Imams urged to promote positive image of Islam

Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria has called on Muslim scholars to apply their knowledge in activities that would sustain positive image of Islam and shun materialism.

The President of Ansar-ud-deen College, Isolo Old Students Association, RTD AVM, S.O Smith said the holy month of Ramadan was for spiritual purification and blessings from the Almighty Allah.

“This is a period for us to increase our worship, faith and piety as revealed in the Holy Quran and practiced by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“Ramadan is to reflect on the past year, repent from our wrong doings and draw closer to Almighty Allah ” he said.

The Guest Lecturer and Chief Imam of Nawar-Deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch, Dr. Nurain Taiwo Dindi, said the role of scholars and Imams in Nigeria in sustaining positive image of Islam transcends from spiritual to temporal in the form of economic, political, social and even personal issues.

“As Muslims are generally requested to fashion their lives in line with teachings and ethics of Islam, it is also the fundamental responsibility of Nigerian Islamic scholars to protect the religion from corruption, defend it from aggression and protect its sanctity and purity” he said.

He urged Islamic scholars to also serve as protectors of justice and uphold it; protect and support the weak in the face of aggression from the powerful government, group or an individual.

Nothing that majority of Nigerian scholars are not painting Islam in positive light through their method of preaching which focuses on wealth, fame and worldly position, he said this brand of scholars can go to any length to get rich quickly; acquire properties by any means ; and secure political benefit in a most ignominious manner.

He said the active involvement of Muslim scholars in government will help in sustaining positive image of Islam.

 

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Lagos Qur’an Competition: Jubilation as winners emerge

Winners of the 15th edition of the Lagos Qur’an Competition organised by Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos chapter in memory of its pioneer President, late Dr. AbdulLateef Adegbite have emerged.

Eighteen reciters became champions in various categories at the grand finale held at the main auditorium,  University of Lagos, Akoka, last Sunday.

Champions

Winners of 15 Juzu male category are Bilal Abdur Rasheed (3rd position); Muhammad Naeem (2nd position ); Umar Muhammad (1st position)

Winners of 15 Juzu female category are Muminah Bello (3rd); Aabidah Tajudeen (2nd); Fatimah Adebiaro (1st position)

Winners of 5 Juzu male category are Fuad AbdulFattah (3rd position); Abdullah Abubakr (2nd position); Atukale AbdulQadri (1st position)

Winners of 5 Juzu female category are Khadijah Lukman (3rd position); Sidiqah Bunyamin (2nd position); Haleemah Awwal (1st)  position

Winners of 3 Juzu male category are Abdur Rahman Luqman (3rd position ); Abdullah Abdul Salam (2nd position); Inran Yusuf (1st position)

Winners of 3 Juzu female category are: Fatiah Zakariyyah (3rd position); Hafsah Bello (2nd position); Maryam Ibraheem (1st position)

Youth Development

Delivering lecture at the event, Chief Executive Officer, Basmallah Institute for Teaching Qur’an and Islam, Ireland, United Kingdom, Ustadh Haroon Thanni, urged government at all levels to invest in youth development.

The UK-based scholar decried that many Nigerian youths were distracted, noting that government has a responsibility to empowering them.

“The Qur’an is not just a hope for the hopeless, it is also for the hopeful. Government must give hope to these youths who have dedicated their time to memorise the Holy Qur’an and promote morality,” he added.

On his part, the Amir (president) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, warned Muslims that social media was affecting the spiritual lives of Muslims.

Ashafa said: “It is crystal clear that Muslim youths are far away from the Book of Allah and this is not farfetched from the influence of  social media. Muslims generally have now made phones and other gadgets companions at the expense of the Glorious Qur’an.

“The way our predecessors had handled and related with the Qur’an is the same way Muslims of today are relating with our phones and gadgets and thus moving away from the creator.”

Adegbite’s family

Speaking on behalf of the family of the honouree, Bashorun Ladi Adegbite commended MSSN Lagos, for hosting the programme in the name of his father, saying members of the family were proud to be associated with such a programme.

He explained that the theme of the competition – “Hope for the Hopeless” – matched the personality of his late father, Dr. Lateef Adegbite.

