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    TSNN Students witness first matriculation in grand style

    TSNN Students witness first matriculation in grand style….

    The students of the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria (TSNN) Saminaka, Kaduna state today the 5th day of September, 2019 witnessed the first matriculation since the inception of the theological seminary in 1958.
    The theological seminary which is one of the Assemblies of God Nigeria seminaries is rated the third seminary in Nigeria. Despite her age, students who had passed out have no story to tell or write about in regard matriculation.

    The recently posted President of the seminary Rev. Benedict Kekung has decided to set the record by matriculating over 50 students, including the Diploma and Degree students.

    The matriculation ceremony which was held at the seminary convocation ground had some dignitaries in attendance.

    News Fence reporters gathered that the success of the matriculation is a clear evidence that God has totally restored peace in the seminary following the crisis that rock the institution years back that led her to exile before her restoration last year September.

    In his words of exhortation, Rev. Kekung urged all the matriculants to be of good conducts both in learning, character, and in the fear of God.
    The president further urges the general public and individuals who has the call of God to make TSNN their choice of seminary.

    The matriculants express gratitude to God and all lecturers for the great ceremony. According to one of the celebrant, Student Pastor Jehoshaphat Raphael, this ceremony is a remarkable one; I personally express gratitude to God who has made this day a reality. He stressed further pledging an allegiance to be of good character both in learning and in the fear of God.
    The Diploma Students’ Leader, Pastor Valentine Nwajiaku also appreciated the president of the seminary and the entire faculty for organising such a remarkable occasion.
    Meanwhile, the seminary has announced the late entrance examination into the 2019/2020 admission for Diploma and Degree programmes in Bible and Theology respectively.

    The announcement which was made by the Director of Admission and Records, Rev. Light Nwogu is slated to hold in three centres across the northern region of the country come 28th September, 2019.

    Those who have a convinced call of God and those who desire to have indepth knowledge on Bible, Theology, Leadership skills and Principles, Marriage and Home among other courses are hereby urged to pick up a form in any of the centres below:
    Abuja centre: Assemblies of God International Worship Centre, Area 11 Garki, Abuja,
    Kaduna centre: Assemblies of God Church, RR 1-4 Nassarawa Road, Kaduna state, and
    Saminaka centre: Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria Saminaka Kaduna state (TSNN).

    Furthermore, the admission is said not to be limited to Assemblies of God members but also opened to non Assemblies of God who really seek theological training and other courses related to life and spiritual spheres or matters.
    Interested persons should contact these numbers for enquiry: 08100589996, 08065947446, 08065009581 and 07066885070 or visit any of the centres listed above.

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    TSNN Announces Entrance Examination into 2019/2020 Admission

    TSNN Announces Entrance Examination into 2019/2020 Admission…

    The Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria Saminaka, Kaduna state (TSNN) has announced her entrance examination into the 2019/2020 admission for Diploma and Degree programmes in Bible and Theology respectively.

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    TSNN Entrance Examination

    The announcement which was made recently by the Director of Admission and Records, Rev. Light Nwogu is slated to hold in three centres across the northern region of the country come 8th June, 2019 in the first phase of the entrance examination.

    TSNN Announces Entrance
    TSNN Entrance Examination

    Those who have a convinced call of God and those who desire to have an indepth knowledge on Bible, Theology, Leadership skills and Principles, Marriage and Home among other courses are hereby urged to pick up a form in any of the centres below:

    Abuja centre: Assemblies of God International Worship Centre, Area 11 Garki, Abuja,

    Kaduna centre: Assemblies of God Church, RR 1-4 Nassarawa Road, Kaduna state, and

    Saminaka centre: Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria Saminaka Kaduna state (TSNN).

    Further more, the admission is said not to be limited to Assemblies of God members but also opened to non Assemblies of God who really seek theological training and other courses related to life and spiritual sphares or matters.

    Interested persons should contact these numbers for enquiry: 08100589996, 08065947446, 08065009581 and 07066885070 or visit any of the centres listed above.

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    ASUU strike: No work, no pay declares FG

    ASUU strike: No work, no pay declares Federal Government…

    Sequel to the strike declaration of public universities, the federal government, Saturday mandated all the vice-chancellors to stop the payment of any lecturer who embarks on strike.

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    This rule of “no-work-no-pay” was contained in a memo issued to universities and inter-varsity centres by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Signed by S.B. Ramon-Yusuf, director, research, information and technology, the memo instructed that any attempt to pay the workers’ salaries from any other sources would be termed as a violation of extant rules and government’s directives.

