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Servicom: State House Rewards 10 Employees for Outstanding Performance 




The Servicom Unit of State House Thursday in Abuja organised an award ceremony to recognize and reward outstanding performance of 10 staff members for the year 2018.

The employees were recognized for outstanding work in administration, stores management, catering, library, transportation and medical departments.

They received an undisclosed cash gift and plaque from the Permanent Secretary, State House Mr Jalal Arabi.

Mr Yashim Nuhu, a Senior Motor Driver Mechanic II on Grade Level 5 in the Transport department bagged the Outstanding Driver award.

Nuhu, who has put in a total of 8 years in State House, is very popular for his cordiality and enviable sense of dedication to duty among staff and journalists covering the seat of power.

‘‘His main schedule of driving shuttle bus makes it imperative for him to play the role of a first contact person to many highly placed visitors to State House and staff alike,’’ a citation on him at the award ceremony said.

Another recipient, Mr Gwaza Habila, a Principal Catering Officer on Grade Level 12, has put in 19 years and catered for prominent State guests, including Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England during a State Visit in 2003.

Habila was given the ‘‘Outstanding Catering Staff’’ Award and was praised for his ‘‘hardwork and effectiveness at Presidential functions’’ as well as imparting knowledge to his subordinates.

One of the two female recipients, Mrs Margaret Arigu, a Principal Executive Officer II, in the State House Medical Center, was decorated with ‘‘Outstanding Medical Registry Staff.’’

Arigu who has served for 23 years in the State House Clinic, all in the Medical Centre, received encomiums for being ‘‘very professional, courteous, respectful to staff and clients alike.’’

Other award recipients were Mr Ogba Ukpabi (Evergreen Outstanding Contributor to SERVICOM Unit), Mr Olutayo Fasipe (Outstanding SERVICOM Departmental Representative), Mr Abubakar Wambai (Outstanding Stores Staff) and Mr Rilwan Badega (Outstanding Library Staff).

Others are Mr Mohammed Abdulkarim (Outstanding Finance and Accounts Staff), Mr Samuel Arigu (Outstanding Registry Staff), and Mrs Christiana Kontekopo (Outstanding Staff Canteen Staff).

Congratulating the recipients, the Permanent Secretary, State House who was represented by Mr Bashir Alkali, Director, Finance and Accounts urged the staff to remain dedicated to ensure that State House maintains its place as the premier SERVICOM MDA in the country.

Arabi disclosed that in the past two years, State House had received back-to-back SERVICOM National Office Awards as the best SERVICOM MDA in its group of over ninety government establishments.

He also announced that the best Nodal Officer in 2018 was given to State House Nodal Officer, Mr A.M Ogueri, while the Awards of SERVICOM Champions were given to Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, State House.

Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator of SERVICOM told the workers that reward for hard work is more work.

‘‘The benefits for giving these awards are to increase employees’ productivity, performance and organization’s profitability. When these happen we retain top talents in the Civil Service, reduce mediocrity in the system, uphold excellence and create team spirit,’’ she said.

Introduced in 2004, SERVICOM entails the Government entering into a SERVICE COMPACT with all Nigerians. The core provision of the Compact is to provide basic services to which citizens are entitled to, in a timely, fair, honest, effective and transparent manner.



In Early Days of Christianity Nobody was called Pastor — Reno Omokri




Reno Omokri has thrown more light on why he insists nobody should replace his/her parents with a Pastor in the church.

The ex spokesperson to former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said that in early days of Christianity nobody was called Daddy, Pastor and Bishop.

He said that everyone in the church was called ‘Brother’. He urged all who might not believe him to listen to Jesus, and he quotes, “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for all of you are EQUAL as brothers”-Matthew 23:8.”


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Corps Member, Graduate, Two Others Jailed For Internet Fraud




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Thursday May 23, 2019 secured the conviction of four internet fraudsters.

Three of the convicts – Alimi Azeez Oluwadamilare, Paul Opeyemi Omotunde and Igberase Hope Odianosen – were tried in the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, while the other, Okuneye Opeyemi James, got the reward for his criminal act at the Ibadan Division of the court.

Alimi, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and Omotunde, a 2019 graduate from the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), were convicted and sentenced to four months in prison by Justice Ibrahim Watilat of Federal High Court 1, Abeokuta.

Also in Abeokuta, Justice Mohammed Abubarkar of Court 2 jailed Igberase for four months.

The trio were re-arraigned on a one-count amended charge of criminal impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the Cyber Crime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015 and punishable under the same Act.

The fresh arraignments were sequel to the plea bargain arrangements between them and the EFCC which reduced the number of charges in the initial charge sheets to one.

Besides sending them to jail, the presiding judges also ordered that they refund sums of money in United States Dollars to their respective victims as restitution.

All items recovered from them during their interrogation are equally to be forfeited to the Federal Government.

In the same vein, Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan sentenced Okunoye Opeyemi James (a.k.a. James Kosta) to four months in prison.

The 24-year-old was facing a one-count amended charge bordering on fraudulent impersonation contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

He was arrested for internet-related offences on April 11 by officers of the Nigeria Police Force who later handed him over to the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC for further investigation.

Investigations by the Commission revealed that the convict’s modus operandi was to illegally hack into people’s accounts to gain unrestricted access to vital and sensitive information, and covert same to fraudulent use.

He eventually pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of criminal impersonation preferred against him on Thursday. He was accordingly convicted and sentenced by the presiding judge.

The court also ordered the convict to make restitution of the sum of N889,995 (Eight Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Five Naira), being benefit he derived from his fraudulent act.

He is similarly to forfeit one Iphone 7, and one Huawei handset to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Author of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ dies at 95




The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr has died at the age of 95, her publisher HarperCollins has said.

The legendary author and illustrator, who was awarded an OBE, stole the hearts of generations of children with her iconic book, among other classics.

She died at her home in Barnes, South West London yesterday following a short illness, the publisher said.

Tributes are pouring in for the charming grandmother who put a smile on millions of faces and had a “astonishing zest for life”.


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