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AbdulRazaq To Set Up Arabic Board, As Committee On Corporal Punishment In Madrasah Submits Report

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The 11-person committee set up by the Kwara State Government to investigate the corporal punishment meted to some Arabic school students in Ganmo has submitted its report.

Presenting the report to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday, chairman of the committee and former Grand Kadi of the state Justice Idris Haroon said their recommendations included an appeal to the government to immediately set up the Arabic Board to regulate the activities of Arabic and Islamic schools.

“One of the most important recommendations which the committee wants Your Excellency to pay attention to is the reconstitution of the Arabic Education Board as the immediate solution to most of the problems confronting Arabic Schools in the state,” he said.

The Committee said it frowns at the magnitude and manner in which the punishment was carried out at the Arabic school and said steps must be taken to ensure that corrective measures are moderate and better implemented.

Justice Haroon commended the government for its proactive measures on the development, saying the committee was “inaugurated on the 15th day of October, 2021, commenced sitting immediately up till the 24th day of October, 2021. Altogether, the Committee had 13 sittings; nine sittings at the Conference Hall, Kwara State Ministry of Energy, Ilorin, one at the premises of Misbaudeen Arabic School, Ganmo, and three in other places within the community. In the course of the sittings, the committee interacted with the Management, Staff and students of the school. It also held sessions with the parents/guardians of the affected students and some members of the host community.”

The Governor, for his part, commended the committee members for accepting the call to serve the people of the state.

He said the government will study and implement the report for the benefits of the society, including the setting up of the Arabic Board.

He said the government understood the delicate nature of the issues involved, hence “we chose to invite experts in the field to look into the issue. We are glad that within the very short period you have come with your report. The government will diligently look into your report.”

Members of the committee were: retired Justice Idris Haroon (chairman); Hon. Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Maigoro; Prof. Hamzat Abdulraheem; Prof Badmus Yusuf; Prof. Ali Agan; Dr. Mohammed Ghali Alaya; Dr. Saudat AbdulBaqi; Hajia Balikis Oladimeji of the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN); Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe; and Dr AbdulHameed Sanni (Secretary).

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Another Top Ranking Anambra Federal Law Maker Defects To APC

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The Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has received Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji, a top ranking legislator representing Aguata (Anambra) federal Constituency who defected from APGA to APC.

Gov. Buni charged the legislator to be dedicated, faithful and loyal to the party.

“APC will stand for you and your supporters, and protect your political interests at all times.

“You will enjoy every privilege enjoyed by every member of the party” the Chairman Caretaker committee assured.

He urged the federal law maker and his supporters to work for the Party’s success in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.

“We expect you to be part of the success story in the coming Anambra election as our victory in the election is getting much more clearer every day” Governor Buni said.

He assured the people of Aguta federal constituency that the decision of their representative to carry them along into the Nigeria project will attract more federal presence to the constituency.

Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji, assured his loyalty, his political associates and the people of his constituency to the party.

“We shall contribute to the success awaiting the party in the Anambra election.

“We are part of the Nigeria project and will from now henceforth work and defend the interest of APC at all levels” he assured.

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Osun PDP Adopts Oyinlola For Party’s Deputy National Chairman Position

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Ahead of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Osun State chapter of the party has adopted Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of the State as their candidate for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South).

This decision formed part of the resolution arrived at after a meeting of the elected and statutory delegates of the PDP in Osun State on the position of Deputy National Chairman (South) micro zoned to Osun State.

In a statement signed by the Osun PDP Chairman, Sunday Bisi, former PDP candidate in the Osun 2018 gubernatorial election, Ademola Adeleke and a former National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, the party leaders insisted that the resolution that micro-zoned the position to Osun remained the same after a meeting with Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

The party described Prof. Oladipo’s exclusion from standing for election as Deputy National Chairman (South) as unwarranted, orchestrated, illegal and a rape of democracy, adding that the adoption of Taofeeq Arapaja for the position by Makinde was to short-change Osun.

According to the statement, “As a result of Professor Wale Oladipo’s exclusion. Governor Oyinlola remains the only aspirant from Osun state for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South) of our party at the convention.

“We vehemently oppose the attempt by Governor Seyi Makinde to hijack what has been micro-zoned to Osun State, after all, Oyo State already occupies the South West Chairmanship of the party, in person of Ambassador Arapaja, who is a member of National Working Committee.

