FG To Develop Animation Industry In Tertiary Institutions- Master Cartoonist

Renowned master cartoonist Josy Ajiboye on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to create a department of cartoon and comic arts

Renowned master cartoonist Josy Ajiboye on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to create a department of cartoon and comic arts in tertiary institutions to grow the nation’s animation industry.

Ajiboye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that cartoon and comic arts should be removed from Fine, Applied Arts and Graphics.

He said this would help students to develop and refine their innate skills in visual and narrative communications.

Ajiboye said that it would also assist students to develop cartoons that could be used to project the nation’s rich and unique culture.

“We need a department of cartoon and comic arts to produce graduates in the field who will in turn groom the animation industry.

“The Nigerian animation industry has huge potential and the way to go is to have young talented minds in the field that will become professionals,” he said.

NAN reports that Ajiboye worked with the old Daily Times of Nigeria (DTN) newspapers as a cartoon columnist for no less than 30 years.

He said that the development of the industry would also facilitate the growth of the video cartoons to showcase the Nigerian culture.

Ajiboye noted that most Nigerian children were exposed to watching foreign cartoons, saying that some of which were based on propagating foreign cultures.

According to him, cartoons are meant to satirize societal ills to effect some positive changes.

He said that cartoons produced in the country should have the settings, plots, characterisation, themes, languages and all depicting African culture that would help in to attract and educate the children culturally.

“As parents, we should minimise the rate at which our children watch foreign cartoons because all they learn there are western culture.

“They should balance it with the local cartoons available in the country,” he said.

 

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‘The Buhari Regime Is Plotting To Assassinate Me’ – Governor Wike

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, raised the alarm on Sunday, May 20, 2018, that the Federal Government was

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, raised the alarm on Sunday, May 20, 2018, that the Federal Government was plotting to assassinate him in a crowd and claim accidental discharge.

Wike disclosed this during the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of his administration at the Living Faith Church, D-Line in Port Harcourt.

The governor said, “Intelligence report available to us as of this morning indicated that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was an accidental discharge.”

Explaining that the plot of the All Progressives Congress Federal Government and its associates would not intimidate him, Wike stated that he remained committed to the defence of democracy and Rivers State.

He said that the plan would fail because God would continue to defend him, adding that there was a high level of conspiracy against the state.

“The level of conspiracy against Rivers State is unfortunate. Instead of focusing on governance, they focus on how to assassinate me or frame me up,” the governor added.

Wike told the church that the APC-led Federal Government, through the Inspector General of Police, plotted to plant millions of dollars and AK-47 rifles at his Abuja residence when the police went to an Abuja Court to get a search warrant.

He further stated that the court stopped the police from their “evil plot” when it ruled that they (police) should not search his Abuja residence.

“I am not afraid of my residence being searched by the police, but I know their evil intention,” he said.

Wike said that the state government had come to thank God for His protection in the face of a continuous plot by agents of the APC Federal Government.

He noted that despite the declaration by a former governor that his administration would not be able to pay salaries let alone do projects, his administration had succeeded in delivering outstanding projects.

In his remarks, the Rivers State Pastor of the Living Faith Church, Pastor Isaac Folaji, said thanksgiving engendered growth and blessing.

He said thanksgiving enhanced God’s protection and financial multiplication, adding that God would bless Rivers State as a result of the dedication service.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said Rivers people will sack Governor Nyesom Wike in the 2019 general elections.

He said, “I am confident that Rivers people are done with him (Wike); he has betrayed us, he has robbed us of our dignity, he has robbed us of our resources. Enough is enough.

“Let me repeat it again, on the 29th of May next year by 12 noon, the APC will be in the Government House, Port Harcourt. Governor Wike will have one of two options. Option number one, go back to his village in Rumueprikom; option number two, he will be in prison. If I don’t have confidence that Rivers people want him out, I will not be saying so.

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Adesina Debunks Wike’s Alleged Assassination Plan By FG

A photo collage of Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike and the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi

A photo collage of Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike and the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

 

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has responded to the claims by the Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike, of the plan to assassinate him.

