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Nigerian Customs bags international public relations awards

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Nigerian Customs bags international public relations awards

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has emerged winner of both African Public Relations Association (APRA) and International Public Relations Association of Golden World Award for public sector communication 2020.

The President of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Muktar Zubairu expressed delight while presenting the award to the Customs’ spokesperson, Mr Joseph Attah in Abuja on Monday.

Zubairu said the international organisations cited the customs’ aggressive sensitisation drive across the country during the early part of the ongoing border drill 2019 as example of an agency keen in keeping the public abreast.

He said the bodies stated that the awards would have been presented to the recipients in Rwanda and Germany but due to COVID-19, they had to send them to winning countries.

Reacting to this development, Attah a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, described the recognition as an encouragement to be more selfless, committed and devoted to using effective communication to address economic, social and security challenges.

He said NCS under the leadership of Col Hameed Ali (rtd) believed that Nigerians had the right to know what the service was doing hence his support for public relations unit.

“Specifically, NCS emerged winner for public affairs for its timely and effective response to the concern of stakeholders especially Rice Processors Association of Nigeria over smuggling of rice and the sharp drop after the commencement of border drill.

“This is largely because of public awareness campaign and enforcement” he stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Customs Command and Staff College also won an award for its feat on training of personnel from Security and Emergency Management Association of Nigeria. (NAN)

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Be focused to take over leadership, Ejededawe, Abolo, Okoduwa urge youths in Edo

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Be focused to take over leadership, Ejededawe, Abolo, Okoduwa urge youths in Edo

A philanthropist, Patrick Ejededawe, veteran broadcaster, Tony Abolo and the Executive Director, Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Re-integration, (IYAMIDR), Solomon Okoduwa have asked the Nigerian youths to be conscious and determined in changing the narratives of Nigeria.

Their position were part of submissions canvassed by stakeholders in a one day seminar with the theme “Relevance and Prospect of Youth Engagement in Nation Building” held in Uromi at the weekend.

The event attended by youths drawn from the five local government areas of Edo Central Senatorial District including Esan Central, Esan North East, Igueben, Esan South East and Esan West.
Speakers took turns to reel out their perspectives and formulae to reshape the mindset of the youths and the country.

Ejededawe said many of the young Esans do not know their roots.

He said, “I will advise the youths to come home and be part of the local politics here. Because if you are not involved, you don’t have right to complain about the leadership you are given.”

“At times, on Election Day, some of us sleep at home, watch television and see what happen outside from the television. Some of us see politicians as dirty people, as long as you see like them, you will always far from politics. There is no development in any country without the youths.”
He expressed optimism that the future of the youths was bright.
Okoduwa appealed to the youths to stand up and defend the future they want to live, as he called on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence for the empowerment of the youths.

He requested that various government policies should be favourable to Nigerian youths.

The immediate past Senior Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues also implored the youths to take the bull by the horn to empower themselves through various skills.

“I want the youths to explore the oil and gas sector. There are areas such as fabrication where the foreigners have been exploring for a long time. After this programme, we want you to take your mind off government, I know government has a role to play but there are things you can do for yourself.” Okoduwa admonished.

In his paper entitled “Relevance, Prospect for Youths Participation in politics”, a renown broadcaster and motivational speaker, Tony Abolo advised the participants to actively involve in politics from their localities.

He said many of them have failed because they wanted to start from the top.

Abolo also said many youths are docile and have not been able to take their place in the political system of the country and allow the olds with little or no ideas to run the affairs of Nigeria.

“I have no apologies in advocating for a youthful takeover of this country, he said.

Abolo added, “Nigeria is being run by people with old ideas and this should be changed.

Earlier in his welcome address, the convener and Edo State Coordinator of Youth for Peace and Development in Niger-Delta, Comrade Sylvester Inegbenehi while explaining the focus of the association, he said it is aimed at bridging the gap between the government and the governed by ensuring peace and sustainable development in the Niger Delta region.

According to him, “a nation without youth is like a wall without pillars, and a nation with youth of emptiness, is a nation heading for doom. It is therefore, very important, we continually equip ourselves to fit into the global picture.

Inegbinehi however expressed appreciation to all who made the programme a success.

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Sadiku, Nigeria’s World Renowned Polymer Scientist, Listed Among Africa’s Leading 500 Researchers

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Sadiku, Nigeria’s World Renowned Polymer Scientist, Listed Among Africa’s Leading 500 Researchers

World renowned Polymer scientist, Professor Emmanuel Rotimi Sadiku has been listed among the top 500 researchers, by scholarly output, in Africa over the period 2015-2020.

The listing was made by SciVal, a web based analytics solution that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of over 20,100 research institutions and their associated researchers from 231 nations worldwide.

According to the organization, the Ogidi born researcher has 170 scholarly output, his most recent publication being this year.

Sadiku was also credited with 1,562 citations and a h-index of 31.

The h-index is an author level metric measuring the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or researcher.

He is well-known in polymer circles in Nigeria, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, South Africa and of recent, in India for his exceptional research work. Although he spent some time in industry, he prefers the classroom and laboratories; sharing his knowledge and expertise with postgraduate students.

Since 2004, Sadiku has been working as the Research and Development Professor at the Department of Polymer Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.

He started his academic career after successfully completing a National Diploma in Textile Technology at the Kaduna Polytechnic in Nigeria.

Thereafter, he received a scholarship to enrol for a BSc (Hon) in Fibres and Polymer Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The theme of his thesis was Optical and Mechanical Properties Relationships of Polypropylene Films.

He completed his PhD at the same institution and whilst based in Sasolburg, South Africa, he worked as a Principal Scientist at Sasol. However, he preferred lecturing, research and development work.

Sadiku is the author and co-author of many articles and book chapters on aspects relating to polymers. He has successfully supervised masters and doctoral students; and mentored several postdoctoral research fellows.

His research work (with his students and postdoctoral research fellows), led to a number of intellectual properties (IP) registered. 

His field of expertise and research specialisation is material sciences and technologies, and polymer sciences, with focus on mixing of polymers, nanoclay polymers, rheology–polymers, X-ray diffraction of polymers, polymers for biomedical applications.

Born in Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State, Sadiku attended St John’s Primary School, Ogidi; St Augustine’s College, Kabba; Kaduna Polytechnic and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Senate receives Buhari’s request to confirm Space Research DG, NPC Commissioner

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Senate receives Buhari’s request to confirm Space Research DG, NPC Commissioner 


By Joseph Sunday


The Senate yesterday received President Muhammadu Buhari request for the  confirmation Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency. 

The request was contained in a letter dated 25th February, 2021, and read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 

The letter reads in part: “Pursuant to Sections 14(1) and (2) of the National Space Research & Development Agency Act, 2010, I present for confirmation by the Senate the appointment of Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research & Development Agency”. 

In another letter also dated 25th February, 2021, President Buhari requested the Upper Chamber to confirm the appointment of Muhammed Dattijo Usman as Federal Commissioner representing Niger State in the National Polulation Commission.

According to the President, Usman’s nomination was made “in accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republican of Nigeria (as amended).”

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