    “In view of the current Industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Federal Government has directed that there shall be no payment of any form of salaries and allowances to the staff on strike in federal and inter-varsity centres. “Consequently, I am to direct vice-chancellors to apply the “No-work-no-pay” rule. However, universities and inter-varsity centres are to pay salaries and allowances to non-teaching staff. All Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Centers should note that the salaries to staff on strike from whatever source of funds shall be viewed as violation of extant rules and directive of the Federal Government of Nigeria”, the memo read.

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    Ex US President H W Bush is dead

    Ex. US President H W Bush is dead…

    George Herbert Walker Bush, the former US president and father of George W Bush, has died aged 94.

    The Republican served as commander-in-chief from 1989 to 1993 and eight years later watched his son also become the country’s leader.

    Mr Bush Snr was a Second World War hero, Texas congressman, UN ambassador, CIA director, and Ronald Reagan’s vice-president between 1981 and 1989.

    Bush Is dead

    According to a Family spokesman Jim McGrath, the 41st president died shortly after 10pm on Friday.

    George Herbert Walker Bush, who served one term as US leader, is survived by five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, as well as two siblings.

    George H W Bush, who was the 43rd president, issued a statement following his father’s death.

    In it, he said: “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.

    “George HW Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”

    “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens,” he added, referring to Mr Bush’s nickname.

    Mr Bush is the longest living president in US history, one of his biggest achievements was steering America through the end of the Cold War.

    He also saw his popularity swell with America’s success in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, where US and coalition forces liberated Kuwait from Iraqi control following an air and brief ground campaign.

    A short but deep recession saw his popularity evaporate, costing him a second term in office.

    He was also haunted by his decision to break a stern, solemn vow he made to voters before he became president: “Read my lips. No new taxes.”

    Ex President HW Bush was succeeded by Democrat Bill Clinton.

    His death comes less than eight months after the death of his wife Barbara. They had been married for 73 years.

    The day after her death, George Bush was taken to hospital with a blood infection. He continued to suffer with ill-health during the following months.

    President Donald Trump said George Herbert Walker Bush, “set the stage for the decades of prosperity” following his years in power.

    He said further that he and his wife Melania “join with a grieving nation to mourn the loss of ex President George  H W Bush”.

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    A. G. General Council Felicitates with TSNN, Promises Rehabilitation

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    A. G. General Council Felicitates with TSNN, Promises Rehabilitation…

    Following the reopening of the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria Saminaka, (TSNN) Kaduna state, the General Council of the Assemblies of God Nigeria has today 5th October visited the School in felicitation and to tour through the seminary.

    The General Superintendent, Rev. Chidi Okoroafor who was represented by the Director of Education of Assemblies of God, Rev. Israel Godswill congratulates the school for her reopening.

    Rev. Okoroafor disclosed that the Board of the General Council has agreed in a communiqué to fund the rehabilitation of the seminary.

    The Director of Education further stated that the General Council has seen the reopening of the Seminary as the BEST GIFT for the President of the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria (TSNN), Rev. Samuel Edokpa who will be retiring alongside his wife Rev. Mrs. Rachael Edokpa on 25th October, 2018.

    Rev. Israel appreciated president Edokpa for inculcating knowledge in him while he was a student of the seminary so years ago.

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    Dir. of Education and TSNN President

    In his message titled “the siege is over”, the Director of Education said that God has given the General Council and the seminary a total victory, stating further that every form of limitation before the children of God will be broken.

    He showered prayers on both the students and those present at the chapel service.

    Similarly, the Saminaka District Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev. Haruna Tutu and his wife Rev. Mrs. Rachael Tutu yesterday fellowshipped with the seminary to thank God for His love and answers to prayers.

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    Saminaka District Superintendent, Assemlies of God Nigeria, Rev. Haruna Tutu and Rev. Mrs. Rachael Tutu

    Rev. Tutu said this is a new beginning for Assemblies of God Nigeria and Saminaka District as a whole.

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    TSNN Students Saminaka finally possess their possessions

    Students Saminaka finally possess their possessions…

    The students of the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria, (TSNN) Saminaka, Kaduna state have finally taken their possessions in full as they moved to the school campus today.

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    Rev. Samuel Edokpa and Rev. Mrs. R. Edokpa, yesterday President Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria Saminaka, Kaduna state.

    The exodus which was led by the Dean of students, Rev. Joshua Odeh was seen as the crossing over ceremony of the Israelites from the wilderness to the promise land.

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    TSSN Main Gate.

    The Dean urged the students to be patient with the school management as plans to put the dormitories in order are in place.

    The students expressed their gratitude to God and the school management for working tirelessly in ensuring that the students returned to the school campus.

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    TSNN students celebrating victory

    Newsfence reporters gathered that the students have been receiving lectures in Assemblies of God church Abadawa II in Lere local government, Kaduna.