Adesina who spoke on Channels Television Programme, Sunday Politics said such allegations by Governor Wike should not be attributed to the government as it is not a characteristic of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

READ ALSO: PDP Keeps Crying Wolf Where There’s None – Adesina

“We live in this country and we know things that have been happening in Rivers State since 2015. The level of violence in that state has been incomparable to any other.

“Yes, there are security challenges all over the country, but you know that some things are peculiar about Rivers State.

So, if a Governor continues to talks about an assassination, perhaps he is using his own standard to judge other people, but if he is accusing the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, he should forget it,” Adesina said.

READ ALSO: Wike Raises Alarm On Assassination Plans, Says “I’m Not Intimidated”

Governor Wike had earlier raised an alarm of alleged plans to assassinate him in a crowded environment.

The governor alleges that, according to security reports available to him, the said killing is to be blamed on an accidental discharge.

He first raised the alarm during a church service in rivers state on Sunday and repeated the same claim on Monday on Channels Television Breakfast Programme, Sunrise Daily.

“I want to repeat what I said that the Federal Government is plotting to assassinate me, and that assassination will be carried out in a crowd and then it will be seen as if its an accidental discharge,” Wike said on Monday.

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Ebola Scare: FG Bans Import Of Corpses From DR Congo

The Federal Government has banned the transportation of corpses from Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, following the outbreak of the

The Federal Government has banned the transportation of corpses from Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD in the Central African country.

Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, disclosed this on Friday, May 18, 2018, at a news conference, saying that the state was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that there was no outbreak of EVD in the country.

“We are in collaboration with Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health with commencement of regional screening of passengers from Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, and neighbouring countries for any suspected cases of EVD or other VHFs. Embargo has also been placed on transportation of corpses from DRC,” Idris said.

He  said factsheets on Ebola for health workers had been sent to the CMD of LASUTH, Medical Directors of General Hospital; the Primary Health Board; Health Service Commission and the Chairman Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners, Association of Laboratory Scientist of Nigeria, Association of Nursing and Midwifery Association of Nigeria and Morgue operators.

‘The State and LGA Disease Surveillance and Notification of Officers, DSNOs, have been sensitised on Ebola and other Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, especially on prompt reporting of any detected suspected cases of Ebola and other VHFs by the Ministry in collaboration with the World Health organisation.

“The Ministry collaborated with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and West African Health Organisation, WAHO, in March 2018 to organised Yellow fever outbreak simulation exercise to strengthen the preparedness and response of all levels of health workers to health emergencies which has similar principles for control of Ebola Virus Disease.

“NCDC and Robert Koch Institute Germany in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is organising  training of health workers in public and private health facilities on Infection Prevention and Control from May 15-18, 2018,” Idris stated.

Idris added that the isolation centre in Mainland Hospital, Yaba had been reactivated for treatment of any suspected or confirmed cases, as well as prepositioning of Personal Protective Equipment and other consumables in public health facilities in the State.

He appealed to appeal to all Lagosians to reduce their risk of infection by observing high standard of personal and environmental hygiene by washing their hands often with soap and water, avoid close contact with people who were sick, avoid touching or washing of dead bodies if not trained to do so and ensure that objects used  by the sick were decontaminated and properly disposed.

Idris urged health workers to be at alert and observe hand washing before and after procedure, use of hand gloves, goggles and face shields; wearing of overalls, wearing of safety boots when appropriate and wearing of Personal Protective Equipment, PPE.

“Mortuary attendants are to observe standard precautions in handling of corpses referred to the morgue.  Patients should be nursed in isolation and report same to the LGA or Ministry of Health immediately,” he said.

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FG’s Panel For Recovery Of Public Property Rakes In Over N4 Billion

Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, on Thursday, revealed that

Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, on Thursday, revealed that the panel has recovered over N4 billion from some political officers.

Obono-Obla stated this at the Second Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Panel, who was represented at the event by his Special Assistant, Eugene Efere, said the panel also recovered N1billion and $800,000 in NEXIM and more than N3billion in some other quarters.

His words: “We do a thorough job and until we get to the court for interim and final forfeiture, we do not make any disclosure.”

