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Mrs Osinbajo to Benue Youths: You Must Assume Authority

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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo has challenged youths to assume authority and treasure Nigeria as their land.

Mrs Osinbajo was speaking to Benue Youths during a gender issues based Youth Town Hall meeting at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi over the weekend.

The wife of the Vice President urged the youths to avoid vices that were capable of ruining their future as well as status as Princes and Princesses of the Country.

“You are Nigerian Princes and Princesses, that is who you are. You are Nigerian Prince. A Nigerian Prince and princess cannot be touched anyhow, ” Mrs Osinbajo said.

While challenging the youths to draw inspiration from the humble beginnings of some Nigerian leaders like the late Awolowo, Mrs Osinbajo enjoined the youths to strive for meaningful ventures that would bring glory to their name, family, community and the nation at large.

She said fantasies of the internet were illusionary, and cautioned youths not to copy the things they see on the internet, describing the “internet as a Cartoon”.

Earlier, the Wife of the Benue state governor, Dr Eunice Ortom speaking on the rising  cases of rape, substance abuse, and other vices said, there was need for youths to put their emotions in check and live a good life.

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Mrs Ortom challenged youths to always make positive choice even in the glare of negative options as well as peer pressure.

She urged the youths to be passionate about their interests and take their destiny in their hands.

Benue State governor Samuel Ortom while addressing the youths at the meeting aligned with his wife by urging them to always decide wisely as well as make decent choices.

Youths participants at the town hall meeting highlighted issues like; lack of employment, less punitive measures for offenders, poor parenting, and poor sex education of children as some of the motivating factors escalating gender based crimes.

DAILY ASSET reports that during the meeting, the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo issued cheques for undisclosed amount to six Benue youths as her empowerment package.

Our Correspondent added that during the visit, the Second Lady commissioned Mama Abayol Orphanage Home in Makurdi, recently renovated by the Benue state government, as well as the Benue state Centre for Enterprise  Development And Innovation(BENCEDI) built by Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
She also attended the 49th Edition of the Benue Women in Prayer Convocation(BEWIP) as convened by the First Lady of Benue State, Dr. Eunice Ortom.

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Goodwill Messages as Benue Speaker Takes Wife to Altar

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From David Torough, Makurdi

The Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly and the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for next year’s election, Engr Titus Uba on Saturday took his wife, Paulina to the Altar of God at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Sachi in Makurdi, the state Capital.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom in a goodwill message at the wedding  reception in honour of the couple said Uba  has the capacity to effectively Govern the state.

  

He stated that the PDP candidate’s humility was a virtue that all great leaders possess. 

The Governor explained that Engineer Uba has excelled in his professional career and as a politician, having presided over one of the most successful assembly across the states of the federation, would replicate his performance as Governor of Benue.

 

He congratulated Engineer Uba and his wife, Pauline for consummating their union in the Lord and called on the people to pray for them as well as other marriages to succeed. 

The Governor who prayed God to bless the union also asked Him to grant their heart desires and ambitions, adding that as a humble couple, God will lift them to the exalted position of the number one family of the state. 

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Chairman of the occasion, Senator Gabriel Suswam and the Head of Service, Mrs. Veronica Onyeke who served as the Chairlady, urged the couple to stick to the vows they made to each other and always look unto God for solutions to their challenges to have a successful union. 

In their goodwill messages, wife of the Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom, represented by Mrs. Monica Ugela, wife of PDP National Chairman, Mrs. Iyorchia Ayu, Wife of the Tor Tiv, HRM, Felicia Ayatse and Tor Jechira, Chief Clement Uganden, advised the couple to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness to have a blissful marriage. 

The State Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu, other members of the state executive and security councils, leadership of the PDP at both the state, zonal and national levels as well as other dignitaries across the state witnessed the wedding ceremony.

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Female Afghan TV Presenters Cover Faces

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Women presenters and reporters on TV channels in Afghanistan went on air with their faces covered on Sunday, in line with a Taliban order.

The day before, some of them had defied the edict and kept their faces visible.

One presenter said women working in TV had resisted but their employers had come under pressure.

After seizing power last year, the Taliban have increasingly imposed restrictions on women’s lives in recent weeks.

Wearing hijabs and face-covering veils, women presented and reported on news bulletins and other programmes across popular channels such as TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.

TOLOnews presenter Farida Sial told the BBC: “It’s OK that we are Muslims, we are wearing hijab, we hide our hair, but it’s very difficult for a presenter to cover their face for two or three hours consecutively and talk like that.

She said she wanted the international community to put pressure on the Taliban to reverse the edict.

“They want to erase women from social and political life,” she said.

Earlier the Taliban’s Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and the Promotion of Virtue ordered that all women must wear a face veil in public, or risk punishment – which was extended to TV presenters from Saturday.

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After some women initially refused to comply, a Taliban official said they would talk to the managers and guardians of the presenters, who face the prospect of being penalised.

Sonia Niazi, a presenter with TOLOnews, told the AFP news agency: “We resisted and were against wearing a mask.”

But she said the channel was pressured and told that the female presenters must be moved to other jobs or sacked if they did not comply.

Khpolwak Sapai, the channel’s deputy director, said in a post on Facebook: “We are in a deep grief today.”

Another female Afghan journalist, who asked not to be named, told the BBC: “Today is another black day for the women of my country.”

And a senior TV executive said many female presenters fear the next stage will be to take them off air completely.

Most Muslims around the world do not consider women covering their faces in public to be a mandatory part of the religion, and the Taliban initially appeared to be adopting a more flexible approach after seizing control of the country in August last year.

But in recent weeks, they have imposed a series of restrictions on women’s lives, including assigning separate days for them to visit public parks and barring them from making longer journeys without a male guardian.

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Senatorial Aspirant, Secures Federal Job for Six Youths in Kogi West

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The only female aspirant in Kogi West senatorial district under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Mrs Adedoyin Ibikunle Eshanumi, has secured job for six youths in the zone in the federal Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Eshanumi, a frontline aspirant for Kogi west Senate seat, disclosed this in chat with our correspondent in Lokoja on Wednesday.

According to her, the gesture was part of her exemplary efforts to reduce unemployment rate among youths in Kogi west in order to complement government’s efforts and curb youth restiveness in the zone.

The female aspirant disclosed that her plan and target was to have secured employment for over 50 youths in Kogi west into different federal government federal MDAs by December 2022 by God’s enablement.

The philanthropist added that she is running for the senate seat to access more opportunities to assist the good people of Kogi west.

“My mission is to see Kogi west blossom where our youth and women will be doing very well for themselves and most especially reduce poverty rate in the zone by Gods grace,’” she said

She assured the people of Kogi west of best representation if given the opportunity to represent them at upper chamber of the National Assembly.

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Recall that women and widows across Yagba Federal Constituency had earlier endorsed Chief Adedoyin Ibikunle Eshanumi as their candidate for Kogi west Senate seat.

The widows also made passionate appeal to His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello to support the candidacy of the female aspirant.

Eshanumi had overtime empowered thousands of vulnerable women especially widows across Kogi west senatorial district as well as youths in the zone.

One of the beneficiaries, Luke Babatunde Ezekiel, expressed his excitement for the gesture and thanked the female aspirant for given him a future.

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