Thursday, 10 December 2015

2015 Theme: “Promoting mountain products for better livelihoods”

Covering around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and wellbeing to 915 million mountain people around the world, representing 13 percent of global population, but indirectly benefit billions more living downstream.

In particular, mountains provide freshwater, energy and food – resources that will be increasingly scarce in coming decades. However, mountains also have a high incidence of poverty and are extremely vulnerable to climate change, deforestation, land degradation and natural disasters. In fact, 1 out of 3 mountain people in developing countries is vulnerable to food insecurity and faces poverty and isolation. 

The challenge is to identify new and sustainable opportunities that can bring benefits to both highland and lowland communities and help to eradicate poverty without contributing to the degradation of fragile mountain ecosystems.

Mountain Products

This year, the celebration of this Day aims to highlight Mountain Products. Mountain peoples, who are largely family farmers, base their livelihoods on highly diversified activities. Over generations they have developed unique, resilient and sustainable production systems adapted to their local environments which favour the production of niche and mountain-specific products and services. 

Worldwide demand for quality, high-value and traditional foods and crafts produced in mountain areas, such as coffee, cheese, herbs and spices, as well as handicrafts and medicines is on the rise. Small-scale mountain agriculture cannot compete with the volumes of lowland production, but it has the potential to tap into niche markets – such as organic, fair trade, or high-end quality – and fetch premium prices.

Commitment and will to advance this cause were strengthened during the International Year of Mountains in 2002, and mountains have gained an increasingly high profile on agendas at all levels.

The Year also led to the adoption of resolution 57/245, in which the General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day, and encouraged the international community to organize events at all levels on that day to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development. 

As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

 
Culled from www.un.org

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

November 19: World Toilet Day

Did you know?

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines – meaning that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.

Where do you pass your faeces?

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Nigeria's new Ministers and their portfolios

Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)–Transportation

Chris Ngige (Anambra)–Labour and Employment

Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)–Solid Minerals

Babatunde Fashola (Lagos)–Power, Works and Housing

Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano)–Interior

Aisha Alhassan (Taraba)–Women Affairs

Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)–Science and Technology

Kemi Adeosun (Ogun)–Finance

Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)–Justice

Hadi Sirika (Katsina)–State for Aviation

Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa)–Water Resources

Solomon Dalong (Plateau)–Youths and Sports

Ibe Kachikwu (Delta)–State for Petroleum

Osagie Ehanire (Edo)–State for Health

Audu Ogbeh (Benue)–Agriculture

Udo Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom)–Budget and National Planning

Lai Mohammed (Kwara)–Information

Amina Mohammed (Gombe)–Environment

Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nasarawa)–State, Environment

Anthony Onwuka (Imo), State for Education

Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa)–FCT

Adamu Adamu (Bauchi)–Education

Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia)–Industry Trade and Investment

Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto) State for Trade, Industry and Investment

Khadija Bukar Abba (Yobe), State for Foreign Affairs

Claudius Daramola (Ondo)–State, Niger Delta

Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu)–Foreign Affairs

Monsur Dan-Ali (Zamfara)–Defence

James Ocholi (Kogi), State for Labour

Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), State for Budget

Mustapha Shehuri (Borno)–State for Power

Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa)–State for Agric

Isaac Adewole Folorunsho (Osun)–Health

Usani Usani Uguru (Cross River)– Niger Delta

Abubakar Bwari Bawa (Niger)–State for Solid Minerals

Adebayo Shittu (Oyo)–Communications

Muhammadu Buhari–Petroleum

All the best!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

In the HISTORY of the world, who has KILLED maximum INNOCENT human beings❓

In the HISTORY of the world, who has KILLED maximum INNOCENT
human beings❓

1) "Hitler"
Do you know who he was❓

He was a Christian, but media will never call Christians terrorists.

2) "Joseph Stalin called as Uncle Joe".

He has killed 20 million human beings including 14.5 million were starved to death.

