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In the lighter mood: NAFEST: Edo govt. promises memorable event



In the lighter mood: NAFEST: Edo govt. promises memorable event

Mr Osazee Osemwingie-Ero, the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs in Edo, has assured delegates and prospective guests at the 32nd edition of 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in Benin of memorable and colourful event.

Osemwingie-Ero gave the assurance in Benin on Monday, ahead of the opening ceremony of NAFEST at the University of Benin (Uniben) Sports Complex.

He said that majority of the the participating states’ delegates had arrived Benin.

According to him, Edo has friendly environment as exemplified by the colourful ambience of the the city and its environs.

The podium at the Uniben sports complex was beautifully decorated with the logo of NAFEST, while major roads in the city now wear new looks.

Also read:  NAFEST: Oba Ewuare tasks FG on vibrant economic environment

Different cultural troupes from the various local government areas of the state and neighbouring Delta are on ground.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigeria Peace Corps and members of the Edo Public Works Volunteers were seen complementing security agencies in the control of human and vehicular movements in and around the sports complex.

The Commissioner of Police, DanMallam Mohammed, had said that 730 officers and men of the command were deployed to provide security for the festival.




LIGHTER MOOD: Pocket-induced Common Sense…!



Sometimes, when what is laudable is not practicable, Commonsense simply takes over!


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Pilgrimage: Participation May Slide As Adamawa Announces N4.679m For 2024 Hajj



…Executive Secretary blames increment from N2.89m on rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation

Participation at the 2024 Pilgrimage in Adamawa may shrink as the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission has announced N4.679 million fare, for this year’s Hajj.

What goes for Adamawa, may similarly affect the other states of the country, as hajj fare in 2023 was only N2.89 million.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Malam Abubakar Salihu, made the announcement at a news briefing on Tuesday in Yola.

Salihu attributed the increment in the Hajj fare to rising operational costs, exchange rate fluctuations and inflation.
He said that the decision was made after careful consideration and consultations with relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the commission is committed to providing the best possible services, while ensuring transparency and accountability in the utilisation of the funds.

He called on intending pilgrims to always adhere to the rules and regulations both in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to enhance a hitch-free and successful pilgrimage.

Salihu also stressed the need for intending pilgrims to comply with the procedures and protocols established by the commission.
He emphasised the importance of continuous orientation and education for the intending pilgrims.

The executive secretary reiterated his commitment to ensuring a successful and memorable Hajj pilgrimage for the intending pilgrims in the state.

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LIGHTER MOOD:  The Southwest Strenght…!



From Joe Igbokwe

(Are we Protecting them?)

These are my personal Medals to South West Nigeria for keeping the faith in Nigeria and standing out in every department in the Country as the:

1. The most peaceful zone in the Country.

2. The most organized zone in the Country 

3. Undoubtedly the most thriving economic hob in the country 

4. The most civilized zone in the country 

5. The most educated zone in the country 

6. The zone of federal, State, and private Universities

7. The zone of big Churches and worship centers in Nigeria.

8. The  most accommodating and tolerant zone in the country 

9. The number one zone for imports and exports in the country.

10. Richest zone in the country without any shred of doubts

11. The zone of limitless opportunities.

12. The most progress zone with cultural competence and management of emotional intelligence.

13. The zone is number one in almost everything among the six zones in the country.

14. The happiest zone in the country without any shred of doubt 

I can go on and on but this is a challenge to other zones in the country. The loss of the 5 zones is the gain of Southwest.

By Joe Igbokwe


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