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    "Only one time in scripture is an attribute of God emphasized by this principle of repetition not to the 2nd degree, but raised to the 3rd degree. The Seraphim's do not say that God is Holy Holy, but the Seraphim's DECLARE that GOD is HOLY HOLY HOLY" - RC Sproul

    "And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." - Revelation 4 v 8 KJV

    "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." - Isaiah 6 v 3 KJV

    God's Holiness is uncompromising. His purity is everlasting, satisfying and energizing. His Holy Character represents all that is Good, Pure and Honest.

    He is so bright that he is the Father of Light.

    "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1 v 17 KJV

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    His gifts and ways are perfect because He is the Father of Lights. Every gift or blessing He gives you is everlasting, both pure and good and devoid of sorrow. "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10 v 22

    You were formed to bring glory and praise to Him whom hath formed you and brought you out of darkness and into his marvelous light. "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;" 1 Peter 2 v 9 KJV

    You belong to Him and all your ways are before Him. "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4 v 13 KJV

    In his marvelous True Light we have salvation. And this True Light came into the world; have you received this True Light?

    "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1 v 4-9 KJV

    Yes this True Light is Jesus Christ the Only begotten Son of God. An express image of his Glorious Father.
    "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" - Hebrews 1 v 3 KJV

    Your entrance into existence and life was powered by the True Light of Christ which is a representation of the marvelous Light of the Father who is full of Grace and Truth.

    That is - "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

    I ask again, have you received this true light? This True Light is Jesus Christ and he will bring you into oneness and eternal communion with the Father of Light.

    "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 14 v 23

    His Word to you, yes you who is reading this today is that; open the door of your heart to me and I will enter and dwell. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." - Rev. 3 v 20 KJV

    If you're ready for a life of abundant light and wonder, please say the prayer below.

    Lord Jesus, I am sinner, I cannot help myself, please help me; I believe you’re the Son of God; I believed you died for me; I believe you rose up on the third say; I believe you’re seated at the Right Hand of God and I believe you’ll come back again; Come into my hear, write my name in the book of Life, remove my name from the book of death, so that at the end, I’ll see you again. Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen”.


    RC Sproul -

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    For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. - Isa 9 v 5 KJV

    Amplified version says - "For every boot of the marching warrior in the battle tumult, And [every soldier’s] garment rolled in blood, will be used for burning, fuel for the fire." - Isa 9 v 5 AMP

    The following Bible passage is telling you that this is what you did when the battle was finished, and you had won. Every battle you are going through spiritually, will end in your Favor in Jesus Mighty name Amen.

    I repeat, the battle is over. And you had won. And you will win. Say Hallelujah Jesus. The Lord will redeem you from every battle. Psalm 55 v 18 - "He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me."

    I am fully convinced in your victory. Do not fear or lose faith. Beloved, your God who is a mighty terrible one is the Lord strong in battle. Able to save and able to deliver. He will stand with you. You will not die untimely, you will not suffer loss, you will succeed and declare your testimony. Jeremiah 20 v 11 - "But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten."

    And if you're yet to know the Lord, who is the the King of Glory; I would like you to begin to open up the doors of your hearts to him tonight. Only then is your victory assured. Psalm 24 v 8 - "Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle."

    The Lord goes out with you and fights your battles. Deuteronomy 20 v 4 - "for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you."

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    You are the victor beloved. And victory is assured in Christ alone.

    If you want to accept the Lord Jesus Christ today, please say this short prayer with me.

    Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, I can't help myself. I believe you're the Son of God, I believe you died for me, I believe you're seated at the Right Hand of God, and I believe you'll come back again. Come into my heart, write my name in the book of Life, remove my name from the book of death, so that at the end I'll see you again. Thank you Lord Jesus.

    God Bless you.

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    Prophet Ezekiel

    Ezekiel 37 v 7 - "So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone." King James Version

    On June 14th, 2021, I had an accident with a broken ankle. I was scheduled for a major surgery called an ORIF procedure, but in one way or the other, it didn't happen and then The Spirit opened my eyes and I found Ezekiel 37 v 7.

    Through the Xray, I could see that there was a dislocation and separation of bones, then I cried with intense faith in prayer, that every bone out of place should go back to it's bone, as The Word of God in Ezekiel 37 v 7 tells us. It wasn't long, I got my healing.

