BREAKING: Nuhu Bamali is New Emir of Zazzau

Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli has been named the 19th Emir of Zazzau.

He succeeds Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday, September 20 after a 45- year- reign.

Bamalli is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years after his grandfather Emir Dan Sidi died in 1920.

Born in 1966, he studied Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He holds Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a Diploma in organisational leadership from Oxford University, UK.

He is also a fellow on conflict resolution of the University of York, United Kingdom.

Ogun Gov appoints Laycon Youth Ambassador, gifts him 3 bedroom bungalow, N5m

26-year-old, winner of the reality television show, Big Brother Naija, Olamilekan Laycon Agbeleshe has been appointed as a youth ambassador by Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

The governor also announced a gift of three bedroom bungalow and N5million for him.

He made the announcement in Abeokuta, the state capital when he played host to the winner of the reality show at the executive chamber of the governor office in the State capital.

“Once again, I congratulate you and on this note, I hereby appoint you as Youth Ambassador of Ogun State. I look forward to working with you to be a model of good character, excellence, good virtues, calmness, integrity that are general attributes of Ogun State, and in fact, your homestead, Odeda.

“We believe that you will help inspire our teeming youths to channel their energies towards positive engagements and shun vices such as robbery, drug abuse, cultism, advanced fee fraud, cybercrimes and kidnapping amongst other negative tendencies,” the governor announced.

While congratulating Agbeleshe, who is a native of Odeda local government area of the state, the governor promised that an entertainment village is being contemplated to nurture budding talents in the state and beyond.

“On behalf of the Government and good people of Ogun State, I join your fans across the world to welcome you to your Home State.

“I also want to congratulate you on your success after 71 days as a housemate at the Year 2020 Big Brother Naija, Lockdown Edition.”

The governor said young Nigerians can learn from Laycon’s demeanor while in the Big Brother Naija House based on how he related well with the other 19 housemates from different backgrounds.

Governor Abiodun also praised Laycon who he said, “demonstrated the Omoluabi component which is the primary ingredient of an Ogun State-born Nigerian. Despite all the odds, temptations, and provocations in the House, I am proud that you came out unscathed and uninvolved in any scandal or immoral act.

“You have also demonstrated with the way you carried out your assigned tasks in the House with comportment; intellectual responses to questions and; your spirit of fair-play, that your academic achievement at the University of Lagos was earned. This has also shown that our Universities can and still produce graduates that are found worthy in character and good learning.”

The governor said the celebration of Laycon’s personality is beyond the entertainment that the House provided, but “what you represent: a rare combination of prodigious intellect, academic excellence, multi-faceted talents, character, and resilience.”

UNICEF commences implementation of ‘Girls-for-Girls’ programme in Adamawa schools

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is set to commence the implementation of ‘Girls-for-Girls’ (G4G) intervention Programme in 275 selected schools in Adamawa State.

Mrs Lydia Maajam, Desk Officer, UNICEF G4G, Adamawa State, disclosed this during a meeting with stakeholders in Yola.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the selected schools are in Hong, Guyuk and Fufore Local Government Areas of the state.

Maajam said that the objectives of the meeting was to enlighten stakeholders on the concept of G4G in schools.

According to her, the meeting is to secure commitment from stakeholders on their support to G4G initiative in the state.

Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Mairama Dikwa, Education Specialist, UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, said the initiative was aimed at ensuring the right of children, especially girls, to quality education, were guaranteed.

According to her, girls need to play greater role in asserting and exercising their right to education and desire better lives for themselves.

She, therefore, called on stakeholder to support the initiative to ensure successful implementation.

Mr Bashir Tukur, Special Adviser on Basic Education to Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, commended UNICEF for its commitment to the development of the Education sector in the state.

Mrs Jiddere Kaibo, Chairperson, High-Level Women Advocate, a non-governmental organisation in Adamawa, called on the state government to provide all necessary support for the implementation of the programme in other Local Government Areas.

“I make clarion call that the strategic plan of education in the state should be made gender-responsive and transformative by removing all barriers to education for girls and women in Adamawa”, she said.


Publish N106bn contracts probe report, Okorocha tells Uzodimma

A former governor of Imo State , Senator Rochas Okorocha, has challenged the Justice Benjamin Iheaka panel probing contracts awarded during his tenure to the tune of N106 bn to publish its report .

The panel had indicted Okorocha and asked him to refund the said amount , which it claimed was fraudulently expended on fictitious contracts .

But Okorocha, through his media adviser , Sam Onwuemeodo , in Owerri on Tuesday , refuted the allegations and urged the panel and Governor Hope Uzodimma to make their claims public .

Onwuemeodo said , “We challenge the government in Imo , led by Senator Hope Uzodimma , to publish the Iheaka report verbatim so that Imo people , in particular , and Nigerians in general , can read the report and see how the panel arrived at N 106 bn , which it asked Senator Okorocha to refund .

“No serious panel would have made such a recommendation . It could only take a ‘ Ben Johnson ’ panel to do that . And let the government publish the list of contractors , who handled contracts under Okorocha, state the contracts they did , how much they were paid, how they were paid and what they should have been paid in the estimation of the panel members .

“Governor Uzodimma should explain what he has done with the N 119 bn he has collected from the Federation Account and N6 .4 bn ISOPADEC fund vis- a- vis the IGR . The governor said he came through ‘Ben Johnson’ way and since January 14 , 2020, when he came on board, all his actions and utterances have been ‘Ben Johnson’ way .”