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Sokoto, Yobe emerge winners of 37th National Qur’anic Recitation Competitio

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Sokoto, Yobe emerge winners of 37th National Qur’anic Recitation Competitio

The representative of Sokoto State, Nura Abdullahi and that of Yobe State, Aishatu Abdulmutallib have emerged overall winners of the 37th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition held in Gusau, Zamfara State

The winner from the male category, Nura Abdullahi was crowned as hero of the year by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.

In the same vein, Aishatu Abdulmutallib of the female category was crowned as hero of the year by the wife of the Zamfara State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Mattawalle at the closing ceremony of the competition in Gusau on Saturday.

Announcing the result, the Chairman of the panel, Prof. Yalwa said

the hero of the male category, Abdullahi emerged winner with 97.9 points, followed by Abdullahi Sadiqu-Sadiq from Zamfara State with 96.9 points as the second and Salish Abdullahi of Niger was third with 95.9 points.

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Muhammed Kabir of Kebbi took the fourth position with 94.7 points, Faruk Kabir of Kano State came fifth with 94.0 points and Usmanu Abubakar emerged sixth in the category.

The chairman also announced the female category results as follows;

Aisha Abdulmutallib of Yobe with 96.4 points first and Maimuna Hussaini from FCT with 94.1 points second.

Similarly, Aisha Kabir of Gombe State emerged third position with 93.5 points as well as Zainab Habib of Kano State, fourth position with 92.9 points.

The rest were: Fatima Mustapha from Kaduna State took fifth position with 92.5 points, while the sixth position went to Fatima Ahmad of Nasarawa State with 92.3 points.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and Emir of Wase in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Jibirin Bala called on the participants to make good use of their time in reading and memorising the glorious Qur’an.

According him, Qur’an is the source of peace and stability as such, the need to study it at this time is very critical for divine intervention for the return of peace in the country.

“I equally want to use this opportunity to condole and commiserate with the state and the families of all the victims who lost their lives or sustained injuries  as a result of different attacks by bandits in the state,” he said.

Declaring the competition closed, Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara said there was the need for the youths in the state and country as whole to commit to the study of the Holy Book.

Matawalle said all the participants in the competition were successful for being rewarded by God.

He implored those who lost to put more efforts for future chances and for the winners to double their efforts so as to complete at the international levels.

“While thanking the National Musabaka Committee for the opportunity to host this year’s competition, I am assuring you of the state’s readiness to host the competition again if given the chance,” Matawalle assured. 

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Nigerian Army (NA) has reiterated that the ban on the unauthorized use of military camouflage remains in full effect.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, emphasized this in a statement on Sunday while addressing a video showing a soldier harassing a civilian for wearing an Army Desert Camouflage uniform.

Nwachukwu clarified that the footage is an old video being circulated by individuals with malicious intent to create tension between the military and civilians.

He stated that only personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force are legally permitted to wear military camouflage.

Nwachukwu explained that the regulation is necessary because terrorists, insurgents, and impostors have exploited the misuse of military camouflage to commit crimes, posing a significant security threat.

“The Nigerian Army remains committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens.

“We urge the public to disregard the re-circulated video and remain vigilant against attempts to sow discord and tension within the country.

“The incident in question occurred in 2021, and the army took immediate and decisive action at that time.

“The soldier involved was arrested, tried, and appropriately punished for his unacceptable behavior, which violated the core values of the Nigerian Army, particularly the respect for others and their fundamental rights,” he said.

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Hisbah Destroys N60m Alcohol, Drugs in Katsina

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Hisbah Destroys N60m Alcohol, Drugs in Katsina

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Katsina State Hisbah Board has destroyed alcohol and other illicit drugs worth N60 million in Funtua Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Dr. Aminu Usman, the Hisbah Commander in the state, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday.

According to Usman, no fewer than 1,750 crates of alcohol and about 33 jerry cans of locally-brewed beer were recently seized and destroyed in Funtua.

Usman explained that this effort is part of their mandate to ensure good morals among the people in the state.

He commended the board’s officials for their dedication and urged them to redouble their commitment.

He also sought the support of religious leaders, emphasizing that Hisbah does not belong to any particular group or sect. Usman praised Gov. Dikko Radda for his full support in helping the board discharge its responsibilities.

Usman appealed to the public for genuine information on places where immoral behaviors are committed. He called on parents, teachers, and community leaders to intensify efforts in instilling discipline and good morals among youths in their communities.

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