Recall that the panel was inaugurated in August 2017 and by August; we will be one year old.

Nigeria Denies Presence At U.S. Embassy Inauguration In Jerusalem

  File photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama   The Federal Government has faulted reports that Nigeria was

 

Nigeria Not Present During US Embassy Opening In Jerusalem – FG
File photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama

 

The Federal Government has faulted reports that Nigeria was represented at the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

The government denied the claims in a statement from the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The U.S had moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday during a ceremony described as “a great day for Israel” by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, however, noted that neither the Ambassador to Israel nor any staff member represented the country at the event.

“We would like to reassure the general public that the official position of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has not changed,” the statement read.

Jerusalem has been in the eye of the storm following the President Trump’s pronouncement in December 2017 that sparked global criticism from world leaders.

The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem two days ago had also triggered protest by some individuals, leading to the death of several.

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FG Tasked To Invest More In Education

  The Federal Government has been asked to increase its funding of the education sector if Nigeria will become globally

Education Minister Warns Against Poor Delivery Of SDGs Projects

 

The Federal Government has been asked to increase its funding of the education sector if Nigeria will become globally competitive.

A university Don at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in Osun state, Dr. Babatunde Ogundare made the submission at the Faculty of science secondary schools Quiz Competition held at the institution.

Eighty-one schools drawn from across states in the Southwest participated in the first round of the written science quiz competition.

Dr. Ogundare who regretted that the sector had not been given adequate attention by past governments added that government has to pay particular attention to resuscitating the interest of students in science courses as against other fields of study which is being promoted today.

He submitted that if the country is to advance technologically the present administration has to refocus attention to sciences for the development of the nation.

He explained that the faculty of science secondary schools quiz competition which started about 12 years ago is aimed at sensitizing the secondary school students to the knowledge of sciences and to know how relevant science is to the nation.

Out of the 162 students which took part in the first stage of the science quiz competition, 52 students qualified to move on to the second round of the competition.

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Heath Sector Remains Shut As Union And FG Fail To Agree – Minister

Isaac Adewole, the minister of health,  has clarified that the Federal Government had no existing agreement with the Joint Health

Isaac Adewole, the minister of health,  has clarified that the Federal Government had no existing agreement with the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, to warrant this latest strike action.

The minister who was reacting to some and advertorial in some national dailies, however, said that the government had already constituted a high-level body to look into aspects of their demands, including the financial implications and also to plan for the management of consequences of addressing those demands.

This was contained in a statement by Olajide Oshundun, the Assistant Director of Information to the Minister, and made available to the journalists on Sunday, April 29, 2018. He clarified that what JOHESU brandish as 2014 agreement were minutes of meetings they had with the organs of Federal Government.

“But let me also put it on record that when we came on board, JOHESU approached us that they have an agreement with the government. But we discovered that there was really no agreement with the government.

“What they were able to provide were minutes of meetings held previously and we told them that no responsible government will implement minutes of previous meetings and of the 15-point demands.

We have met 14 of them over the one and half years. “Indeed, what the September 2017 agreement stated under the upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale and as published by JOHESU is that: ‘The meeting noted that two different figures had been submitted to the National Salaries and Wages Commission on separate occasions. It was observed that the figures are no longer realistic due to the lapse of time. “The NSIWC should, therefore, do a fresh submission based on new data consistent with the present reality.

The FMOH is expected to make available necessary and required data to NSIWC to enable fresh computation.

The newly computed figures will be forwarded by National Salaries and Wages Commission to the Federal Ministry of Health for onward transmission for processing to the high-level body, HLB, of the government and thereafter to Federal Ministry of Health within five weeks, this has not been done”, the statement added.

According to him, the high level body, which met last week Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and on Tuesday, is scheduled to meet on Sunday night. “So, we are really at work with respect to this.

We have done quite a lot of computation. We have met with Finance, we have met with Budget and National Planning.

We are looking into all issues relating to this strike,” he added Describing the current strike action is unfortunate as `the health and wellbeing of many Nigerians have been affected, the minister said that the FG been a responsible government will do everything within its power to bring the ongoing strike action to an end as quickly as possible.

