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FG deploys 9,100 corpers in N’West, gunmen kill 344, abduct 430 July.

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No fewer than 9,100 corps members have been mobilised to the seven states in the North-West amid rising insecurity in the region which has led to the murder of at least 189 persons and the abduction of 376 persons in Zamfara and Kaduna states alone.

Across the country, however, at least 430 persons were abducted while 344 were killed in the last four weeks, The PUNCH has learnt.

The states in the North-West include Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kano, Sokoto, Kebbi and Jigawa states.

Other states affected by a spike in insecurity in July but are not part of the North-West include Benue, Niger and Adamawa.

The insecurity has led to the closure of schools in Kaduna and Zamfara states. Incidentally, most corps members are posted to schools for their primary assignment.

The PUNCH had reported last week that an average of 1, 300 corps members would be deployed in each state while another set would be deployed in late August.

The figure on the killings and abductions was obtained through a manual tally by The PUNCH and the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ an American think tank. The NST report is edited by a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell.

In Zamfara State where a war plane was shot down by bandits recently, about 49 persons were killed in Maradun on July 8 while three were abducted in Bakura on July 11.

On July 16, no fewer than 150 people were abducted while one person was killed in Shinkafi.

On July 18, 13 policemen were killed in Bungudu while on July 23, bandits killed seven and kidnapped 14 in Maru.

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On July 25, at least 11 persons were abducted along Sokoto-Gusau Road, according to the police.

This implies that between July 3 and July 25, bandits killed 70 persons and kidnapped 178 persons in Zamfara State despite the ‘no fly’ order declared over the state’s airspace by the Federal Government four months ago.

In Kaduna State where Governor Nasir el-Rufai has shut down schools due to the insecurity and ongoing military operation to wipe out bandits, about 198 persons were kidnapped in the last four weeks while 119 were killed.

The most affected local governments in the state include- Chikun, where 140 students of Bethel Baptist High School were kidnapped; Zangon Kataf, Maradun and Kajuru.

No fewer than 140 students were kidnapped at Bethel Baptist School, when bandits attacked the school on July 5, but the hoodlums only succeeded in taking 121 away as others escaped.

About seven soldiers were killed in Arewa, Kebbi State while in Jibia, Katsina State, two immigration officials were killed.

In Niger State where two police officers and two civilians were killed in Mariga on July 9, there was a decrease in killings and abductions in July although bandits held on to the 136 students abducted from one Islamic school in Tegina since May.

Adamawa State in the North-East, witnessed one major attack on July 7 when Boko Haram killed 24 persons in Hong, while in Plateau State, gunmen killed seven herdsmen in Jos South. Kidnappers also killed two persons in the same state on July 22. Herdsmen killed three in Bali, Taraba.

On July 15, bandits killed two soldiers and kidnapped 20 civilians in Sabon Birni, Sokoto. In Benue State, herdsmen killed five persons in Logo and 10 in Guma on July 18.

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On July 20, herdsmen killed 13 also Guma. The suspected herders killed 13 in Guma while 30 lost their lives in a communal clash in Konshisha. Also, kidnappers abducted two in Toto, Nassarawa on July 10.

Southern Nigeria witnessed a few incidents. On July 19, kidnappers abducted eight in Akuku-Toru, Rivers State. A soldier was killed by pirates in Delta State on July 19. On July 13, gunmen killed three police officers and two civilians in Idemlili North, Anambra. On the same day, gunmen killed six soldiers in Uzo-Uwani, Enugu. Cultists killed two police officers and eight others in Awka, Anambra on July 15 while one Amotekun leader and three others were killed in Ibarapa North, Oyo on July 16.

NYSC allays fears, says agency partnering security agencies

The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. General Shuaib Ibrahim, in an interview with The PUNCH, allayed fears over security of the corps members.

FG deploys 9,100 corpers in N’West, gunmen kill 344, abduct 430 July.

He stated, “We do partner effectively with the security agencies on the security of prospective corps members and corps members. We had webinar meeting with prospective corps members and were also advised accordingly.”

In Benue State, the Public Relations Officer of NYSC, Benue State, Mrs Victoria Ogwuche, said potential corps members would not be admitted into the camp without being certified free of COVID 19.

She added that another round of test would be carried out before they (corps members) were admitted into the hostel.

Ogwuche stated, “They (new corps members) are being tested for COVID 19 and the results come out within 10 minutes, no corps member goes into the hostel without being tested. ,,
“In fact, nobody comes to camp without being tested, it is only when you are certified free that you enter the camp, all the over 70 people tested were certified okay.

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She added, “As soon as the result is out they are admitted into the hostel.”

