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Dr Mohammed Barau, the Rector of Federal Polytech

            nic, Mubi in Adamawa, has been commended for his compliance with federal character principles in the recruitment of staff.

  A community leader in Mubi, Alhaji Babangida Jibrilla, who gave the commendation in Mubi yesterday also lauded the rector for the rapid transformation recorded in areas of infrastructure and academic activities in the school.

  Jibrilla said besides the compliance with federal character requirements in employment, the rector had in the last two years introduced various courses in the polytechnic that raised the school students population from 2,000 to 19,000.

  “More than 20 courses run by the polytechnic were accredited within the last two years while series of physical development in terms of lecture theatres and office blocks were executed to make learning conducive.




No fewer than 100 youths have benefited from a skill

            and vocational training programme initiated by the Bauchi State Furniture Company since 2009, as part of efforts to eradicate poverty in the state.

Alhaji Bakoji Badara, the Managing Director of the company, gave the information in an interview with The Tide’s source on Monday in Bauchi.

Badara said the youths were trained in carpentry, upholstery and metal works, under the skill acquisition scheme designed to enhance employment generation and encourage the growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME).

He said the trainees were paid between N8,000 and N25,000, as monthly allowances, depending on the nature of their work.



The National Council on Education (NCE) has prom

            ised to map out innovative strategies on policy options and best practices for the development of education through Public Private Partnership.

Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, said this at the opening ceremony of the technical session of the 56th Meeting of the Council in Abuja on Monday.

He assured stakeholders that at the meeting “we shall consider memoranda for council’s approval with a view to mapping out innovative strategies on policy options and best practices”.

The permanent secretary expressed the commitment of the ministry for total restoration of the country’s education system to its former glory.



The Gombe State Government has pledged more sup

            port to the National Youth Service scheme.

Governor Mohammed Goje stated this on Monday while inspecting the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Malamsidi Kwami in Gombe State.

He commended the contributions of corp members to education, health and other sectors in the state.

Goje, who described the scheme as the best platform for national unity and integration, said government would ensure that the scheme continued.

The first phase of the permanent orientation camp project includes, hostels, offices  and a parade ground, which is to cost N600 million and is expected to be completed by the end of March this year. 



The Kaduna State Government plans to establish small

            hydro power projects to complement the proposed 30 megawatts generation station being built at Gurara Dam, an official said.

The Commissioner for Rural Development, Alhaji Abubakar Musa Abubakar, made the information known  in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.

He said 11 spots had been identified for the projects but added  that only three had been found to be viable, while others were still  being studied.

Abubakar said the government and the Energy Commission of Nigeria were working on renewable energy sources.



The Kebbi State Government has uncovered 6,000

            “ghost workers” and saved about N200 million since the introduction of e-payment in October 2009.

The Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Bello Tugga, told newsmen on Monday in Birnin Kebbi that government had achieved 95 per cent success in the bio-metrix system of e-payment of salary to its workers.

He said a committee, with members from all segments of the civil service, had been set up to verify any anomalies in the payment of workers salary.

Tugga said government had no intention of punishing anybody for the discovery of the ghost workers, stressing that the measure was purely aimed at sanitising its accounting system.



Kwara Deputy Governor, Joel Ogundeji, yesterday in

            Ilorin called on the private sector to assist the government in financing education as part of its social responsibility.

Ogundeji made the call when he inaugurated a building donated to ECWA Girls Secondary School, Omu-Aran, by the Deputy Governor of Anambra, Dame Virgy Etiaba, an old student.

He said that government alone could not fund education in the country.

The deputy governor called on other stakeholders and corporate organisations to contribute their quota in ensuring quality education.

“All of us are duty bound to contribute to the physical and academic development of our alma mater,” he said.




An Ikeja High Court on Monday admitted in evidence

            video tapes containing recordings of the Special Investigation Panel (SIP) proceedings on the alleged attempted murder of  Chief Alex Ibru.

Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer to late Gen. Sani Abacha, and three others are standing trial for the 1996 alleged attempted murder of  Ibru in Lagos.

