Friday, 01 October 2021 01:48

“Our flag shall be a symbol

That truth and justice reign…One Country, One People, One Destiny, One God

Series: Unity in Diversity

“…. sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!”

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Mummy, when you get back to Nigeria, tell my people to remain one in unity. Tell Nigerians to remain one in love, tell my Plateau people that they must remain one. Tell my people to imbibe unity, peace and love."
  • - The last words of Chief Daushep Solomon Lar, through his wife, Mary Lar to his Plateau people, the Middle Belters and Nigerians in general.
Monday, 27 September 2021 14:29

 

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo says the Nigerian Navy is set to establish an outpost at Ikang and a naval security station at Dayspring Island. Both locations are in the Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River which shares maritime boundary with the Republican of Cameroon.
Speaking Thursday during a courtesy call on the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Calabar, Vice Admiral Gambo explained that the move has become necessary “because we are aware of the security situation in the state- cultists, kidnappers and other criminal elements- and to that effect, it has been part of our strategic plan and I think it is expedient that speedily we establish outpost and security station in these locations so that we can improve our security architecture in the state and of course, secure our borders and around the Republic of Cameroon.”
Monday, 27 September 2021 14:20

Disclosing the flag of the project during a presentation to the state governor, Sir Ben Ayade in Calabar, Managing Director of Family Homes Funds Limited, Femi Adewole, said “the scheme is a new program that was instituted in October 2020 as one of the economic sustainability plans of the federal government in response to the effects of Covid-19.” By it’s nature, this program is targeted at Nigerians on very low income with the directive from the committee that the houses should cost no more than two million naira and that is basically to ensure that it is affordable to civil servants who are earning the minimum wage.”

Monday, 27 September 2021 14:15
 
Cross River state governor, Sir Ben Ayade has expressed his excitement following the commencement of production of chocolate bars at the Ikom Cocoa Processing Factory.

The cocoa processing factory is one of the several agro-alied factories established by the Ayade-lef administration as part of its agricultural revolution.
Speaking shortly after being conducted round the various production chains of the factory, Ayade said the time had come for Africa to begin to reap the full benefit of its cocoa value chain.
He regretted the fact that although Africa “accounts for eighty six percent of world cocoa production, it unfortunately, in terms of the economy, gains only six percent which means that Africa produces 86%of cocoa, export the cocoa beans and in turn goes back and import chocolate into Africa. This process has come to an end. So what you find here is a full cocoa processing plant from the tree to chocolate for final consumption.”

Thursday, 23 September 2021 01:05
His Excellency, Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe

…As Gombe Revenue Service Emerges 6th Fastest Growing State in IGR

The Gombe State Internal Revenue Service has promised to improve its services to increase its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
Speaking in Gombe during the presentation of an Award of Excellence to Gombe Internal Revenue Service by “Revenue Magazine”, the Chairman GSIRS, Abubakar Inuwa Tata said before the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the state was earning about 500 million naira monthly in IGR, which included the state PayE, Local Government and SUBEB. But during Governor Yahaya’s administration, 716 million naira was being realised monthly, including the state PayE, Local Government, SUBEB and Local Education Authority.
“From January to August 2021 on the average, we have 786 million naira, including the payE. We will continue to improve to ensure the number keeps growing,” he said.
“However, with what we have seen from the Revenue Service in the last few years, it is not the effort of the executive chairman alone,” he stated.
He said the award was dedicated to the entire staff of the service, who have worked day and night to enhance improved revenue of Gombe State.
He gave an assurance of the integrity of the members of staff in ensuring that all government revenue goes to government coffers.
“I want to assure you that the numbers will be bigger than the number you are seeing even though our increment is five percent yearly…,” he said.
Presenting the award to Inuwa Tata, Chairman of the Revenue Magazine, Mr. Frederick Apeji, said the annual Nigerian States IGR awards programme was designed to encourage and foster a healthy competition among the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.
Monday, 20 September 2021 21:03

 

Governor Gandu receive a plaque from the Naval Chief

Scorpion has learnt the Nigerian Navy are to site a Base in the land of Bayajida, but the questions to which conscientious Nigerian are looking for answers are: another Federal Character madness and folly? And will this be good value for money? Only time will tell.

Monday, 23 August 2021 19:49

In order to facilitate the collaboration, the College has requested that the newly approved Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Development Institute (AMEDI), Lafia, Nasarawa State by President Muhammadu Buhari may commence from the college, as it would enable the students to research more in areas of Agriculture that would benefit the state and Nigeria at large.

Speaking while on a visit with his management team to NASENI, the Provost of the College, Dr. Musa Yahaya Maikafi, said that aside from asking for a digital computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe machine, the college had earlier requested from NASENI the strengthening of relationship with the Agency, especially in training, capacity building and research to provide manpower and services to Nasarawa State and Nigeria.

According to him, “We earlier requested for digitalized CNC Lathe Machine for the college and NASENI responded by sending a delegation to the school to inspect our facilities and had also granted our request. So we decided to pay a visit to the Agency to make the relationship stronger and find possible areas of collaboration in areas of research and development in modern agricultural tools and the training of our students.

“The world is today running on ICT, so we need to carry our students along, train and educate them on the importance of science and technology. We have identified NASENI as an Agency we can work with for technical and engineering training for our students” he said.

While congratulating the Agency for the new agricultural institute in the state, the Provost solicited that the EVC/CE use his good office to ensure that the institute commenced operations from the college as it would help to develop the students, the state and Nigeria at large.

The Provost also asked the EVC/CE to assist the college in getting the subjects for its Training and Vocational Center accredited and recognized by TETFUND as it would not only benefit the students in the school but also the development of their science, engineering and innovation pursuit.

