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Sanwo-Olu Increases scholarship, Bursary Amount for Lagos state Indigenes



Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has declared a raise in the bursary amount for state indigenes attending higher education institutions.

The bursary was increased from N50,000 to N60,000, while the scholarship amount increased from N200,000 to N250,000.

This announcement was made during a one-day meeting with leaders of student unions and key stakeholders.

The event, titled “Students as Strategic Partners in the Governance Process: Challenges and Prospect for Youth Development,” was held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu urged the students to represent their institutions well and aim to become exemplary citizens.

Sanwo-Olu expressed his commitment to making the students happy by announcing an increase in the Lagos State indigenes bursary, while emphasizing the importance of dialogue between the student union and stakeholders for exchanging ideas and working towards a better Nigeria.

“As your daddy, I must ensure that you go home happy today; going forward, our Lagos State indigenes bursary has been increased to N60,000.

“This interface between the student union and stakeholders is necessary; there’s need to share ideas and focus on building a better Nigeria.

“You all are the future, the future is yours to take, we’re only doing what we can to build the institution that can help shape you.

“We’ll do all we can to provide conducive environment for learning by building new additional student accommodation, we will build student arcade in other new institutions and tech hubs like we have in Lagos State University (LASU),” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that the state would provide scholarship for physically challenged students of state-owned institutions.

“Both indigenes and non indigenes will benefit from from this scholarship; also, we have reviewed our scholarship to N250,000.

“We want to relieve parents in the face of the hard economic situation; with our collaborative effort, we will come out stronger,” the governor said.

In his opening remarks, the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Mr Tolani Sule, mentioned that despite the current socio-economic challenges, it was good that the Lagos State government has maintained a standard of excellence in higher education.

He also mentioned that engaging stakeholders is therefore crucial due to the significant role youths play in the development agenda.

He further praised the Governor for approving the program in a timely manner, acknowledging youths as essential for a brighter future for the country.

Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, the former Vice-Chancellor of LASU, also emphasized the importance of communication and constructive engagement for effective development, noting that university management should engage in honest communication, involve staff in policy-making, and develop curriculums that reflect current realities.

He said that the government should invest in infrastructure, start to rethink scholarship schemes, support transportation, healthcare, provide internet on campuses and economic empowerment for the students.

“Focusing on the students today will turn them to the active leaders that the nation desires,” he said.

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Reps South Wes Caucus Condemn Activities of Acclaimed Yoruba Nation Agitators



By Gloria Ikibah
The South West Caucus of the House of Representatives has condemned in strong terms the recent activities carried out by acclaimed Yoruba Nation Agitators, which have caused unrest and pose a threat to the peace and stability of our region.
This was contained in a statement signed  by Leaderof Southwest Caucus/Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. PAdewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga, Chairman, Southwest Caucus, Rep. Abiodun James Faleke and Secretary General, Southwest Caucus, Rep. Taofeek Ajilesoro on Monday in Abuja.
The statement reads: “As representatives of the people, we stand firmly against any form of unlawful behavior and violence that undermines the rule of law and the unity of our country, Nigeria. It is essential that all grievances and demands be addressed through peaceful and lawful means, respecting the rights and well-being of all citizens.
“We urge all parties involved to engage in constructive dialogue, prioritize the welfare of our people, and work towards finding peaceful and lasting solutions to any grievances,” said Rt. Hon.Dr Abiodun James Faleke, Chairman of the South West Caucus of the House of Representatives. “Violence and lawlessness have no place in our society, and we call on all individuals to uphold the principles of peace, unity, and respect for the rule of law.
“The South West Caucus remains committed to upholding the values of democracy, justice, and unity in our region and the country at large. Together, we can overcome challenges and build a better future for all”.
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How I Made A Vow 34 Years Ago Never To Watch Tv Again – Pope Francis



Pope Francis has disclosed that he made a vow 34 years ago to stop watching television.

The revered clergyman said he placed himself on the self-imposed ban after stumbling across a smutty show.

He explained that the vulgar viewing was so bad for his conscience that he had to place a TV ban on himself.

The Supreme Pontiff said he hasn’t watched the box for almost 34 years.

He said: “I was watching television in the lounge with my fellow priests.

“It was July 15, 1990, and some scenes of an adult nature, to put it delicately, were being shown — something that was not good for the heart.

“Nothing risqué, of course, but when I went back to my room, I said to myself, ‘A priest cannot look at such things.’

And so, the following day, during the mass for the feast of the Madonna del Carmelo, I vowed never to watch television again.”

His Holinesss, 87, said that one of the last things he watched properly on TV was the fall of the Berlin Wall – in 1989.

He, however, stated that there have been a couple of exceptions to his self-imposed sanction.

Speaking via his new book “Life: My Story Through History”, Pope Francis said, “Only very occasionally do I allow myself to watch: for example, when a new president is sworn in, or I watched briefly once when there had been a plane crash.

“I switched it on, too, to follow Sunday mass while I was being treated at the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome.

“But I didn’t watch the coronation of Charles III, the new British king, for example, or many other important world events. Not out of disdain, but because I made a vow.”

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Clark wants special taskforce to rescue Chibok girls



Pa Edwin Clark, Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has urged the Federal Government to appoint a special taskforce to ensure the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls held by Boko Haram

The elder statesman made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday at a ceremony to mark the Chibok girls’ 10th anniversary in captivity.

While expressing displeasure over the failure of past administrations to rescue the girls, Clark urged President Bola Tinubu to leave no stones unturned to secure the release of the girls.

“About 90 of them are still missing after 10 years. This should be a source of worry and concern to any government.

“Tinubu should appoint a special taskforce with brave soldiers, who are competent and transparent and not nepotic.

“Their main duty will be to travel at all times to Sambisa forest or where ever these citizens are, to look for these girls and rescue them.

“In giving this advice, I also want to add that a time limit should be given to them to carry out this task.”

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