The others are: former  Commissioner of  Police in Lagos State, James Danbaba; a former Military Administrator of  Zamfara, Jubril Yakubu and a Chief Superintendent of  Police, Rabo Lawal.

The tapes, tendered in evidence, contained the proceedings of  interrogation by the SIP of several suspects including Al-Mustapha and other accused in 1999.




Alhaji Hassan Nuhu, the Director-General, Millennium

            Development Goals (MDGs) in Niger, has announced the award of N1.8 billion contracts that would impact positively on the lives of the citizenry.

Nuhu announced the contract awards in Minna recently, during the presentation of the contract documents to some contractors handling the various projects.

He said the contracts included the construction of 12 comprehensive health care centres, each capable of catering for 20 admitted patients, at the cost of N600 million.

The DG said four health centres would be built in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.

According to him, the centres would be equipped and provided with medical consumables and drugs to increase the access of pregnant women and children to medical services.



Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau has said that the state

            would no longer allow  unauthorised buildings in the greater Jos master plan.

Receiving the report of the plan in Jos on Friday, Jang said the government intended to pursue its actualisation very soon.

“Let me warn those who are fund of erecting buildings just anywhere that they will be bulldozed without any apology.

‘’We have told the task force on illegal structures to remove all illegal structures in the city.

“We are not joking about the matter. People will want to carry it into religion, they will term it tribal and all kinds of things but I am determined to do it, no matter what happens,” he said.



Sokoto State is to build a 30-megawatts Independent Power  Project (IPP) at the cost of N3.8 billion.  

Mr Ford Graham, Managing Director of the U.S.-based Vulcan Capital Energy Management, which won the contract for the project, disclosed this recently at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the state government in Sokoto.

Graham said that the state government had already paid 30 per cent of the total contract sum to his firm for the execution of the project, which was awarded in November 2008.

He said that his firm had commenced work on the project following the arrival in December 2009 of some of the equipment it ordered.

Graham blamed the delay in commencing work on the project to the delay in the acquisition of the site and in opening letters of credit.

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No Room For Cultism, Sex-For-Marks In UNIMAID -VC



The Vice-Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, says there is no room for cultism and sex-for-marks in the institution.
Shugaba said this at a forum yesterday in Abuja.
The vice-chancellor said that the university was intensifying measures to ensure that cultism and other social vices were checked adequately.
“Our university has all these while maintained a zero tolerance to cultism and exam malpractice and to some other vices.
“We have never had a situation of cultism on the campus, it is always outside the campus very close to the university,’’ he said
While emphasising that the institution had recorded success in addressing the problems of cultism, Shugaba said that the management was, however, determined to discipline those involved in nefarious activities.
“Where we had a similitude of that we have dealt with it.
“The vice-chancellor has that power to suspend students and arraign them before Students Disciplinary Committee.
“That committee has been working. Each time we have cases we refer it to them and they make a good job of it and report to us.
“Those that need to be expelled will be expelled, those that need to be rusticated for one semester or two they will be given the appropriate punishment.
“There was something that happened and it involved one of the military guys on campus, we reported to the military authorities and they took swift action against that officer of theirs.
“That was the only thing that happened on the campus, they were trying to initiate someone and I think the guy has been dismissed from the military; so we do not have much of that problem,’’ Shugaba said.
The vice-chancellor, who decried the rate of exam malpractice in the education system admonished students to refrain from it, stressing that appropriate sanctions awaited defaulters.
According to him, one that is so much rampant and it is in most of the universities is the issue of exam malpractice.
“There is no single exam we conduct that we do not have students that do that kind of thing but when we catch them doing it we have ways of making them realise their mistakes.
“We have always counselled them; we have always embarked on campaign using bill boards, orientation programmes and the radio station to tell them about the consequences,’’ he said.
Shugaba added that the institution was collaborating with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to check the menace of drug related vices.
“We bring the NDLEA to the campus to counsel the students on the effects of drugs.
“So, that has brought it to the barest minimum but our greatest headache is the examination malpractice where every semester we have reports.
“We bring the students before the committee, examine and give them chance to defend themselves and those found guilty depending on the level of the offence will either be expelled or suspended for one or two semesters.
“Because we are doing that it is gradually reducing and in the last two semesters there hasn’t been much cases.
“We have had some that were expelled but if you consider the total number of students on the campus the number expelled is negligible.
On the issue of sex for marks, Shugaba said “since we got to know about the happenings in other institutions, we have been working on our own academic staff to ensure that these things don’t happen.
“There are instances where we have invited some that were reported, they have been seriously warned and I can assure you that the situation is now giving way,’’ Shugaba said.