Responding, the Executive Vice chairman/ Chief Executive of NASENI, Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna said that the mission and request by the college to the Agency were within the mandate of NASENI, adding that the Agency was supporting the development of science, technology and innovation in the country as “it is the solution to everything in the world”

He noted that additional 12 institutes had been approved by the President in 12 states of the federation aside each of the six geo-political zones having Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Development Institute each, adding that Lafia was lucky to have the Institute designated for the zone.

Prof. Haruna promised that NASENI would work with the college once the areas of collaboration were identified.

Monday, 23 August 2021 19:45

During the brief memorandum of understanding(MoU) signing ceremony between NASENI and PJAM, Prof.James Momoh remarked that “the Foundation seeks to strengthen collaboration with NASENI in order to support PJAM’s goal of achieving home-initiated and home-sustained industrialization and training of students in Information Communications Technology related disciplines”.

He further stated that the collaboration would explore ways by which the parties may combine efforts to stimulate scientific collaborations and strengthen scholarly research, instructions and outreach as it builds a school of high technology at Igarra in Edo State.

In her remarks, the NASENI Coordinating Director, Planning and Business Development, Mrs. N. Onyechi who signed on behalf of the EVC/CE said that the Agency was committed to realizing its mandate through birthing of more technological ideas that could facilitate skills acquisition and youth empowerment.

While sending regards from the EVC/CE to PJAM, she noted that the renewed collaboration would establish scholarly cooperative linkages which mutually shall benefit both NASENI and PJAM Foundation.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 23:06
 
 BY SAM JACOBS

The 9/11 Attacks: Understanding Al-Qaeda and the Domestic Fall-Out from America's Secret WarWith American military personnel now entering service who were not even alive on 9/11, this seems an appropriate time to reexamine the events of September 11, 2001 – the opaque motives for the attacks, the equally opaque motives for the counter-offensive by the United States and its allies known as the Global War on Terror, and the domestic fall-out for Americans concerned about the erosion of their civil liberties on the homefront.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 23:00
 
 Brian Miller
BY BRIAN MILLER

Historical Guide to the Freedom of Information ActInformation has taken on a whole new meaning in the digital age, a time when sensitive data is either too easily accessible or not accessible enough. This issue of access to information encompasses fundamental human rights – specifically the freedom of speech as well as the right to privacy. Because it’s a primary means of maintaining transparency and accountability within government policies and decision-making in both the United States and around the globe, information is more valuable than ever to both government agencies and our individual lives. This guide takes an in-depth look at FOIA history and the importance of exercising your right to know.

Sunday, 31 October 2021 16:35

As the world gathers in the great city of Glasgow between 01-12 November, 2021, JOHN ODEY ADUMA, an award-winning international environmentalist sends an S.O.S to world leaders to get serious this time round and act with dispatch to save the earth from the imminent climate Armageddon (CLIMATEMAGEDDON), pleading that they must all discuss as one people at the table of global brotherhood without bitterness and rancour, working as one broad human family to ensure the success of COP26, so it does not like the ones before it become another talk shop, “…full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”

Monday, 27 September 2021 14:34

Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade Monday commiserated with the widow of late Brigadier General Anthony Ukpo (rtd), Mrs Salome Ufoma Ukpo and their children.

Ayade, who was at the Calabar residence of the late former Military Administrator of Rivers State, consoled the family, assuring them of government support and participation in the funeral rites.

He said the death of the retired General only reinforces his philosophy about life, which is that life is but vanity.

“That is just my philosophy about life. From nothing to nothing, life is just a waste. General Ukpo was a great man, a great warrior, he lived very strongly for this country. He had established factories and industries to create jobs for his people.

Monday, 20 September 2021 15:40

 African Conservationist Leaders Advocate Ecosystem Restoration, call on youths to save the planet

Pictured: Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano -  Director General. 

From Nairobi, Abuja, Lagos, Calabar, and elsewhere, African conservationist leaders participating in the 19th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture joined the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to advocate for ecosystem restoration, challenging Nigerian youths to help save the planet. On Thursday, August 12, 2021, NCF hosted a hybrid event to mark the 19th edition of the Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture with the theme: Youth and Ecosystem Restoration. 

Monday, 20 September 2021 15:32

The State of the World’s Trees reveals that one-third of tree species are threatened with extinction. Although this news underlines the magnitude of the global challenge, successful Global Trees Campaign (GTC) projects from the past 20 years demonstrate that we can effectively protect and conserve threatened tree species. Now is the time for global action.

Monday, 20 September 2021 15:26

WHAT IS COP?

The UN Conference of the Parties, known as COP, is an annual summit bringing together governments, businesses and individuals around the world to address the biggest challenge facing humanity: climate change.  

COP is attended by the countries that signed the UN climate change treaty in 1994, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change or ‘UNFCCC’. There are currently 197 members of the UNFCCC.  

This year’s summit will be the 26th COP to take place, hence ‘COP26’. The session was originally set to take place in November 2020, but was delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 200 world leaders and 36,000 delegates are expected to attend. 

COP26 will be hosted by the UK in Glasgow, with Italy as co-presidents. The role of the COP26 presidency is to summon greater ambition from other nations in meeting the binding targets of the Paris Agreement.

Friday, 18 June 2021 22:50

BY SAM JACOBS

 

godfather of color revolutionOf course you’ve heard the name “George Soros,” often invoked as a sort of folk demon on the American and international right, it’s likely that you have some vague notion of why you think he’s a bad guy, or maybe you think the whole thing is a bunch of hype.

However, if you’re a freedom lover, there’s nothing “hype” about the influence that George Soros has around the world attacking your freedom. Indeed, you probably vastly underestimate the influence that he has on politics.