Was he a Muslim❓

3) "Mao Tse Tsung (China)"

He has killed 14 to 20 million human beings.

Was he a Muslim❓

4) "Benito Mussolini (Italy)"

He has killed 400 thousand human beings.

Was he a Muslim❓

5) "Ashoka" In Kalinga Battle

He has killed 100 thousand human beings.

Was he a Muslim❓

6) Embargo put by George Bush in Iraq,

1/2 million children
has been killed in Iraq alone!!! Imagine these people are never called terrorists by the media.

Why❓

Today the majority of the non-muslims are afraid by hearing the words "JIHAD".

Jihad is an Arabic word which comes from root Arabic word "JAHADA" which means "TO STRIVE" or "TO STRUGGLE" against evil and for justice. It does not
mean killing innocents.

The difference is we stand against evil, not with evil".

👉You still think that ISLAM is the problem❓

1. The First World War, 17 million dead
(caused by non-Muslim).

2. The Second World War, 50-55 million dead (caused by non-Muslim).

3. Nagasaki atomic bombs 200000 dead
(caused by non-Muslim).

4. The War in Vietnam, over 5 million dead (caused by non-Muslim).

5. The War in Bosnia/Kosovo, over 5,00,000 dead (caused by non-Muslim).

6. The War in Iraq (so far) 12,000,000 deaths
(caused by non-Muslim).

7. Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Burma etc (caused by non-Muslim).

8. In Cambodia 1975-1979, almost 3 million deaths (caused by non-Muslim).

"MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS
AND
TERRORISTS ARE NOT MUSLIMS."

👉Please remove first double standards on Killings.

Please share as much as you can if you are a Good Humanist...

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA COMMENTS ON 'RADICAL ISLAM'.

Public Presentation of Dr. Yinka Olomojobi's Book "Frontiers of Jihad, Radical Islam In Africa"

Sep 15, 2015 - Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to have been invited to chair this book presentation by Chief Joop Berkhout, OON, the Executive Chairman and CEO of Safari Books Limited, the publishers of not a few notable titles that are increasingly documenting for posterity, the historic developments in Nigeria's public space.

Their last offering at which I was present, was Governor Nasir El Rufai's "The Accidental Public Servant" which was not only revealing but extremely well received. Today, we gather to receive another offering from Safari Books; and while I expect that the book reviewer will take us through its well researched contents, I will now share with you my own source of delight.

A few weeks ago, a report broke on Cable News Network (CNN) that North Korea was threatening war on South Korea.

This was not the first time.

What struck me particularly was that within minutes, a Professor from one of America's universities was already on the set, providing insights into the mindset of the Korean leader, its government and its people as a way of assisting the public, and I am sure the American Government understand and anticipate what was likely to happen.

Happily, nothing terrible has happened till date.

But that incident left me recalling how many times I had seen this kind of thing. One intellectual or the other in America or Britian, specializing solely in the history, culture, diversity and people of one country or the other and providing resources and intelligence to their National Government and people, which often forms the basis of national security and economic decisions.

They have experts on Syria, Israel, Palestine, the whole Middle East, Asia, Africa etc.

Whether the experts get it right or not, I have always asked myself a simple question: 

Who and where are our university dons who are experts on Mali, Chad, Niger, Ghana and our other West African neighbours to start with? 

Who are the experts on all the nations that make up the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)?

How do we use our knowledge of the politics and culture of OPEC countries to influence and shape OPEC policies?

Will such people not be a veritable source of information (or intelligence if you prefer that word) to our national security and by extension our Government, in anticipating political and economic developments in the ECOWAS sub-region and helping us take better informed decisions; about the political and economic issues arising in the ECOWAS Sub-region in a leadership capacity?

These were my thoughts and I was thinking about what could be done about promoting the interest of professors and intellectuals in Nigerian universities to take up research about each West African state and better still go and live there for a period, study them, develop papers and reports about them for onward transmission to the relevant department of our Government for useful engagement with those states and to serve national security and economic purposes.

