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ICDA Honours Okpanachi, 23 Others With Awards

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The Founder of Waves of Success Foundation, a non Governmental Organization, Yusuf Ocholi Okpanachi was among the 24 prominent Igala sons and daughters who were conferred with Distinguished Merit Awards by the Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA) for their outstanding contributions towards the upliftment of the Igala Kingdom.

The ceremony which took place at the “Igala Unity House, Anyigba” over the weekend, was organized by the association to give honour to whom it is due.

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The president of the association, Alhaji Amodu Abubakar Sadiq in his welcome address, said that Yusuf Okpanachi, a notable Philanthropist in Igala Zone was fished out for the Award as a result of his support in providing rural communities across the Igala Kingdom with roads, potable water, electricity, health facilities and empowerment of women and youth. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Sadiq described Yusuf Okpanachi as a worthy son of the Igala Kingdom who had made his impact in touching positively on the lives of the downtrodden.

The ICDA president also disclosed that the “Igala Merit Award 2020” was spread into those who contributed immensely to the development of their immediate communities, those who facilitated employment for Igala indigenes in the labour market as well as those who have excelled in both Media, Legal, and other professions.

He said that ICDA also gave Post Humours Awards to three deceased prominent Igalas who made their mark towards the advancement of their father land during their life time.

The Kogi state Deputy Governor while speaking at the event, described ICDA as the only platform that could be effectively used to achieve the needed peace, unity and harmonious relationship in Igala Land.

“The greater of Igala Kingdom should be our major priority. We should be concerned in assisting in the provision of infrastructural development for our people as governments worldwide cannot do it alone

” God should prosper those wishing Igala people well and grant those after the destruction of the land the grace to change and if don’t change should put them to shame” the Deputy Governor prayed.

He described the leadership of ICDA as people of high integrity who had championed the drive to bring development to Igala land rather than fighting for their personal interest.

“Let us come down home and join hands with ICDA in developing our immediate communities. ICDA as an umbrella body belongs to the entire people of Igala land” Edward Onoja advised.

The Founder Waves of Success Foundation, Yusuf Ocholi Okpanachi in his remark, thanked ICDA for its recognition with assurance that the gesture will spur him to do more for his people.

Responding on behalf of other recipients, the member representing Ankpa1 Constituency at the Kogi state House of Assembly, Hon Abdullahi Halims also commended ICDA for its initiative to honour deserving Igala sons and daughters urging the association to sustain its spirit of encouragement that will spur meaningful citizens to come to the aid of the less privileged in the society.

He particularly praised the Kogi state deputy governor, Edward Onoja for facilitating the building of Igala Unity House at Anyigba where to showcase the activities and the culture of the Igala people.

The event attracted personalities within and outside the Igala zone.

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Nasarawa Inaugurates 16 – Hectare Farmland For NYSC

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Nasarawa State Government has promised more support for the NYSC Scheme in its quest to support the Federal Government’s agenda on the diversification of the economy, and also improving agricultural practice, food production and self-sufficiency.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe stated this today in Doma during the inauguration of sixteen hectares of farmland donated by the Andoma of Doma Kingdom, HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo to the National Youth Service Corps and the inauguration of 2021 farming season by Corps Members in Doma.

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In a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by the Scheme’s Director, Press and Public Relations Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs) revealed that NYSC commended the Andoma for supporting the vision of Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim by releasing the land to encourage agricultural practices that would lead to bumper harvest of different agricultural products. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Speaking through the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Professor Alanana Ofaki, the Deputy Governor appealed to Corps Members to embrace all opportunities of the value chain agribusiness for their empowerment.

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated that the NYSC Scheme would continue to train Corps Members who are interested in farming using its farms across the country.

He commended the Andoma of Doma and the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority for their gesture towards the Scheme.

He said the NYSC Scheme has keyed into Federal Government’s agenda of diversification of the economy and would continue to leverage on the potentials of Corps Members for improved productivity.

“I want to urge Corps Members to key into this opportunity for self-development”.

“Recently, Borno State trained 68 Corps Members as soil doctors and extension service workers with a view to boosting agricultural production”, he said.

In his goodwill message, the Andoma of Doma Kingdom HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo said food security is a necessity for every nation, adding that there was the need to support NYSC in its resolve to teach Corps Members that there is an alternative to salaried jobs through farming.

He commended the Director-General for redesigning the future of Nigerian youth with a new beginning for self empowerment.

He appealed for more stakeholders’ support for the Scheme in order to attain its laudable goals for the Nigerian youths.

The monarch appealed for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, adding that the strength of a nation lies in its unity and no tribe can exist independently on its own.

He preached equality of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, stating that there was the need to give priority attention to national unity and integration.

“There is no alternative to an indivisible Nigeria, we are better together”.

“Let us save ourselves and make Nigeria a peaceful country for the future of unborn generation”, he said.

In his goodwill message, the Vice Chairman Federal House Committee on Youth and Sports, Hon Abdulmumini Ari applauded General Shuaibu Ibrahim for his exemplary leadership style since assuming duty as NYSC Director-General.

The Managing Director, Lower Benue River Basin Authority, Engr Mohammed Adra in his goodwill message called on the NYSC to embrace irrigation farming.

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Greenfield University Kaduna Attacked, Police Confirm

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Gunmen attacked Greenfield University on Tuesday evening, the Police Command in Kaduna State, has confirmed.

The university located on Kaduna-Abuja highway, was attacked at about 8:35p.m on Tuesday.

The Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna, that some of the students were abducted.

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Jalige however said that the number of students kidnapped had not been ascertained.

He said security operatives have been deployed to the general area for search and rescue operation.

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How Abducted Ekiti Monarch Freed In Kwara State Forest

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Kidnapped Ekiti traditional ruler, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti, in Oye Local Government Area of the state, Oba Oyewunmi has regained his freedom.

Police spokesman in Ekiti State, ASP Sunday Abutu, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday that the traditional ruler was released in a forest in Kwara State after six days in captivity.

“I can confirm that the ruler has been released from captivity. He has also been reunited with his family.

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“He is receiving medical attention in one of the facilities in the state as a result of the trauma he went through,’’ Abutu said.

Informavores gathered that the Oba’s release from captivity was barely 24-hours after a family source confided in newsmen that the abductors demanded N20 million ransom as condition for his release. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

It was, however, not clear whether the family paid the ransom to secure the release of the traditional ruler who was whisked away last Thursday.

Oba Oyewumi was kidnapped in his palace by six gunmen who scaled the palace fence around 8.30PM., invaded his apartment and beat up everyone on sight, including the traditional ruler.

The kidnappers contacted the family last Saturday and demanded a N20 million ransom to secure his release.

ASP Abutu said the command was not aware of any ransom paid.

“All I can say is that his freedom was facilitated by the concerted actions taken by the police and other security agencies,’’ he said.

Ekiti State’s Amotekun Corps Commander, retired Brig-Gen. Joe Komolafe, said that the release of the traditional ruler was secured at a place in Obbo Ayegunle, Ekiti Local Government area of Kwara with the help of the Kwara vigilance group.

“When we went into the bush, we tracked the traditional ruler to the area, the Vigilantes from Kwara State joined our team and we were able to rescue his release.

“No ransom was paid. We have brought him home and he is currently receiving medical attention,’’ Komolafe said. 

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