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Minister Seeks Professional Group's Collaboration To Develop Tourism In Nigeria

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Read more: Minister Seeks Professional Group's Collaboration To Develop Tourism In NigeriaThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
urged the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) to
collaborate with the Federal Government to advance tourism development
and promotion in Nigeria.

The Minister, who stated this in Abuja on Monday when he received the
newly-inaugurated council of FTAN on a courtesy visit to his office,
said FTAN should consider itself as a partner, rather than as an adversary,
of the government.

"FTAN is the umbrella body under which every association involved in
tourism resides. It is backed by law. FTAN is not just a voluntary
association or an NGO, it is a major stakeholder in the tourism
industry and from the membership of FTAN - ranging from tour
operators, car hire Operators to hotel owners and professionals in the
industry - you can see that virtually everybody that has a role to
play in tourism comes under the umbrella of FTAN.

''That is why I always look forward to engaging with FTAN because I
see them as a partner in our effort to move tourism forward," he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said tourism thrives through the involvement of
government - which provides infrastructure and makes policies and
regulations - the private sector and the community.

He said the present administration is currently exploring a
sustainable tourism development model, which ensures that the
infrastructure and lifestyle of a particular community reflect the
tourism opportunities being provided.

"There is no point in having a five-star hotel in a one-star
community. If you want to build a five-star hotel, you must also
necessarily upgrade the infrastructure of the area but, most
importantly, is that you must ensure the livelihood and lifestyle of
the community is also five-star,'' the Minister said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the government will leverage on the expertise and
network of FTAN to ensure the success of the African Tourism Ministers
Meeting, to be held under the platform of the United Nations World
Tourism Organisation in Abuja next year.

In his remarks, the President of FTAN, Alhaji Rabo Kareem, said his
delegation visited the minister in order to forge a synergy with the
government, with a view to developing and promoting tourism in the
country.

"The private sector is one of the main arms of tourism development and
promotion in the country, as such there is a need to have a very good
synergy with the government so that we can operate on the same
understanding and then we will be able to move the industry forward,"
he said

Looters’ Trial: NJC Replaces Justice Salami, Fixes Date To Inaugurate Panel

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Read more: Looters’ Trial: NJC Replaces Justice Salami, Fixes Date To Inaugurate PanelThe National Judicial Council under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, has picked a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Suleiman Galadima, as the new chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee.
He is to replace Justice Ayo Salami (retired), who excused himself from the committee as the chairman, after initially accepting to serve.
The committee will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Onnoghen at the Council’s Conference Hall by 2pm.
Galadima was born October 1946 in Nasarawa State.
He attended Government College, Keffi, where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1965, before he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1977 and was called to the Bar after he graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1978.
He later received a master’s degree in Law from the University of Jos in 1985.
He joined the Anambra State Judiciary as Magistrate on July 1988 and in 1990.
“He was appointed as Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice, Plateau State.
In May 1991, he became a High Court Judge of Plateau State.
At the creation of Nasarawa State in 1996, he was appointed as its pioneer Chief Judge of the State.
On December 9, 1998, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal and in August 2010, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He retired on October 10, 2016 at the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
aladima is famous for his leading judgement in Shina Oketaolegun Vs. State, SC. 334A/2012, wherein he held that the Court of Appeal correctly reviewed the evidence led by both the prosecution and the defence in which he agreed that the evidence of one credible witness can justify conviction.
The Committee is made up of: Galadima; Justice Kashim Zannah, Chief Judge, Borno State; Justice P.O. Nnadi, Chief Judge, Imo State; Justice Marsahal Umukoro, Chief Judge Delta State; Justice M. L. Abimbola, Chief Judge, Oyo State; and A.B. Mahmoud, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Also on the committee are Chief Wole Olanipekun, former NBA President; Olisa Agbakoba; J.B. Daudu; Augustine Alegeh; and Dr. Garba Tetengi, a members of the NJC.
Also there are R.I. Inga; Hajara Yusuf, representative of the Ministry of Justice; Alhaji Kabiru Alkali Mohammed, representative, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; Olanrewaju Sirajo; representative, Non-Governmental Organisations; and Ahmed Gambo Saleh, the Secretary of the NJC, who is to serve as Secretary.
It would be recalled that Onnoghen, in response to the concern expressed by members of the public on the very slow speed with which corruption cases were being heard and disposed of by Courts and the need to fast track the administration of Criminal Justice, directed the Heads of Court to set up Special Courts to speedily hear and determine corruption and financial crime cases and forward the comprehensive list to the Council.
Council approved the constitution of the Committee at its 82nd Meeting on September 27, 2017 with the following Terms of Reference: to monitor and regularly evaluate the progress and activities of courts designated to try corruption an financial/economic crime cases; Advice on Practice Directions for approval by the Chief Justice of Nigeria to be applicable in all such courts across the country with a view to eliminating procedural and administrative bottlenecks militating against speedy disposal of such cases; Advice on the trainings, re-trainings and other refresher programmes for Judges and staff of the designated courts aimed at enhancing their capacities to function effectively; Come up with an effective feedback mechanism from Heads of Courts to the Council on the activities and progress of cases before designated courts; Generally advise Council on the day-to-day strategies for the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the designated courts and on strategies for improvement in performance.

