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Diaspora: Nigeria, UK to further harness its potentials for development

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Nigeria and the United Kingdom have taken greater steps in strengthening their age-long relationship for development through the Diaspora.

This was stated when the Deputy High Commissioner, Gill Atkinson, and Political Counsellor, British High Commission, Jonathan Bacon, paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in Abuja.

The Deputy High Commissioner acknowledged the rich list of Nigerians in the UK, performing excellently in various fields of endeavours.

Atkinson said that one key mission is to harness potentials and resources between the two countries to cause even development and promote people-to-people contacts.

Receiving the UK delegation, Dabiri-Erewa expressed her interest in working hand-in-hand with the British High Commission in Abuja to create a win-win situation for the UK and Nigeria.

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Kogi poly expels 196 students over poor academic performance

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The management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja has expelled 196 students for poor academic performance.

The Rector of the institution, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, disclosed at the end of the emergency meeting of the Academic Board of the institution.

He decried the high turnover of students expulsion from the institution due mainly to poor academic performance.

He advised students of the institution to avoid distractions and remain committed to their academic pursuit as they prepare for the 2021/2022 first semester examinations scheduled which commenced on Monday.

He said the Polytechnic management was committed to making the teaching and learning environment conducive for both staff and students.

He added that students’ good academic performance is a direct result of dedication and hard work achieved under a conducive learning atmosphere that the Institution has put in place.

He, therefore, urged students to be diligent in their studies and graduate as planned.

The Rector reiterated that the administration would continue to put in place necessary measures and sustainable quality assurance in the Institution.

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El-Rufai, Dangote, Namadi, others, pay condolence visit to family of Shettima

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Prominent Nigerians stormed the residence of late Bukar Shettima, a retired police commissioner of police and member of the Northern Elders Forum, who died at the age of 94 in Kaduna. 

Among the notable Nigerians who paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased were Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State,  former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and Muhammadu Sanusi II, the former emir of Kano. 

Others were the former governors of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi and Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, as well as the former Governor of Adamawa State Alhaji Jibrila Bindow. 

The deputy governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, CEO of Matrix Energy Abdulkadir Aliu, ACG customs Alh Sani Nuhu, Sen. Uba Sani, Hon Ashiru Kudan and Alhaji Adamu Attah all paid their last respect to the deceased’s family. 

Late Shettima was a first-generation indigenous police officer who served at the Police Force Headquarters in Kano and Kaduna.

He retired as a Police commissioner and Director of the then Nigeria Security Organisation (NSO). After his retirement, he was called upon to serve as chairman of Magumeri and Kaga local government areas of Borno State.

Speaking to newsmen, one of the children of the deceased, Kashim Shettima described their late father as an outstanding disciplinarian and incorruptible elder statesman.

Alhaji Ibrahim  Abba Gubio who is also a Retired Police Chief said that the deceased was an exemplary leader who would be missed for his contributions to the nation’s building and the development of the country.

While also speaking, a Community leader and nephew to late Shettima, Bulama Mali Gubio (mni), described the deceased as a nobleman, a crusader against evil and a disciplinarian who was courageous and always stood for justice.

Late Alh Bukar Shettima left behind14 children and several grandchildren among which is Alhaji Kashim Bukar Shettima President /CEO Barbedos Group and Hajiya Maryam Bayi, Director NCC Rtd.

 

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