    Ezekiel 37 v 4 - "Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord."
    What is your current dry bone? Are you currently sojourning in a dry and thirsty land

    • failed businesses

    • hopeless situations

    • affliction, sicknesses

    • depression

    • failed marriages

    • lost hope / marriage delays

    • unanswered prayers

    Well I have good news for you. Our God is so so Good. See what he says he would do to your dry bones; Ezekiel 37 v 5-6

    • I will cause breadth to enter into you. meaning the breadth of Life

    • Ye shall live, meaning your dry bones shall be over

    • And I will lay sinews upon you, meaning there will be unity

    • and will bring up flesh upon you & and cover you with skin; meaning your nakedness will not appear See Revelations 3 v 18

    • and put breath in you, and ye shall live; meaning it is now beyond certain that this will come to pass; when God repeats a sentence or phrase twice; it's forever settled

    And then finally, ye shall know that I am the Lord.

    No one takes Glory except the Lord, with you coming to realization that The Lord did this; you would Glorify Him alone. This is just God's pure nature of loving kindness.

    Jeremiah 9 v 24 - "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."

    Prayerfully raise an alter over dry lands, dry situations and unpleasant circumstances in your life and see how God swings into action through his Word to bring you into victory.


    • Every dry situation in my life (non working businesses, failed marriages), receive life today in the Name of Jesus Christ

    • Father let your Word clothe me with flesh over every situation that want s to expose my nakedness in the name of Jesus.

    • Every failing health in my life, receive Life in Jesus Name. Every failing organ in my body, receive Life in Jesus Name

    • I shall not die but live to declare the Works of the Lord in the land of the living.

    • It is written, I will cause breadth to enter into you; I decree every good thing called dead in my life, receive the breadth of God in the Name of Jesus.

    • Every situation that wants to bring me shame, I bind such situations in the mighty Name of Jesus

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    Firm secures m to drive innovation in Africas logistics industry

    Sehinde Afolayan, the CEO of Haul247

    By Lucy Ogalue

    Haul247, an end-to-end logistics tech platform connecting businesses to haulage and warehousing assets in one ecosystem, has raised 3 million dollars in a seed funding round.

    Sehinde Afolayan, the CEO of Haul247, said in a statement on Tuesday that the fund would be channeled into increasing its market share in Nigeria and other African markets.

    Afolayan who founded the company with Tobi Obasa, and Akindele Philips, also said that the fund would enable the company recruit talents, develop its technology and cement its position as Africas Airbnb for trucks and warehouses.

    Alitheia Capital led the million seed funding round via its uMunthu Fund. Investment One also participated in the round through debt funding.

    This investment follows a pre-seed funding round in 2021 by Khafid Gbadamosi and Horsham Gates.

    More recently, the company was selected as one of the recipients of the 2022 Google for Startups Black Founders Fund.

    Africas logistics sector continues to be hampered by a lack of supporting infrastructure, bottlenecks in service delivery, and a widespread informal approach to logistics business.

    Over 80 per cent of the market is dominated by informal carriers operating with one to three vehicles, Afolayan said.

    He further said that solutions to logistics in Africa that do not solve warehousing challenges would be more costly, inefficient, and risky.

    We provide a unique platform for businesses to seamlessly book trucks and warehouses across multiple geo-locations in Africa, using real-time technology, with over a thousand trucks and about 151,000 sqm of warehouse space across various locations.

    We founded Haul247 to address the supply-demand mismatch in the ecosystem, and this funding will enable us to optimise logistics service delivery in key African markets.

    Our platform connects businesses with reliable and efficient haulage and warehousing assets, making the movement of goods across the continent easier and faster.

    With the support of our investors, we will expand to new markets, recruit more talent and develop our technology to make logistics even more accessible and efficient for businesses in Africa.

    Tokunboh Ishmael, Managing Partner at Alitheia Capital, said the organisation was excited to be at the forefront of optimising logistics service delivery in key African markets.

    Ishmael said trade and commerce had been the key lever for driving development and would catalyse economic benefits and transformation across the continent.

    Our investment further enables Haul247 to provide a seamless logistics solution for transporting and storing goods across the continent in a way that unlocks value and amplifies impact for individuals and companies throughout the value chain.