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Banning Codeine Not A Solution To The Drug Abuse – Nigerian Pharmacists

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, has said the ban on importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, has said the ban on importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations was not an outright solution to solving the problem of drug abuse in the country.

Albert Kelong Alkali, the national chairman of the ACPN, who called for a holistic approach in tackling problem of drug abuse, asserted that adopting a multisectorial approach involving the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and other drug control regulators would ensure drug tracking from the manufacturers to the end users.

He told journalists on Thursday, May 3, 2018, that: “We should be able to account for all the drugs that are manufactured and imported into this country.

“If we have such a tracking system in place, then the issue of drug abuse will be reduced to the barest minimum.

“So, the drug distribution system channel must be structured and the new National Drug Distribution Guideline, NDDG, should be implemented “We are still afraid that the deadline for the implementation of the new NDDG, January 2019 might not be met.

“They should be able to know that there is a drug that is being abused, investigate to find out where the abuse is coming from,” adding that with the current development, every relevant stakeholder would sit up.”

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$2.1bn Arms Fund: FG Files 32 Amended Charges Against Dasuki, Others

The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki in the alleged diversion of $2.1billion arms funds

Again, Nigerian Government Seeks Secret Trial For Dasuki, ex-NSA Objects

The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki in the alleged diversion of $2.1billion arms funds is facing a fresh delay as the Federal Government filed 32 count amended charges against him and three others.

The filing of the amended charge is coming almost three years after the Federal Government arraigned the former NSA before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on 18 count charge.

In the amended charges names of prominent politicians from the opposition party are listed as beneficiaries of the alleged diversions

Apart from filing new charges with fresh names, a new twist was also introduced into the trial by the government as a key defendant in the matter. Salisu Shuaib, who was a former Director of Finance and Supply in the ONSA under Colonel Dasuki was dropped from the new charge.

READ ALSO: Alleged N4.9bn Money Laundering: Trial Of Fani-Kayode, Others Stalled

The amended charge dated April 30, 2018 was signed by Mr Chile Okoroma, Director of Legal Services with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

No reason could be immediately obtained on why the former Director of Finance in ONSA who served along with Colonel Dasuki was dropped from the trial having being arraigned together since 2015.

However, lead counsel to Dasuki, Mr Ahmed Raji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who was sighted at the FCT High Court along with Dasuki told judiciary correspondents that he did not know the deal between Salisu Shuaib, the Federal Government and EFCC on the new twist.

Raji, however, said that subsequent events in the trial will reveal to the defendants and their counsel all the circumstances leading to the dropping of the core accused, adding that “till then we will keep our fingers crossed.”

Apart from Dasuki, other defendants in the amended charge are Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holding Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

Prominent Nigerians alleged by the Federal Government to have been beneficiaries of money from the former NSA are the current National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, former Chairman Board of Trustee PDP, Tony Anenih; former PDP Spokesperson, Olisa Metuh; Publisher of Thisday, Nduka Obaigbena, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, Chairman DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, Mouftah Baba-Ahmed, Bello Abba Mohammed, Bello Mohammed, AVM M. N Umar, Jonah Ogunniyi among others.

Meanwhile, Secondus and Dokpesi have since filed a separate suit against the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed over the inclusion of their names in the list of persons who have allegedly looted the nation’s treasury.

Media entrepreneur, Dokpesi, in the suit filed before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory instituted N5billion defamation suit against Mohammed.

Secondus, before a high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital asked the court to award him the sum of N1.5billion as damages for “humiliation, castigation, vilification attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication.”

It would be recalled that Dasuki, Salisu Shuaibu and three others were arraigned in 2015 on the same charge and pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

They were subsequently admitted to bail but however, Colonel Dasuki was re-arrested after perfecting the bail conditions on December 29, 2015, and had been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) without filing any other charge against him.

The trial had since suffered series of delays at the instance of the Federal Government most especially in the inability of the DSS to produce the ex-NSA in court for trial as required by law.

Meanwhile, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the FCT High Court is expected to take the fresh plea of the four defendants on May 17, 2018.

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