Dignitaries at the event included Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, representatives of Ogun and Osun State Governors, Chief Financial Officer of MTN, Ghana, Alhaji Modupe Kadiri; Executive Director of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju; Managing Director, Hajj Mabrur Ventures, Alhaji Abdulhameed Solate; and Partner KPMG, Mr. Ayo Salam, National Amir (president) of the Companion, Musibau Oyefeso, the Chief Imam of UNILAG, Prof. Gbadamosi and family members of the honoree among others.

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Land Rover making all-terrain autonomy a reality

By Theodore Opara

Jaguar Land Rover is de-veloping autonomous cars capable of all-terrain, off-road driving in any weather condition.  The world-first ‘CORTEX’ project will take self-driving cars off-road, ensuring they are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog. As part of the project, a ‘5D’ technique combining acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance sensing (LiDAR) data live in real-time is being engineered. Access to this combined data improves the awareness of the environment the car is in. Machine-learning enables the self-driving car to behave in an increasingly sophisticated way, allowing it to handle any weather condition on any terrain. Chris Holmes, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, explained:”It’s important that we develop our self-driving vehicles with the same capability and performance customers expect from all Jaguars and Land Rovers. Self-driving is an inevitability for the automotive industry and ensuring that our autonomous offering is the most enjoyable, capable and safe is what drives us to explore the boundaries of innovation. CORTEX gives us the opportunity to work with some fantastic partners whose expertise will help us realise this vision in the near future.”

Jaguar Land Rover is developing fully- and semi-automated vehicle technologies, offering customers a choice of the level of automation, while maintaining an enjoyable and safe driving experience. This project forms part of the company’s vision to make the self-driving car viable in the widest range of real-life, on- and off-road driving environments and weather. CORTEX will develop the technology through algorithm development, sensor optimisation and physical testing on off-road tracks in the UK.

The University of Birmingham, with its world leading research in radar and sensing for autonomous platforms and Myrtle AI, machine learning experts, join the project. CORTEX was announced as part of Innovate UK’s third round of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Funding in March 2018.

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How Scheiders’s EcoStructure benefits 21st Century Tier IV data centre

By Prince Osuagwu

Schneider Electric’s Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled open and interoperable system architecture, EcoStruxure, is signed on to provide business efficiency back up to the 21st Century technology’s  Tier IV Data Centres said to be the largest in Africa.

21st Century said it chose EcoStruxure because it was found to have enabled key operational and energy efficiency solutions across the Buildings, Data Centre, Industry, and Infrastructure end-markets. “In the data centre market, it has proven increased efficiency, reliability and availability of infrastructure,” said one of the officials.

Meanwhile, General Manager, Schneider Electric, Mr. Balaji Lenka said the partnership with 21st  Century Technology further solidifies Schneider Electric’s position as the foremost energy, automation and software specialist in Nigeria. He said: “We have indeed remained committed to the development of innovative and cost effective energy solutions. This partnership is a testimony and we will definitely deliver.”

Also, Chief Executive Officer, 21st  Century Technology, Wale Ajisebutu stated that the need to build Tier IV data centres in Nigeria that will rival any in the world was born out of the need to be ready for the ever changing technological landscape. “What has happened in the technological world in the past 25 years will be like child’s play when compared to what will happen in the next five years. The question is how do we intend to handle the change? This is the reason why we’ve decided to build these infrastructure.”

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MultiChoice unveils new talent academy to boost creative industry

By Benjamin Njoku

MultiChoice Africa,has  announced the take-off of its  Talent Factory, MTF, to further  boost the already  flourishing creative industries in the continent.

The Pan-African social investment initiative is a three-part initiative, which commenced with the launch of regional academy in Lagos, would also has academies in Kenya and Zambia.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, held in Lagos, Wednesday,  the Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe,said the need to shift attention to the creative industry was vital, as the continent’s development had long been defined by investment in other industries, thereby neglecting the creative industry’s potential.

John Ugbe, MD Multichoice Nigeria

“The  African development story has long been defined by investment in the vast mineral wealth on the continent, leaving our creative industries to fend for themselves on the fringes of economic development for far too long. As a result, the film and television industries have not developed at the same rate as other industries on the continent, and not for a lack of talent, passion or imagination,”Ogbe stated.

