9mobile Is Etisalat Nigeria’s New Name

Etisalat Nigeria has just greatly accelerated the pace of its effort to stabilize the troubled telecoms company by changing the name brand.

It was exclusively gathered that the new name is 9Mobile. At an executive meeting held in Lagos two hours ago, the name 9Mobile was adopted and all staff across the country are being notified of the change of name.

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. (EMTS) trading as Etisalat Nigeria on Tuesday informed its customers that a proposed change of brand name will not affect its operations.

The telecoms company is yet to unveil the new brand to the public.

Etisalat Nigeria has 20 million subscribers, making it the country’s number four mobile operator with a 14 percent market share. Our mandate is to make sure the business runs as profitably as it can. What is most important now is to … ensure that the business runs and meets its obligations,” the company’s new chief executive Boye Olusanya said on Tuesday.

He said the telecom company is focused on getting the group back on track.

Plateau Commissioner laments gender violence increase

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Plateau State, Hon. Rufina Gurumyen has lamented over the increasing cases of violence against women and children in the state.
Hon. Gurumyen expressed her dismay at the level of violence against women and children during a high level advocacy meeting against this social vices organized by the ministry in collaboration with OBSTEC, CWEENS and NSRP (NGOs) held at the Government House Little Rayfield Jos, recently.
According to her “Plateau State as we all know was bedeviled by conflict situations emanating from socio cultural and religious difference since 2001 which has contributed to the increase in cases of Violence Against Women children in the state.
“Over two years the violence against women and Girls (VAWG) observatory has been able to collect data on the incidence of women and children in the state and the data is alarming.
She maintained that there was need for an urgent intervention by policy and decision makers to take strategic and specific actions to reduce the incidence in the state and the country at large.
Gurumyen disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to give the executive, judiciary and legislature the opportunity and cooperatively make policy commitments that would contribute to protecting the rights of women and children in the state and called on the people of the state to take decisive action against VAWG in the state.
She commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong for providing the enabling environment for NSRP, other international bodies, OBSTEL, CWEENS and local organizations to contribute towards ending violence against women and children.
Also speaking at the event, the National Coordinator CWEENS, Prof, Mrs. Fumi Para Mallau revealed some of the challenges and gaps as, low institutional capacity for addressing NAWG, skills deficits, CRA & GEO yet to be gazette and no family courts, low funding for critical infrastructure and training in GRPS.
She added that others include low priority accorded to child/gender-responsive budgeting, socio-cultural challenges are high tolerance for VAWG, low awareness/sensitization about VAWG as human rights violation and culture of silence, victimization and blame.

Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates PDP on Supreme Court Judgement

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates PDP on Supreme Court Judgement on his facebook page.

He wrote:

I congratulate my political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, on the successful resolution of its leadership crisis by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

I believe in our jurists. We may have issues with some individuals but the Nigerian judiciary deserves our respect and commendation. They have served this country well.

Today’s verdict is a judgment where there are no winners or losers. It is a verdict that will bring our party together. We should all thank the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

As I congratulate the Ahmed Makarfi led Caretaker Committee, I want to strongly urge them not to see this as a victory of a section of the party, but as a moral victory of constitutionality over arbitrariness.

Thus, they must take inspiration from General Yakubu Gowon and declare a ‘no victor and no vanquished policy’.

As a senior member of the party, I hereby call on all those who left the party because of its leadership issues to return to their natural home and build the PDP.

The PDP is an inclusive vehicle not an exclusive one. We see Nigerians as human beings deserving of the rule of law, separation of powers and a free market economy that provides a level playing ground for all.

The party that gave Nigeria the largest economy in Africa is a party whose heart is large enough to find a place for all Nigerians.

I thank God for this day of Justice and may God bless Nigeria. GEJ.

House of Reps returns CRK as an independent subject

By a unanimous voice vote, members of the House of Representatives at plenary on Tuesday jettisoned the Buhari’s government policy which subsumed Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK in Civic Education as a compulsory subject in the Secondary School curriculum.

