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Senate President Condoles Lawan On Mother’s Death

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has mourned the death of Hajiya Halima (Baba) Ibrahim, the mother of the immediate past President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.

In a condolence letter to Senator Lawan, Akpabio expressed gratitude for the sacrifices and maternal tenacity provided by Hajiya Halima, which helped him in attaining his laurels in academia and Nigeria’s political space.

Akpabio, in the letter said that Nigeria at this time, needs more mothers like her, who looked beyond the present towards directing their children unto lasting legacies.

“Hajiya Halima will be etched in our national memory not only for being a virtuous mother, but as a woman, who played her role in raising up a child who rose to the top of academia and our political orbit.

Akpabio wrote in the condolence letter personally signed by him. “I am particularly impressed by the maternal support she provided in guiding you through your years of primary and secondary education in Gashua, despite her own limited education. Such foresight and maternal instincts in craving the best for their children must be commended and should be a guiding spirit for our mothers everywhere.

“I dare say, Your Excellency, that Nigeria at this time needs more mothers like yours, who must look beyond effervescent grandeur that society offers towards lasting imprints that define lasting legacies. Your mother chose and encouraged you in the path of intellectual attainment and it proved to be a better choice for you, your family and Nigeria.

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“I can only imagine her satisfaction as you progressed in life knowing that the sacrifices were worth it.

“My brother, I mourn with you and join all your well wishers to pray for the repose of her soul in Aljannah Firdaus,” Akpabio wrote.

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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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Most Reverend Michael Crotty is new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria—Pope Francis

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The Holy Father, Pope Francis has announced His Excellency, the Most Reverend Michael F. Crotty, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria.

The information is contained in a communiqué issued by the Apostolic Nunciature to Nigeria.

Archbishop Crotty, born in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, Ireland, and ordained a priest in 1994, has a distinguished career in the diplomatic service of the Holy See.

He has served in various capacities across Kenya, Canada, Iraq, Jordan, the Vatican, and Spain.

Recently, he held the positions of Apostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso and Niger.

Archbishop Crotty brings a wealth of experience and multilingual proficiency to his new role in Nigeria.

Welcoming the new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in a statement signed by its President and Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, expresses gratitude to Pope Francis for the appointment.

Archbishop Ugorji highlights the historic connection between Nigeria and Ireland, noting that Archbishop Crotty is the first Apostolic Nuncio from Ireland to Nigeria, mirroring Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo’s tenure as the first Nigerian Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.

The CBCN assures Archbishop Crotty of their full support and cooperation, praying for a fruitful and blessed mission.

Reacting to his new appointment, Archbishop Crotty, expressed great joy and gratitude to Pope Francis for the honor.

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In his statement, the Nuncio pledges to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious or ethnic backgrounds, to the best of his abilities.

He acknowledges the deep bonds of faith and friendship between Ireland and Nigeria, established by generations of Irish missionaries.

Noting the historic significance of his appointment, which coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Archbishop Crotty invited Nigerian Catholics to pray for Pope Francis through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Patrick.

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