Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 17 March, 2018.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
In an unending season of high profile marriages involving the children of top politicians, successful businessmen and celebrities, it was a roll call of crème de la crème of eminent personalities, political office holders, captains of industries and diplomats, who stormed the ancient city of Kano, yesterday, for the wedding Fatiha of the daughter of Africa’s richest man and business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and son of former Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Dahiru Abubakar.
And despite the hard knocks he received for attending the marriage between the son of Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, and daughter of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, also in Kano, a fortnight ago, President Muhammadu Buhari was at yesterday’s ceremony, this time as “father” of the bride.

Also in attendance was one of the richest men in the world and renowned philanthropist, Mr. Bill Gates.Kano State-born Dangote gave out the hand of his daughter, Fatimah, in marriage to the Zamfara State-born Jamil at a very crowd-pulling event.

The marriage, which was consummated in one of the ancient inner palaces of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, attracted the sum of N500, 000 dowry, which was received by the President, who stood on behalf of the bride’s father, Dangote.

The exchange of the dowry was witnessed by a former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Director General, Directorate of Security Service (DSS), Mamman Daura and Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.While presiding over the religious rite, Sanusi advised the couple to be patient, persevere and respect each other’s value through mutual understanding and love.

The emir emphasised that marriage is one of the cardinal tenets of Islam, which must be accorded the fullest respect by the couple.Others who graced the wedding Fatiha include governors Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano); Mohammed Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina); Kassim Shettima (Borno); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Ajimobi (Oyo); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna); Yahaya Bello (Kano); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe); Abubakar Bello (Niger); Mohammad Bindow Jubrila (Adamawa); Mohammad Abdullahi (Bauchi), among others.

Also in attendance were a host of former governors, ministers, senators, House members, captains of industries, technocrats, bureaucrats, ambassadors, top-flight businessmen, traditional rulers, Islamic scholars and religious leaders.There was, however, watertight security within Kano metropolis, as both uniformed and plain- clothed security agents were on red alert in case of any eventuality.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, yesterday berated Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, for accusing Southern Kaduna Christian clerics of using the killings of its natives by armed herdsmen to receive financial support from churches overseas.
Kukah challenged el-Rufai at the funeral mass of the late Reverend Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, who was the Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan and attended by former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by former Chairman, Nigeria Christians Pilgrims Board, Kennedy Opara and Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF).Kukah strongly condemned Governor El-Rufai over his handling of the Southern Kaduna crisis.
“Today is a special day for Southern Kaduna people and the people of Kaduna State. It is a day of reckoning. It is as much a day of sowing as a day of reaping.“It is day of promise and a day of hope. The mix of gathering suggest very clearly that this is not an ordinary funeral ceremony,” he said during his exhortation.

“Certain burials made certain demands. They set the records straight. They create urgency now,” he added, warning that, “no one should expect that the burial of someone like Bagobiri should be a simple ceremony of burying a Bishop.”Besides, Kukah decried the violence that had engulfed Southern Kaduna since 1992, pointing out that Southern Kaduna had experiences of ‘judicial terrorism.’

He praised the late Bishop Bagobiri for his “undiplomatic’ way of talking about the violence and injustice that had engulfed Southern Kaduna, especially under the present dispensation, while taking a swipe at Governor el-Rufai.He said: “In his television programme during the crisis, the governor of Kaduna State, levelled two accusations against religious leaders whom he accused of selling a narrative of what he described as ‘a policy of exclusion.’

Citing the governor, Kukah said: “This religious leaders wanted only a people of a particular indigenous or religious group to live in parts of Southern Kaduna.“Secondly, he said some Church leader had collected money from missionaries abroad to bury their dead and to rebuild thousands of churches that had been destroyed.

“I am not sure which religious leaders he was talking about, but at least the two most prominent religious leaders in Southern Kaduna would be Bagobiri and the Emir of Jemaa.“As I have said, my encounter and experience with both the Emir Jemaa and Bishop Bagobiri led me to a totally different conclusion.

The Emir of Jemaa called me a day after Bagobiri died. I was shocked by the fact that rather than console me, he spoke of the loss of our dear brother, a good man, father and so on. It was a common love for us.”

