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Nigeria Close To Producing COVID-19 Vaccine – Buhari

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Nigeria is very close to producing a local vaccine for the treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

The president disclosed that the outbreak of the pandemic last year exposed the potential and creativity of the Nigerian scientists.
While giving an update on the production of a local vaccine at a forum organised by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, the president who was virtually represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, noted that the African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease located at Redeemer’s University Ede, had “developed an efficacious rapid test for COVID-19 and has been working on a vaccine in collaboration with DIOSynVax (Digital Immune Optimised Synthetic Vaccines), Cambridge UK, using the DIOSynVax genomic based technology.”

He said: “There are also efforts going on therapeutics of various kinds.The development of vaccines, tests and therapeutics these days are aided by automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence. So, this is a strong point of synergy between science and engineering.”

The president described the Nigerian scientists as worthy assets to be nurtured, saying the COVID-19 pandemic had revealed the potential, talents and the creativity of the nation’s scientists, while commending the Nigerian engineers for the diversity of their experience and competence.

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“I think the pandemic has truly opened up the immense talents and creativity of Nigerian scientists and engineers and if the current momentum is supported, the next few years could be incredibly exciting”, he said.

He commended the academy and its membership saying, “we are proud of Nigerian Academy of Engineers; your membership is made up of accomplished Nigerian engineers across all disciplines, industry sectors of engineering in Nigeria and in the diaspora.

This provides it with the depth and diversity of experience and competence to provide advice on virtually all areas of engineering in the country.”

Speaking on the important role of science, technology and engineering in dealing with the pandemic, the president noted that the world turned to these disciplines “for immediate solutions and answers. I am sure that as engineers, you will agree with me that one of the most poignant lessons of the response to the pandemic is the critical interdependence of science and engineering.”

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BREAKING:Fubara Swears In Rivers Caretaker Committee Chairmen

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Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara
Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State on Wednesday  swore in 23 new caretaker chairmen for the 23 local government areas of the state.
The swearing-in took place  at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital amid tight security.
The exercise was carried out at the Council Chambers with the first batch of 11 CTC chairmen taking their oath of office.
It comes a day after he forwarded the list to the state House of Assembly led by factional Speaker, Victor Jumbo.
The lawmakers had invited the nominees for screening as early as 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Below are the names of the caretaker chairmen nominated by Fubara below:
Abua/Odua LGA – Madigai Dickson
Ahoada East LGA – Happy Benneth
Ahoada West LGA – Mr. Daddy John Green
Akuku Toru LGa – Otonye Briggs
Andoni LGA – Reginald Ekaan
Asari Toru LGA – Orolosoma Amachree
Bonny LGA – Alabota Anengi Barasua
Degema LGA – Anthony Soberekon
Eleme LGA – Brain Gokpa
Emouha LGA – David Omereji
Etche LGA – John Otamiri
Gokana LGA – Kenneth Kpeden
Ikwerre LGA – Darlington Orji
Khana LGA – Marvin Yobana
Obia/Akpor LGA – Chijioke Ihunwo
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA – Princewill Ejekwe
Ogu/Bolo LGA – Evans Bipi
Okrika LGA – Princess Ogan
Omuma LGA – Promise Reginald
Opobo/Nkoro LGA – Enyiada Cookey-Gam
Oyigbo LGA – – Gogo Philip
Port Harcourt LGA – Ichemati Ezebunwo
Tai LGA – Matthew Dike
The development adds another twist to the political crisis in the state months after the Rivers Assembly passed the Local Government Amendment Bill into law.
While Fubara did not assent to the bill, the lawmakers led by Martin Amaewhule vetoed him.
The law empowered the Rivers State Assembly to extend the tenure of council chairpersons, their deputies, and councillors where it is deemed impossible to hold elections before the end of their three-year tenure.
But a court nullified the amended law, prompting an appeal. The appeal court is set to deliver a ruling on the matter on June 20, 2024.
In the wake of the disagreement over the tenure elongation of the local chairpersons and councillors, Rowland Sekibo and Onengiyeofori George of Akuku-Toru and Asari-Toru local government councils respectively called for peace after youths barricaded the secretariats on Monday.
They insist that their tenure was duly extended by the Amaewhule-led assembly.
But on Tuesday, some youths of Ijaw extraction camped outside the Port Harcourt Local Government Area Secretariat in solidarity with Fubara’s directive.
They sat in canopies, sang, danced, and waved the Ijaw Youth Congress flags. Some of them displayed placards with solidarity messages for Fubara amid heavy security presence.
Earlier, police authorities in the oil-rich state cautioned against trouble, warning that they would clamp down on such.
The Rivers Commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu who spoke at the police headquarters in Port Harcourt assured residents of peace. He appealed to politicians and their supporters to respect the appeal and cease hostilities pending the hearing and determination of their case.
He, however, cautioned that Rivers Police Command was combat-ready and would  not condone any attempt to disturb the peace in the South-South state.

