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Live in peace with one another, unite for accelerated development —-NSHA majority leader urges TIV Nation



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By David Odama

The Majority Leader and member representing Awe South constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara Tuesday sued for peace, unity amongst the Tiv nation as well as other. tribes for accelerated development of the State.

Hon. Azara who gave the admonition when he played host to the new TIDA President, officials and members of the association, advocated for embracement unity, peaceful co-existence which he described as veritable tools for accelerated development.

The lawmaker said that the importance of unity and peace could not be overemphasized, hence the need for all hands to be on deck for the realization of the desired unity which he said is the whole- mark of governor Abdullahi Sule administration

” I am impressed with your visit and want to assure you of my readiness to work with you to promote unity, peace and development in my constituency, the State and the country at large

” I will continue to operate an open door policy in order to carry everybody in my constituency along irrespective of their affiliations” the lawmaker stated.

Hon. Azara urged the New TIDA officials to foster unity among their people and other people of the State.

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” I want to urge you to foster unity among your people. Tiv unity should be your watch word and you must promote peace, unity and understanding among your people and other communities” he said.

The Majority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Works while congratulating the New TIDA officials, assured of his readiness to provide purposeful leadership in the House.

In their remarks, Hon. Peter Ahemba, SSA to Gov. Sule on Public Affairs, Hon. Dr Sebu Emmanuel, Special Assistant to Gov. Sule on Education and Dr. Faga Asom, Senior Lecturer, Dept, of Library and Information Science, Federal University of Lafia all told the Lawmaker that the election of new TIDA officials followed due process and was transparent.

They also assured Hon. Azara of Tiv people support to enable his leadership succeed.

Earlier, the new TIDA President,. Comrade Simeon Apusu, said they were at the Assembly to introduce themselves as New Executives of TIDA to him .

“We are here to familiarize with you and assure you of our support for you to succeed” Apusu stated

The new TIDA President expressed their readiness to work together with Hon. Azara and other Tiv members to promote unity, peace and development in Awe South constituency and the State, pledging his administration commitment to operate an all inclusive leadership.

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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

Details later

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