President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Musa Kaptain Solomon, who spoke on behalf of the Southern Kaduna people said: “When our leaders were playing the ostrich, trying to be politically correct, Bagobiri became the lone voice that stood with his people.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018

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Jadesola Adedeji

Jadesola Adedeji is the Director and CEO of STEM METS Resources, a company that provides 21st century skills training to children and youths in Nigeria using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) based activities and programs. The aim of STEM METS is to prepare students for the future workplace and as contributors to the economic development of Nigeria.She began her career in pharmaceuticals with GlaxoSmithKline and assumed roles that enabled her to work across Africa, Europe and Asia. In 2002, she bought a pharmaceuticals company called the Medicine Shoppe, which she ran for eight years.
In 2012, in her search for a learning and recreational service for children in Nigeria, she realised there was a dearth in children’s recreational learning centers in Nigeria and, more importantly, there were no programs which encouraged innovation, creativity and communication in line with 21st Century learning practice for children. Jade then found the STEM METS Resources Limited, which brought the Bricks4Kidz concept to Nigeria in January 2014. To date, the program has seen over 3000 children via its various enrichment platforms and has run as an after-school enrichment class in over 12 schools in Lagos.

Her entrepreneurial skills and passion for providing skills to prepare Nigerian children for the 21st century has gotten her global recognition and attention. Her company has recently garnered a partnership with Airbus Foundation to administer its robotics and aviation program to youths aged 12-16.She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from King’s College, London and later went on to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration from Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. In 2016, she completed an Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. She discusses her innovative projects with GuardianWoman.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a dreamer and I like to inspire others to dare to dream and pursue their passion. I have a curious mind and like to challenge the status quo. My life philosophy is Carpe Dieme- Seize the day.

What is STEM METS Resources Limited? 
STEM METS Resources was founded in November 2013 with my friend, late Dr Funmi Ogunwuyi- we shared a vision of changing what education can look like in Nigeria. She passed away in March 2014.

We are a social enterprise committed to nurturing, enriching and inspiring young minds by providing quality, innovative, alternative educational learning platforms
Our vision is to ensure that Nigerian children and youths are equipped with the skills set required to compete in the future global workforce and also to contribute to the economic development of our great country, Nigeria. We believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s work-force.

Tell us about your offerings at STEM METS 
We provide 21st century skills training to children aged 3-16 using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (S.T.E.M) based activities and programs.
We use various proven hands-on, project based programs and tools to develop and nurture students’ critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and confidence building skills. These programs are run as after-school enrichment classes, holiday camps, field trips and even birthday parties!
At the moment, we offer two international and award-winning programs- Bricks4kidz and the Airbus Foundation A380 Assembly workshop, in schools across Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states

What inspired your interest in STEM? 
As a scientist, I try to stay abreast of current educational and scientific trends and noticed that with the advent of technology- the 4th industrial revolution is impacting how we learn and work and the skill set required for the workplace has changed significantly from when I was at school. The requirements for the workspace was constantly changing and as such, the educational systems in the developed nations were adjusting and redesigning their curricula to accommodate new trends, moving away from rote learning. They focused on skills development and practical application of knowledge starting from their early childhood educational programs
So, in my search for creative enrichment programs for my own children, I came across the concept of using STEM based activities to develop creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative and communication skills.

What is your view on STEM learning for students in Nigeria?
Educational stakeholders are trying to catch up with the rapidly changing needs and STEM based learning is being given a lot of attention recently. Some schools are embracing and incorporating activities and projects into their curriculum and also out of class enrichment programs but we still have a long way to go. We need to recognize that these programs must be applied along all tiers of our educational system starting with early years.

Do you think the educational sector in Nigeria is well equipped for it?
We certainly need an overhaul of our educational system to be better aligned to the current and future workplace needs. A recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report suggests that in order for our continent to be able to meet the jobs demands of the future, we need to update the quality of our STEM education through technical, vocational and tertiary education to develop a workforce capable of competing in technology-driven economies. This does not mean that everyone needs to become an engineer or data scientist but the expectation is that our graduates and school leavers should have at least basic STEM literacy skills essential to fill job vacancies across all sectors

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
The Court of Appeal, yesterday, dismissed an appeal instituted by the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, against the process of his recall initiated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Abuja Division of the appellate court, with the unanimous decision of its three-man panel of Justices, paved the way for INEC to proceed with the earlier stalled recall process since June 23, last year due to the institution of the suit by Melaye.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High Court had earlier, in a judgment, given its nod to INEC to proceed with the recall process.The lower court ruled that contrary to Melaye’s contention, the 90 days provided by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) for the recall process to be concluded had not been exhausted, but had been on hold since July 6, last year, when Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court made an order halting the process.