    The timing of Haul247s fundraising aligns with the critical importance of logistics for the success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

    Logistics plays a vital role in driving development, and the World Economic Forum predicts a 28 per cent increase in demand for intra-African freight by 2030. (NAN)(

    Edited by Vivian Ihechu

    Source: NAN News

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    Cece Yara Foundation, Cummins West Africa train 200 educators on child abuse
    By Adebola Adegoke

    The Cece Yara Foundation, on Thursday, said it was equipping no fewer than 200 educators and caregivers in Kosofe Local Government in Lagos State with best practices aimed at safeguarding children from abuse.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Cece Yara Foundation was established in 2016 to prevent child sexual abuse, and provide emergency intervention for children who have experienced sexual abuse or who are at risk.

    The foundation, a child-centered non-profit organisation, provides psycho-social, legal, and medical support for children through a 24-hour free child telephone helpline (0800 800 8001) and its child-friendly Child Advocacy Centres in Lagos and Abuja.

    The foundations Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Detutu Ajibodu, spoke at the opening of a two-day workshop being held in collaboration with Cummins West Africa, in Lagos on Thursday.

    Ajibodu explained that the foundations gesture became imperative as statistics had shown that one in four girls and one in ten boys would be abused before the age of 18.

    She said the workshop would avail participants the platform to learn crucial skills, exposure to knowledge, tools, and strategies to identify as well as how to respond effectively to instances of child abuse.

    She added that facilitators would use the interactive sessions to teach educators how to recognise different forms of abuse, understand warning signs, and how to implement proper reporting procedures.

    By doing so, they are better equipped to create safe and nurturing learning environments for children, she said.

    Ajibodu stated that child abuse was a deeply distressing issue affecting countless children worldwide, saying it was educators responsibility to be well-informed and equipped to identify and respond to any signs of abuse.

    She said with proper training, educators could identify signs of abuse and how to implement appropriate interventions to break the cycle of violence and provide a secure environment for children to learn and thrive.

    The workshop sessions would delve into the complexities of child abuse, providing insights into establishing supportive atmospheres within schools, promoting open dialogue, and empowering children to seek help when needed.

    The story of the success of this workshop would not be complete but for the generous partnership of Cummins West Africa, a company deeply committed to corporate social responsibility.

    Their support will ensure that educators and caregivers will have access to this vital training and strengthen their ability to protect childrens well-being.

    The Cece Yara Foundation, renowned for its dedication to child protection and advocacy, believes that educators play a transformative role in the lives of students beyond academics, she said. (NAN)(

    Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Salif Atojoko

    Source: NAN News

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    Solutions Journalism, key instrument in changing narrative  Ihekweazu

    L-R: Mrs Vivian Ihekweazu, Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch; Mr Mufutau Ojo, Director, Special Duties, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN); Mr Buki Ponle, Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and Mr Ismail Abdulaziz, Deputy-Editor-In-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), at a project closeout event organised in Abuja, by the Nigeria Health Watch

    By Abujah Racheal

    The Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch, Mrs Vivian Ihekweazu, has said that Solution Journalism is a key instrument in changing the narrative of how news is reported in the country.

    Ihekweazu said this on Thursday in Abuja at the organisations project closeout event to share the impact of the work and celebrate organisations, newsrooms, and individuals that made the project successful in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that in 2021, Nigeria Health Watch officially commenced the implementation of the Nigeria edition of the Solutions Journalism Africa Initiative project supported by Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), USA, and overseen by Africa Initiative.

    The three-year journey has been fulfilling and purposeful, according to the organisers.

    She said that evidence had shown that consumers of news tend to switch off when the news reporting is focused on problems.

    Solutions journalism, rigorous reporting about how people respond to social problems tells the whole story as it discusses the problem and response to problems.

    The collaboration between Nigeria Health Watch and the Solutions Journalism Africa Initiative (SJAI) is the generous support of Solutions Journalism Network, she said.

    She said that the project had trained and supported newsrooms and journalists, enabling them to produce impactful stories that inspire change and offer hope to our communities.

    Through newsrooms, we have trained and through higher institutions, with universities now including in curriculum solutions-oriented reporting so that future journalists are able to report solutions to issues faced in Nigeria and not just leaving it to the usual way we see the news as negative.

    We have collaborated with 30 media organisations, forming three cohorts of newsrooms and engaging a total of 90 journalists.