Ninth Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Awards Holds October 6

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Read more: Ninth Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Awards Holds October 6Nigerian Breweries Plc has concluded plans to hold the ninth edition of its Golden Pen Awards aimed at rewarding media excellence, on October 6, 2017, at the Zinnia Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
 
The company announced that over 250 entries were received when submission closed for this year’s award which focuses on published reports on Agriculture, Local Sourcing and Industrial Development in 2016. At the ceremony, journalists who distinguished themselves in those subject areas will be rewarded in three categories.
 
“The Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year” will be rewarded with a special statuette and N2, 000, 000 (Two Million Naira), the First Runner Up in the same category will get a special statuette and N1, 000, 000 (One Million Naira) while the Second Runner Up will receive a special statuette and N750, 000 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
 
In the “Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Photojournalist of the Year” Category, the winner will be honoured with a special statuette and N1, 000, 000 (One Million Naira), the First Runner Up will receive a special statuette and N750, 000 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) while the Second Runner Up will get N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira.
 
For the “Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Report of the Year”, the category reserved for reports on Nigerian Breweries and its brands throughout the preceding year, the winner will receive a special statuette and N1, 000, 000 (One Million) Naira. The three top place winners will each also receive a high-end work tool part of their prizes.
 
Commenting on the awards, the Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Kufre Ekanem, said the company chose Agriculture, Local Sourcing and Industrial Development, as the theme for this year’s edition to help direct attention towards the potential of the country to become a self-reliant and prosperous nation.
 
 “As the agenda setters, we believe that the media has a vital role to play in directing the attention of key stakeholders to the role that agriculture, local sourcing and industrial development can play towards the nation’s economic recovery. We are of the opinion that given the huge natural resource potential of our country, it is vital to drive backward integration with a focus on these areas to make our country prosperous.”
 
The company added that the award criteria of quality, professionalism and objectivity will remain the filters upon which entries will be shortlisted for the awards. An independent judging panel scored the reports and photographs for their Originality, News Value, Use of Resources, Credibility and factuality. Other areas of interest for the panel included Info-graphics, Lay out/Headline, Clarity and Social impact. 
 
Nigerian Breweries Plc inaugurated the Golden Pen Awards to promote professional and objective reportage of events in Nigeria. Since its inception, it has produced eight grand prize winners in the “Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year” category seven winners in the “Nigeria Breweries Golden Pen Photo Journalist of the Year”category, three in the “Nigerian Breweries Report of the Year” category as well as several runners up.

AWO’S STATUE: PIECE OF ARTWORK, NOT PHOTOGRAPH – LASG

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Read more: AWO’S STATUE: PIECE OF ARTWORK, NOT PHOTOGRAPH – LASGThe Lagos State Government has clarified the ongoing insinuations and diverse interpretations given to the recently unveiled new Awolowo statue claiming that “It is a piece of artwork expressing the Artist’s impression of the late Sage and not a photograph’’, adding that it can be subjected to several interpretation.

This clarification was made by Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, who while reacting stated that many sculptures have been made to illustrate the other essence of the late sage, particularly the ones that portray him as a ‘dogged fighter’ standing with his popular victory sign, but the new bust, depicting him in an entirely new mode, simply alludes to his multi dimensional standing.