Perhaps if this was the case before now, we would have had better information for our security services to assist them deal with the terror problems we are currently facing.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am not suggesting that nothing is being done, but I know only what is obvious.

Enter Dr. Yinka Olomojobi of Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, in Ogun State of Nigeria and his "Frontiers of Jihad, Radical Islam in Africa" and you will understand why I said "I am delighted to be here".

At the time I was writing this address, I had not finished reading the book in detail, but the much I have read compels me to make some comments, and in doing so I will do my best not to pre-empt the review.

I only wish to express an opinion about the linkages being made between acts of terror and criminality, with what is now gaining global definition as 'Radical Islam" as being the cause.

I have observed that this is largely a work of research and this might explain this definition of "Radical Islam" because the references that support the research of Dr. Olomojobi noted on pages 40-47,69-72, 108-111, 142-144, 175-178, 232-234,293-295,334-336 and 341 are dominated by materials from western authors and commentators.

In my view, they reveal an ignorance of Islam at the best, or a deliberate stereo-type of terror in Islamic States.

I say this because, as I have said earlier, 'experts' are not necessarily always right and we have proof of this in the intelligence gathering upon which an unnecessary war was launched against Iraq.

Furthermore, it seems to me that a religion whose foundation is PEACE cannot be the foundation or excuse for acts of murder, rape, savagery, pillaging and terror.

It may well be that the perpetrators claim that they act in pursuit of some type of Islam but I think the sensible thing to do, if we must understand their intention, and defeat their purpose is to refuse to accept that reason.

It is sheer propaganda to fool the general public and to deceive gullible people in the name of a faith whose tenets they themselves breach and violate.

The biggest risk of succumbing to this propaganda is to put a religion on trial while expecting its adherents to join the fight against criminals. 

Put differently, is it "Radical Christianity" when Adolf Hitler pursued his anti-Semitic agenda against the Jews? It was described as mass murder. It became known as Holocaust.

It is also not "Radical Christianity" when a preacher in Los Angeles who later relocated to Guyana in South America asked his followers to commit mass suicide on November 18, 1977?

It was mindless crime, even though there was a religious undertone.

As Dr. Olowojobi himself reproduced President Buhari's comments along these lines in the book when he said,

"You cannot go and kill innocent people and say Allah Akbar! It is either you do not believe it or you do not know what you are saying. So it has nothing to do with religion; they are just terrorists and Nigeria will mobilize against all of them"

I agree with this position entirely. I commend Dr. Olomojobi for intellectualizing the discourse, and I hope there will be other participants in our quest to rid our land of common criminals who masquerade as promoters of faith.

The word "radical" in its ordinary meaning is said to "concern the most basic and important parts of something"; which is "thorough and complete" according to the Oxford Advanced Dictionary, 7th Edition at page 1196.

This definition supports my argument because murder, rape, kidnapping and bombing are not the "basic" or "important" parts of Islam and they do not make Islam "complete".

The simple truth is we have allowed the voices of a few criminals to rise above that of billions of law abiding global citizens.

There is no such thing as 'Radical Islam', it is a definition we must depart from quickly.

If there is such a word I would say it is 'Radical Dis-Islamization'.

What we are dealing with is a new wave of crime, by criminals who seem to have an edge because of the need for a new global legal order and the gaps created by globalization.

Guns alone will not defeat them, neither will nuclear armaments.

It is our collective understanding and our collective agreement that this has nothing to do with religion, it is our development of the appropriate counter-messaging, it is our collective resolve to stop helping to promote their brand, by calling their names, that will expose them for what and who they are, and help us to defeat them.

Let me conclude now by sharing with you one of the most profound statements I have heard on this matter.

It was made by a Muslim American, when the New York City refused to grant a permit for the construction of a mosque around the Ground Zero area where the Twin Towers were bombed, during the redevelopment efforts.

