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Buhari joins worshippers for juma’at prayer in Saudi [Video & Photos]



President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, joined worshippers from across the world to observe Juma’at prayer in Saudi Arabia.

WuzupNaija reports that Buhari departed Abuja on Thursday for the Holy Land to perform Umrah also known as lesser Hajj.

According to a statement by the Presidency, the President’s trip to the Holy Land followed the invitation by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the two Holy Mosques.

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Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, took to Twitter to share a video of Buhari as he observed Juma’at prayer at the Masjid Al-Nabawi, also known as the Prophet Muhammad’s SAW) Mosque, in Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Bashir had earlier tweeted photos of the President’s visit to the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) tomb.

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Pastor drums support for security agencies



Pastor Yohanna Buru, Founder of the Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to render maximum support to security agencies in their efforts to ensure peace and security in the country.

Buru made the appeal on Thursday when he donated some working tools to members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Kaduna.

He stressed that providing support to security agencies, especially timely information on the movement of suspected criminals, would ensure peace and stability in communities across the country.

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The cleric added that it was important to also provide working tools to such agencies including community watch groups such as the C-JTF, to enable them to perform effectively.

Buru urged Christians and Muslims to embrace dialogue for sustainable peace in Kaduna State and across the country.

The state Chairman of the C-JTF, Shehu Dan-Tudu, commended Buru for his assistance to the group, which has over 30,000 members in the state.

“10,000 among them are currently supporting state government activities in providing essential services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“They are currently participating towards making sure that citizens obey all the rules and regulations which include social distancing, use of face masks and the stay-at-home order,” he said.

Dan-Tudu warned youths against drug abuse and other social vices and urged parents to always monitor the movement of their children and wards to insulate them from bad behaviors.

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He assured that the group was fully committed to supporting the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Potable water supply: Lagos identifies gaps



The Lagos State Water Corporation on Thursday said that the state government had evolved measures that would ensure equitable potable water distribution in the state.

The corporation’s Managing Director, Mr. Adekunle Badmus, told journalists that globally there was a shortage of potable water supply.

The LSWC boss spoke on the sidelines of the 11th Olu Awoyinfa Distinguished Annual Public Lecture in Lagos.

The theme of the lecture was “Forming Uncommon Partnership: Solution to Challenges of Developing Nations.“

Badmus said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was working on bridging water shortfalls in the state while harnessing the benefits of creating other value chains from water.

“We have a master plan in Lagos State which identified how much water is needed. The gap right now is about 500 million gallons. Whereby we are supposed to be producing 700 million gallons, we are only producing about 210.

“Lagos State is making water a priority. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has focused on water.

“When he assumed office, he visited all our facilities and he has determined that before the end of his tenure, more people will benefit from safe and potable water in the state,’’ he said.

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The managing director said that ongoing projects in the state had shown that the backwash from some water channels contained substances that could be used for fertilizers.

Badmus said that the resident’s desperation for water supply had led to the proliferation of boreholes in the state, despite the dangers involved in indiscriminate drilling.

The managing director also said that it was imperative for governments in the country to urgently address the water needs, adding that most borehole waters were often polluted due to various factors.

“We need to speed it up, we are still way behind in getting water to everyone that needs to get water. If we continue to delay then our lives will continue to be at risk, because the people who drill boreholes don’t care if the site was a burial ground, dumpster, or old weaponry.

“Yes, there is usually casing for boreholes but they sometimes crack, there is what we call infiltration that goes into the water,’’ he said.

Badmus added that most borehole waters were contaminated from storm waters, groundwaters, and other sources that were harmful for human use.

While delivering his keynote lecture, Badmus called on Nigerian leaders to explore the capacity of local engineers in addressing the nation’s water problem and other developmental challenges.

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He called for partnerships between professionals in various fields to provide scientific solutions to various sectors of the nation’s economy for rapid growth and industrialization.

According to him, developing local capacity would also remove capital flight and ensure the growth of technology in various sectors.

Badmus said that COVID-19 and other current challenges had made the need for partnership with other professional bodies in problems solving inevitable.

“There is enough for everybody to be able to partner and to be able to carry this nation forward. To move Nigeria forward, we have to start to work with each other and bring everybody into the same room and find a way to be able to contribute,’’ he said.

Badmus listed various areas of collaboration in solving societal problems to include agriculture, infrastructure, engineering, and other sectors.

He said there was pressure on health facilities occasioned by poor water supply and sanitation while stressing the need for urgent measures with COVID-19 pandemic to better address the problems of water.

“To deal with these challenges in developing countries, we must be innovative and form uncommon partnerships,” Badmus said.

He said that there should also be uncommon partnerships between Google and pharmaceutical companies, schools, and banks to evolve digital platforms for carrying out activities.

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Badmus said that there should be uncommon partnerships like the Lagos and Kebbi States LAKE Rice partnership that would be of mutual benefit.

“If we are to rid the developing countries of the many challenges encumbering them, then we must be innovative.

“We must begin to form uncommon partnerships across all sectors, from the health sector to the water supply and sanitation, to building infrastructure, agriculture, banking, and so on.

“Uncommon partners will help us to succeed by providing us with capabilities we shouldn’t build ourselves, as well as with fresh insight.

“We should help uncommon partners succeed by creating a mutual relationship which both parties can prosper from,’’ he said.

The lecture, which was organised by the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), also featured induction of new engineers and presentation of scholarship awards.

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PHOTONEWS: Senate president, principal officers visit Orji Kalu




Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe; Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu (left); President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; and Deputy Whip, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi during a solidarity visit to the Chief Whip after his release from the Kuje correctional facility in Abuja.

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