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China And Nigeria Holds 2021 Cultural Fiesta As CPC Clocks 100

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In order to further consolidate on the bridge of understanding between China and Nigeria, the two countries held a Cultural Fiesta, which stakeholders said  was aimed at promoting the Cultural relationship between China and Nigeria. 
In a speech, the Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria and Director, Chinese Cultural Centre, Mr Li Xuda, explained that no country can grow or develop above its culture, and emphasised that our cultures must be promoted on all fronts.
This event is coming at a time that the Communist Party of China, CPC, is about to clock 100 years of existence, haven’t been established on 21 July, 1921.  Mr Li went down memory lane on the progress made by China in the last 100 years, especially, since 1949, when the ‘new China’ was born. “Since it’s establishment China has gone through a 100-year glorious journey and made world-renowned achievements.
“Now we can see that 2021 is a very big year for us, it’s not only witnessing the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between China and Nigeria, but also the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Communist Party of China. It’s really “one happiness after another”,  Li said.
The Chairman FCT Secondary Education Board, Hon. Musa Yahaya Mohammad speaking at this event observed, that the China-Nigeria Cultural Fiesta serves as a veritable tool for cultural exchange betweenyoung Nigerians and the Chinese.”Today, due to the numerous hosting of this event, our students can sing the Chinese National Anthem, Chinesesongs, dances and make simple Chinese sentences. Chinese culture is no longer a hidden culture to the students and the impression of China as a country with a rich cultural heritage has come to stay with them.”Hon Mohammad emphasised that apart from the cultural exchanges, the competition provides both winners and losers with prizes that goes a long way in helping teaching and learning in our schools.He reaffirmed that Nigeria’s relationship with China has been a win-win affair all along, and we look forward to brighter days togetherHon. Mohammad however, requested that the FCT Secondary Education Board be carried along in areas of capacity building, vocational education and sports like- the lion dance, and martial arts as we progress into the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative of the Chinese Government.Speaking with SUMMIT POST in an interview on the sideline of the event, a teacher of Government Day Secondary School, Dutse, Abuja, said, Fiesta of such magnitude will help the students to be somehow busy, will help them not to be involved in issues like cultism. “My school for example, we used to have issues like cultism but with this kind of event, we are looking at getting students involved in these kind of activities so as to take them away from idleness.””Most time after their academics, their school time, they go home and don’t get engaged with other things. But if they have events like this ahead of them, they will go home and rehearse; rehearse the dances, the songs and everything that needs to be rehearsed for the event.”I can tell you that when we were leaving the school premises, some students were feeling like they should have been part of this team, but we can’t take all, we just have to take few.”Still on the interview session, a student of Government Day Secondary School, Dutse, Abuja, Nasir Jamiu, who studied in China for about three and a half years, urged China to assist in the improvement of his education because “I see alot in Nigeria-China Cooperation, and I will be grateful if it impact my life more.”
Jamiu reiterated that “Though there are no much similarities between both cultures but their cultural songs and dances seem to be a bit similar.”
On the role of holding Cultural Fiesta together by the two countries, Jamiu suggested that “If Nigeria and China can come up with an international cultural fiesta, I think it will birth something real big.”He then harped on the necessity of Nigeria learning from China “how they managed to beautify their country and copy same. We can also learn from their social and orderly life which  I believe this is practicable,” he concluded.Another participant, Prisca Eguavoen from Army Day Secondary School, Asokoro, who also spoke with our correspondent in an interview at the event expressed joy over the Fiesta  “because I’m an International Relations aspirant and this China-Nigeria partnership really gives me something to think about that I’m actually going to do out there and I really believe it’s a bold step towards world peace.She explained that a lot can be learnt from China “because we as students have adopted some of their learning schemes that Chinese students uses to learn faster and also this kind of partnership is exposure for the students. So, it’s building a better future; generations which will be exposed, not shy, and also merging economies which will be real big for Nigeria.”Miss Eguavoen explained that because of her interaction with the Chinese Culture, her eyes have been opened to studying more foreign languages.  According to her, she said that, “I think I will have to study a foreign language or two, and will also have to study about countries in the world because, I will be working towards becoming an ambassador or a diplomat.”
The 2021 China-Nigeria Cultural Fiesta is jointly organized by the ChineseEmbassy in collaboration with FCT Secondary Education Board and China Cultural Centre in Nigeria!
The event took place at the Chinese Cultural Centre Abuja on 18 May, 2021.

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Kenneth Kaunda, last of African patriarchs joined the ages @ 97

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The first president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, has died aged 97. He was the country’s founding father and ruled for 27 years from 1964 after it gained independence from Britain.

Kaunda’s death comes days after reports that he was admitted to Maina Soko military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, where he was treated for pneumonia from Monday.

One of the first generation of post-independence African leaders, Kenneth Kaunda led his vulnerable and landlocked nation through a perilous era in southern Africa. It was his most outstanding achievement that during his 27 years in power he maintained domestic stability in a comparatively benign manner while providing bases for the movements struggling against his far more powerful white neighbours in Rhodesia and South Africa. 

Kenneth David Kaunda (28 April 1924 – 17 June 2021), also known as KK, was Zambian President of Zambia from 1964 to 1991. Kaunda was the youngest of eight children born to an ordained Church of Scotland missionary and teacher, an immigrant from Malawi. He was at the forefront of the struggle for independence from British rule. Dissatisfied with Harry Nkumbula‘s leadership of the Northern Rhodesian African National Congress, he broke away and founded the Zambian African National Congress, later becoming the head of the United National Independence Party (UNIP). He was the first President of the independent Zambia. In 1973 following tribal and inter-party violence, all political parties except UNIP were banned through an amendment of the constitution after the signing of the Choma Declaration. At the same time, Kaunda oversaw the acquisition of majority stakes in key foreign-owned companies. The oil crisis of 1973 and a slump in export revenues put Zambia in a state of economic crisis. International pressure forced Kaunda to change the rules that had kept him in power. Multi-party elections took place in 1991, in which Frederick Chiluba, the leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, ousted Kaunda.

