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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Wednesday met with Fulani ardos from the 32 emirates and chiefdoms in the state. The Fulani leaders were urged to help maintain the peace in the state and also ensure their children are educated.

The meeting, which also had in attendance the executive vice-chairman of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Ms Priscilla Ankut, was to discuss how to engender and deepen peace in Kaduna state.  Addressing the attendees, El-Rufai said: “We called this meeting because we need to deepen peace in our state. Peace is important and it is something we cannot compromise.

“We will continue to work assiduously for the security and peace of our communities. “Everyone must reject violence because it is a destructive tool that tears communities apart and retards all human development. “Sound education is the foundation for purposeful development. There is no society that will progress without education.

“With sound education, we can train people to reject hate, shun criminality, overcome poverty and promote harmony. “We will continue to work towards building sound education and health sectors as bedrocks of development,” El-Rufai explained.

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Probe Begins Monday As FG Suspends NPA Managing Director, Bala-Usman

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has suspended the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, sources familiar with the development said on Thursday.

It was learnt that a panel of inquiry had been constituted to look into the matter that prompted her suspension, as well as other concerns. The panel begins its work on Monday.

It was, however, not clear what necessitated the suspension of the NPA boss, who was only reappointed in January this year by Buhari.

Senior staff members of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the parent ministry of the authority, confirmed the development but insisted that there was no official statement on the matter yet.

The spokesperson of the ministry, Eric Ojiekwe, could not be reached for comments on the development, as he did not answer calls when contacted on Thursday night.

Bala-Usman was first appointed as the managing director of the NPA in 2016 and was reappointed in January this year for another five years.

On Wednesday, the suspended NPA boss led her organization to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Bureau of Statistics and the Nigerian Ports Authority to commence the production of statistical information and data analytics on port-related activities..

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ARISE News To Interview UBA Chairman, Tony Elumelu

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The Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, and Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, CON, will on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, be a guest on ARISE News, a 24-hour international television news channel.

Elumelu is one of Africa’s leading philanthropists and entrepreneurs.

Elumelu, who is also the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, a family-owned investment company committed to improving lives and transforming Africa by investing in Africa’s most strategic sectors, will be speaking on a wide range of topics such as economy, Africa economic development, philanthropy, entrepreneurship among others.

The hour-long live broadcast which will be aired at 8.30 am during The Morning Show, a primetime breakfast magazine programme will be anchored by Reuben Abati, a former presidential spokesman, and award winning columnist.

Elumelu is the Chairman of the pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), which operates in 20 countries across Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit-taking presence in the United States.

He also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading producers of electricity in Nigeria, and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.

He is the Founder and Chairman of Heirs Oil & Gas, an upstream oil and gas company, whose assets include Nigerian oil block OML17 with a current production capacity of 27,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and 2P reserves of 1.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, with an additional 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources of further exploration potential. Heirs Oil & Gas is committed to creating resource-based added value on the African continent.

Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa.  In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the pan-African philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalyzing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and driving job creation across all 54 African countries.

The Morning Show airs live on DSTV 416, SKY519, GOTV 44, and ARISE News and YouTube page.

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Marketsquare Expands Footprint In Nigeria, Opens 16th Outlet In Benin City

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Marketsquare, a supermarket brand of Sundry Markets Limited, the foremost indigenous retail chain of supermarkets, rapidly expanding across the country has expanded its footprint in Nigeria by commissioning the 16th outlet located along Auchi Road, at Aduwawa area in Benin City, Nigeria on Saturday, May 1 2021.

The chain of supermarkets has become the first choice for many customers to source for their favourite grocery and fresh food products and brands in several cities around the country. Marketsquare has continued to work tirelessly to bring the best quality products to her customers at the lowest prices.

The commissioning of the store which coincided with the 2021 May Day celebration is aimed at improving the shopping experience of people looking to shop for fresh and packaged groceries and other products in the City.

In his speech at the commissioning of the store, the Company’s Marketing Manager, Emmanuel Patrick Isangediok said, “As the fastest-growing retail store, we have to ensure that Nigerians continually have access to great products that will help enhance their quality of life.”

“We have put everything in place to ensure that Nigerians have access to the modern and relevant retail shopping experience in a very convenient way for people to source their daily needs.  We have also provided the opportunity for customers to shop online at www.marketsquareng.com where they have the choice to pick up their already packed order inside the store or get it delivered to their homes or offices.”

“We would also want to congratulate Nigerian workers on the occasion of the 2021 Workers’ Day because their daily toil has contributed immensely to the development of the nation. We equally, celebrate our workers across all the outlets nationwide. They are the ones who give customers the best shopping experience that has endeared our brand to them,” he added.

Our tagline – find more, pay less – is a promise of our unwavering desire to get the best quality products to the customer at the lowest prices available.

We would continue to support the federal government’s “buy local” initiative by stocking and promoting ‘Made in Nigeria’ products to support indigenous manufacturers.

Marketsquare is an indigenous retail chain of supermarkets in Nigeria, which started trading in December 2015. Today Marketsquare has 16 outlets nationwide and rapidly expanding Pan-Nigeria.

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