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Founder Seed Sower Ministry Calls On Religious Leaders To Preach Peace

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By Atanga Philip

The Founder, Seed Sower Ministry International Reverend Ozumba Nicodemus has called on Religious leaders to preach peace and unity.

He made the call in an address he delivered at the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Secretariat Yola against the backdrop of this year’s International Day of Peace coinciding with the fifteen years anniversary of the Ministry.

The founder who identified injustice and intolerance as factors militating against the peaceful coexistence of the people tasked leaders particularly to make it right.

Reverend Nicodemus who emphasized on the need for collective effort towards peace building by all urged stakeholders in all sectors to champion the course of Justice and fairness as a panacea to national unity.

The founder who charged Nigerians to guard against hate speech observed that inciting comments and misguided utterances cause disaffection among the people hence the need to desist.

Also speaking, the Guest Speaker at the event, Reverend Mrs. Anna Kuster of the German Speaking Congregation in Nigeria said Christianity and Islam both preach peace and admonished the adherents to peacefully coexist.

Reverend Kuster who identified commitment to the course of justice and equity as a precondition for national development and unity counselled leaders to always fashion inclusiveness in their leading.

Corroborating, the representative of the Muslim Council in the state who stood in for the Council’s Chairman, Alhaji Gambo Jika, Doctor Muktar Hassan cautioned against all form of divisive and discriminatory tendencies by political and religious leaders which according to him tear Nigerians apart.

Gambo Jika who identified the unity of the two major religions of Islam and Christianity as critical to the national growth and development urged those at the helm of affairs to give peace chance by eschewing bitterness so as to guarantee progress.

Other speakers at the event include State Coordinator of Christian Youths Association of Nigeria, CYAN, Mr. Godwin Joseph, Match Commissioner at the peace tournament organized by the Seed Sower, Barrister Azura represented by his wife Mrs. Edna Azura and Mr. Kuster from Germany among others.

While lamenting the fundamentalist and extremist tendencies of some Nigerians that created wide gap between adherents of the two religions, the speakers underscored the importance of oneness as well as stressed the need to respect each other’s culture, belief and tradition.

The Ministry earlier staged peaceful rally from Target-junction through Bekaji round about and finally to the CAN Secretariat, venue of the event.

High point of the event was presentation of trophy to the excelling team who played earlier at the peace football tournament.

They include Viniklang Football Club which came first, B-Street Boys Football Club second and Jiggys Football Club clinched the third place.

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Hon Isa Appreciates Gov Fintiri For Observing Eid-El-Kabir Prayer In Shelleng

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Principal Special Assistant to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Water and Sanitation, Hon. Abubakar Isa has commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, CON for leading other top government functionaries in observing 1445 (2024) Eid El kabir in Shelleng.

The PSA who joins thousands of Muslim Ummah in observing the 2 Raka’at Prayer, appreciated the Governor, SSG, Speaker, Leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and other top government functionaries for marking this year’s Sallah in the historic ancient city of Shelleng.

Marafa, in a message through his Shelleng media office to appreciate the Governor, further congratulated him and members of the State Executive Council, the speaker and other members of the 8th Assembly, leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels and his teeming supporters on the occasion of the 2024 Eid-El-Kabir Sallah Celebration.

He also extended his sallah message to Amnah Shelleng Dr. Abdullahi Isa Dasong the II and other members of the Adamawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and the Entire Muslim Ummah

Marafa, said “a strict adherence to the teachings of Islam in the areas of love, peaceful coexistence as well as tolerance will contribute towards the development of the State and Nigeria as whole.”

“I want to wish the people of Shelleng local government, the State and the country as a whole a happy Eid Mubarak. May Allah strengthen us to submit to His wish and command at all times,” He added.

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NUC Approves 43 Academic Programmes For Federal University Kashere

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By Tom Garba, Yola

National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved all 43 academic programs presented for certification during the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise of Federal University Kashere.

This development was made known in a press release signed by the University’s public relations officer, Mrs Janet Ibrahim Ezekiel and presented to this medium today.

NUC approval document with the reference number NUC/ES/412/VOL.14/327, which was addressed to Prof. Umaru A. Pate, Vice Chancellor of the university with the caption, “Result of the October/November 2023 Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.

This indicated that in line with the provision of section 10 (1) of the Education (National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institutions) Act CAP E3. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the commission organized the Accreditation of academic programs at the Federal University of Kashere in October/November and accredited all 43 academic status

Among the programs listed were postgraduate programs presented for accreditation, as well as some existing undergraduate programs presented for re-accreditation, and others were newly established programs presented for initial accreditation, all of which were approved, with no programs denied accreditation.

According to the results, out of the 43 programs offered, all four (4) postgraduate programs received accreditation status, 32 undergraduate programs received full accreditation, and 7 other undergraduate programs received interim accreditation status.

” It is important to note that any Postgraduate Programme with Accredited Status and Undergraduate Programme with Full Accreditation will remain valid for five (5) years after which they will be presented for re-accreditation, whereas those with Interim Accreditation Status will be valid for two (2) years before being re-accredited.

“You may be aware that the Federal University of Kashere offers 98 academic programs, 49 at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. It is also worth noting that all 49 Postgraduate Programmes have been authorized and recognized; 42 Undergraduate Programmes have Full Accreditation Status, while the remaining seven (7) Undergraduate Programmes have Interim Accreditation Status.” The statement said

In response to the latest development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umaru A. Pate, thanked Allah for the good conclusion and congratulated all staff participating in the accreditation process, calling it a communal achievement. While promising to work toward solidifying the achievement, the Vice Chancellor also requested additional cooperation from the entire University personnel in his efforts to convert the University into a true fortress of learning.

It should be noted that the Vice Chancellor, upon taking office on February 11, 2021, pledged to strengthen the University’s academic standards and quality assurance as one of his administration’s six priorities, as seen by the outcomes of this accrediting exercise.

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Cleric Advocates Educational Reform In Nigeria, Berates Change In National Anthem

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Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga, the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ngurore is emphasizing the need for educational reform in Nigeria, rather than just changing the national anthem.

He believes that the energy spent on changing the anthem could have been better spent addressing the issues in the education system, such as decay in public schools and institutions.

The priest said this during a mass to commemorate Saint Charles Lwanga Day and also unveiled a learning institute to address the decaying standard of education across the country.

He said it is worrisome that structures in public schools are now death traps, and unqualified teachers are now mentors of the younger generation.

He said the church has taken the initiative to establish a new school, Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery, primary school, and college, to contribute to improving education in the country.

“We will build a world-class school in this part of Nigeria. As a church, we might not have the funds at the moment, but we have the will to do it. The Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery and Primary will have all the modern teaching equipment and qualified teachers, unlike what is obtainable in the public schools”

His message highlights the importance of prioritizing education to drive meaningful change and development in Nigeria.

As a church leader, he lent his voice in calling for patriotic Nigerians to invest in education by supporting initiatives that will strengthen the sector and improve the standard of education.

Highlights of the Saint Charles Lwanga Day in Ngurore were traditional dances from different communities.

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