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Ex-Lawmaker Advises Reduction In Rice Prices 



A former House of Representatives member, Rep. Joseph Akinlaja, has advised the Federal Government to ensure reduction in the price of rice commodities
Akinlaja gave the advice yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the one million bags of rice paddy pyramids launched by President Muhammad Buhari.
He explained that the rice pyramid showed that the country was ready to be self-sufficient in rice production and should continue to showcase its achievement in terms of agriculture.
Akinlaja, who is also the former National Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), maintained that it was necessary Nigerians benefited with discounted price after processing the rice.
He added that there was the need for a drastic reduction in price of the commodities as soon as it rolled into the market with the cooperation of the millers association.
”I hope that rice will remain the cheapest commodity in the Nigerian market.”
The building of the paddy rice pyramid at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Airport Road, started mid- December 2021.
The rice pyramids were built with million bags of rice paddy planted and harvested from states across the country under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme.
The President, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Mr Ado Hassan, had earlier said that the country would commence exportation of rice in the near future to engender the twin benefits of food security and economic diversification.
Secretary of the Kano State chapter of RIFAN, told the journalists on the sidelines of the unveiling of the mega rice pyramids in Abuja, that it was a joint project between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under its Anchor Borrowers Programme, and RIFAN.
“For the fact that Nigeria has not imported even a grain of rice in the last four years is enough prove that we are already self-sufficient in the commodity. The cultivation of rice is a reality and it will continue to happen,” he said.
Hassan said that though insecurity was a setback, it has not discouraged farmers from cultivating different crops.
He assured that the massive investment in rice cultivation by Nigeria will bring down its price and make it available to the ordinary Nigerians

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Expert Advises Nigerian Leaders To Be Self-Motivated



The founder of TEXEM UK, Dr Alim Abubakre, a British Nigerian, has urged Nigerian leaders and entrepreneurs to be self-motivated before trying to motivate their team in the uncertain era of COVID-19.
Abubakre, who spoke with the The Tide in Abuja said a prolific leader must be self-motivated to motivate his or her team for maximum productivity.
“It becomes easy to provide strategic direction and inspire your team to achieve organisational goals when you are self-motivated.
”But, how do you motivate yourself? Well, be open to change, learn from others, reflect on your progress, balance your emotions, be deliberate about the company you keep and what you read, and always make positive affirmative statements,” he explained.
Speaking on how strategic leaders could develop a growth mindset and win in 2022 and beyond, Abubakre noted that improving performance during and after a pandemic could be challenging due to many disruptions.
“While it looks challenging and daunting during times of uncertainty, yet there are executives out there who are performing exceptionally well despite the many challenges they face.
“Such cases present an opportunity to learn how such leaders are sailing through the storms of the pandemic, competition, disruption and other headwinds.
“As a public or private sector leader, you need to learn and adopt the right strategies, with the appropriate executing competencies, that will assist you to circumvent the innumerable hurdles of the prevailing post-lockdown volatile operating context.
“And to better implement this, you must pursue a holistic stakeholder engagement and involvement strategies to stimulate an effective and efficient organisation-wide goals achievement.
“By the way, contrary to what many people think, leadership is not about coercion.
“On the contrary, sometimes transformational leadership improves organisational performance through appropriate coaching and inspiration.
“Arguably, certain qualities and characteristics are common among successful leaders who continually contribute to nation-building.
“How such individuals respond to circumstances, including disruptive pandemics such as the COVID-19 and the strategic choices that they make, all factor into their success and effective leadership.

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