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Leader hails inclusion of women in ministerial list, appeals for more



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By Ekuson Nw’Ogbunka

The president of a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), that trains and empowers the less privileged in the society: the Takem Empowerment Initiatives (TEIs), Chief (Mrs) Rachael Adewumi has commended Mr President for including about seven women out of the 28 ministerial nominees he has made so far.

Adewumi who doubles as the woman leader of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTs), an umbrella body of all the traders in the FCT and Nigeria in general, has hailed President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to that effect at a telephone interview she granted our correspondent Friday.

Tinubu has last Thursday presented to the 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, about 28 ministerial nominees and about seven women were equally nominated in the list.

In other to carefully do justice to the list, the 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the leadership of the former governor of Akwa – Ibom state, Sen Godswill Akpabio had to suspend their recess.

Making her point, Amb Adewumi therefore said that she has observed with happiness that Mr President wants to run all inclusive government, even as she reiterated the need to involve more women in the government. Admitting that, no matter how, okra planted in the farm can never be taller than its planter, meaning that a wife can’t be a boss to her husband, but she quickly added that women as wives and mothers, who manage the families, among others very well, have such talent from God and would do more if given the opportunity.


Assuring the present government of the willing and ability of the women to deliver while in office, Dr Rachael Adewumi therefore advised the women to ensure that they live up to expectation as usual, saying that women have never failed to deliver in any position given to them.

Hailing the senators for suspending their recess for selfless service to Nigerians, Adewumi also assured the legislators of the women’s ability to deliver effectively, adding that women are known for prudence.

She went further to add that most NGOs and similar organisation that are still viable and contributing immensely to national development globally were under the management of women, including the TEIs. She informed that about 75% of the women, including widows trained by her NGO, the TEIs were doing wonderfully well, by fending for their families. Children of many, according to her have since graduated from higher institutions.

Most women who are doing petty trading in the streets, by using tables, according to her had since relocated to the markets, while many others who prefer to remain in the street, have since rented shops, adding that they had been renewing their shops and are still doing their businesses effectively.

If these women were able to prosper with the meagre amount they got from our NGO, she went on, the women, if given more appointments would contribute immensely to the success of the country.

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Among some women she enumerated, who really performed wonderfully well and some who are still doing well, according to her were the present Director General (DG), World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Omonjo – Iweala; the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; former senator representing Anambra North, Sen Magrey Okadigbo and; the DG, NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye.

Others, she went on were former minister of information and DG NAFDAC, who according to her introduced reformations in NAFDAC, Prof Dora Akunyili; former minister of education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, the present senator representing FCT, Ireti Kingibe, the member representing Orumba North/South, Hon Chinwe Nnabuife; former Speaker, House of Reps, Hon Patricia Ette; Sens Patricia Akwashika, Iyabo Obasanjo and; Gbemisola Saraki, among others. “Those of them who have left office and those who are still in office, according to her have and are still doing well, “the woman leader concluded.

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Santuraki celebrates daughter, Mariam at 12. *Says she’s a gifted child



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The Santuraki of Ebira land and former Diaspora Special Assistant to ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal , Chief Saidu Ugonoh has called for concerted efforts towards ensuring that Nigeria attains her full potentials in all aspects ,stressing the need absolute patriotism ,transparency and accountability by all.

The traditional title holder of Ebira land made this call at the 12th birthday celebration of his daughter, Miss Mariam Saidu Ugonoh who also holds the United States of America’s ‘principal Honor Roll’ at grade six.

Speaking at the event that hosted friends , family and well-wishers in Abuja , the American based politician and businessman stressed that Nigeria has found herself in a position that requires all hands on the deck to avert an irredeemable embarrassing situation that will take it many years backwards .

Speaking further a visibly elated Ugonoh flanked by his wife Hauwa Saidu-Ugonoh his second daughter Mayeda Saidu Ugonoh and little Alesha Saidu Ugonoh revealed that the celebrant’s wish was to celebrate in Nigeria and enjoy the ambiance of her father land.

