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Ondo

 

Governor Olusegu Minimko is to be honoured by the people of Ondo town during this year’s Ekimogun day celebration.

The event will take place at the Oba Adesanoye civic centre, Ondo state and unlike part editions, Miniko is sole awardees this year, a statement said, Tuesday.

According to the organisers: The 2009 Ekimogun Day celebration has been specially dedicated to Mimiko to appreciate and honour God for his election as the indigene even to become governor of the Sunshine State since its creation in 1976.

Ekimogun Day is a yearly event which started since 1987 as special day set aside by the Ondo people to celebrate their common heritage, industry and achievements.

 

Oyo

 

The Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCSU) has invited a campaign for a special salary scale for its members in the service of state government nationwide.

The union also said that ongoing labour’s demand for N52,000 minimum wage will not affect its campaign for the special salary scale.

This was disclosed by the national president of the union, Comrade Shuaib Mohammed, at the delegate’s conference of the Oyo State Council of union in Ibadan at the weekend.

New members of State Executive of the union at the conference.

His comment came as the new Oyo State Council chairman, Comrade Kehinde Oporiude, called on aggrieved members to return to the fold.

Just as medical workers, teachers and others deserve special salary scale, Mohammed said members of his union deserved special pay in view of strategic role they perform in government service delivery.

Mohammed also described the wide desparity between the salary of permanent secretaries and directors in various state ministries, saying it is a clear case of imbalance.

The union leader said a situation where permanent secretaries earn over N400,000 while their fellow directors a paltry N80,000create a feeling of cheating and dissatisfaction among senior government workers.

 

Ekiti

 

All the six South West Governors and prominent traditional rulers will meet again to fashion out means of collectively developing the zone Governor Olusegun Oni is hosting other members of the council next Tuesday at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti.

The meeting which at one time or the other had had in attendance the Ooni of Ife, the Alaafin of Oyo and chairman of traditional councils of states of the south west will at this gathering set out the modalities and programmes that can allow the political and natural rulers of the zone create a common pattern of development that would, at the end, become a vital contribution to the growth of the country.

According  to the coordinator of the council, Alao Adedayo who is also the publisher of Alaroye Group of Newspaper, attempt to always bring the royal fathers together with the governor is borne out of the desire to ensure that the leaders come together, plan together and work  together for the development of Yoruba land, irrespective of their political or religious differences.

 

Sokoto

 

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’adAbubakar has frowned at mass failure of examination organised by the West African Examination Council (WAEC0 and National Examination Council (NECO) for students across the country and urged the federal government to reintroduce the Teachers Colleges and reorganise the National Teachers Institute (NTI).

The Sultan made this call in Sokoto to during his address to the nation in the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir.

Alhaji Abubakar described the situation is very disturbing, “we have taken note of the mass failure of students at this year’s WAEC and NECO examinations. The situation is disturbing and we are calling on the federal government to find out reason for this.

“Since we are optimistic that the problem might not be unconnected to the failing standard of primary education in the country, w e therefore appealed to the Federal Government to  reintroduce Teachers College and the re-organisation of the National Teachers Institute (NTI) in order to improve the quality of education.

 

Plateau

 

A businessman, Alexander Ejukorlem has petitioned the Pleateau State Police Command over the alleged invasion of his house by some gun wielding policemen who supervised the removal of roofing zinc, doors and other fittings they carted away.

Mr Ejukorlem alleged that the policemen numbering 14 and who claimed to be citing on instructions invaded his company’s premises located at No. 26 Jengre Road in the afternoon of October 27 to carry out the action.

“The men were fully armed intimidated all the residents of the premises and ordered everybody out of the premises.  They were in company of some men and boys who we did not immediately know their identity.

“The boys climbed the roof under the watchful eyes of the policemen and removed the zinc, doors windows netting, burglary proof electrical cables, fitting and other items of the property where we  lived with my brothers and officers of the company” the petition said.

 

 

Abuja

 

The conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has condemned the presidency over comment that President Umaru Musa Yar’Adu is full committed to the implementation of the Justice Mohammed Uwais committee report.

Special Advisers to the president on media and publicity, Mr olusegun Adeniyi on Sunday last week in a publication on pages of newspapers not (The Nation) captioned “who is afraid of the Uwais Report? Said even before the enactment of the enabling legislation on electoral reforms, President Yar’Adua has clearly demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the reform agenda.