“The reality is that Chief Awolowo was a colossus who cannot be stereotyped. Stereotyping such a highly intriguing personality only exposes the lack of depth of the totality of what the late sage represents,’’ she said.

She stated further that great men all over the World, such as Abraham Lincoln, whose statue was sculpted by Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) and carved by the Piccirilli Brother, have been depicted in a sitting position.

She said that rather than concentrating more on the artistic depiction of the Awolowo bust, what should be considered is the desire of the State Government to inspire the unborn generations about his legacies, adding that immortalizing our heroes is surely one way of spurring present and future generation of Nigerians to effectively connect with our past with a view to committing them to the vision and ideals of our founding fathers.

The Special Adviser explained that the State Government unveiled the new statue to celebrate the late sage who has a larger than life image, and whose shoes till date have yet to be filled.

Further reacting to the controversy, the Special Adviser posited that the late sage has become an institution, whose legacies should not be allowed to die, as such it should be daily celebrated to serve as inspiration to the unborn generation, which was why the Lagos State Government, unveiled this new statue in line with the policy of the current administration to immortalize and accord reference to personalities, heroes and heroines who have contributed to the development of the State in particular and the country in general.

She listed such heroes and heroines that have also been recognised and celebrated by the State Government as late Chief M.K.O Abiola, Prof. Ayodele Awojobi, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Late Kudirat Abiola, among others.

“Chief Obafemi Awolowo is one of the nation’s nationalists, in which the Lagos State Government believes in his ideologies, policies and programme and as such will consider nothing too much to propagate his ideologies,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, the Awolowo family have applauded the statue and commended the Lagos State Government for the honour done to the family.

Mr. Segun Awolowo (Jnr), in his reaction declared: “I love the statue and I think Hamza (the Sculptor) did justice to his memory.

“As for the large boot,  I believe the symbolism is that his shoes are still too big to fill after all this while,’’ he said.

Similarly, Wale Adebanwi, Director African Study Centre, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, African Studies Centre, Oxford University said, “As an Awo Scholar, particularly one who has written about the politics of Awo statues, I find the statue unveiled by the Governor and his statement during the unveiling very significant.

In an age in which most of our key players pay lip service to Awo’s ideals as well as the symbolism around his life and service, it is refreshing to find someone in such a critical position as the Governor who not only exemplifies Awo’s commitment to public good, but also recognizes the value of symbolic memory”.

Who will be Crowned 2017 MGBN Queen TONIGHT? See Some of the Gorgeous Contestants

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Read more: Who will be Crowned 2017 MGBN Queen TONIGHT? See Some of the Gorgeous Contestants  It’s been an interesting couple of weeks as we’ve watched the 36 contestants of the 2017 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MGBN) pageant bloom before our eyes. They have gone through a boot camp, trainings with professionals and more all in preparation for tonight’s event where one of them will become the 2017 MGBN queen.

 

Apart from the MBGN World crown, there will be other awards to look forward to tonight like the MBGN Ambassador, MBGN Tourism and more.Read more: Who will be Crowned 2017 MGBN Queen TONIGHT? See Some of the Gorgeous Contestants  Read more: Who will be Crowned 2017 MGBN Queen TONIGHT? See Some of the Gorgeous Contestants  Read more: Who will be Crowned 2017 MGBN Queen TONIGHT? See Some of the Gorgeous Contestants

Photo Exhibition By Hanan Buhari, A Game Changer - Minister

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Read more: Photo Exhibition By Hanan Buhari, A Game Changer - MinisterThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
described as a 'game changer' the ongoing photo exhibition in Abuja by
a daughter of the President, Hanan Buhari, saying her uncommon passion
for photography will encourage more young people to showcase their
creativity.

"This exhibition is a game changer. A game changer in the sense that
it is going to change the perception of our people towards the
Creative Industry. I am using the word Creative Industry in a very
elastic manner to include film, music, photography, interior
decoration, architecture and publishing. The truth of the matter is
that this is the future of Nigeria,'' the Minister said at the opening
of the exhibition, tagged ''INNOVATION BY HANAN''.

''In my generation, our parents wanted us to be lawyers, doctors,
engineers and accountants. It was very unusual in those days to see a
parent that will encourage his son or daughter to take to the Creative
Industry,'' he said, adding: ''This is no longer the case. Regardless
of background, gender, or education, the new and next generation are
totally consumed by this Creative sector.''