Although I do not now remember his name those words he spoke as he wept openly will remain with me for a long while.

They were to these effects "criminals have stolen my religion".

They capture my position that this is not about Islam.

They support my view for a departure from accepting any definition, concept or excuse of "Radical Islam", and it is only in this way that the majority of about 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide can be mobilized with Christians and other faiths to join in the fight against criminals.

Thank you for indulging me with your time.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
__,_._,___

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA COMMENTS ON 'RADICAL ISLAM'.

Public Presentation of Dr. Yinka Olomojobi's Book "Frontiers of Jihad, Radical Islam In Africa"

Sep 15, 2015 - Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to have been invited to chair this book presentation by Chief Joop Berkhout, OON, the Executive Chairman and CEO of Safari Books Limited, the publishers of not a few notable titles that are increasingly documenting for posterity, the historic developments in Nigeria's public space.

Their last offering at which I was present, was Governor Nasir El Rufai's "The Accidental Public Servant" which was not only revealing but extremely well received. Today, we gather to receive another offering from Safari Books; and while I expect that the book reviewer will take us through its well researched contents, I will now share with you my own source of delight.

A few weeks ago, a report broke on Cable News Network (CNN) that North Korea was threatening war on South Korea.

This was not the first time.

What struck me particularly was that within minutes, a Professor from one of America's universities was already on the set, providing insights into the mindset of the Korean leader, its government and its people as a way of assisting the public, and I am sure the American Government understand and anticipate what was likely to happen.

Happily, nothing terrible has happened till date.

But that incident left me recalling how many times I had seen this kind of thing. One intellectual or the other in America or Britian, specializing solely in the history, culture, diversity and people of one country or the other and providing resources and intelligence to their National Government and people, which often forms the basis of national security and economic decisions.

They have experts on Syria, Israel, Palestine, the whole Middle East, Asia, Africa etc.

Whether the experts get it right or not, I have always asked myself a simple question: 

Who and where are our university dons who are experts on Mali, Chad, Niger, Ghana and our other West African neighbours to start with? 

Who are the experts on all the nations that make up the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)?

How do we use our knowledge of the politics and culture of OPEC countries to influence and shape OPEC policies?

Will such people not be a veritable source of information (or intelligence if you prefer that word) to our national security and by extension our Government, in anticipating political and economic developments in the ECOWAS sub-region and helping us take better informed decisions; about the political and economic issues arising in the ECOWAS Sub-region in a leadership capacity?

These were my thoughts and I was thinking about what could be done about promoting the interest of professors and intellectuals in Nigerian universities to take up research about each West African state and better still go and live there for a period, study them, develop papers and reports about them for onward transmission to the relevant department of our Government for useful engagement with those states and to serve national security and economic purposes.

Perhaps if this was the case before now, we would have had better information for our security services to assist them deal with the terror problems we are currently facing.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am not suggesting that nothing is being done, but I know only what is obvious.

Enter Dr. Yinka Olomojobi of Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, in Ogun State of Nigeria and his "Frontiers of Jihad, Radical Islam in Africa" and you will understand why I said "I am delighted to be here".

At the time I was writing this address, I had not finished reading the book in detail, but the much I have read compels me to make some comments, and in doing so I will do my best not to pre-empt the review.

I only wish to express an opinion about the linkages being made between acts of terror and criminality, with what is now gaining global definition as 'Radical Islam" as being the cause.

I have observed that this is largely a work of research and this might explain this definition of "Radical Islam" because the references that support the research of Dr. Olomojobi noted on pages 40-47,69-72, 108-111, 142-144, 175-178, 232-234,293-295,334-336 and 341 are dominated by materials from western authors and commentators.

In my view, they reveal an ignorance of Islam at the best, or a deliberate stereo-type of terror in Islamic States.

I say this because, as I have said earlier, 'experts' are not necessarily always right and we have proof of this in the intelligence gathering upon which an unnecessary war was launched against Iraq.