His words: “But it would appear that with his conceptions about the Uwais Report (which many of the critics have not even bothered to read) the public is being misled into believing that this government is not committed to electoral reform. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

“This same report has been placed in its entirety by the President before the National Assembly which clearly is not a rubber-stamp institution.”

CNPP furious about this in a statement recalled that contrary to the twist from the presidency, the Uwais Report against the rules of the both chambers of the National Assembly did not accompany the seven tepid Executive Electoral Bills adding that it shows clearly that the presidency handled the Uwais Report with a “long spoon.”

It said in the defence of president Yar’Adua’s demonstration of practical commitment to Electoral Reform. Adeniyi rolled out series of court ordered bye-elections conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but failed to note that the retention of Professor Maurice Iwu as an axe-man, after his record of gross misconduct in the 2007 sham elections is less than honourable.

 

Niger

 

The Anglican Bishop of Bida Diocese, Right Reverend Jonah Kolo, has blamed the fall in moral and academic standard in public schools on the forceful take over of missionary schools over thirty years ago by government.

Making a call for the return of such schools back to the original owners, the clergyman said that for the on-going reform in the education sector to produce the desired result, concerted efforts should be made to revive the moral and academic standard of students from our schools. 

Kolo who was speaking in Minna ahead of today’s thanksgiving service to round off the 10th anniversary of the Diocese, maintained that it was time for the government to shed off some of the self inflicted burden on itself, by returning schools owned by the missions to the original owners.

Aside from these, the Bishop also observed that most of the schools taken over by government are in bad shape.

He said, “government has a lot to cater for; hence the attention given to these schools have failed to produce the desired result. Let government handover the schools back to the church.”

The Bishop attributed the current intervention of the church in the establishment of schools from primary to tertiary levels to the deplorable condition and standard of the sector.

 

Kano

 

Statement of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State, Alhaji Sidi Ali has said that the war against corruption in Nigerian cannot be left to the government alone.

Alhaji Ali who said this in an interview with newsmen in Kano, also called on the National Assembly to pass the freedom of information bill.

According to him, government need the collective effort of all to prosecute the war against corruption, stressing that until this is done, the situation will continue to remain the same.

“Government is prosecuting corruption but with the individuals that are put in leadership, is difficult to know what is in the heart of somebody.

“The government cannot prosecute itself, the government appoint people and these people have to go by government,” he said.

The PDP chieftain, also denied that there is division between the Northern Union (NU) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), stressing that the ACF which is the apex organisation in North is a cultural organisation and it non political.

“In his word, I am a member of the Northern Union, I am also a member of the ACF, and I can tell you that there is no division.

“The ACF that we all belong to, is a cultural organisation and non-political.  However, with the Northern Union, we failed that there not much action you can do without politics.”

 

Kwara

 

It will amount like covering the moon with the palm of the arm for some state governments to implement the new tax regime in Nigeria, as many are  yet to deliver the dividends of democracy to their people.

The chairman of the Northern Union, Dr Olusola Saraki has stated, just as he said the northern union was toying with the idea of making the group have national spread.

The strongman of Kwara politics, who told reports in Ilorin, the state capital said the issue of taxation has become imperative to engender more positive growth in the economy, lamented that with poor performance from some political leaders, it will be difficult to implement the policy.

On his opinion on the agitation for the creation of more states and local government area, he said it would be difficult to create new states and councils under a democratic dispensation more so as the Nigerian federalism was not the type practiced elsewhere across the globe.

 

Lagos

 

Nigeria has been urged to gear up for the post-oil era if the country wants to continue to be relevant in the scheme of things globally.

This is the subject of the lecture delivered recently in Lagos and organised by leadership watch in collaboration with science medicine research institute based on the United States.

The lecture tagged: Nigeria in a post oil era delivered by a team of American based Nigerian investors, with representatives of government in attendance said that Nigeria is reminded that these are the last days of the oil era. 

The guest speaker, Dr Alphonsus Ekwerike said Nigeria has a lot of other things to offer the world outside oil.

“Nigeria in a post oil regime will be a vibrant era because a door will be opened for the people to go into innovations.

“Oil is not the only mineral we have in this country. We have other minerals, we have solid minerals” he said.

