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Three University Students Get NGO Prizes For ‘Report A Project Program’




By Ozumi Abdul

In its bid to encourage people in their various communities to monitor abandoned projects in their respective communities, the Centre For Information Technology and Development, (CITAD) has on Thursday rewarded three university students across Nigeria with various prizes as the winners of this year’s ‘Report A Project’ program.

The program which has the support of MacArthur Foundation, is an annual program that is geared towards monitoring abandoned projects in mostly local communities by CITAD in the quest of eradicating the scourge of corruption in Nigeria for sustainable development.

While speaking during the presentation of the prizes to the winners, the organization’s Program Officer, Ali Sabo noted that the program is an annual competition organized by CITAD to encourage people in their various localities to track and monitor abandoned projects by successive administrations.

Sabo added that no meaningful development can be achieved in any society if projects that are awarded, and meant to bring succour to the people are abandoned half way or totally.

He appreciated the efforts of this year’s winners of the prizes, encouraging them to do more in their societies so that the scourge of abandoned projects will be reduced to the lowest minimum in the country.

“It’s a way of encouraging people to put more efforts in monitoring abandoned projects in their localities or societies.

“This is the 7th year of the award, and this year’s edition went through rigorous evaluation by panel of judges before these three winners emerged from the five people that submitted their reports.

” We appreciate you for your efforts and we expect you to continue doing more, as well telling others to do so”, he submitted.

The winners of the prizes are Aliyu Musa from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) who emerged 1st, Hauwa’u Abdullahi Isyaku from Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST) came 2nd while Auwal Ibrahim Musa from Bayero University Kano emerged 3rd.

The winner of the first position, Aliyu Musa expressed his delight while also thanking CITAD for giving him and the winners of other prizes the chance to participate in this year’s competition.

He promised he will continue to do more, as well as encouraging others in his community to either start or continue reporting abandoned projects in their various communities.


Enugu State Journalists Mourn the Loss of AIT Reporter, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong



Late Jimmy Edeabasi

Enugu State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has announced the death of the State reporter of the African Independent Television, AIT, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong.

Before his death, Jimmy who moved from Ebonyi State to Enugu was attached to the Enugu Government House.

A message posted on the Enugu NUJ platform reads:

It is with heavy heart the NUJ Enugu State Council announce the sudden demise of our member, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong of AIT whose sad event occurred on the 29th of September 2023 during a brief illness.

Jimmy was of the Private Broadcast Chapel and hailed from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“The peaceful government house reporter would be greatly missed by all.

“Good night Jimmy! “

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Independence :Plateau State Governor Pardons 4 Inmates



Governor Caleb Muftwang of Plateau State


By Asile Abel, Jos

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has granted the prerogative of mercy to four inmates who were previously condemned to death, while others have been granted pardons to serve life sentences.

The statement was included in a statewide broadcast by the governor on Sunday, as part of the activities to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day.

“On this remarkable day, it is my pleasure to exercise my Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having reviewed the recommendations of the Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, I hereby approve the following.”

The beneficiaries among the prisoners include Danladi Musa, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for culpable homicide and has served 17 years; he is granted an absolute pardon.

Tali Zingtim, who was also sentenced to death by hanging for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, will now serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Similarly, one Ponzing Nanshep, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, will serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Also, Dauda Joshua, who was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide, will serve a life sentence.

Governor Mutfwang used the opportunity to express his appreciation to the citizens of Plateau for their support of his administration so far.

“I wish to thank every citizen for the immense support we have enjoyed since assuming office. I encourage you to maintain faith in us and remain positive that we will fulfill our promises.”

The Governor of Plateau State congratulated Nigerians on 63 years of being an independent country.

“I wish you a happy and hope-inspiring Independence celebration and rest assured that we are committed to the peace and prosperity of our land.

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Dala Inland Dry Port Appoints Barrister Hassan Bello as Non-Executive Director



Barrister Hassan Bello


The governing Board of Dala Inland Dry Port Zawaciki Kano has appointed Barrister Hassan Bello (OON) as its non executive Director.

Announcing the development shortly after its meeting held on Tuesday 26th September 2023 at Abuja, the Board’s chairman Alh Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro said the appointment of Barrister Hassan Bello, an experienced legal practitioner and astute administrative guru in the shipping industry in Nigeria, is with immediate effect.

HASSAN Bello was a graduate of the prestigious ABU Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982.

He later held various positions as state counsel – ministry of justice, Sokoto, Legal Adviser/Company Secretary Secretary – Sokoto Investments company Ltd..

Hassan Bello was also the Head of Legal Dept, Nigerian shippers’ Council and later on as Executive Secretary/ CEO of the council..

Barrister Hassan Bello has been accredited with formulation, executing, interfacing and implementation of strategies that transformed the shippers’Council as the economic regulator of the Nigerian Ports industry.

In a statement signed by Head ,corporate communications Ahmad Rufai Bello said until his emergence as Director to the Board, Bello Esq had been a consultant to the Board.

Barrister Hassan Bello was conferred with the prestigious National Honour Award of the OFFICER of the ORDER of the NIGER (OON) by the former president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in May this year.


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