He stressed that ” Mariam is a gifted child in very many ways . She is efficient in art-work and her drawings are excellent .

“As we speak ,her school in the United States is already advising that he pursues advanced studies in the art field to allow her maximally apply such talent and take the world by storm”.

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In her response, the 12-year Mariam Saidu Ugonoh said she was glad her wish to be in Nigeria despite the state of insecurity was granted .

Mariam mainatined that her visit to Nigeria has presented her with the opportunity to be able to discuss with certain degree of authority with her friends and school mates about Nigeria when she returns to the United States .

“I am very happy to be in Nigeria I thank my dad and mum for making this birthday happen here and I am really happy to visit so many places. When I return to America I will be able to discuss with my friends and mention the places I have been to. I think this country is good ,the people are receptive and I am happy “.

Also at the event was a member of the House of Representative representing Bali/Gasol federal constituency of Taraba state,
Hon. Yakubu Ja’afaru
Hon yakubu, a former Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal .

In his goodwill message ,Hon Jafaru urged the celebrant to take her studies seriously and obey her parents .

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Nasarawa University commences first Medical Geology degree programmes in Nigeria



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By David Odama

Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) has begun the world’s first medical Geology Post Graduate programmes at the Jose Centino International Centre for Medical Geology (JacMedGeo) Research in the institution.

Director of Linkages and International Cooperation at the University, Dr Kitso Nghargbu confirmed the development told Journalists in Keffi, Nasarawa State Thursday. Thursday that a foremost medical geologist, medical geology is multi disciplinary in nature and a new discipline no other tertiary institution across the world has offered it.

“It is very young. The first text book in medical geology was published only in 2005. So it’s an emerging discipline and NSUK and by extension Nigeria, Africa has trailed the blaze.

“We have become the pace setters in running degree programmes at the Post Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctorate levels as far as the whole world is concerned. So it goes beyond being the first in Nigeria and translates to being the first in the whole world,” Nghargbu stated.

He assured that the institution has made available a curriculum that has been prepared, assessed and approved by relevant education authorities which the Senate of the university approved for the commencement of the degree programmes.

“So the curriculum has been prepared. It has also been peer reviewed by founding fathers of medical geology, by the best experts in medical geology research in the whole world.

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“This center that has just been established -the Jose Centino International Centre for Medical Geology Research, NSUK is a project of the International Medical Geology Association at the global level supported by several scholars and researchers within the health and environment spheres,” he added.

He explained that for the Post Graduate Diploma in the discipline will take 18 months to complete while for the Masters Degree, it will take 24 months and completing the Doctorate Degrees program takes a maximum of 48 months.

“Admissions have started and it starts with the adverts. In the next eight weeks forms will be on sale. Then we take two weeks to shortlist. Then another three weeks for resumption and registration,” he said.

He also assured that there was enough manpower to handle the discipline in the institution with about 32 faculty members from across the world who are experts in the field of medical geology.

“Just yesterday the Deputy Minister of Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran wrote to us that he wants to be a part time lecturer in this centre.

“So manpower is adequate. So I want to assure you that even before we started sale of forms yesterday we had indication of interest from over ten countries. So its going to be a foremost international research centre,” he said.

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He then defined Medical Geology as the study of geological processes and materials with processes referred to earthquakes, volcanoes, climate change activities, flooding, tsunamis and all other forms of disasters geologically induced and sometimes caused by man.

“When you talk of materials, you talk of minerals, rocks, mineral waters or medicinal waters which are beneficial to man. So it’s a study of those geological processes that impact on man and his environment,” he said.

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Breaking News: Senate removes senator Ndume from position of Chief Whip



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The APC has removed Senator Ali Ndume as Chief Whip of the 10th Senate and replaced him with Senator Tahir Mongun

Ndume’s replacement by the Senate , followed directive issued to that effect in a letter written and signed by the National Chairman of the party , Dr Umar Ganduje and National Secretary , Senator Bashir Ajibola .

The request was put to voice votes by the Senate President , Godswill Akpabio , and loudly affirmed by all the APC Senators

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