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Reps Urge FG To Revisit School Feeding Programme

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The House of Representatives, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to revisit the school feeding programme, suspended over sundry controversies.
The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme was a pilot programme launched in 2004 targeting 12 states to provide a nutritious midday meal to public primary school pupils in the country:
In 2016, the programme was relaunched nationally, targeting public primary school children using locally sourced ingredients to improve health, stimulate agricultural production, and boost smallholder farmers’ income.
Recall that President Bola Tinubu, on January 12, 2024, suspended all programmes of the National Social Investment Programme Agency for six weeks.
The four programmes administered by NSIPA are N- the Power Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, and Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
Following the adoption of the motion, the House mandated its Committees on Special Duties and Finance to invite the Ministers of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Education, and Finance to revisit the program and propose solutions for its future success.”
The House, while adopting a motion on “Urgent call to revisit school feeding policy” moved by the member representing Tarauni Federal Constituency, Kano State, Mr Muktar Zakari, noted that the philosophy behind the NHGSFP is to encourage enrollment into the public primary schools, address childhood hunger pangs, and improve their ability to concentrate, learn, and increase school attendance.
The lawmaker, a member of the New Nigeria People’s Party, lamented that “The suspension of the NHGSFP by the current administration is unsettling for several reasons, namely reduced school enrollment and attendance, compromised health and cognitive development of the children, and disruption of the income of smallholder farmers.”
He also said “Addressing the programme’s challenges is crucial, but a complete suspension may cause more harm,” noting that “It is important to find alternative solutions or efficient implementation of the NHGSFP to ensure Nigerian children continue to benefit from this important initiative.”
In his words, “The cancellation of the programme is causing an upsurge in the number of out-of-school children, posing a threat to the country’s future and leading to a high rate of crimes, insecurity, and unemployment.”

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Insecurity: Reps Want Modern Technology Deployed In Nation’s Borders

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The House of Representatives has called on the Nigeria Customs Service to deploy modern technology to secure the nation’s borders with neighbouring countries.
The directive followed the adoption of a motion on “Need to employ the use of modern technology to secure the nation’s borders,” sponsored by the member representing Awka North/Awka South Federal Constituency, Anambra State, Obiageli Orogbu at Thursday’s plenary.
Consequently, the Reps mandated “The Nigeria Customs Service to beef up the nation’s border security with modern technological gadgets.”
It also directed its Committees on National Security and Intelligence and Customs and Excise to “Interface with the relevant agencies of the executive arm to ensure implementation and report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.”
Leading the debate, Orogbu said that there are over 320 illegal routes into Nigeria “That serves as horrendous channels for the influx of inadmissible aliens and goods.
“Nigeria at the moment lacks sufficient security personnel to safeguard the existing illegal routes across the borders. These unmanned routes provide avenues for insecurity, proliferation of arms, and dumping of unwholesome goods into the country;
“The porous borders have provided an impetus to the thriving drug and human trafficking routes all over the country.”
Justifying the significance of the motion, the Labour Party chieftain noted that, “Border policing has since shifted from the mundane use of only human beings to the deployment of sophisticated electronic based equipment for potency.
“The deployment of technologies like electronic sensors, video monitors, and night vision scopes to detect illegal entries has proved more effective in western countries than human security.
“Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, (drones) and dark fighter cameras are available to further enhance border controls,” she added.

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Kogi Lauds Appeal Court’s Verdict On Ododo’s Victory

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The Kogi State Government has hailed the verdict of the Appeal Court, Abuja that yesterday uAtiku hails Supreme Court judgment on LG autonomypheld the victory of the state governor, Usman Ododo.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, made the government’s position known in an interview with journalists shortly after the judgment was delivered in Abuja.
Fanwo described the judgment as “sound,” adding that the it represents “echoes of the indisputable victory” of the governor at the poll.
He said the governor remains unwavering in his faith in the judiciary.
The conmissioner said, “Today’s judgment represents echoes of our victory on November 11, 2023. We campaigned round the state and worked hard to reassure the people that our party is the most reliable to take the state forward.
“November 11 will continue to be remembered in Kogi as the day that Kogites across the senatorial districts united to speak with one voice, birthing a resounding victory for the incumbent governor.
“Today’s verdict has offered another great opportunity for those who lost at the poll and in the courts to join the governor in moving the state forward.”
Fanwo said the court case did not in any way slow governance down as the governor has continued to “roll up his sleeves and deliver democracy dividends to the great people of the state.
“The jubilation that greeted the verdict affirming the victory of the Chief Servant of Kogi is a demonstration of the triumph of the people’s will.”
He urged the people of the state to continue to support the governor to make the state the Confluence of Excellence.

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