“We, therefore, unanimously agreed that, all elected and statutory delegates from Osun State to the PDP National Convention should cut our votes for Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the only candidate from Osun State for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South). We equally appeal to all the delegates from other states in Nigeria to support the candidature of Prince Oyinlola by voting massively for him at the convention.”

The party maintained that the position of Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South) that had been micro-zoned to Osun state at a meeting presided over by Governor Seyi Makinde in Abuja still stood.

The party also revealed that the reason behind the disqualification of Oladipo was to smuggle in a weak and pliable candidate into that exalted office knowing well that the Osun candidate had the national reach to get easily elected at the convention.

Recall that Osun PDP had earlier adopted Prof. Oladipo as its candidate for the position, while the faction of Olasoji Adagunodo, the embattled chairman of the party in the State put forward Olagunsoye Oyinlola as its preferred candidate.

Political watchers in the State had noted that this stance was a miscalculation on the part of Osun PDP as the confusion it would generate would make Oyo to jump into the race, which it finally did.

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JUST IN:Facebook Changes Company Name To Meta

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Facebook on Thursday announced that it has changed its company name to Meta.

The name change, which was announced at the Facebook Connect augmented and virtual reality conference, reflects the company’s growing ambitions beyond social media.

The re-branding also comes after the company has dealt with a barrage of news reports over the past month stemming from whistleblower Frances Haugen’s trove of internal documents.

Facebook employees gather in front of a sign displaying a new logo and the name ‘Meta’ in front of Facebook headquarters on October 28, 2021 in Menlo Park, California.

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Facebook on Thursday announced that it has changed its company name to Meta.

The name change was announced at the Facebook Connect augmented and virtual reality conference.

The new name reflects the company’s growing ambitions beyond social media. Facebook, now known as Meta, has adopted the new moniker, based on the sci-fi term metaverse, to describe its vision for working and playing in a virtual world.

“Today we are seen as a social media company, but in our DNA we are a company that builds technology to connect people, and the metaverse is the next frontier just like social networking was when we got started,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

The company will also change its stock ticker from FB to MVRS, effective Dec. 1, the company said in the announcement of its name change.

Meta’s stock price was up more than 3% on Thursday.

In July, the company announced the formation of a team that would work on the metaverse. Two months later, the company said it would elevate Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, who is currently the head of the company’s hardware division, to the role of chief technology officer in 2022. And in its third-quarter earnings results on Monday, the company announced that it will break out Reality Labs, its hardware division, into its own reporting segment, starting in the fourth quarter.

“Our hope is that within the next decade, the metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and support jobs for millions of creators and developers,” Zuckerberg wrote in a letter on Thursday.

Over the past few years, the company has ramped up its efforts in hardware, introducing a line of Portal video-calling devices, launching the Ray-Ban Stories glasses and rolling out various versions of the Oculus virtual-reality headsets. The company has indicated that augmented and virtual reality will be a key part of its strategy in the coming years.

The company also said this week it’d spend about $10 billion over the next year developing the technologies required for building the metaverse.

Zuckerberg on Thursday also provided a demonstration of the company’s ambitions for the metaverse.

The demo was a Pixar-like animation of software the company hopes to build some day. The demo included users hanging out in space as cartoon-like versions of themselves or fantastical characters, like a robot, that represent their virtual selves.

Zuckerberg said a lot of this is a long ways off but the company is starting to work on it. Elements of the metaverse could become mainstream in five to 10 years, Zuckerberg predicted. The company expects “to invest many billions of dollars for years to come before the metaverse reaches scale,” Zuckerberg added.

“We believe the metaverse will be the successor to the mobile internet,” Zuckerberg said.

Additionally, Meta announced a new virtual reality headset named Project Cambria. The device will be a high-end product available at the “higher-end of the price spectrum” that will be released next year, Zuckerberg said.

Meta also announced the code name of its first fully AR-capable smart glasses is Project Nazare. The company did not say when the glasses will be released. Zuckerberg said “we still have a ways to go with Nazare, but we’re making good progress.”

The re-branding also comes after the company has dealt with a barrage of news reports over the past month. Those have stemmed from Frances Haugen, a former employee turned whistleblower who has released a trove of internal company documents to news outlets, lawmakers and regulators.

The reports show that the company is aware of many of the harms its apps and services cause but either doesn’t rectify the issues or struggles to address them. More documents are expected to be shared daily over the coming weeks.

In a call with analysts on Monday, Zuckerberg vehemently refuted the claims and critiques in news reports stemming from whistleblower Frances Haugen’s trove of internal company documents.

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