Ogbe said the launch of MTF forms part of the company’s new strategy of furthering this investment through creating shared value by using its core business resources, people, skills and networks to affect a positive change in  society.

According to him, being MultiChoice’s 25th year of operations in Nigeria, this  project will concertize what it  stands for as an organization, as it lays a foundation that will foster economic growth for tomorrow’s leaders. Speaking further, MutiChoice boss said the  MTF initiative would deliver three touch points; the MTF academies, Masterclasses and the MTF Portal. The first to  be launched  is the MTF Academy, a 12-month educational programme, aimed at furnishing 60 deserving, young and  talented people who want to work and earn a living in the film and television production. Also, speaking at the event, award-winning film maker, Femi Odugbemi, who is MTF Academy Director for West Africa, said  “We must consciously build capacity so that our next generation film makers and producers can also create wealth and create employment by being entrepreneurs as well.  Application for the MTF is now open and would close on  July 5, 2018. The 60 post-school MTF students, 20 for each region, would be selected from 13 African countries. The one -year programme commences on October, 2018. During the course of the programme, MTF students would be expected to produce television and film content that will be aired on  MultiChoice platform.

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Toyota flaunts Hilux capabilities at Abuja test drive

By Theodore Opara

THE Nigerian automotive sector is not enjoying the best of times. This perhaps must have explained the reason why only the best and well engineered products can make it in the Nigerian market these days.

The reality of  time has shown that even the best of products does not get anywhere unles it is presented to the Nigerian public. For this reason, Toyota Nigeria Limited, distributors of Toyota brand in Nigeria took the Toyota Hilux to Abuja to demonstrate its capabilities to the Nigerian Armed Forces and prospective customers.

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux which is the reigning Pickup of the Year in Nigeria, an honour it has won more than any other Pickup in the country, showed its strength on all terrains.

The 2.7-litre powered Pickup which comes in different variants including single and double cabins, manual and automatic transmissions, as well as front and four-wheel drives, surpassed visitors’ expectations at the test ground.

In a chat with Mrs. Buky Ogunusi, of Toyota Nigeria Limited, at the test drive ground, she said  the new Hilux has been built with a number of new features that will make the vehicle conquer any kind of terrain without compromising  owner’s comfort.

One of the new features of the vehicle that elicited positive response from many Nigerian pickup fans at the Abuja test drive for the new generation Hilux is the new way of engaging the four-by- four.

Superlative performance of the vehicle

The turnout at the testing ground was quite high. Old and prospective customers that attended the exclusive Hilux show were excited by the superlative performance of the vehicle, particularly the switch system of engaging the four-wheel drive instead of the traditional auxiliary gears.

Explaining the reason for the demonstration, Mrs. Ogunusi said, it  was carried out “with a clear objective of showcasing the traditional strength of the Hilux and the unique selling points of the model.”

The event was designed to show the motoring public once again the uniqueness of the brand in terms of its ruggedness and durability as the model has evolved over the years as a model to beat in the segment both in product development and brand visibility.

Three units of the Hilux were released for the test drive, which was done on different terrains configured as road tracks. This was meant to make the people experience the vehicle under different road conditions  in the country.

Every driver that participated in the Hilux test drive was made to move the vehicle from a smooth road to a rough stony terrain, sandy road, marshy environment, hilly terrain and road with deep potholes. At the end they had beautiful stories to tell. While some were excited  about the comfort, other talked about the handling on the different terrain as well as the safety features.

Toyota invited representatives of the armed forces, the Nigeria Police Force, fast moving consumer goods industry, construction industry and non-governmental organisations, among other main users of the pickups to be part of the event.

Having discovered that most of the activities of these companies in Nigeria were usually carried out in difficult and tough terrains, Toyota use the opportunity to show the participants how to get the best out of their Hilux vehicles through the first day of the event witnessed an average turnout of invitees with dealers’ representatives in attendance, the last two days witness a higher turnout.

‘’Customer were driven through the configured terrains with the distinctive features of the new generation Hilux expected from a four-wheeler in the Hilux.”

The second day of the event  recorded a significant turnout of fleet customers with officers and men of the armed forces attending.

