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From Alfred Babs, Ilorin

Men of the Kwara State Police Command, yesterday morning dispersed a cluster of #EndSARS protesters who gathered in front of MAMTESS supermarket at Taiwo Isale area, in Ilorin, the state capital.

Our correspondent gathered that the protesters had agreed to gather opposite the Supermarket with the intention of marching to Post Office, Challenge area and then government house to meet Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

One of the organisers, simply identified as Comrade Jamiu confirmed that they had hardly taken off from Taiwo Isale, when the fully armed anti riot police officers dispersed them.

“The police dispersed us when we were about taking off, at Taiwo Isale,” he said. 

He said they were plotting to regroup and hold a candle light procession at other location which he didn’t disclose and was yet to hold as at the time of filing this report.

Armed security men, including the Army, Police and Civil Defence personnel have since Tuesday evening been dispatched to guard public utilities such as Post Office and Government House in the state capital in case the #EndSARS decide to stage protest in any location.

As at yesterday evening, fully armed police officers were seen at Post office, Challenge and Unity areas where protest usually take place.

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Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ajayi Okasanmi, explained that the presence of security personnel in strategic places in the state capital was to prevent breakdown of law and order and to safeguard public utilities.

He said the reason behind the heavy presence of security operatives is to forestall calamities, damages that might arise because of the protest.

He added that youth stakeholders in the state have been engaged, but to make sure no attacks are being carried on in the State, they are doing proactive policing.

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NYSC DG Bags Award of Excellence from Alma Mater

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja 
The NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has been presented an Award of Excellence by the University of Jos Alumni Association.
This, the University said was in recognition of his tremendous achievements since assuming duty as the 18th Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps over two years ago.


Speaking during the award presentation yesterday, the University of Jos Vice-Chancellor Designate, Prof. Ishaya Tanko extoled the sterling leadership qualities of the Director-General, adding that Unijos has been observing his transformational achievements in the Scheme.

He commended General Ibrahim for the uncommon feat, adding that the award bestowed on him was also in recognition of his undaunting commitment to national development by tapping Corps potentials.
The VC designate while presenting the goodwill message from the Senate, Management, Staff and Students of Unijos added that the institution recognizes the relevance of the NYSC Scheme to overall national development.
Prof Tanko stated further that universities are made stronger by the strength of their alumni adding that, “we will seek every opportunity to strenghten the synergy of all Unijos alumni to strenghten the institution”.
The National President, Unijos Alumni, Pastor Nuhu Sani described the Director-General as a good ambassador of the university, urging him to keep up the good work he is doing.
“Graduates of Unijos are making us proud and we will keep telling the world about them”, he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Unijos Alumni, Abuja Chapter, Mr Joseph Chukwu said Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim’s name came topmost when preparations were on-going for nomination for the award.
He said the Alumni would continue to harness the ingenuinety of NYSC Director-General and other alumni of the University of Jos for the benefit of humanity.
“We  will continue to pray for your successful tenure of office and also in future assignments” he said.
In his response, Brigadier General Shuaibu lbrahim congratulated the Vice-Chancellor designate on his appointment.
He stated that he is proud of the University of Jos because the institution has impacted his life and others positively.
Ibrahim lauded the management of the institution for reaching out to its alumni, saying, “l am so proud of the university”.
He assured the management of the University of Jos of his continuous support.
In the statement by the Deputy Director, press and public relations Emeka Mgbemena, he added that the award would spur him for greater achievements. He said the Scheme always thinks outside the box, and would leverage on the potentials of Corps Members for national development.
“Last year the NYSC generated over two hundred and eighty million Naira which we paid into the federation account.
This year we also realised five hundred and eleven million Naira which we equally paid into the Federation Account and we are determined that by next year we are going to generate more”, he said.
Ibrahim said the Scheme has revitalised its ventures: garment factories, bread and table water factories for maximum productivity. The ventures also serve as training avenue for Corps Members.
The DG said NYSC had partnered many institutions towards empowering Corps Members for self-reliance.
He listed the Bank of Industry, Central Bank of Nigera, Heritage Bank, Access Bank among others as institutions that offer start up capitals for Corps Members to finance their business proposals.
He also said efforts are in top gear with strong advocacy for the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund, which if actualised will enable Corps Members to have access to start-up captitals to finance their business ideas as they exit service.
The Director-General said NYSC film, NYSC National Cultural Troupe are some of the innovations introduced into the NYSC Scheme for the enhancement of Corps potentials for greater output.