Justice Dimgba, to whom the case was later reassigned, had in his judgment delivered on September 11, last year, dismissed Melaye’s suit, but gave a pre-condition for INEC to continue with the recall exercise, which is that the electoral body should serve the senator with the recall petition and the accompanying documents, including the signatures of the about one-half of the constituents calling for his recall.
However, Melaye filed an appeal before the appellate court to challenge the validity of the recall process.With the dismissal of the suit, yesterday, Justice Tunde Awotoye affirmed the judgment of Justice Dimgba, but held that the Federal High Court ought not to have heard the case, as the suit did not disclose any cause of action against INEC.
The court also dismissed the allegation of denial of fair hearing leveled against INEC by Melaye, adding that the powers of INEC to conduct a recall process was given by the constitution and such could not be taken away even by the court.

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
As the controversy over series of endorsements for Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son in -law, Chief Nwosu, continues to escalate, 20 members of the Imo State House of Assembly, on Thursday night, rose from a meeting in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State, stamping their feet for the governorship candidature of the governor’s son in -law.
Meanwhile, seven others shunned the meeting, with member representing Aboh Mbaise State constituency, Chief Mike Iheanetu, castigating the endorsement, which he described as undemocratic and outside the mandate given to members to carry out.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting Friday at his residence in Owerri, the member representing Oguta and the Director General of the movement, Ugwumba Mandate Worldwide, Henry Uzoma Ezediaro, noted that the seven lawmakers, who could not attend, were at their liberty to explain their position, adding that he was mindful of mentioning those who endorsed Nwosu.

He listed the names of the endorsers as the Speaker of the house, Acho Ihim, former Majority Leader of the House and member representing Owerri Constituency, Lugard Osuji, Chukwuemeka Loyiud (Owerri North), Innocent Arthur Egwim (Ideator North), Obinna Egu (Ngor Okpala), Mrs. Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) and Uju Onwudiwe (Njaba).

Others he disclosed are Mrs. Uche Ejiogu (Ihitteuboma), Victor Onyewuchi (Owerri West), Uche Agabiga (Orsu), Emma Orie (Ohaji /Egbema), Ikechukwu Amuka (Ideato South): himself, Ezediaro (Oguta), Lawman Duruji (Ehime Mbano) and Marcel Odunze (Orlu).

Those who participated but were late to the meeting, according to Ezidiaro, are Chinedu Offor (Onuimo) and Chika Madumere, who represent Nkwere constituency and Kennedy Ibe (Obowo).

“We have about two third majority of house members, who signed it and willing to address the press that they are in support of the project. All the people of Imo State are fully represented. I think that time is now.”

Speaking on the gravity of mentioning the names of the lawmakers involved, Ezediaro, said, “Do you know what it means to address you to say an honourable member signed or said what he did not say? “

“Having been elected and have been given the power and mabdate to speak for your people. After four years, the power seizes. All these 20 lawmakers I mentioned have led their people to tell the governor that they have endorsed Uche Nwosu. “

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
In a quest to reduce airfares for Nigerians and to ensure affordable airfares for customers, Wakanow has teamed up with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and key Airlines to actualise that. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Following its recent survey, Tourism Beyond Borders, an international tourism rating body based Germany, has named La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort as the best in West Africa and one of the top in the world. The resort is located in Ikegun Village Ibeju ' Lekki, Lagos State. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Striving to reduce unemployment in the state, the Provost of Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA), Samson Adeola Odedina has assured the state government that more youths would soon become millionaire agropreneurs who will feed the nation. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Rivers State born politician and APC chieftain Prince Tonye Princewill has taken Governor Nyesom Wike and the youths of the state to task over what he describes as 'the gradual slip into oblivion and anarchy' that the state is descending into. 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the appointment of Dr. Uche Chukwuma as the Acting Director General of the Neighborhood Safety Agency.Dr. Chukwuma, who retired as an Assistant Commissioner of Police..... 

Sat, 17 Mar 2018
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Sat, 17 Mar 2018
President of TYO, Timothy Hembaor, yesterday, maintained that the President's non- condemnation of the killings and refusal to respond to critical issues raised before him during his recent visit by stakeholders is not good for the country and does not give hope to the victims... 
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