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Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Niger State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdul, (SMA) has indicated that the nation’s security, health, political and economic challenges can only be overcome in an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence.
This was contained in his chrismas message to Nigerian christains which was issued by his Senior Legislative Aide Engr. Dodo Almustapha on Christmas day.


He therefore urged Christians to use the occasion of the yuletide celebrations to reflect and refresh their commitments to the advancement of values of peace, patience, love, tolerance and unity among all groups in the country.

Abdul who is also the Gorozon Nupe said such reflections would help the people understand the nation’s diversity and the need to respect each other’s rights, especially the right to life and to enjoy peaceful co-existence.
He also admonished Christians to observe COVID-19 protocols in this yuletide season as the government and other relevant organisations do their best to flattening the curve of the pandemic.
The lawmaker felicitated with the Christian Community on the celebration of Christmas which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.
Abdul promised continue working towards improving the socioeconomic conditions of his constituents through his legislative responsibilities.
He asked Nigerians to pray for all the leaders of the country to be able to surmount the myriad of challenges.

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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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Senate confirms Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs

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Senate confirms Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs 

The Senate has confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Major General Lucky Eluoye Onyenucheya Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff.

Other nominations also confirmed by the Senate includes that of Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Agambi as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Alao as Chief of air Staff. 

The confirmation of the nominees was sequel to consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Defence during plenary. 

The nominees were appointed by President Buhari to take-over the rein of leadership in the military from the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Chairman of the Committee, Aliyu Margatakarda Wammako (APC, Sokoto North), in his presentation of the report said that the Joint Committee on Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce “screened the four nominees and was satisfied with their qualifications, exposures, conducts, characters, experiences and General performances. 

According to the lawmaker, “The nominees have displayed wide and in-depth knowledge on strategies, tactics and military operations.”

Contributing, Senator Jibrin Barau described the nominees as “capable” in tackling head-on the challenges presented by the spate of insecurity across the country. 

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) recalled that the appointment of the nominees were made by President Buhari following persistent agitations by the National Assembly and Nigerians demanding a change of the leadership of the military. 

According to him, the change in Military leadership became imperative in view of the heightening spate of insecurity and banditry in the North-east, North-west and North-central, respectively. 

“Mr. President, we are in very perilous times with insurgency in the north-east and banditry in the north-west and north-central most especially. 

“For so long, and indeed so many times on this floor, and on the floor of our sister chamber in the House of Representatives, there were serious agitations for changes to be effected in the military leadership of the security agencies. 

“Mr. President took his time and finally acceded to this request and agitation. In doing so, the President took his time to seek out the very best in the arms services. 

“Mr. President, the intellect, the achievement and the exploits of these nominees are very well documented in this report,” Omo-Agege said. 

The nominees were, thereafter, confirmed by the Senate in a Committee of the Whole.

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