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CITAD Presents Laptop, Handsets Prizes To Winners Of Its ‘Report A Project’ Competition

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By Ozumi Abdul

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on Wednesday presented laptop computer and handsets prizes to the winner of its 8th edition of Report a Project Competition.

The winners are Adamu Usman Garko from Gombe who came first with Laptop prize, Hussein Musa from Abuja that emerged second with handset prize, and Zubair Onireke Zubair from Kwara state, who came third with handset prize also.

While speaking, CITAD program officer, Ali Sabo said that the project which is its eight edition has the support of MacArthur Foundation, adding that it is geared towards encouraging people especially students of higher institutions to report abandoned protects in their individual communities.

He said that the project’s major aims are to cultivate the the habits tracking, monitoring and evaluating the activities of government officials at national, state and even local levels in people, in order to ensure that there are values for money, efficiency and continuity in what governments are doing.

Sabo also noted that CITAD has engaged in the project for the past five years, with hundreds of applications being received from students across the entire country.

He added that prizes such as laptop computers have been awarded accordingly to the first position, handsets to the second and third positions respectively.

Sabo said that this very eight project saw nineteen submissions from students across the country, and that the submissions were sent to the panel of judges, who came up with six selection, that was further subjected to the public voting which brought about the final three winners.

In his remarks on behalf of the CITAD Executive Director, the CITAD Community Network Coordinator, Malam Haruna Adamu Hadejia said that the project has the attributes of transparency, openness and accountabilities.

He lamented that most times people don’t see public projects as their own, while the society at large suffers the brunt of such nonchalant attitudes on the long run.

“Most times people don’t see public projects as their own, they will say is it not government’s property, while at the end of the day the entire society will be the one at the receiving end”, he said.

He added that one of the core values of CITAD is to hold government accountable,the reason CITAD with the support of MacArthur Foundation deem fit to come up with a project of this nature.

The winner of the first prize of laptop computer, Mallam Adamu Usman Garko expressed his delight for receiving such prize, while he also promised that he will continue to monitor abandoned project in his locality.

He also promised to start encouraging others around him to follow suit.

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Breaking:Gov. Yusuf Orders Arrest of Deposed Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero

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The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, for creating tension in the state.

The former Emir was smuggled into Kano city last night in an attempt to forcefully return to the palace two days after being deposed by the Governor.

In a statement issued by Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson to the Governor, it was confirmed that the new Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace in the company of the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and other top government functionaries at about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th May 2024.

As the Chief Security Officer of the state, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the deposed Emir with immediate effect for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the relative peace the state enjoys.

Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa
**Director General, Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano**

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NNPC Ltd Condoles with Tijjani Babangida over Loss of Brother, Son

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Yesterday, the NNPC Ltd paid a condolence visit to Nigeria’s Ex-International, Tijjani Babangida, over the tragic loss of his son, Fadil, and brother, Ibrahim Babangida, as a result of the ghastly road accident which occurred on Saturday, May 11th, 2024, along the Zaria-Kaduna Road. It would be recalled that in the unfortunate incident, Babangida and his wife also sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving medical attention.

During the visit, GCEO NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, represented by the Company’s Chief Corporate Communication’s Officer, Mr. Olufemi Soneye, expressed the Company’s heartfelt commiserations to the Babangida family, praying for God’s mercy upon the souls of the departed and for a speedy recovery of the ex-footballer and his wife.

Earlier in February 2024, Tijjani Babangida was among a selected team of Nigeria’s Ex-Internationals, led by the legendary Austin Jay Jay Okocha, who participated in a novelty football match during the grand finale of the 13th NNPC Sports Fiesta held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

In his response, an elated Babangida expressed his delight to the NNPC Ltd for identifying with him in his trying period, stressing that although lives once lost can never be brought back, the Company’s kind gesture will further strengthen his resolve to overcome the predicament.

 

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ECOWAS Parliament Elects First Female Speaker

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The 6th ECOWAS Parliament has elected Ibrahim Maimunatu, a female from Togo, as the Speaker of the Parliament. She is the first female Speaker to be elected in the parliament’s history.

 

During her investiture speech, the newly elected Speaker expressed gratitude to the Parliamentarians for entrusting the fate of the parliament for the next four years to her.

“I’m grateful for the honour conferred on me. I commended the Chairman of the ECOWAS and Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed for entrusting the 6th Legislature to my country.”

This is the first time the leadership entrusted to a woman, this, has proven the vision of ECOWAS youth and women should be protected. This has further demonstrated the aim and passion of Togo President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé who always support youths and women, particularly with the introduction of the legislation to support youths and women in Togo”

The new Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Maimunatu assured that she will leave no stone unturned to meet the expectations of the member states.

She further commended the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Barau Jibrin, who has demonstrated his skills, commitment, determination, and leadership style in bringing the Parliament to its current stage.

She lamented that the reinsurgence of Terrorism and coup d’ etat in Niger Republic Burkina Faso and Mali and Climate Change were some of the issues bedevelling the sub region.

She lamented that the resurgence of terrorism and coups d’état in Niger Republic, Burkina Faso, and Mali, as well as climate change, were some of the issues plaguing the sub-region.

She stressed that the Parliament would collaborate with member states to address the challenges facing the West African region.

She maintained that the Parliament will work together towards realisation of its 5 pillars envisaged in vision 2050, including a secure, stable and peaceful region; a region endowed with strong institutions, and that complies with the rule of law and fundamental freedoms; a fully integrated and prosperous region; a region mobilized for transformation, inclusive and sustainable development.

After she delivered her inaugural speech, Ibrahima Maimunatu declared the 2nd Extraordinary Session held in Kano closed.

Earlier, Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Barau Jibrin noted that Extraordinary Session held in ancient city of Kano was to bring the Parliament to the people of Kano State.

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