This followed a motion titled “Call to make Civic Education an optional instead of a compulsory subject for Senior Certificate Examination”, filed by Hon. Beni Lar from Plateau State. The members after an exhaustive debate on the motion agreed that the policy was incongruent with the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) on the provision of religious liberties.

The members agreed that students with the inputs of their parents at formative years should be taught the religious subjects of their choice in school. Essentially, the House while pointing out that the policy makers erred ab initio also agreed Islamic Studies and CRK should be taught independently and separately in the spirit of the constitution.

It will be recalled that the issue recently became a subject of controversy whereupon tempers flared.

Osinbajo approves Damulak Dashe, 18 others as Judges of National Industrial Court

The acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the appointment of 19 judges for the National Industrial Court.

The approval by the Acting President was based on the recommendation made to him by the National Judicial Council.

A statement by the NJC’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, disclosing this on Tuesday, said the new judges appointed from 19 states of the federation would be sworn-in on Friday.

The newly appointed judges with their states of origin are, Targema John Iorngee (Benue), Namtari Mahmood Abba (Adamawa), Nweneka Gerald Ikechi (Rivers), Kado Sanusi (Katsina), Adeniyi Sinmisola Oluyinka (Ogun), Abiola Adunola Adewemimo (Osun) Opeloye Ogunbowale (Lagos), Essien Isaac Jeremiah (Akwa-Ibom) and Elizabeth Ama Oji (Ebonyi) .

Others are, Arowosegbe Olukayode Ojo (Ondo), Ogbuanya Nelson S. Chukwudi (Enugu), Bashir Zaynab Mohammed (Niger), Galadima Ibrahim Suleiman (Nasarawa), Bassi Paul Ahmed (Borno), Danjidda Salisu Hamisu (Kano), Hamman Idi Polycarp (Taraba), Damulak Kiyersohot Dashe (Plateau), Alkali Bashar Attahiru (Sokoto), and Mustapha Tijjani (Jigawa).

The NJC statement read in part, “They will be sworn-in by the Honourable, The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council, Hon. Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, GCON, on Friday, 14th July, 2017, by 3.00pm at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”

Plateau To Partner Australia in Agriculture, Mining

The Plateau State Government is to partner Australia in exploring investment opportunities in agriculture, mining and other sectors of mutual benefit.
Governor Simon Lalong stated this while playing host to the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Lemann in his office in Jos on Friday.
Governor Lalong who noted that Plateau and Australia had many things in common, stressed that while Plateau was the hub of mining in Nigeria, Australia had a global reputation for mining.
According to him, his administration is committed towards developing areas in which the state has comparative advantages, such as mining and agriculture,among others.
Lalong expressed delight in the Australian Government’s interest in investing in key sectors in the state and pledged to partner with them for the benefit of Nigeria and Australia.
Earlier in his remark, the High Commissioner stated that the Australian Government was aware of Plateau State’s huge mining and agricultural potentials, and was willing to invest in the state.
‘‘We have seen big opportunities and yesterday (Thursday), we were at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos; institutions like NIPSS could help us to explore the opportunities,’’ he said.
The High Commissioner also disclosed that the Australian government would give scholarship awards to the state government’s officials in the key areas of cooperation, that is, agriculture and mining.
Lemann also commended Lalong for his efforts in bringing about peace in the state, which has created the enabling enviro for state development.
Mark Longyen,
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity

Body of a 2yr old boy discovered after flood in Jos

The body of a two-year old boy was discovered after a flood washed it up in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

The corpse was found on Thursday at Yan Shanu, Nasarawa Gwong and was suspected to have been brought to the community by flood.

The Nigerian Police Plateau State command in a statement is urging citizens in the state whose relations were missing to check the Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH mortuary where the corpse has been deposited.

“Members of the public who are looking for a male child of the above (stated) age are advised to contact Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH mortuary for identification,” The Police said.

There have been floods in several areas of the state capital since the rains began early this June.