Furthermore, it seems to me that a religion whose foundation is PEACE cannot be the foundation or excuse for acts of murder, rape, savagery, pillaging and terror.

It may well be that the perpetrators claim that they act in pursuit of some type of Islam but I think the sensible thing to do, if we must understand their intention, and defeat their purpose is to refuse to accept that reason.

It is sheer propaganda to fool the general public and to deceive gullible people in the name of a faith whose tenets they themselves breach and violate.

The biggest risk of succumbing to this propaganda is to put a religion on trial while expecting its adherents to join the fight against criminals. 

Put differently, is it "Radical Christianity" when Adolf Hitler pursued his anti-Semitic agenda against the Jews? It was described as mass murder. It became known as Holocaust.

It is also not "Radical Christianity" when a preacher in Los Angeles who later relocated to Guyana in South America asked his followers to commit mass suicide on November 18, 1977?

It was mindless crime, even though there was a religious undertone.

As Dr. Olowojobi himself reproduced President Buhari's comments along these lines in the book when he said,

"You cannot go and kill innocent people and say Allah Akbar! It is either you do not believe it or you do not know what you are saying. So it has nothing to do with religion; they are just terrorists and Nigeria will mobilize against all of them"

I agree with this position entirely. I commend Dr. Olomojobi for intellectualizing the discourse, and I hope there will be other participants in our quest to rid our land of common criminals who masquerade as promoters of faith.

The word "radical" in its ordinary meaning is said to "concern the most basic and important parts of something"; which is "thorough and complete" according to the Oxford Advanced Dictionary, 7th Edition at page 1196.

This definition supports my argument because murder, rape, kidnapping and bombing are not the "basic" or "important" parts of Islam and they do not make Islam "complete".

The simple truth is we have allowed the voices of a few criminals to rise above that of billions of law abiding global citizens.

There is no such thing as 'Radical Islam', it is a definition we must depart from quickly.

If there is such a word I would say it is 'Radical Dis-Islamization'.

What we are dealing with is a new wave of crime, by criminals who seem to have an edge because of the need for a new global legal order and the gaps created by globalization.

Guns alone will not defeat them, neither will nuclear armaments.

It is our collective understanding and our collective agreement that this has nothing to do with religion, it is our development of the appropriate counter-messaging, it is our collective resolve to stop helping to promote their brand, by calling their names, that will expose them for what and who they are, and help us to defeat them.

Let me conclude now by sharing with you one of the most profound statements I have heard on this matter.

It was made by a Muslim American, when the New York City refused to grant a permit for the construction of a mosque around the Ground Zero area where the Twin Towers were bombed, during the redevelopment efforts.

Although I do not now remember his name those words he spoke as he wept openly will remain with me for a long while.

They were to these effects "criminals have stolen my religion".

They capture my position that this is not about Islam.

They support my view for a departure from accepting any definition, concept or excuse of "Radical Islam", and it is only in this way that the majority of about 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide can be mobilized with Christians and other faiths to join in the fight against criminals.

Thank you for indulging me with your time.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
__,_._,___

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Day of the African Child: “Secure a Pride of Place For African Child ”- Emeka Odikpo


As the world celebrate ‘Day of the African Child, Radio Nigeria Enugu National Station in partnership with United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund ‘A’ Field Enugu organized a road show to educate Enugu communities on the essence of the Day.

Addressing parents and students from various schools at the radio station’s Sam Nwaneri Pavilion, Mr. Emeka Odikpo, Zonal Director Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu State explained the theme of this year’s edition “25 Years After The Adoption Of African Children’s Charter: Accelerating Our Collective Efforts To End Child Marriage In Africa.” 

“The theme of this year’s edition of the Day of the African Child is very apt, going by the level of challenges faced by children in African today where most young girls are married off even before they attain the age of eighteen.”

