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Eid-El-Kabir: Uzodimma, Otti, Mbah Greet Muslims, Urge Love, Selflessness, Compassion




As Muslim faithful world over celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has felicitated them, urging them to embrace love, be selfless and remain compassionate with one another.

In his Eid-el-Kabir message on behalf of Imo people, the governor advised Muslims to use the occasion to reflect on the ideals of sacrifice and offering.

He said: “To our Muslim brothers and sisters in Imo State, Nigeria and the world over, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and warmest felicitations on behalf of the state government and people of the state on this joyous occasion of Eid-el-Kabir.

“Eid, being a festival of sacrifice and offering, is a time to reflect on the spirit of selflessness and compassion, as it reinforces bonds of love, respect and empathy among individuals of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, especially in our country.

“As you gather with family, friends and loved ones to commemorate this auspicious day, I join you in celebrating the profound significance of sacrifice, devotion and faith. May your acts of worship be accepted, and may the spirit of Eid fill your hearts with love, harmony, and hope. Eid Mubarak.”

Also, Governor Alex Otti of Abia State urged the citizenry to remain faithful and continue supporting his administration with prayers, as he strives to rebuild the state and provide a suitable environment for them to live, work and prosper.

Otti, in a goodwill message to felicitate Muslims in the state on Eid-el-Kabir celebration, claimed that his administration is the answer to many years of prayers by the people for a credible leader that would lead them to socio-economic freedom and abundance.

He said that just like the great Prophet Ibrahim demonstrated his loyalty to God to the point of sacrificing his own son, his administration is already on the march to fulfilling the promises he made to Muslims and the entire people of Abia during his campaigns.

Wishing Muslims a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the governor, who noted that this is the first Eid in the life of his administration, used the occasion to call on Abians to be law-abiding, live in peace with their neighbours and not engage in activities that would put them at loggerheads with security agencies.

SIMILARLY, to identify and celebrate with the Muslim community in Enugu State on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, Governor Peter Mbah visited the Muslim Ummah at the Islamic Centre, Uwani and Central Mosque, Owerri Road, Enugu.

Mbah, who reiterated that the state is for everybody, reaffirmed his campaign promises, stressing that Enugu metropolis would begin to enjoy pipe-borne water again within the next 150 days.

The Muslim faithful in the state, however, commended the governor for tackling insecurity head-on, adding that they were impressed that he identified and celebrated with them.

Describing Enugu as a foremost cosmopolitan city in Nigeria, Mbah said: “You are an integral part of us. When you are celebrating, we are celebrating, and when you are in pains, we are also in pains, because in Enugu, we are one people.

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Akwa Ibom Lawmaker Cautions Students Against Cultism



The Senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Ekong Sampson, has advised secondary school students in the state to shun the practice of cultism as it can destroy their future careers.

He advised them to face their studies seriously, adding that great leaders of today never made it through cultism, but through a dint of hard work in educational pursuits.

Sampson, who is the Vice chairman of, the Senate Committee on Education, gave the admonition while celebrating his 57th birthday with the students at Saint Francis Secondary School, in the Eket Local government area of the state at the weekend.

Giving reasons why he chose to celebrate his birthday in the classroom, the senator said he is a product of education, adding that he became what he is because he took his education pursuit seriously.

While noting that education remains the key to a sustainable and successful life, the senator prayed that he would want to see them excel in their chosen careers, becoming medical doctors, engineers, pilots and so forth.

He said ” I’m here as a product of education, I have worked hard to promote education because without education I wouldn’t have been where I am today.

‘”Today, I am the Vice chairman Senate Committee on Education, I thank the Senate President, senator Godswill Akpabio, and my colleagues who allowed me to be involved in education in the Senate. The more we promote education, the more we tackle social vices that confront us such as insecurity and the rest.

“So, we must not leave education in the hands of government alone; every stakeholder should be involved in education. During my birthday, I go to school to teach. I have taught in  Mkpat-Enin school, last year, I was at Mbo, and today is the turn of Eket.

“We are thanking God that Akwa Ibom State is taking centre stage through a young man called John Obot, who has broken the Guinness World Record in marathon reading aloud. John Obot has become a national and international Icon.

“Don’t allow yourself to be involved in cultism because cultists cannot get to where I am today. Governor Udom Emmanuel is not a cultist, Senator Godswill Akpabio is not a cultist, President Bola Tinubu, from what I have heard is not a cultist; they all made it through education.

He promised to build a befitting staff quarter for the school and transform in the entire school.

The senator started the celebration with a lecture he delivered titled ” Imagination in Essay Composition: Unity in tenses at the end of which he donated a token to a few students who excelled in the spelling competition.

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Lagos Govt. Postpones Introduction Of HPV Vaccine



The Lagos State government has postponed the introduction of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPVV) campaign earlier scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, for logistics reasons as informed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH).

A new date for the introduction of the HPVV campaign would be announced later.

This was announced by the commissioner for health in Lagos, Akin Abayomi, a statement by Filade Olumide, deputy director, public affairs, LSPHCB, said on Friday.

“The State Government regrets any inconveniences that may occur as a result of the postponement. As soon as a new date is communicated to Lagos, members of the public will be informed accordingly,” the statement quoted Abayomi.

The Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases such as skin and vaginal warts.

About 19 per cent of women initiate sexual intercourse by age 15 thereby increasing the risk of HPV infection, the NDHS report 2018 says.

“Nigeria’s HPV vaccine introduction for girls of the targeted age nine to 14 years will potentially prevent 71,000 deaths annually.

“HPV vaccination at an early age is highly important as it provides the best protection. The objective of the HPV vaccination is to give all eligible girls injectable HPV vaccine into the arm, for protection against cervical cancer.

“Schools, churches, mosques, primary health centres, hospitals, outreach posts, markets, gated estates and other designated posts within the community have been earmarked as vaccination centres.

“In view of this, we solicit with all parents, guardians’ community leaders, pastors, and imams to ensure that all eligible girls are vaccinated during the campaign.

“Please note that routine immunisation services will also be available at the Primary Healthcare Centres all over the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State during the HPV vaccination campaign.

“The HPV vaccine is free, safe, highly effective and a lifesaver,” the statement said.

For enquiries, residents of Lagos state are to contact the Primary Health Care Department of their local government/local council development area or any primary health centre close to one.

“Please avail yourself of this information and share it with others,” the statement said.


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Kebbi Bans Mining, Shuts Down Sites



Kebbi State Government has announced a ban on all mining activities in the state.

Speaking to journalists in the state capital Birnin Kebbi on Friday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Yakubu Tafida, said the government took the action because of insecurity.

Tafida said the need to protect mining workers, and host communities and put in measures for revenue generation was another reason why the decision was taken.

He said the state government was not unmindful of the fact that mining is under Exclusive Legislative List, but took action after a thorough assessment of the current security situation.

He explained that the state government believes that it is important to prioritize the protection and security of its citizens and also prevent mining fields from being converted to breeding criminals by unauthorized foreigners.

This is because it has happened in other neighbouring states which they want to avoid.

Speaking further the SSG said the government had decided to address the concerns through comprehensive evaluation and enforcement of strict regulations that will promote responsible mining, safeguard the environment, enhance revenue generation and above all, secure lives.

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