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I’ll continue to go to court as long as my strength allows me — Octogenarian lawyer

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An 80-year-old lawyer in Akwa Ibom State, Umoekeyo Abasiene Uno, says the beauty of debating endeared him to the law profession.

Uno who clocked 80 years old on December 21, 2021, and 45 years in the practice of law in Nigeria, says he will continue to practice law as long as his strength allows him.

The legal luminary who stated this while speaking with our correspondent on Sunday promised to continue to give his best to the profession as long as he lives.

“So long as I still have the strength, I will still be going to court,” he said adding that he has used a greater part of his practice for advocating for women’s rights.

On why he is yet to be appointed the position of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria while many of the younger lawyers have been elevated to the position, Uno said the title of SAN has been politicised in Nigeria, adding that he no longer applies for it.

“I lost interest in pursuing the SAN thing. Since then, I don’t think I had applied again. The actual thing is that a man doesn’t have to become a good lawyer because he’s a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and merely being a good lawyer cannot give you that position.

“As I told some journalists last year, a Senior Advocate would simply recommend junior lawyers from their firm. I lot of people can confirm what I’m saying. It is a sad situation here in Nigeria,” he stated.

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Kebbi to partner with ‘Doctors without Borders’ on health services

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

Doctors without Borders has declared its readiness to partner with the Kebbi State Government to deliver health services to the people of the state.

Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu received the team, led by their Head of Mission, Dr Shaukat Muttaqi, at Government House, Birnin Kebbi.

While receiving the team, at the Government House Birnin Kebbi on behalf of the Governor, the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad Argungu, welcomed the Doctors and expressed happiness about the readiness of the mission to sign an MOU and partnership with the government.

He assured the team that Kebbi State Government would provide an enabling environment for the mission to operate accordingly for optimal performance.

Head of Mission Dr Shaukat Muttaqi explained that their visit was to discuss medical services related to nutritional program and Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) in a local government area of Kebbi state MSF.

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Muttaqi said that the Doctors without Borders intends to start a ten-bed Inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC)/stabilisation unit with two Ambulatory Therapeutic feeding centres (ATFCs) in Maiyama local government with ICCM services and also provision for IDPs in other LGAs related to environmental health.

According to him, Doctors without Borders are committed to providing free cost medical services to the people of Kebbi state in its initial six-month programme and looking forward to an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Kebbi State to start activities as soon as possible.

He disclosed that their team, which is an International Medical Humanitarian Organization are operating in eight states of Nigeria provides primary, secondary and tertiary health care with quick response to outbreaks.

He added: “Already the team has visited Augie, Maiyama, Shanga, Bagudo, Zuru and Dank Wasagu local government areas during the initial assessment. We are in over 70 countries of the world and we have been in Nigeria for more than 20 years providing support and health services free of charge to Nigerians.

“The team also visited the Commissioner for Health Alhaji Jafar Muhammad Zuru and the Executive Secretary Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Abdullahi Ka’oje, Director Public Health Mr Abubakar Bagudo,” he said.

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Indonesia moves capital from Jakarta to Nusantara

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Indonesian lawmakers have passed a law, moving the nation’s capital from Jakarta in Java to Nusantara in the island of Kalimantan.

Kalimantan shares borders with Malaysia and Brunei.

The move is a step forward in one of the most ambitious projects initiated by the country’s President Joko Widodo.

Some former presidents have floated ideas of relocating the capital city in the past.

The president, widely known as Jokowi, three years ago vowed to relocate the capital city to the province of East Kalimantan.

Among the reasons are high population density and land subsidence in Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people.

Nusantara, which the new capital is called, will be built in two districts in East Kalimantan — Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kartanegara. It is set to occupy about 256,000 hectares of land.

The name of Nusantara, which can be translated as an archipelago in English, was chosen by President Jokowi, Minister for National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa has said.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, is home to some 270 million people, consisting of about 17,000 islands.

“The national capital has a central function and serves as a symbol of a country to show the identity of the nation and state,” Minister Monoarfa explained during a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives building on Tuesday.

The ground-breaking of the construction project that is slated to cost $32 billion was initially expected to be conducted in August 2020.

But the COVID-19 pandemic forced the government to put it on hold.

Some of the projects on the construction of the new capital will be carried out by public-private partnerships, and the early stage of the relocation will begin this year and is expected to end in 2024.

At this stage, the government will build a presidential palace, parliament buildings, and a housing complex in the primary zone.

The move of civil servants at the early stage must be completed before Aug. 16, 2024.

Nusantara will serve as the centre of government, while Jakarta would remain the business and economic centre of Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

A day before the lawmakers passed the bill, President Jokowi stressed that that new capital is not only about physically relocating the offices of government institutions, but also “building a new smart city.”

It is reported that Nusantara will be headed by an authority chief appointed by the president and its level of position is equal to a minister.

Several former government officials which will likely become the chief include Jakarta’s former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and former minister for research and technology Bambang Brodjonegoro.

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BREAKING: Court grants Nnamdi Kanu N1 billion damages against FG

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From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

An Abia High Court sitting in Umuahia and presided by Justice Benson Anya has awarded N1bn to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against the Federal Government over the infringement of his Fundamental Human Rights by the military.

In a judgment delivered Wednesday morning that last for an hour, Justice Anya said it was wrong for the military to have invaded his home in Afaraukwu, Umuahia on September 10, 2017, which made him flee the country.

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The court while delivering judgment, urged the Federal Government to apply a political solution to resolve the Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB problem.

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