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Shettima mourns emir of Koko, condoles family of NPA boss



Kashim Shettima

Vice President (VP) Kashim Shettima, has mourned the death of the Emir of Koko, in Koko Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi, Malam Muhammadu Bello.

In a statement by Mr Olusola Abiola, Director, Information, Office of the vice president, Shettima described the late Emir as a peaceful traditional ruler who sacrificed a lot for the state and Nigeria at large.

Shettima’s condolence message was delivered to the late Emir’s family by a delegation led by Rep. Usman Zannah, representing Kaga, Magumeri and Gubio Federal Constituency.

Also on the delegation were NPA’s Executive Directors; Ibrahim Umar (Engineering and Technical Services), and Ms Adenrele Adesina (Finance and Administration).

Others were some VP’s aides, Sheikh Goni Abatcha, Ahmed Ningi, the Chiroma of Borno, and Alhaji Bakari Ali-Kotoko, among others.

The delegaion equally commiserated with the royal family and the Kebbi Emirate Council at the behest of the vice president.

Shettima, who condoled with the Koko family and the Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, in particular, over the death of his father, said the late Emir was a rallying figure who would be greatly missed.

He also said the late Emir, who was a great scholar, teacher and one-time member of the Governing Board of the University of Maiduguri during his lifetime, demonstrated visionary leadership that was very evident to all.

Shettima prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the late Emir Al-Jannah Firdaus and comfort the people of Kebbi at “this time of his demise”.

The delegation also paid condolence visits to Gov. Nasir Idris of the state, and the Chairman of the Kebbi Council of Chiefs and Emir of Gwandu, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Bashar, at his Palace.

The governor, the MD of NPA and the Emir of Gwandu all thanked Shettima for sending the high-powered delegation. (NAN) (


Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani/Vincent Obi

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NEDC distributes palliatives to people with disability in Borno



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During the exercise on Saturday in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, the Managing Director of the commission, Mr Mohammed Alkali, said the gesture was in line with the commission’s mandate.

Alkali, who was represented by the NEDC Coordinator for Borno, Mr Mohammed Umaru, said the exercise started with the people with disability in Maiduguri metropolitant and would be extended to their members in the 26 LGAs of the state.

“What we are doing here today will also be done in remaining 26 LGAs of Borno.

“It has also commenced or has been done in other north east states as part of measures to ensure that everyone is given a sense of belonging in line with the NEDC mandate.”

Responding, the Chairman of people living with disability in Borno, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, thanked the commission for the gesture and assured of the leadership’s commitment to ensure fairness in sharing the 50 bags of rice and 50 cartons of spaghetti to its members in the metropolis.

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Customs boss charges 81 cadets on integrity, professionalism in conduct



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The Ag. CGC delivered this charge in statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adeniyi congratulated the cadets on their successful completion of training and welcomed them into the service.

He expressed the hope for a better service, equip them with knowledge and skills, and urged them to make a meaningful difference in the nation.

“You should attach importance to discipline, good conduct, and the highest level of integrity in your actions, and you should represent excellence in the Nigeria Customs Service.

“There is significant enhancement to the service’s training and development framework, and officers within the superintendent cadre, starting from those graduating today will undergo a mandatory refresher course every five years,” he said.

The Training College Commandant, Deputy-Comptroller Haniel Hadisson, advised the cadets to maintain the high standard of discipline they experienced during their compulsory six-month training while executing their duties.

He expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Acting Comptroller-General and his team.

As a reward for excellence, awards were presented to outstanding cadets who had distinguished themselves through dedication and hard work.

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The event was attended by the Deputy Gov. of Gombe State, Manasseh Jatau, a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, senior officers of the service, and representatives of sister agencies, among others.

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