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Plat Tech takes Book Reading Promotion to Rural Areas

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Parents and guardians of school pupils in rural areas have been urged to desist from interfering in the school attendance of their wards in  primary and secondary schools.

 

This was the recurring message by  speakers at the annual reading promotion organized by Plat Technologies  Limited, an IT solutions company and Iqra Books which is into both  online and physical books marketing. Both companies are based in Ilorin.

 

This year’s events took place at the Ilota-Apaola Junior Secondary in  Ilorin South Local Government area of Kwara State.

 

Speaking at the events to group of school pupils drawn from Ilota-Apaola  Junior Secondary, Junior Secondary School, Omode, Junior Secondary, Fufu  and Senior Secondary School, Omode, the Chairman, Governing Council,  College of Education, Ilorin, Alhaji Abdulraheem Aremu Olota, told the  parents that the habits of disrupting school attendance of their wards  by sending them to farm and markets is capable of truncating meaningful  life of their wards later in life.

On the part of the pupils, Alhaji  Olota urged them to take advantage of the gesture of promoting reading  culture being championed by PlatTechnologies and Iqra Books. This, he said, can be demonstrated if the pupils read the books donated by the  companies both for academic and leisure.

 

The book reading event comprised of two sessions. The first reading  session was led by Engineer Taofik Abdulkareem, the CEO, Plat  Technologies.  He stimulated the pupils’ interest by making the session  interactive through asking questions on each paragraph. The second  session was led by Miss Oluwasey who read from a book she authored with  the title, I have a Dream. In between the two reading sessions was a  film show on the incredible surgical operation performed by Dr. Ben  Carson  on a conjoined twins in America. The theme in both the reading  sessions and the film show is to inspire the students to have  aspirations and refused to be deterred or distracted due to challenges of life.

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Also speaking at the events were the Principal of the Ilota-Apaola Junior Secondary, Junior Secondary School, Mrs G.B. Malomo, the Branch  Head, National Library, Ilorin, Hajia Kafayah Olani and Dr Oba  Abdulkadir Laaro of the Department of Mass Communication who coordinated  the events.

 

On her part the Principal of the Ilota-Apaola Junior Secondary,  Mrs  G.B. Malomo, thanked the organizers of the book reading for choosing her  school. She promised that the school would live up to the billing of the organizers by making good use of the books donated to the school. Hajia  Olani specifically directed her speech to the parents. She highlighted  the importance of the sacrifice on their parts by refusing the temptation of sending their wards to the farms and markets instead of supporting them in their studies. This practice, she maintained, has been identified as the most negative behaviors’ of rural dwellers towards education of their wards. In his own contributions, Dr Laaro called attention to cultivating reading habits right from primary and secondary so as to build solid foundation for future educational endeavours.

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Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of a sets of text books on essential subjects  including Literature In English, Mathematics, Yoruba Language, English Language, Basic Sciences and Dictionaries. The presentation of the books by the Chairman, Governing Council, College of Education, Ilorin, Alhaji Abdulraheem Aremu Olota, was witnessed by the Olota of Ilota, Alhaji Momonuhu, Ayinla, the Baale of Apaola, Mallam Abdulraheem Zubair Aremu, teachers from other schools, parents and some old students of the school.

 

At the close of the events, the CEO of  Iqra Books, Mallam Abdulateef Bolaji thanked everyone that graced the occasion. He impressed on school administrators to partner with Plat Technologies and Iqra books in their efforts to promote reading culture. He said the companies will be looking forward to such collaborations from interested schools across the state.  He revealed that Iqra Books and Plat Technologies have been involved in supporting educational institutions which include book reading sessions held at Ansarul Islam Scondary School, Ogidi, Ilorin, Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin amongst others. These efforts were taken further levels by the companies when in 2014 they rehabilitated and stocked the Library of the College of Education Model Secondary School, Ilorin.

 

There is also a monthly book reading session for adults usually held at Iqra Books, Tanke Junctionin Ilorin. Both companies can be reached online via, www.platgroupng.com, www.iqrabooks.com.ng

 

 

 

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Man Steals Church’s Tithes, Offering

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An 18 year-old man identified as Elikor Ehud has been arrested by men of the Ejigbo police station in Lagos state for allegedly stealing a church’s tithes and offering.