    One of the students who preferred anonymous said that God has done what only He alone can do. He further stated that going back to the school campus has been his greatest desire.

    Stressing that studying outside the school environment has not been easy for the students and the lecturers as well as the environment is not conducive for learning.

    Similarly, the Assemblies of God Saminaka district also known as Jerusalem celebrated her victory today at the church auditorium.

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    Rev. Haruna Tutu, Saminaka District Superintendent at the Jerusalem Church

    The district of the church which has been embroiled in leadership crisis leading to factionalisation of the church in the area led to the shut down of the churches including three institution of the church was officially reopened yesterday by the state government.

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    Church members celebrating victory

    The celebration thanksgiving which was shortly interrupted by the leaders of the other faction but was put to calm by the security personnel who were in the service.

    The district superintendent Rev. Haruna Tutu urged the members to be calm because God has won the victory over the pit of hell.

    Our correspondent gathered that the leader of these hoodlums have been arrested.

    And there is calmness in the environment.

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    A.G Saminaka Celebrates victory over recovery of properties

    A.G Saminaka Celebrates

    A.G Saminaka Celebrates victory…

    The Assemblies of God Nigeria Saminaka District in Lere local government area of Kaduna state has been in a joyous mood as the long properties which were closed down since 2015 were reopened by the state government.

    The reopening of the seminary and other seized properties was order by the state governor Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai who sent the Divisional Police Officer, Kayode Sunday and other security personnel to officially open the closed properties.

    The entire members of the district and other non denomination joined in the celebration.

    A.G Saminaka Celebrates

    The president of the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria (TSNN), Rev. Samuel Edokpa expressed his gratitude to God for making this Day a reality.
    He further stated that the God of heaven needs to be trusted. Edokpa and the entire faculty of the Seminary expressed that gratitude to the state government for reopening the school, the Evangel Hospital and some other properties that has been put on siege.

    A.G Saminaka Celebrates

    Students of the Seminary gathered in the chapel hall to pray unto God for the miraculous opening of the school with the shout of “God has has finally taken us to the promise land”

    According to reports, the seminary school has been in “exile” since 2015 when the Emeka faction claimed that the properties belong to them.

    A.G Saminaka Celebrates

    However, after the long awaited period of prayers and with the intervention of the state government, the school and all properties were officially handed over to the rightful owners of the properties, the General Council of the Assemblies of God Nigeria.

    A.G Saminaka Celebrates

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    Jim Iyke arrested for slapping Dana Airline’s Employee

    Jim Iyke arrested…

    Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke, has been arrested for slapping an employee of Dana Airline on Monday afternoon at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, for slapping an employee of Dana Air.

    It was gathered that the actor arrived late for his 12:15pm Abuja flight and the airline’s security personnel tried to help him to meet up with the flight by searching him.

    According to eye witnesses, Iyke refused to be searched and pushed the man away, but the man insisted that he must be searched before boarding.

    The man’s insistence was said to have angered Iyke, who slapped the man for ‘wasting his time.’

    Iyke was later arrested by officers from the Airport Police Command.

    Dana Air’s Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa, who confirmed the incident, said Iyke was, however, released, after he had apologised to the airline employee.

    Ezenwa added that the actor eventually missed the flight, which was still on ground when the incident happened.

    Jim Iyke arrested

    The Public Relations Officer, Airport Command, Alabi Joseph, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, also confirmed the incident, saying that Iyke was released after he tendered an apology.

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    Kwankwaso declares interest for 2019 presidential election

    Kwankwaso declares interest for 2019 presidential election, vows to fix infrastructural deficit

    The Senator representing Kano Central and former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso made his intention known to the general public on Wednesday to contest in 2019 presidential election with the vow to address what he has described as the infrastructural deficit in the country.

    A statement announcing the declaration issued by his campaign also frowned at the country’s increasing dependence on foreign loans.

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    Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso

    Kwankwanso who governed Kano State in two different spells on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP but defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC in the later days of his last spell recently returned to the PDP.

    He is one of about half a dozen persons seeking the presidential ticket of the PDP.

    A statement by the campaign announcing his intention on Sunday, stated that “it is imperative for us to embark on massive infrastructural turnaround across the country with judicious management of the nation’s resources without necessarily mortgaging the future of the country on excessive foreign loans and its attendant burden, adding that he will eliminate insecurity in all its forms across the country and return Nigeria to the path of prosperity.

    The statement further noted his achievements as governor of Kano State to include the popular Free School Feeding Programme and the Free Uniform for Primary Schools, based on his ‘Kwankwasiyya’ ideology, among others.

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    Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa takes oath of office

    Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa takes oath of office…

    Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken the oath of office as the president of Zimbabwe after a bitterly disputed election.