He highlighted that reports have also shown that one out of nine girls in developing countries are married before the age of fifteen, and if the trend continues, more than one hundred and forty million girls will be married before their eight birthday yearly.

Mr. Emeka Odikpo however called for an accelerated effort on the part of individuals and groups to secure a pride of place for the African Child.

“Girls’ Education is Vital”-UNICEF Nigeria
“This year 2015 our attention is deeply focused on the girl child and the challenges of child marriage.”

Mr. Charles Nzuki, Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Enugu State disclosed this in a press release in commemoration of the ‘Day of the African Child’.

“Child marriage erodes the capacity of the girl child from attaining her full potential in life and must be stopped because it brings harm to the society.”

He stressed that education of girls remain the strong key to unlock the stranglehold of child marriage.

“Girls education is vital because educated girls become better mothers, have fewer and healthier children and more empowered.”

 The Chief Field Officer submitted that efforts of UNICEF, its partners including that of individuals will help to end child marriage and allow them to complete their full course of education before marriage.

“A Mother’s Opinion”- Loveth Chieze

General Manager of Radio Nigeria and Coal City FM Enugu, Mrs. Loveth Chieze has described “Day of African Child” as a day of sober reflection on the murder of young students in Soweto, South Africa.  

In her own view, Mrs. Loveth said “Children are future leaders of this country and we must have to treat them aright. We must have to let them know that they mean so much to us.”

“Today, we are simply celebrating our children and encouraging parents to give their children the opportunity that are to due them. Good education, healthy life, respect among others are the right of children” she added.

“A Child’s Voice”

“I feel so glad that a day like this is set aside to celebrate the African Child” 

A student of Union boys Secondary School, Jeremiah Okoro expressed his excitement over the commemoration of the day and the uniqueness of the theme ““25 Years After The Adoption Of African Children’s Charter: Accelerating Our Collective Efforts To End Child Marriage In Africa.” 

Jeremiah explained that “Child marriage is very bad and will not encourage parents to push their teenage girl into marriage as a result of their poor family condition.”

Shedding light to misconception about Child Marriage that is usually associated to Muslims, Sekinah Umoh, a nine year old girl enunciate that “Many people perceive Islam as a religion that encourages Child Marriage, No.”

“A female child is only allowed to get married when she has reached age of puberty and understands marital affairs” Sekinah explained.







Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Aren't people still going into, even though it's raining?

A lovely story with an Islamic theme - it won't leave your eyes dry! I promise. In Shaa Allah..

Every Friday afternoon, after the Jummah prayers, the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out "PATH TO PARADISE" and other Islamic literature.

This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came for the Imam and his son to go to the streets with their booklets, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, '

OK, dad, I'm ready!'His dad asked, 'Ready for what?' 'Dad, it's time we go out and distribute these Islamic books.

'Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring with rain.'The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to hell, even though it's raining?

'Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.'Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go Please?'

His father hesitated for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the booklets. Be careful okay son.''

Thanks, Dad!'And with that, he was off and out into the rain.

This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a pamphlet or a booklet.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST BOOKLET.

He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a booklet to, but the streets were now totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell.

He rang the bell, but nobody answered..He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer.

Finally, he turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady.

She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?'

With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU and I came to give you my very last booklet which will tell you all about God, the real purpose of creation, and how to achieve His pleasure.'

With that, he handed her his last booklet and turned to leave.She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'

The following week on Friday afternoon after Jumma prayers, the Imam was giving some lectures. As he always did in this westn city, he concluded the lecture, he asked,

'Does anybody have questions or want to say anything?

'Slowly, in the back row among the ladies, an elderly lady's voice was heard over the speaker. 'No one in this gathering knew her.

She started to speak..."I've never been here before. You see, before last Friday I was not a Muslim, and never thought I could ever be.

My husband died few years ago, leaving me totally alone in this world.. Last Friday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, I was contemplating suicide as i had no hope left.So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home..