Suspect arrested for stealing Tithes and Offerings in a church in Lagos (photo)

Suspected Thief, Elikor Ehud

Ehud stormed Divine Chosen Vine Ministry in the area and carted away the it’s tithes and offering.

A statement released by the state police command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, was quoted as saying on October 1st, one Pastor Moses Nwoke  of the Divine Chosen Vine Ministry, Furniture Avenue, Ejigbo, reported at the Ejigbo Police Station that on August 30th after Church Service, unknown persons broke the wooden boxes placed on the altar meant for tithes and special seeds of faith offering carting away the money inside.

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After a thorough and painstaking investigation conducted by the Ejigbo Police Station under the supervision of the Divisional Police Officer, Ehud was arrested on October 15th.

On interrogation, he confessed to stealing the sum of six hundred and seventy thousand Naira (#670,000.00) cash from the church boxes. He also mentioned one Lucky as his accomplice.

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According to the police, efforts are in place to apprehend the said accomplice, while the suspect will be charged to Court.

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CAN Caution MURIC Over Kidnapping For Christ Statement

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Joseph Hayab, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (Northern Region), has cautioned the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) over statements made by its director, Ishaq Akintola.

Akintola had associated the Christ to abduction and recent the news of the conversion of 9 Kano children who were reunited with their parents after 5 years.

He was quoted to have said: “kidnapping for Christ is disgusting, nauseating, wicked and reprehensible. Kidnappers have taken over the house of God. The phenomenon of kidnapping for Christ has now rented the air. We are shocked to our marrows.”

Reacting to Akintola, Hayab described his comment as “irresponsible, derogatory and provocative,” adding that there is nothing like kidnapping for Christ.

Hayab said:

“Criminals abound in everywhere and in every religion, for MURIC to say a crime was perpetrated for Christ, is sheer mischief aimed at provoking Christians,” he said.

“How could rational, sane and educated person, associate the action of criminals to a religion? There are many instances where Christian girls were abducted, forcefully converted to Islam and married off by criminals in Northern Nigeria. In some of these cases, the police either refused to act, or turned blind eyes.

“Will it be right to accused all Muslims for the action of such criminals? The answer is no.

“A particular group which belongs to a particular religious group has always been alleged to be responsible for the rampant kidnappings and banditry across the country, especially in the north, will it be right to say that they are committing the crime to promote their tribe or religion?

“We also have the case of Leah Sharibu who is still being held by Boko Haram insurgents for refusing to denounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam. No Christian has associated Muslims with such criminal acts.

“If we have any witness against the culprits behind the abduction, we will join hands with the people of Kano to testify against him or them in court.

“There is nothing like kidnapping for Christ. This evil kidnapper or child trafficker, knowing that he did not carry away the children for religion gave them new tribal names, MURIC should note.

“CAN northern states, therefore, condemned anybody carrying peoples children away and supports security agencies to investigate the matter and prosecute the culprits. Abduction of children is a criminal offence. MURIC can call whoever is found doing that whatever name they like, but don’t associate criminality with Christ.”

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I Started But I Did Not Finish, Man Who Raped 9 Year-old Girl Says

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A 30 year-old man named Mohammed Babangida arrested for raping a 9 year-old girl has denied committing the offence.

Babangida told men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who arrested him that he actually attempted to rape the girl, but didn’t carry out the act.

According to the NSCDC, Babangida raped his victim on October 10 at Damare community in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He was nabbed after being linked to the sad act by Damara residents.

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“The suspect will be charged to court through the intervention and advice by Director of Prosecution (DPP), state Ministry of Justice, which we always partner with on capital offence that amounts to prosecution” The state Commander of the NSCDC, Nurudeen Abdulahi said.

 

Confessing to the crime when paraded before newsmen, Babangida said he gave the girl N50 and N20 on two respective occasions and tried raping her when they met for the third time after giving her N50.

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“I started but I did not finish,” he said, adding that someone knocked on the door and that was how it ended.

He asked for leniency, saying, “I have not done it before and I will not try it again. I have a wife and children. The government should pity me and not ruin my family.”

 

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