Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has chided President Muhammadu Buhari over replacement of the sacked National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General, Ambassador Ayo Oke with Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a northerner, saying; “The President has further demonstrated to Nigerians that he is an unrepentant sectional leader, who does not care about the feelings of people from other parts of the country.”
The governor said; “with the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the NIA’s Director General, all heads of security agencies are now northerners and the question is, is this what those who enshrined federal character in our constitution envisaged?”
The governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and News Media, Lere Olayinka quoted him as saying in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday, that “seeing what President Buhari has turned the country to, the forefathers of Nigeria, who laid the foundation of the country on equity, justice and fairness will be lamenting wherever they are now.”
He said; “Ambassador Ayo Oke was removed from office the same day Babachir Lawal was removed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. While Lawal’s replacement came from his home State, Oke’s replacement came from the north. That is unacceptable.” Governor Fayose, who reminded Nigerians of President Buhari’s directive that the World Bank should shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria, maintained that “because of the President’s nepotism, religious bigotry and favouritism, Nigeria is now more divided than ever before.
He said it remained on record that President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim reportedly said that in his very first meeting with President Buhari, he (Buhari) said specifically that he would like the World Bank to shift its focus to the northern region of Nigeria.
The governor said “President Buhari has consistently demonstrated that he is an ethnic champion.
This he has done again with the appointment of yet another northerner as the NIA Director General. “Even at a point, the National Chairman of the President’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun had to openly fault the appointments made by the President, saying that as many as three people were appointed from one ward in a local government in the north.
“The implication of what the President has done is that, when Security Council meeting is held today, apart from one or two insignificant people, those in the meeting will be people from one section of the country. “Even para-military agencies are headed by people from President Buhari’s section of the country.
This is unfair.” Reminding Nigerians of his earlier warnings that President Buhari was operating as a president of the Northern Nigeria only and the appointments made by the President negated the principle of federal character, Governor Fayose said; “Those who argued then that the President made the appointments on merit should come to the open to tell Nigerians, especially those from the south that there is no one that merited appointment as Director General of NIA.
“Like I said before, those politicians, who painted the picture of a changed President Buhari to Nigerians before the 2015 presidential election must have seen now that he (Buhari) can never change from an ethnic champion to a nationalist,” Governor Fayose said.
NYSC Advises Corps Members Against Risky Engagements
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has advised corps members to avoid risky engagements in host communities they are posted to work.
Director General of the scheme Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, gave the advice at the closing ceremony of 2021 Batch B, Stream II, Orientation Course held at Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area, Nasarawa yesterday.
Ibrahim, represented by Mr Abdullahi Jikamshi, Coordinator of the scheme in the state, reaffirmed management’s commitment to the security and general welfare of corps members as well as addressing other essential needs for a fulfilling service year.
He emphasised the need for corps members to be security conscious at all times, especially avoiding risky engagements that may expose them to security threats wherever they are posted to serve.
“Risky engagements such as keeping late nights, attendance of late night parties, visitation of dangerous places and acceptance of free car ride from unknown motorists should be avoided.
“Also remember that engagement in local politics of your host communities is a no-go-area for you.
“In all circumstances, always be conscious of the implications of your action or inaction for the image of your families, NYSC and the institutions you graduated from,” he said.
Council Boss Tasks Workers On Dedication
Chairman, Irele Local Government Council of Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Ajimotokin, has charged members of staff of the council to be productive, honest and result-oriented.
Ajimotokin gave the charge yesterday during a meeting with members of staff of the council as part of activities marking the 30th anniversary celebration of the council area.
He promised to ensure enabling working environment for staff of the council in order to boost productivity.
The council boss also reiterated his administration’s drive toward prioritising workers’ welfare and also to design blueprints that would address issues affecting residents of the area.
According to him, enabling environment will amplify staff productivity.
“Therefore, my government will intensify efforts in ensuring that the working environment of the council workforce is given desired priority.
“I am also committed to ensure to design a blue-print affecting my people so that that lives of residents of the council will be better and meaningful,” Ajimotokin said.
He, however, expressed displeasure over what he described as poor attitude to work of some staff and promised that outstanding staff would be given award at the end of the year.
The newsmen reports that activities marking the 30 years anniversary of the council began last Monday with inter-denominational prayers.
There was also an inauguration of a cultural troupe to preserve the council’s cultural heritage.
UBEC, RSUBEB Begin Digital School Construction In Rivers
As part of government’s efforts to realize its dream of making the nation’s educational system a global digital community, the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB), have commenced the construction of a modern digital Smart Basic School in the state, with 14-month completion schedule.
The school, which is a pilot modern basic education facility, is designed by UBEC in collaboration with RSUBEB to entrench digitization of ICT-driven basic education system across the 36 states and FCT, Abuja.
Speaking with journalists at a brief handover ceremony of the proposed smart school site to UBEC by RSUBEB at the Community Primary School, Uzuoba in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, over the weekend, the National Consultant, UBEC Smart School Project, Prof Masud Abdulkarim, said the school was designed to incorporate digital technology into the basic education system in the country, which he said, has been in practice in advanced countries for years.
Abdulkarim stated that the desire of the Federal Government was to ensure that Nigerian children were not left out in the digital space, saying that the school would have great impact on the youth and give them equal opportunity to compete globally in the technology world.
He described the school as the first of its kind in the history of the country, adding that the school would have four categories that would take care of the nursery, handicapped, primary as well as junior secondary students with a maximum of 35 persons per class of two streams.
Abdulkarim noted that with the strategy, no fewer than 700 children would be enrolled into the school.
According to him, the school would afford the children the opportunity to become robotic engineers, artificial intelligence (AI) engineers and ICT engineers, and added that as future leaders, they need to be equipped and encouraged.
The UBEC consultant commended the state government for the provision of the school for the construction of the smart school, and described the site as the most suitable across the 23 states so far visited.
“Let me thank the RSUBEB for the site, in fact, it is the best and most suitable site among the 23 states we have so far visited. Because it has an existing school structure with a fence to protect our equipment and infrastructure. Moreso, the project will impact on the schools around because they will benefit from our Wi-Fi”, he stated.
Abdulkarim called on the host community to jealously guard the project as a growing child, till its maturity to adult stage, saying that they were important stakeholders in the project.
Also speaking on behalf of the Chairman of Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (RSUBEB), Ven Fyneface Akah, a commissioner in the board, Chief Faith Amaso, called for synergy between the contractors and host community in other to remove every impediment that may affect the delivery of the project on schedule.
Akah opined that the project, when completed, would improve basic education in the state, and expressed happiness over the commencement of the project in the state.
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