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Arrest, Prosecute Ubadimma, Other Witch Hunters In Ebonyi  – AfAW

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The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has  urged the Nigeria Police and the government of Ebonyi State to arrest and prosecute  one Prophet Ubadimma, also known as Powerful Onyirioha 1, and his “partners in crime because their crusade and prophecies led to arson, abduction, and assault on innocent citizens, and destruction of property and livelihoods in Iboko area of Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State.”
The Advocacy for Alleged Witches, which campaigns to end abuses linked to witchcraft beliefs and ritual attacks, made the call in a statement by its Director Dr Leo Igwe.
The statement said : “At their ‘Back to Fire’ crusade, with an inflammatory theme, Fire to Fire, Ubadimma and other witch-hunting charlatans, pastor Daniel Ogbaga, evangelist Daniel, pastor Kingsley Uraku, prophet Silas, made prophetic statements pointing out those who were responsible for the backwardness and other misfortunes in the community. They accused the following of being behind the community’s problems and lack of progress: John Ekpono, Nkwegu Nkuda, Ofoke Ojelegu, Chukwuma Ogayi Igboke, Okemini Nwebonyi, Nwankwegu Nwibo, Pius Nwiboko Nwawa, Uguru Nwoga, Nwanvuta Mbam, Ishiali, Simon Nwibo Ominyi, Regina Ominyi.
“Local sources said that following accusations and witch-hunting prophecies of Ubadimma and his colleagues, youths in the community went on a rampage. They abducted the accused and took them to a nearby bush where they threatened to kill them.
“Fortunately, the police intervened and rescued the accused before the mob could harm them. The youths burnt down and destroyed houses and farms belonging to John Ekpono and other persons. Following the intervention of the police, some calm has returned to the community. The accused are displaced and cannot return to their homes. They are now struggling to survive because their means of livelihood have been destroyed.
“Meanwhile, some suspects have been arrested and will be arraigned soon. But the so-called prophet Ubadimma and his co-witch hunters are still at large. They are not yet in police custody.
“The Advocacy for Alleged Witches calls for their arrest and prosecution for enabling these attacks. Many so-called pastors, prophets, priests, and ministers are causing havoc and confusion in communities in central and southern Nigeria. They claim to have been called by God to fish out evil doers and free villagers and community members from spiritual captivities. But these claims are mainly motivated by deceit and mischief. As in this case, these pastors and evangelists use crusades, and prophetic ministrations to make accusations and incite mob violence against innocent members of the community.
“Ubadimma and other witch hunters should be arrested and prosecuted for their role in the attacks. Their prosecution will serve as a deterrent to other witch-hunting pastors in Ebonyi and other states in Christian-dominated areas of the country. It is sad to note that pastors are exploiting the poverty, economic hardship, stress, despair, and uncertainties in the country to make accusations and scapegoat some innocent persons. State authorities should hold these so-8called men and women of god accountable and make them answer for their crimes.
“Ebonyi state government should help bring prophet Ubadimma and other witch hunters to justice.”
The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has  urged the Nigeria Police and the government of Ebonyi State to arrest and prosecute  one Prophet Ubadimma, also known as Powerful Onyirioha 1, and his “partners in crime because their crusade and prophecies led to arson, abduction, and assault on innocent citizens, and destruction of property and livelihoods in Iboko area of Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State.”
The Advocacy for Alleged Witches, which campaigns to end abuses linked to witchcraft beliefs and ritual attacks, made the call in a statement by its Director Dr Leo Igwe.