The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Joseph Ngbea, in an interview with The PUNCH, said three people tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu on Tuesday, tasked state Mministries of Health to expedite action on contact tracing of persons who had had contact with those infected with COVID-19.

He said this in response to enquiries from The PUNCH, in Abuja. The NCDC through its Director of surveillance and Epidemiology, Elsie Ilori, had on Monday, disclosed that the country had identified 10 cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus disease in Nigeria.

According to Ilori who spoke during a media parley with selected journalists, the cases were discovered at the point of entry into the country.

Although she declined comments when asked to identify specific countries where the infected persons came in from, she stated that the NCDC was able to discover the cases after it carried out genomics sequencing on the test results after testing samples collected from inbound passengers.

In response enquiries from The PUNCH as to what the NCDC was doing about contact tracing, the NCDC DG, Ihekweazu, reiterated that contact tracing was the responsibility of the various state ministries of health.

He said “Once a positive case is detected, contact tracing is done by the state ministry of health irrespective of the variant detected. We will continue to carry out sequencing to detect variants, and use this data to guide our public health action.”

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Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

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Politicians in Nigeria, experts in different parts of the world, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the organized private sector will participate in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria, St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

‘’St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe has made great achievements in the past 70 years. Therefore, Saturday, October 16, 2021 is a day of celebrating SPCC’s past, recognizing individuals who have made remarkable contributions and sharing old memories’’ a statement issued in Aghalokpe by the Chairman of SPCC 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri said.

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The statement announced Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2021 as the date of the 70th anniversary celebration.

Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

The statement listed the building of a proper college gate, interlocking of the college roads, rehabilitation of all the college laboratories, senior staff quarters and construction of a brand new IT Centre as major projects of the SPCC Old Boys Association.

’SPCC development stories have set an example for other associations in Delta State’’.

The statement emphasized the achievements and contributions that the Old Boys Association made in the past.

It pointed out that the Old Boys Association in the immediate past rehabilitated the college hall, junior staff quarters, chapel and the college administrative building (principal’s office, staff room and library,

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ANSPOLY Holds International Conference, as UNIZIK VC Describes Those Who Rig Elections as Political Illiterates

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

Anambra State Polytechnic (ANSPOLY), Mgbakwu, in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State recently at the school’s auditorium held a Physical and Virtual Multi-disciplinary International Conference with Theme: Knowledge, Technology And Innovation for Africa’s Transformation in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Arts, Science, Social and Management Research (CAASSMR).

In her opening remarks, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr (Mrs.) Nneka Mefoh said the institution had her maiden International Multidisciplinary Conference in the year 2019 and was adjudged a good outing, noting that the opened their eyes to the corporate character of the members of the Polytechnic community.

She said that they worked tirelessly to ensure that the second conference met the global academic conference standard, stating that they had presentations and panel discussions, on various issues, workshops and other interactive sessions that would fill their intellectual appetite.

The ANSPOLY Rector announced that they had twelve NBTE-accredited departments in four schools at the National Diploma (ND) level and that the Polytechnic was currently preparing for the visitation for the approval of more programmes particularly the Higher National Diploma (HND) Programmes, adding that they had the list of programmes and other information on their website.

Dr Mefoh said that as a young institution birthed in 2017, though it was formerly a monotecnic, that had achieved a lot in terms of standards, the NBTE accreditation JAMB, TeTFund enlistment and most recently, the allocation of TETFund intervention funds as for other polytechnics.

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She thanked God for His mercies and Governor Willie Obiano for the efforts to make the institution great in the face of the global economic meltdown, the construction of access road from Awka to the Polytechnic and ongoing construction of internal roads had actually given them the push to invite people to the institution.

‘All hands were on deck, with all doggedness [even when the problem of dearth of funds was a critical challenging factor], the academic, technical and non-academic staff worked together in one mind to make sure that the conference was a success.

‘Indeed, it was a good one. With all the enthusiasm, we all dreamt of greater 2020 conference which did not hold eventually, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged so many parts of the world,’ she said.

Dr Mefor stated that over ninety abstracts were received from scholars all over the world and that in view of the post COVID challenges in education, the conference was held in a hybrid form, appreciating God for modern Information and Communication Technology which she said, made it possible for people to attend conferences from the cool comfort of their rooms or offices.

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The ANSPOLY Rector noted that academic conferences were necessary symposia that encouraged researchers to be committed to their work, emphasizing that epoch innovations were made as a result of the inventive minds and that reasons for attending academic conferences included, but was not limited to presentation of results of research work carried out in various fields, networking among researchers for future collaborations, multicultural interaction and socialization exposition to cutting edge research, visiting other terrains, relaxation away from the challenges of work overload and unending list of issues ‘seeking urgent attention’ and many others.