I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and broken-hearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me.

I thought, I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly....I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.'

I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you!

The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!

'Then he gave me this booklet, Path To Paradise that I now hold in my hand. As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this book. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more.

You see?

I am now a Happy Vicegerent of the One True Allah. Since the address of your congregation was stamped on the back of this booklet, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to Allah's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.
'"There was not a dry eye in the masjid.

The shouts of TAKBIR...ALLAH AKBAR.. rented the air.

Imam-Dad descended from the pulpit to the front row where the little angel was seated....He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no jama'at has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a father that was more filled with love and honour for his son... Except for One. This very one...

Blessed are your eyes for reading this message.

Don't let this message die, read it again and pass it to others.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

FACILITATORS COMMEND NYSC FOR SUSTAINING SAED PROGRAMME



BY ABDULHAKEEM ADEOYE, SEYIFUNMI ADEBOTE AND OLUWAMUYIWA OGUNJOBI

Members of the OBS editorial crew in Awgu Camp, Enugu State during the 2015 Batch “A” Skill Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development exhibition programme took time to seek the view of some of the facilitators and trainers. Those spoken to were full of praises to NYSC for sustaining the programme and giving them the opportunity to be part of the facilitators. 

Here are some of their views.  

John Chukwunonye Innocent the coordinator of the Information and communications technology (ICT) class during the recently concluded five day SAED programme shared his thoughts on the relevance of the training to the economic situation in the country.

NYSC Enugu State  Coordinator; Mrs. N.E. Ukagha  inspecting products produced by participants
Mr. Innocent who is a web developer and system analyst for Afritub was confident that his trainees benefitted a whole lot as it concerns ICT within the five days of the SAED programme.
In his words, “These corps members now understand that they can actually develop a portal by themselves; an end has come to the days when they had to pay foreigners to create a portal for them, now their eyes are open”. 

He also said that they are building a coal city portal where people can actually make transactions online, get information and the current status of the city even before travelling. 

Participants in Food Processing and Preservation Class
He was happy that young Nigerians who have this knowledge will no longer have to waste precious time surfing the net. “Corps members have learnt to host a portal and use information on facebook, twitter, badoo, instagram amongst others to make money, sell products and promote brands, he concluded.”

Ifedilichukwu, another trainer for the just concluded NYSC SAED programme said that the SAED programme has come to stay. The trainer, who interestingly was a 2014 Batch ‘A’ corps member, trained them on screen printing. During interaction with OBS crew, he explained that he developed interest to come around and train corps members in Art and Tourism. This he believes will go to a long extent to empower corps members and train them on how to customize any material from plastic to paper, leather, metal and ceramics. According to him, “Screen printing is an everyday business of making customized products as souvenirs. Since most corps members will be posted to schools, a corps member can decide to produce school badges and bags for schools where they are serving”.

 The Facilitator for food processing and preservation class, Mrs. Mary Jane said she is overjoyed to have lectured over 160 participants in her class. Mrs. Jane attested that majority of the corps members who participated in her class performed very well. The facilitator however urged all participants in the SAED course to make the lessons learnt a part of them. She added that they should practice even when they have concluded their service stressing that no knowledge is a waste.

Mr. Royal Ogenechukwu from Thinkers Makers Resources who coordinated the fabrics design unit described the five days SAED programme as wonderful. Mr. Royal said that this is his third time of training corps members, though he was not too excited that only 20 corps members was in the unit, he described his corps members trainees as people with zeal and passion. He boasted with confidence that his trainees would continue with the post camp training until they become better and independent.

In the book production unit, the trainer Alom Michael from Maxim Book production/printing described his five days trainees as professionals, proficient and promising. He said some corps members in his unit produced 4 in 1 notebooks, fancy notebooks and special notebooks of high quality. Mr. Michael expressed his unreserved joy by eulogizing the effort of NYSC to introduce the SAED programme and promised to do more.