the late president’s 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, would replace him.
On Monday, the army had claimed a “great victory” in its battle against the rebels from neighbouring Libya, saying it had killed 300 fighters, with the loss of five soldiers in its own ranks during eight days of combat.

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Pantami: Coalition of Civil Society Groups suspend mass rally

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Pantami: Coalition of Civil Society Groups suspend mass rally

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups have announced suspension of a mass rally to demand for the sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
A statement by Ibrahim Ahmadu and Osakwe Chigozie Michael, National Convener and Co-Convener, respectively said the rally expected to hold on Tuesday (today) was shelved due to security reasons and the fear that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement further disclosed that a new date will be announced for the shelved mass rally.
” The proposed rally against Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami is hereby postponed till further notice after due consultations and consideration with adequate advice in line with security tips.
“While we regret the unfortunate call off, we avail ourselves this opportunity to inform our members to exercise patience and keep the spirit alive upon a viable and visible date for it.
” We regret all inconveniences.”

Checks revealed that the Minister of Communications has been accused of alleged link with the extremist group, Al-Queda and having sympathy for Taliban.

Audio recordings of Mr Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, with many Nigerians calling for his removal.

Mr Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making the controversial statements supporting the groups but said that his views on such extremist groups have changed.

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