‘This time around, we included a pre-conference workshop that prepared attendees for the conference proper. The theme of this year’s Pre-conference workshop was “The mid-point between Academic Research and a Technologically-driven Economy” anchored by an erudite scholar, Professor Chris Ezeibe from the UNN.

‘The paper carefully identified the mid-point and ‘married’ academic research and our dream economy. We are very sure that the participants learnt a lot and should be ready to put that into practice in their various endeavours,’ ANSPOLY Rector said.

She continued: ‘inasmuch as research work was not exclusive right of the academia, you can agree with me that academics that commit to research have a lot to offer the society. In our world today, technology has proved to be a boon to so many nations.

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‘Polytechnic education has a technological emphasis and is very practical in nature and that is why we are striving to keep on bringing scholars together for academic and practical interactions which we hope will eventually yield the desired fruits for the betterment of our society, especially Africa.

‘Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu has an agricultural background being an offspring of the erstwhile Anambra State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu, as such we have recorded so many researches in the area of agriculture by the members of the academia in our community. The other disciplines found in the Polytechnic are not left out ad they are striving for the top of their fields.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone while presenting a keynote address described all those involved in election and political malpractice as illiterates, saying that there was no way Africa would move forward with people he said, mortgaged their future and that of those around them just for immediate gains.

‘Africans are backwards because of these individuals. They care less the masses. All they are concerned about are their pockets and nothing more,’ he said.

The Public Relations Officer of ANSPOLY, Chukwuanu Sunday Okagbue, Anipr anchored the event and the Master of Ceremony.

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QRC, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association Awards Scholarships to Winners of Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, Trainers

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By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association (Old Girls) led by Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okose, USA (Global President, QRC Alumnae Association) last Tuesday at the College’s Chapel presented a Cheque of One Million Two Hundred and Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Naira (1,212,500) to the seven winners of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, conducted by the University of Delaware in the USA.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Dr Okose who was represented by Dr. Felicia Ejamike, President, QRC Alumnae, Onitsha Chapter expressed gratitude to God for the gift of her Alma mater as well as the former and present students of the college, noting that she was impressed with their performance.

‘I call you “Alpha Team” because of your stellar performance, of placing in the first position globally, has launched our alma mater, Queen of the Rosary College (QRC), Onitsha, as well as Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa into a Global Platform of Excellence. All are proud of you, especially those of us who passed through this noble citadel of learning. You have proved that excellent students from institutions, like QRC, can change the world positively.

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‘On behalf of Umu Q Alumnae Global, I congratulate you all. We stand with you on this landmark achievement. Kudos to you all! Today, we bestow on you with honor, gratitude, respect and academic scholarships for the rest of your stay in QRC.

‘May our Almighty Father guide you through your journeys in life, and nurture you spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. May our Mother Mary, Queen of the Rosary, continue to intercede on your behalf. Through her, you will continue to succeed.

QRC, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association Awards Scholarships to Winners of Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs, Trainers

‘To your mentors and all the teachers who laid the foundation to this success, we say, Thank you. Our Sister Principal, Sr. Maria Chijioke Nwankwo, we celebrate you too. Again, Congratulations to the Alpha Team,’ she concluded.

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Presenting the cheques, the two Members of the QRC Alumnae Education Trust Fund Committee, Mrs. Rosemary Nnamdi Okagbue and Hon Lady Ngozi Okoye joined by other Alumnae charged the winners as well as the students to work harder and focus on their academic pursuits, emphasizing that hard work pays.

Mrs Okagbue and Lady Okoye who took their time to offer different renditions to the highly elated winners and students stated that they were in their alma mater to celebrate excellence, hard work and dedication, urging the beneficiaries not rest on their oars, saying that their journey to stardom had just begun.

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Welcoming the Old Girls, the Principal of the College, Reverend Sister Maria Chijioke Nwankwo (IHM) thanked the QRC,Onitsha Global Alumnae Association for their thoughtfulness, assuring that the gesture would spur the beneficiaries on do more exploits, even she prayed God bless and replenish their purse abundantly.

Contributing the Vice Principal (Admin), Mrs Ogbughalu Eucharia corroborated the Principal by appreciating the Old Girls what she described as noble gesture worthy of emulation.

The two mentors of the awardees, Mr. Onuigbo John Chukwubuikem and Mr Obikwelu Kyrian Sochima received 140,000 Naira each as school fees cover from the QRC, Onitsha Global Alumnae Association

Names of the beneficiaries are as follows:
1. Stephanie Chinonyelum Anozie
2. Rita Chinenye Iheator
3. Vivian Chisom Iwuno
4. Sandra Onyinye Mgbafulu
5. Stephanie Mmesoma Nnaji
6. Rachael Amara Okechukwu, and
7. MaryJane Chidimma Okoy

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