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Ex-MD of Bank PHB Atuche to spend 6 years behind bars for N25.7bn fraud

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Ex-MD of Bank PHB Atuche to spend 6 years behind bars for N25.7bn fraud 

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday sentenced a former Managing Director of the defunct Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank) Francis Atuche to six years imprisonment for N25.7 billion fraud.

His co-defendant, Ugo Anyanwu, was also sentenced to four years imprisonment.

The duo was convicted in 21 of 27-count charges against them.

Atuche and Anyanwu were sentenced to six and four years on each of the 21 charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Justice Lateefat Okunnu said the convicts must make restitution as contained in Count 4, noting that the amount stolen was not up to what was alleged in the charge.

The judge discharged and acquitted Atuche’s wife of charges of conspiracy and stealing.

She held that the EFCC failed to link her to the crime, adding that suspicion no matter how strong can not take the place of fact.

In convicting the duo of Atuche and Anyanwu, the judge upheld the arguments of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Kemi Pinheiro, who prosecuted the case with the fiat of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

Pinheiro had opposed Atuche’s contention that the stolen funds in dispute were loaned, not stolen.

The judge agreed with the prosecution and held that the money belonged to the bank and that it was capable of being stolen.

Justice Okunnu convicted Atuche and Anyanwu on counts 1 to 11, 14-20, 23, 24 and 27.

“The first and third defendants did not debunk the evidence of the prosecution that the loans were used to purchase shares.

“They rather contended that the monies granted as loan could be used for whatever purposes,” she said.

In a judgement that lasted over 11 hours, Justice Okunnu held that the EFCC successful proved its case against the convicts beyond a reasonable doubt.

The judge also held that the offences for which the convicts were charged can not be said to be mere professional negligence but criminal.

The court held that Atuche and Anyanwu abused their powers and ignored established rules and regulations, thereby putting the bank and depositors’ funds in danger.

The court held that the convicts corruptly took advantage of their positions to confer on themselves undue financial benefits without regard to the health of the bank.

The EFCC alleged that between November 2007 and April 2008, the convicts stole about N25.7bn belonging to the bank.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty.

Source: The Nation 

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State of the nation: Group insists on creation of Aba State

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. As Governor Uzodimma backs additional State for SE

Aba State Movement on Wednesday told the House of Representatives Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution which was held at the Concorde Hotel, Owerri, that the request for the creation of Aba State was a quest for equity based on history stretching more than 40 years.

This is even as the Governor of Imo State, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, called on the National Assembly to consider additional state for the Southeast.

Chief Theo Nkire, who presented the case for the proposed Aba State recalled that the House of Representatives passed a motion for a referendum on the creation of Aba, Abia, Ebonyi, and Enugu States from the then Anambra and Imo States in January 1982. In June 1983, the Senate passed the same motion on the creation of Aba, Abia, Ebonyi, and Enugu States from the then Anambra and Imo States. On the same day the National Assembly confirmed the four States and others for referendum.

“Of the four States the National Assembly confirmed for referendum by 1983 Aba State is the only one that has not been created from the South East,” he said, waving copies of the 39-year-old Hansard that reported the National Assembly’s decision.

Chief Nkire, first Attorney General of Abia State, said that most recently Aba State’s case was made by a Committee that Chief John Nnia Nwodo, immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, inaugurated on 11 September 2018, in his capacity as the President General of Ohanaeze. The Committee’s mandate was to evaluate requests for more States in the South East.

He noted that the conclusion of the Committee’s report to Governor Dave Umahi, Chairman, South East Governors’ Forum stated, “The Committee considered the merit for the creation of Aba and Adada State respectively, resolved and recommended for the creation of Aba State with 12 members supporting and 5 abstaining. The Committee also recommended that any other State Creation exercise in the South-East should give Adada State priority.” The report was dated 10 October 2018.

Aba State Movement, he said, stood by the report of the Ohanaeze Committee on State Creation. Chief Nwodo, who was Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide President General until January 2021, set up the Committee. “The Ohanaeze Committee, under Chief Nwodo’s presidency recommended the creation of Aba State,”

President Muhammadu Buhari had promised an Ohanaeze delegation Chief Nwodo led to Abuja in November 2017 an extra in the South East. Chief Nwodo inaugurated the 2018 Ohanaeze Committee. It was the process in realisation of an extra State in the South East as the President promised.

On his part, Governor Hope Uzodimma also called on the National Assembly to consider additional state for the Southeast, saying that Ndigbo want a constitutional that works for all Nigerians on the basis of equity, Justice and fairness.

He said: “As Nigerians we all want a country that will accommodate our legitimate desires. We don’t want secession. We want a country that will be driven by the spirit of equity, fairness and justice. We are in a democracy where questions of doubt are resolved through dialogue and not through violence or insurrection.

“The demand of our people is simple: we want a constitution that works for all of us. Our people want a constitution that devolves more powers to the federation unit. A constitution that gives vent to restructuring. The National Assembly should consider a sixth state for the Southeast. The sixth state will go a long way in this regard”.

On his part, the Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, said the review of the constitution is in fulfilment of the provision of the constitution and answer to the calls of Nigerians, to promote peace and unity. He assured: “From the National Assembly, we shall do all that you have asked us to do undiluted”.

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