    We have had over 250 solutions stories published, with over 100 of them indexed. while this is commendable, we will continue to focus on the impact made, she said.

    According to Mr Buki Ponle, Managing Director, NAN, Whatever we do as journalists, conscience matters.

    As you tell stories, ensure your writing touches humanity and promotes the public interest.

    Speaking on the importance of balancing stories as journalists, Ponle said that there was always a positive aspect of every negative situation.

    Ponle commended the Nigerian Health Watch for the initiative and urged journalists to always look for the positive side of every situation.

    We should think of making heroes and heroines, he advised.

    He said that the relevance of journalists in community service was a crucial strategy for advocating for development through factual and resourceful stories.

    As a journalist, it is important to always stand by communities, he said.

    Ms Ruona Meyer, Manager, Africa Initiative, SJAI, said that stories that inspired policy reform in the country had been produced through the solutions journalism initiative.

    Meyer said that the initiative was bringing about a change in the media reporting approach in the country.

    She said that the incredible stories the project produced while implementing it were now being used to train colleagues in journalism, which was a key achievement.

    She said that solutions Journalism added more value to news reporting in the country.

    Journalists and media practitioners agree that consumers are becoming more discerning about the kind of news they read.

    The current generation of readers has been noted to stay away from news that amplifies problems, seeking solutions journalism stories to uplift and inspire change, she said.

    She urged journalists to continue to use their platforms to make good impact in the country.

    Mr Chibuike Alagboso, Senior Programme Manager, Nigeria Health Watch, while presenting what Solutions Journalism Africa Initiative had been able to impact, said in spite numerous social problems, things were still working in Nigeria.

    Alagboso said that solutions journalism was interested in encouraging journalists to expend more energy pushing solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

    To drive the project initiative, we had newsroom and fellowship engagements, which involved field trips into areas where there were established problems in a bid to find how people are responding to the problems and what can be learnt from their experience.

    This project has made us understand that there are people responding to social problems. Lets continue to find them and tell their stories so that others can learn, he said.

    Speaking on the Future of Impactful Journalism: The Roles of Solutions Journalism, Mr Adedeji Adekule, Programme Director, Nigeria Media Innovative Programme, said that the Nigerian media horizon was growing and seemed to be undergoing restructuring with different media springing up.

    Adekule said that the currency of a media organisation was its audience.

    Solution stories add more value and increase engagement.

    As a journalist, you should not be one-dimensional, your stories must be well-balanced, and Solutions journalism is a good way to start, he said.

    Mr Ismail Abdulaziz, Deputy-Editor-In-Chief, NAN, said during a panel session that solutions journalism pioneered extensive story writing with the introduction of its four pillars.

    Abdulaziz said that the solutions highlighted in any story usually came with a sense of satisfaction as a journalist.

    This is helping to address the predominant trend of problem-focused reporting that is contributing to news avoidance by the audience.

    NAN recalled that the event featured conversations with leaders and the journalists who participated in the project.

    The official reports and story dashboard featuring the project story outputs were also launched during the event and featured an exhibition of the stories.

    The event provided an informal platform for participants to engage, network and share ideas around propagating solutions journalism across Nigeria. (NAN)(

    Edited by Vincent Obi

    Source: NAN News

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    Economist unveils data book to enhance Nigerias socioeconomic devt.

    Dignitaries at the unveiling of a baseline data book (Nigeria in Figures) to aid Nigerias planning process

    By Rukayat Moisemhe

    Chief Economist, Analysts Data Services and Resources (ADSR), Dr Afolabi Olowookere, has unveiled a baseline data book (Nigeria in Figures) to aid Nigerias planning process and drive socioeconomic growth and development.

    Olowookere, during the book launch on Thursday in Lagos, said Nigeria in Figures was presented as a reference data book to guide the measurement and assessment of Nigerias socioeconomic performance over time.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the event was, Nigerias Socio-Economic Performance since 1999: Lessons for New Policymakers.

    According to the economist, the book provides evidence-based inputs into the discussions, analysis and planning by policymakers, researchers, businesses and other key stakeholders in the country.

    He stated that the data book specifically showed the countrys relative performance against selected comparator countries providing detailed sources and description of relevant data.