    Cheers ring out in a national stadium at his inauguration as the country moves on from the decades-long rule of Robert Mugabe.

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     Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s     President.

    Mnangagwa first took office in November after Mugabe resigned under military pressure, and narrowly won a July 30 election that the opposition alleged was rigged.

    The Constitutional Court on Friday rejected those claims.

    Emmerson Mnangagwa who cast his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during general elections pledged to “protect and promote the rights of Zimbabweans” in the inauguration ceremony attended by thousands of supporters at the stadium in Harare.

    “I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe (and) will obey uphold and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said in an oath greeted by thunderous applause from a crowd that also included several African heads of state.

    Since independence from Britain in 1980, Zimbabwe has known only two presidents — Mugabe, who ruled with an iron fist for 37 years, and his erstwhile right-hand man Mnangagwa, he was nicknamed “The Crocodile.”

    The newly-minted leader has hailed his election victory as a fresh start for Zimbabwe after years of repression and economic mismanagement under his predecessor which left the country burdened by shattered public services, mass poverty and unemployment.

    But his reforming promises, including to entice back investors, were marred by the army opening fire on protesters, killing six shortly after the poll, allegations of vote-rigging and a violent crackdown on opposition activists.

    The 75-year-old Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidant, now faces the mammoth task of rebuilding a worsening economy and uniting a nation deeply divided by a vote that many hoped would deliver change.

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    PDP presidential aspirant Makarfi says he is confident to pick ticket

    PDP presidential aspirant Makarfi says he is confident to pick ticket…

    Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who recently showed interest to run the presidential race under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has on Sunday said he was confident of picking the party’s ticket for the 2019 election.

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     Senator Ahmed Makarfi

    Makarfi made the declaration at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Sunday.

    Newsmen report that Makarfi, a former governor of Kaduna State who also served as the Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, is now one of the over 12 presidential aspirants of the party.

    The PDP aspirant, who just concluded meetings with PDP members in the Southwest, said his exceptional performance as chairman of the caretaker committee would give him an upper hand at the primaries. “PDP has become a beautiful bride because of what I did.

    The party was considered dead until I came in as chairman of the caretaker committee and turned it round.

    “No other presidential aspirant in the party has my pedigree. I have been assured of becoming the groom by members who are aware of those efforts and have sworn they will not sell their votes at the primaries.

    “Since I joined the PDP, I have never left the party. “My experience as a member of the Senate committee on finance for eight years is also an advantage.

    I will bring the experience to bear when I pick the ticket and emerge as president,” he said.

    Makarfi said contrary to certain opinions, money would not determine who picks the PDP ticket, and that money has never been a determinant factor in who becomes the president of Nigeria.

    “When did Nigeria start to produce presidents because of resources? Former presidents Alh. Shehu Shagari, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alh. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and now President Muhammadu Buhari, did not become presidents based on money.

    “In one of the southwest states I visited, a member said other aspirants have been giving them money and gifts, but I don’t have to give them money or gifts to vote for me in the primaries because they know I am the best man for the job,” he said.

    On a female vice president, Makarfi said he had wanted a female running mate if he won the primaries, but the person he had in mind declined and opted for a lower responsibility.

    He lamented that Nigerian women were yet to take up the challenge of becoming presidents or vice, noting that those positions were not exclusive to men.

    “I look forward to seeing a female president not even vice in Nigeria someday. It is time the women stop taking back seats,” he said.

    The PDP aspirant, reacting to INEC’s registration of more political parties that brought the number registered to 91, said while it allowed freedom of association, there was need for sanity.

    “I know that the major parties will reduce the number via coalitions and MOU’s. However, it is not the duty of political parties to do so,” he added.

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    Reggae legend, Ras Kimono lays to rest

    Reggae legend, Ras Kimono lays to rest…

    It was a moment of mourning as the remains of late Nigerian reggae legend, Ras Kimono were yesterday laid-in-state at the Cenotaph, Asaba Delta State capital as the journey to his final resting place continued.

    Activities for  Kimono’s funeral rites which commenced  in Lagos earlier this week had continued in Asaba as reggae lovers,   members of the Rasta fraternity and the Copyright Society of Nigeria , COSON, yesterday  embarked on a procession along major streets in the metropolis. Kimono died on June 10, 2018 and will be laid to rest today (Saturday) at his   home town, Onicha-Olona community,   Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.

    Chief Executive Officer of COSON, Tony Okoroji, in a tribute to the late reggae icon, described Kimono as an incredibly talented and detribalised Nigerian who stood for peace in his entire lifetime.

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    Reggae Legend Ras Kimono

    He said: “I know that Kimono lives. As we drove from Lagos yesterday (Thursday), ordinary people at every stop, were singing Kimono’s songs and dancing to his beats.” Continue reading

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