Fleet buyers from the Force Headquarters and other corporate bodies were also on the ground as they came early enough to see the demonstration of the vehicle on the configured track. Most of them also took turns to drive the vehicle to confirm its strength and extent of ruggedness.

Of particular interest was the test drive by the men of the army headquarters who were taken on the drive in batches.

The third day of the event had officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps who were said to be quite impressed with the performance of the Hilux as it was adjudged to be of very high safety standard.

Representatives of other organisations such as the National Ecological Fund , Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and National Aids Control Agency were around to test the performance of the vehicle under tough road conditions.

All the dealers’ representatives present at the event received product knowledge training from the TNL marketing department on each day of the event.

Annual, Toyota Nigeria takes time to educate customer on the features and capability of the Hilux which has been adjudge the best Pickup in Nigeria going by the awards it has won in the country over the years.

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Applicants rush for FRSC recruitment

By Theodore Opara

The recently advertised Federal  Road Safety Corps Recruitment exercise is attracting applications from many Nigerian youths. Information reaching Vanguard Motoring has it that the number of applicants applying for the job would surpass  previous applications.

The number applications received barely four days after the announcement was described by an FRSC source as alarming.

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has commenced the process of   recruitment as approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria by opening its Portal to receive applications from suitably qualified candidates for employment  into the various cadres of the Corps, namely: the Officer cadre, Marshal Inspectorate (MI) cadre, and the Road Marshal Assistant (RMA) cadre in a nationwide recruitment exercise.

FRSC officials

According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, for the Officer cadre, candidates are expected to possess a first degree from recognised institutions, NYSC Discharge Certificates, and must not be more than 30 years of age.

For the Marshal Inspectorate cadre, he explained that there are three subcategories namely: Marshal Inspector I (MI-I), Marshal Inspector II (MI-II), and Marshal Inspector III (MI-III). According   to him, the requirements for MI-I are Higher National Diploma from recognised institutions, NYSC discharge certificate, Registered Nurse and   Midwife,   and must equally not be more than 30 years of age.

The requirements for MI-II are Nigeria Certificate in Education, NCE, Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife. Applicants to this cadre must not be more than 28 years of age. For MI-III, Applicants must possess National Diploma (ND), Community Health Extension Workers Certificate (CHEW), and must equally not be more than 28 years of age.

Application into the category of RMAII requires a minimum of 5 credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB and must include Mathematics and English Language. For RMAIII, the requirement is a minimum of three credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB. Applicants into the two categories of RMAs must not be more than 27 years of age.

He stressed that Artisans and Tradesmen equally fall into the same categories of RMAs, however, they must possess a minimum of 4 passes in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB, have Trade test or other professional Certificates,   valid class of Drivers licence (for drivers and bikers), and must not be more than 28 years of age.

Kazeem stated that applications to any of the above listed cadres will be done through FRSC website (www.recruitment.frsc.gov.ng), and shortlisted candidates are expected to come along with a print out of their forms as well as the acknowledgement slip for screening.

While he stressed that the exercise attracts no fee, he maintained that applications must be submitted within 6 weeks of the publication of the advert. He added that all enquiries should be directed to 122 (toll free line), 08077690361, 08077690362, or send an email to [email protected]

He stated that other details of requirements for the recruitment exercise are contained in the advertisements in some   National dailies signed by the Deputy Corps Marshal (Admin and Human Resources).

 

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Discovery Sport records best single year sale for any Land Rover in 70yrs

By Theodore Opara

Land Rover has enhanced its record-breaking Discovery Sport range with a new special edition. The Discovery Sport also records the best single-model annual sales in Land Rover’s 70-year history.

The new Landmark Edition salutes Discovery Sport’s success as the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time – coinciding with the brand’s year-long 70th anniversary celebrations. The Landmark comes in a unique colour and trim combination, and is available with the Td4 132kW diesel 2.0-litre Ingenium engine.

Land rover

According to Finbar McFall, Global Product Marketing Director: “The Discovery Sport is loved by customers because it demonstrates the breadth of Land Rover’s ability, offering unrivalled all-terrain capability with the versatility for up to seven people and a premium interior. We have sold more than 350,000 Discovery Sports globally since its introduction in 2014, with 126,078 models sold in 2017 – the best single-model annual sales in Land Rover’s 70-year history.”