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China Takes Over Ugandan Airport, Other Country’s Assets Over $207million Loan Deal

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This came despite reports that President Yoweri Museveni had sent a delegation to Beijing for a renegotiation with the Chinese government over toxic clauses that exposed the East African country.

The Museveni-led Ugandan government had on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, signed an agreement with Exim Bank to borrow $207 million at two per cent upon disbursement.

The loan had a maturity period of 20 years including a seven-year grace period, but it had now appeared that the transaction signed with the Chinese lenders practically means Uganda “surrendered” its most prominent and only international airport.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) revealed some provisions in the Financing Agreement with China that exposed Entebbe International Airport and other Ugandan assets to be attached and taken over by Chinese lenders upon negotiation in Beijing.

Uganda, however, sought to renegotiate the deal but the latest visits and pleas to alter the original terms with Chinese authorities were declined.

According to the Daily Monitor, the Ugandan government waived international immunity in the agreement it signed to secure the loans, exposing Entebbe International Airport to take over without international protection.

In desperation, Uganda in March 2021 sent a delegation to Beijing hoping to renegotiate the toxic clauses of the deal but the officials came back empty-handed as China would not allow the terms of the original deal to be varied.

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Last week, Uganda’s Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, apologised to parliament for the “mishandling of the $207 million loan” from the China Exim Bank to expand Entebbe International Airport.

Progress of works at the airport, built in 1972, has reached 75.2 per cent, with two runways having reached overall completion of 100 per cent.

Entebbe International Airport is Uganda’s only international airport and handles over 1.9 million passengers per year. Its seizure by China would greatly dent the legacy of the 77-year-old Museveni, who came to power on the back of an armed uprising in 1986, and expose him to election defeat.Naija360

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FG Set to Unveil Service Delivery Charter To the Public

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba is set to unveil the first Service Delivery Charter of the national planning arm of the ministry to the public.


Director of Reforms Coordination and Sevice Improvement Department of the ministry, Dr Anne Nzegwu disclosed this at the presentation of the draft of the Service delivery charter agenda to stakeholders, clients and customers for their inputs, on Friday in Abuja. 
She explained that the first service delivery charter was developed “when we were National Planning Commission, and just before the publication, we were merged and became Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

“The presentation is an opportunity for stakeholders to make their imputes before it’s formally validated and presented to the public,” she said while addressing the participants at the headquarters of the ministry”.
She however explained that just before the publication  of the charter, “we were further merged to become Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, adding that, “we are today presenting our draft integrated service delivery charter of National Planning Arm of Ministry to our stakeholders, customers and clients for input on their expectations while we present our obligations to them”.
Dr Nzegwu pointed out that, “Service Delivery Charter is the bible that guides the operational activities of the institution. It states the mandates, and targets of every department and unit including that of its parastatal. It states our expectation of our stakeholders, customers and clients”.
A Resource Expert, Dr Francisca Odeka presented the draft charter to the participants who were drawn from the Ministry’s departments and agencies (MDAs).
Among other provisions, the document specifies the rights and mandate of every government establishment and the expected conduct of every worker in the federal civil service.
Service delivery charter is the document that guides the operational activities of the institution. It states the mandates, and targets of every department and unit including that of its parastatal. It states our expectation of our stakeholders, customers and clients.
She said the stakeholders will be invited for validation of the completed document when the Minister of state for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba will be presenting it to the public.

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