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Young Nigerian volleyballers get scholarships



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Five young volleyballers in Niger State have been awarded scholarships by a board member of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF),  Major General Taritimiye Gagariga.

The players got the favour following their exceptional displays at the Kontagora Volleyball Challenge Cup in Niger State, said the benefactor.

Mr Gagariga said on Wednesday that he was delighted to give the young players scholarships in Niger state in order to support them in their education. 

He said his passion is to give young players a bright future to play the sports and to enjoy their education without facing any difficulty for funding in their academy.

The general emphasised that the relevance of education in one’s career can never be overemphasised as it touches every aspect of one’s life including learning the game of volleyball.

“I am urging all junior players to take their education with all seriousness as it will project their image.

“I want to reassure you all of my unrelenting support for your educational pursuits.

“The awards were organised and conducted to inculcate the desire for education to the participants while developing and improving their chosen career as Volleyball players,” he said.

Mr Gagariga who is also the Commander Corps of Artillery stated that both players who emerged best Libero will be sponsored throughout their secondary school to include their WAEC, NECO and JAMB.

The five young players who had the award are Abbas Ibrahim from Defense Spikers of Abuja. Destiny Ayuba from Vulcan Volleyball Club of Kotangora. Mary Anebi, Martha Anebi and Blessing Anebi from Scorpion Spikers Abuja.

Education Foundation Scholarship Awards began December 2020 in the Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia. 



Eighty-nine billion naira generated in November at Apapa: Customs



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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa area command,says it raked in N89 billion as revenue in November.

The customs area controller of the command, Malanta Yusuf, announced this in a statement signed by NCS spokesman Abubakar Usman in Lagos.

According to Mr Yusuf, the amount generated is the highest monthly collection by any of the NCS’s commands.

“This feat is coming after the command generated N86 billion in the month of October following improved inter-agency synergies, enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution and prevention of revenue loss,” he said.

Mr Yusuf, who described the N89 billion revenue as the beginning of improved outputs for the command, also said the tempo for the rising revenue profile would be sustained.

He commended the NCS comptroller general, Hameed Ali, for his support in deploying artificial intelligence tools and improved logistics.

“This N89,097,888,609 collection is an improvement, but we are aiming higher than this. Our first step is to improve our stakeholders’ compliance level, which in my assessment is commendable. The second is to strengthen the inter-agency synergies between customs in Apapa and other agencies of government,” explained Mr Yusuf. “This is also a huge success. We are gradually making Apapa Port a no go area for perpetrators of illegalities because all recent attempts at smuggling prohibited items through the port were uncovered.”

According to Mr Yusuf, while customs officials facilitate trade, collect revenue, and promote ease of doing business, their attention would also be on national security.

He added that this would continually be evident in their mode of cargo examination and intelligence sharing with sister agencies.

“By the time we commence the use of scanners and other tools of artificial intelligence, trade facilitation will be at a higher speed and as the flagship command, this will reflect very positively on our revenue,” he said.


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CAN condemns attack on Jos prison, says Nigeria’s security under threat



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The Plateau chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the recent attack on Jos custodial centre by yet to be identified gunmen.

Polycarp Lubo, the state chairman of the association made the condemnation on Thursday in Jos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Gunmen invaded the custodial centre on Sunday, killing a personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) and nine inmates while 252 inmates escaped during the invasion.

Mohammed Tukur, Deputy Controller General of NCoS, in charge of Operations, blamed the attack on paucity of modern equipment and other gadgets.

He described the attack as “sad, unfortunate and frightening”, adding that it was a bad omen for Nigerians.

He said that with the huge number of inmates that have fled, the security situation of the country is under threat.

“The attack on the Jos custodial centre is a sad one; CAN on the Plateau condemns it in totality. With the huge number of inmates that have escaped, it is clear that our security situation is still under threat.

“This is because there are hardened criminals among inmates that fled; they will go back into the society and continue to unleash evil.

“So, I wish to strongly call on the government to provide modern and adequate equipment to the Service in order to avert similar situation in the future,” he said.

The chairman called on residents to be security conscious, particularly as the yuletide approaches, and report any suspicious activity within their vicinities to security agencies.

Mr Lubo also condemned the recent attack at Ta’egbe community of Miango Chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

Gunmen attacked the community last Thursday, killed 10 persons and razed down 30 houses.

He advised them against reprisals and urged them to live in peace at all times.


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Ebonyi HIV rate reduces by 0.8%



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The Ebonyi State Agency for the Control of AIDS (EBOSACA) says the agency recorded a 0.8 per cent reduction of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) between 2018 and 2021.

Benson Nwali, the executive secretary of the agency, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

Mr Nwali stated that the reduction was following the level of awareness creation using the media and other multi-sectoral approaches.

The EBOSACA executive secretary further noted that the statistics came from the National AIDS Survey.

He noted that the prevalence rate dropped from 9.3 per cent in 1999 to 0.9 per cent in 2018.

According to the Ebonyi official, the agency recorded the prevalence rate of 9.3 per cent in 2001, 6.3 per cent in 2003, 5.8 per cent in 2005, 4.3 per cent in 2008, and 2.8 per cent in 2009. In 2010, it recorded 3.3 per cent.

He added that the other prevalence rate included 0.9 per cent in 2012 and 2.6 per cent in 2016. In 2018, it dropped to 0.8 per cent.

“The state government gave an enabling environment for implementing partners to achieve the reduction,” Mr Nwali explained.

He stressed that the antiretroviral drug was available and free for patients to boost their immune system. 


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