    Olowookere described the data book as a must have for the new government, particularly as the availability of these baseline data would afford Nigeria the opportunity to benchmark itself among top global countries.

    The Nigerian economy is changing and we have a new government that would need the data that scores performance of democracy from 1999 till date to aid its policy planning processes.

    This book presents in a comprehensive manner data at national, regional and state levels and describes the development, challenges and policies of different sectors.

    More often than not, Nigerians complain about the unavailability of data but we have lots of data in different sources such as libraries, bookshelves of many professors among other places, said Olowookere.

    He said he had put together all the data from different places, across different sectors in a single and simple source called Nigeria in Figures (A socioeconomic data book) even though his goal was to have the largest database in Africa.

    The data was collated across different key sectors of the economy and has compared the data from 1999 till date to provide background information aimed at driving socioeconomic growth and development.

    Alongside the data presentation, economic policies, trends, and development across different sectors of the economy are collated into a single source for easy access to provide insights for policymakers, he said.

    In her remarks, Mrs Toyin Sanni, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Emerging Africa Group, stated that access to such data would help align policies and initiatives that would aid private sector development.

    According to Sanni, the private sector, though very dynamic and entrepreneurial, has been crippled by unfavourable policies and environment, which does not give room from planning.

    She stressed that henceforth, the private sector should be brought in during policy creation, infrastructural development discussion, among others, for improved economic growth and development.

    Policy environment needs to change, infrastructure needs to be tackled and we need to know the initiatives that would ameliorate the impact of subsidy removal on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

    I am looking forward to some of these savings directed to stimulate MSME growth, healthcare, education, and security not just doling out cash to anybody, she said.

    Dr Chukwuka Onyekwena, Executive Director, Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa(CSEA), emphasised the need to mobilise resources towards education, agriculture and health sectors to promote socioeconomic stability.

    He said for Nigeria to fulfil its socioeconomic objectives by 2050, the human capital must be developed by investing in sectors that directly impacted their development.

    This can be achieved by freeing up resources spent on things that are not urgent and channel same to those that impact the citizens directly.

    I suggest there should be expansion of vocational training and Nigeria must develop rural areas via rural infrastructure and ensure agricultural intervention programmes to drive economic growth and development, he said.

    Dr Suleyman Ndanusa, CEO, Global Mandate Consulting, said the data book was a massive and excellent undertaking by the author who has succeeded in creating a data encyclopedia on Nigeria.

    He, however, emphasised the need for government to embrace measures that would help earn the trust and build the confidence of Nigerians in its abilities.

    He noted that citizens needed to have confidence in the government to do what was fair and right and that trust was essential in a free and democratic environment.

    People are not willing to trust government, and when citizens lack trust, they are less likely to comply with laws and regulations.

    The challenges a country would face when they are building trust include people saying things that foster disunity along religious and tribal sentiments causing insecurity.

    Government needs to fulfil socioeconomic promises to build the trust of the citizens and the top priority area for the new government is good governance and discipline to perform its social contract, he said.

    Prof Olu Ajakaiye, Executive Chairman, African Centre for Shared Development Capacity Building, said Nigeria in Figures offered comprehensive coverage of the key social and economic development indicators.

    He stated that it would be particularly useful for policymakers at all levels of government. (NAN)(

    Edited by Abdulfatai Beki/Salif Atojoko

    Source: NAN News

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    Sanwo-Olu appoints SSG, re-appoints 2 others

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

    By Florence Onuegbu

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Thursday approved the appointment of Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

    The Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said in a statement that Gov. Sanwo-Olu also approved the re-appointment of Mr Tayo Ayinde as the Chief of Staff (CoS) and Mr Gboyega Shoyanwo as the Deputy Chief of Staff.

    Muri-Okunola said that Salu-Hundeyin, an erudite, experienced barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, had over three decades experience at the Bar.

    According to him, she is an astute business, human and economic resources manager who has great passion for excellence.

    Before her present appointment, Barr. Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin was a Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC), a position in which she had served since November 2020, he said.

    The Head of Service said that both Ayinde and Soyannwo were being re-appointed as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff respectively, having served Gov. Sanwo-Olus administration with diligence and great commitment during the first term, from May 2019 to May 2023.

    He expressed optimism that the knowledge, experience and capacity of the appointees would put them in good stead to serve diligently.