The first model to be built on Land Rover’s 70th birthday on 30 April was a Discovery Sport, at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside. This vehicle will be used to support a number of projects in 2018, starting with a community resilience project in Scotland which will be announced in June.

The Discovery Sport Landmark is available in three colours: Narvik Black, Corris Grey and Yulong White, all crowned with a Carpathian Grey contrast roof. It features a sporty and dynamic front bumper, with Graphite Atlas exterior accents and 19- inch Style 521 ‘Mantis’ wheels in Gloss Dark Grey. The interior features Ebony grained leather seats and an Ebony headliner, complemented by dark grey aluminium finishers around the centre stack.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark Edition will be available from September 2018.

 

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UNILAG Releases Statement On Professor Exposed In S*x Scandal By Female Student

 

University of Lagos

TORI News reported earlier today that a female student of the University of Lagos shared her sad and depressing story of molestation in the hands of one of her lecturers who according to her is a proffesor in the English Department.

The female student caught the professor in the Department of English on camera in yet another s*x scandal after the lecturer molested her, and she managed to capture the man semi-unclad during one of their sessions.

As the news went viral, the management of the prestigious university, have officially released a statement to address the scandal trailing the professor.

Here’s the statement in full below;

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“The attention of the University Management has been drawn to a news report trending on social media in respect of an alleged sexual harassment involving an alleged lecturer in the University of Lagos.

 

The Management has a zero tolerance for allegations pertaining to sexual impropriety, and has a well-established policy against such practices.

 

We wish to reassure all our stakeholders, students, parents, members of staff and the general public that Management will not treat this matter with levity. Management will tackle the allegation with every sense of responsibility and seriousness that the matter deserves. The issue would be thoroughly investigated with transparency.

 

Management respectfully solicits information from members of the University community and pledges confidentiality and protection.

 

Communication Unit,

Corporate Affairs Directorate.”

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#BBNaija: Alex Writes Emotional Birthday Message To Nina

Nina and Alex

Alexandra Amuche Sandra aka Alex, former Big Brother Naija housemate has penned a remarkably emotional birthday message to celebrate Nina was turned 22 today.

Nina and Alex didn’t have it all smooth as they reportedly had a rift after leaving the house. However, they have since made up.

Writing about the friendship between them, Alex wished Nina the best in life. She wrote:

“I’m not about posting them slay mama pictures. I met a girl that her character became a case study for me, I refused to give up and I realised that inside that human is a sweet stubborn girl. It took me time to like you but we’ll,here I am. This friendships became too special to let beings destroy. Nina Onyenobi, being your friend taught me to overlook all and love. You are a bag of wahala😂 but guess what, nobody forced me to carry this bag, I carried and I’m still carrying it carefully.

Hello moda fu..er, you taught me that there is no friendship that can’t be tried. You are my friend and will always be.No matter the thongs that pierce through our skins,I have been there for u and will always be. As you turn 22 today, I welcome you to my age🤣. May God grant you those peaceful heart desires,May you excel in all positive things you do. May all you have In your life be positivity and positive people. That place your enemies said you’ll never reach,May it be your starting point. May today bring you everlasting blessings. Happy birthday @nina_ivy_”

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I’m not about posting them slay mama pictures. I met a girl that her character became a case study for me, I refused to give up and I realised that inside that human is a sweet stubborn girl. It took me time to like you but we’ll,here I am. This friendships became too special to let beings destroy. Nina Onyenobi, being your friend taught me to overlook all and love. You are a bag of wahala😂 but guess what, nobody forced me to carry this bag, I carried and I’m still carrying it carefully. Hello moda fu..er, you taught me that there is no friendship that can’t be tried. You are my friend and will always be.No matter the thongs that pierce through our skins,I have been there for u and will always be. As you turn 22 today, I welcome you to my age🤣. May God grant you those peaceful heart desires,May you excel in all positive things you do. May all you have In your life be positivity and positive people. That place your enemies said you’ll never reach,May it be your starting point. May today bring you everlasting blessings. Happy birthday @nina_ivy_

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