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‘NYSC remains pivot of national unity’

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The National Youth Service Corps has been commended for sustaining national unity and purposeful development in Nigeria.

This was the view expressed by the audience during the live programme at the Human Rights Radio, Abuja (Hausa Service) which strongly supported the opinion expressed by the guest of the programme that focused on the Scheme, Alhaji Musa Ishaq Dala (Sarkin Hausawan Nyanya-Abuja).

The community leader who was responding to questions on the ongoing public debate on the operations of the NYSC scheme, described the idea behind the establishment of the NYSC as noble, stressing that the rural posting of corp members was an effective tool that fosters national unity, integration and grassroots development.

Alhaji Musa Dala who praised the gallantry and sacrifice of the heroes past, further cautioned that there is no alternative capable of replacing the NYSC Scheme.

He called on all patriotic and well meaning Nigerians to join forces together towards ensuring that the Scheme is reformed and supported to effectively address contemporary developmental challenges.

Alhaji Dala disclosed that contrary to the insinuations that insecurity undermines the objectives of the scheme, lawmakers should concentrate in implementing the provisions of the national defence policy which makes the NYSC members a reserve force.

He also advised NYSC management to further consolidate on its ICT infrastructure by ensuring that certificates issued by the scheme, deployment and posting policies were made available online as a transparent and effective solution to allegations of lobbying for relocation to states and geo-political zones of origin.

Alhaji Dala also advised NYSC management to sustain a proactive awareness campaign, targeted at traditional institutions on the need to be hospitable to corps members in their various domains, knowing fully well that there own children would be accorded same treatment in other parts of the country.

Sarkin Hausawan Nyanya-Abuja, also reminded Nigerians that nobody outside Nigeria will be responsible for addressing our national challenges, other than Nigerians.

He expressed concern on the category of Nigerian graduates exempted for participation in the Scheme on the grounds of age, stressing that the scheme should devise a local deployment policy within states or geo-political zones, in order to give all graduates the opportunity to contribute to national development.


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Anthony Joshua breaks his silence after devastating defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Joshua was outclassed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Anthony Joshua is determined to stay positive after his devastating world title defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Usyk turned in a boxing masterclass to take the IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles, dethroning Joshua in his own back yard at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua immediately left the ring after the Ukrainian’s unanimous decision win and was taken to hospital to be assessed after taking damage to his right eye during the contest.

But he wrote on Twitter: ‘Keep positive even if the world’s crumbling in front of you!

London I love you and thank you each and every time

A rematch clause will give Joshua the chance to reclaim his titles but promoter Eddie Hearn has warned big changes are needed if he is to avenge the loss.

The fighter in AJ is already talking about winning the rematch.

‘It was a tough defeat. I had it reasonably close in the eighth and then Usyk ran away with it. If that happens again, he will get beat again.

‘Usyk’s confidence will be sky high. He has to impose himself but when you get to the level of AJ, there are no 10-round comeback fights or warm ups.

‘You are straight into the fight. He will be an underdog in that rematch.

‘He chose to take on a pound for pound great tonight, and it didn’t work out. He deserves credit for that but this is sport.’

Source: (Metro News)


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