The statement said : “At their ‘Back to Fire’ crusade, with an inflammatory theme, Fire to Fire, Ubadimma and other witch-hunting charlatans, pastor Daniel Ogbaga, evangelist Daniel, pastor Kingsley Uraku, prophet Silas, made prophetic statements pointing out those who were responsible for the backwardness and other misfortunes in the community. They accused the following of being behind the community’s problems and lack of progress: John Ekpono, Nkwegu Nkuda, Ofoke Ojelegu, Chukwuma Ogayi Igboke, Okemini Nwebonyi, Nwankwegu Nwibo, Pius Nwiboko Nwawa, Uguru Nwoga, Nwanvuta Mbam, Ishiali, Simon Nwibo Ominyi, Regina Ominyi.
“Local sources said that following accusations and witch-hunting prophecies of Ubadimma and his colleagues, youths in the community went on a rampage. They abducted the accused and took them to a nearby bush where they threatened to kill them.
“Fortunately, the police intervened and rescued the accused before the mob could harm them. The youths burnt down and destroyed houses and farms belonging to John Ekpono and other persons. Following the intervention of the police, some calm has returned to the community. The accused are displaced and cannot return to their homes. They are now struggling to survive because their means of livelihood have been destroyed.
“Meanwhile, some suspects have been arrested and will be arraigned soon. But the so-called prophet Ubadimma and his co-witch hunters are still at large. They are not yet in police custody.
“The Advocacy for Alleged Witches calls for their arrest and prosecution for enabling these attacks. Many so-called pastors, prophets, priests, and ministers are causing havoc and confusion in communities in central and southern Nigeria. They claim to have been called by God to fish out evil doers and free villagers and community members from spiritual captivities. But these claims are mainly motivated by deceit and mischief. As in this case, these pastors and evangelists use crusades, and prophetic ministrations to make accusations and incite mob violence against innocent members of the community.
“Ubadimma and other witch hunters should be arrested and prosecuted for their role in the attacks. Their prosecution will serve as a deterrent to other witch-hunting pastors in Ebonyi and other states in Christian-dominated areas of the country. It is sad to note that pastors are exploiting the poverty, economic hardship, stress, despair, and uncertainties in the country to make accusations and scapegoat some innocent persons. State authorities should hold these so-8called men and women of god accountable and make them answer for their crimes.
“Ebonyi state government should help bring prophet Ubadimma and other witch hunters to justice.”

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Let’s Continue To Uphold Values Of Sacrifice, Compassion, Unity – Otu

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Cross River State Governor Bassey Otu
Cross River State Governor, Bassey Otu, has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the State and beyond on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, urging that they uphold the values of sacrifice, compassion, and unity.
He said, “As we celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Cross River State and across Nigeria. May this special occasion bring joy, peace, and prosperity to your homes and communities. Let us continue to uphold the values of sacrifice, compassion, and unity as we strive for a more inclusive society. Eid Mubarak!”
Prayerfully he added, “May the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir inspire us to show kindness and generosity to one another, fostering harmony and understanding in our diverse communities.
“Let us embrace the essence of sacrifice and compassion, working together towards a future filled with hope and shared prosperity.
“In the spirit of unity, may we stand together against all forms of division and discrimination, building a society where everyone is valued and respected.”
“Eid Mubarak to all, may this celebration strengthen our bonds of friendship and love, creating a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.”

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