    Muri-Okunola congratulated and urged them to continue the delivery of selfless, effective and efficient service to the people of Lagos State.

    These are the first set of appointments made by Mr Governor during his second term in Office. The appointments take effect from Thursday, June 8, 2023, he said. (NAN)(

    Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

    Source: NAN News

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    Mgt seeks sponsors for IDPs students education
    By Deborah Coker

    The management of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Uhogua, near Benin, has appealed for sponsorship from well-meaning Nigerians to help some IDPs achieve their educational dreams.

    Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, Coordinator of the camp, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

    Folorunsho said that the appeal became necessary, following the large number of IDPs in tertiary institutions, currently sponsored by the camp management.

    He explained that the IDPs were in various stages of their primary and secondary educations before insecurity forced them out of their ancestral homes and they sought refuge in the camp.

    He said that in view of this, the camp could not just fold its hands and allow their educational dreams and ambition to die.

    We know the value of education, and we saw how traumatized they were when they got here.

    Several of them felt that all hope was lost, but then we realised that more than 90 per cent of them were students in various stages of primary and secondary schools.

    So, to rekindle their hope, give them a sense of belonging and ensure that they are useful to themselves and the society in future, we decided they must continue with their educational dreams and pursuit even while here.

    And, this is because, we know that the importance of education cannot be over-emphasised, and to the glory of God, they have been doing us very proud in the various external examinations they take, he said.

    Folorunsho disclosed that 148 IDPs in the camp sat for the recently-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

    He said that of the figure, two scored above 300, while 22 scored between 287 and 250, and 54 between 248 and 200.

    He added that while others scored between 199 and 159, four, however, didnt get their results.

    According to him, you can see why we are appealing for sponsorship for some of our IDPs. This is a large number, even though we know that not all of them will get admission to tertiary institutions.

    Already, we have 158 in various tertiary institutions, and when some of these ones are admitted, the number will further increase, yet we are resolute to ensure that they achieve their educational dreams.

    That is why we are appealing to well-meaning Nigerians, corporate organisations like MTN, Guinness Nigeria, Coca Cola, the Elumelu Foundation, the TY Danjuma Foundation, and Multinational Companies to help us give these IDPs a place of pride through education, Folorunsho pleaded. (NAN) (

    Edited by Vincent Obi

    Source: NAN News

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    Fuel Subsidy: Edo govt reduces work days to 3

    Gov. Godwin Obaseki

    By Nefishetu Yakubu

    Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Tuesday reduced the number of work days that civil and public servants would have to commute to their workplaces from five days to three days a week, amongst other measures.

    In a statement made available to newsmen in Benin, Obaseki said the measure was part of efforts to ameliorate the sufferings currently faced by the people in the wake of the rise in prices of goods and services occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal.

    In the wake of fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government, fuel prices have increased astronomically, leading to rise in prices of goods and services and overall cost of living.

    The Edo State Government shares the pains of our people and wants to assure everyone that we are standing with them in these very challenging times.

    We want to reassure our people that we will do all within our powers as a sub-national government to reduce the pains and ameliorate the sufferings our people are currently facing due to the current realities.

    As a proactive government, we have since taken the step to increase the minimum wage paid to workers in Edo State from the approved N30,000 to N40,000.

    We hope to increase it even further, if more allocation accrues to our state from the Federal Government in view of the expected savings from the removal of the fuel subsidy, the governor said.

    According to him, we know the hardship that has been caused by this policy which has increased the cost of transportation, eating deep into the wages of workers in the state.

    Therefore, the Edo State Government is hereby reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days to three days a week till further notice.

    Workers will now work from home two days every week.

    Similarly, for teachers and parents, their commuting to school will be reduced as government is working on deepening the initiative.

    To create more virtual classrooms, thereby, reducing the cost of commuting on parents, teachers and pupils.

    The Edo SUBEB will provide details on this initiative in the coming days, Obaseki said.

    He said that to lower the rising cost of energy on the people, the state government would continue to work with the electricity companies in the state to improve power supply to homes and businesses.

    Similarly, fiber optics connections are being made available to help our people work remotely, thereby reducing their cost of transportation, he said.

    Obaseki called on all to remain calm and go about their daily businesses lawfully while government intensified effort to alleviate the burden of fuel price. (NAN)(

    Edited by Adeleye Ajayi

    Source: NAN News

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