Alhaji Mohammed said the work of Hanan would change the perception of
people towards the Creative Industry, which is no longer for drop-outs
and the less-privileged in the society, but a sector for the highly
talented.

"What we are witnessing today is an endorsement from the highest
quarter that the Creative Industry is that area of our economy, which
we have not really paid enough attention to," he said.

The Minister said the present administration has demonstrated beyond
doubt that it is committed to moving the Creative Industry from the
back burner to the front burner of the economy through various
initiatives, including the granting of pioneer status to the sector,
capacity building, and exploring creative approach to funding.

He said the government's target is to ensure that the Creative
Industry contributes about 5% to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in
the next few years, from its present contribution of 1.34%.

In her remarks, Hanan said she is inspired by her passion to show the
world another side of Nigeria through unique photographs.

She encouraged the youths to always carry their parents along on
issues bothering on their passion and career path in order to enable
them excel in their chosen profession.

"You should always stand for yourself and let your parents know what
you want to do," she said.

The Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari; Director Generals of
the National Tourism Development Board (Mr. Folarin Coker) and the
National Gallery of Arts (Mallam Abdullahi Muku); the Managing
Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Onanuga; ace
photographer T.Y. Bello and some members of the diplomatic corps also
witnessed the opening of the exhibition

Lai Muhammed, Kalu, Others Condemn Hate Songs

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Read more: Lai Muhammed, Kalu, Others Condemn Hate SongsThe Federal Government, yesterday, vowed to unleash the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC and security agencies against promoters of hate speech and songs now raging in some sections of the country.The vow by the Federal Government came as the NBC vowed to apply appropriate sanctions from the broadcasting code against the broadcasters of the hate songs. Former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, also condemned the anti-Igbo songs fanned in some sections of the North. Asked to give the Federal Government’s reactions to the anti-Igbo songs, yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “Let me make it very clear, hate speech from anywhere, from any part of the country is what we have been preaching against and I feel that there must be sanctions. I am sure that the NBC will sanction any broadcast station that broadcasts this kind of hate speeches and I am sure that the security authorities would hound anybody who is found to be engaged in hate speeches in any form. “The government does not just care about hate speeches in the North, the government is against hate speeches anywhere; any form of music anywhere which can be described as hate speech from any part of Nigeria will be penalised, no mistake about that. No part of the country has the right to incite any part of the country against the other,” the minister asserted. Also responding to the hate songs, the Director-General of the NBC, Dr. Modibo Kawu, vowed to sanction any broadcast station found to have transmitted the hate songs. Kawu, who expressed disappointment with the spread of the hate songs said the Commission had deployed its monitoring team to ascertain all the broadcast stations that transmitted the songs with the intention of applying the appropriate sanctions in line with the broadcasting code.

ROSEMARY’S WINS AFRICA’S BEST-IN-CLASS FURNITURE/INTERIOR DECORATION COMPANY 2017

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Read more: ROSEMARY’S WINS AFRICA’S BEST-IN-CLASS FURNITURE/INTERIOR DECORATION COMPANY 2017The African Brand Congress has announced Rosemary’s – The Soft Furnishing Company as winner of its Africa’s Best-In-Class Furniture/Interior Decoration Company for 2017. The award was announced as part of its African Brand Leadership Merit Awards held at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos recently. In its notification and congratulatory letter preceding the award ceremony, the African Brand Congress Organizing Committee stated that the 2017 award was conferred on merit based on the technical committee’s research report on the interior decoration and furnishing industry.

 

Receiving the award on behalf of the company, Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem, CEO of  Rosemary’s – The Soft Furnishing Company expressed gratitude to the organizers for the recognition and ascribed its success to its “ever increasing number of satisfied clients who give us challenging projects and their post-service referrals over the years”. Mrs. Kufre-Ekanem also thanked its staff around the country for their continued contribution to the daily drive of the company to make Africans home proud despite the difficult operating climate.

 

Rosemary’s is a niche-focused, home comfort company specializing in soft furnishing and interior design with a deep belief in personal service. Established in 2003, the company operates 3 showrooms in Lagos and Abuja and was voted Nigeria’s Most Creative Business at the SuccessDigest Enterprise Awards 2007.

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