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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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Mosques, Churches To Reopen On June 19, 21

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Religious activities will resume in Lagos State on Friday, June 19, and 21 respectively.

According to a new directive by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the ban on religious activities will cease in the state on June 19 and 21.

Muslim services to resume on Friday, June 19, while Christian worship begins on Sunday, June, 21

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The directive however restricts children below the age 15 of 15 from attending such religious gatherings with gatherings restricted to only Fridays and Sundays.

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Godswill Akpabio Failed To Deliver On 500 Million Contract-Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

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Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta has accused the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio of getting a N300 million fence construction contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

 

According to The Cable, while still the senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west, Akpabio requested for a N500 million contract from the NDDC in 2017. The Minister was reportedly given the contract of fencing Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom, (N200 million), and Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene (N100 million).

 

The publication reported that Akpabio got N150 million for entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implements for youths and women of Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district and N50 million for the renovation of a hostel at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state.

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Akpabio got N300m fence construction contract from NDDC - Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

 

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, June 3, Senator Nwaoboshi said the contracts were fully paid for but there was nothing to show for it.

 

He said:

 

“Findings show that while there was no physical evidence of implementation of these projects, checks show contracts were awarded and fully paid for.

“Such practices have turned the region to sites of abandoned projects.”

 

This is coming after Akpabio said he would not allow the NDDC to be raped under his watch. A few days ago, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state raised an alarm about NDDC abandoned projects and the agency being “turned to an ATM” by politicians.

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Akpabio said;

 

“We have also had a lot of political interference, people have not allowed NDDC to work as it ought to, people coming with ideas not to move the region forward but to move their pockets forward. It has always been so… I think people were treating the place as an ATM, where you just walk in there to go and pluck money and go away, I don’t think they were looking at it as an interventionist agency.”

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Man Beat Four Year-Old Son To Coma

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A man simply identified as Tunde has been arrested by men of the Lagos state police command.

He was arrested for beating his four-year-old son, Ezekiel, to a state of coma, leaving him with several body marks.

The father of the boy reportedly got angry because he excreted on himself.

Man arrested for beating his four-year-old son to coma in Lagos (photos)

Neighbors revealed that Ezekiel’s mum and his father Tunde were married for a few years until she left him over constant acts of domestic violence. She initially left with Ezekiel but later returned him to his father who had already remarried.

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A neighbor told The Nation that Ezekiel was always being maltreated by Tunde and his new wife.

“Tunde married another wife and the woman always beat Ezekiel at every little provocation. Nobody in the neighbourhood could stop Tunde from beating the boy because of his unruly behaviour,” the neighbor said

Confirming his arrest, the Igando Divisional Police Officer, CSP Taiwo Kasumu said:

“We have arrested him and the child is with us. Though the child can’t be with us; I have contacted the Lagos State Child Protection Unit for further action.”

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